Category Archives: Theology

In the Trump Era, The Christian’s Only Comfort and Consolation…

Is the brilliant truth- Jesus is Lord.  As the Heidelberg Catechism has it

Q & A 30

Q. Do those who look for
their salvation in saints,
in themselves, or elsewhere
really believe in the only savior Jesus?

A. No.
Although they boast of being his,
by their actions they deny
the only savior, Jesus.1

Either Jesus is not a perfect savior,
or those who in true faith accept this savior
have in him all they need for their salvation.2

1 1 Cor. 1:12-13; Gal. 5:4
2 Col. 1:19-20; 2:10; 1 John 1:7

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Posted by on 13/01/2017 in Theology


‘Free Will’ Is A Term Fabricated out of Nothing – Calvin

Calvin writes

Free will [is a] term fabricated out of nothing. Scripture everywhere declares that man is captive, servant and slave of the devil, is carried away by all his inclinations into vice, and is unable to understand what the things of God are, let alone perform them.

He’s not wrong.  You’ll not find the notion of free will in Scripture.

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Posted by on 13/01/2017 in Calvin, Theology, Total Depravity


Diarmaid MacCulloch on Mary

On BBC 4.   You should give it a listen.  It’s a fantastic program.

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Posted by on 10/01/2017 in Theology


The War Against Heresy

Luther writes

[There is a] war against heresy, against heathenism, against human traditions.  That the [heretics] use Scripture as we do gives them a very wicked weapon. The battle, then, is over the correct use of Scripture, not over Scripture itself.

Citing Scripture isn’t sufficient.  Even the devil and his heretics can do that.  Correctly citing Scripture is the key, and that the heretics cannot do since they lack the Spirit.  As Paul puts it

The Spirit we have received is not the spirit of the world but God’s own Spirit, so that we may understand the lavish gifts God has given us.  And these are what we speak of, not in the terms learnt from human philosophy, but in terms learnt from the Spirit, fitting spiritual language to spiritual things. The natural person has no room for the gifts of God’s Spirit; to him they are folly; he cannot recognise them, because their value can be assessed only in the Spirit.  The spiritual person, on the other hand, can assess the value of everything, and that person’s value cannot be assessed by anybody else.  For: who has ever known the mind of the Lord? Who has ever been his adviser? But we are those who have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor. 2:12-16)

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Posted by on 30/12/2016 in Theology


The Church is Not a Business

locherGottfried Locher ist höchster Reformierter der Schweiz. Reformiert sein habe sein Denken geprägt. Auf die Kirchenaustritte angesprochen, meint er: «Die Kirche ist keine Firma, die von möglichst vielen Kunden lebt.»

And he’s interviewed here. He’s very bright.  And he’s certainly correct that the church is not a business and shouldn’t be expected to treat people like customers.

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Posted by on 29/12/2016 in Theology


Hate Isn’t Always Bad

J.C. Ryle

“Hate Sin! Instead of loving it, cleaving to it, excusing it, playing with it, we ought to hate it with a deadly hatred.”  ~ J.C. Ryle

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Posted by on 29/12/2016 in Theology


Huldrych, Let Me Tell You About a Christmas Sermon I Just Heard!

Shortly after Christmas in 1526 Johannes Comander wrote Huldrych Zwingli a letter. In it, he briefly describes a sermon he heard on Christmas:

Dem amman von Flymbs hab ich din empfälch geschriben; aber mir ist noch kein antwort worden. Der apt hatt uff den Wienachttag geprediget, Johannes sy der überträffelichest under den euangelisten, von der jungfrowschafft wägen; damit hab er verdient, dz er allerhöchest von der gottheit hab können schriben, und sy im von gott ingesprochen. Aber Petrus hab wol ouch Mathei am 16. [Matth. 16. 16] dem herren uff sin frag geantwurtet: du bist Christus, der sun des lebendigen gottes; er hab aber geredt ex exteriore coniectura, computacione: er hab’s ab usswendigen dingen genommen, dz er in sach vor im ston, das er inn hat sehen uff dem moer wandlen, und anderen wunderzeichen. Also hat er nit uss insprechen gottes, wie Johannes, inn genempt ein sun gottes.

Read the rest if you’re so inclined. I continue to find it fascinating that Zwingli was the go to guy when theological questions came up. He clearly enjoyed quite a reputation.

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Posted by on 24/12/2016 in Theology, Zwingli