This is an important article by Mike Horton, making the simple but crucially important point that good theological conclusions often depend on making good distinctions. As he shows, the formula “distinct but not separate” applies to many areas of theology.

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2 thoughts on “Good Distinctions = Good Discernment”

  1. Brad says:

    One crucial thing I noticed that was missing from Mike’s article, a thing that he opened the door to in his opening paragraphs, is that while we should never back down from a controversy, we shouldn’t go looking for it either. Chances are if you come across an animated discussion about justification or predestination, it’s because the Reformed guy brought it up first – and chances are equally good the discussion has disintegrated into something that edifies anything but the Gospel.

  2. Fletcher says:

    Thanks Justin for sharing this article. I found what Dr. Horton is saying in this article very helpful. Distinctions need to be made but the separations that are often made are often unnecessary and unwarranted – they end up confusing people. It’s important that we clearly define and articulate our terms too when we discuss doctrine with people as often (especially when discussing theological matters), people may use the same terms/categories but mean two completely different things. This is a helpful reminder and a wonderful example of how to do that. Thanks again for sharing it.

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