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by Tom. Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:09 AM
What makes a church confessional
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O Changeless God,
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Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:24 PM What makes a church confessional by John_C
Can a non-denominational, independent Reformed Baptist church be confessional? They may have their own confessional beliefs, but they can change any confessions within the local church without having the approval of a larger body. When we say a confessional church what do we mean?

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Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:51 PM Indwelling Sin by chestnutmare
Adam had a law of sin proposed to him in his temptation; but because he had no law of sin inbred and working in him, he might have withstood it. An inbred law must necessarily be effectual. Let us take an example from that law which is contrary to this law of sin. The law of God was at first inbred and natural to man; it was co-created with his faculties, and it was their rectitude, both in its being and operation, in reference to his end of living to God and glorifying him. Hence it had an especial power in the whole soul to enable it for all obedience, yes, and to make all obedience easy and pleasant. Such is the power of an inbred law. And though this law, as to its rule and dominion, is now by nature cast out of the soul, its remaining sparks, sparks, because they are inbred, are very powerful and effectual; as the apostle declares, Rom 2:14-15.25 Afterward God renews this law, and writes it in tablets of stone. But what is the efficacy of this law? Will it now, as it is external and proposed to men, enable them to perform the things that it exacts and requires? Not at all. God knew it would not, unless it were turned to an internal law again; that is, until from a moral outward rule, it is turned into an inward real principle. Which is why God makes his law internal again, and implants it in the heart as it was at first, when he intends to give it power to produce obedience in his people:
Jer 31:31-33, “I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts.”

This is what God fixes on, as it were: a discovery of the insufficiency of an outward law leading men to obedience. ‘The written law,’ he says, ‘will not do it; mercies and deliverances from distress will not effect it; trials and afflictions will not accomplish it. Then,’ says the Lord, ‘I will take another course: I will turn the written law into an internal living principle in their hearts; that will have such an efficacy that it will assuredly make them my people, and keep them so.’

~John Owen Indwelling Sin

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Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:35 PM What is your motive? by chestnutmare
It is not the being seen of men that is wrong, but doing these things for the purpose of being seen of men. The problem with the hypocrite is his motivation. He does not want to be holy; he only wants to seem to be holy. He is more concerned with his reputation for righteousness than about actually becoming righteous. The approbation of men matters more to him than the approval of God.
~ Augustine.

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Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:42 AM Apologetics by Tom
As a student of Pressuppositional Apologetics one of the things I want to do is look at what a few of its opponents say about it.
One such opponent is found https://biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/eq/2003-3_257.pdf
I also plan watching a debate between RC Sproul and Greg Bahnsen on the subject.
Hopefully, by doing so I will learn the subject better.
Of course nothing works better than studying the real thing. So with that in mind I am slowly working my way through Greg Bahnsen's 'Always Ready'. As well as a few resources I have found on 'The Highway'.
If anyone wants to comment on the link I provided and\or the debate between RC Sproul and Greg Bahnsen, it would be appreciated.
Thanks
Tom

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Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:17 PM A Case For Christ Movie by Tom
I was recently made aware of a movie based on Lee Strobal's book 'A Case For Christ'.
The Christian's at work are raving about it.
Looking at reviews, it is the story of Lee Strobal who wrote for a big news paper doing a law column. His wife had become a Christian and he was hostile to Christianity, being an atheist.
He sets out with his law mind to prove his wife's faith wrong.
In the end he ends up embracing Christianity.

I am a Presuppositionist, but was wondering if anyone here has either read the book, or seen the movie.
What are your thoughts?
I may be going to see this movie.

Tom

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