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by Pilgrim. Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:13 AM
What exactly is a confessional church
by Pilgrim. Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:18 PM
James White Article
by Pilgrim. Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:10 PM
Importance of dating the destruction of the Temple
by Pilgrim. Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:13 PM
A study of the Heidelberg Catechism
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"The Reformed View of Sanctification" - Sinclair Ferguson
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For quite a long period of time in the past, the Roman State Church adhered to a quasi? Amillennial position. Rome is and always has been a religious chameleon depending upon what location they occupied and what pope was enthroned as the "Vicar of Christ". Accommodation to local customs and beliefs regardless of how pagan they are is Roman policy/practice. However, Rome's theological position has been relatively consistent, with a few exceptions where liberal popes have pronounced some really bizarre things. The 'out' has aways been the expected phrase, "But none of that was give EX-CATHEDRA", which is their way of saying, you can take whatever was said with a grain of salt because it isn't officially binding. As an aside, it is interesting to read/hear professing Catholics have so little interest in their church and often disagree and even ridicule it for some of its doctrines. And yet, at least in the U.S. lamestream media, when it mentions Christianity, the majority of the time the reference is to the Roman State Church as if IT is the recognized representative. igiveup

Most Dispensationalists, regardless of what type they profess to be are not governed by Scripture but by daily headline news, which they claim is the fulfillment of some biblical prophecy which is proof that Armageddon is right around the corner and the 1000 year millennium will soon be here... i.e., if you are a pre-Trib Dispie. rolleyes2
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Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:18 PM
Originally Posted by John_C
Does it mean that a church ascribes to a confession of faith, or can it mean that a church ascribes to a statement of faith with might entail 5-10 points? Or, maybe there is really not a specific meaning, but one that is thrown around a lot?

1. Historically, a "confessional church" is a body that ascribes to a denominational standard, e.g., Helvetic, Belgic, LBCF, Westminster, Savoy, etc. These churches confess that the Bible is the sole and final authority in all matters of faith (doctrine) and practice... and that the Standard/Confession is their secondary authority in all that it says which is consistent with biblical teaching.

2. In more modern times, it can mean that a denomination or individual church ascribes to a confession/standard which they have written themselves. Typically, these type of confessions are very simple and pale in comparison to the historical confessions which came about after the Protestant Reformation as were all those mentioned above. Precision isn't one of their attributes and most are contrary to the doctrines of the reformational confessions.

3. Lastly, EVERY church is confessional in the sense that the individual church has a set of beliefs, whether written or unwritten to which members are required to acknowledge as truth and voluntarily agree to submit to and be disciplined if broken. You will see these written 'confessions' on most church websites, usually designated as "What We Believe", or something similar.

#1 is, or was, the understood meaning of a "Confessional Church".

One more thing I feel I would be reticent if not mentioned. A denomination/church can claim to be confessional but that does not guarantee that they accept their Standard(s) as a binding secondary authority, or consistently teach and live by them, e.g., the PCUSA retains the Westminster Standards as part of their denomination but openly disagrees with most of what those Standards teach. They are valuable as part of history and not much more. There are other confessional denominations who haven't gone as far as the PCUSA in denying the majority of the teachings of their respective Standard(s), but they are slowly going in that direction. This is not unusual historically. Many, if not most of the major Reformed denominations are in our day are traveling down that road to one degree or another and will eventually become just another "used to be confessional" church. Out of them will be those who sooner or later recognize the seriousness of what is happening, leave and start a new denomination/church. Revelation chapters 2&3 is an accurate description of where the visible church is today. The majority have gone astray in various ways but a few have remained faithful. The question that needs to be asked is, "Where is MY church/denomination among those described in Revelation?" Most people play ostrich and refuse to take seriously the signs of impending apostasy around them. And that is one of the major contributions to the demise of their church/denomination. [Linked Image]
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Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:10 PM
The link is the search results on Google which isn't helpful. giggle
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Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:13 AM
Admittedly, it has been years since I came across this subject. But from what I read from others and from things which Dr. Sproul wrote himself, it was obvious that he embraced "Partial Preterism", NOT to be confused with "hyper-Preterism". Those who hold to the "partial" type of Preterism prefer to use the term "Orthodox Preterism". grin

Dating is one of those hotly debated and contentious subjects among those who are most interested in eschatological matters. It is natural to want to know, "What comes first; the dates or the interpretation of particular texts?" If one begins with the presupposition (an odious term to those of the Classical Apologetics school) giggle that AD 70 is the key to understanding the matter, then one will have to change the dates of when the Epistles were written, etc., etc. And that, of course, will influence how one interprets the Epistles themselves and the events referred to in them. It's like a snowball rolling down a steep slope. It gathers more and more snow resulting in a monstrosity of a snowball and most difficult to slow down, never mind stop. Personally, I do not agree with the "Orthodox Preterist" view, albeit everyone would agree on some of its particulars which are based upon sound exegesis. And, I would not judge it to be heresy and perhaps not even heterodoxy. It is, however, a peculiar view. As to what specifically I would disagree with I cannot say since I basically cannot remember much of what it teaches due to the time that I researched it and my failing memory due to getting old. [Linked Image]
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Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:58 AM
Pilgrim you said "What possibly could be more comforting to know than from all eternity, the sovereign God had set His love upon us to be recipients of His mercy and grace in Christ Jesus and to give us a place in His kingdom... both now on this earth and on the new earth which is to come".

Since coming to learn the doctrines of Grace this has been much on my mind. To know that God has chosen us in Christ Jesus, elected us, purchased and redeemed us with His own blood, has justified us and is sanctifying us, preserves us and will glorify us as well... is more than I can really comprehend. It takes salvation totally out of man's hands, and makes God the true author and finisher of our faith, rather than man thinking that he actually has made "quite" a contribution to it. That has set me free and given me such security that no matter what happens I know that I am in His Hands and He will complete that which He has begun. We as His redeemed belong to Him because He has purchased us with His own blood. There is great comfort in that!! and my words cannot express how I love Him and His beautiful Gospel!
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What's New on The Highway website?
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:04 AM
Reformed theology owes a special debt to the principles of biblical exposition recovered for the church at the time of the Reformation. It is particularly associated with the work of John Calvin, but was later developed by such seventeenth-century Puritans as John Owen and Thomas Goodwin (in England), and Thomas Hooker and John Cotton (in New England). Many later Christians have owed a special debt to the Reformed theological tradition. They include preachers like George Whitefield, C. H. Spurgeon and D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones; and theologians such as Jonathan Edwards, Charles Hodge, Abraham Kuyper and B. B. Warfield; as well as such influential twentieth-century Christian leaders as J Gresham Machen and Francis Schaeffer. From one point of view, most evangelical theology in the English-speaking world can be seen as an exposition of, deviation from or reaction to Reformed theology.

A cursory glance at the biographies or writings of these men underlines the fact that Reformed theology has always placed special emphasis on the subject of sanctification. Few axioms are more central to Reformed teaching than that theology and practice, doctrine and lifestyle are partners joined together by God. They ought never to be separated. Nor is this relationship merely a “marriage of convenience.”

The doctrine(s) of the Reformation were disturbingly unique to the people of that day, particularly to the Roman State Church. One of their characteristics was the source of those doctrines... The Scriptures alone. They remain unique even to this day for the same reason yet those who are disturbed and opposed to them are not restricted to the Rome but rather the vast majority of the visible church is at odds with Reformed Theology, even some who consider themselves to be "Reformed". Among the doctrines which are uniquely Reformed stands justification and sanctification. And these two unique doctrines are invariably provocative when they are held to be inseparable; two sides of the same coin, if I may use that old description. It is the latter, sanctification, which Sinclair Ferguson's article focuses upon and sets forth that it is clearly taught in Scripture but he also shows its many facets, how it is related to faith and justification, its progressive nature, how it effects believers, the role of the Spirit in the believer, etc. I was impressed by how much the author was able to accomplish in such a short article. This is not to say that there aren't some magnificent books, even volumes of books that have been written which say much more, yet come short in being called 'exhaustive', and are certainly worth reading. Nevertheless, Dr. Ferguson's article is still a "gem" in my estimation and worthy of applause. BigThumbUp

You can read this article now by clicking here: The Reformed View of Sanctification.

For later reading, visit The Highway website and click on the "Article of the Month" logo.

As always, we encourage those who read these articles to discuss them, ask questions, etc. in the appropriate forums.

In His service and grace,
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Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:52 PM
...and I agree with the article....

Hey, if it ain't Dutch, it ain't much.... Trust me, I know!
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Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:15 PM
I thought I would include something from a Canadian jouraliat named Rex Murphy who is a political columnist. I do not always agree with him, but rarely is he boring. He definately is not politely correct and often I am left laughing.

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