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Record: 4002
Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021, 4:27 02 Sec. PM
Subject: Great Authors
Name: Richard Morgan II
City: Lansing     State: Michigan
Country: Usa
Found Site by: Search Engine

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    Awesome! I love Prof. David J. Engelsma, Dr. Kim Riddlebarger, Rev. Anthony A. Hoekema, Michael Horton, Tony Warren, Rev. D. H. Kuiper, and Rev. Cornelius Hanko. Awesome writings, Please keep up the good work.


 
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Record: 4000
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021, 1:35 42 Sec. PM
Subject: Separation of Church and State
Name: Thomas
City: Tulsa     State: Oklahoma
Country: USA
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    With the revelation of Trump secretly mocking his evangelical Christian supporters with cynicism and contempt. I was happy to read conservative and sound articles on your site about the error of Christians blindly supporting such an immoral man. That gives me hope that there are still some "actual" Christians left in this world. We're not all Televangelist lemmings, the Reformed are followers of Christ. It's great you believe in the separation of church and state, else I'd have to leave the church. And God bless Michael Horton and the other Reformed teachers for their strong words on this subject also. The Lord First!
Thomas


 
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Record: 3997
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 2:17 46 Sec. AM
Subject: Old School Faithfulness
Name: Terrence Johnson
Homepage: New Life Presbyterian Church of Hopewell Township
  Home Page http://www.newlifehopewell.com/home.html
City: Aliquippa     State: Pennsylvania
Country: Usa
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One of the most important tasks of a good Bible resource is free articles and studies of theology, sound teaching, spiritual healing, instruction in righteousness, and blessings (Matt. 10:8). You have met the bar on all counts. I don't know when I've seen a resource without ads on the sides of the page, annoying pop-ups begging for money, or books for sale that hawk the freely given gospel for profit. It's been years since I've seen a site like this with its eyes planted firmly on Christ alone. Keep up the great work.


 
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Record: 3996
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 3:46 53 Sec. PM
Subject: Resources
Name: Ray Thompson
City: New York     State: NY
Country: Usa
Found Site by: Word of Mouth

Comments:
    Good morning Mountain Retreat Christians and staff. Thank you so much for the sound theology, rare frankness, and great volume of sermons, articles and classics you have here. And without any nagging popup ads. It's a beautiful great job you have done here. God bless.


 
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Record: 3993
Date: Thursday, Februar4 4, 2021 6.01 AM
Name: Bronagh McCarthy
City: Dublin     Country: Ireland
Found Site by: Just Surfed In

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    Tony,
Loved your reply to the baptist below who said we always have to seek a literal interpretation. Very frank, concise, and refreshing using God's word to interpret God's word. Imagine That. ;)
Keep up the good work here.


 
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Record: 3992
Date: Friday, January 15, 2021, 1:33 03 Sec. AM
Subject: Re: Your Guestbook Reply
Name: Richard Graham
City: Ann Arbor     State: Michigan
Country: Usa
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Comments:
    I just want to say that I agree with your comments below Tony and to thank you for remaining faithful to a Reformed eschatology in a world that has completely gone mad with Televangelists and Dispensational heresy. Hold fast the teachings brother.


 
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Record: 3990
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021, 7:27 AM
Subject: Bad Eschatology
Name: Liam Nelson
Homepage: Regular Baptist Church
  Home Page https://www.garbc.org
City: Arlington Heights     State: Il
Country: Usa
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Comments:
    I have a bone to pick with you on Reformed eschatology. I'm against your Reformed Amillennarian teachings because a literal interpretation of the Bible is always best. The biblical way to interpret is does not mean to look for hidden meanings in the Bible. As a Premillennarian I believe that we are to always look to the plain sense of the text rather than to attempt to read a spiritual interpreter into prophecy. I read the sacred text in order to determine its plain and simple meaning in a way that accepts a historical normal meaning of the words and the commonly accepted rules of grammar of the day. “The Golden Rule of Biblical Interpretation” is that" When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense, but take every word at its primary, literal meaning unless the facts of the immediate context clearly indicate otherwise." Reformed Amillennialism strays from this rule and so opens the Christian up to all types of confusions, heretical doctrines, and erroneous eschatology.

Anyway, otherwise this is a nice repository of good articles, papers and historical writings.

 
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    >>>I have a bone to pick with you on Reformed eschatology

I'm always open to civil discussion.

>>>I'm against your Reformed Amillennarian teachings because a literal interpretation of the Bible is always best.

You say that you're against Reformed Amillennarian teachings because a literal interpretation of the Bible is always best. I agree and believe that the Amillennial interpretation of the Bible is very literally the God authored interpretation, and not something simply pulled out of thin air. The Bible very literally says we were translated into the kingdom of Christ. That's present tense, which was also reiterated by the Apostle John.

Re 1:9

  • "I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ."

That's not anyone falsely declaring a present reality in Christ's kingdom now, that's the reality of God's very literal word. If we were regenerated in the Spirit, we are on earth living and reigning with Christ right now.

>>>The biblical way to interpret is does not mean to look for hidden meanings in the Bible.

I believe that the Biblical way to interpret is to let God interpret, rather than attempt to privately interpret ourselves. After all, interpretations do belong to God (Genesis 40:8; 41:16). The only way for us to receive "God's Interpretation" is to get it from His own word, the Bible. When we search the scriptures we see that all throughout the word of God He has revealed truth to us with hidden meanings, secrets, parables, etc. From John the Baptist being Elijah, to eating His flesh and drinking His blood, the Scriptures are replete with hidden meaning. Christ Himself even told us why it was hidden from them. So your comment is a presumption and not based upon God's word. Indeed it is written:

Proverbs 25:2

  • "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter."

We are the kings and Priests unto God who search out a matter in God's concealed word unto revelation through the Spirit. In other words, if we will receive it, the prophecy of Elijah coming before Christ was very "literally" fulfilled in John the Baptist because "that" literally was what the prophecy actually spoke of. i.e., the biblical way to interpret is to follow God's interpretation, which is replete with hidden meanings.


>>>I read the sacred text in order to determine its plain and simple meaning in a way that accepts a historical normal meaning of the words and the commonly accepted rules of grammar of the day.

The plain and simple meaning, the historical normal meaning of the words, and the commonly accepted rules of grammar of the day, would have had the saints believing that Christ bringing Peace to Jerusalem meant that He came and ended all Literal/physical war, when the true and Biblical meaning was that the peace of Jerusalem He came to bring was peace with God. That Israel's warfare with Him was finished in a Spiritual restoration far more superior and important than a physical city of people having physical peace. We should not confuse the natural with the Spiritual, or the physical with the Spiritual Restoration in Christ, the true "Israel of God" (Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:15) in whom we find Peace.


>>>“The Golden Rule of Biblical Interpretation” is that" When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense, but take every word at its primary, literal meaning unless the facts of the immediate context clearly indicate otherwise."

That's not the golden rule, that's a man-made rule that is found nowhere within the Bible. The literal sense of Elijah coming back ahead of Christ made sense in its primary, literal meaning, and most of the Jewish people at that time of Christ got it wrong because they followed that faulty man-made rule. Thus they missed the fulfillment of "that" literal prophecy fulfillment in John The Baptist. Even though Christ Himself told them of it plainly.

Mark 9:11-13

  • "And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?

  • And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.

  • But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him."

AS IT IS WRITTEN--Meaning He was and is the fulfillment of that prophecy. Not in a literal/physical reincarnation of the Elijah that went before, but literally as God always intended it fulfilled. The prophecy was fulfilled literally "as it was written." Nut not everyone understands it is in Spirit and truth because they are following the man-made golden rule of interpretation. Even in the true meaning concerning the captivity of Israel, her new covenant, the freeing of the captivity, the Millennial reign of Christ in His Kingdom, and the peace brought to Jerusalem. All because of an adherence to an unbiblical golden rule of man.

>>>Reformed Amillennialism strays from this rule and so opens the Christian up to all types of confusions, heretical doctrines, and erroneous eschatology.

Reformed Eschatology that is Biblical is borne of the tradition of the 5 Solas of the Reformation known as Sola scriptura ("by Scripture alone"), Sola fide ("by faith alone"), Sola gratia ("by grace alone"), Solus Christus or Solo Christo ("Christ alone" or "through Christ alone"), and Soli Deo gloria ("glory to God alone"), and "should" always point to an interpretation that came directly out of the Bible and not one placed into the Bible through personal opinion. Opinion that is often Biblically called, private interpretation. It is from this that are borne real confusions, heretical doctrines, and erroneous eschatology.

Thanks for your comments.


 
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Record: 3982
Date: Friday, November 20, 2020, 7:22 41 Sec. AM
Subject: The illumination of Scripture
Name: Lisa
State: North Carolina
Country: United States
Found Site by: Just Surfed In

Comments:
    I really enjoyed reading through the information you have gathered. I lean towards agreement with the Reformed Theology idea. The Illuminated Scriptures really sits well with me due to recent events in my life. Not too long ago my faith was non-existent. I believed that there was something more but I couldn't wrap my head around the writings in the bible. It was all just greek and babbling to me. Until I experienced the Holy Spirit. During 6 months of an infection that turned septic, I went into self isolation and let go of my ego (didn't know that at the time). The night I felt the Holy Spirit I had a vision which I thought was a hallucination at the time. After that night I was able to read the scriptures with more understanding and started asking for God's guidance not only in my life but the people around me also. They became aware of the fact that when I asked I would get the information straight from the bible letting God guide me to the Book, Chapter and verse. Now I am studying more of the scriptures and the history. The more I learn the more I know that the history, faith, redemption, Word of God and the path to the Kingdom of Heaven have been stolen from us. So thank you for getting the information out no matter if people agree with everything or not, that is what discernment is for.


 
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Record: 3981
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2020, 11:07 PM
Subject: Obsolete Christian Denomination
Name: Benjamin Steinke
City: Cambridge     State: Massachusetts
Country: Usa
Found Site by: Just Surfed In

Comments:
    Your doctrines are old fashioned and obsolete. You are a dinosaur my friend, soon to go extinct. The fact that this so-called Reformed Christian site even exists is a miracle considering your puritanical anti divorce philosophies and denials of dispensationalism. Your web site looks like something out of the 70s and is a testimony to your intransigence. You've been left behind. I believe that you should prepare yourself for this new world that is impervious to your insistence on sola scriptura. The bible was written by men and men are infallible. I will not be coming back to this site unless you change your doctrines and share some love for gays rather than the scriptures. You win more with honey than with vinegar.


 
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Record: 3980
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020, 12:34
Name: Chuck Bennett
City: Bellvue     State: Colorado
Country: Usa
Found Site by: Search Engine

Comments:
    I keep returning to this site because I keep learning more and more about Reformed Christianity and its reliance on the Bible alone. The experience of finding article after article with sound Christian theology was so refreshing. Surfing the Internet and finding site after site of fluff and empty platitudes was so frustrating. It was so very nice to find a resource that takes the Bible seriously. To date, I have found very few. Thanks for the great work!


 
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