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The Errors of Arminianism

In 1618-1619 the Great Synod composed and adopted the Canons of Dordrecht in response to the Arminian heresy. In five heads or chapters the Synod set forth the truth of scripture often referred to as the five points of Calvinism. The Synod also explained and rejected the errors of Arminianism. In one place the Canons describe one of the errors of Arminianism as “bring[ing] again out of hell the Pelagian errors (Head 2, Rejection of Errors 3). Arminianism is alive and well...

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RCC: A False Church

The pope visited the US last week with much fanfare. Pope Francis is a hit with political leftists and with a certain segment of Protestants. This is an appropriate time to be reminded of the evils of the Roman Catholic Church that Pope Francis represents. So I share with you today an excerpt from an article by Jordan Stanbridge, Why Evangelicals and Catholics cannot be Together. As the title of the article indicates, Stanbridge is opposed to the 1994 Evangelicals and...

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The Progression of Theistic Evolution

Theistic evolution is a view that attempts to yoke Genesis 1-3 together with the findings of scientists. Many have warned that the Bible and the findings of scientists (many of them unbelieving scientists) cannot be equally yoked and that the attempt to join the two together will end in disaster—the progressive denial of important biblical truths. Of course the early proponents of this marriage between the Bible and science masked the danger of this agenda by denying that this would lead...

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Kim Davis: A Model of Christian Conduct?

For those of you who have not followed the news, Kim Davis is the Kentucky County Clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses on the basis of her religious beliefs. Davis, a professing Christian, believes that homosexuality is a sin. After the US Supreme Court (in Obergfell v. Hodges) gave the legal right to homosexuals to marry in all 50 states, Davis, not wanting to issue any marriage licenses for homosexuals, decided not to issue any marriage licenses in her county....

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Standard Bearer Digital Index for Volumes 1-91 is Now Available!

Are you looking for a specific article or topic that was addressed in a past issue of the Standard Bearer? The index for Volumes 1-91 is now available in a searchable PDF format for the low cost of $10. A link to download the complete PDF of the index will be emailed to you after you receive your order confirmation. Indexes included in this file: Subject, Textual, Book Reviews, and Title. NOTE: This digital index is separate from the Standard Bearer searchable archives...

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Debunking the Framework Hypothesis (5)

This is the last installment of excerpts from this article by Dr. Robert McCabe and Tim Chaffey. In this excerpt the writers explain how the Framework Hypothesis, like all theories of creation that deny the historicity of Genesis 1, elevates science to a status that is equal or even above scripture. This is a devastating critique of the Framework Hypothesis. While they claim to handle scripture carefully, advocates of the Framework Hypothesis actually set scripture’s authority and reliability aside for science....

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Debunking the Framework Hypothesis (4)

Today I share another excerpt from this article by Dr. Robert McCabe and Tim Chaffey which criticizes the Framework Hypothesis. In this excerpt the authors defend the traditional interpretation of Genesis 1 as actual history against an attack made by advocates of the Framework Hypothesis. One advocate of the Framework Hypothesis, as you will see, claims this is “the most decisive argument against the traditional interpretation.” By refuting this “most decisive argument” McCabe and Chaffey deal a devastating blow to the...

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Debunking the Framework Hypothesis (3)

Today is the 3rd installment of an excerpt from this article.  Today we consider the Framework Hypothesis’s argument that the 7th day of creation is a long period of time.  Please feel free to respond in the comment section below.  The second argument supporting the Framework position is that the seventh day of the creation week is an unending (or at least long and still continuing) period.7 This premise is a standard argument for Framework advocates since it reputedly proves that...

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Debunking the Framework Hypothesis (2)

Today we return to this article by Dr. Robert V. McCabe and Tim Chaffey. In this excerpt they explain one aspect of the Framework Hypothesis’ interpretation of Genesis 1 and refute it. The Two Triads of "Days" argument is a premise that all Framework advocates agree with. Framework supporters claim that the two triads of "days" is a topical parallelism where the topics of days 1–3 are parallel with those of days 4–6. About the parallel nature of days 1 &...

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The Framework Hypothesis Introduced (1)

Over the course of the next few days I will be posting excerpts from an online article entitled What’s Wrong with the Framework Hypothesis? The article was written in 2011, but I only found it recently and would like to share it with the readers of the blog. I am not sure how much time Professor Cammenga will spend dealing with the Framework Hypothesis in his Oct. 9 speech on Theistic Evolution, but the two topics are related, and these posts...

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The Digital Divide

Do parents know what their teens are doing on the internet? An article entitled The Digital Divide: How the Online Behavior of Teens is Getting Past Parents demonstrates that parents are in the dark. Some parents decide not to monitor what their teens are doing. Others think they know what their children are doing but studies show that they do not. Here are some of the statistics from the article. 8% of teens visit a website parents disapprove of (only 23.6%...

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Better than the Alternative

Should it trouble us that there are so many denominations in the world? Should we express sorrow and even indignation over the fact that Christians have not banded together institutionally to give expression of their unity in Jesus Christ? For many the fragmentation of churches into many denominations is deplorable. It is common for speakers and writers to criticize “denominationalism” sharply and call for churches to band together for the sake of unity (usually by means of ignoring doctrinal differences). Dr....

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Theistic Evolution: Should the Church Make Peace or War?

The lecture will be here before you know it. Learn more about what will be covered during the lecture from the flyer. Also, if you have not yet, visit www.creationortheisticevolution.com.                                                                                                        ...

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Who is Gottschalk?

Later this summer the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA) will be publishing, as a Book Club offering, Gottschalk: Servant of God, A Story of Courage, Faith, and Love for the Truth, written by Connie L. Meyer. This biography is about a French monk who lived in the ninth century and suffered for his belief and advocacy of double predestination. Gottschalk’s life, rich in dramatic events, was an integral part of the cultural and political life of Germany, France, Italy and Croatia at...

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