They Have Not Rejected You, They Have Rejected Me

To reject God’s spokesperson was to reject God.

Samuel the prophet was God’s spokesperson to the nation of Israel. He was called and equipped by God to speak the words of God. Those who rejected the words of Samuel were actually rejecting the words of the one who called Samuel.   God’s people had rejected God’s prophet. For many years, Samuel had served... Continue Reading

Justification by Faith Alone

The spiritual problem for those who reject the biblical doctrine of justification recovered by the Reformation is that they cannot give all glory to God.

Paul’s doctrine of justification shows clearly (1) that all humans are sinners, helpless to save themselves; (2) that only the perfect work of Jesus saves sinners; (3) that only faith—not works at all—receives the saving effect of Jesus’ work; (4) that God in Christ receives all the glory for justification; (5) that this justification brings... Continue Reading

10 Strengths (and 10 Dangers) of Systematic Theology

We must be aware of the both the strengthens and weakness of in the use of systematic theology .

Systematic theology excels at efficiently assembling what the whole Bible teaches on a given topic. Bible teachers who go to places experiencing theological famine often immediately teach systematic theology because it is such an efficient way to communicate core Bible teachings. It can package what the whole Bible says in clear, organized, succinct ways which... Continue Reading

The Reformed Symbols and the Federal Vision

The true Reformed tradition are found in the Reformed confessions, creeds and catechisms, not in the personal views of Reformed ministers.

Calvin makes it clear that the sacraments do not “confer anything” on those who are not the elect, but instead work to their destruction. Calvin states that the Reformers were agreed on these points. There is simply no way that the Federal Vision proponents can twist Calvin’s words to favor their position. The Reformers agreed... Continue Reading

GPS, Spiritual Laziness, and God’s Word

If we can’t read God’s Word for ourselves and grasp the main idea, how can we identify when someone is twisting the truth?

Blindly following anything is usually not a good idea. We should know where we are and where we are going. There are parallels in this to our spiritual life. How often do we pick up a devotional to read before reading the actual Bible? How often do we let other people tell us what Scripture... Continue Reading

Augustine’s Retractions, Perfectionism, And Fakespectations

In the church, believers ought to find refuge from the ever-present judgment of the social media.

Sinners are to be restored, not ostracized and with gentleness, not arrogant self-righteousness. Embracing the spirit of the Retractions means being honest about our own sins and habits. It means graciously standing with, praying with, and even crying with fellow sinners as they share their struggles with sin. It means recognizing that, of ourselves, we are nothing. The congregation... Continue Reading

Crying “Wolf!”

We must equip God’s people to recognize wolves in sheep’s clothing.

They feed off the sheep rather than feed the sheep. Surely this is what Jesus meant above when he called them ravenous wolves. In Ezekiel, as the Lord chastised the false shepherds of Israel, he said, “You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep without feeding the flock” (Ezek. 34:3). Thus,... Continue Reading

It Is Our Fault

"Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?”

In his rant, Fry omits and distorts much but his greatest omission is Jesus of Nazareth, who gives the lie to everything that Satan said and all that Fry repeated. Jesus did not grasp equality with God (Phil 2:6) not shake his fist at God. Rather, he cried out “Why have you forsaken me?” (Ps... Continue Reading

What You’re For, What You’re Against!

Being for biblical things means that we must necessarily be against non-biblical ideas and practice.

The Bible is filled with warnings and prohibitions, and sometimes the best way to understand what is true is to understand and reject what is false. The Church has solidified much of orthodoxy by standing against false teachers and their doctrine. While the Western world moves further down the road of insisting that tolerance (read:... Continue Reading

“But He Who Sends is Greater Than He Who is Sent”: Augustine Answers Definitively

That the Son is sent by the Father “proves” that the Son was in subordination to the Father in eternity, or does it?

As such, there is no eternal hierarchy implied by this sending, no order of authority or submission in eternity, no eternal subordination, nor any order of lesser and greater.  The Son in His flesh is the sent one of the Father—He Himself in eternity, along with the whole of the Trinity, also sending. It is... Continue Reading