ReformedTheologian

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Month: December, 2014

As We Forgive Those Who Don’t Trespass Against Us

I didn’t consider this. I am the new owner of a home defense handgun and most likely, thanks to my training, have always understood 2 to the chest, one to the head. I never really considered the implications of Jesus teaching in regard to self defense. Of course, it’s challenging considering my family but I will trust the LORD and go for non – lethal if I ever find myself in that type of situation.

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by David Bishop

Of course Christians have the right to defend themselves.   Loving my enemy doesn’t mean I don’t do anything at all to defend myself or my family.  But must I defend them with lethal force?

Matthew 5:38-39  You have heard it said,  “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”   But I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil.   But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. (Mt. 5:38-39) 

Matthew 5:43-44  Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

It has been argued that Christ was speaking only to persecution in Matthew 5.  Love those who persecute you, in other words, but shoot everyone else.   To this I say, humbug!  Shall my adultery not count as adultery when I am not in adultery for my faith?!   Or am I unjust to hate…

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No Five Points, No Gospel, But Sometimes Agreeing with the Five Points is Like False Circumcision

For the Elect Alone

Arminian: “Is agreeing with five points of Calvinism a second work of grace? Will that decision add to the finished work of Christ?”

mark: Let me be the first to say that one can agree with the five points of Calvinism and still be lost. Let me say second that if you agree with any of the five Arminian points, then you still believe a false gospel. The true gospel stands in antithesis to all five points argued by the Arminians. You don’t need to know what Arminians are, but you do need to know the gospel which contradicts any idea that Jesus died for all sinners.

Let me give you an analogy: “uncircumcision is also nothing”. If you let yourself be circumcised, then you are under the curse of the law. How can Paul say that and then also say that “uncircumcision is nothing”?

Faith in the true gospel…

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Are We To Sin Less to Get More Grace?

For the Elect Alone

Jonathan Edwards “He That Believeth Will be Saved”, Sermons of JE,
115: “We can’t be saved without being good…All whose hearts come to
Christ will be good, and if men aren’t good, their hearts never will
come to Christ…They whose hearts come to Christ, they are joined to
Christ, and so they belong to him and therefore are saved for his
sake.”

Douglas Sweeney, “Justification by Faith Alone?, in Jonathan Edwards
and Justification, ed Josh Moody, 2012, Crossway, p148—-“God
requires all His people to cooperate with Him to increase in
sanctification. They accomplish this, however, as they abide in the
Lord, letting God govern their hearts and bear divine fruit in their
lives. For Edwards, there are levels of grace and laurels for the
godly.”

Romans 6: Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live…

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