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Theological Fragments – 04.21.16


Dewey Roberts wrote an excellent post called Pelagianism, Semi-Pelagianism, and the Federal Vision in which he rightfully defines Federal Vision as ” . . . a scheme of salvation by works, both moral and ceremonial, set within the framework of a conditional covenant that depends on the covenant faithfulness and perseverance of the baptized for its efficacy and for their final justification.” In this post, he draws upon the correlations between the Federal Vision and Pelagianism/Semi-Pelagianism. This is a great place to start for those who are still confused about what the big deal is.

Ryan Reeves published another excellent article over at The Gospel Coalition regarding Luther’s famous ‘Love God and sin boldly’ statement. If anyone wishes to use Luther to justify their sin they need to look elsewhere. I appreciate how Reeves not only sets the quote in context, but also does a great job explaining that this was Luther;s message all a long; we contribute nothing to our justification. Having a right understanding of what Luther meant changes the context in which it might be used. One thing I might add is if Luther really meant it in the same way that it is often used today… well… Luther would simply be wrong. He never has and never will trump scripture which clearly teaches that we must value our sanctification.

Speaking of TGC, they recently posted another great article by Trevin Wax about Evangelicals and Trump. You may want to check this out.

Finally, over at enCourage, Heather Nelson wrote a timely blog post called 5 Reasons Why We Need to Rest. The 5 reasons are

  1. Rest Biblical
  2. Rest fuels our ministry
  3. Rest prevents burnout
  4. Rest is a way to practice faith in God’s sovereignty
  5. Rest Reconnect us to our most important relationships.

You’ll have to head over to enCourage to read her excellent commentary. You won’t be sorry.

4 thoughts on “Theological Fragments – 04.21.16

  1. Vivian

    Don’t get me going on Trump right now. These Evangelicals who are supporting this immoral man are going to get a surprise if he’s elected.I have found that as I get older I really appreciate rest. I wish I would have when I was young.

  2. I get so tired of people misusing Luther to misuse the Bible. You hit the nail on the head in your last sentence. Even if Luther meant what they think he meant that never becomes more of an authority than the bible!

  3. Linda Burns

    My ex husband was involved in FV. He got so abusive that I had to leave. God is not in that movement. The theology is bad but that’s just the starting point. The extreme partriarchy is just horrible. I’m all for submitting to my husband and believe in male headship but not like FV teaches.

  4. Ryan Smith

    It’s strange that a bunch of high church reformed folk would embrace anything that smacks of pelagianism. What in the world are they thinking and why still call themselves reformed?

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