Sometimes a child of God asks, "Why does God allow me to be tempted?" Or "Why does God permit indwelling sin to remain in me? Why do I still struggle with these dark sins?" Those are good but difficult questions. Many Christians have asked those kinds of questions before, so if they've come to your… Continue reading Why Does God Allow Temptations?
(This is a re-post from June 2013.) Confessional Reformed/Presbyterian churches don’t rebaptize a Christian who comes from another church to join theirs. The Westminster Confession of Faith (28:7) says “the sacrament of baptism is but once to be administered to any person.” For example, if a person was baptized in a Roman Catholic, Methodist, Brethren, or Baptist… Continue reading Why Don’t Reformed Churches Rebaptize People?
There are times in the Christian's life when God's providence is not pleasant. What I mean by this is sometimes God in his sovereignty allows hard trials to befall his people. The 30-year-old Christian man gets the diagnosis that he has lymphoma. A Christian mother has to go through the painful and heart-breaking experience of… Continue reading A Frowning Providence – Why?
Reformed churches do not insist on baptism by immersion. Instead, in Reformed churches various modes of baptism with water are acceptable. The Westminster Confession of Faith says that "[the] dipping of the person is not necessary; but baptism is rightly administered by pouring or sprinkling water upon the person" (XXVIII.3). What's the biblical background for… Continue reading Baptism: Is Immersion Necessary? (Shaw)
In Reformed theology, children of believers are part of God's covenant community and are regarded as such. We do, of course, teach our kids about the mighty acts of God, the redemption that is found only in Christ, and the need for personal repentance, faith, and godliness. But we don't consider our children lost pagans… Continue reading Our Children, God’s Children