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
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Book III, ch. 13, pp. 77-81. Objection: Perseverance of the saints promotes impiety and false assurance. Answer: XLI. Hence appears the falsehood… Read More Does Perseverance of the Saints Promote Impiety and False Assurance?
Rev. Dr. Charles Calder Mackintosh of Tain “Abide in me” “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” (John 15:4). These words were first addressed by Christ to the eleven, who were “in… Read More Abiding in Christ
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Hebrews 11:3 “Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.” 1 Timothy 1:4 Dr.… Read More False Assumptions of Ancient Near East Literary Approaches to Genesis
Robert L. Reymond A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith Chapter 11, pp. 392-394. Much has been written about the length of the days of creation, whether they were ordinary days of around twenty-fours hours duration, long ages, some combination of days and ages, or simply a nonhistorical literary framework or mnemonic device intended… Read More Seven Reasons For Six Day Creation
“Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people…” (Isaiah 56:3). Wilhelmus à Brakel The Christian’s Reasonable Service vol. 2, pp. 55-60. It is the duty of everyone who desires to be saved to turn to the church, making diligent effort to be… Read More The Necessity of Church Membership
“Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.” (Song of Solomon 4:9). Samuel Rutherford The Trial and Triumph of Faith Sermon 24, pp. 260-261. A Twofold Love of God, one of Good-will to the Person, another of Complacency… Read More God’s Love Before Time and God’s Love In Time
Thomas Vincent The Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Assembly Explained and Proved from Scripture Q. 64. What is required in fifth commandment? A. The fifth commandment requireth the preserving the honour and performing the duties belonging to every one, in their several places and relations, as superiors, inferiors, or equals. Q. 1. What is the… Read More Duties and Sins of the Fifth Commandment
“A. For the right understanding of the ten commandments, these rules are to be observed: . . . 6. That under one sin or duty, all of the same kind are forbidden or commanded; together with all the causes, means, occasions, and appearances thereof, and provocations thereunto (Matt. 5:21-22, 27-28; Matt. 15:4-6; Heb. 10:24-25; 1 Thess.… Read More Abstain From All Appearance of Evil