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?
Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, chapter 2, section 7. SECT. VII. The Defilement of Conscience when Troubled and Awakened. Hitherto we have been declaring the defilement of conscience naturally by original sin, as it is quiet, stupid, and senseless. The next thing to be done (wherein shall be concluded both this text,… Read More Defilement of a Troubled Conscience
Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, chapter 2, section 6. “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.” (Romans 2:1). SECT. VI. The Pollution of Conscience Discovered in Many More Particulars. Although much hath… Read More Pollution of the Conscience With Original Sin
Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, chapter 2, sections 4-5. “…their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another” (Romans 2:15). SECT. IV. The Corruption of Conscience in Accusing and Excusing. The next is that even in those actions of conscience which are said to be accusation and excusing will appear… Read More The Corrupt and Counterfeit Conscience
Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, chapter 2, sections 2-3. SECT. II. A Discovery of the Pollution of Every Man’s Conscience by Original Sin. The work next in order is to discover the pollution of every man’s conscience by original sin. 1. A Natural Blindness in the Conscience First, there is naturally a… Read More The Conscience Blinded by Original Sin
Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, chapter 2, section 1. “But even their mind, and conscience is defiled.” (Titus 1:15). Hitherto we have been discovering original sin as seated in the understanding, the metropolis (as it were) of the soul. We now proceed to manifest it as polluting the conscience of every man… Read More The Nature of Conscience and its Corruption
Natural Theology is the knowledge of God, as sovereign creator and judge, from nature, without special revelation. Man cannot know God as redeemer or discern the gospel from nature, nor many of His attributes, but man can know that God exists, is holy, righteous, wrathful against sin, etc. without having special revelation (Rom. 1:19-21). Therefore, all men are… Read More The Four “Books” of Natural Theology