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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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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image Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church by John L. Girardeau

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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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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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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