“How many points?” Surely there are more than five. And when that larger number of points taught by the Reformed confessions is not respected, the famous five are jeopardized, indeed, dissolved â€”and the ongoing spiritual health of the church is placed at risk.
In Mark 7:2-5, the Pharisees are said to practice ceremonial washing of the hands before eating, and “many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing (baptismos) of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.” Immersing dining couches?
Our children are not pagansâ€””aliens and strangers to the covenants of promise”â€”but are truly “fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”
With this principle of “covenant solidarity,” it would have been unthinkable for Jews who became Christians to exclude their wives and children from the covenant household.
1 Corinthians10:1-2 says the Israelites were baptized in the Red Sea. If as he says, baptism is immersion, then all Israel were immersed! So the Exodus story, according to JMac, is turned on its head: Israelites, not the Egyptians, were immersed and drowned in the sea!
“This devilish conduct of infant Baptism has survived through two thousand years of church life from very early on, the third century, embedded in the fourth and still here. We could only ask, Lord, that the Reformation would be a complete Reformation.”
There are, therefore, more than five points and … there cannot be such a thing as a “five-point Calvinist” or “five-point Reformed Christian” who owns just those five articles taken from the Canons of Dort and who refuses to accept the other “points” made by genuinely Reformed theology.
In the secular world, accountants, auto mechanics, doctors, engineers, electricians, lawyers, plumbers, train operators, etc., can only practice their profession if they have a license. But if evangelicals would not trust a doctor to build their houses or an auto mechanic to do a root canal, why do they put a biblically-illiterate Tommy Lee in charge of their souls?
Not exactly. Actually, the Philippines is one of only two countries in the world that I know of where divorce is not legalized, the other of course being Vatican City. And in spite of its evil and tendency to be abused, I believe it’s time to legalize divorce in the Philippines…