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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Sunday, 19 November 2017 22:00

“This Is My Body”: Literal or Figurative?

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Why dost thou prepare thy teeth and belly? Believe, and thou hast eaten.” (Augustine, Tractate 25).

Daniel Featley,Transubstantiation Exploded pp. 154-189.

That the words of the institution, “This is my Body,” are to be taken in a tropical [from trope. Figurative;...

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A DECLARATION OF THE GLORIOUS MYSTERY

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THE PERSON OF CHRIST — GOD AND MAN

Chapter V

The Person of Christ the great Representative of Godandhis Will.

What may be known of God, is, — his nature and...

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Whether there be any such thing as a Covenant of Suretyship or Redemption between JEHOVAH and the Son of GOD? That there is such a Covenant, is proven by 11 Arguments.

No doubt, Christ God-Man is in Covenant with God, being a person designed from...

 

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1. How Evil the Mass is2. Why it is Sinful to Attend a Papal Mass3. Reasons for Going to Mass Answered

John BradfordHurt of Hearing Mass, Chapter 7.

But, to make an end of collecting any more reasons to prove that which all wise men see plainly, namely, that they grievously do offend...

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1. How Evil the Mass is
2. Why it is Sinful to Attend a Papal Mass
3. Reasons for Going to Mass Answered

John BradfordHurt of Hearing Mass, Chapter 6.

1. It is Idolatry.

First, out of the second commandment, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image…” This precept...

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1. How Evil the Mass is2. Why it is Sinful to Attend a Papal Mass3. Reasons for Going to Mass Answered

John Bradford,Hurt of Hearing Mass, Chapter 5.

Now, the mass being known to be the device and invention of man, I will briefly shew you that it is the most horrible and detestable device that...

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:00

Is Instrumental Music a Circumstance of Worship?

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This excerpt assumes the reader is familiar with the Regulative Principle of Worship and the difference between elements of worship and circumstances of worship. See here for a brief introduction: What is the Regulative Principle of Worship?

John L. Girardeau, Instrumental Music in the Public...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 00:03

Reformed Scholasticism: Distinguishing Ends

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For educated men distinguish the end of the work from the end of working” (Samuel Rutherford, Disputatio Scholastica de Divina Providentia, p. 215). [1]

This is a basic introduction to a distinction that one will commonly come across in reading Reformed Theology. This distinction...

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James Renwick Willson, though largely forgotten, still offers a timeless example to the Reformed Church today.  James Renwick Willson was a 19th Century American Presbyterian Pastor, specifically a Reformed Presbyterian. Willson was widely regarded as one of the best preachers of the Reformed...

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Saturday, 23 September 2017 06:08

America’s Dissenting Presbyterian Heritage

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American Presbyterians have always punched above their weight class, despite representing a relatively small portion of the American Populous throughout American History. Presbyterians have through their writings, educational institutions, and preaching left their mark on the religious landscape of...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:44

A Concise Case For Exclusive Psalmody

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This article assumes the Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW), which is the biblical doctrine that everything of religious significance in worship must be prescribed in holy Scripture, either explicitly or by good and necessary consequence, such that “whatever is beside the Word of God is...

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Saturday, 09 September 2017 03:10

The Pericope Adulterae: A Floating Tradition?

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The “floating tradition” argument against the authenticity of the Pericope Adulterae (PA), John 7:53-8:11, is summarized well by Bruce Metzger in 1964, “The pericope is obviously a piece of floating tradition which circulated in certain parts of the Western Church. It was...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 23:19

Thoughts on the Nashville Statement

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A Complementarian parachurch group, the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), recently published a statement of affirmations and denials regarding biblical sexuality, The Nashville Statement. This brief post will express my thoughts on the statement itself, as well as the manner in...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 03:26

Textual Criticism: Stylistic Arguments

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How should we think about arguments regarding human authorship of certain passages or books of Scripture based on style and word choice? Here is an example of this argument against the authenticity of the Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11): “its writing style is very different from what we...

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 22:00

Difference Between Ministers and Laymen

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ANABAPTIST.

That there ought to be no distinction by the Word of God, between the Clergy and the Laity; but that all who are gifted may preach the Word, and administer the Sacraments.

THE REFUTATION.

This prodigious error,...

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Saturday, 19 August 2017 02:54

Discourse For The Comfort of Childbearing Women

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image A Discourse For The Comfort of Childbearing Women Stephen Charnock, Works, vol. 5, pp. 399-414.

Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety” (1 Timothy 2:15).

I shall not take my rise any higher than verse 12,...

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Excerpted from
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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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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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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Saturday, 17 June 2017 07:35

8 Reasons Only Ministers May Preach

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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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