Is Forensic Justification a Reformation Novelty?

Objection: The idea of Justification as forensic imputation is a novelty invented by the Reformers, and was unknown in the early church. Answer: In St. Augustine's “On the Spirit and the Letter,” he describes the meaning of Justification. There, he states that to be justified is to be considered, or reckoned as just. There, he … Continue reading Is Forensic Justification a Reformation Novelty?

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Particular Baptist Essentials: A Reader

Image taken from the website of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA) Recently, I created a new Facebook Page called 1689 Puritans, with the purpose of promoting historic Particular Baptist theology and history. As part of that page, I decided to create this Reader to help acquaint readers with Christian theology and … Continue reading Particular Baptist Essentials: A Reader

For You and Your Children: The Book of Acts in Baptism Debates

In the perennial debate between Credobaptists and Paedobaptists over the validity of infant baptism, the book of Acts frequently becomes the battleground over which both sides attempt to display the exegetical superiority of their baptismal stance over the other. Thus, for example, Presbyterian theologian Gregg Strawbridge, in his attempted rebuttal to the pro-Credobaptist book A … Continue reading For You and Your Children: The Book of Acts in Baptism Debates

Essay: Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church

Apart from the nature of Justification, one of the other major issues separating Protestants from Roman Catholics is the issue of authority. Protestants believe that the Bible alone is the only infallible authority on matters of faith and morals. While this doesn't preclude the possibility of there being other sources of authority, these other sources … Continue reading Essay: Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church

Essay: Why Justification Still Matters

In less than half a year, we will be approaching the 500th anniversary of Luther's nailing of the 95 Theses to the castle church door in Wittenberg, which is traditionally regarded as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. As we approach that time, it is important to remember why the Reformation happened. Ultimately, it was … Continue reading Essay: Why Justification Still Matters

Debate: James White vs. Joe Ventilacion (Who is God?)

Having come from the Philippines, the Iglesia ni Cristo is not an unknown name to me. They are the second largest religious group in the Philippines, after the Roman Catholic Church. I've seen videos of their ministers debating representatives of other religious groups (Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, etc.) before, and I've gathered from those debates that … Continue reading Debate: James White vs. Joe Ventilacion (Who is God?)

Debate “Is the New Testament God’s Word?” (vs. Ijaz Ahmad)

I recently participated in two debates with Muslim apologist Ijaz Ahmad (of Calling Christians) on the debate topics, "Is the New Testament God's Word?" as well as "What Do the Qur'an and Islamic Tradition Say About the Bible?" The debate video for the first of these two videos is up, which you may view here. … Continue reading Debate “Is the New Testament God’s Word?” (vs. Ijaz Ahmad)

Debate Review: Was Jesus the Son of God or Only the Prophet of God (Tony Costa vs. Ijaz Ahmad)

A few months back, the Trinity Channel hosted a debate between Dr. Tony Costa and Ijaz Ahmad on the question, “Was Jesus the Son of God or Only the Prophet of God?”, making this the latest in a long line of Christian-Muslim debates on Christology, and the first to feature Ijaz going against Dr. Costa. … Continue reading Debate Review: Was Jesus the Son of God or Only the Prophet of God (Tony Costa vs. Ijaz Ahmad)

Debate: The Bible and the Qur’an (vs. Shabir Ally)

Those who have been following this ministry are aware that I recently participated in a debate on the Bible and the Qur'an with the Islamic apologist Dr. Shabir Ally. If you haven't seen it yet, here is the video: I am making publicly available my debate notes. Hopefully this will help people to follow along with … Continue reading Debate: The Bible and the Qur’an (vs. Shabir Ally)