One Great Difference Between A Covenantal Piety And The American Conversionist Alternative

Make no mistake. No one comes to new life and true faith apart from the sovereign, gracious, mysterious, wonderful work of the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit who hovered over the face of the deep (Gen 1:2) also gives new life to dead (Eph 2:1–4) si…

Resources On The Social Gospel

Audio and articles on the history and theology of the social gospel and on the problem of the confusion of the law and gospel as Christians seek to bring the faith to bear on contemporary social issues. Continue reading →

Another Downside Of Pietism: Christ’s Bodily Resurrection Is Marginalized

If it does not care much about the Lord’s Supper (either to observe it or as to who communes) neither does it necessarily have a vital interest in the facts of the history of salvation. This tendency is plainly evident in two great figures in the histo…

N. T. Wright Contra The Imputation Of Christ’s Active Obedience: Not A God One Wants To Worship

Among New Testament scholars, Mark Seifrid, influenced by Clifford’s interpretation of Protestant orthodoxy, says that it “added the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to the forgiveness of sins.” The distinction between active and passive righteousn…

The Doctrine Of The Covenant Of Works Comes From Scripture

It is often objected, in my experience, that the Reformed confession of the covenant of works, e.g., Westminster Confession 7.2, “II. The first covenant made with man was a covenant of works, wherein life was promised to Adam; and in him to . . . Conti…

Owen Defended The Imputation Of Christ’s Active Obedience Against Richard Baxter

After the Westminster Assembly, John Owen defended the imputation of active obedience against Piscator, turning to Christ’s active obedience as a source of encouragement and consolation for the Christian. According to Owen, Christ had to provide active…

Resources On the Imputation Of The Active Obedience Of Christ

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Calvin Addressed The Same Objections To Infant Baptism That We Hear Today

[responding to Art. 1 of the Schleitheim Confession]…But I reply, first of all, that infant baptism is not a recent introduction, nor are its origins traceable to the papal church. For I say that it has always been a holy ordinance observed . . ….

Did Calvin’s Theology, Piety, and Practice Need To Be Rounded Out With Müntzer’s? (2)

In the first installment we considered Thomas Müntzer’s continuationist (as its called now) doctrine of revelation, his relation of the Word of God to the Holy Spirit in contrast to that of the author of the Belgic Confession (1561), Guido (or Gu…

Calvin On Jesus’ Stance Toward Civil Government

Now it is certain that our Lord did not want to change anything about the government (police) or the civil order, bus without reviling it in any way, he made his office, for which he came into the world, that of forgiving . . . Continue reading →