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The Doctrine of Election (Blogging the Belgic: Article 16)

The doctrine of election is one of the most controversial and debated doctrines when it comes to Christian theology. Some find great comfort in the truth, while others abhor it and speak against it. Article 16 of the Belgic Confession shows where the Reformed tradition stands regarding this ...

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Original Sin (Blogging the Belgic: Article 15)

I remember many years ago being asked the question, “Do we sin because we are sinners, or are we sinners because we sin?” The concept of original sin, which is found in Article 15 of the Belgic Confession, helps us to understand how to think about and answer this question. Drawing upon ...

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The Creation and Fall of Humanity (Blogging the Belgic: Article 14)

Every day, the news is filled with the wonderful achievements of humans - solving medical mysteries, showing great care and compassion for people in need, athletic marvels, and brave and heroic efforts - as well as the horrors that humans do to each other and the world. We see glimpses of ...

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Providence - A Comforting Doctrine (Blogging the Belgic Article 13)

A problem that every single person, every single belief system, and every single religion must consider and discuss is the problem of evil and the fact that we see bad things happen in this world. What is the cause and meaning of these occurrences, and how are we to live in light of their reality? ...

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The Creation of the World and Angels (Blogging the Belgic: Article 12)

One of my wife’s favorite expressions that I have adopted is “Same circus, different clowns.” The idea behind this saying is that there might be different people, but the same issues and problems. At times, the Belgic Confession will name groups or beliefs that the doctrines laid ...

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The Deity of the Holy Spirit (Blogging the Belgic, Article 11)

I have often said that the Holy Spirit is the most often overlooked and forgotten member of the Trinity; I am not alone in making this comment (for example, Francis Chan wrote a book on the Holy Spirit called Forgotten God). The creeds and confessions of the church in many ways support this ...

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Jesus as the Son of God (Blogging the Belgic: Article 10)

In the early church, there were many who struggled and wrestled with the idea of Jesus’ deity or divinity, with some proposing theories about who Jesus was that ranged from him merely being a good, better man (what I call a Batman Christology) to views that Jesus became God when he was ...

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