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

Apologetic Report - Purely Presbyterian
Thursday, 23 March 2017 02:00

Psalmody Objections Answered: “New Song”

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imageObjection:

Scripture repeatedly speaks of singing a “new song” (Psa. 33:3; 40:3; 96:1; 98:1; 144:9; 149:1; Isa. 42:10). The four beasts and 24 elders sang a “new song” (Rev. 5:9), the 144,000 followers of the Lamb who had gotten victory over the beast also sang a “new...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 00:48

Christ, Our Eternal Mediator

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image Samuel Rutherford,The Covenant of Life Opened, pp. 363-368.

Christ, Even After Universal Judgment, Is a Mediatory Head, King, and Lord

The Son (saith Camero) shall leave off to reign, quod attinet ad regnandi actum, according to the act of reigning, but as touching the Kingdom itself, there shall be...

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image John Owen, Exposition of Hebrews

For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” Hebrews 4:2

It is supposed and granted that the gospel was preached unto the people in the wilderness....

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 23:32

Jeremiah 31: The New Covenant

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image Samuel Rutherford,The Covenant of Life Opened, pp. 347-348.

Dr. Crispe [objects] (p. 162), “in Jeremiah 31; Ezekiel 36; Hebrews 8 and other passages where the Tenor of the Covenant is contained, there is no word of a tie(pp. 163-164), there is not one word that God saith to man, thou must do...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 23:00

What is Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit?

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image Edward Leigh, Body of Divinity, pp. 345-346.

Of Blasphemy Against the Holy Ghost.

It is called the great transgression (Psa. 19:13), and blasphemy against the Spirit (Mat. 12).

“Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 07:59

Of Faith: Justifying and Non Justifying

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Excerpted from his book,

A Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism

Of Faith

The subject of faith is introduced next in order:

1. Because it is the means by which we are made partakers of the Mediator. 2. Because the preaching of the gospel profits nothing without faith.

In speaking of faith, we must...

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

The Pope is Antichrist

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image In the Reformation 500 Winter Conference held February 2nd-4th, 2017, Christ Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (RPCGA) presented several lectures pertaining to the subject matter of the Westminster Confession that says (WCF 25:6):

There is no other Head of the Church but the Lord...

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Excerpted from his book,

A Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism

OF THE COVENANT OF GOD

It has been shown, that a Mediator is one who reconciles parties that are at variance, as God and men. This reconciliation is called in the Scriptures a Covenant, which has particular reference to the...

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A Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism

OF THE GOSPEL OF GOD

In the third question of the Catechism it is asked: Whence knowest thou thy misery? Out of the law of God. So it is now asked: Whence knowest thou thy deliverance? Out of the gospel. Having, therefore,...

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 06:35

Mortification of Sin | Samuel Rutherford

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image Samuel Rutherford,The Covenant of Life Opened, pp. 268-270.

Question 4: To what things must we be crucified?

Answer: Galatians 6:14, To all things created, to the world; we condemn and despise and hate the world, and the world does value us nothing.

1. Mortification to Self

1. There is a deadness to...

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Sunday, 12 February 2017 13:30

The Sabbath: A Creation Ordinance

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image John Brown of Haddington,A Compendious View of Natural and Revealed Religion, pp. 472-476.

The fourth commandment prescribes the proper time of God’s worship.

The precise quantity and part of time proper for the stated and social worship of God depending on his mere will, this command is...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 12:09

The Holy Trinity and Object of Our Worship

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James Durham
A Commentarie Upon the Book of Revelation
pp. 6-19

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There is much spoken of the Glory of God in this Book [i.e., Revelation]; and no where is the distinction of the Persons of the glorious Godhead more frequently and clearly set forth. Iohn was more full in this than any who...

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Wilhelmus à Brakel

The Christian’s Reasonable Service, Vol. 1

pp. 457-463

The Existence of an Additional, External Covenant with Men Denied

Question #2: Did God, either in the Old or New Testament, establish a different, external covenant in addition to the covenant of grace?

Answer: Before...

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Wilhelmus à Brakel

The Christian’s Reasonable Service

Vol. 1, pp. 451-457

The Covenant of Grace Identical in both Old and New Testaments 

Question #1: When was this covenant of grace initiated?

Answer: Due to a misunderstanding concerning the nature of the covenant of grace, the Socinia...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 08:00

What is the Regulative Principle of Worship?

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image The Regulative Principle of Worship Defined

We can only approach God on his own terms, not only for salvation, but also in worship. The Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW) is the doctrine that everything of religious significance in worship must be prescribed in holy Scripture, either explicitly...

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Friday, 27 January 2017 07:00

11 Proofs for the Existence of God

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image Zacharias Ursinus (1534 – 1583)Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism

That there is a God, is proven by many arguments common both to philosophy and theology. These arguments we shall present in the following order:

1. The order and harmony which we observe every where in nature, gives...

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A Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism

CONCERNING THE MEDIATOR

The doctrine of the Mediator, which is intimately connected with the glory of God and our comfort, must be carefully considered for the following reasons:

1. That we may acknowledge and magnify the mercy of...

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image John Calvin, Sermons on Deuteronomy, Second half of the 34th Sermon, pp. 228-230.

12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee.

13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:

14 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou...

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Excerpted from his book,

A Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism

CONCERNING AFFLICTIONS

There are three questions which particularly claim our attention in regard to afflictions:

I. How many kinds of afflictions are there?

II. What are the causes of them?

III. What comforts may be opposed to them? ...

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Monday, 09 January 2017 14:47

The Biblical Basis for Ruling Elders

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An Assertion of the Government of the Church of Scotland

CHAPTER I.

OF THE WORDS ELDER, LAY ELDER, RULING ELDER.

THE word elder answereth to zaken in the Hebrew, and presbuteroV in the Greek. It hath four different significations: (1.) It noteth age; (2.) Antiquity;...

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Thursday, 05 January 2017 08:45

The Providence of God in Preserving Scripture

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image We have written previously on The Preservation of Scripture that God has kept his written word pure for the Church through all ages in the Hebrew and Greek faithful copies (apographa). We continue in this post by precisely explaining how he did so “by his singular...

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Monday, 02 January 2017 07:00

The Necessity of Singing the Psalms

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image Preface to the Bay Psalm Book (1640)

A discourse declaring not only the lawfulness, but also the necessity of the heavenly ordinance of singing Scripture Psalms in the churches of God.

The singing of Psalms, though it breathe forth nothing but holy harmony, and melody: yet such is the subtlety of...

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Friday, 30 December 2016 09:00

Was John Calvin an Exclusive Psalmodist?

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image There is no doubt that Calvin pioneered psalm singing for his generation and that the Reformed churches quickly became known for their psalm singing. It is more difficult to prove that Calvin and the various churches of the evolving Reformed tradition of that time were Exclusive Psalmodist (EP) in...

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Thursday, 29 December 2016 07:00

The Doctrine of the Trinity | Jonathan Edwards

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image An Unpublished Essay on the Trinity

Jonathan Edwards

It is common when speaking of the Divine happiness to say that God is infinitely happy in the enjoyment of Himself, in perfectly beholding and infinitely loving, and rejoicing in, His own essence and perfection, and accordingly it must be supposed...

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Saturday, 24 December 2016 21:22

An XMas Day Sermon by John Calvin

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image “Now, I see here today more people that I am accustomed to having at the sermon. Why is that? It is Christmas day. And who told you this? You poor beasts. That is a fitting euphemism for all of you who have come here today to honor Noel. Did you think you would be honoring God? Consider what...

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