I received this paper written by a church officer in a NAPARC congregation. He does not want this paper construed as binding church teaching, so he has chosen this platform and to write under a pseudonym. From his last paragraph, which expresses his heart on the matter: “Many ‘overwise’ Reformed brethren take it upon themselves… Read More To Beard or Not to Beard?
Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, ch. 2. 2 Timothy 3:16—All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. The next head which falls to be touched is the holy scripture, the rule which God has given to direct us how we may glorify… Read More The Divine Authority of the Scriptures
“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
“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
“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
Jus Divinum Regiminis Ecclesiastici The Divine Right of Church Government Conclusion, pp. 136-141. What is meant by church government? That particular form and order, which Christ has fixed in his Church, for the proper management thereof. How does it appear that there is a particular form of government appointed in the New Testament Church? As… Read More Proof that Presbyterianism is Biblical
Whether there be any such thing as a Covenant of Suretyship or Redemption between JEHOVAH and the Son of GOD? That there is such a Covenant, is proven by 11 Arguments. No doubt, Christ God-Man is in Covenant with God, being a person designed from eternity, with his own consent, and in time yielding thereunto, and yet he stands not in that Covenant-relation that… Read More 11 Arguments for the Covenant of Redemption | Samuel Rutherford
This excerpt assumes the reader is familiar with the Regulative Principle of Worship and the difference between elements of worship and circumstances of worship. See here for a brief introduction: What is the Regulative Principle of Worship? John L. Girardeau, Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church pp. 147-156 (1.) It is not claimed,… Read More Is Instrumental Music a Circumstance of Worship?
“The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture…” (Westminster Confession of Faith 1:6). What does this phrase mean and how may it be proved from Scripture? Westminster… Read More Are Only Explicit Scripture Proofs Valid?