Archive for September 9th, 2007

This post from CRN is a good example of misrepresentation. Beside calling all who are not Calvinist as “Neo-Roman Evangelicals”, the editor of course refers to all free will teachings as unsound Biblical teaching. But the main historical inaccuracy is the contention that the issue in the Reformation was free will.  

“This program delves into the Biblical texts regarding the free-will versus divine election. This issues cuts to the heart of the difference between Rome and the Reformation. Finny and the Reformation and Neo-Roman Evangelicalism versus sound Biblical teaching.”

I believe the issue in the Reformation was two fold, Scripture and justification by faith, was it not? When you have an axe to grind history can be rewritten? And just for the record Wesleyans believe that faith is a gift also, they just believe it is a gift given to all men. So the premise itself is a suggested misrepresentation.

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The Church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is His new creation
By water and the Word:
From heav’n He came and sought her
To be His holy Bride;
With His own blood He bought her,
And for her life He died.

Elect from every nation,
Yet one o’er all the earth,
Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
With every grace endued.

‘Mid toil and tribulation,
And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation
Of peace for evermore;
Till, with the vision glorious,
Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union
With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won:
O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we,
Like them, the meek and lowly,
In love may dwell with Thee.

On this Lord’s day we His church honor Him who alone is worthy!

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