Reformed Identity with Chris Caughey | Episode 84



On this episode Coleen and Angela talk with Chris Caughey from The Glory Cloud Podcast about the new book he contributed to, On Being Reformed: Debates over a Theological Identity.

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Intro – a little fun talking super heroes

5:52 – Intro to our subject

11:07  – The Glory Cloud Podcast and Meredith Kline

24:31 – Reformed Identity

Episode Resources:

On Being Reformed: Debates over a Theological Identity by Matthew C. Bingham, Chris Caughey, R. Scott Clark, Crawford Gribben, D. G. Hart

By Oath Consigned  by Meredith Kline (free digital copy)

The Tale of Two Adams by Chris Caughey (You can also download a free pdf copy here)

Covenant Theology Under Attack by Meredith Kline

The Glory Cloud Podcast

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Moralistic Therapeutic Deism | Episode 83



Coleen and Angela discuss moralistic therapeutic deism on this week’s episode of Theology Gals. They look at examples of moralistic therapeutic deism and ways it has influenced American Evangelism.

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Episode Resources:

Michael Horton: Moralistic & Therapeutic Deism Ligonier Conference

What is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism? – Michael Horton

Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church by Michael Horton

Regulative Principle of Worship Theology Gals

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Evaluation of the Differences between Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology with Rob McKenzie | Episode 82



On this week’s episode, Rob McKenzie joins Coleen and Angela to discuss his new book Identifying the Seed: An Examination and Evaluation of the Differences between Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology.

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Episode Resources:

Theology Simply Profound podcast

Theology Simply Profound series on Dispensationalism

Young, Restless and Reformed Theology Simply Profound

Other things mentioned:

Dispensationalism with Andrew Rappaport Theology Gals Episode

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God Regular Reformed Guys

Basic Bible #21 – Coleen Sharp (Theology Gals)

Growth Project Radio SPECIAL GUEST COLEEN SHARP OF THEOLOGY GALS DISCUSSING BIBLICAL SUBMISSION AND THE ROLE OF WOMEN

Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution

 

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Discernment: Growing Up In Christ | Episode 81



On this week’s episode Coleen and Angela discuss discernment. What is discernment and how can we be discerning? They also look at some examples of bad theology to compare with the Word of God.

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Episode Resources:

What Is Discernment? by Sinclair Ferguson

Faith and the Internet – Theology Gals Episode

Personal Revelation and the Will of God – Theology Gals Episode

Trimming the Fatuous – Discerning the Discerners – Freed Thinker Podcast with Tyler Vela

The Most Abused Text In The Bible by R. Scott Clark

10 Serious Problems with Jesus Calling by Tim Challies

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Lordship Salvation, Self Help Books, Unconditional Forgiveness?, Bible Study & Prayer for Young Moms | Episode 80



 

On this week’s episode Angela and Coleen answer some listener questions. First they respond to feedback from last week’s episode about the book Girl, Wash Your Face. They also offer some clarity on Lordship Salvation

Some questions they answer:

  • Are all self help books bad?
  • Should forgiveness be unconditional, regardless of whether the person is repentant?
  • I have young children and I’m struggling with the lack of time for Bible study and prayer. Do you have any practical tips?

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Episode Resources:

Girl, Check Your Theology – Theology Gals Episode

Christ the Lord: The Reformation and Lordship Salvation edited by Michael Horton (you can find used copies for less here)

Lordship Salvation with Pastor John Fonville

Let’s Stop Forgiving Those Who Don’t Want Forgiveness by David Murray

Is Forgiveness Conditional or Unconditional? by Tim Challies

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Girl, Check Your Theology | Episode 79



On this week’s episode of Theology Gals, Coleen and Angela talk about the popular book Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. This book is marketed to Christian women and is even used in women’s Bible studies. The Gals compare passages from the book and quotes from Rachel Hollis with the truths in the Word of God.

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Episode Resources:

Wise in His Eyes blog by Rebekah Womble

Girl, Wash Your Face? What Rachel Hollis Gets Right…and Wrong by Alisa Childers

Theology Gals Episodes pertaining to this episode l:

The Regulative Principle of Worship

Law & Gospel

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Modesty | Episode 78



This week on Theology Gals, Coleen and Angela discuss modesty. The gals look at what Scripture has to say about modesty and how we can use wisdom in our understanding and practice of modesty in the Christian life.

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Episode Resources:

Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, [g]modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, 10 but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness. 1 Timothy 2:9-10

Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4 but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God 1 Peter 3:3-4

“He wishes therefore that their dress should be regulated by modesty and sobriety; for luxury and immoderate expense arise from a desire to make a display either for the sake of pride or of departure from chastity. And hence we ought to derive the rule of moderation; for, since dress is an indifferent matter, (as all outward matters are,) it is difficult to assign a fixed limit, how far we ought to go.” John Calvin

Purity Culture with Rebecca Lemke – Theology Gals Episode

Let’s Change the Modesty Conversation Rachel Darnall

Modesty: A Heart Issue Rachel Miller

Modesty: Legalism, Antinomianism, or Obedience?  Rebecca VanDoodewaard

The Modesty Debate Sam Powell

The Modesty Debate Follow-up Sam Powell

Modesty–yep, again! Sam Powell

“Modest is Hottest” Is Not In The Bible Joel Michael Herbert

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Federal Vision Part 2 | Episode 77



On this episode of Theology Gals Coleen and Angela bring back Dewey Roberts to continue their discussion on Federal Vision. You can listen to episode 1 here.

Check out this blog post Case Closed: A Unified Voice Against the Federal Vision

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Episode Resources:

Historic Christianity and the Federal Vision: A Theological Analysis and Practical Evaluation by Dewey Roberts

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Case Closed: A Unified Voice Against the Federal Vision



When Theology Gals decided to take on the subject of Federal Vision and release episodes discussing the errors, we knew we would get push back. Some people urged us to “hear them out” and let them come on the podcast to explain their side. We will not be doing that because the Reformed churches have spoken, and the debate is already over.

Below are links to the various reports from the PCA, OPC and URC, along with the main points outlined in each. Following are more resources for further study.

If you are someone that has held to the errors in Federal Vision, I pray you’ll repent. Here’s A Form For Penitent Ex-Federal Visionaries

PCA

REPORT OF AD INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON FEDERAL VISION, NEW PERSPECTIVE, AND AUBURN AVENUE
THEOLOGY

From The Heidelblog, here is The PCA’s Nine Declarations Against The Federal Vision:

  1. The view that rejects the bi-covenantal structure of Scripture as represented in the Westminster Standards (i.e., views which do not merely take issue with the terminology, but the essence of the first/second covenant framework) is contrary to those Standards.
  2. The view that an individual is “elect” by virtue of his membership in the visible church; and that this “election” includes justification, adoption and sanctification; but that this individual could lose his “election” if he forsakes the visible church, is contrary to the Westminster Standards.
  3. The view that Christ does not stand as a representative head whose perfect obedience and satisfaction is imputed to individuals who believe in him is contrary to the Westminster Standards.
  4. The view that strikes the language of “merit” from our theological vocabulary so that the claim is made that Christ’s merits are not imputed to his people is contrary to the Westminster Standards.
  5. The view that “union with Christ” renders imputation redundant because it subsumes all of Christ’s benefits (including justification) under this doctrinal heading is contrary to the Westminster Standards.
  6. The view that water baptism effects a “covenantal union” with Christ through which each baptized person receives the saving benefits of Christ’s mediation, including regeneration, justification, and sanctification, thus creating a parallel soteriological system to the decretal system of the Westminster Standards, is contrary to the Westminster Standards.
  7. The view that one can be “united to Christ” and not receive all the benefits of Christ’s mediation, including perseverance, in that effectual union is contrary to the Westminster Standards.
  8. The view that some can receive saving benefits of Christ’s mediation, such as regeneration and justification, and yet not persevere in those benefits is contrary to the Westminster Standards.
  9. The view that justification is in any way based on our works, or that the so-called “final verdict of justification” is based on anything other than the perfect obedience and satisfaction of Christ received through faith alone, is contrary to the Westminster Standards

OPC

Report on Justification – Orthodox Presbyterian Church

An article by Alan Strange on the OPC website on Understanding the “Federal Vision, outlines the errors from the OPC’s report :

“Twenty errors that are held by one or more advocates of the Federal Vision are listed in the conclusion of the report of the OPC’s Committee to Study the Doctrine of Justification:

  1. Pitting Scripture and Confession against each other.
  2. Regarding the enterprise of systematic theology as inherently rationalistic.
  3. A mono-covenantalism that sees one covenant, originating in the intra-Trinitarian fellowship, into which man is invited, thus flattening the concept of covenant and denying the distinction between the covenant of works and the covenant of grace.
  4. Election as primarily corporate and eclipsed by covenant.
  5. Seeing covenant as only conditional.
  6. A denial of the covenant of works and of the fact that Adam was in a relationship with God that was legal as well as filial.
  7. A denial of a covenant of grace distinct from the covenant of works.
  8. A denial that the law given in Eden is the same as that more fully published at Mt. Sinai and that it requires perfect obedience.
  9. Viewing righteousness as relational, not moral.
  10. A failure to make clear the difference between our faith and Christ’s.
  11. A denial of the imputation of the active obedience of Christ in our justification.
  12. Defining justification exclusively as the forgiveness of sins.
  13. The reduction of justification to Gentile inclusion.
  14. Including works (by use of “faithfulness,” “obedience,” etc.) in the very definition of faith.
  15. Failing to affirm an infallible perseverance and the indefectibility of grace.
  16. Teaching baptismal regeneration.
  17. Denying the validity of the concept of the invisible church.
  18. An overly objectified sacramental efficacy that downplays the need for faith and that tends toward an ex opere operato [automatically effective] view of the sacraments.
  19. Teaching paedocommunion.
  20. Ecclesiology that eclipses and swallows up soteriology.”

URC

Report of the Synodical Study Committee on the Federal Vision and Justification

The URC’s Nine Points Against The Federal Vision

  1. Who deny or modify the teaching that “God created man good and after His own image, that is, in true righteousness and holiness,”” able to perform “the commandment of life” as the representative of mankind (HC 6, 9; BC 14);
  2. Who, in any way and for any reason, confuse the “commandment of life” given before the fall with the gospel announced after the fall (BC 14, 17, 18; HC 19, 21, 56, 60);
  3. Who confuse the ground and instrument of acceptance with God before the fall (obedience to the commandment of life) with the ground (Christ who kept the commandment of life) and instrument (faith in Christ) of acceptance with God after the fall;
  4. Who deny that Christ earned acceptance with God and that all His merits have been imputed to believers (BC 19, 20, 22, 26; HC 11-19, 21, 36-37, 60, 84; CD I.7, RE I.3, RE II.1);
  5. Who teach that a person can be historically, conditionally elect, regenerated, savingly united to Christ, justified, and adopted by virtue of participation in the outward administration of the covenant of grace but may lose these benefits through lack of covenantal faithfulness (CD, I, V);
  6. Who teach that all baptized persons are in the covenant of grace in precisely the same way such that there is no distinction between those who have only an outward relation to the covenant of grace by baptism and those who are united to Christ by grace alone through faith alone (HC 21, 60; BC 29);
  7. Who teach that Spirit-wrought sanctity, human works, or cooperation with grace is any part either of the ground of our righteousness before God or any part of faith, that is, the “instrument by which we embrace Christ, our righteousness” (BC 22-24; HC 21, 60, 86);
  8. Who define faith, in the act of justification, as being anything more than “leaning and resting on the sole obedience of Christ crucified” or “a certain knowledge” of and “a hearty trust” in Christ and His obedience and death for the elect (BC 23; HC 21);
  9. Who teach that there is a separate and final justification grounded partly upon righteousness or sanctity inherent in the Christian (HC 52; BC 37).

For Further Study:

For Those Just Tuning In: What Is The Federal Vision?

Federal Vision Audio

Forty Three Years Of Federal Vision Theology

With The Presbycast On The Federal Vision podcast

With The Regular Reformed Guys On The Federal Vision podcast

Justification By Faith Alone Is The Normative Reformed Doctrine

Heidelcast 55: Why We Can’t Move On (1)

Heidelcast 56: Why We Can’t Move On (2)

Heidelcast 57: Why We Can’t Move On (3)

Striking At The Vitals Of Religion: Understanding The Federal Vision links on Federal Vision

Resources on the Federal Vision Theology

Federal Vision with Dewey Roberts Part 1 | Episode 76

Historic Christianity and the Federal Vision by Dewey Roberts (currently offered at special price – $14 which includes shipping and handling)

 


Federal Vision with Dewey Roberts Part 1 | Episode 76



 

On this episode of Theology Gals, Coleen and Angela discuss Federal Vision with Dewey Roberts, author of  Historic Christianity and the Federal Vision: A Theological Analysis and Practical Evaluation. On part one they talk about the history of Federal Vision and the views of justification and regeneration within Federal Vision.

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Episode Resources:

Historic Christianity and the Federal Vision: A Theological Analysis and Practical Evaluation by Dewey Roberts

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