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  1. J

    Sharing of Christ sufferings

    Indeed, such as the Waldensians or the Reformers.
  2. J

    Upon this rock/Keys

    Which he was. He was justified by faith. What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it...
  3. J

    Upon this rock/Keys

    He nonetheless was justified by faith long before the Mount Moriah episode.
  4. J

    Upon this rock/Keys

    Scripture also explicitly states that Abraham was justified by faith before he was circumcised. Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness. Under what circumstances was it credited...
  5. J

    Rock star?

    No, nothing in particular "stands out" for me. If you have something to say, spell it out.
  6. J

    Rock star?

    Paul met with Peter in Jerusalem. Or do you mean... As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! (Gal. 1:9) ?
  7. J

    NOT EVERYTHING IS WRITTEN IN SCRIPTURES.

    God did not merely send His Son to show people how to "live this life." He sent His Son to die for our sins. That was what was needed in order to save His sinful people. For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish...
  8. J

    NOT EVERYTHING IS WRITTEN IN SCRIPTURES.

    So Christianity boils down to being nice to others and trying your best? Is God content with you trying your best? If that were the case, why did Christ have to die on the cross? No, Christianity is about being perfect. Unless you are perfect before God, nothing is gained. For I tell you that...
  9. J

    NOT EVERYTHING IS WRITTEN IN SCRIPTURES.

    There is absolutely nothing in Paul's writings suggesting that he is merely talking about "initial" justification (whatever is meant by that). He is talking about justification (before God).
  10. J

    Isaiah 22 = The Keys

    What is the typical use case for a key?
  11. J

    Rock star?

    As expected, you could not resist the temptation to smear Paul in order to defend your non-leader.
  12. J

    Rock star?

    Way to go to defend your non-leader. I fully admit that I am by no means perfect. That is why I subscribe to the notion of simul justus et peccator. But Peter was not merely "imperfect." He deviated from the Gospel. Rather than acting as a true leader of God's church, he behaved like a drunkard...
  13. J

    Rock star?

    Your attempts at smearing Paul will not do you any good. He explicitly writes that Peter "stood condemned" and that he "did not act in line with the Gospel." The least one could expect from a Christian leader is that he adheres to the Gospel. "But they will never follow a stranger; in fact...
  14. J

    Rock star?

    Yes, I have. Galatians 2 contains a harsh rebuke of your "pope." The entire epistle is a devastating refutation of works righteousness and was of great importance to the Reformation. I see Peter, but my eyes are focused on Christ. Peter was nothing more or less than an apostle of Christ. Christ...
  15. J

    Rock star?

    Your scholar is also committing eisegesis. None of those passages says that Peter was the formal leader of the apostles. Peter, James, and John were regarded as "pillars" (Gal. 2:9) of the early church and it was in fact James who presided over the council at Jerusalem (Acts 15, an episode...
  16. J

    Rock star?

    And Peter was never a leader of the church, except in the imagination of the Catholic "church" of the adversary.
  17. J

    Rock star?

    What kind of game are you playing? Your first post consists of nothing but a quote from Acts 5 with your formatting added. He was a highly regarded apostle; no one denies that. Obviously, his healing gifts were noted. Nothing more can be deduced from that passage.
  18. J

    Rock star?

    And? Paul called himself servant/slave (δοῦλος) multiple times, but it does not follow that he was the leader of the church.
  19. J

    Rock star?

    I see what the text says. You "see" what the text does not say. Eisegesis, I believe it is called.
  20. J

    Rock star?

    Collectively, yes. It does not preclude the fact that spiritual gifts are distributed non-uniformly on an individual level, as Paul states: Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a...
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