Soli Deo Gloria

With the Pope’s coming to America this last week, I decided that I would write a short five part series on the Five Solas of the Reformation. These five points are stated below:

John Piper, founder of Desiring God ministries
  1. Sola Gratia – By Grace Alone
  2. Sola Fide – By Faith Alone
  3. Solus Christus – In Christ Alone
  4. Sola Scriptura – By Scripture Alone
  5. Soli Deo Gloria – To the Glory of God Alone

This final post is on Soli Deo Gloria, or To the Glory of God Alone. This, in my opinion, is by far the most important. This question sums up both positions: Does God get all of the glory, or do we get some as well? Rome still teaches that the glory goes to the Papacy, the church, and God. It makes sense in their system however. In a synergistic system where we participate in our salvation, God cannot get all of the glory. However, in a monergistic system where salvation is all of grace, then only God can receive the glory for what he has done. We will look at three main passages concerning this subject of who the glory of God goes to:
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Sola Scriptura

With the Pope’s coming to America this last week, I decided that I would write a short five part series on the Five Solas of the Reformation. These five points are stated below:

John Owen, English nonconformist and Puritan theologian
  1. Sola Gratia – By Grace Alone
  2. Sola Fide – By Faith Alone
  3. Solus Christus – In Christ Alone
  4. Sola Scriptura – By Scripture Alone
  5. Soli Deo Gloria – To the Glory of God Alone

This fourth post is on Sola Scriptura, or Scripture alone. Rome teaches that we have two sources of revelation for the church that are equally valid: Scripture and tradition. Scripture is good but it isn’t sufficient. We also need tradition. The reformers however stated otherwise. They said that Scripture is sufficient and that the Bible is all we need to make men wise unto salvation. There are three primary Scriptures that deal with the sufficiency of Scripture:
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Solus Christus

With the Pope’s coming to America this last week, I decided that I would write a short five part series on the Five Solas of the Reformation. These five points are stated below:

Charles Spurgeon, a Calvinistic Baptist preacher.
  1. Sola Gratia – By Grace Alone
  2. Sola Fide – By Faith Alone
  3. Solus Christus – In Christ Alone
  4. Sola Scriptura – By Scripture Alone
  5. Soli Deo Gloria – To the Glory of God Alone

This third post is on Solus Christus, or salvation in Christ alone. The Roman Catholic church still teaches today that you must be in Christ, and the church, and Mary, and the Saints, to be saved. There is no salvation apart from the church or Mary or the saints. However the Reformers protested and declared that only in Christ alone would anyone find salvation. The Scripture supports the teaching of the reformation with three primary verses:
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Sola Fide

With the Pope’s coming to America this last week, I decided that I would write a short five part series on the Five Solas of the Reformation. These five points are stated below:

John Calvin, who held strongly to what is today called the doctrines of grace, or Calvinism.
  1. Sola Gratia – By Grace Alone
  2. Sola Fide – By Faith Alone
  3. Solus Christus – In Christ Alone
  4. Sola Scriptura – By Scripture Alone
  5. Soli Deo Gloria – To the Glory of God Alone

This second post is on Sola Fide, or justification by Faith Alone. The Roman Catholic Church still teaches that we are saved by faith and works:

“If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema.” — Canons of Trent
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Sola Gratia

With the Pope coming to America this last week, I decided that I would write a short five part series on the Five Solas of the Reformation. These five points are stated below:

Martin Luther, the Father of the Protestant Reformation
  1. Sola Gratia – By Grace Alone
  2. Sola Fide – By Faith Alone
  3. Solus Christus – In Christ Alone
  4. Sola Scriptura – By Scripture Alone
  5. Soli Deo Gloria – To the Glory of God Alone

This first post is in the first sola known as Sola Gratia, or by grace alone. Rome has taught and still indeed teaches that man is saved by grace and merit. Now Rome does not believe that we are saved by merit.
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Case for Credobaptism: 10 Reasons Why I Reject Infant Baptism

Lately, I have been studying the issue of baptism in the church. Do we baptize believers only, or do we baptize believers and their children? I’ve actually been raised in both circumstances. I was baptized as an infant in the Presbyterian Church and actually raised in that denomination. However when I was ten, my family started going to a Baptist church and I was baptized by immersion two years ago.

I never took the time to actually study the issue of baptism in the Bible. As I was studying, I came extremely close to accepting infant baptism if it were not for what I see as inconsistencies in the Scriptures. I have compiled a list of ten reason why I reject infant baptism and support believers only baptism.
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Review of “Absolutely Free: A Biblical Reply to Lordship Salvation” by Zane C. Hodges

Zane Hodges' Absolutely Free: A Biblical Reply to Lordship Salvation
Zane Hodges’ Absolutely Free: A Biblical Reply to Lordship Salvation

I was recently asked by a friend of mine to read Absolutely Free, discussing Lordship controversy from a Free Grace position. This will be a quick look at the key points Hodges makes in each chapter. I will demonstrate why I believe Hodges is incorrect with interpreting Scripture and defend from the Reformed position. I hope you are edified while reading this so that you can further understand the controversy.
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The Gospel: A Call to Follow and Obey

I am absolutely amazed today at the millions of invitations that are offered by evangelicals when there is no genuine response to the gospel that we see. I mean come on, we have all done it. We have used the clichés: say this prayer, ask Jesus into your heart, invite Christ to your life, make Jesus your personal Lord and savior, make a decision for Christ, make a confession of faith.

These terms are extremely popular in evangelical circles today. But it isn’t the full gospel.

I am amazed at the easy-believism message going around today, denying the Lordship of Christ in salvation, and denying that repentance is an essential in salvation.
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