michael, Did you read my posts? I aptly responded to the question of Sola Scriptura. That is the point of the WCF, scripture alone. Plus, I explained the intent of the WCF was NOT to be construed as a supplement to the bible in a "the bible and" relationship. They are not infallible but are, to repeat, an exposition of the word of God. I really do not understand the aversion lest it be on denominational grounds. We gather on the Lord's day to worship and hear the word rightly divided. The teacher reads from the scripture then gives an exposition, a drawing out of the truth for the edification of the body. I must remit my statement you have highlighted about the motel bible. I did not qualify that statement and can see how it can be interpreted as something other than my intent. It surely is ONLY the word of God that can reprove, quicken lives through the Spirit, and save. I recognize the Standards for what they are and by no means would bound anyone to them as authoritative. It is quite evident that God has used many vessels and means to teach his word. Yourself, John UK, Frank, and other "regulars" are proof.
Michael, You are misunderstanding the WCF and Standards. They are not supplements to the Bible in some "the bible and..." relationship. A bible in a motel does no good to someone who doesn't have proper teaching. Look at the Ethiopian and Phillip interaction. Did the Ethopian have the scripture? Yes. Did he also need help understanding it? Certainly. It was the intent of God to send Phillip to him. This is what the WCF and Standards does for God's church. Those who wrote and those who understand its proper place would NEVER say it was supplemental or on equal ground of the holy scriptures.
The Reformers were the champions of pointing scripture, hence Sola Scriptura (scripture alone). The Confessions and Standards (Westminster) are nothing more than an expository of the collective faith confession. A teaching tool that kept churches sound insofar that it pointed TO the scriptures and not itself. When the PCUSA decided to part with this standard, they were ultimately denying the very Word of God these standards rest upon.
Michael H, Repentance is a gift as well. No man comes to Christ LEST he is drawn by the Father. What is included in that drawing if not repentance? The aroma of Christ is life for the drawn. The drawn respond because they have been made alive; and the living desire life and life is Christ. That's not hyper Calvinism; that's the gospel brother.
This whole episode is a mockery. From the building of an "Ark" to suing the State. God doesn't need an amusement park so his children can go and play. What a contrast of "sojourning" between Western Christians and those in the East. Over here we sue the State over tourism, over there they joyfully worship God in underground churches.
You can use or buy products from these companies without being complicit in their perverted beliefs. Like the Lord said in John 17, that God would keep us from evil while ON earth. We will not fully depart from evil until we are in Glory.
The flesh cares not for those in pornography. It is the grace of God and walking within that grace that keeps a person from viewing porn. To struggle is good, because a non-struggling"Christian" has wandered off or is only a professing believer.
tb, Neo-gnosticism and Calvinism are contrary terms. The former is presumptuous accumulation of knowledge; a works based endeavor, while Calvinism is God's reaching down and revealing himself by grace. Plus, an "addiction" is slavery. I don't know if a true Christian is a slave to porn. More than likely they are struggling, which is different.
Carl H, Thank you for adding a needed dose of reality. We need to remember "but for grace, I likewise follow". These arguments put Islam on the same level as Christianity and throws grace and humility aside.
How about the whole chapter 6 of John or Romans 8 and 9. Not to mention the whole old testament that is rife with "I chose you" language and actions on the part of God toward Israel. The will is only "free" by the grace of God. You choose because He chose. Or, as it is written " You love God because he first loved you." John 6:44 is an unambiguous or univocal verse...it says what it says. The main question to mull over is which theological intrpretation has God's will, decree, and purpose at the forefront