In some circles being “reformed” is a badge of honor, elsewhere bearing that name is enough to get you blacklisted.
So what does it mean to be “Reformed?” R.C. Sproul unpacks this in this 2016 edition of a theological best seller. In this book he contrasts “God-Centered Theology” and “Man-Centered” theology, claiming essential that Reformed theology is the most “God-Centered” theology there is, it is a theology driven by a particular understanding of the character of God.
What is this sort of theology committed to? First, it is committed to being centered on God. Second, it is based on God’s Word alone (in a non-reductionistic sense). Third, it is committed to the doctrine of salvation by faith alone (though faith does not stand alone). Fourth, it is Christocentric. Finally it is structured by three covenants: 1)Works, 2)Grace, 3)Redemption. He does a fairly decent job of not just explaining Reformed…
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Originally Posted by Bob Hayton For a while now, I’ve wanted to do a series on the five points of Calvinism, or at least, in my own words, answer the question: “What is Calvinism?” The wait is over, and my brief (for me) explanation of Calvinism is ready. You can check it out at … Continue reading My Explanation of “The Five Points of Calvinism”
Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of Mark Dever and Jeff Durbin. Through Dever’s convicting sermons and Durbin’s apologetical eloquence, I’ve been reminded of something I’ve always known existed, but have never really been able to articulate – until now. It’s the rise of what they call “nominal Christianity”. Nominal Christianity pervades throughout the entirety of the United States, and especially the so-called “Bible Belt”. Its stench is rancid, and it has largely poisoned the minds of today’s culture. But what exactly is “Nominal Christianity”?
“Nominal Christianity”, as defined by the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism, is “a person who has not responded in repentance and faith to Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord.” They also note that such a one “may be a practicing or non-practicing church member.” Chances are, you’ve encountered one in your life. These people could be in your church. They could be…
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