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Record: 3884
Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014, 8:33 28 Sec. AM
Subject: Reformed Eschatology
Name: Mark Baldwin
City: Auburn     State: Maine
Country: Usa
Found Site by: Search Engine

Comments:
    Greetings friends,
I'm a Pastor of an independent Bible church in Maine and found your site by searching reformed eschatology. This is quite a good library of sound articles and biblical resources. I have to agree that eschatology is a neglected subject, beside from the evangelicals poor understanding of it. I am so encouraged to find such a resource filled with such knowledgeable students, ministers and theologians teaching reformed theology from a sound system of interpretation.

Pastor Mark Baldwin
Independent Bible Church
Auburn, Maine


 
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Record: 3883
Date: Friday, July 18, 2014, 4:25 51 Sec. PM
Name: Zachrey Helmberger   Emailzachrey_ca@yahoo.com
State: New Mexico
Country: United States
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    Thank you for the is website!

I came across your teaching "Logic and Scripture"
A few questions...

1)
Does Mountain Retreat consider the Law of YHVH (the Torah) that was handed down to Moses to be given to the Israelites, relevant for today? In light of the incomprehensible work that Jesus the Messiah did for us on the cross, is one blessed for obeying the Torah or cursed?

2)
How does one love YHVH with all their heart and all their soul and all their strength?

3)
Is it logical for the Apostle Paul to simultaneously uphold the Torah and say that it has been abolished?

YHVH bless you!
Zac

 
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    1) The Law of God (The Bible) is timeless, and thus relevant for today--We are blessed by the obedience of Christ unto all good works, that we earnestly endeavor to obey the law. For all scripture (not just parts of it) is the law. Disobedience to any of it is disobedience to the law.

2nd Timothy 3:16-17

  • "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

  • That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."

2) We love God with all our heart and soul and strength only because God first bestowed upon us His Spirit and endowed us with grace unto obedience. As the Apostle so humbly stated, it is not I, but the Lord that dwells within me. God's love for us is the action unto obedience, so man cannot glory in his own volition.

1st John 4:19

  • "We love him, because he first loved us."

3) The Apostle Paul never simultaneously teaches upholding the law while declaring it abolished, as the Apostle is not the author of his scripture, God is! And God is not the author of confusion. Accordingly, the law obviously cannot present any condemnation of those who have been redeemed from the law. But that doesn't mean we violate God's law because we know Grace abounds (Romans 6:1-2). Rather, it means we have the obedience of faith. ergo, it is by God's blessed grace that we are moved to uphold the law, not by our own personal, egotistical, vain and futile efforts at keeping the law. In that sense only is the law both dead to us, and we live by it. Because we have the obedience of faith in Christ who kept the law for us perfectly.

1st John 2:4-6

  • "He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

  • But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

  • He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."

The earnest desire of Christians to keep God's law is not of their goodness, works or inherent morality, but of God's Spirit within them. And for that we humbly give thanks knowing that without it, we'd be just like all the rest who are in bondage, a slave to sin.
-Tony Warren


 
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Record: 3882
Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 7:22 50 Sec. PM
Subject: The Truth About Purgatory
Name: McCaffery
City: Bostom     State: Mass
Country: Usa
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    The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a 'purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven,' which is experienced by those who die in Godís grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified (CCC 1030). So Reformed theologians are wrong because this clearly notes that this final purification of the elect is entirely different from the punishment of the damned (CCC 1031).

The purification of Purgatory is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev. 21:27).


 
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Record: 3881
Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014, 12:08 AM
Subject: Faith in or of Christ
Name: Russell Jones
City: Macon     State: Georgia
Country: Usa
Found Site by: Search Engine

Comments:
    You're article the faith of Christ is sooooooo wrong on so many different levels. All of us want to be children of God, but it is our faith in Christ that leads us to actually become children of God. To tell you the truth, I'm deeply disturbed by the reformed view that we are not saved by our faith in Christ, but by an alleged faith of Christ. Because that is letting man off the hook of responsibility. Do you not understand that by saying this, you weaken people's faith? You're basically telling them that their faith is useless.

 
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    Reference: Our Faith in Christ or the Faith of Christ

On the contrary, I'm not telling them that their faith is useless, rather that they can rejoice because it is armor-plated and God authored. Which is the only reason they persevere (Hebrews 12:2) in faith. Moreover, if man was saved by his own faith or faithfulness, then no one would be saved. It is the faithfulness of Christ that saves us. If it is our own faith in Christ that makes us right before God, then it is self-evident that we are saved by works, which means it cannot be grace. As far as our view "letting man off the hook of responsibility," the fact is, responsibility is not what moves us to Christ, but Christ is what moves us to responsibility. We need to understand that saving faith means more than just man's own beliefs, convictions, knowledge or conscious assent. It is a God given influence of the Spirit. It is the favorable spiritual response to righteousness that we might receive and trust in that which we may not physically see. As it is written, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. -Hebrews 11:1." Faith then is by the faithfulness of Christ, a Godly belief or conviction that gives us spiritual assurance and confidence.

1st Corinthians 2:13-14 "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

Meaning faith is a gift of the Spirit, which is considered foolishness to the unbeliever. It is the spirit of God in us to believe and to understand that God is faithful and true.


 
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Record: 3880
Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 10:34 PM
Subject: Feedback
Name: Henry H. Mcauley
State: Belfast
Country: Northern Ireland
Found Site by: Just Surfed In

Comments:
    Dear friends

Having not long retired and surfing the internet for biblical study material I am pleased to have discovered your site. I have been saved by Grace and am reformed by conviction.

Thank you for the very helpful topics on your site, this morning I was especially helped on your comments on 2 Peter 2:1, 'denying The Lord that bought them'. Thank you again and your site is one that I shall visit often.

May The Lord bless your ministry, yours in Him


 
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Record: 3879
Date: Mon Sep 30 13:43:58 2013
Subject: Feedback
Name: Myles Middleton
State: Pennsylvania
Country: Usa
Found Site by: Just Surfed In

Comments:
    Thanks for the helpful and insightful articles. What a blessing to stumble upon this website. I have always loved the Rev Herman Hoeksema, Prof. David J. Engelsma, and Dr. Kim Riddlebarger. In a world where mendacity is peddled from the pulpit in so many Churches, it is good to know that there are still fearless godly men preaching the historical gospel in season and out of season. It's rare to see the pretentious doctrines of Rome and the Popes so thoroughly biblically and scholastically refuted.

Rev. Myles Middleton
Trinity Reformed Church
Berwyn, Pa.


 
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Record: 3878
Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 7:22 50 Sec. PM
Subject: The Truth About Purgatory
Name: McCaffery
City: Bostom     State: Mass
Country: Usa
Found Site by: Search Engine

Comments:
    The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a 'purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven,' which is experienced by those who die in Godís grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified (CCC 1030). So Reformed theologians are wrong because this clearly notes that this final purification of the elect is entirely different from the punishment of the damned (CCC 1031).

The purification of Purgatory is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev. 21:27).


 
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Record: 3877
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014, 1:46 PM
Subject: Sripture is always right- it is the Word
Name: Roger W. Davis, Jr   Emailrwd193201@yahoo.com
City: Carrollton     State: Ga
Country: Usa
Found Site by: Search Engine

Comments:
    I attend the church of the New Testament. There We obey the commands of scripture, "a thus sayeth the Lord" If there is not a command of scripture We just don't do it. It may seem old fashion but it's scripture. By the way those of our number were baptized in water, where we contact the blood of Christ and our Sins are washed away (Rom. 6:3-4; Acts 2:38;1pet. 3:16; Acts 10:48;22:16) Then God adds them to his church. (Acts 2:47) We do these things because God through the Holy Ghost inspired the writers of the New Testament. By the ways I enjoyed your writing until I was disappointed by your statement of faith.


 
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Record: 3876
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 6:03 AM
Subject: Nice Job
Name: Randall Horton
City: Holmes Beach     State: Florida
Country: Usa
Found Site by: Search Engine

Comments:
    I have accessed your site a number of times and thought you ought to know that although I am on the opposite theological side, I do find your site and articles to be interesting, hard to argue with, and always thought-provoking. And making one think is always a good thing.

Br. Randall Horton


 
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Record: 3875
Date: Tue Feb 11 00:52:34 2014
Subject: Reformation
Name: Henry H Mcauley   Emaildubbleh@hotmail.co.uk
City: Belfast     Country: Northern Ireland
Found Site by: Just Surfed In

Comments:
    Scripture does not change, the truth of scripture does not change, man change like the weather, so we must preach Gods word in truth yes, but also in love.

Jeremiah 6:16, Thus saith he Lord, Stand he in the way, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, an dye shall find rest for your souls. But, they said, We will not walk therein.

Let's preach the word of God in all its fullness and not manufacture some type of business plan to make it more 'youthful' friendly. Scripture has to be preached and there are theological words and teachings which cannot, and should not, be watered down.


 
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