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Did the Law ever love me? Did the Law ever sacrifice itself for me? Did the Law ever die for me? On the contrary, it accuses me, it frightens me, it drives me crazy. Somebody else saved me from the Law, from sin and death unto eternal life. That Somebody is the Son of God (Who loved me and gave Himself for me). Hence, Christ is no Moses, no tyrant, no lawgiver, but the Giver of grace, the Savior, full of mercy .. Visualize Christ in these His true colors. I do not say that it is easy. Even in the present diffusion of the Gospel light, I have much trouble to see Christ as Paul portrays Him. So deeply has the diseased opinion that Christ is a lawgiver sunk into my bones. You younger men are a good deal better off than we who are old. You have never become infected with the nefarious errors on which I suckled all my youth, until at the mention of the name of Christ I shivered with fear. You, I say, who are young may learn to know Christ in all His sweetness. For Christ is Joy and Sweetness to a broken heart. Christ is a Lover of poor sinners and such a Lover that He gave Himself for us. Now if this is true, and it is true, then are we never justified by our own righteousness.
In a great many churches only the gospel of "be good and do good" is proclaimed. To it applies Paul's scathing description: "another gospel which is not another" (Galatians 1:6,7). It is a wholly different kind of gospel and therefore does not rate as a second gospel alongside the gospel which the apostle preached. In reality it is not gospel at all.
The word gospel means good news. That which is preached as gospel in so many churches is not even news, let alone good news. A man has been found guilty, shall we say, of a heinous crime and has been sentenced to death. He is now in prison, awaiting the day of his execution. A friend comes to visit him. This friend calls out: "I have good news for you!' Eagerly the condemned man asks: "What is it?" The answer comes: "Be good." In that message there is not so much as a shred of good news. It is most cruel mockery. Yet many a self-styled minister of Christ holds forth to sinners under the sentence of eternal death a precisely equivalent message as gospel.
The gospel contained in Holy Writ does not primarily tell sinners what they must do, but, contrariwise, what God has done and is doing for them.
To be the bearer of those good tidings -- a few glimpses of which follow -- is the inestimably great honor of the Christian church. Dr. R. B. Kuiper.
"Free-will or Free-grace?; The Bible says that men are born again, not of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:13); that it is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shows mercy (Rom 9;16); the work of faith is the operation of God according to the exceeding greatness of his power, who works in man both to will and to do of his own good pleasure." (Phil 2:13)
"When a denomination begins to consider doctrine divisive, theology troublesome, and convictions inconvenient, consider that denomination on its way to a well-deserved death." (Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting: July 1995)"
A collection of some of the most amazing statements ever made by Roman Catholics on the pages of Free Republic. Started on 22 April 2010 this collection was inspired by the following post:
They sure do concentrate on those freaky Pauline epistles. St. Paul got a few things right, but he was likely just as loony as his protegee, Calvin.
Posted by Judith Anne on 22 April 2010.
Face it, Paul was a goofball. Hes the clearest proof anyone should need that God Almighty and His Risen Son can take any pieces of human garbage murderers, Pharisees, etc. and make them eat their words and praise His Most Holy Name. He does not and did not make Paul perfect, however. Which is clear from Pauls epistles, which the Presbyterians (and other anti-Catholic bigots) worship.
Posted by Judith Anne on on 22 April 2010.
Paul does not subscribe to the Nicene Trinitarian view of Christianity. Neither do the Synoptic Gospels, by the way. It is in John that we find some evidence of the Triune God, with the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit co equal, co existing, and co eternal members of One God. Paul definitely is not Trinitarian.
Posted by MarkBsnr on April 24, 2010.
St. Paul WAS a bit loony (a word that you used first, on this thread). Too bad Calvin picked up the worst of St. Paul and made of it a vicious sect. And I doubt St. Paul had any idea of trinitarianism, he was so fixed on his vision.
Posted by Judith Anne on June 23, 2010
Of course it isn't or God would not have added to the revealed Word of God through Apostolic tradition and subsequent revelation.
To attempt to comprehend the entire revealed Word of God from Scripture alone is like trying to play solitaire with an incomplete deck.
Posted by Natural Law on July 29, 2010 in response to the statement made by "small voice in the wilderness" It seems the Scriptures PLAIN wording isnt enough.
Of course they are, no one said they weren't. That being said, not all Scripture is revelation.
Posted by Natural Law on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 in response to a post made by RnMomof7 They are inspired infallible scripture.
I do not dismiss St. Paul, nor do I think he contradicts Rome. I think he was likely mentally unbalanced and I find him self-contradictory.
Posted by Judith Anne on Friday, September 24, 2010
Oh, and I forgot to mention, I dont LIKE St. Paul.
Posted by Judith Anne on Friday, September 24, 2010
How much of the NT was actually written by the individual whose name appears on the current Bible? Paul wrote as little as half of his purported letters; did Peter actually write either? Who wrote Matthew, Mark Luke and John? The only thing is that the Church has decreed that these are as they are presented.
Posted by MarkBsnr on Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The Bible give Christians one prayer and one prayer only. And they are directed ("pray thus") to pray in a closet with the doors shut, away from everyone. Yet Christians engage in public prayer, group prayers, and invent their own prayers.
If Christian worship is not an example of the most blatant violation of Jesus' words I don't know what is!
Posted by kosta50 on Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Question: What do FRoman Catholics have against Paul? After all, Paul is all about Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Predestination, etc. Now that I think about it I just answered my own question.
The Waldensians were heretics, regardless of the romance that you would bring to their story. The Dominicans were charged with dealing with the Waldensians. The Jesuits were charged with dealing with the Reformers. We see which order fulfilled their duty.
Posted by MarkBsnr on Sunday, January 30, 2011
So being "heretics" is reason to slaughter 3,000 people?
St. Paul was a celibate Catholic priest.
Posted by Natural Law on Friday, February 11, 2011
Given the choice between the transitional soft tyranny of secular democracy and a benevolent Catholic dictatorship I will choose the later.
Posted by Natural Law on May 03, 2011
A system that recognizes the Catholic Church and her teachings as moral authority of the state. My personal opinion is that a Catholic monarchy would work best if it could be applied today.
Posted by stfassisi on Friday, April 01, 2011.
I would prefer a Catholic Monarchy,but we don't have one here, and we are to far down the wrong path for things to change.
Posted by stfassisi on May 03, 2011
I don't think any American Monarchist (I am one) considers monarchy a possibility for America presently.
Posted by annalex on May 03, 2011
The Pope saves souls.
Posted by rzman21 on January 18, 2012
We can be pretty sure salvation was important to Paul, he wrote quite a bit about it. If his point of view was: "We are saved by faith alone," he almost certainly would have said so. But he didn't.
Posted by D-fendr on January 20, 2012
(Under Construction but I expect this new section to grow rapidly!)
For non-reformed theologies..."at the end of the day, the security of the believer finally rests with the believer. For those in the opposite camp [Reformed], the security of the believer finally rests with God -- and that, I suggest, rightly taught, draws the believer back to God himself, to trust in God, to a renewed faith that is of a piece with trusting him in the first place." - D.A. Carson
What the Arminian wants to do is to arouse man's activity: what we want to do is to kill it once for all---to show him that he is lost and ruined, and that his activities are not now at all equal to the work of conversion; that he must look upward. They seek to make the man stand up: we seek to bring him down, and make him feel that there he lies in the hand of God, and that his business is to submit himself to God, and cry aloud, 'Lord, save, or we perish.' We hold that man is never so near grace as when he begins to feel he can do nothing at all. When he says, 'I can pray, I can believe, I can do this, and I can do the other,' marks of self-sufficiency and arrogance are on his brow.
C. H. Spurgeon
Psalm 40 suggests a time in which grace will replace karma, and replace the very strict laws of Moses (i.e. fulfill them). I love that thought. David, who committed some of the most selfish as well as selfless acts, was depending on it. That the scriptures are brim full of hustlers, murderers, cowards, adulterers and mercenaries used to shock me; now it is a source of great comfort.
And if the chief question that Christianity must answer is, "How can I be happy?", I've seen no better response than that of C.S. Lewis: "I didn't go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don't recommend Christianity." But the question the Christian message answers is, "How can I, a miserable sinner, be accepted by a holy God?Michael Horton
Gamecock was the nickname given to General Thomas Sumter.
Who was General Thomas Sumter?
From Wikipedia: Thomas Sumter (August 14, 1734 - June 1, 1832) was a hero of the American Revolution and went on to become a longtime member of the US Congress.
His fierce battle style and his lack of fear earned him the nickname "The Gamecock". After the revolutionary war, he started his political career and served under the first four Presidents of the United States. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1780-1793 and from 1797-1801. He served in the US Senate from 1801-1810.
When he died on June 1, 1832, Thomas Sumter was the last surviving American officer of the American Revolution.
As for those of you who are left, I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leaf will put them to flight. They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will fall, even though no one is pursuing them." Leviticus 26:36
You want to know what I think?
God is omnipotent. Most "Christian" churches are striving to hold true to Biblical truths.
I am a Christian of the Reformed Tradition. Being Reformed is not a prerequisite to entering the Kingdom. I think there will be some Reformed "Christians" in hell, some Arminians and Catholics in Heaven. (please don't attack all Reformed folk with one brush, attack each branch based on it's own merit (or lack of merit)! I am aware of 10 flavors, so have at it...)
I agree with many of the writings of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin. (The dead guys up above)
I believe that placing your faith in life and death of Christ is the only way to enter the Kingdom.
I believe that He was born to a virgin named Mary, who was a real person, worthy of respect, but not to be prayed to, through, or whatever. I believe Christ grew up in a house with at least one brother.
I believe that He died nailed to a cross, was resurrected three days later, and as we say, "Sittith on the right hand of God the Father almighty." I believe in the Godhead.
I believe Mans chief end is to Glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. (Westminster Catechism, Question 1)
I believe that people worshiping in certain denominations, who are not fighting to reform them from within, or leaving for a denomination/church that preaches the truth, are in spiritual jeopardy.
I believe in Sola Scripturum. I believe that the Bible is the only key to salvation. Yes prayer is critical, but lets not forget, many sins are committed in the name of religion by people who "pray". Prayer should be checked against Gods Word. Remember, without a prayerful, distraught monk reading the Bible, there would not have been a Reformation.
Could there be some errors? NO! Since God gave it to the original writers, He can certainly guard over it as it is transcribed over and over. For it is written: The grass withers, the flowers fade, But the word of our God stands forever.
I believe that my sins are no better than anyone elses. In the eyes of God, a homosexuals sin is no worse than mine. Yes, there will be homosexuals in heaven (gasp); those who accept the atoning death of Christ, and renounce their lifestyle, will be there. Those who seek to have the church approve of, and celebrate their lifestyle, will have some explaining to do (as will the church leaders who play into this).
I believe in corporate worship, the encouraging of brothers and sisters. I believe the only solution to the race problem is God. I believe the only answer to any problem is God.
I believe that there is a big problem with legalism. (Read about the Jewish leaders in the New Testament) I think many of us are wound to tight (one of my sins) and should be more supportive of those who are not as far along in their spiritual journey. (Don't confuse supportive as encouraging sin, but lifting up from sin)I believe that The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul is one of the best books ever written.
I believe that there are two times when I am as close to God as I can be in this world. When I am with someone who is about to die, or when I am in the delivery room at a birth. Be still and know that I am God
The church in our generation needs reformation, revival, and constructive revolution.
At times men think of the two words reformation and revival as standing in contrast one to the other, but this is a mistake. Both words are related to the word restore.
Reformation refers to a restoration to pure doctrine; revival refers to a restoration in the Christianís life. Reformation speaks of a return to the teachings of Scripture; revival speaks of a life brought into its proper relationship to the Holy Spirit.
The great moments of church history have come when these two restorations have simultaneously come into action so that the church has returned to pure doctrine and the lives of the Christians in the church have known the power of the Holy Spirit. There cannot be true revival unless there has been reformation; and reformation is not complete without revival.
Such a combination of reformation and revival would be revolutionary in our day -- revolutionary in our individual lives as Christians, revolutionary not only in reference to the liberal church but constructively revolutionary in the evangelical, orthodox church as well.
May we be those who know the reality of both reformation and revival, so that this poor dark world may have an exhibition of a portion of the church returned to both pure doctrine and Spirit-filled life.
(Francis A. Schaeffer, Death In The City, Ch. 1)
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An early morning chill lingers in a small town nestled in Eastern Germany. The majestic tower of the Castle Cathedral rises boldly over the still sleeping town.
While the town sleeps, a solitary figure makes his stand at the church, boldly posting his arguments against the majority view of the American Church.
The photographer zooms in to snap a close-up of the document posted on door of the Church.
Crowds in Wittenberg gather to read the document, and cheer in approval!
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