"The Reformed tradition, because of its application of the regulative principle of worship, opposed the celebration of any other day than the Sabbath as a required assembly for church members. The regulative principle teaches succinctly that the church, corporately conceived, may require only what finds clear and explicit warrant in God's Word. The church calendar, … Continue reading Should Christian Churches Observe the Church Calendar?
Certainly not. Actually, we increase our debt every day. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 13)
"The Reformers insisted that Christians should be involved in the world. They should neither seek to escape it, like the monks, whose lives were often more 'worldly' than the world, nor seek to rule it, like the popes, whose own houses were not quite in order. Every believer is a 'priest' before God, and each … Continue reading In the World, Not of the World
Q. According to God's righteous judgment we deserve punishment both now and in eternity: how then can we escape this punishment and return to God's favor? A. God requires that his justice be satisfied. Therefore the claims of this justice must be paid in full, either by ourselves or by another. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 12)
God is indeed merciful, but He is also just. His justice requires that sin committed against the most high majesty of God also be punished with the most severe, that is, with everlasting, punishment of body and soul. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 11)
Certainly not. He is terribly angry with the sin we are born with as well as our actual sins. God will punish them by a just judgment both now and in eternity, having declared: 'Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the things written in the book of the law' (Gal. 3:10; … Continue reading Will God Permit such Disobedience and Rebellion to Go Unpunished?
No, God created man with the ability to keep the law. Man, however, at the instigation of the devil, in willful disobedience, robbed himself and all his descendants of these gifts. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 9)
Yes, unless we are born again by the Spirit of God. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 8)
From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in Paradise. This fall has so poisoned our nature that we are all conceived and born in sin. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 7)
Biblical and Historic Teaching of the Incarnation The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, the Word who was with God and was God, "became flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:1-3, 14). We learn from Scripture that in Christ "all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell" (Colossians 1:19), that "he is the radiance of … Continue reading What Does It Mean That “God Became a Man”?