Anabaptist Profiles Part II

 In August, I did a sort of "Anabaptist profile" on Conrad Grebel, who hated the early 16th century Papacy and the Reformers equally - both were antichrists to many anabaptists like Grebel.  This "profile" is a brief on Balthasar Hubmaier, living at the same time as Grebel, Munzter, John Denck, and so forth, in the early 16th century. … Continue reading Anabaptist Profiles Part II

Luther and ‘By the Law Comes Knowledge of Sin’

Martin Luther's classic, De servo arbitrio (On The Enslaved Will; a.k.a. The Bondage of the Will) is - as many of you know - a response written to the great humanist scholar, Desiderius Erasmus' (d. 1536) Diatribe seu collation de libero arbitrio (Discussion or Dialoge Concerning Free Will). This is one of those "must read"… Continue reading Luther and ‘By the Law Comes Knowledge of Sin’

Grammar and the Bondage of the Will

  Here's an instance where a small and sometimes difficult point of grammar can show the source of some doctrinal truths we (Reformed Christians) confess.  In this case, it is the bondage of the will prior to conversion/regeneration as shown from Titus 3.3 (see Canons of Dort III/IV.3). In this verse, Paul uses an imperfect "being"… Continue reading Grammar and the Bondage of the Will