Tag: theology

  • The Marian Dogmas Considered

    In this post I will be discussing the 4 Marian dogmas of the Catholic church from a Reformed point of view. Even though these dogmas developed over a long period of time, Rome would have you believe they were held by the faithful always, going all the way back to the early church. Reformers such […]

  • Truth Matters conference

    This week Grace Community Church, where Dr. John MacArthur pastors, hosted the Truth Matters conference. It was live streamed for free via YouTube. I highly recommend watching these videos from each day of the conference. You will certainly be edified! Wednesday, May 18 9:30 a.m. General Session #1  John MacArthur 1:30 p.m. General Session #2  Ken Ham […]

  • Early Church Fathers and the question of authority

    As I see it, Scripture confers no special status to the so-called Early Church Fathers. As such their theological opinions should be judged against the Scriptures and they should not be given substantial weight when interpreting Scripture. They were closer to the Apostolic age and may well have some insights into certain matters, but their […]

  • Interpreting the Bible

    Here are 17 principles of hermeneutics (the system we used to interpret Scripture) which I have found helpful. If you have additional principles please mention them in the comments. Scripture interprets Scripture Often, we find that Scripture interprets itself! In some instances, another biblical writer interprets another biblical passage. So, you should compare Scripture with […]

  • 25 qualities of unbelief and faith

    The following is “25 qualities of unbelief and faith” by John Bunyan. Faith believeth the Word of God; but unbelief questioneth the certainty of the same (Ps. 106:24). Faith believeth the Word, because it is true; but unbelief doubteth thereof, because it is true (1 Tim 4:3; John 8:45). Faith sees more in a promise […]

  • Problems in Roman Catholic Theology

    As a Reformed Protestant, it should be no surprise that I have numerous problems with Roman Catholic theology. We actually agree on some things, such as the Real Presence of Christ in communion. Roman Catholics describe this process as transubstantiation whereas I prefer to keep it a mystery and eschew the outdated Aristotelian categories of […]

  • Justification: by works or by faith?

    Justification by faith alone (Sola Fide) is the sine qua non (the essential thing without which it cannot be) of the Protestant Reformation. It is this doctrine upon which the Reformation stands or falls. However, there is sharp disagreement with the Roman Catholic church on this topic. What does the Bible say? Who is more […]

  • Bach and Theology: Was Bach and his music anti-Semitic or anti-Judaic?

    Baroque composer primus inter pares J.S. Bach was a man of the deep and profound Christian faith. He believed the chief aim of music is to glorify God. Bach would write on his musical manuscripts: SDG, Soli Deo Gloria – To God Alone the Glory, and JJ, Jesu Juva – Jesus Help. The topic of […]

  • Justification and the Gospel – A Response to N.T. Wright

    Is justification part of the gospel? Or is it a separate transaction? Is (final) justification delayed until the future when we face God’s judgment? What did the apostle Paul mean when he wrote about justification? Do we receive Christ’s imputed righteousness? N. T. Wright, a world-renowned (yes he’s very popular, but Arius was even more […]

  • The Gospel

    Our God, greater than humanityPraise the Father and the SonWith the Holy Spirit, Three in OneThree Persons in perfect Unity Jehovah, the great I AM, who is like Him?Immutable, impassible, unchangeable, and perfect divinityThe omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent TrinityThis all-powerful God would become a Victim He knows the end from the beginningThe Triune God is […]