One Of The Great Mistakes Of Pietism

These are great words from a great book by Louis Berkhof: Assurance of Faith. “It was one of the great mistakes of the Pietism of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that, in seeking the assurance of faith, or of salvation, it divorced itself too much from the Word of God.  The basis of assurance was… Continue reading One Of The Great Mistakes Of Pietism

Prone to Wander, Preserved by Grace

The following quote from a 1763 letter shows why John Newton is one of my favorite Christian authors.  Notice how a violent struggle against indwelling sin does not weaken Newton’s assurance of faith.  He is deeply disturbed by his indwelling sin, but he does not despair over it because of God’s sovereign and preserving grace. … Continue reading Prone to Wander, Preserved by Grace

Even a Tiny Faith (Jean Taffin)

 This is a great passage from Jean Taffin (d. 1602), a teacher/preacher in the Dutch Second Reformation.  These words are a solid answer to those Christians who do trust in Jesus, but realize they are weak Christians.  Sometimes these Christians lack assurance because of their weakness.  The question Taffin answers in this quote is "What kind of comfort… Continue reading Even a Tiny Faith (Jean Taffin)

A Christian Dealing With Doubts

 As I noted earlier, this one by Guinness has been the "book of the month" for me in many ways: God in the Dark: The Assurance of Faith Beyond a Shadow of Doubt (Wheaton: Crossway, 1996).  As Christians, many of us have a tough time admitting that we have some doubts about the faith.  If… Continue reading A Christian Dealing With Doubts

Assurance, Instrospection, and Pietism

This is a stellar note by Louis Berkhof in his Assurance of Faith  (Grand Rapids: Smitter, 1928), 48-49. "It was one of the great mistakes of the Pietism of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that, in seeking the assurance of faith, or of salvation, it divorced itself too much from the word of God.  The… Continue reading Assurance, Instrospection, and Pietism