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November 04 2018 By dvirtue ANGLICAN INDEBTEDNESS AND IDENTITY (Part One)

The question at hand is not who is qualified to be considered truly in union with Christ, about which (the quintessence of real Christian existence) there is no absolute assurance, humanly speaking, but a question about which faith tradition happens to approximate best to the rule of Holy Scripture (in the non-legalistic sense of actual attachment to the Lord expressed in intellectual accuracy in regard to the meaning of the text and experimental exposure to the influence of the Holy Spirit w

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November 02 2018 By dvirtue The Perilous State of Our Theological Illiteracy

And for years now the results have been very troubling indeed. One such investigation that routinely monitors and gauges where evangelicals are at theologically is the Ligonier Ministries' State of Theology survey. They have been doing this for a while now and the findings are not very encouraging.

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October 17 2018 By dvirtue Addressing The "Ecclesial Deficit" In The Anglican Communion

"the inability to uphold structures which can make decisions which carry force in the life of the Churches of the Communion...the questions of the limits of diversity [which] becomes acute when major differences arise in the life of the communion of the Churches which concern the faith, order or moral life of the Communion.

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October 14 2018 By dvirtue The Everyday Mystery of Answered Prayer

These questions will be considered in the light of the undeniable ability of human beings to change the course of events in the natural world.


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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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