But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 16:45

Reformation 500: The Five Solas

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I have compiled the posts into one single article, entitled Reformation 500: The Five Solas, which can be accessed here.

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Monday, 30 October 2017 23:20

#Reformation500: For the glory of God alone

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[continued] For the glory of God alone (Soli Deo Gloria) At the end of the day, who gets the glory for salvation? Who gets the glory for the work of God and the church in this world? The Reformers proclaimed that only God gets the glory, all of it. Since salvation is by grace alone through faith...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 17:37

#Reformation500: Scripture Alone

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[continued] Scripture Alone (Sola Scriptura) "Bibel, Bubel, Babel." Such was the theology of the German enthusiast and radical Thomas Müntzer, in mockery of Luther's (and by extension the Reformers') view of Scripture and Authority. Theirs was the spirit of the word, as opposed the "dead...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 01:06

#Reformation500: Christ Alone

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[continued from here, here, here] Christ Alone (Solus Christus) Who is the mediator of God's elect? According to 1 Timothy 2:5, there is only one mediator between God and Man, the man Christ Jesus. Jesus stands in the middle, as the bridge between God and Man. God blesses us in Christ, and we pray...

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Saturday, 28 October 2017 01:54

#Reformation500: Grace Alone

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[continued from here and here] Grace Alone (Sola Gratia) We are saved by God's grace alone through faith alone. The material principle of the Reformation (Sola Fide) centers on the very real problem of the assurance of one's salvation before God. Yet as the Reformers staked their lives and...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 18:47

#Reformation500: Faith alone

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[continued from here] Faith Alone (Sola Fide) As the Reformation erupted onto the scene, the material principle of the Reformation and its rallying cry was that justification is by faith alone. The Christian life is not a life of constant anxiety over whether I am or am not saved because I do not...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 17:35

#Reformation500: The Reformation

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Introduction On Oct 31st 2017, we will mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. On that day 500 years ago, the German monk Martin Luther penned and nailed his 95 Theses upon the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg, protesting the sale of indulgences by the late medieval church. Originally...

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 20:17

Good works as a final cause of salvation

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For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Eph. 2:10) What is the place of good works in salvation? Is good works an "instrument" of salvation? After all, we have a certain Reformed pastor who opines as follows:...

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 18:29

Sermon: The World that Once Was

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I was given the privilege on Sunday (Oct 22, 2017) to bring the Word to One Covenant Church, a new Presbyterian church plant in Singapore. The text is Genesis 6:1-8 and entitled "The World that Once Was."

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:50

WHI: The Radical Reformation

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The White Horse Inn recently did an episode on the Radical Reformation, as it relates to its triumph over the Reformation in contemporary Evangelicalism.

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Monday, 02 October 2017 18:48

1 Cor. 5: The Separation of Sin

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Last Sunday, I preached on 1 Corinthians 5, with a discussion on the doctrine of separation, at Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church. Towards the end, I tackled the issue of "Second degree separation," something taught in Fundamentalist circles. You can hear the sermon here.

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 19:06

Turretin on the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant

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IV. Now as the church is rightly distributed into militant and triumphant, so the distinction between them must be considered not to be essential and specific as to nature but only accidentally as to state and degree. For since there is only one communion of saints and only one body of Christ...

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Sermons and articles, generally speaking, are general in scope. One does not preach to, or at least should not preach to, a particular person. And articles are read by anyone from the public. These forms of communication are public in nature, and thus there is a problem when we speak about...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 02:42

Turretin on the benefits of the sacraments

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V. … Therefore a twofold efficacy is ascribed to the sacraments according to us: the one moral and objective, by which the sacraments make present to our mind that object, to signify and seal which they are destined (by which means, faith is either excited or confirmed and, it mediating,...

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Dr James White has done a helpful Dividing Line podcast on two interesting topics: The Nashville Statement, and Racialism in Reformed circles.

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:58

The Nashville Statement

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The Center for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) and the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) has just published a statement on the issue of sexuality in light of the latest devolutions of liberal debauchery, the Nashville Statement. You can access it here.

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In light of this, let me offer a better way of thinking on how to interact with those from other ethnicities and/or cultures. 1) Interact with those of other ethnicities with a true and sincere desire to get to them know as PEOPLE Each individual person is unique; we are not clones from an assembly...

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I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who...

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I suspect many people won't understand this post, but for those who have ears to hear...https://t.co/0spYY7lNzb— Jemar Tisby (@JemarTisby) August 21, 2017 Racism is sin, because it treats people unequally merely because of their skin color and ethnic belonging. Racism, as a word and as a...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 01:21

White Supremacy is sin!

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Over in America, alt-right white supremacists have decided to make their presence known in a very ugly way. Now, racism is sin, no matter who is the offender. It doesn't matter if the racist is of a majority or a minority race; sin is sin. America is a very divided country. A sizable portion of the...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:39

Turretin and justification by works (Law/ Gospel)

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II. … For as there are two covenants which God willed to make with men—legal and evangelical. Accordingly there is also a double justification or a double method of standing before God in judgment—legal and evangelical. The former consists in one’s own obedience or a...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 18:42

Turretin contra the Amyraldian offer of the Gospel

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LII. Although by the preaching of the gospel, God offers Christ to the called with his benefits, it does not follow that he must have died for them in order that the offer may not be insincere. He is not offered absolutely and simply, but under the condition of faith and repentance; not as a...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 20:20

Turretin: Why was the Father not incarnated

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V. (2) The Father could not be incarnated, for as he was the first in order he could not sent by anyone or act a mediator to the Son and the Holy Spirit. … [Francis Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, 2.13.IV.5] According to Turretin, the ad intra ordering...

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:14

Turretin on Natural Law

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VI. But the orthodox speak far differently. They affirm that there is a natural law, not arising from a voluntary contract or law of society, but from a divine obligation being impressed by God upon the conscience of man in his very creation, on which the difference between right and wrong is...

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VII. God is not under any moral duty outwardly because he is a debtor to no one, and there is no cause out of him which can place him under obligation. Yet he can be under obligation inwardly because he is a debtor to himself and cannot deny himself. As the Son, in divine thins, is obliged to work...

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