Article series on the issues involving moving from a non-reformed view to a reformed view as well as all of the 'stuff' that pops up in-between (including when to leave a church).
The Puritan Board
This is a spin-off from the "Fifth OPC membership vow" thread.
I recently came across this short article on the subject of standing for prayer, in an 1834 issue of The Banner of the Covenant.
[See also http://www.fpchurch.org.uk/about-us/how-we-worship/why-we-worship-this-way/standing-for-prayer/ ]
Banner of the Covenant (May & June 1853): 179-180.
This article claims that Montanus (and Tertullian) taught that there was a dichotomy between normal ("catholic") Christians and those who have received a special indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and draws this parallel with Pentecostalism. Numerous citations are provided, but not for this particular assertion. Does anyone know whether this is true, and if so, could you provide a source?...
In the song To The Table" by Zach Williams the phrase is used in the third verse.
HE CAN SEE THE WEIGHT YOU CARRY
AND THE FEARS THAT HOLD YOUR HEART
BUT THROUGH THE CROSS YOU’VE BEEN FORGIVEN
YOU’RE ACCEPTED AS YOU ARE
Aren't we accepted because of the Cross and not as we are? I feel like those statements can go a couple directions.
And does this carry the same sentiment as Just...
Kline, Meredith. Images of the Spirit. Wipf & Stock.
Kline argues that the Spirit is the Glory-Spirit who is a sign of creation’s telos (Kline 110). He takes note of the Spirit’s activities and how they manifest God’s glory. All of that sounds well and good. Sunday Schooley even. But Kline takes it a step further. “Glory” is a revelational modality of heaven. And sometimes that is...
Does a parent have continued spiritual authority and responsibility for adult children who have moved far away and have their own homes but are not yet married? ( And therefore should be still training them in the fear of the Lord as if they still lived under the same roof??)
Whether holy people (Matthew 27:52) were taken up with Jesus (Acts 1:22)? And where are they now?
【Matthew 27:52】The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.
【Matthew 27:53】They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
【Acts 1:22】beginning from John's...
One thing I've noticed is that the OPC is different than others in regards to divesting an elder or deacon. The book of church order states: "A ruling elder or deacon may be divested of his office if his services do not appear to be edifying to the congregation."(BCO FoG, Chapter XXVI, Divesting from Office) The procedures that follow are non-judicial. There is one...
Christians can oftentimes be functioning atheists. We think we are immune to this particular moral failing. Thomas Ridgeley says otherwise:
There is a great deal of atheism in our hearts; by reason of which we are prone sometimes to call in question the being, perfections, and providence of God. The devil also frequently injects atheistical thoughts into our minds; which are a great...
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