Sola Fide in the Parable of Pharisee and Tax Collector?

Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Catholicism, Exegesis, Featured, Gospel, Justification, Presbyterianism, Protestantism, Reformed Theology, Sola Fide | 206 comments

Sola Fide in the Parable of Pharisee and Tax Collector?

Protestants often claim that the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector from Luke 18:9-14 is proof that Jesus taught Justification by Faith Alone. In this brief post I will show that this Protestant claim has no Biblical merit at all. If you need a refresher, here’s what the parable says: 9 Jesus told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by...

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The Mediocrity of the New Covenant?

Posted by on October 6, 2014 in Beatitudes, Covenant Theology, Eschatology, Ethics, Featured, Galatians, Gospel, Hebrews, Holy Spirit, Law, Presbyterianism, Protestantism, Reformed Theology, Sanctification | 498 comments

The Mediocrity of the New Covenant?

According to Reformed Theology, even the “good works” which Christians are called to do are “tainted by sin”. And on top of that, Reformed theology says these “good works” are only pleasing to God in so far as they are “covered by the blood and righteousness of Christ”. But if you stop and think about what this is saying, no Christian should be comfortable with such teaching. Why would God give us a new heart and give us the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit if at the end of the day our “good works” are still as inadequate in...

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Two Years a Catholic

Posted by on September 23, 2014 in Apologetics, Catholicism, Featured, I Fought the Church, Suffering, The PCA, Westminster Seminary California | 761 comments

Two Years a Catholic

On September 23rd, 2012 (two years ago today), I was received into full communion with the Catholic Church. Humanly speaking, it was one of the worst decisions I have ever made. The last two years have brought me almost nothing but loss. Most of my fellow alumni and former professors at Westminster Seminary no longer speak to me, I am denied entrance into the church I planted (where my family still attends on Sundays) — I wasn’t even allowed to attend the Christmas Eve service last year and just sit and sing the hymns. To most of...

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Why a Legal Fiction is not Pulp Fiction

Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Atonement, Catholicism, Featured, Gospel, Imputation, Justification, Law, Presbyterianism, Protestantism, Reformed Theology, Romans, Sola Fide | 153 comments

Why a Legal Fiction is not Pulp Fiction

*** By Jonathan Prejean *** Recently, I’ve read several comments from Reformed Christians on the question of Catholics calling the Reformed doctrine of imputation a “legal fiction.” Based on my reading of those comments, some Reformed Christians see the description “legal fiction” as similar to saying that it is “made up” and not true. But that would only be relevant in the literary context, when one is trying to distinguish factual descriptions from fictitious ones. In literary fiction, one makes up...

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The Need for Perfect Law-Keeping, Part 3

Posted by on August 17, 2014 in Covenant Theology, Exegesis, Featured, Gospel, Imputation, Justification, Law, Presbyterianism, Protestantism, Reformed Theology, Sola Fide | 457 comments

The Need for Perfect Law-Keeping, Part 3

This third (and final) post of this series will extend the look at Imputed Righteousness in Paul’s Epistles  by focusing on two of the most popular Reformed prooftexts of the doctrine: Philippians 3:9 and 2 Corinthians 5:21. Before addressing these texts, a brief look at the Biblical definition of “righteousness” is helpful. According to Scripture, the term “righteousness” simply refers to doing good actions (e.g. Deut 24:13; 2 Sam 22:21; Ps 106:3; Mt 6:1; Acts 10:35; Eph 6:1; 1 Th 2:10; 1 Jn 3:7, 12) or having an upright quality...

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The Need for Perfect Law-Keeping, Part 2

Posted by on August 6, 2014 in Atonement, Catholicism, Covenant Theology, Exegesis, Featured, Gospel, Holy Spirit, Imputation, Justification, Law, Presbyterianism, Protestantism, Reformed Theology, Romans, Sola Fide | 607 comments

The Need for Perfect Law-Keeping, Part 2

The previous post took a brief look at the Reformed understanding of Justification and why the notion of “Imputation of Christ’s Righteousness” is both logically and exegetically problematic. This post will continue to focus on the exegetical problems, this time in Paul’s Epistles, particularly the first five chapters of Romans (which many Reformed consider to be the definitive passages on the doctrine of Justification). Paul begins Romans by telling his audience that his Apostolic focus is proclaiming that Jesus is the fulfillment of...

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