The Mediocrity of the New Covenant?

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...

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On Gentile Justification and Jewish Jealousy

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...

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Some Thoughts on Romans 4

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...

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The Gospel as Participation in the Divine Nature

The Gospel as Participation in the Divine Nature

No lengthy preamble this time, you people know what I’m trying to do here. If St. Peter believed that we inherit eternal life by the extrinsic imputation of an alien righteousness received through the exercise of a passive and non-contributory faith alone, the concomitant good works of which play no causal role in our final salvation, then for some reason he failed to mention it. If, however, he believed that the way to be granted...

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The Gospel as Faith Working Through Love

The Gospel as Faith Working Through Love

In our last post we shifted gears from discussing a handful of the many New Testament passages that are unlikely to have arisen from a soteriological paradigm resembling the basic Protestant gospel, to considering the question, “If a sola fide-type paradigm is unlikely to have given rise to the NT teachings of Jesus and his followers, what type of gospel paradigm would have?” We took as our springboard the exchange between Jesus and...

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On Being Graciously Worthy

On Being Graciously Worthy

If one’s understanding of the gospel is such that the only works that play a causal and contributory role in our gaining entrance into the eternal kingdom are Christ’s and never our own, and further, if distinguishing between Christ’s work imputed (justification) and our works done by the Spirit’s infusion of agape (sanctification) is essential to getting the gospel right, then one would certainly make every effort to...

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