I received this paper written by a church officer in a NAPARC congregation. He does not want this paper construed as binding church teaching, so he has chosen this platform and to write under a pseudonym. From his last paragraph, which expresses his heart on the matter: “Many ‘overwise’ Reformed brethren take it upon themselves… Read More To Beard or Not to Beard?
…he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease… (Daniel 9:27) For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim. (Hosea 3:4). In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made… Read More Ceremonial Law Fading Away
Wilhelmus à Brakel The Christian’s Reasonable Service Vol. 3, pp. 171-176. Objection 4: The Sabbath Is Detrimental to the Gospel. “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that… Read More Is the Sabbath Optional? An Evaluation of Romans 14 and Colossians 2
Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, ch. 3.3. The Scriptures the Book of the Lord, and the Diligent Study and Search Thereof Recommended and Urged Isaiah 34:16—”Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his… Read More The Importance of Studying Scripture
Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, ch. 3.2. 1 Timothy 1:13—”Hold fast the form of sound words—in faith and love.“ In these words there is, (1) The character of scripture-doctrine; it is sound words; sound and pure in itself, and sound in its effects, being of a soul-healing virtue, Ezekiel 47:9. (2) The sum of it,… Read More The Scope of the Scriptures
Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, ch. 3.1. Doctrine II. “The scriptures are the rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy God.“ Here I shall only give the properties of this rule. 1. Scripture is Clear. 1. It is a perspicuous or clear rule. For though all things in scripture are not alike… Read More Scripture: The Only Rule of Faith and Life
Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, ch. 2. 2 Timothy 3:16—All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. The next head which falls to be touched is the holy scripture, the rule which God has given to direct us how we may glorify… Read More The Divine Authority of the Scriptures
While the following excerpt is over a hundred years old, the substance of its criticisms remains highly relevant today. The modern Nestle-Aland and United Bible Societies texts continue to follow the flawed text critical assumptions and methodologies of Westcott and Hort. As D. A. Carson recently stated: “The theories of Westcott and Hort… [are] almost… Read More A Dialogue Between a Traditional Text Advocate and a Critical Text Advocate
Jus Divinum Regiminis Ecclesiastici The Divine Right of Church Government Chapter 10 That the community of the faithful, or body of the people, are not the immediate subject of the power of Church government. Thus we see, that Jesus Christ our Mediator did not commit any proper formal ecclesiastical power for church government to the… Read More Keys of the Kingdom: Congregationalism or Presbyterianism?
“The Lord hath heard thy affliction.” (Genesis 16:11). “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17). Robert Hill’s 1604 Preface to The Combat between Christ and the Devil Displayed By William Perkins The Works of William Perkins, Vol. 1 Now of… Read More God Sends Affliction