Should worship be Regulative, Normative or Affectionate?

The way we worship in Christianity tends to be very controversial. Should we simply stick to hymns and Psalms? Or should we just dump hymns and stay with the Psalms? Shouldn’t we listen to the worship music and praise songs released by contemporary Christian musicians? Or maybe we should just go Medieval Catholic? I guess in a time of so much compromise and shallow attitudes rampant in the professing church, answering the question is a lot for challenging than what we realize. I recommend that you listen to this sermon:

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What About The Federal Vision? (2)

After finishing up some theological assignments, I return to the FV-issue with some more thoughts. Drawing from the interaction between Wilson and White that I briefly dealt with in a previous post. I’d like to share some thoughts about the invisible-visible church distinction, and the objectivity of the covenant: Continue reading

Strange Fire, Cheap Shots And Charismatic Theology

I sometimes find it very interesting that many people in their supposed quest to fight “quenching the Spirit,” an allusion to 1 Thess 5:19, would rather make strawman arguments against their cessationist, and less-than-charismatic cautious Christian brothers. It astounds me that people can claim to be Spirit-led, yet at the same time be clueless to God’s Word. It astounds me that people can claim to not quench God’s Spirit, and at the same time refrain from using the Scriptures as their prophetic fuel. One great strawman argument is that cessationists in the broader scheme of theology (including the “open but cautious” crowd), is that they do not believe in miracles. Well, maybe if you were referring to hyper-cessationism, but the central crux of classical and historic cessationism, was more focussed on the place of the Scriptures.  Continue reading

What About The Federal Vision?

Last night I was re-watching the debate that took place between James White and Douglas Wilson, on the topic of whether or not Roman Catholics are our brothers and sisters in Christ. Honestly, the topic has been intriguing me for quite some time as I have considered church history. I will reserve my thoughts on the place of Roman Catholicism in the Reformed world in this post. Considering the issue however, I have only recently come to understand at least some of the issues we face with the “Federal Vision” movement. Continue reading

Sola Scriptura: We Do Not Need Their Signs

It is common among many charismatic evangelicals that God somehow “speaks” to them by giving them pictures, or signs to speak to them. It is important to understand the weight of such claims, and to make a claim that someone “hears” God’s voice in a situation is severely suspect and dangerous. What do I mean? Whether or not someone believes in “fallible” or “infallible” prophecies, considering the open-gate to deceptions, personal and private revelations where God supposedly speaks is worrisome if that is the apex and definitive line of one’s judgment. Growing up in Pentecostalism, I saw many disillusioned by supposed “words” they received from God. Obviously these words were real to them, and somehow not on-par with the Scriptures. I continue by saying that I have no real problem with God speaking to us today, because he does, but he does this via the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16). He does not normatively do this through supernatural providences which came for the purpose of authenticating the apostles, even though God can do this, the normative experience of those sign-gifts do not occur (Hebrews 2:2-4). Continue reading

Assurance and Perseverance: A Reformed Consideration

Having been with a few things, be it academics and my Bible school internship, I did not really have much time to engage with lengthy theological treatises (beside academic studies for my BTh). By scanning through several Facebook posts, it is becoming almost a trend that Lutheranism seems to be becoming a very hip theology. The amount of hilarious memes coming from the Lutheran perspective, is in my opinion, refreshing but I am concerned.

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The “Justification” Controversy: Is NT Wright really “right”?

I have been a casual reader and follower of the New Perspective on Paul, and probably for different reasons than the “justification” issueNTWright. My issue was firstly my discontentment with New Covenant and Dispensationalist interpretations of Paul and the law. I believe strongly in covenantal continuity between the Testaments, myself holding to traditional Reformed perspective(s) of the law, that is, that the Moral Law, and Decalogue are transcovenantal and eternally binding in all eras.[1] Continue reading