Calvin and sola fide

In the book Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral Ministry, W. Robert Godfrey writes a chapter entitled “Faith Formed by Love or Faith Alone”. Where he responds to those who are critical of the doctrine of justification by faith alone by examining the medieval definition of faith, Calvin’s definition of faith alone and examining the Apostle Paul. … Continue reading Calvin and sola fide

Free Choice in Reformed Theology

The critique that in Reformed theology there is no free will is a great misunderstanding. Chapter IX of the Westminster Confession of Faith is entitled “Of Free Will”. Usually this misunderstanding is based off a different definition or lack of understanding of how free will/freedom is defined in Reformed theology. Therefore in the beginning we … Continue reading Free Choice in Reformed Theology

The Trinity is Foundational

The Reformed faith is framed by covenantal thinking. The covenants of Scripture are what you see when you take away everything related to Reformed faith and practice. At the foundation of our doctrines is the doctrine of the Trinity. We don’t look at the Trinity as one of the doctrines that are added on or part of … Continue reading The Trinity is Foundational

Beza: The Part of the Word of God called “Gospel”

The Part of the Word of God called "Gospel": Its authority, why, how and for what end it was written After we are made aware of the Law the Gospel is made all the brighter. While the Law produces fear, the Gospel produces hope. In the “Select Works of Theodore Beza”, Beza writes that, after … Continue reading Beza: The Part of the Word of God called “Gospel”

Quick Thought: Spurgeon and Why God Chose

"Ah! sir, the Lord must have loved me before I was born, or else He would not have seen anything in me to love afterwards." I am sure it is true in my case; I believe the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never … Continue reading Quick Thought: Spurgeon and Why God Chose

Calvin’s Geneva – Calvin’s Thought to the Liturgy and the Order of Worship

In the last post I wrote about that prior to Calvin in Geneva there was William Farel. Farel was instrumental in cleansing Geneva from all the remaining superstitious traditions of Rome but he wasn’t equipped to be the person to replace their forms of worship. Calvin, however, was equipped and in a very methodical and … Continue reading Calvin’s Geneva – Calvin’s Thought to the Liturgy and the Order of Worship

The Finality and Sufficiency of Scripture Part 2 of 2

Part 1 is here We are completely dependent upon Scripture. This should be most obvious because without it, we are deprived of the revelatory Word from God. Without Scripture we are wanting and lacking counsel from God concerning “all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life.” (Murray, 20) The finality of … Continue reading The Finality and Sufficiency of Scripture Part 2 of 2