William PerkinsWorks IV, pp. 484-485. The end of popery is to pull down the kingdom of Christ and to disannul His laws, as will appear by a short view in every commandment. And therefore it cannot be the true religion. The first commandment teaches us to choose and acknowledge the true God for our God… Read More Roman Catholicism Violates All Ten Commandments
“But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice.” (Matthew. 9:13)… There is much to be learned from God’s expressing himself in his word that he likes mercy to them that stand in need of it, better than the offering of the richest sacrifice. Three things especially we learn in it: 1. The respective value and preference of duties. 2. The guise of hypocrites, as our Saviour pinches and taxes the Pharisees often by this point. 3. The excellence of mercy.… Read More Moral Duties Before Ritual
The law and gospel are two parts of the Word of God and are divers kinds of doctrine. Consider: first, their consent and agreement; secondly, their dissent and difference.… Read More Six Differences Between Law & Gospel
In thinking about the difficulties many Christians, even in confessional Reformed circles, encounter with understanding the law of God and our relationship to it, I was certain a past theologian or minister of the Gospel had surely addressed this in a concise, precise and clear manner. Sure enough, I found A Practical Exposition of the… Read More The Law of God for the Christian
John Murray Principles of Conduct Chapter 6 THE SANCTITY OF TRUTH “What is truth?” said Pilate. The irony of his question is that truth, “the truth,” stood before him. The tragedy of Pilate’s bewilderment was the complete absence of comprehension regarding the stupendous character of the Person whom he had delivered to be crucified. Pilate’s… Read More The Sanctity of Truth | John Murray
Objection: “Natural law cannot contradict the Bible. So why depend on a vague concept of natural law when we can trust in the perspicuous revelation of God’s Law?“ Answer: First, what is Natural Law? Natural Law is the reflection of God’s moral character and the moral order of creation, as designed by God, which is… Read More The Propriety of Natural Law
…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
“And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him,…if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments…Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father… Read More Why Did Christ Only Mention the Second Table?
Natural law is the reflection of God’s moral character and the moral order of creation, as designed by God, which is written on the human heart and evident through the light of nature (Rom. 2:14-15; Rom. 1:19; 1 Cor. 5:1), but held in unrighteousness (Rom. 1:18; Jer. 17:9; Prov. 14:12), whose substance is no different than… Read More Natural Law and Divine Positive Law
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?