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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. One God, Not Three Gods

    Answering the often raised objection to Trinitarianism:

    I have had many conversations with Trinitarians and all of them that I have had conversations with will say this:

    The Father is God (that's 1 God)
    The Son is God (that's 1 God)
    The Holy Spirit is God (that's 1 God)

    If you add them up, that's THREE GODS. Sorry, you can't get around that. 1 + 1 + 1 = 3
    God is one What (essence) and three Who's (subsistences, aka Persons). ...
  2. Decree of God - Supralapsarian vs. Infralapsarian

    A question I was recently asked:
    Is the biblical concept of God's ordaining in line with how Judas was predestined by God to be the one to betray Jesus.

    Let's examine the logical ordering versus temporal execution of the decree of God. Two views are predominant within Reformed orthodoxy.

    Supralapsarianism is the doctrine that God's eternal decrees of man's creation and the Fall were predicated on God's eternal decrees of election and reprobation.
  3. Doing Theology

    Over the years as a pastor and a teacher of theology I have encountered many Christians who have not studied Scripture or the theology contained in Scripture. This is not what is expected of us by God. We are all theologians and we should be good theologians. Sadly, a fundamental problem among professing believers is that they think there is no need to study theology or they do not care about theology. How could they not care about these things when they teach us about Our Lord who saves our souls? ...
  4. Impassibility of God

    God's impassibility is a quality of his aseity or divine fullness. Unlike us, God is not dependent upon anything outside himself for emotional fulfilment or satisfaction.

    Impassibility then, is not a defect in God. He is not emotionally stunted or remote. Rather he is perfectly fulfilled and satisfied in the perichoretic fellowship of the Trinity. It is out of this self-sufficient aseity that God relates to us as his creatures. He is not dependent upon us for love or emotional completion. ...
  5. 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 ...
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