But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Roman Catholics often assert that Protestantism operates under the principle that Scripture is open to private interpretation because Protestants deny the need for an infallible magisterium to interpret Scripture. Is historic Protestantism really a religion of "me and my Bible?" Do the tenets...

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imageDeduction as a construct does not bring forth certainty any more than induction. Inductivists try to move from what might be thought to be known, or considered most probably the case, to what is not yet believed with the same veracity. Induction is “open ended” we might say, because...

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“A transcendental argument begins with any item of experience or belief whatsoever and proceeds, by critical analysis, to ask what conditions (or what other beliefs) would need to be true in order for that original experience or belief to make sense, be meaningful, or be intelligible to us....

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I'm publishing this piece again because I've been reminded of late that the Escondido crowd remains loud and a problematic force against the reasonableness of Reformed epistemology and morals.More question begging from the Radical 2 Kingdom camp, this time by Darryl Hart.
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Indeed, one can have a...

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Monday, 06 July 2015 08:05

Demeanor toward homosexuality

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From the Aquila Report :
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Easily, less than five percent of the U.S. population is homosexual. So, why is it that being pro-homosexual is advantageous for one seeking public office? I think the answer is simple. The average person is autonomous in his reasoning and is, therefore, easy prey.Although all men know by nature...

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Saturday, 13 June 2015 21:21

Sanctification and Moralism

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imageSanctification is too often only thought of in terms of that process whereby a converted sinner is gradually transformed in mind and affections  according to the preceptive-will of God and consequently into the image of Christ.  At best, too often sanctification is merely seen in terms of...

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Saturday, 04 April 2015 10:46

Matthew Slick / CARM on Theonomy

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“This movement rose out of Calvinism. It is an extremist Christian movement, not held by very many people. The concern is that when a religiously dominated society has control of family, moral, and governmental regulations, who is to govern the governors?”Matt Slick 
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imageInduction, the basis for all scientific inference, presupposes the uniformity of nature, which is to say it operates under the principle of the future being like the past; yet the resurrection of Christ from the dead is contra-uniform since it does not comport with past experience. Our experience...

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Sunday, 29 March 2015 14:00

Gospel and Easter

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The gospel is the central theme of the New Testament and consequently central to Pauline theology. In particular, Christ is risen, with all its implications, is the primary message of the Bible. It is the good news. Not justification through faith alone (through an alien righteousness)...

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Monday, 16 March 2015 21:27

Homosexuality and the Church

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Could you imagine starting a small group at your church for those struggling with being a rapist? How about a struggling murderer? No, because the antidote is simply repent and come to Christ. There’s nothing more to talk about. Don’t murder and don’t rape. Period! Repent or...

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Sunday, 08 March 2015 21:00

A Primer on Covenant Theology Baptism

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imageImmediately after the fall of man God promised that he would inflict a deep seated hatred between the seed of the woman and the seed of the Satan. That promise, which would come to fruition being a promise(!), included the good news that the seed of the woman would crush the serpent’s head...

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Monday, 19 January 2015 08:38

Why I Hate Roman Catholicism

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Let me count the ways... No, this post is by no means exhaustive. There are many reasons why I hate the man-made system of the popes.
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A  common argument for Roman Catholicism is that Rome has no disagreements within her official teachings whereas Protestant denominations often...

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imageFor x (some aspect of human experience) to be the case, y must also be the case since y is the precondition of x. Since x is the case, y is the case.M.B.Applying the above transcendental formulation in traditional form we end up with: Prove A:The Christian God exists. Step 1 ~A: (Assume the...

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image"Necessary conditions" is a philosophical phrase that deals with states of affairs. Take, If Y then X:That X is a necessary condition for Y means that Y cannot exist without X also existing, since Y is a sufficient condition for X.<!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */...

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:10

O'Reilly, Bloomberg and Saint Paul

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Many Christians believe that the second commandment has always only been against making an image of God and using it as a worship aid, like Roman Catholicism promotes in practice. (The Eastern Church’s icons are usually up for grabs.) A growing number of Protestants who avoid crucifixes and...

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Saturday, 22 February 2014 21:59

One Size Doesn't Always Fit All

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imageHow are we to behave toward (i) un-repented brothers in the church, (ii) profane people, (iii) splendid pagans (i.e. the populace) who live in the neighborhood and (iv) those who preach another gospel?Imagine a person plotting to commit murder. Would any sane person think that after the murder...

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 03:00

Adam, Merit Glory

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It is not deducible from Scripture that the prospect of glorification was open to Adam prior to sinning, let alone that Adam was in a position to merit glorification. In fact, a reasonable inference is that covenant of life implies that Adam would have continued in a perpetual state of communion...

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014 21:16

Total Depravity - Implicitly Denied

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With Augustine I think we must maintain that all the “good” unregenerate man does is merely the result of one lust restraining another. Man’s so-called good, not wrought in regeneration, suits him for depraved and sinful reasons. The miserly man does not spend his money on...

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More and more people who consider themselves consistently Reformed Christians defend the tenets of libertarian free will (LFW), while not claiming the label “libertarian” for themselves. Nonetheless, they argue for the power of contrary choice, even while claiming it is compatible with...

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imageScripturalism does not allow one to know he is saved. It only allows one to know propositions contained in, or deducible from, Scripture. Scripturalists, also, contend that they cannot know that the Bible in their hands is not chocked full of errors due to a factory defect or, say, a cunningly...

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 19:30

Theonomy The Woman Caught in Adultery

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Anti-theonomists are often quick to point to the woman caught in adultery (recorded for us in John 8) as “proof” that the civil case law for adultery (if not by extension all civil case law) is no longer applicable. Before inferring whether Jesus’ handling of the situation...

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Saturday, 18 January 2014 09:18

Epistemology and Quasi-Gettier Considerations

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"And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:2In discussions over what constitutes knowledge there are some obvious axioms that have...

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