Date: November 27, 2014
Many non-sacramental Christians perceive us sacramental Christians as legalistic and weak in faith. What is behind this and how should we make our defense? Direction of theology; mingling of justification and sanctification; Law and Gospel distinguished; God gifting or humans acting in obedience?; Does the depravity of original sin allow decision to believe and be baptized without God’s grace in the means of grace?
Pr. Matt Richard continues discussing his paper, “Why the Doctrine of Predestination Matters.” What happens when we try to reconcile the seemingly contradictory doctrines of 1) original sin with 2) God’s justification of the sinner and 3) God’s eternal election? Why should we keep these doctrines “in tension” according to God’s Word? Is the teaching of predestination a threatening or a comforting doctrine?