Sexuality and Nature in Romans 1:26-27 (Stott)

 Romans 1:26-27 is a very deep text that talks about the darkness and destructiveness of depravity.  In the context of these verses, Paul is discussing how the rejection of God leads to all sorts of misery.  For example, rejecting God affects the mind and morals in very bad ways (v 18, 21).  Rejection of God… Continue reading Sexuality and Nature in Romans 1:26-27 (Stott)

The Workings of our Remaining Sinful Nature

 Those who have true faith have truly been given new life in Christ.  If a person believes in Christ, he or she has been "born of God" (1 John 5:1).  Regeneration means that someone who was dead in sin is now alive in Christ (Eph. 2:4-5).  However, new birth (regeneration) does not mean that the… Continue reading The Workings of our Remaining Sinful Nature

Electing Love (M’Cheyne)

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit - fruit that will last..." (John 15:16 NIV). These wonderful words of Jesus are precious to his followers because they display his electing love for them: "This showed them that his love was first with… Continue reading Electing Love (M’Cheyne)

Predestination & Reformed Theology (Vos)

The doctrine of election (predestination) is tied tightly to other aspects of Reformed theology.  Geerhardus Vos expresses this well in his Reformed Dogmatics (recently published in English for the first time thanks to Logos and Lexham Press – see here and here).  Vos asks this question (in vol. 1.5.4): “At what points is the doctrine… Continue reading Predestination & Reformed Theology (Vos)

Lewis Got it Wrong

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed many of C.S. Lewis’ books.  I’m not overly enamored with his work, but his writing is thought-provoking and quite helpful in many areas.  In other areas, however, he’s not so helpful.  One of those areas is the doctrine of sin and depravity.  Here are some quotes from an otherwise decent book, The… Continue reading Lewis Got it Wrong