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Does one become a believer by his own decision?

August 7, 2008
Does one become a believer by his own decision?

How did the dry bones in Ezekiel 37:1-10 arise to become "a great army"? How did Lazarus come out of the grave and hear Jesus' command? Did they give life to themselves so they could respond to God's call?

Why Ordain Ministers?

May 3, 2008

Why ordination? This question might be on the minds of many evangelicals whenever they hear of someone (like myself) being ordained to be a minister or pastor of a church. In this age of anti-intellectualism and anti-authority coupled with a low view of Scripture, creeds, church, and ministers, ordination is looked upon as unusual, unnecessary, and maybe even Roman Catholic.

The Death of Christ and the Eternal Covenant

March 21, 2008

The first time I talked to a Christian friend about the doctrine of "limited" atonement, the reaction was immediate shock and indignation: "That's so wrong!" "That can't be true!" Out of the notable "five points of Calvinism," two usually generate heated conversations: "unconditional election" and "limited atonement." Both doctrines evoke images of a whimsical divine puppetmaster who amuses himself by toying with his created beings.

5 Reasons Why “Christmas is Pagan” is a Myth

December 17, 2007
5 Reasons Why “Christmas is Pagan” is a Myth

Every Christmas, Christians debate whether it should be celebrated or not. Reformed believers in particular question whether this celebration violates the regulative principle, a principle that upholds the primacy of Scripture in worship, doctrine, and practice: The acceptable way of worshiping the true God has been instituted by himself, and so limited by his own […]

John Hagee: “Jesus refused to be the Messiah”

November 27, 2007

John Hagee the Zionist is at it again, promoting yet another sure money-making book, In Defense of Israel. In this promotional video, he states the following heresies: This book will expose the sins of the fathers and the vicious abuse of the Jew[s]… will shake Christian theology… [T]he Jewish people as a whole did not […]

“Using God”

November 11, 2007

Dr. Kim Riddlebarger’s article, “Using God,” in the latest Modern Reformation issue has caught my attention, since it is somewhat related to my post about televangelist hucksters. In the article, Riddlebarger writes that man’s sinful pride results in a couple of ways in which he diminishes God: First, there are those who see the power […]

Hall of Heretic Hucksters (Updated)

November 6, 2007

“CBS News has learned Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating six prominent televangelist ministries for possible financial misconduct.” Christianity Today also has a report on this investigation. The six hucksters being investigated for “improperly using their tax-exempt status as churches to shield lavish lifestyles” are Paula […]

“Lord, please nuke them!”

August 18, 2007

Probably not many Christians will pray a prayer like this, but a Southern California pastor might as well do. He encourages his flock to pray for the death of those who opposed his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee by using his church’s stationery and Internet program. Pastor Wiley Drake of the First Southern […]

God’s Friday

April 6, 2007
God’s Friday

"Good Friday" is a national holiday in the Philippines. Ever wondered why this day, a commemoration of the Lord's crucifixion c. A.D. 33, is paradoxically called "Good"? Some say it comes from the German "Gottes Freitag," which means "God’s Friday..."

Donatist, Anabaptist, and Presbyterian Confusion

March 23, 2007

For a printer-friendly version (PDF) of this article, click here. Infant Baptism Among Evangelicals In the classes I’m teaching at a Presbyterian school, the discussions frequently turn to the question of infant baptism. The questions and comments are interesting, to say the least, and sometimes shocking. One pastor described how his church baptizes an adult […]

The Word of God

December 20, 2006

Belgic Confession Article 3 We confess that this Word of God did not come by the impulse of man, but that men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God, as the apostle Peter says (2 Pet 1:21). Thereafter, in His special care for us and our salvation, God commanded His servants, the prophets and […]

The Means By Which We Know God

December 7, 2006

Belgic Confession Article 2 We know him by two means: First, by the creation, preservation, and government of the universe, since that universe is before our eyes like a beautiful book1 in which all creatures, great and small, are as letters to make us ponder the invisible things of God: his eternal power and his […]

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