As a catalyst for expediting the material Christ Covenant Church’s study of justification and as a hermeneutical and theological control for future discussions and criticisms, we assume the following ten statements to be well supported in the biblical text:
Is the doctrine of Justification settled theology? There have been battles over justification since the beginning of the church and those debates will no doubt continue. To make things worse, the debates tend to focus the theories of justification that have been advanced by great men of the faith rather than on the actual biblical […]
The Sound Gospel is the good news of abundant life in Jesus Christ if we submit to Him as Lord before Savior in the relationship of covenant. It is nearly impossible to undertake an in-depth study of the biblical Gospel without including discussion of the doctrine of Justification.
Modern Reformed theologians such as RC Sproul, Wayne Grudem and others teach that in order for the believer to be justified, he must be imputed with both the righteous life of Christ (His active obedience) as well as the sacrificial death of Christ (His passive obedience). This teaching, sometimes called “double imputation” or the doctrine […]
All kinds of superstitions surround the calendar event that occurs when the 13th day of a month falls on a Friday. Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number “13” and friggatriskaidekaphobia is specifically related to the fear of Friday the 13th. One of the blessings of knowing Christ is in realizing that this day is no […]
Richard Lusk writes: The pure grace of the gospel is not threatened by a call to obedience. Indeed, the gospel, properly preached, understood, and embraced, demands and promises obedience, In the Scriptures, heralds of the gospel essentially interchange faith and repentance as appropriate responses to the message (cf. Acts 2:38; 16:34). In other place, Scripture […]
Though the Scripture is clear that the church is God’s foundational institution, there are still many who insist on believing that this role was given to the family. While it is not my intention to “sling mud” at those who make such claims, the following is important to consider with an objective mind and an […]
This is the first article in a small series dealing with the doctrine of imputation, the term “the righteousness of Christ” and the doctrine of active obedience. Recently we here at Christ Covenant Church realized that there exists a bit of confusion surrounding the term “double imputation.” For some, the term refers to imputation of […]
One of the major threats faced by the biblical Gospel in our day is that of antinomianism (against law). This is a threat that was foretold by many of the biblical authors, for instance, the Apostle Peter wrote:
On faith, faithfulness and justification:
The spiritual and moral fabric of our world is disintegrating. As a result, Christians are looking for solutions and one solution subscribed to by many Christians is to attempt to heal our world by restoring the integrity of the family and its role in society. With the divorce rate among Christians as high as it is among […]
We cannot earn or work our way to royalty status.
Christ Covenant Church is in the midst of a Sunday morning study of the Sound Gospel as found throughout the Bible. The study has been divided into the three main parts or building blocks of the Gospel. Those building blocks are: Abundant Life, Lord before Savior and Covenant. We recently completed the study of Abundant […]
The doctrine of the imputation of the Active Obedience of Christ is settled doctrine in Reformed circles . . . or is it? Listen and watch as Pastor Scott discusses the heresy and danger of double imputation:
Christ and His Church are the fulfillment of God’s Old Testament promises and the true House of Judah and Israel.
When the Apostle John wrote the book of Revelation to the seven churches of Asia Minor, was his intent to evoke images of red tides, Blackhawk helicopters, one-world governments and electronic microchips? Or is there a way to understand the symbolic language of Revelation in a way that was understandable to first century Christians and […]
In recent months, there has been a wave of celebrities and other well-known people claiming to be Christians. Everyone from presidential candidates, to singers like Justin Beiber and Demi Lovato to professional athletes such as Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin are claiming to be “in the faith.” How is the Christian to view these professions […]
Finding the proper perspective and place for good deeds in the Christian life can be a tricky task. The relationship between “good works” and salvation has been debated from the beginning of the Christian faith and this relationship is still controversial. While it is nearly impossible to solve all of the pertinent issues in one […]
The term “life reformed” describes Christ Covenant Church. The reason this term is so important is because the Gospel itself begins with a presentation of Life. Listen and watch as Pastor Scott discusses how the designation being “life reformed” will make our presentations of the Gospel more biblical, more hopeful and more complete:
In our last post on this topic, we established why a woman who functions in a position of spiritual authority over men in the local church is serious sin, is a denial of male headship, is a hindrance to the gospel and cancels God’s pattern of spiritual leadership. I concluded the article by stating that […]