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What Is the Purpose of the Tests in 1 John? Part 2

| November 29, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In part 1 we saw that the tests in 1 John cannot be about justification, about being born again. Joseph Dillow, in his book The Reign of the Servant Kings, explains what he believes the purpose of John’s letter is, and therefore the purpose of the tests. Where is John’s purpose to be […]

What Is the Purpose of the Tests in 1 John? Part 1

| November 27, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In the previous blog post we argued from Joseph Dillow’s book, The Reign of the Servant Kings, that John’s intended audience in 1 John are true Christian believers who have been born again and regenerated by the Holy Spirit. If this is the case, then how are we to interpret all of […]

Who Were the Original Readers of 1 John?

| November 25, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  The letter of 1 John in the New Testament contains numerous tests for its readers. However, the tests cannot be interpreted correctly unless we know to whom the letter was originally addressed. Advocates of the Reformed doctrine of perseverance argue that the writer of 1 John is addressing a group of […]

Strong Calvinism and Voluntarism

| September 20, 2010

Image via Wikipedia Post Author:  Darrell Five Point Calvinism is commonly referred to by the acronym TULIP.  The “T” in TULIP stands for Total Depravity.  Theopedia defines it as follows: “[E]very person born into the world is morally corrupt, enslaved to sin and is, apart from the grace of God, utterly unable to choose to follow God […]

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