Justification

Several years ago a controversy erupted concerning the doctrine of sanctification. One of the key participants emphasized that Christian obedience is “faith-fueled.” This important point, of course, was not in itself controversial and was wholeheartedly affirmed by everyone involved as far as I...
Mark McDowell
During the sixteenth century there were many religious colloquies involving Protestant and Roman Catholic theologians. These all sought the elusive goal of a religious settlement that would enable both sides to coexist in a united church. The most famous of these colloquies took place at Regensburg...
Mark McDowell
During the sixteenth century there were many religious colloquies involving Protestant and Roman Catholic theologians. These all sought the elusive goal of a religious settlement that would enable both sides to coexist in a united church. The most famous of these colloquies took place at Regensburg...
What makes someone a heretic? This topic may be more important than we might think, especially in the world of online discourse. There is a distinction between willfully committing a soul-destroying heresy and committing a theological error. To call someone a "false teacher" is to say they are...
Garry Williams
This is the fourth and final article in Garry Williams' series on the Church & the World. To read the first, please find the first here , the second here and the third here ~ the Editor My first article began with the observation that Satan ambitiously aims to attack the church at the very...
Garry Williams
This is the fourth and final article in Garry Williams' series on the Church & the World. To read the first, please find the first here , the second here and the third here ~ the Editor My first article began with the observation that Satan ambitiously aims to attack the church at the very...
Never say "never", and never say "always" when making a claim about the Reformed tradition. That's rule number one, and it can save you from a lot of embarrassment. I plan to post on this in the future and bring into light some Reformed voices who have made bold claims in an attempt to cast...
Part 1: Justification by Precision Alone? Part 2: Act and Habit of Faith Part 3: Justification is an act that cannot be revoked Part 4: Arminian vs. Reformed on justification Part 5: One or Two Justifications? Part 6: Judgment According to Works (see below) It is well nigh impossible to deny that...
"And a good work it is, no doubt, to pare off all unnecessary occasions of debate and differences in religion, provided we go not so near the quick as to let out any of its vital spirits." John Owen Part 1: Justification by Precision Alone? Part 2: Act and Habit of Faith Part 3: Justification is an...
Rick Phillips
A couple of years ago, a friend of mine was discussing the necessity of works to salvation when a fellow Reformed minister accused him of legalism. This pastor, noted for promoting a radical version of Lutheran soteriology, cut him down with a slashing riposte. "You sound like a follower of James...