Defining the Freedom of the Will & Why It must not be Used for the blame of sin, but rather only for the credit of God’s grace

Calvin’s Instititutes includes some statements by Augustine on the doctrine of “free will.”  There is a reason the reformed church has greatly detested the term, and as to why it is put freely out there today cannot be to blame for the early church fathers.  I found the following brief reading helpful in understanding why, such is the case.  As I teach this week on Sola...
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Six Reasons Why ‘Amen’s are Essential in Public Worship

I am not sure who taught it, or who is teaching it now adays, but it certainly is not from God that we are to be silent and unresponsive to the Word, prayers, and all of the participatory elements of worship.  Surely, we have been in places where ‘Amen’ was used without reason and repetitively to the extent of abuse.  Yet, we can be sure no Spirit of God ever puts aside the Amen...
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The Relevance of the Protestant Reformation Today

The Protestant Reformation has relevance for today’s issues. Terry Johnson states the case well, saying that the Protestant reformation forever altered “the face of Western Civilization, and through it, the world.” Socially, the Protestant Reformation broke down the wall between the sacred and the secular, leading to a fresh appreciation for marriage, family, and the ordinary...
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Total Dependence on God for Prayer | Bunyan’s Confession

“And verily, may I but speak my own experience, and from that tell you the difficulty of praying to God as I ought, it is enough to make your poor, blind, carnal men to entertain strange thoughts of me.  For, as for my heart, when I go to pray, I find it so loth to go to God, and when it is with him, so loth to stay with him, that many times I am forced in my prayers, first to beg of God...
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2nd London Confession 1.2-1.6 Scripture Continued

I am watching lectures by James Renihan on the 2nd London Confession.  I have learned that after dealing with the necessity of Scripture, the Second London Confession covers: The definition of Scripture 1.2-1.3 The authority of Scripture 1.4-5 The perfection of Scripture 1.6 The perspicuity (clarity) of Scripture 1.7 This outline is largely derived from B.B. Warfield, and serves as a helpful...
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When God’s Word is like Storm or Cloud | A Contrast to Assurance

When I study the old doctrine of assurance, I am enlightened to know that assurance falls under “man’s acts’ in the confession (2nd London).  Assurance is preceded there by:  faith, repentance, good works, and perseverance.  All of these things are given by God (graces), but they are exercised by people.  Assurance follows these things but instead of being under the list of...
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