Dr. Bahnsen at his best

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In my opinion Greg Bahnsen was one of the best debater among the school of Presuppositional apologetics  He is still one of my favorite popularizer of the apologetics’ methodology of his mentor Cornelius Van Til.  There’s a two page PDF titled “Summary of Presuppositional Apologetic Method by Greg Bahnsen” available here.  Someone has put these words with some music as background as a short three part video series which we feature below:

If you want to learn more of Bahnsen and Presuppositional apologetics check out our posts Free Greg Bahnsen Apologetics Course from Gospel Coalition and Greg Bahnsen vs Gordon Stein Mp3.

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Greg Bahnsen: Critique of Natural Theology

Posted: January 9, 2018 by Ricky Roldan in Topical

Excellent

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This is a lecture by Greg Bahnsen, a Presuppositional apologist who have made a contribution by popularizing the apologetics of Cornelius Van Til and “taking it to streets.”

I need to watch this later.

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John Frame Quote On How Love Require the Laws of Logic

Posted: January 9, 2018 by Ricky Roldan in Topical

Loving from a logical perspective. Good stuff!

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Yesterday I posted a critical look at two Fuller Seminary’s professors’ argument that Jesus was not for carefully reasoned arguments.  I want to balance that by saying that just because I argue that reasoning is important that does not mean it is okay to be rigorous with our reasoning and not have love.  Both logic and love are compatible.  In fact if we love others it require us to adhere to and use the laws of logic appropriately!  And when we use the laws of logic, as Christians we ought to use it lovingly for the other person.

Here’s John Frame’s quote from the Doctrine of the Knowledge of God that reflect one way there is an inter-relationship between love and the laws of logic:

Perhaps you are beginning to see what a practical science logic is or at least should be!  Love for our brethren requires careful thought…

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A Personal Tribute to Dr. RC Sproul

Posted: December 18, 2017 by Ricky Roldan in Topical

As I think back to when I was first introduced to Dr. Sproul about 22yrs ago I remember debating with my father who affirmed Gods sovereign grace and Calvinism but I didn’t. We had this discussion several times already and so my father one day handed me a vcr tape called Chosen By God a teaching series by Dr. Sproul on predestination and asked me to at least watch it and tell him what I thought. I agreed to watch it and get back to him and did so with the intent to critique and refute him. Well lets just say it didn’t go as planned. After the first two sessions I was already convinced and so many things became very clear for me and I wanted to know more and more and the rest is history.

From the first lecture I was mesmerized by his teaching style his passion for truth and the easy to understand communication skills he had. The biggest impact on my life was the series he did on The Holiness of God which opened my eyes to who God really is and how much we sin against Him and I finally and truly understood the beauty of the gospel. My life since then has never been the same as I attempted to teach like Dr. Sproul and made it my mission to be clear and easy in my communication so that I can convey the truths of scripture to others like me who didn’t have the opportunity to go to college or seminary and to this day I still dream of recording teaching videos to leave behind for my urban community and especially for my kids and family and so I pray that the Lord would grant me such an honor.

Dr. Sproul’s love for Christ and His word is an inspiration to all who had the benefit of watching, hearing or reading his works and it is very apparent that he has discipled and taught thousands around the world for the glory of Christ. If you haven’t had the chance to read any of his books or watch any of his videos then you are doing yourself a disservice and I implore you to do yourself a favor and dive into his works as soon as possible as you will not be disappointed. Dr. Sproul will be severely missed and his unapologetic defense and voice on the doctrine of Sola Fide will definitely be missed especially in our current situation with the attacks on this central doctrine from within our ranks. What I also appreciated about Dr. Sproul was his dedication to teach reformed theology as historically confessed instead of trying to make a name for himself by being novel in doctrinal matters like several do to this day and come up with erroneous views which confuse instead of making things more clear. He was and is a gift to the Church.

My prayers are with his family and I pray that the Lord will raise more gifted, bold, wise and abled men like him to further strengthen the Church and protect her from false teachers and false prophet wolves in our midst.

Thank you my brother Dr. RC Sproul.

 

John Calvin on Jer. 31 and the New Covenant

Posted: July 12, 2016 by Ricky Roldan in Topical

 

Calvin writes:

Now, as to the new covenant, it is not so called, because it is contrary to the first covenant; for God is never inconsistent with himself, nor is he unlike himself, he then who once made a covenant with his chosen people, had not changed his purpose, as though he had forgotten his faithfulness. It then follows, that the first covenant was inviolable; besides, he had already made his covenant with Abraham, and the Law was a confirmation of that covenant. As then the Law depended on that covenant which God made with his servant Abraham, it follows that God could never have made a new, that is, a contrary or a different covenant. For whence do we derive our hope of salvation, except from that blessed seed promised to Abraham? Further, why are we called the children of Abraham, except on account of the common bond of faith? Why are the faithful said to be gathered into the bosom of Abraham? Why does Christ say, that some will come from the east and the west, and sit down in the kingdom of heaven with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? (Luke 16:22; Matthew 8:11) These things no doubt sufficiently shew that God has never made any other covenant than that which he made formerly with Abraham, and at length confirmed by the hand of Moses. This subject might be more fully handled; but it is enough briefly to shew, that the covenant which God made at first is perpetual.

Calvino, Ezequiel 33:11 y la Libre Oferta del Evangelio

Posted: June 3, 2016 by Ricky Roldan in Topical

Excellent Reformed Blog in Spanish by Marcelo Sanchez

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Uno de los textos que muchos de los reformados de hoy usan para decir que Dios quiere la salvación incluso de aquellos que Él mismo decretó condenar es Ezequiel 33:11. Este texto dice:

Diles: Vivo yo, dice Jehová el Señor, que no quiero la muerte del impío, sino que se vuelva el impío de su camino, y que viva. Volveos, volveos de vuestros malos caminos; ¿por qué moriréis, oh casa de Israel? (Eze 33:11 R60)

Incluso nos llaman de híper calvinistas a los que no creemos en esa doctrina. Pero los que no la creemos estamos en buena compañía. Calvino mismo afirma:

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The Doctrines of Grace are clearly taught in the tenth chapter of the gospel of John. “sheep” are believers.

John 10

14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

Who did Christ lay down his life for? The sheep. All who will be believers. The elect

24 Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. 26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.[b] 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.”

Why didn’t they believe? Because they were NOT of the sheep. Then Christ goes on to explain that all his sheep know his voice and will finally follow and believe and not only that but He will not lose ANY of his sheep and gives then ETERNAL life not temporary life.

We see here Total Depravity (they can’t believe because they are not sheep) Unconditional Election (he knows the sheep by name) Limited Atonement (Christ died for sheep only) Effectual Grace ( all his sheep WILL believe and follow His voice) and Perseverance of the Saints (He will lose NONE of his sheep but gives them ETERNAL LIFE)

Doctrines of Grace in a nutshell

Praise God!!!!