Likelihood, Plausibility, and Sola Scriptura

Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Catholicism, Ecclesiology, Featured, I Fought the Church, Protestantism, Reformed Theology, Revelation, Sola Scriptura | 492 comments

Likelihood, Plausibility, and Sola Scriptura

This is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, tentatively titled I Fought the Church (and the Church Won). Enjoy. And play nice.  As I continued wrestling through the issues of church authority and its relation to Scripture, one of the questions I kept returning to was that of likelihood. “All things being equal,” I would ask myself, “which is more likely: that Jesus had intended to establish his church in such a way that it was to be governed by Scripture alone (with leaders whose role was to interpret Scripture to the best of their...

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All Law is Not Created Equal

Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Catholicism, CCC, Covenant Theology, Exegesis, Featured, Gospel, Holy Spirit, James, John, Justification, Law, Love, peter, Presbyterianism, Protestantism, Reformed Theology, Romans, Sola Fide, Westminster Seminary California | 1,096 comments

All Law is Not Created Equal

There is no small amount of confusion in Catholic/Protestant discussions over the issue of God’s law. Protestants constantly accuse Catholics of teaching some sort of salvation by law or works, and regardless of how often or how strongly Catholics insist that they believe no such thing, the charges continue. Part of the problem, it seems to me, is that many Protestants — especially Lutherans or those Reformed who lean that way — tend to think of law with a capital L. Law, we often hear, is any command, any verb in the...

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On Gentile Justification and Jewish Jealousy

Posted by on March 2, 2014 in Covenant Theology, Exegesis, Featured, Galatians, Gospel, Holy Spirit, James, John, Justification, Law, Love, N.T. Wright, Protestantism, Reformed Theology, Romans, Sola Fide | 1,007 comments

On Gentile Justification and Jewish Jealousy

Former Catholic Timothy Kauffman has written a couple posts about me at his new blog, Out of His Mouth  (a blog whose purpose is to “wield the sword of truth in defense of the faith, and refute the errors in which [the author] was once enslaved.” His latest article takes me to task over my “succumbing to Roman arguments about the meaning of Romans 2:13″ (a charge which actually thrills me because it demonstrates that both St. Augustine and N.T. Wright are in fact Romanists). According to Kauffman, “The sheep of...

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Appetite for Disruption

Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Catholicism, Creator/Creature Distinction, Deification, Featured, Gospel, Holy Spirit, Imputation, Incarnation, Natural Law, Protestantism, Reformed Theology, The Trinity, Theology Proper | 459 comments

Appetite for Disruption

One of the issues that distinguishes Catholicism from Protestantism (and which has come up in the last couple threads here) is the relationship of grace to nature. When I was Reformed, I constantly heard that the last thing in the world the gospel did was reinforce what natural man already knew to be true, but rather, the gospel comes in to disrupt, to disturb, and to turn man’s instincts on their head. You see, natural man is Pelagian and believes he can work his way to heaven, and the gospel serves to overturn those natural instincts...

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The Kingdom of God, Forensically Considered

Posted by on February 9, 2014 in Dominion, Eschatology, Featured, Gospel, Hebrews, Hell, Justification, Law, Reformed Theology | 371 comments

The Kingdom of God, Forensically Considered

**This is a guest post by Jonathan Prejean** Owing largely to Reformation-era polemics, the application of legal descriptions in the context of historical Christian orthodoxy appears to have been badly misunderstood. The charge is that the Eastern Fathers were pretty much oblivious to legal metaphors, the Western Fathers were cognizant but confused owing to translation errors (specifically the use of iustificare, to make righteous), and only the discussion around the Reformation uncovered the true Biblical teaching about what it meant to be...

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Some Thoughts on Romans 4

Posted by on January 26, 2014 in Baptism, Covenant Theology, Exegesis, Featured, Galatians, Gospel, Justification, Law, Ordo Salutis, Romans, Sola Fide | 2,048 comments

Some Thoughts on Romans 4

I’m feeling a little cray cray, like I want to get all exegetical up in here. And stumbling across PCA pastor Nick Batzig’s post, “Abraham and the Time Frame of Justification,” provides me with a perfect opportunity to do so. Plus, some of you have been nagging me to delve back into Romans, so. Concerning the issue of “eschatological justification,” Nick writes: The most significant passage of Scripture in this regard (and yet one that has been often overlooked) is Romans 4:10. In the context of chapter 4,...

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