Does Providence Include All Things?

Does Providence Include All Things?.

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Providence (Olevianus)

Providence (Olevianus).

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On Lawkeeping and Lawbreaking

Originally posted on Literate Comments:

Erik Charter

Posted June 17, 2014 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

By all means teach the Law. Christians need to know right from wrong. Hopefully when they hear the law they realize that they fail to keep it and look to Christ for help.

The problem comes when Christians who major on the Law inevitably try to come up with some new and improved system to try to keep it. This is where we get Doug Phillips, Patriarchy, Vision Forum, The Federal Vision, The Stay at Home Daughters Movement, Courting Not Dating, Radical Homeschooling, Bill Gothard, The Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts, and on-and-on.

Just let the Law stand on its own without trying to invent a method, organization, or career to assist people with their lawkeeping. What inevitably happens is that, in so doing, another aspect of lawbreaking that maybe you have not considered rises up and bites…

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Imputation Is NOT an Experience, but Results in Hearing the Gospel

Originally posted on For the Elect Alone:

The Holy Spirit does not impute Christ’s righteousness, so we cannot refer only to the Holy Spirit in the “application” of the accomplished atonement. Even though there is no justification apart from regeneration and faith, the righteousness of Christ has priority over the work of the Spirit, and legal imputation is not the work of the Spirit.

Romans 4: What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him unto righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is imputed…

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Do Two Kingdoms Theology Advocates Believe in the Third Use of the Law?


Helpful thoughts on Two Kingdoms Theology and the Third Use of the Law

Originally posted on Literate Comments:

Jason – Do you believe in the third use of the law?

Erik – I do, but I think of the law in the same way the Heidelberg does. Guilt-Grace-Gratitude. The law falls in the third (Gratitude) section.

I see far too many in Reformed circles taking the “Grace” section for granted and putting their focus on the “Gratitude” section. As in, “Yeah, of course we accept the gospel, but all the important action revolves around our piety, politics, how we are to reshape society, and what the magistrate should be doing to bring society in line.” I just don’t buy it. The emphasis is all wrong.

We used to have a couple in our URC church. The wife grew up in the CRC. Her dad was still in the CRC and was a retired faculty member from a Christian college (I think maybe he taught sociology). He was…

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Why I Called Out Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer


Some of the most helpful resources on Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer are available here -

Originally posted on Church Is Messy (and that's a good thing):

I have been preaching for 20 years.  Yesterday I did something that I have never done before in a sermon.  I publicly called out false teachers and named them by name.  I said,

If you listen to Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer, if you take what they teach seriously, it will not be good for you.  It will be detrimental to your long-term growth as a follower of Jesus.

(You can watch the sermon by clicking here)

I used to think that their error was so blatantly obvious that they could just be ignored.  I was wrong.  They are massively growing in popularity in the evangelical world and are seen as credible and helpful.  Before I’m inundated with questioning emails I want to share why I distrust these two and think you should as well.  So, don’t shoot met–at least not yet.

This post will be long, very long.  And…

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People Say Stupid Things: What Not to Say When a Baby Dies

Originally posted on A Daughter of the Reformation:

Years ago, when our daughter Bethanne was born, I realized that when faced with difficult circumstances people often say stupid things. I know that most of the time the stupid comments come from good intentions. People mean to be kind, generally. They simply just don’t know what to say. Here’s a small sampling of things I’ve heard people say:

  • It’s for the best.
  • God needed another angel.
  • You’re young. You can have another one.
  • At least you know you can get pregnant.
  • They’re in a better place.
  • At least you have other children.
  • It happened for a reason.
  • I’m sure you’ll get pregnant again soon.
  • It’s better than having a child born with problems.

My “favorite” one from when Bethanne was born was the mom who told me she understood what I was going through because her son had been born autistic. Apparently, having a child born with a…

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Joyce Meyer: The “Gospel” of Self Righteousness & Prosperity

Originally posted on Sola Dei Gloria:

Late last night I read this article at the Christian Post and honestly felt sick by the time I finished it: Joyce Meyer Opens Up about Brother’s Tragic Death

If time permits read it all for yourself; afterward go to Internet Monk and read Chaplain Mike’s opinion: The Bad News of Self-Righteousness

What Joyce Meyer revealed at the C3 Conference frankly reveals more to me about her then it does her deceased brother.

Meyer said she learned about her brother’s death after Los Angeles authorities called her in December, about a week after Christmas, to inform her that they found him dead in an abandoned building in the city. He had been dead 30 days and his body was so badly decomposed that authorities needed his dental records to identify him…

A few days ago, she received his cremated ashes and a few personal effects that included a pocket knife…

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Is the Law/Gospel Distinction Uniquely Lutheran?

Originally posted on Gospel-Driven Blog:

In reply to my recent post on Beza’s distinction between law and gospel, Richard wrote (see comment section under Theodore Beza on the Law and Gospel, Part 2),

    “You know–I was just told by my (PCA) pastor that this distinction is a “Lutheran” thing (and that, by the way, is a way to write off the guys at Westminster West). This is what he was taught at RTS in Jackson. Do you sense a hostility to the Law/Gospel distinction in Reformed circles?”

Without question, a law/gospel distinction is very prominent in Lutheran theology. But, it is simply wrong to suggest that a law/gospel distinction is uniquely Lutheran. This common but misguided notion is one reason (to be sure not the only reason) why I posted Beza’s teaching on the law and gospel. And it is without question that the law/gospel distinction has come upon hard times within Reformed circles…

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Coming Soon – “Ordinary” by Michael Horton

Originally posted on Baker Book House Church Connection:

Michael Horton’s forthcoming book, Ordinary, looks to be fascinating and I think a healthy balance to the glut of books calling for some kind of radical life change.  The catalog description is perfect:

“Radical. Crazy. Transformative and restless. Every word we read these days seems to suggest there’s a ‘next-best-thing,’ if only we would change our comfortable, compromising lives. In fact, the greatest fear most Christians have is boredom–the sense that they are missing out on the radical life Jesus promised. One thing is certain. No one wants to be ‘ordinary.'”

“Yet pastor and author Michael Horton believes that our attempts to measure our spiritual growth by our experiences, constantly seeking after the next big breakthrough, have left many Christians disillusioned and disappointed. There’s nothing wrong with an energetic faith; the danger is that we can burn ourselves out on restless anxieties and unrealistic expectations. What’s needed is not another…

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