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October 01 2018 By dvirtue Justification by Faith in Anglican History

We can, however, hold this experience out before us as an idea without participating in it with our personal shame, guilt, hopes, despair, and pride. We must repent. There is a symbiotic relationship between repentance and justification. The wonderful freeing confident experience of justification (catch 22) is not accessible without repentance and true repentance cannot be accomplished without the experience of justification.

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September 21 2018 By dvirtue Should we stop referring to God as 'he'?

There are some basic problems with the report of the poll itself--the main one being that YouGov don't give any clear indication as to their sample methodology and what they mean by 'Christian' when they claim 'Christians believe that...' Are these people who are self identifying? Were they sampling outside churches on a Sunday? Did they ask any questions about actual practice and attendance? Without this information, the 'Christian' claim is fairly meaningless.

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September 03 2018 By dvirtue SYNAGOGUES OF SATAN

The WCF is enormously beneficial to the thought and ministry of Refomationally-minded folk within the orbit of Anglican conviction and custom. It is emphatic concerning the core truths embraced by authentic Anglicanism with reference to Holy Scripture and the Way of Salvation through Jesus Christ alone. It emboldens the grasp and commendation of the magnificent doctrines of grace powerfully expressed in its clear and consistent content.

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August 31 2018 By dvirtue Clerical Sex Abuse: The Theology of the Crisis

Though he purports to address Abp. Viganò's account, this statement employs rhetorical sleight of hand to redefine the issue so as not to address it. Archbishop Viganò's observations have to do with "the evidence that ... 80 percent of the abuses found were committed against young adults by homosexuals who were in a relationship of authority over their victims."

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August 21 2018 By dvirtue THE BLOOD-SHEDDING: PART FOUR

Her essential campaign, whether conscious or not, seems to be to de-personalize the guilt of individual human sin and assign responsibility for evil principally to the cosmic powers opposed to God, and oppressive toward man, which tendency happens to produce a lopsided emphasis on Christus Victor(an undoubted vital factor in an overall view of the atonement) and a strong tendency seriously to downplay the absolute necessity of penal substitution specifically.

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First, most English Bibles correctly translate the Greek "Gehenna" (Γεέννῃ) as "Hell," meaning the final place or state of torment of the damned. This is the same as the Lake of Fire mentioned in Rev. 20:14, etc. Christ refers to this frequently in His preaching.

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August 13 2018 By dvirtue THE BLOOD-SHEDDING - PART THREE

It is "Crude". She remarks, "It is tempting to conclude (especially in the case of Anglicans) that the critics are objecting as much to form as to content. The crudity is especially prevalent in "a style of proclaiming the cross associated with appeals to less educated, more credulous groups of people gathered in backcountry churches". Maybe so in some instances.

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August 07 2018 By dvirtue THE BLOOD-SHEDDING - PART TWO

This awesome volume is far too extensive to comment upon in detail and the full breadth of its explanatory material, but there seem to be some areas of its treatment that give cause for considerable disquiet, and certain conclusions that appear to subvert essential features of the atonement.

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July 28 2018 By dvirtue Leviticus in The New York Times: What's the Real Story Here?

But if European and American cultures have been morally shaped by the Bible, these same cultures are now haunted by the Bible. The Bible haunts all the modern efforts to push a vast revolution in morality -- specifically sexual morality. The main restraint on the sexual revolution has been the abiding power of Judeo-Christian moral instincts drawn from Scripture.

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July 26 2018 By dvirtue Creating a New Version of Leviticus to Support Gay Sex

In his New York Times op-ed piece, Dr. Dershowitz summarizes his 2017 academic article published in the journal Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel. (Is it any surprise that the Times decided to publish his piece?)

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