A Guide to Godly Disputation:

“23But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, 25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:22-26 NAS)

Dangers Facing the Young and Reformed:

“13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” (James 3:12-18 NIV)

How to Reform a Church and not be a Coward:

“13Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”(1 Peter 3:12-17 NIV)

The context in this verse is unjust persecution. Those who believe in the absolute Sovereignty of God are sometimes considered heretics by those who do not adhere to this great doctrine about God. If that is the case, believers of Sovereign Grace must be patient then, and ask God that He would graciously open the eyes of the arminians and the molinists so that they also could worship God in His majesty. If Sovereign-Grace believers are to be consistent, they should not think that they have come to grasp these doctrines because of their own capability or because of their own effort. Let us just worship God for the grace we have received and pray that God would be so gracious to them, the way He has been gracious to us, for His own glory and for their (the other Christians who need to straighten up their theology) benefit.

Don’t Expect Perfect Repentance:

Salvation is a gift from God. God has been so gracious to us; let us then be so gracious to others. We are still leaving in a sin-cursed world. We, who are mature, ought to bear the failings of the weak. We know the error and heresy of antinomianism, but let us not swing to the extreme opposite which is legalism.

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