Category Archives: Forensics

But Won’t You Still Go Into Exile?

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Tim Challies channels Paul in Romans 7 even if he avoids “oh wretched man”: I still get angry. I still lash out in anger. I still simmer in anger. I still have desires that stem from anger and suffer the consequences of my anger. And that is just one sin. I still lust and am… Read More→

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If I Don’t Open the Car Door for My Wife . . .

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Do I risk dissolving the marriage? This was a question I considered after reading an interview with our favorite neo-anti-antinomian, Mark Jones about his book on antinomianism. He uses this example to make his point about personal holiness improvement: I need to be told to love my wife more. I remember being in South Africa… Read More→

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The “Good” News of Obedient Faith

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Msgr. Charles Pope (how’s that for a name?) explains: 3. The Gospel is not merely noetic (informative); it is dynamic (transformative). God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Thus when God says “Be holy,” His words contain the actual power to effect what they announce, provided we receive them in faith. 4.… Read More→

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Sola Christus

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Mark Shea channels his former Protestant self: December is the month of Advent and Advent is about not just the First Advent at Christmas but the Second Advent on the Last Day. Accordingly, it confronts us with the reality of Judgment. Lots of folks wonder how to get ready for the Last Judgment. Everything in… Read More→

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Lutheran Obedience Boy

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I will hand it to Rick Phillips. At least when he talks about good works he doesn’t try to yuck it up as certain Canadian pastors try to have a laugh while being earnestly Owenian. Even so, I’m not sure that Phillips captures the biblical motivation for good works because of an apparent need to… Read More→

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You Don’t Protest Enough

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Mark Shea explains unintentionally why attention to the forensic aspect of salvation is so important and why efforts to downplay that importance by elevating sanctification need great carefulness: What then does the word “merit” mean in 1990s terminology? In the words of one of the foremost Catholic theologians of the 20th Century (Hans Urs Von… Read More→

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Did He Say Moses Is Opposed to Christ?!?

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Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat. But that is a plausible reading of the Bible according to Calvin who was reading Paul (not Turretin): . . . as evangelic promises are only found scattered in the writings of Moses, and these also somewhat obscure, and as the precepts and rewards, allotted to the observers of the law, frequently occur,… Read More→

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What’s to Abhor?

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One of the arresting vows that church members take in Presbyterian circles is this: Do you confess that because of your sinfulness you abhor and humble yourself before God, that you repent of your sin, and that you trust for salvation not in yourself but in Jesus Christ alone? Important to consider is that this… Read More→

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When You Hear Covenant of Grace Do Your Thoughts Turn to “Ministry of Death”?

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(Inspired by a mealtime conversation at OPC HQ.) If a pastor or elder talked about Moses’ ministry as one of death, he might be the object of a committee investigation. If an inspired author of holy writ says it, we may want to pay heed. Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on… Read More→

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