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In many cases, added to various optional characteristics now discernible, there happens to be a prominent element of charismatic spirituality and an apparent dominant Semi-Pelagian soteriology pervading the communion.

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May 07 2019 By dvirtue Would You Trade Eternal Life For A Ferrari? The False Gospel of Prosperity Theology

Edward Luce, the American Editor for the Financial Times, penned this article, which chronicles his visit to Lakewood Church, the most significant temple to the prosperity gospel in America. Luce marshals all his prowess and analytical skill to craft this insightful article--a story that explores the friction between the prosperity gospel of Joel Osteen and the historic, orthodox Christian faith.

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May 05 2019 By dvirtue Presuppositional Apologetics

Men's thinking is controlled by their spiritual condition, and heavily influenced by the sin and darkness of the culture. The Bible says that all men who are not converted are "spiritually dead" in sins and trespasses. They are prejudiced against spiritual and godly thinking, and will interpret, or rather misinterpret, facts accordingly.

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April 30 2019 By dvirtue A Tale of Two Religions: Liberal Theology Without Illusions

Kristof, who deserved credit for giving attention to theological issues, has interviewed several major theological figures. Those conversations have appeared in his opinion column for The New York Times. His interviews have ranged from New York pastor Tim Keller to former President Jimmy Carter.

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April 25 2019 By dvirtue Biblical Foundations for the Healing of <I>Any</I> Brokenness

The principle of God's prevenient grace (coupled with our helplessness) saturates the entire Bible. We learn from Jesus in John 6:44: "No one can come to (Christ) unless the Father draws him," and in John 6:65: "no one can come to (Christ) unless it has been granted him from the Father" (NASB).

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April 15 2019 By dvirtue EFFECTUAL GRACE: The Force of Desire

The reverent consideration of our predestination and election in Christ is full of sweet, pleasant and unspeakable strength and comfort to godly persons, who feel the working in themselves of the Spirit of Christ, mortifying the works of the flesh and their earthly passions and drawing their thoughts upward to high and heavenly realities.

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The gospel becomes a series of slogans that slip off the tongue so glibly and easily, and so-called extempore prayer is set in a dull, inferior and habitual "personally contrived liturgy", in the sense of an unvarying form that has none of the quality of a well-composed collect or written petition for our corporate and individual approach to God.

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April 01 2019 By dvirtue Can a Modern Scientist Believe in God and Miracles?

For the most part in the media we only hear about two allegedly strongly opposed groups: serious scientists (Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking) who don't believe in God and fundamentalists whose science credentials are dubious at best.

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March 27 2019 By dvirtue Glorious Humility

In her 2019 Lenten meditation The Merciful Humility of God, theologian Jane Williams urges something similar. Keeping company with Jesus during Lent's forty days of fasting, we should learn to look beneath the surface of his humble actions--touching the lepers, feeding the hungry, washing his disciples' feet, even or especially dying through imperial torture--and see the unconquerable glory and power of God working out the salvation of the world.

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March 16 2019 By dvirtue WHAT IS THE MESSAGE FOR OUR TIME?

In the wisdom of God both mercy and judgment are continuously meted out from the throne of heaven. We may confidently say that mercy is measured out with abundant and undeserved generosity and that, conversely, judgment is often withheld and exercised with delay. However, we with our Christian and compassionate desires cannot dictate the flow of divine kindness nor stay grievous judgments that befall hardened and unrepentant sinfulness perpetrated by fallen mankind.

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