God the Author of Sin/Evil?? (Witsius)

Followers of Christ know and believe that God is not the author of sin or evil. We strongly affirm that God is just, perfect, and fair. We confess that everything he does is righteous and upright (e.g. Dt. 32:4, Rev. 15:3, etc.). Christians also know from Scripture that God does not tempt people to sin… Continue reading God the Author of Sin/Evil?? (Witsius)

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

Wholly Defiled (Van Dixhoorn)

In quite a few places the Bible talks about the sinfulness of mankind. Scripture does not gloss over evil or minimize sin. It describes it and explains it it most clear terms. Not only is the human heart deceitful above all things, it is also dead in sin apart from God's renewing grace (Jer. 17:9;… Continue reading Wholly Defiled (Van Dixhoorn)

Overcoming Evil (Guinness)

(This is a re-post from September 2010. I wanted to put it up here again since I've been listening to The Brothers Karamazov.) Os Guinness: "For Christians who believe that Jesus is kinsman redeemer and Messiah, their faith centers on a scandal that no time can rub smooth and no triumphs ever soften: A tortured… Continue reading Overcoming Evil (Guinness)