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October 05 2022 By dvirtue Why Churches Go Woke: They Deny The Sufficiency Of Scripture

The question being asked is not if we have a sufficient Word on these matters--but if these systems of thought have a seat at the table to inform how we understand the Word itself. The church is actually not debating the issues at hand, not in the fullest sense. Rather, the issue behind the debates surround the nature of what our final authority is when one considers how the issues play out in our social milieu.

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September 28 2022 By dvirtue A QUARTET OF REFORMED ANGLICANS: FIRM AND FORMER (Part Three)

Frances was gifted, from an early age, with a talent for languages; contemporary European such as Italian and French, and the biblical languages Hebrew and Greek.Evidently, she was of considerable intellectual prowess. As her gift of poetic composition developed as a maturing believer, Frances dedicated this ability to the service of the Lord and the cause of the gospel. Her evangelistic concern was eloquently manifest through her wide range of eminently Scriptural hymns.

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September 23 2022 By dvirtue JOHN JEWEL, AN APOLOGIE

Several took up the challenge and, in the context of this debate, Jewel wrote "The Apologie of the Church of England." In this short essay he explained in a concise and beautiful way why schism is, at the same time, regrettable and sometimes necessary - the only proper response towards an institutional church that refuses to reform itself according the authority of Holy Scripture.

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September 20 2022 By dvirtue UNFREE WILL

"I have been talking about the un-free will for thirty years and have never had a single person agree with me on my first attempt. People instinctively rise up against the idea. I repeat, I have not experienced a single instance, in thirty years, of anyone immediately agreeing with me that the human will is not free. (In fact, the only people who display any receptivity at all to the idea are alcoholics and criminals.

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September 10 2022 By virtueonline A QUARTET OF REFORMED ANGLICANS (Part Two)

His treasured volume entitled Christian Leaders of the Last (Eighteenth) Century, first published in 1868, was fairly recently made available by Charles Nolan Publishers, Moscow, Idaho, 2002, and a brief account of a smaller number of these able servants of God has been published by The Banner of Truth Trust as Five Christian Leaders (see their online catalogue).

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September 04 2022 By virtueonline ORTHODOX PROFESSOR FIRED FROM EVANGELICAL SCHOOL FOR TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE VIEWS

Dr. Bradly Nassif, a widely-published scholar and professor in North Park's Christian Studies Department for 17 years, was one of four tenured faculty fired when the university closed the department in May 2021, without consulting with the faculty senate as required by its own governing documents, reports the Bull Elephant.

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August 24 2022 By dvirtue HUGENOTS AND THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE U.S.

Protestantism signified greater religious and political freedom which appealed to many French intellectuals and the professional classes, but the world was still Roman Catholic, France was still more than 90% Catholic, and the Catholic Church was determined to maintain its control. Leading up to St. Bartholomew's Day (beginning the evening of August 23, 1572), clashes between Protestants and Catholics worsened.

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August 17 2022 By dvirtue A QUARTET OF REFORMED ANGLICANS: FIRM AND FORMER

In church history, as with everywhere else in viewing the past, it is the pre-eminent persons who attract the spotlight, and that, of course, is perfectly proper to a large degree. It is the grand movements in history that are chiefly "grandstanded" before an interested public. But there are less obvious figures, no less called and gifted by God, whose roles in the cause of Christ warrant our attention and appreciation.

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August 16 2022 By dvirtue Why Study Church History?

For anyone who studies church history, there can be no doubt that there has been an organic development of doctrine which has grown out of a centuries long reflection upon the nature and meaning of New Testament Christianity. Partially, this has grown out of the age-old question of individual judgment versus corporate judgment. This is not a new question. In church history, we are literally "crowded about with a great multitude of witnesses".

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August 12 2022 By dvirtue Right Desire and True Gospel: Necessary or Expedient

The heart of Tudor Protestantism was not right doctrine but right desire. Undoubtedly, Cranmer and his fellow English Reformers thought the two were closely connected. Truth about God would draw humanity homeward. Right desire could only be formed by right knowledge of both God and fallen human nature. Nevertheless, saving truth by itself was insufficient to move a self-centered humanity to return to the Creator through repentance and amendment of life.

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