Systematic Theology

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But this army of Levites in white is in fact a minority even within the CREC, and doesn’t really exist at all outside it; so Dr. The second point is, to me, the word “sodomites” (NRSV) is preferable to the ESV’s “men who practice homosexuality” because it reminds us of the Old Testament and because it is euphemistic. No priest, for the chosen one can understand the word of God only in his own heart. With the return to the authority of God’s Word, such an outcome is inevitable.

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A Devotional Commentary on the Gospels

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Resistible Grace: The grace of God works for good in all men, and brings about newness of life through faith. And he was right, for Predestination and an overruling Providence are one and the same thing. In truth Arminianism is paganism and popery under the banner of Christianity. When one has a question about a doctrine, it is best to look at the plain, unambiguous Bible verses that directly speak on the topic, rather than trying to philosophize upon the meaning of a verse.

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Patience and Its Perfect Work

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He announced his theme as "Christian Philosophy," and proceeded to speak in a manner which greatly amazed his audience. These were, as described on the Fellowship webpage: • Tier 1: Some who are coming to Minneapolis do not want or need to change any part of their structural reality. Why did they diverge into two different worship traditions? The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require.

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A Fourfold Salvation (Arthur Pink Collection Book 23)

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Although the title of his work recalled Calvin’s masterpiece, the work itself bore little resemblance to the Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536); it was not published in the vernacular, and its dialectical structure followed the model of the great Summae of Thomas Aquinas and suggested Thomas’s confidence in the value of human reason. The true Church of Christ must be perpetual: Looking at history one can gather a list of all heresies the Catholic Church has ever fought and condemned, and noting where these heresies were born and died, the Catholic Church still endures perpetually.

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The Life and Thought of Robert Verrell Foster, DD, LLD: An

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Faith is a spiritual grace, the fruit of the spiritual nature, and because the unregenerate are spiritually dead--'dead in trespasses and sins'--then it follows that faith from them is impossible, for a dead man cannot believe anything. 'So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God' (Rom. 8:8)--but they could if it were possible for the flesh to believe. ... These marks allowed the Reformed to identify the church based on its conformity to the Bible rather than the Magisterium or church tradition. [114] The regulative principle of worship is a teaching shared by some Calvinists and Anabaptists on how the Bible orders public worship.

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Comfort For Mourners

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She has made up her loss in political power and worldly wealth by increased spiritual influences and efficiency; her adherents are more widespread, more numerous, more fervent than at any time in her history, and they are bound to the central Government at Rome by a more filial affection and a clearer sense of duty. In this, excommunication is not viewed as an eternal, or ultimate act, but instead as one which is intended to point out, to the sinner, the need of repentance and reconciliation with God and with the Church.

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Commentaries on Jesus Christ

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Calvinism gained some popularity in Scandinavia, especially Sweden, but was rejected in favor of Lutheranism after the Synod of Uppsala in 1593. [15] Most settlers in the American Mid-Atlantic and New England were Calvinists, including the English Puritans, the French Huguenots and Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam (New York), and the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians of the Appalachian back country. The Confessions of the various Reformed Churches continued to emphasize submission to government. (Gallican Confession [1559], article 39; Belgic Confession [1561], art. 36; Second Helvitic Confession [1566], art. 30.) Significantly, the Huguenot writers (who were collectively known as the �Tractarians�) still focused on the necessity of intermediate magistrates to legitimate a revolution.

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Pardon & Assurance: How to Know for Certain Your Sins Are

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Who’d have thought it would be like this, and yet, how else could it have been? The reformers also accelerated the development of the Catholic Counter-Reformation of the Catholic Church. Does this lack of interest have anything to do with the fact that these miracles do not occur in their churches? I tell Catholics that the best thing to do is study and know your own Catholic Christian faith. Wright, Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith, 1st ed. (Louisville, Ky.; Edinburgh: Westminster/John Knox Press; Saint Andrew Press, 1992), 201. © 2010, LearnTheology.com.

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Commentary on the Psalms Volume 3

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The intellectual influence of Protestantism in America has thus been ambiguous, with much of it a tug of war between traditionalist and modernizing tendencies. A driving force in this resistance, as Hatch presented it, was class conflict: the desire of people of comparatively low socio-economic status to undermine or even usurp the consuetudinary power not only of clergymen, but of lawyers and doctors as well. The redemptive qualities of Jesus Christ's execution and the benevolent, predetermined will of God are the absolute and only interventions that provide happiness in the afterlife.

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Rappaccini's Children: American Writers in a Calvinist World

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Over the centuries, Christianity has divided into numerous denominations. The French Protestants, in a Synod at Paris, 1559, framed their own articles. Through the Act of Supremacy of 1534, the king made himself the "supreme head" of the Church of England in place of the Pope. He declared himself the governor of the Church of England (effectively the English "pope") and annulled his own marriage. Augustine in the foremost rank of Doctors and proclaiming him to be the greatest of the Fathers."

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