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  1. Arminianism is a more highly tuned and/or defined form of Semi-Pelagianism. Could say that Semi-Pelagianism finds its fulfillment in Arminianism whereas Augustinian theology finds its fulfillment in Calvinism.
  2. How many people after reading John 2's responses were under the impression that he was escalating the situation? I for one. Question now John are you editable or are you going to entrench your heels in and fight to be right from the fox hole ~ which goes back to Becky's observation. Clearly, you isolated yourself and applied her little comment to everyone else but yourself. I asked you for clarification but only after I wrote my response do you offer further clarification. And 1 Corinthians 11:18 is not a phenomenon but a necessity when we are warned that false Christs, Prophets, and Teachers are in our midst.
  3. We use Linux Centos for our Website here at Christforums. I think it was over 15 years or so ago that I first began using Linux as my home OS. Was just too inconvenient for me back then as even desktop icons were a luxury. I tried using Windows Server OS in the past for our web hosting needs, but the one thing I noted about Linux was the ability to not reboot the system when Windows required frequent rebooting. I no longer use Linux for my home OS but prefer Windows 10. It is a very transparent OS which allows me to perform tasks without having to learn an OS.
  4. This is why I do not recommend the KJV or Scofield to new converts which are more susceptible to horrible theology. In my mind the idea bible has no notes at first. I recommend a person reads through the entire bible cover to cover and jot down their questions along the way reserving questions for a later date. First reading of the bible should be familiarization of the text. After they complete the Bible and they present their questions to be answered they should formally be welcomed into Systematic Theology. Systematic Theology by a very brief definition is simply taking the entire bible and answering any given question. To me, this is absurd to answer any given question without being Systematic in mind (contrasting isolating verses). Needlessly said, Systematic Theology is what separates Reformed from everyone else and ultimately is behind Reformed theology. And you are right, Mike, the ESV fills most Reformed church pews (preference).
  5. I think we need a staff meeting and attend sensitivity training. And once a month we'll have diversity day for all those "unpopular" theologians. If I vote against someone in an election because I do not agree then I am casting stones. If someone suggests something immoral and I disagree then I am casting stones. Everyone wants to be a metaphorical martyr. Warning: Metaphorical sticks and stones may break out at any moment.
  6. What seems apparent to me is that you're trying to escalate a situation. I asked you for an example, because what came to mind is a general principle in theology that I hold to. If, in say 2000 years of church history I come up with an original interpretation from Scripture then it is most wise to abandon it. As far as Becky choosing a laughing emoticon I must admit that I kinda shook my head and smiled when reading this.
  7. Because it advocates objectionable theology. Most of what is wrong with American Christianity has roots in the Scofield Study Bible. The Scofield Study Bible, let alone the KJV were both serious departures from classical Reformed Protestant theology. Having mentioned the Gap Theory, Theo, that should raise red flags and bring to question the methods and principles of interpretation the Scofield study bible is utilizing (eisegesis). The KJV was influenced by the politics of its day and likewise, it comes as no surprise to me that the Gap Theory is shoe horned in the Scofield study bible and contains an appeal to another outside source of authority (science) by which to be influenced.
  8. For a scholar to prove they themselves are qualified, a lot of laymen expect scholars to be able to explain whatever to them like a 4 year old. If the scholars can't do that then they expose an apparent flaw in not necessarily the Hebrew or Greek, but the actual translation or bridge to common levels of English. Unfortunately, most layman don't take into account that there are various levels of laymen: idiot, imbecile, and moron. Do we need to be scholars to understand scholars? No, but we expect scholars to be capable of explaining to laymen. That is the mark of a good teacher.
  9. 5 statist positions that should make libertarians run from candidate Bill Weld WWW.CONSERVATIVEREVIEW.COM Not a libertarian. Just a RINO.
  10. The (R) is for RINO (Republican in name only), correct? I take that he also supports identity politics because he embraces an (R)? Like marriage, they want to redefine the Republican party. There really should be a copyright or trademark on the Republican name and only those belonging to the Republican party (qualified by the political platform) should have the right to use it.
  11. Just a few days old. Still working on it. My main concern was what from the forums might be automatically published on the front news page. For a thread to show up on the front news page there has to be at least 1 reply and it cannot be in either the news or eschatology forum categories. I personally think these two forum categories rather reflect negatively on Christianity and particularly this forum. Thank you for the feedback David!
  12. As far as I am aware anti-heresy laws did not result in condemnation for misunderstandings. The laws did wonders, however, for putting a stop to false teaching in evangelism. Hey look, a pile of Scofield Bibles!
  13. Acts 4:23-28 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant,[d] said by the Holy Spirit, “‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? 26 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’[e]— 27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.
  14. Spending Bill Allows Mexican Cartel-Connected Texas Counties to Stop Border Wall WWW.BREITBART.COM The spending bill will allow Texas counties with historic and recent ties to the Mexican Gulf Cartel to stop construction of a border wall. A key provision in the spending bill being presented to President Trump for signing stipulates that the federal government give specific Texas border counties the opportunity to derail any efforts to build barriers, fencing, or walls by simply opposing the construction of the border security measures–but many of the specified counties have a long and recent history of top officials taking bribes from the Mexican Gulf Cartel. Ultimately, the bill allows county offices with historic ties to the Gulf Cartel to stop U.S. border barriers from being constructed in the region.
  15. Not those margin notes. Burn the Scofield heretics!
  16. Looks like a rip off of the Geneva with far less margin notes. Compare with an actual page of the 1599 Geneva Bible.
  17. Am always looking for someone to turn if I have questions about certain areas of study. If I have questions about the Eastern Orthodox church I hope you don't mind if I ask you? God bless, William
  18. Feel free to engage in those threads. I'm sure others are looking to get their feet wet also. As for me, I've already exhausted myself on the subject and at this point personally feel as though the subject is too repetitive. I'm sure you've gone through several stages in your theological studies. For example, I spent 4 years seriously focused on soteriology, then shifted to Covenant theology from my once Dispensational tendency, and then took an entire year just to learn how to read "Revelation" which resulted in me embracing Amillennialism. By all means don't feel discouraged just because I may show a lack of interest on a topic. The board isn't focused on me or my own studies 🙂
  19. Just wanted to also add that these Scriptural verses are referenced in the 1st article. The Westminster assembly of divines have a wonderful way of summarizing the theology into a sentence. A sentence which took months and months of deliberation. Now, I'm not suggesting that the Westminster assembly of divines are infallible, but I am suggesting that the verses in question should be taken into account. The Westminster divines have a way of "packing" theology into a sentence which unpacks upon further study. If anything, I'd rather learn why they best think the choice of words most appropriate than contest the theology in question.
  20. I think if there is any question about the "archaic " use of God having "accepted", then the context should clarify: I. They, whom God has accepted in his Beloved, effectually called, and sanctified by his Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved.[1] II. This perseverance of the saints depends not upon their own free will, but upon the immutability of the decree of election, flowing from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father;[2] upon the efficacy of the merit and intercession of Jesus Christ,[3] the abiding of the Spirit, and of the seed of God within them,[4] and the nature of the covenant of grace:[5] from all which arises also the certainty and infallibility thereof.[6] III. Nevertheless, they may, through the temptations of Satan and of the world, the prevalency of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of the means of their preservation, fall into grievous sins;[7] and, for a time, continue therein:[8] whereby they incur God's displeasure,[9] and grieve his Holy Spirit,[10] come to be deprived of some measure of their graces and comforts,[11] have their hearts hardened,[12] and their consciences wounded;[13] hurt and scandalize others,[14] and bring temporal judgments upon themselves.[15] There's a whole category for Baptism with a more specific sub-forum for Paedo, Covenant, and Household Baptism. If you decide to touch upon such subject please be aware that I do not adhere to Baptismal Regeneration (Catholics and Lutherans), but rather Household and Covenant Baptism. There are plenty of threads which have already addressed this subject and I'm sure most if not all counter arguments have already been addressed too. Having said that, perhaps others might care to engage on this subject matter in the appropriate category or sub-forums. God bless, William
  21. What do the Crusades have to do with Christians persecuting other Christians? The Christian Crusades were a response after having been persecuted and paralyzed by pacifism for hundreds of years. And I am referring to real persecution: Christian were murdered, lost their livelihood, lost their freedom and were taken in as slaves, their wives and daughters raped, and their citizenship revoked. The Catholic Inquisitions which truly tainted Christianity targeted everyone opposed to Roman Catholicism. The persecutions were performed by Civil Magistrates which upheld anti-heresy laws. The Catholic Civil Magistrates targeted: Pagans and supposed Witches, dissenting sects, Cathars, Jews, Heretics, Philosophers, Freethinkers, Blasphemers, Apostates, Humanists, Pantheists, Unitarians, Deists and Atheists as well as Muslims, Hindus and members of other religions.
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