Tagged: Predestination Controversy

IV. Locating the Mystery

NEXT we must consider the locus, so clearly stated by Professor Pieper, as to just where the mystery of election lies. He locates it in God’s diverse ways of treating men — electing some...

II. A Note on Lutheran Union

FIRST, observe that this production is a “plea for a united Lutheranism in America.” To say it as graciously as we know how, it does not seem to us to be a “plea.” It...

III. The Lutheran Regulative Doctrine

A SERIOUS doctrinal blemish in the book under review is this : It puts into a minor place the material, chief and regulative principle of the Reformation, namely, justification by faith. This was the...

I. Missouri’s Precise Position

A NOTABLE booklet, by Professor Pieper, D. D., of Concordia Lutheran Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., was issued in 1913. It bears the title, “Conversion and Election,” and the significant sub-title, “A Plea for a...

XIV. Which Side Has Changed Its Position?

In one respect this is a delicate question. A party-spirit, inimical to the acknowledgment of the truth, is easily roused by a discussion of this question. But a discussion of this kind cannot, after...

XII. The Two Concepts of Calling.

Without question, “calling” is used in a twofold sense in Scripture. [[Rom. 1, 6 >> Rom 1.6]] “the called of Jesus Christ,” κλητοὶ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, are the converted of Jesus Christ, those actually received...

XI. The “Possibility” of Conversion.

Is it proper to speak of a “possibility of conversion,” “an opportunity of conversion,” “the possibility of becoming converted,” or “the possibility of converting oneself”? Also these terms have again become subjects of discussion,...

X. Preparation (Praeparatio) for Conversion.

Is it permissible to speak of a “preparation” for conversion and of “acts preparatory” (actus praeparatorii) to conversion? It is necessary that we reach a mutual understanding in regard to this point. Since the...