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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Carl Trueman Bloviates on the Reformed Standards of Preference

"Evangelical" liberalism and ecumenicalism never ceases to amaze me.  For neo-Calvinists the Reformed Standards or "Symbols" are no long a standard for judging heresy and false teaching by identifying Arminianism and other semi-pelagian views as heretical.  Rather the Reformed confessions are merely a preferred standard for Presbyterianism.  In other words, Carl Trueman thinks that Arminians ought to join Arminian churches and Presbyterians ought to join Reformed denominations.  The problem here is that Trueman is conceding that Arminianism is a legitimate reading of Scripture.  It is not.  Calvinism IS the Gospel.  Those who advocate other gospels are lost.  Since clearly the Scriptures uphold the doctrines of sovereign grace there cannot be an ambiguous interpretation of Scripture where mutually contradictory truth claims are made.  Either God decrees election and reprobation unconditionally or the semi-pelagian or pelagian view is true.  Both cannot be true since these are mutually exclusive truth claims and one view, namely Calvinism, is a better reading and intepretation of Scripture.  Scripture IS the Word of God, not a matter of man's opinion.  Arminianism is a false religion because it makes an idol out of human freedom and libertarian free will.  Arminianism denies the doctrine of total inability due to the fall of Adam.  (Romans 3:10-23; Romans 5:12-14).

Click here to hear Carl Trueman's talk at the Reformed Forum:  Creeds and Confessions in the Contemporary Church - Reformed Forum

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