Confessions of a Recovering Legalist

An interesting and thoughtful post by the Dean of the Reformed Baptist Seminary:

Confessions of a Recovering Legalist

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About C. M. Granger

I'm a firm believer in God's sovereignty, man's responsibility, and a gracious orthodoxy. I love the Puritans and the Reformers, but I don't believe our understanding of theology reached it's zenith in the 16th and 17th centuries. I love the Reformed Creeds and Confessions, but I'm not a strict confessionalist. I'm Reformed in my soteriology (I'm a moderate Calvinist), but not in the historical sense of the term (I'm a Baptist). Some of my favorite theologians/commentators are Kevin Vanhoozer, John Frame, D.A. Carson, Thomas Schreiner, Andreas Kostenberger, Peter O'Brien, David Peterson, Douglas Moo, and GK Beale. The list of dead theologians/commentators would be too long to list here. I think it's important to read widely, to read primary sources for yourself, and to accurately represent the positions of those whom you oppose. I believe it's imperative to have a proper balance between systematic and bibilical theology. I try to never make a round verse fit into the square hole of a theological system.
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2 Responses to Confessions of a Recovering Legalist

  1. Bible Study says:

    I am a Christian, I believe the bible. I don’t know if I fall in any other category. However, if I do I do, would be interesting to find out to see where I am best classified. I think I probably agree with some to many points with Calvin, but not really sure. I don’t know that much about him. I do believe in the sovereignity of god. I believe we are kept by the power of God. I have heard that Calvin is similiar. Guess I need to look him up. One thing I am not, nor ever will be is a legalist. Salvation is of faith, not works.

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