On tonight’s programme we have been joined by R. Scott Clark to discuss the modern justification controversy and its roots in history. R. Scott Clark has been a minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America since 1998, and he is Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary California. We discuss some of the roots of the controversy found in the Reformation, Richard Baxter, Norman Shepherd, the New Perspective on Paul, Federal Vision theology, Covenant theology, Covenant Nomism and other related issues.
On tonight’s programme we take a look at the debate that took place on the subject of ‘Free Will’, which took place on November 3rd 2017 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Houston, TX. It featured Theodore Zachariades & Sonny Hernandez (Calvinists) vs Leighton Flowers & Jonathan Pritchett (Traditional Southern Baptist). What can be learned from the debate?
On tonight’s show we look at some of the claims Brannon Howse and Andy Woods have made about Calvinism on Worldview Radio. Do they understand Calvinism? Brannon Howse and Andy Woods have also repeatedly used the term ‘Hyper-Calvinism’ to refer to critics of non-Calvinistic views, but what does the term actually mean? Is the issue important at all?
In a recent article John Piper stated: “we should not speak of getting to heaven by faith alone in the same way we are justified by faith alone.” Has he compromised the gospel? Is it similar to the errors of Norman Shepherd? What did godly Reformed men of the past say on the error taught by Shepherd, and what should be the message to Piper and others like him today? What are the consequences of the Reformed community ignoring modern errors on justification by faith alone?
Recently the WCRC, a worldwide coalition of so-called ‘Reformed churches’, signed an agreement with Roman Catholicism over the doctrine of justification. The agreement describes a ‘common understanding’ over the doctrine. What are the tactics often used by ecumenists, knowingly or unknowingly, to lower the defences of their critics? Has Rome changed? Has she compromised what the council of Trent and the Catholic Cathechism teaches? What does the agreement teach? What is the doctrine of justification as stated in the Bible? How important is it?