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“And In One Holy Local Church”: The Ghettoization of Protestantism (3)

Part 2 of the article. The Nature and Structure of the New Testament Church By now, we have shown the nakedness of a number of mythologies so dear to modern churchmen. Mandatory “local church membership” and the related to it “vows” and “covenants” are a novelty, it came from the cults and from political pressure […]

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“And In One Holy Local Church”: The Ghettoization of Protestantism (2)

Part 1 of the article. God of Lone Rangers, Destroyer of Systems It is for this reason the Church in the past was not against, and certainly not afraid of, sending out Christians as “lone rangers,” or of accepting them as a necessary part of its own growth. In fact, in the early centuries of […]

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“And In One Holy Local Church”: The Ghettoization of Protestantism (1)

Knowing the general level of emotional sensitivity in the modern American church in general, and in the Reformed churches in particular, I need to start this article with a disclaimer: While this article is a commentary on a quote by Jeff Durbin, pastor of Apologia Church, it is not in any way an assessment of […]

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Modern Presbyterianism and the Destruction of the Principle of Plurality of Elders

It wasn’t until very recently that some Presbyterians in the US started re-discovering their rich history of involvement in the formation and the founding of America, as we know her today—or as is the common perception of what she was supposed to be, originally. That rich history of Presbyterian initiative, involvement, and leadership in the […]

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The Truly Covenantal and Reformed View of Prophecy (and of the Other Gifts) III

(Continues from here.) 4. Pronouncing Judgment “I have appointed you a prophet to the nations,” God told Jeremiah (Jer. 1:5), and then continued explaining to him what exactly the task of a prophet to the nations is: See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, To pluck up and […]

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The Truly Covenantal and Reformed View of Prophecy (and of the Other Gifts) II

(Continues from here.) 2. Authority and Legitimacy of Authority In order to understand this function of the gifts, let’s take an imaginary example: An ordinary member of an officially cessationist Presbyterian church stands up during church service and prophesies to the church. The content of his prophecy doesn’t matter for the moment; whether it is […]

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The Truly Covenantal and Reformed View of Prophecy (and of the Other Gifts) I

I have been asked many times to write this thesis, and I have always replied that it is very difficult for me to do it. Not because my position is not supported by the Bible; to the contrary, the Bible is full with support of what is called by some “continuationism,” that is, the view […]

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A “Post-Christian World” and a “Post-Mom Home”

No, we don’t live in a “post-Christian world.” A “post-Christian world” can not possibly exist. There has never been such a world; there will never be one. Stop using the phrase. It is bad theology. It is bad philosophy of history. It is bad evangelism. It is bad psychology. And it is false view of […]

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The Superiority of Christian Reconstruction in the Mission Field

“So, how does the message of Christian Reconstruction affect your practice in the mission field?” I have been asked this question many times. Most of those who asked me that question were missionaries hostile in their views to the message of Christian Reconstruction. Some of them were convinced that Christian Reconstruction doesn’t care about the […]

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Missions in the Big Cities (2)

(Continued from here.) The Nuclear Family The Biblical model for the family is the nuclear family: a man, his wife, and their dependent children. No matter what situation the family is in, the Bible does not prescribe any additional covenantal authority over the husband; there is no concept of extended family, or a clan, as […]

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