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I am Evangelical, not Catholic and indeed successfully sued Catholics. Yes, I believe nothing is worse than Catholicism at its worst. By the same token no spirituality is better than Catholic spirituality at its best. As an Evangelical, I am ashamed of the ignorance and bigoted bias of much of evangelical arguments against Catholic distinctives, This thread is intended to set the record straight by examining the biblical grounds for these distinctives. So, as informed Catholic...
The Father imposed His wrath due unto, and the Son underwent punishment for, either:
All the sins of all men.
All the sins of some men, or
Some of the sins of all men.
In which case it may be said:
That if the last be true, all men have some sins to answer for, and so, none are saved.
That if the second be true, then Christ, in their stead suffered for all the sins of all the elect in the whole world, and this is the truth.
But if the first be the case, why are not all men free from the...
Christ bought, paid the ransom, for all mankind, thus becoming the means of salvation for the whole of humanity, 1 John 2:2. However, only when God credits our faith in Christ as righteous faith and then on that basis places us spiritually into Christ, do we receive the reconciliation provided by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Lets call this second transaction redemption. Thus mankind was bought with a price, but only those placed in Christ are redeemed
We know from 2 Peter 2:1 that...
David, in 2 Sam 12:23 said, concerning his dead infant son,
"But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”
He knows he is going into God's presence, and his infant son will be there, therefore he is saved.
There are some through history who have seemed to posit that infants, since they are born sinful, if they die, suffer eternal punishment.
What are your thoughts? I believe that they are saved. I do not know the exact...
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on...
Here are a few versions of the verse:
(1 Timothy 6:16)
NASB: who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.
NKJV: who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
CSB: who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see, to him be honor and eternal power. Amen....
Many have said that, making the Lord master of your life is necessary. This not a question just to Calvinist but to anyone who believes it. I'm puzzled by it because I can't find any support for it.
A worry to many is something called the unpardonable sin, which none of the non-elect have to worry about, considering none of their sins are pardonable, as Christ apparently did not die for them. So then, who committed the unpardonable sin?
If you say that the sins of the non-elect are actually pardonable, which you would have to say to affirm the existence of an unpardonable one, then you would have to admit that the non-elect have hope of salvation, as long as they do not commit the...