Reformed Theology How do I remain patient when people slander the Reformed faith?  Calvinism

How do I remain patient when people slander the Reformed faith?

Reformed Theology How do I remain patient when people slander the Reformed faith?  Calvinism
How do I remain patient when people slander the Reformed faith?

on a FB combox I was debating with a Lutheran who falsely accused the Reformed churches of teaching works salvation. When I asked him to substnatiate his outrageous accusation, he said that the Reformed churches don't practice infant baptism and teach that there is an age of accountability. When I showed him the section of the WCF which affirms infant baptism, he replied, "welllll, they don't practice it."

Thats when I EXPLODED. I called him names, said near-swear words, typed in all caps. I feel awful- it definately wasn't Christlike. How do I remain more patient in situations like this?

on a FB combox I was debating with a Lutheran who falsely accused the Reformed churches of teaching works salvation. When I asked him to substnatiate his outrageous accusation, he said that the Reformed churches don’t practice infant baptism and teach that there is an age of accountability. When I showed him the section of the WCF which affirms infant baptism, he replied, “welllll, they don’t practice it.”Thats when I EXPLODED. I called him names, said near-swear words, typed in all caps. I feel awful- it definately wasn’t Christlike. How do I remain more patient in situations like this?
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Reformed Theology Is this a theological error.  Calvinism

Is this a theological error.

Reformed Theology Is this a theological error.  Calvinism
Is this a theological error.

I was debating my friend, who adheres to Piper's two-stage justification doctrine, about the reality of imputed righteousness. I mentioned that we are dung covered by snow. He responded by saying that while that is true, the dung is gradually transformed into gold by sanctification. Is this true?

For the record, I do believe that sanctification is a consequence and fruit of faith, but I do not believe that it makes us ontologically and personally righteous before God.

I was debating my friend, who adheres to Piper’s two-stage justification doctrine, about the reality of imputed righteousness. I mentioned that we are dung covered by snow. He responded by saying that while that is true, the dung is gradually transformed into gold by sanctification. Is this true?For the record, I do believe that sanctification is a consequence and fruit of faith, but I do not believe that it makes us ontologically and personally righteous before God.
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Reformed Theology If sanctification a part of the gospel in the strict sense?  Calvinism

If sanctification a part of the gospel in the strict sense?

Reformed Theology If sanctification a part of the gospel in the strict sense?  Calvinism
If sanctification a part of the gospel in the strict sense?

I always understood that the gospel is Christ suffering, dying, and rising again for the sins of his people, and that believing in the gospel appropriates Christ's righteousness, which justifies us before God. However, my friend says that killing sin is part of the gospel. Is that true?

typo edit: "if" to "is"

I always understood that the gospel is Christ suffering, dying, and rising again for the sins of his people, and that believing in the gospel appropriates Christ’s righteousness, which justifies us before God. However, my friend says that killing sin is part of the gospel. Is that true?typo edit: “if” to “is”
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Reformed Theology Friend who claims to be a Presbyterian is starting to sound like a methodist.  Calvinism

Friend who claims to be a Presbyterian is starting to sound like a methodist.

Reformed Theology Friend who claims to be a Presbyterian is starting to sound like a methodist.  Calvinism
Friend who claims to be a Presbyterian is starting to sound like a methodist.

I was talking with him online about justification and sanctification, and he said (and I quote word for word) that,

"And I'll just tell you that no one who does not do the will of the Father will enter the kingdom of heaven. And yet, in Christ, we have him for both righteousness and sanctification. We are freely given the right to eternal life so that we can love God perfectly. And Yes this means walking down a path of good works. I would encourage you not to be afraid of seeking to do good, because this is what being in Christ and sanctification entail. Don't let your sin get the better of you, that it prevents you from striving hard for the kingdom of God."

(emphasis mine)

He also believes that Christians must satisfy conditions to "attain" heaven. Of course, he takes the position that Paul is referring to his pre-conversion state in Romans 7.

He also said this odd quote, and I quote word for word.

"There's a difference between a sinner being declared righteous, and someone in Christ who is declared righteous. We will be justified in the judgement insofar as we will be vindicated by God himself. 'This is my children, you can tell by their works.'"

(emphasis his)

Additoinally, he emphasizes that Christ not only saves us from the sin penalty, but from sin itself. That is to say, Christ's work of salvation also encompasses sanctification. In my opinion, that's putting undue emphasis on good works, and it detracts from Christ's alien righteousness.

Are these statements heretical?

I was talking with him online about justification and sanctification, and he said (and I quote word for word) that,”And I’ll just tell you that no one who does not do the will of the Father will enter the kingdom of heaven. And yet, in Christ, we have him for both righteousness and sanctification. We are freely given the right to eternal life so that we can love God perfectly. And Yes this means walking down a path of good works. I would encourage you not to be afraid of seeking to do good, because this is what being in Christ and sanctification entail. Don’t let your sin get the better of you, that it prevents you from striving hard for the kingdom of God.”(emphasis mine)He also believes that Christians must satisfy conditions to “attain” heaven. Of course, he takes the position that Paul is referring to his pre-conversion state in Romans 7.He also said this odd quote, and I quote word for word.”There’s a difference between a sinner being declared righteous, and someone in Christ who is declared righteous. We will be justified in the judgement insofar as we will be vindicated by God himself. ‘This is my children, you can tell by their works.'”(emphasis his)Additoinally, he emphasizes that Christ not only saves us from the sin penalty, but from sin itself. That is to say, Christ’s work of salvation also encompasses sanctification. In my opinion, that’s putting undue emphasis on good works, and it detracts from Christ’s alien righteousness.Are these statements heretical?
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Reformed Theology Van Til and paradox  Calvinism

Van Til and paradox

Reformed Theology Van Til and paradox  Calvinism
Van Til and paradox

Some people accuse Van Til of saying that the bible has contradictions and paradoxes. Does this allegation contain any truth? If so, can you please show me primary sources where Van Til says this?

Some people accuse Van Til of saying that the bible has contradictions and paradoxes. Does this allegation contain any truth? If so, can you please show me primary sources where Van Til says this?
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Reformed Theology Van Til and paradox  Calvinism

Van Til and paradox

Reformed Theology Van Til and paradox  Calvinism
Van Til and paradox

Some people accuse Van Til of saying that the bible has contradictions and paradoxes. Does this allegation contain any truth? If so, can you please show me primary sources where Van Til says this?

Some people accuse Van Til of saying that the bible has contradictions and paradoxes. Does this allegation contain any truth? If so, can you please show me primary sources where Van Til says this?
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Reformed Theology law as "magnet"  Calvinism

law as “magnet”

Reformed Theology law as "magnet"  Calvinism
law as “magnet”

One of my theo professors at my Lutheran college, while teaching law and gospel, in addition to the three uses that are typically agreed upon (mirror, curb, and guide), he taught that there is a 4th use- a magnet. He taught that when Christians perform good works, they "attract" people to Christianity. Has this ever been taught by any Reformed theologians?

One of my theo professors at my Lutheran college, while teaching law and gospel, in addition to the three uses that are typically agreed upon (mirror, curb, and guide), he taught that there is a 4th use- a magnet. He taught that when Christians perform good works, they “attract” people to Christianity. Has this ever been taught by any Reformed theologians?
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Reformed Theology is Voddie Baucham a pharisee?  Calvinism

is Voddie Baucham a pharisee?

Reformed Theology is Voddie Baucham a pharisee?  Calvinism
is Voddie Baucham a pharisee?

It seems as though he puts man-made traditions and rules when it comes to dating; it seems to be his favorite topic. He also says that (iirc) a daughter must seek her father's permission before marrying a man. That's an outrageous teaching. What if the daughter is Christian, and the man she wants to marry is Christian, but her parents are wicked pagans? What if her parents dislike the man for ungodly reasons?

Why create so many rules for dating? more laws, especially man-made ones, make trespasses increase! (Romans 7:5)

It seems as though he puts man-made traditions and rules when it comes to dating; it seems to be his favorite topic. He also says that (iirc) a daughter must seek her father’s permission before marrying a man. That’s an outrageous teaching. What if the daughter is Christian, and the man she wants to marry is Christian, but her parents are wicked pagans? What if her parents dislike the man for ungodly reasons?Why create so many rules for dating? more laws, especially man-made ones, make trespasses increase! (Romans 7:5)
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Reformed Theology Ligonier Ministries: Is it True That "If You Don't Have a Conversion Story You Don't Have a Conversion"?  Calvinism

Ligonier Ministries: Is it True That “If You Don’t Have a Conversion Story You Don’t Have a Conversion”?

Reformed Theology Ligonier Ministries: Is it True That "If You Don't Have a Conversion Story You Don't Have a Conversion"?  Calvinism
Ligonier Ministries: Is it True That “If You Don’t Have a Conversion Story You Don’t Have a Conversion”?
https://www.ligonier.org/blog/it-true-if-you-dont-have-conversion-story-you-dont-have-conversion/
https://www.ligonier.org/blog/it-true-if-you-dont-have-conversion-story-you-dont-have-conversion/
Link: Ligonier Ministries: Is it True That “If You Don’t Have a Conversion Story You Don’t Have a Conversion”?
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