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)

Inquiring after the Weeds (Owen)

 I appreciate this section in John Owen's "Of The Mortification of Sin in Believers": There are two things that are suited to humble the souls of men, and they are, first, a due consideration of God, and then of themselves; of God, in his greatness, glory, holiness, power, majesty, and authority; of ourselves, in our… Continue reading Inquiring after the Weeds (Owen)

The Bible and the Doctrine of Sin (Hodge)

 If you read Scripture and take it seriously, you cannot get around what it teaches about the sinfulness of man.  Here's how Charles Hodge explained it: [The doctrine of sin] is not a doctrine taught in isolated passages. It is one of those fundamental truths which are taken for granted in almost every page of… Continue reading The Bible and the Doctrine of Sin (Hodge)