What does the Bible mean by the terms “stumbling block,” “offence,” and “scandal” (Matthew 18; Acts 15; Romans 14; 1 Corinthians 8; 1 John 2:10; Revelation 2:14; etc.)? The following excerpt is from James Durham’s A Treatise Concerning Scandal (pp. 4-17). James Durham’s rich and exhaustive treatise was last published by Naphtali Press in 1990,… Read More What Does “Stumbling Block” Mean?
James Durham Concerning Scandal Part 2, Chap. 4, pp. 120-123. Whether the ordinances of Christ be any way polluted by corrupt fellow worshippers. It may be said, ‘But are not the ordinances of Christ someway polluted by the unworthiness of such scandalous partakers? And if so, can polluted ordinances be partaken of without sin?’ Answer.… Read More How Ordinances Are Polluted
“Jesus said unto him, Again it is written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (Mat. 4:7) William Perkins The Combat Between Christ and the Devil Displayed Point 3 of the Second Temptation Works, vol. 1, pp. 133-138. “Jesus said unto him, Again it is written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God”… Read More What Does It Mean To “Tempt” God?
W.G.T. Shedd Dogmatic Theology Vol. II, Christology, ch. 5, pp. 330-349. The doctrine of Christ’s person is not complete without considering the subject of his impeccability. That he was sinless is generally acknowledged. But the holiness of the God-man is more than sinlessness. The last Adam differs from the first Adam by reason of his… Read More Christ’s Impeccability
Richard Baxter Practical Works vol. 2, pp. 469-472 Directions against Sinful Dreams. Dreams are neither good nor sinful simply in themselves, because they are not rational and voluntary, nor in our power: but they are often made sinful by some other voluntary act: they may be sinful by participation and consequently. And the acts that… Read More Directions Against Sinful Dreams
“Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” 1 Peter 2:11 John Owen Temptation and Sin Works, vol. 6, exc. ch. 6. The Lust of the Flesh. First, In general it is said to lust: Gal. 5:17, “The flesh lusteth against the Spirit.” This word expresseth the general nature of that opposition which the law of… Read More The Lust of the Flesh
WCF 3.1 God from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass (Rom 9:15, 18; 11:33; Eph 1:11; Heb 6:17); yet so as thereby neither is God the author of sin (James 1:13, 17; 1 John 1:5), nor is violence offered to… Read More God is Not the Author of Sin
Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 7. Of the last Subject of Inhesion, or Seat of Original Sin, the Body of a Man. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord… Read More Pollution of the Body by Original Sin
Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 6, Sections 1-20. “And God saw that every imagination of the thoughts of mans heart was only evil, and that continually.” (Genesis 6:5). SECT. I. This Text explained and vindicated against D. J. Taylor, Grotius, the Papists and Socinians. We have at large discovered the universal… Read More The Sinfulness of the Imagination
Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 5, Sections 9-19. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2). SECT. IX. The Pollution of the Affections in respect of the Conflict between the natural Conscience and Them. Again, the great and notorious pollution of the affections doth appear… Read More Pollution of the Affections by Original Sin