Reformed Theology I'm a conservative annihilationist unitarian Christian. AMA  Calvinism

I’m a conservative annihilationist unitarian Christian. AMA

Reformed Theology I'm a conservative annihilationist unitarian Christian. AMA  Calvinism
I’m a conservative annihilationist unitarian Christian. AMA

By conservative I mean primarily that I affirm a version of Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, and the avenging justice of God. I have little sympathy for liberal readings of the Bible.

By annihilationist I mean that the judgement of the faithless will ultimately result in death and non-existence.

By unitarian I mean that I believe only the Father is YHWH God. Jesus is YHWH's anointed Son, the king of Israel.

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Reformed Theology Struggling to read Ecclesiastes  Calvinism

Struggling to read Ecclesiastes

Reformed Theology Struggling to read Ecclesiastes  Calvinism
Struggling to read Ecclesiastes

I'm about 7 chapters in, been reading a chapter a day and let me just say that I am so lost. Some themes I understand "There is nothing new under the sun, what's new is not really new." But Solomon seems to almost be a pessimist/ nihilist. "Vanity all is vanity," or "Sorrow is better than laughter."

I suppose it's just so thick and the language used is hard to wrap my head around. I'm just having trouble understanding it and drawing wisdom from it.

Also a little off topic, I've been reading through the account of Solomon in Kings alongside this and it seems that Solomon commits apostasy but doesn't repent. His heart is drawn away to his wives and other gods and he dies. Doesn't mention repentance or restoration. Does this mean that Solomon died in his sin? I suppose if we had access to the Acts of Solomon we would know for certain, but it appears this book has been lost to time.

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Reformed Theology How do we know what is true?  Calvinism

How do we know what is true?

Reformed Theology How do we know what is true?  Calvinism
How do we know what is true?

How do we know what is true? There are so many denominations out there that draw from Scripture, but yet we saw our denomination is right and therefore all the others are wrong. I have a hard time believing what I believe to be true with all yhe other denoms of Christianity. It gets really confusing ehen you look and see how many there are and they all claim their beliefs are true and other are wrong.

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Reformed Theology Having troubles committing to a church and tradition.  Calvinism

Having troubles committing to a church and tradition.

Reformed Theology Having troubles committing to a church and tradition.  Calvinism
Having troubles committing to a church and tradition.

It's a problem I have had for about a year now. One day, I am a Pentecostal, the next a Calvinist, and the next a Lutheran. I am having a very hard time committing to a church. Do you have any tips on how to commit, particularly to Presbyterianism/Calvinism? Prayers are also appreciated.

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Reformed Theology I know the baptism debate is pretty a pretty common topic among Reformed folk on the Internet, but I am really struggling with this. I have some questions for both sides.  Calvinism

I know the baptism debate is pretty a pretty common topic among Reformed folk on the Internet, but I am really struggling with this. I have some questions for both sides.

Reformed Theology I know the baptism debate is pretty a pretty common topic among Reformed folk on the Internet, but I am really struggling with this. I have some questions for both sides.  Calvinism
I know the baptism debate is pretty a pretty common topic among Reformed folk on the Internet, but I am really struggling with this. I have some questions for both sides.

Just to start, yes I am bringing this up again, and yes I have searched the sub's history on the baptism debate. I have just been listening to both sides of the debate feeling more lost than when I started and I don't want to consciously do anything apart from the confidence and faith that this is the correct thing to do. Because of that, I have questions for both sides of the debate in hope that I can get somewhere with this.

For paedobaptists:

How do you deal with the objection that faith (in every explicitly mentioned case) precedes Christian baptism, which would not be possible for infants?

How do you deal with the objection that, in the case of household baptisms, there is no mention of infants but rather there is mention of the word being preached to that household AND THEN they are baptized? Is the word properly preached to infants in the household? It seems to me that everyone in the cases of those household baptisms believed before they were baptized.

How do you deal with the objection that the true New Covenant is to be perfect and contains nobody that Christ didn't die for, and thus we shouldn't give baptism to those who don't profess faith for the sake of guarding the sacraments the best we can?

Credobaptists also often seem to bring up the idea that paedobaptists let the Old Testament define the New rather than let the New Testament define the Old like they would with everything else. How would you respond to this accusation?

For credobaptists:

How do you deal with the idea that, in Hebrews 10, it is said that the Lord will judge his people? If they are his people, then they are part of the New Covenant, right? For credobaptists where there is no difference between the substance and administration of the covenant, this would make no sense because the Lord would not judge those who are saved; this would only make sense if there were unsaved people in the New Covenant community that were not in the substance of the covenant but only in the administration, right? Is there something I am missing here?

Is baptism not a covenant sign of the New Covenant, the fulfillment of circumcision in the Abrahamic Covenant? If so, and if Abraham is the model of a faithful person (Romans 4), then a believer who has been baptized (circumcised) should then extend this baptism (circumcision) to their infant children, right?

What about the idea that the Abrahamic Covenant is an everlasting covenant? Wouldn't that mean that the New Covenant, though better, doesn't abrogate the Abrahamic Covenant but fulfills and expands it? Wouldn't that make the New Covenant the new continuation of the Abrahamic Covenant in its fulfilled form? Wouldn't that just mean that circumcision is changed to baptism, expanded to women, and still applicable to infants of believers? Wouldn't that mean that the children of believers are still as much a part of the New Covenant community as the children of members of the Abrahamic Covenant?

What about the passage that says that the children of a single believing parent are made holy by that believing parent? If they are made holy by them just by virtue of their parent believing, doesn't this create a third category of people: unbelievers/pagans, believers/saved covenant members, and unsaved covenant members?

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Reformed Theology Deacons of r/Reformed  Calvinism

Deacons of r/Reformed

Reformed Theology Deacons of r/Reformed  Calvinism
Deacons of r/Reformed

Not sure if there are any deacons in this forum, but if so I had a few questions (if you are someone that oversees deacons you can feel free to comment as well).

  1. What does it mean to be a deacon to you?

  2. What are your roles and responsibilities?

  3. What does the deaconate look like in your church?

  4. What are the most difficult aspects of being a deacon?

  5. What are the most rewarding aspects of being a deacon?

  6. Which scripture verses are the most encouraging/ guiding to your office?

  7. How does oversight work in your church?

  8. What do you wish more people knew / understood about the deaconate?

  9. Which books/ resources have you found helpful in your office?

Edit: 10. What did your "examination" look like?

-11. Did you train? If so, what did that look like?

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