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The Augustinian Captivity of the Reformed Church - Published on January 6, 2019
...It is always interesting when I converse with reformed protestants that live in my community. Although they would say they disagree with most teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, they hold up and lend credence to Augustine of Hippo as if he was some great Protestant reformer. How naive they have become! Have they even considered what Augustine believed to be true? Have they ever done any research? When I state to them that Augustine never believed or taught the Pauline doctrine of Justification by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, in the Imputed merits of Christ Alone, they recoil and tell me, “My reverend pastor never said what you are saying” They also tell me that “R.C. Sproul, J.I. Packer, and many other reformed scholars speak very highly of Augustine”...
Nicholas Laurienzo
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Reality Check - Published on January 6, 2019
...Objectivism, or metaphysical objectivism, is the view that there is a reality or realm of objects and facts existing wholly independent of the mind. Stronger versions of this claim might hold that there is only one correct description of this reality; they may or may not hold that we have any knowledge of it. If it is true (and I believe it is) that reality is independent of the mind, the reality of objectivism is thus inclusive of objects which one may not know about and are not the intended objects of mental acts....
Nicholas Laurienzo
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James "The Letter" Exposed - Published on January 6, 2019
...This is a rather controversial article that has caused a lot of division amongst brethren. I post it here because I love the Gospel of Christ, and I agree with Luther that the book is not that of an Apostle. However, this position of mine should not cause disunity. Unity in Christ is based on the Gospel alone, and not adherence to church traditions like canon theology....
Nicholas Laurienzo
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The Rock of The Scriptures : Jesus Christ or Peter? - Published on January 6, 2019
...All to often in Christian circles, the issue of Authority is raised as to WHO is the head of the Body of Christ. Is it Peter the Apostle along with the line of successive popes, as Rome contends from Augustine’s writings ? Or is it Jesus Christ, the God-Man and Savior, as the scriptures and Apostles of Christ attest to all true Christians who are able to believe ?...
Nicholas Laurienzo
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The Vengeful God - Published on January 6, 2019
... It is always interesting when we compare the God of the bible to the god professed by most of Christendom. In most Christian churches across the world, God is shown to be only a God of love, mercy, grace, and peace. This is emphasized so much that for someone to even hint at a possibility of God having wrath, anger, jealously, and vengeance is to be marginalized and ridiculed among many of the churches today. To mention these attributes of God brings stigma to those of us who seek to follow and worship God in all His perfect attributes. To blatantly ignore certain attributes of God is in effect creating your own god within your mind who is more acceptable than the God revealed through the Scriptures. It is my belief that when people and churches diminish God’s attributes such as his wrath, anger, vengeance, and hate, it will lead them into doctrinal error. This is very noticeable in the doctrines of election and reprobation, where many years of denying certain attributes of God has resulted in churches which emphasis a universal love of God and free will within man directly contradictory to scripture. While ultimately this denial of some of God’s attributes is due to most of these individuals and churches being unregenerate it is still important for us to examine the scriptures that speak to these often overlooked and forgotten aspects of God’s nature. If we truly want to follow and worship God then we need to not ignore part of who He is and in effect create a God of our own imagination....
James Johnson
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The Eternal God - Published on January 6, 2019
...The concept that God is eternal is widely known and professed by most Christians today. However, it seems that in reality most people who claim that God is eternal do not truly understand the many implications this has on understanding Christian doctrine and practice. It is essential that we have a clear picture of the eternal God and how God in eternity works. It is very easy for our human minds to begin to see God ONLY acting within the constraints of time. This will inevitably lead into error within doctrine and result in a God who is less that God. It is important to affirm that God does indeed work within time and is constantly doing many things everyday. The best instance of God working within time is the whole incarnation of Christ on Earth....
James Johnson
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Romans 3:10-31 Exposition - Published on January 6, 2019
...Romans 3:10-18 as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one; - 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. - 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one." - 13 "Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive." "The venom of asps is under their lips." - 14 "Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness." - 15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood; - 16 in their paths are ruin and misery, - 17 and the way of peace they have not known." - 18 "There is no fear of God before their eyes."...
James Johnson
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Mystery, Paradox, and the Free Offer of the Gospel - Published on January 6, 2019
...There is no place in scripture that ever shows that the elect of God are to hold to mystery or paradox. Instead, throughout scripture, again and again we are shown that all mysteries are made known and are revealed to the elect. Of course we don't know all things that God knows, that is impossible, but every doctrine or belief that the elect follow is derived from the knowledge that God has revealed to us in scripture. The elect are never to explain away a doctrine to the realms of mystery and paradox because that will undoubtedly result is false doctrine....
James Johnson
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Exposition of Revelation 22:18-19 - Published on January 6, 2019
...This verse drives the context of the rest of what John wrote throughout the rest of Revelation. John wrote a book of his vision. John wrote everything he saw down in a book and that he then sent to the 7 churches. Throughout Revelation, besides from the above verse, John mentions the word “book” 16 times. 7 times the book that is being referred to is called “The book of Life” From what we can tell from these verses the book of life is a book where the names of the Elect of God are written in and once a name is there it can’t be blotted out (3:5). The names were written before the foundation of the world (13:8). If one’s name is not in the book of life they are thrown into the lake of fire (20:15). Only those whose names are in the book of life will enter into God’s presence (21:27). Obviously this “book of life” is not the 66 book protestant canon....
James Johnson
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Exposition of James 2:14-26 - Published on January 6, 2019
...Catholic apologists’ exegesis of James 2 is why they hold to faith plus works for justification before God. However, I completely disagree with Catholicism and many of their doctrines; they are clearly against the Gospel of grace. Protestants in order to hold on to the pure Gospel have to hold that James is talking about faith before men. The text just doesn’t support this view. So the only option for those of us who love the Gospel of grace is to perform and utilize poor interpretation methods or reject James as scripture. I’d rather stay consistence in my interpretation and reject James than have to make Paul and James seem to agree....
James Johnson
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Dispensationalism's Inability To Understand The Nature of The New Covenant - Published on January 6, 2019
...Dispensationalism is the dominate belief for most groups that profess to be Christians. Dispensationalism is clearly an abhorrent heresy which has caused many unregenerate people to become fanatical Zionist who place the nation of Israel on a special pedestal. Defending the nation of Israel has become just as important to most dispensationals as the preaching of their false gospel. Given that the vast majority of dispensationalists believe they are in the end times, and that Armageddon is any day now, it is important to examine Dispensationalism based on the scriptures. In studying this topic one of the key things that I notice over and over again is the inability for dispensationalist to understand the nature of the church, the body of Christ and the new covenant. Maybe God hasn’t revealed the truth to them yet, and if that’s the case then maybe they aren’t truly elect (Matt. 11:25,27). Let’s look at some scripture and see what it says....
James Johnson
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The Impotent god of a Sovereign People? - Published on January 6, 2019
...A constant occurrence within modern day evangelicalism is the notion that the God of Scripture is in Heaven wringing His hands, crying, because His creation will not come to Him for salvation, and that He has done all that He can to save them. Within this view is the thinking that the will of man is untouchable by God, and that He will not force Himself on His creation; that He will only try to “woo” people to come to His Son Jesus, not that He will as Scripture teaches “draw” His people to His Son irresistibly. As we move forward in this short essay a case will be made for the absolute sovereignty of God in salvation, and a hope that with the apostle Paul you will say: “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” - Phil. 2:13 ESV...
Travis Findley
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The Five Points of Augustinianism : An Introduction to SPOOF - Published on January 6, 2019
...Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.) was and is the most influential theologian in virtually all of professed christendom. Both Roman Catholicism and Protestantism embrace him as the author of their respective (but radically different) core doctrines of the grace of God toward man. Eastern Orthodoxy, though rejecting some of the teachings of Gus (imputed sin, predestination, the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Son), still reveres him as a saint of the church. Vocal opponents of Gus in professing Christianity have been few. Most of these are noncomformists holding to Pelagian or semi-Pelagian free-will views of salvation. Yet one is hard pressed to find any author who regards the writings of Gus overall as promoting a gospel different from the New Testament. Free-will proponents love his earlier writings that avoid teaching determinism in salvation. Roman Catholics and Protestants freely quote from statements to support whatever view is favored individually or coporately, as virtually any position can be bolstered somewhere from the massive number of Augustine’s published works....
Bob Higby
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The Trinity Foundation : My Joyful Tribute and Bitter Dissent - Published on January 6, 2019
...Recent awful experiences here at p-net necessitate that I state my position on Presbyterianism in general and The Trinity Foundation in particular. I am ‘hit hard’ in my spirit by the things that have happened, along with the entire moderating staff. To merely ignore all of it and go on as if nothing had happened would be a great sin before God. Therefore I’m writing this article....
Bob Higby
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The Two Seeds - Published on January 6, 2019
...No expositor has ever questioned that this passage in scripture is the first mention in linear time of the doctrine of redemption in Christ. But how many have really examined its implications? Very few. Most brush over it with astonishingly brief exposition and go straight to other ‘more important’ considerations. But the first redemptive promise of God in linear time contains vital and eternal truths rewarding only those spirits who truly and passionately seek the One God as the author of scripture! Others will miss out. Most in previous generations have missed the implications of this passage. Most will continue to miss it for many generations to come!...
Bob Higby
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The End of the Five Solas Reformation - Published on January 6, 2019
...Today we stand at an end of the Grace revolution God launched upon the world in the 16th century. The respected contemporary theology winning the hearts of masses is the Pharisaism of Christ’s day, transformed into the movements of Western (Latin) Christianity, Eastern Christianity, Talmudic Judaism, and Islam. In addition the Protestant movement of today, including even strict nonconformist sects, has been absorbed into the Latin tradition to an extent that it bears no clear uncompromising testimony of the doctrines of free and unmerited Grace....
Bob Higby
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Biblical Truths You Will Never Learn from Any Scholar or Theologian - Published on January 6, 2019
...In spite of those standing for the truth of Justification as taught in the apostolic gospel, these associated truths debated on P-Net for years cannot possibly be learned from the most advanced Christian theologians of repute. These are implications of the 5-solas of the Reformation that virtually all theologians deny. If anyone wishes to add to this list please post. If some want to shout 'scripture please' please start a new discussion and don't deny the existence of previous discussions that have presented the evidence....
Bob Higby
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The Pentamerous Road to Rome - Published on January 6, 2019
...The most notable critics of the Roman Catholic Church, whether Protestant or Nonconformist, have always missed the key events where the Papacy schemed to determine the outcome of "rebel" doctrine for all time to come. The original controversy between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism was focused on recovering a biblical soteriology. This was the basis of the Reformation and all its controversies with both the Papal hierarchy and Anabaptist nomism. God caused that generation of rebel scholars and those taught by them to re-consider the apostolic doctrine of salvation. The scholars of the Reformation perceived an obvious contradiction between the New Testament soteriology and that embraced in the longstanding Latin tradition of Papists, Early Church Fathers, and the masses indoctrinated in this tradition since the death of the apostles (whether conformist or non-conformist). The legend of a non-conformist tradition of true biblical soteriology standing outside the Papacy is a myth. If such a heritage existed, there would have been no need for "reformation" of the doctrine of salvation by scholars. The Latin fathers determined the soteriology of most Christendom for over a thousand years, no matter which ecclesiastical tradition a particular church or sect followed. The incidents of true apostolic gospel doctrine in nonconformity do exist (some Waldenses for example) but they amount to a sickly plant at best....
Bob Higby
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The Westminster Confession of Faith : A Compartmentalized Theology - Published on January 6, 2019
...In the years following the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, men of various sectarian persuasions rushed quickly to settle on a comprehensive statement of doctrine. This was deemed necessary in order to clearly define a system of beliefs that stood in contrast to the Roman Papacy and other denominations within Protestantism itself. The question that must be asked is this: Did men of the 16th and 17th centuries act too quickly to define a comprehensive paradigm which would be exalted as the rule for all future biblical interpretation? The position of this study series will be that assemblies of men in that era attempted to settle many matters which they were unequipped to resolve. In spite of the learning, integrity, and thorough debate of the Westminster Assembly, the process of unlearning the traditions of men that resulted in the Dark Ages could only take place by the increased wisdom of many centuries. A rush to dogma on many of the issues was motivated by the political pressures of that era and the urgent need to contrast one sect from another....
Bob Higby
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TULIP Scriptural References : Part 5 : Perseverance of the Saints - Published on January 5, 2019
...The Preserving Work of God the Father The Father keeps and guards believers: Psalms 37:28, (NASB), For the Lord loves justice And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.  Psalms 41:2, (NASB), The Lord will protect him and keep him alive, And he shall be called blessed upon the earth; And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.  Psalms 97:10, (NASB), Hate evil, you who love the ...     Article Length: Long
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