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Occasional musings drawn from the depths of my Reformed faith and the relative shallowness of my daily life.
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  1. Righteousness and Justification by Faith

    Are we justified on account of our faith?


    Answer, per Robert Pate (and so many others):


    Justification is a declarative act in which God pronounces the sinner just or righteous, that is, declares that the claims of justice, so far as God is concerned, are satisfied, so that the sinner cannot be justly condemned, but is in justice entitled to the reward promised or due to perfect righteousness.

    The meritorious ...
  2. The Trinity - Talking Points

    God, the Trinity, and seven principles

    There is but one God (Deuteronomy 4:39), who is eternal (Isaiah 57:15; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 90:4; Revelation 1:8; Revelation 4:8; John 8:58; Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 45:21; Isaiah 46:9-10; Galatians 4:4-5; Acts 17:30-31), a spirit (John 4:24), sovereign (Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 1:17; Acts 17:28; Nehemiah 9:6; 2 Peter 3:7; Job 12:23; Job 34:14-15; Job 38:32; Matthew 5:45; Matthew 6:26; Numbers 23:19; 2 Samuel 7:28; Psalms 33:14-15; Psalms 104:14;
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  3. Our Lord's Atonement

    Quote Originally Posted by Bright Raven View Post
    Jesus died for the sins of every person who ever lived—yours included! That’s how much He loves you.
    Not a few folks react wrongly when limited atonement is mentioned, failing to see their own versions of limited atonement. Those who deny the Reformers view what Scripture teaches about limited atonement have a limited atonement of their own: some for whom Christ died are not saved by his death; His death accomplishes nothing for them. It is an ineffectual atonement, so far as
  4. Views of the Eschaton

    For me, when it comes to views of the end times, any view, including, dispensational, and even historic premillennial (so-called non-dispensational Premillennialism), that encompasses earthly millennial reigning dishonorably implies Our Lord has abdicated from sitting at the right hand of God (e.g., Eph. 1:20-23; Col. 3:1-4; Rom. 8:34). I refuse to go there.

    Post-millennial views are basically amillennial views, with recapitulation—parallels covering the same ground from different ...
  5. Want to actually understand predestination? Ask a Calvinist.

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Pate View Post
    How in the world can anyone have faith in a God that predestinates people to hell before they are born?

    Not unexpectedly, Robert's latest blog article is but more evidence of his numerous erroneous views, especially concerning his hobby-horse, Calvinism.

    Unless on is a heretical hyper-Calvinist, those so destined for eternal punishment were contemplated by God as already fallen in Adam (a fallen lump of clay). They were not contemplated by God to be morally neutral. Thus,
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