Original Sin and Free Will (AC II)

On today's program, I continued our discussion of the Augsburg Confession with Article II on the topic of original sin. I also discussed the nature of free will in connection to original sin.Here is the program … [Read more...]

Resolved: Why We Should Recognize, not Emphasize, the Christian’s Freed, New Will

Post by Nathan RinneThere is a brutal honesty in the 16th century Lutheran Confessional documents. At one point, we are asked the question: “Who does not frequently doubt whether human affairs are ruled by God's counsel or by chance? Who does not frequently doubt whether he be heard by God?” Still, the God revealed in the Bible ultimately delivers faith and certain hope. In Jesus Christ, there is forgiveness, life and salvation. The sure and full transformation of the world – and we who bel … [Read more...]

The First Table of the Commandments’ Relationship to the Third Use of the Law (Part II of II)

Post by Nathan RinneI really don't want anyone to feel like they should read this post. Truth. I would simply prefer that they read part I, say "Amen", and "rejoice evermore" (I Thes. 5:16) with me. I think the words I shared there cover the topic of this article well and are reliable and life-giving words - they basically should not need to be supplemented.But that, sadly, has not been my experience. Hence this part II, which gets into some very painful and even annoying detail in … [Read more...]

Free Will Before the Fall and After Conversion

On today's program I discussed the nature of human free will in its fourfold state. I spent the majority of the program discussing the nature of free will prior to the fall, and the various definitions of free will that have been explained by different theologians. I also talked about the difference between the regenerate and unregenerate will, and the question of the impeccability of Christ.Here is the program. … [Read more...]

Luther and Chemnitz and Gerhard — Oh My! "The Simul", Free Will, and the Lutheran Fathers

There has been a fair amount of misrepresentation of Lutheranism by Lutherans in recent days and weeks -- on the internet, of course, or how else could I make such a statement? Clairvoyant, I ain't. Anyway, these misrepresentations are by no means original or unprecedented (in fact they are quite common), but they are still very much worth addressing.I do not wish to go word for word with the misrepresenters so much as point out two things:A) what these misrepresentations are; andB) … [Read more...]