The Singular Divine Sacrament In this post I will examine what makes a sacrament "valid", under the assumptions of the Lutheran Sola Fide. Firstly, according to the Lutheran Sola Fide, there is in actual fact only one single sacrament: The preaching of the Gospel promise. This sacramental promise is effective ex opere operato in the … Continue reading Sacramental Validity Under Sola Fide and According to the Gospel Promise
I believe in the gospel: the promise of the salvation of the entire cosmos, and of everything in it. I believe in freedom: that all who repent, repent freely. That no one is forced to be saved. I believe in the election of the damned and of all sinners; the predestination of Hitler and of … Continue reading The Gospel Creed
Evangelicals like to simplify the whole "forgiveness" equation. "Just believe in Jesus and all of your sins will be forgiven" they say. Whereas for Catholics it's a bit of a tangled mess, involving penance, absolution, reconciliation, contrition and so on. So how does forgiveness actually work? There are a couple of key terms to consider: … Continue reading How Does Forgiveness Work Anyway?