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November 1, 2019 0 comments

The Kingdom is the Gospel and the Gospel is the Kingdom

Michael Horton on the gospel and kingdom....Keep Reading

Tags: gospel, michael horton, Kingdom of God, The Great Commission, kingdom, gospel and kingdom, already but not yet, sacraments, King

October 31, 2019 by John Fonville 0 comments

Clarifying, “ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda”

Martin Davie clarifying the often misunderstood post-World War II Latin phrase, “ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda."...Keep Reading

Tags: evangelicalism, Reformation, ecclesia reformata semper reformanda, reforming, Reformation Day

October 31, 2019 by John Fonville 0 comments

There Are No “Non-Liturgical” Churches

There is no such thing as a “non-liturgical church.” The choice is not between liturgy or no liturgy, but between having an agreed-upon, well-thought-out liturgy or leaving things to the spur of the moment and the discretion of the leader. As one wag has rightly observed, if you think “organized religion” is bad, try disorganized religion....Keep Reading

Tags: Liturgy, Reformation, corporate worship, Book of Common Prayer, Liturgical, extemporaneous prayer, precomposed prayers

October 31, 2019 by John Fonville 0 comments

The Protestant Reformation: A Two-Front War

The Protestant Reformation was waged on two fronts: the errors of Rome and the errors of the radical Reformation (i.e., so-called Anabaptists)....Keep Reading

Tags: Protestant Reformation, Rome, 1517, John Hooper, Heinrich Bullinger, Papists, Counter Reformation, radical Reformation, Anabaptists, Thirty Nine Articles, Protestant confessions, Thomas Cranmer, English Reformers

October 30, 2019 by John Fonville 0 comments

The Double-Edged Nature of the Gospel and Sacraments

The Double-Edged Nature of God's Revelation- The sacraments are means of grace. However, because they are linked to the covenant and more broadly to divine revelation, they are not always means of grace but sometimes means of judgment apart from a Spirit-wrought faith....Keep Reading

Tags: judgment, baptism, means of grace, Lord's Supper, Eucharist, Holy Communion, J.V. Fesko, sacraments, means of judgment, faith, Unbelief

October 29, 2019 by John Fonville 0 comments

Christ has Redeemed us through His Obedience

John Calvin: Christ has Redeemed us through His Obedience, which He practiced throughout His Life (Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2.16.5)...Keep Reading

Tags: obedience, redemption, john calvin, Salvation, active obedience, passive obedience, Institutes of the Christian Religion

October 24, 2019 by John Fonville 0 comments

"Christ is not divided. You cannot have half a Christ."

Walter Marshall on how true saving faith embraces Christ for both justification and sanctification. He shows that God's grace is twofold (i.e., the duplex [twofold] beneficium [benefit]). Justification is the first benefit (beneficium) and sanctification is the second benefit (beneficium). ...Keep Reading

Tags: sanctification, holiness, justification, walter marshall, antecedent conditions, consequent conditions, duplex beneficium, progressive sanctification

February 8, 2019 by John Fonville 0 comments

Andy Stanley, Marcion, and the Bible

According to Andy Stanley, the 21st century church must “unhitch the Christian faith from their Jewish scriptures.” Is this correct? No! We know this from Jesus' attitude towards the Old Testament, as well as the Apostles' and NT writers. We also object to Stanley's suggestion because of the nature of progressive revelation and the Scriptures central witness to Christ and His saving work....Keep Reading

Tags: Old Testament, covenant theology, graeme goldsworthy, Authority, Christ-centered hermeneutic, inspiration, Andy Stanley, Marcion, Marcionism, Aesop's Fables, Bibliology, evangelicalism

January 14, 2019 by John Fonville 0 comments

How Do I Know I'm A Christian?

Assurance lies in the very direct act of faith as one is presented with Christ, the object of faith. The reflex act of faith can support our profession but it cannot become the ground our assurance....Keep Reading

Posted in: Assurance Tags: assurance, Christian Freedom, lordship salvation, direct act of faith, reflex act of faith, pietistic nomism

October 9, 2018 by John Fonville 0 comments

The Mountain of Law vs. The Mountain of Grace

In Hebrews 12:18-24, the author of Hebrews expresses deep concern about where his readers stand in relation to the God who asks, “Adam, where are you?” To prevent his readers from a calamitous reversion to Jewish beliefs and practices, the author of Hebrews sets forth two contrasting relationships with God, determined by two antithetical covenants. By contrasting the old and new covenants, the author demonstrates the superiority of the new covenant over the old covenant. This superiority not only stresses the disastrous consequences of reverting under the old covenant (10:26-31; 12:25-29) but also provides the motivation for his readers to progress and move forward rather than drift and fall away from God (2:1-3; 3:12)....Keep Reading

Tags: sanctification, hebrews, perseverance, obedience, holiness, adam, judgment, jews, jewish, old covenant, new covenant, jesus, mediator, assurance, covenant theology