Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Eternal Security Debate - Negative Opening Essay

Eternal Security Debate

Debate Resolution:
Do the Gospels Teach that Salvation Can Be Lost?

Negavie Opening Essay
by Vocab (LINK)

My Key Assumptions
Before I begin discussing the question of do the gospels teach that salvation can be lost, it is important to make known some key issues which under gird the position that no truly justified person can be lost:
  1. God-breathed Scripture is the Christian’s ultimate authority
  2. The correct interpretation of any given scripture can not result in any real contradictions with the correct interpretation of another scripture 
  3. It is necessary to interpret less explicit passages in light of more explicit passages
  4. Scripture uniformly teachers us that Jesus alone is the Author and Finisher of our faith
  5. Realizing that it is God whom preserves those whom he elects must result in an increase in the Christian’s hope, peace, and a never-ending desire to please our Savior

Monday, December 27, 2010

Eternal Security Debate - Affirmative Opening Essay

Eternal Security Debate

Debate Resolution:
Do the Gospels Teach that Salvation Can Be Lost?

Affirmative Opening Essay
by Nick

Among the various heresies that arose at the time of the Reformation, one of the most notable was the doctrine of “Eternal Security” - the teaching that the Christian cannot lose his salvation. Since this debate is focused only on whether the Four Gospels teach salvation can be lost, the historicity or other Scriptural testimony of the doctrine will not be considered.

Eternal Security Debate - Do the Gospels Teach Salvation can be Lost?

Eternal Security Debate:
Do the Gospels Teach Salvation can be Lost?

Affirming Resolution: Nick
Denying Resolution: Vocab (Blog link)

  • Opening Essay - Due Monday Dec 27
  • Rebuttal Essay - Due Monday Jan 3
  • 5 CrossEx Questions - Due Thursday Jan 6 (3 days later)
  • 5 CrossEx Answers - Due Monday Jan 10 (4 days later)
  • Concluding Essays - Due Monday Jan 17
Essays are 2,000 words each. Only the Four Gospels will be examined. A one-week grace period is allowed, if needed. Essays will be posted publicly, comments closed until the last essay, and the opponent's essay will be linked to.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Did Christ Fulfill the Law in our Place?

A common but very serious theological error is the Protestant notion that Jesus fulfilled the Law in our place. This error is of a two fold nature: first, conflating and confusing the two notions of "fulfill" and "obey all the commandments perfectly" as if they were synonymous, and second, not recognizing Christians are called to fulfill the law and that the Bible never teaches Jesus "obeyed all the commandments" in our place.