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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A Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism

Heidelberg Catechism Question 74. Are infants also to be baptized?

Answer. Yes, for since they as well as the adult are included in the covenant and church of God; and since redemption from sin by the blood of Christ, and the Holy Ghost,...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 04:33

National Churches Under the New Testament

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image James Durham
A Commentarie Upon the Book of Revelation
pp. 511-516.

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders,...

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image Some of the response to our previous article about Same Sex Attraction revealed that many people misunderstand what James 1:14-15 is saying, and, in fact, some even seem to have a Roman Catholic understanding of desire and temptation. This post will set forth the correct interpretation of this...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 21:00

Is Same Sex Attraction Sinful?

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What is Original Sin?

Original sin is both the lack of original righteousness and the inclination or disposition to sin. The imputation of Adam’s guilt can be thought of distinctly from original sin, but the two are integrally related; imputation is forensic, while original sin is habitual and...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 23:00

Are Only Explicit Scripture Proofs Valid?

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“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...

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image Although “the authority of the holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon God (who is truth itself), the Author thereof; and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God (1 Thes...

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 07:35

8 Reasons Only Ministers May Preach

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image Robert Baillie,A Dissuasive From the Errors of the Time, ch. 8, Concerning the Right of Prophesying, pp. 174-180.

Note: Throughout this treatise, by “prophesying” Baillie means preaching. 

The State of the Question

The second question I propounded, concerneth the dogmatic power, so...

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Monday, 29 May 2017 00:38

Sola Fide: Do Paul and James Contradict?

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image Thomas Manton Commentary on James 2:24Works, vol. 4, pp. 260-265.

You see then how by works a man is justified, and not by faith only (James 2:24).

You see then” — It is either a consectary [that which follows] out of the whole discourse, or out of the particular example of...

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 05:00

Justification By Faith Alone

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image Edward Leigh Body of Divinity Seventh Book, Ch. 10

Whether Faith alone doth justify

God justifies judicially, Christ’s blood meritoriously, Faith instrumentally, Works declaratively (Rom. 3:24, 28; Rom. 4:5; Mark 5:36; Luke 8:50; Acts 13:39).

The Papists, Socinians...

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image Natural law is the reflection of God’s moral character and the moral order of creation, as designed by God, which is written on the human heart and evident through the light of nature (Rom. 2:14-15; Rom. 1:19; 1 Cor. 5:1), but held in unrighteousness (Rom. 1:18; Jer. 17:9; Prov. 14:12),...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 01:53

The Death Penalty for Heresy | John Calvin

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image John Calvin, Commentary on Zechariah 13:3

And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall...

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Saturday, 06 May 2017 04:04

The Biblical Definition of Heresy

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Heresy is a gross and dangerous error, voluntarily held and factiously maintained by some person or persons within the visible church, in opposition to some chief or substantial truth or truths grounded upon and drawn from the holy Scripture by necessary consequence.

George Gillespie, A Treatise of Miscellany Questions, Ch.9...

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A divine warrant is necessary for every element of doctrine, government and worship in the church; that is, whatsoever in these spheres is not commanded in the Scriptures, either expressly or by good and necessary...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 23:00

The Duty of Christians Under Wicked Rule

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image Samuel B. Wylie,Two Sons of Oil, pp. 63-71

1. It is our duty to mourn before God over all the prevailing abominations. This is one of the characters of those who are marked with the broad seal of the Holy Ghost, Ezek, ix. 4. And the Lord said, “Go through the midst of the city, through the...

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image Michael Bushell, Songs of Zion, chapter 4, section 3, pp. 163-165.

The second commandment is by far the most important scriptural passage dealing with worship. It teaches us that God alone determines what kind of worship is acceptable to Him and that He rejects all forms of idolatry irrespective of...

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Sunday, 09 April 2017 03:00

The Need for a Divine Commission

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image Wilhelmus à Brakel,The Christian’s Reasonable Service, vol. 2, pp. 118-121.

The Necessity of a Divine Commission for the Ministry of the Word

Question: Is a divine commission necessary for the office of minister?

Answer: Socinians and others answer negatively; however, we answer...

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 23:00

The Great Commission | Matthew Henry

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imageAnd Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded...

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 00:20

The Necessity of God’s Word in Written Form

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…afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing (Prov 22:19-21; Isa 8:19-20; Mat 4:4, 7,...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 02:00

Psalmody Objections Answered: “New Song”

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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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