faith

  1. Alexander

    Stumbling Block to Becoming Reformed - Perseverance

    I've spent the last two months searching for all available books on the Perseverance of the Saints. I've found that every single historical work on the matter, that I could find, teaches that the regenerate can never lose faith. I will explain why this is a stumbling block for me if I wished to...
  2. Nate

    Obedience and Experiencing Fellowship with the Father

    I've read through several threads related to obedience and experiencing God's favor, and all have been helpful. I have a specific question related to the topic that hasn't been directly addressed (that I can find). If one is working with the following specific definition of Fellowship with the...
  3. Ed Walsh

    The Lathe of Heaven - or - Does Prayer Change Things?

    Have you ever watched the movie or read the book titled, The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin? It is a "science fiction novel by American writer Ursula K. Le Guin. The plot revolves around a character whose dreams alter past and present reality." It has become kind of theme for my prayer...
  4. Jonathan95

    What was the Old Testament way of salvation?

    We know that, in the New Testament era, salvation comes by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way but, before Christ, what was the way? We definitely can't say the Jews were saved by the law. I usually go about arguing the position looking at Paul's quote of Habakkuk in Galatians...
  5. Alexander

    Regeneration Precedes Faith Temporally (In Time)?

    So, I am not a Primitive Baptist. I am a Particular Baptist and hold to the London Baptist Confession. Nevertheless, I still get confused over multiple things I see in the Bible. It seems as if certain people were born again/regenerated/quickened long before they even heard the Gospel and...
  6. Christian Teegardin

    My Life as a Calvinist Christian (With the Struggles of Faith)

    There was a time when I was 'holier than thou.' I used to think that I was so Godly. I used to think that knowing the truth of the Gospel (which Calvinism entails) and all the fine details about the Gospel were all I needed for salvation. I would always be obsessed with a girl. Always. If it...
  7. Christian Teegardin

    A Re-Introduction

    (I haven't been on the PuritanBoard for about 1/3 a year or so, and I have discovered more about myself... Will feature a bunch of random confessions, so be prepared... And personal concerns, of course.) A: About Me My name is Christian Lloyd Teegardin and I am an independent Calvinist (I was...
  8. amishrockstar

    Is "proof" beyond faith?

    Is it possible to prove/demonstrate the existence of God to an atheist (i.e. someone who doesn't accept the Bible as "proof")? If so, how can it be done effectively without using the Bible? If not, does that bother you, or are you comfortable with just saying it all comes down to "faith?" Is...
  9. py3ak

    The true knowledge of God

    Preaching from John 16:3, Martin Luther observes: The true knowledge of God and of Christ has often been defined. It is not an idle, empty thought or dream, as reason is able to think of God and Christ on the basis of hearsay, and as it pictures Him and acts toward Him according to such...
  10. D

    Assurance, A Second Work? Only For Some Believers?

    http://www.tms.edu/tmsj/tmsj5c.pdf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T090WUROjHM Faith and Assurance by Joel Beeke | Reformed Theology Articles at Ligonier.org I sure would like some clarity on the subject of assurance. Joel Beeke seems to be arguing in circles. First, he says in the video that...
  11. Catechist

    WILLIAM PERKINS Versus WCF on ASSURANCE

    I was reading Rev. Chris Gordon's blog and found this here: ~THE GORDIAN KNOT~: WILLIAM PERKINS Versus WESTMINSTER CONFESSION on ASSURANCE "Perkins is adamant that assurance belongs to the essence of true faith. Read the following statements by Perkins and then compare them with the...
  12. johnbugay

    The root of Roman misunderstanding of Justification

    There is an exceptional discussion of justification in the early church over at Triablogue: Triablogue: Seeds Of The Reformation This is part of an ongoing discussion with some of the “Called to Communion” gang. As many of you probably know, justification was at the root of the...
  13. D

    Assurance and faith, a package deal?

    I have written an article entitled "Assurance and faith, a package deal?" in which I assert that modern zealots confuse the two and lump them together. Imagine my disappointment when last month I heard this statement in a sermon--"The Bible says that if you're saved you'll know it."...
  14. Z

    The relationship between faith and desire

    Lately, I've been trying to deepen my understanding of the nature of regeneration, faith, justification, and sanctification. I understand that Protestants have understood faith as consisting of knowledge, assent, and trust. My confusion comes as I am attempting to understand the place of one's...
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