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Rebuttal By Van of inked article:
The Only Begotten Son
by Michael Marlowe
1) "I will argue that the rendering “one and only” is semantically reductionistic and theologically inadequate." It is never a good start when an argument begins with obscure and undefined words. "Semantically reductionistic" seems to be the claim monogenes has within is semantic range "begotten." That is not an argument, that is a claim. "Theologically inadequate" again claims unique or one of a kind (not one...
In his encyclical, "The Reunion of Christendom" (1885), Pope Leo XIII stated that the pope holds "upon this earth the place of God Almighty."
In the Catechism, can be found the following: "The Pope takes the place of Jesus Christ on earth...by divine right the pope has supreme and full power in faith and morals over each and every pastor and his flock. He is the true Vicar of Christ, the head of the entire church, the father and teacher of all Christians He is the infallible ruler, the...
A couple weeks back I went to the Dr to have some bloodwork done.....
Turns out I have an A1C of 8.7. The Dr says that means diabetes. I'm going to have to make diet changes and go on extra medication. They even gave me a blood glucose meter, but I don't actually need to use it unless I feel faint
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In Luke 12:43-48 we find Jesus speaking about a returning master and four different types of slaves. The return of the master (Jesus) points towards the impending judgement that awaits each one of us where we find out whether we will enter into the kingdom of God (master’s household) or not. So, what happens when the master returns? If the master finds his slave at work (being faithful and obedient), he will be put in charge of the master’s possessions (enters the household of God, heaven)....
A Caution Concerning Creeds and Confessions
When I first entered my Reformed stage (what Sproul Jr. referred to as the "cage" stage!) I was quite interested with all things Reformed, including studying out the various Confessions, especially the Westminster Confession of Faith.
Although I still believe in the five Sola's I hesitate to call myself Reformed or Calvinist because of the additional baggage of those two terms.
But I noticed a tendency. Confessions tend to, over time, impose an...
There have been several threads lately about “spiritual death”. In discussing the topic I believe that it is necessary to first define terms, starting with “spiritual life”. As @Martin Marprelate pointed out on another thread, darkness is the absence of light. Scripture seems to speak in the same terms (those who are condemned have rejected the Light).
The basis for my definition of spiritual life: I believe Scripture testifies that it is the Spirit who gives life, that the gospel...
I used to help with youth camp years ago. I have been long aware of mischief coming through church people. I told a brother one day that I was worried about the operations of the devil through church people. Ohh!... He says... The devil cannot go against the blood... And his contention was so great that he reported me over it.
Years later, at camp meeting, that brother came to me and personally apologized. I graciously accepted, but deep down, wondered what trials the poor man went through...
A new Conservative Baptist Network has been formed within the Southern Baptist Convention. Their website begins with five bullet points:
The Network affirms the longstanding Baptist beliefs as expressed in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
The Network affirms the inerrancy, supremacy, and sufficiency of the Bible in all facets of life and application.
The Network affirms religious liberty and encourages Christian individuals and churches to influence the culture by engaging in the...