Some otherwise conservative Christians are beginning to take a compromising stance on homosexuality. They claim that only homosexual behavior is sinful and that same sex attraction (SSA) is a “sign of brokenness” similar to feelings of grief or sadness, or as one proponent put it, that having SSA is being “born in a broken condition… that does… Read More Is Same Sex Attraction Sinful?
James Durham A Commentarie Upon the Book of Revelation pp. 6-19 Download as PDF There is much spoken of the Glory of God in this Book [i.e., Revelation]; and no where is the distinction of the Persons of the glorious Godhead more frequently and clearly set forth. Iohn was more full in this than any… Read More The Holy Trinity and Object of Our Worship
Wilhelmus à Brakel The Christian’s Reasonable Service, Vol. 1 pp. 457-463 The Existence of an Additional, External Covenant with Men Denied Question #2: Did God, either in the Old or New Testament, establish a different, external covenant in addition to the covenant of grace? Answer: Before we answer this question it is necessary to define… Read More Was the Old Testament Merely External and Temporal?
Wilhelmus à Brakel The Christian’s Reasonable Service Vol. 1, pp. 451-457 The Covenant of Grace Identical in both Old and New Testaments Question #1: When was this covenant of grace initiated? Answer: Due to a misunderstanding concerning the nature of the covenant of grace, the Socinians and Arminians, who are in this respect like-minded, claim… Read More The Covenant of Grace Identical in both Old and New Testaments
Francis Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, vol. 2. Whether not only the worship but also the formation and use of religious images in sacred places is prohibited by the second commandment. We affirm against the Lutherans. I. In the preceding question we treated of the worship of images. It remains to inquire further concerning their… Read More Images of Christ Are Unlawful, Even If Not Used For Worship
Samuel Rutherford The Divine Right of Church Government and Excommunication pp. 95–100 Cap. I. Q. 1. Whether or not Human Ceremonies in Gods Worship, can consist with the perfection of God’s Word? These human ceremonies we cannot but reject upon these grounds; Arg. 1. Our first Argument is: Every positive and religious observance, and rite in God’s worship,… Read More All Additions to God’s Worship are Unlawful
The True Bounds of Christian Freedom Samuel Bolton (ii) Against Antinomians We look next at the case of those who are called Antinomians. Just as the Papists set up the law for justification, so the Antinomians decry the law for sanctification. We claim to be free from the curses of the law; they would have… Read More Against Antinomians | Samuel Bolton
National Sins and National Judgments A sermon by John Owen Preached April 11, 1679. “For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his glory. The show of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they… Read More National Sins and National Judgments
In our previous post, the duties required in the Ninth Commandment, as summarized in the Westminster Larger Catechism, were discussed. This post will deal with the sins forbidden in the Ninth Commandment. The focus of this post will be on aspects of this commandment that require special explanation, terms that require definition, sins generally prevalent… Read More Taming the Tongue: Sins of the 9th Commandment
This paper is not meant as a complete treatment of the Ninth Commandment, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor,” (Exodus 20:16). However, how we speak about and to one another, whether in politics or in human relationships, often neglects certain aspects of the Ninth Commandment. The intention of this paper is not… Read More Taming the Tongue: Speaking with Grace, Listening with Charity