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September 18 2020 By dvirtue THE BOOK THAT I SHALL NEVER READ: The New Testament in Its World

Holy Scripture carries the message of divine redemption quite adequately and accurately on its own. It is sufficient for the communication of a complete salvation. The simplicity of the "way of salvation" is its cardinal quality as to its comprehension and magnificent charm. The Old Testament lays the basis for the Gospel and the New Testament explicates the welcome message to the full.

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September 07 2020 By dvirtue "God Is Love." Yes, and--

I John is the source for the oft-cited phrase: "God is love" (I John 4:8). The author likes that phrase enough to repeat it later in the same passage (v 16).

It is one of the few phrases in the Bible set up as a copula: "God is X." So it's attractive to those trying to answer the big question of the nature of God: "Let's see if the Bible anywhere gives us a straightforward answer to the question, 'What is God?' Ah! Here's a place."

So far, then, so good.

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August 21 2020 By dvirtue A CHOICE OF PASTORS: LUTHER OR N.T. WRIGHT? -- Part 7

It is against the plethora of erroneous teaching on the way of salvation that Buchanan administers the consolation afforded us in the redemption wrought by our Lord Jesus Christ.

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August 12 2020 By dvirtue Genuine Ministry-feeding the flock and fighting the wolves

The gospel is like the life-saving penicillin which is only effective when it is kept pure. Heresy is akin to the diluted vaccine and causes irreparable damage, in some cases accelerating the debilitating effects of sin, resulting in would-be believers becoming the spiritual equivalent of brain damaged children; in other cases, leading to their spiritual death.

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July 30 2020 By dvirtue A CHOICE OF PASTORS: Martin Luther or N.T. Wright - Part 6

All those who handle Holy Scripture are to do so pastorally with the ultimate aim of enabling believers to "grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

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Here are a few interrelated principles about this pesky issue of submission:

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July 04 2020 By dvirtue Angels and Archangels & All the Powers of Heaven

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)

Have you been entertaining angels unaware? We've all heard stories from people who have been rescued, warned or helped by these unusual personages.

There are "fallen" angels, however. Jude 6, mentions them as......

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May 29 2020 By dvirtue Is Salvation by Grace and Faith...or is it by Ritual and Works?

There are indeed outward signs (of an inward grace) which are proper and even commanded by God for us to do; there are expressive symbolic acts that indicate our own concordance with God's grace-- like water Baptism and the Eucharist (Holy Communion). These are the very personal and yet public expressions of faith by those called by God into His Kingdom. They are also acts of worship.

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May 22 2020 By virtueonline Theology of victimhood: a pastoral response

I will first attempt a brief analysis of contemporary culture, and secondly offer what I believe to be a Christian response centred on a biblical anthropology and personal responsibility.

Was Christ a victim, and if so, in what sense was he a victim?

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