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The Piper debate and FV controversy
by goldenoldie. Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:50 AM
KJO Propaganda?
by Tom. Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:04 PM
Key teaching of Dispys is Gnostic
by Tom. Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:24 AM
YEC and the NT
by Tom. Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:03 AM
Cultural Marxism=Multicultura
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The "Protestant Reformation" series by Paul Elliott
by Tom. Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:35 PM
42 minutes ago The beauty of Christ by chestnutmare
A sense of the beauty of Christ is the beginning of true saving faith in the life of a true convert. This is quite different from any vague feeling that Christ loves him or died for him. These sort of fuzzy feelings can cause a sort of love and joy, because the person feels a gratitude for escaping the punishment of their sin. In actual fact, these feelings are based on self-love, and not on a love for Christ at all. It is a sad thing that so many people are deluded by this false faith. On the other hand, a glimpse of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ causes in the heart a supreme genuine love for God. This is because the divine light shows the excellent loveliness of God's nature. A love based on this is far, far above anything coming from self-love, which demons can have as well as men. The true love of God which comes from this sight of His beauty causes a spiritual and holy joy in the soul; a joy in God, and exulting in Him. There is no rejoicing in ourselves, but rather in God alone.

The sight of the beauty of divine things will cause true desires after the things of God. These desires are different from the longings of demons, which happen because the demons know their doom awaits them, and they wish it could somehow be otherwise. The desires that come from this sight of Christ's beauty are natural free desires, like a baby desiring milk. Because these desires are so different from their counterfeits, they help to distinguish genuine experiences of God's grace from the false.

~ Jonathan Edwards.

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Yesterday at 02:28 PM The Piper debate and FV controversy by John_C
I read the following article this morning, and the writer appears to make some excellent points. Since I don't trust myself completely on such deep theological matters, I wonder what others might think on the merits and faults in the article.

http://theaquilareport.com/piper-debate-federal-vision-controversy/

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Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:03 AM YEC and the NT by Tom
Years ago, I think I saved an article that shows NT Scripture showing a young earth (i.e. 6/24 hr day view). Unfortunately, that was my last computer and I forgot to transfer many of my articles and links to this one.
I do not necessarily need the articles back, but I am looking to help someone understand the Scripture's teaching on this issue.
Also, I believe there are some essential doctrines that would be effected if OEC was correct.

I did a quick look on the site and found a few articles and discussions; but though I may have missed it. None of them spoke directly to the description I mentioned above.

Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Tom

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Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:02 AM The "Protestant Reformation" series by Paul Elliott by Pilgrim
Dr. Paul Elliott has a multi-part series on the Protestant Reformation available to the public online. The first part can be found here: The Calvin500 Celebration: Sincere Homage or Sad Hypocrisy?.

However aproppos the first two in the series are, and they certainly are very good, I found Part 3 is exceptionally relevant and descriptive of our current situation in regards to where the visible church is today. You can read that part here: What Is the Greatest Lesson of the Reformation?.

There are links to the previous and following articles in each of the series as you read through them which I heartily recommend. grin

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Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:23 AM 500 Year Anniversary of the Reformation by Tom
Like many of Reformed persuasion, I actually look forward to the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
I was on Facebook and looking at a Reformed group called ‘Table Talk’. The thread was called something to the effect of ‘Should we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation?’ I noticed the vast majority of the posts were actually anti-Reformation in nature; saying that Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli were evil men. One in particular said that Martin Luther brought the evil of Gnosticism into the Church.
I was quite shocked that the administrators did not say anything and the only people who said anything contrary to what they were saying did not seem to be very knowledgeable.
I decided that I would at least try to find out a little bit about these accusations, before I said anything. Or rather if I say anything.
My search in Google concerning Gnosticism and Luther quickly came to a few Roman Catholic sources that were anti-Luther. After scanning them, I decided not to read them, seeing they are automatically prejudiced against Luther and the Reformation.
Searching further I again ran into many accusations that Luther was a Gnostic. One statement stuck out to me that I thought I would share here.
It said that you will not get a Protestant to admit Luther was a Gnostic and that Augustine was as well. It also went to say that all Protestants should be as well.
I went to Wikipedia and although it was helpful to show how Luther wrote against Antinominianism (which by the way some sources claimed Luther was an advocate of.) It really did not help me to find out about the claim that Luther was a Gnostic.
My search so far has lead to many hits from sites that claim that Martin Luther was a Gnostic. However, though I may have missed it, nothing from Protestant sites.
Is this a claim you have run into; because it is the first time I have run into it?

Tom


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