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, 12 May 2018 06:04

Robert Rollock’s Treatise on Justification

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ROBERT ROLLOCK (1555–1599), the first Regent and Principal of the University of Edinburgh, is best known to present-day students of historical theology for the role he purportedly played in the...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 08:37

Stephen Cunha on Trinity Foundation Radio

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The Trinity Foundation has started a podcast. Episode 2 is an interview with Stephen Cunha, the author of a critique of Richard Gaffin’s doctrine of justification titled The Emperor Has No Clothes. I recommend the book (and the podcast). (For more details, see here, here, and here).

Cunha is...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 13:09

R. Scott Clark’s Dispensational Hermeneutic

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R. Scott Clark employs Dispensationalism’s non-typological interpretation of Old Testament restoration prophecies in order to defend the practice of infant baptism. The error of this interpretation is demonstrated by other paedobaptists explaining the correct typological interpretation.

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Monday, 01 January 2018 12:36

Chrysostom on 1 Cor. 7:14

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Chrysostom held to the legitimacy interpretation of 1 Cor. 7:14.

Ver. 12. “But to the rest speak I, not the Lord. If any brother have a wife that believeth not, and she is content to dwell with him, let him not leave her. And if any woman hath an husband that believeth not, and he is content...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 01:45

Israel as a Parenthesis in God’s Plan

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As I was preparing for Part 5 of the Reformed Northwest Podcast series on 1689 Federalism, it ocurred to me that 1689 Federalism’s view of Israel and the church is, in a sense, the inverse of Dispensationalism’s. Dispensationalism teaches that God’s plan has always been for the...

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I recently joined the Reformed Northwest Podcast for a 5-part overview of 1689 Federalism. I’d love to hear any comments/thoughts/feedback/criticism/disagreement you may have.

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 12:15

Galatians 3 vs Romans 4

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6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?
3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”
7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of...

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Visible Saints and Notorious Sinners: Presbyterian Sacramental Doctrine and Practice and the Vicissitudes of the Baptist Movement in New England and the Middle Colonies is an interesting essay from OPC pastor Peter J. Wallace. He argues that after the Great Awakening, baptist convinctions grew...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 07:13

“In the Space of Six Days”

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I recommend listening to Dr. James Renihan’s recent lecture on the meaning of “in the space of six days” in 2 LBCF 4.1

“1. In the beginning it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness, to...

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Van Til’s disciple K. Scott Oliphint has been arguing for years that a rejection of scholastic, classical apologetics entails a rejection of classical theism as well. He says “much of systematic theology that’s done, especially in theology proper, needs a complete revision and...

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 02:40

A Puritan View of Logic

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The following is from Perry Miller’s “The New England Mind” (1939). Miller was an authority on American Purtianism, though some of his understanding of their theology was deficient. 

CHAPTER V

THE INSTRUMENT OF REASON

In the Puritan view of man, the fall had wrought many...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 08:04

Romans 2:7 and 2:13

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R. Scott Clark recently wrote a lengthy post Romans 2:13: Justified Through Our Faithfulness? As is often the case, Clark’s defense of sola fide is helpful and encouraging, while his handling of historical theology is not. Clark has a tendancy to always paint the reformed...

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 13:26

Make Christ’s Work of Salvation Plain

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Commenting on the current dispute over John Piper’s view of final salvation, Pastor Chris Gordon notes

Just because past and current theologians use certain words to make distinctions, this does not mean they made Christ’s work of salvation plain to the sheep. Just because one can...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 11:22

Baptism to a Thousand Generations?

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SummaryUpon the basis of how circumcision was administered, historically, the reformed practiced that the distant offspring of a believer were entitled to baptism, even if their immediate parents were unbelievers, apostates or excommunicates. Modern paedobaptists have rejected this practice,...

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Dr. R. Scott Clark is a Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary California and a minister in the URCNA. However, to those on the internet, Clark is primarily a polemicist. On Twitter, his blog, and his […]

via R. Scott Clark’s knee-jerk appeal to...

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As I have shown previously, the reformed have held to the consent theory of government. Summarizing this position, Rutherford said “I conceive it to be evident that royal dignity is not immediately, and without the intervention of the people’s consent, […]

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After my post yesterday on Rothbard’s agreement with Scripture’s teaching on “private” vengeance, I read A Romans 13 Exposition on Church and State for Such a Time as This by Michael A. Milton, Ph.D. (President and Professor of Practical Theology, Reformed Theological...

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Very interesting parallels between Rothbard’s line of reasoning and Scripture’s.

In 1978, Rothbard wrote a brief piece in the Libertarian Review titled The Plumb Line: The Capital Punishment Question. “Libertarians can no longer afford to wait to come to grips with capital...

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Critics of 1689 Federalism often caricature baptists as claiming to know who the elect are. This does not follow from any 1689 Federalism belief. We agree with the reformed “judgment of charity.” Based upon a credible profession of faith, we judge (with charity) a person to be saved....

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I am quite convinced that understanding the difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant is foundational to properly exegeting Romans 13:1-7. I call this the “legitimacy interpretation.” I believe Paul is applying Jesus’ words in John 18:36 to the situation in Rome. I...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 12:06

Jesus on “All Shall Know Me”

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John 6:35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 09:07

The Evolution of Reformed Paedobaptism

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The following stages of reformed paedobaptism can be discerned in history.

  1. Baptism presumes inherent holiness in adults and infants.
  2. Baptism is based on external holiness and therefore does not presume inherent holiness in adults nor infants.
  3. Infant baptism is based on external holiness, but inherent...

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I heard a sermon yesterday on Ecclesiastes 8:1-9. Verse 2 says I say, “Keep the command of the king because of the oath before God. (NASB) The sermon observed that this passage was about seeing wisdom in the world and that one primary effect of having wisdom is submission to authority. If you...

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The following is from Douglas Moo’s NIV Application Commentary on Romans. Where is the exception? As we noted above, the key question most of us ask when we come to Romans 13 is not “What does it mean?” but “Where is the exception?” Since it is taught so consistently...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 03:10

A Twitter Exchange on Galatians 3:16

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Galatians 3:16 is not an easy verse to understand. It has stumped many, many theologians. Paul’s argument, however, is actually very simple. He is making a distinction between the seed in Genesis 13:15 & 17:8 and the seed in Genesis 22:18. And he is, thereby, making a distinction between...

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