The LORD’s Supper: Wine or Welch’s? I liked that Joe Thorn attempted to make the case for wine, showing that this is what Christ ordained for the table. He answers the arguments that many people have against the use of wine. Most of those who argue against it don’t really have a Biblical case given that wine is a blessing from God, not a curse, as so many fundamentalist maintain. He also has an entire series on the Lord’s Supper covering topics like fencing the table, when to take it, closed and open table, etc.
Thou Shalt Not Kill or Murder? Wintery Knight has an excellent piece showing that Hebrew scholars teach what many of us have known for years, that the Sixth Commandment should read “Thou shalt not murder.” It is not a blanket admonition against killing any and all things (except the unborn), as so many who are politically and theologically on the left would claim. In stating such a case, then they would be going against the Bible and capital punishment, times for war, etc. But that is what liberals do… they gladly use the Bible when it fits their pet peeve but scorn anyone else’s use of the Bible, especially if we actually believe it.
Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery Wow, covering two commandments in one post! Exciting, I know. Neil has a great post on the Seventh Commandment, showing that as believers, we are to strive for sexual purity, not only in deed, but also in thought and word.
Allow me to say that this is impossible apart from the Holy Spirit and God’s word working in our lives. But this should not deter us, it is what God has ordained for those who are His children, so let us live up to that calling.
Anti-Catholic or Pro Gospel? Tim Challies has a great piece of the differences between Protestants and Roman Catholics. AS we have learned here on this blog, that when we state what the Roman Catholics believe, their defenders politely tell us we don’t understand what they believe. After hearing R.C. Sproul say basically the same thing in a T4G conference, I’m more open to that charge than I was before. What Challies does is show that it doesn’t matter what Roman Catholics believe, because they have condemned what we, as Protestants, believe. That is enough to help us understand that no matter what it is they believe about justification, their view is not what we believe.
What I would like to do today is put aside my understanding or misunderstanding of Roman Catholic theology. Instead, let’s look at the way the Roman Catholic Church understands what I believe. What I have found is that the Roman Catholic Church understands my theology very well. Many years ago the Council of Trent closely examined the doctrine of the Protestant Reformers and responded to it with a series of canons. As they did that, they declared my faith anathema, an abomination to God. While Trent happened a long time ago, the canons have never been rescinded. Vatican II, despite its emphasis on ecumenicism, did not nullify or modify the canons of Trent (see here for an explanation from Catholic Answers).
So instead of having me explain Catholic theology and point out concerns, let’s allow Roman Catholicism to explain my Protestant view (using EWTN’stranslation of the canons).
If anyone says that the sinner is justified by faith alone, meaning that nothing else is required to cooperate in order to obtain the grace of justification, and that it is not in any way necessary that he be prepared and disposed by the action of his own will, let him be anathema. (Canon 9)
I believe that the sinner is justified by faith alone, meaning that nothing else is required and nothing else needs to be cooperated with, to obtain the grace of justification. Rome understands exactly what I believe here and rejects it. (Rom 3:20-28, Eph 2:8)
OK, that is it for today. Spend some time reading those throughout the weekend. Hopefully it will deepen your faith in Christ.