These Tyrant Lusts Subdue (Toplady)

Today for Music Monday I'd like to share Augustus Toplady's hymn which is a prayer for spiritual renewal and sanctification. This is a prayer all disciples of Jesus can pray! Astonished and distressed,I turn mine eyes within;My heart with loads of guilt oppressed,The seat of every sin.What crowds of evil thoughts,What vile affections there!Distrust, presumption,… Continue reading These Tyrant Lusts Subdue (Toplady)

Total Depravity, Total Inability

While studying the biblical teaching of sin and depravity, I was re-reading Louis Berkhof's summary of total depravity and total inability. As usual, I appreciated the concise and clear way Berkhof described these biblical concepts. Here are those two sections from his Systematic Theology: Total depravity. In view of its pervasive character, inherited pollution is… Continue reading Total Depravity, Total Inability

The Corruption of the Affections (Boston)

One of Thomas Boston's most well-known works is "Human Nature in Its Fourfold State." In this book he explained from Scripture these four states: "The State of Innocence," "The State of Nature," "The State of Grace," and "The Eternal State". The second part ("The State of Nature") is a summary from Scripture on the fallen… Continue reading The Corruption of the Affections (Boston)

Man Abandoned To Himself (Pascal)

 Blaise Pascal (d. 1662) is one of those Christian authors I can read over and over.  His writing has a depth to it that is both profound and thought-provoking - two things that are not so common in much of today's Christian literature.  Here's a section of Pascal's writing I was reflecting upon this afternoon.… Continue reading Man Abandoned To Himself (Pascal)

Our Wills: Created and Corrupted (Owen)

 In Reformed theology, following Augustine and ultimately Paul/Scripture, we deny the Arminian position that all people have free will which gives them the power and innate ability to believe in Christ as they wish.  John Owen brilliantly countered this Arminian position of free will in his book, A Display of Arminianism. Below is a section of chapter… Continue reading Our Wills: Created and Corrupted (Owen)