Millstones, Judas Iscariot, and the Little Ones

Post by Nathan RinneAs I hope you know, despite what you might hear from your Calvinist friends, Lutherans (and Luther) do not believe in double predestination. Even for Judas.So, what should we think about Judas' tragic demise? What lessons can we gather from it? The season of Lent is a good time to think about this. Years ago, I wrote this short piece, which I'm republishing at this time...Thanks be to God that the Church is called to administer the His Word and Sacraments – and n … [Read more...]

Issues ETC.’s Todd Wilken on “Once Saved, Always Saved” via Hebrews 6: 4-8

Post by Nathan RinneOne of my favorite internet talk radio shows – which I absolutely recommend to everyone along with Pastor Cooper’s Just and Sinner podcast – is Issues ETC.“Issues” has been running for over twenty years now, and its current host, LC-MS (Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod) Pastor Todd Wilken has been at the helm for about the last fifteen. It’s a smart, guest-driven show that covers issues like church history, Christian doctrine, current social and political events, Scrip … [Read more...]

Reformed Theology and False Faith

I have been meaning to address the issue of "false faith" in Reformed theology for some time, but the subject is so immense that I fear that a blog post will not do it justice. This subject seems to come up more than any other (besides baptism) when talking with Reformed Christians. So here is my attempt to at least begin the dialogue.In Reformed theology, one cannot be truly regenerate and fall away from the faith. However, most of us have known seemingly devoted Christians who have at some … [Read more...]

Are there Non-Regenerate Believers?

The reformed when debating a Lutheran view of apostasy argue that the "falling away" passages refer to those who only had the appearance of being regenerate. They were never true Christians in the first place. Examine the characteristics of these false Christians. They can:be enlightened (Hebrews 6:4)taste the heavenly gift (Hebrews 6:4)share the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 6:4)taste the goodness of God's word (Hebrews 6:5)receive eschatological blessings (Hebrews 6:5)repent (Hebrews 6:6)understand the … [Read more...]