Becoming a Christian Cheaply (Kierkegaard)

I don't always agree with the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard (d. 1855), but he always gets me thinking. For example, I recently read his essay For Self Examination, which has a section on Martin Luther, faith, and works. Although he doesn't use the terms, Kierkegaard was talking about legalism and antinomianism. Here's part of that… Continue reading Becoming a Christian Cheaply (Kierkegaard)

Do Not Build Faith upon Works (Watson)

Thomas Watson  (d. 1686) is one of my favorite Puritan authors.  He wrote clearly, concisely, and biblically. Here’s one great example from his discussion of faith and works in The Beatitudes. I originally posted this quote on October 6, 2014. Julian [a Roman emperor who renounced Christianity when he became emperor) upbraided the Christians that… Continue reading Do Not Build Faith upon Works (Watson)

Justified by Faith without the Law and Works (Bullinger)

Here's a nice excerpt on justification by faith alone by Henry Bullinger. It's found in the first Decade of Bullinger's sermons. I've edited it slightly for readability: But, honored brothers in the Lord, good works here come into no jeopardy to be set aside, because of this doctrine, which teaches that faith alone justifies. Thus… Continue reading Justified by Faith without the Law and Works (Bullinger)

Finney’s Firm Rejection of Imputation

 Charles Finney is well known for his part in the 19th century American revivals.  Obviously,  Finney and these revivals are major topics that many books have covered. But it is worth mentioning that Finney did write a systematic theology where one can learn what he himself taught.  I don't think it's a good systematic theology,… Continue reading Finney’s Firm Rejection of Imputation

A Most Important Question (Machen)

 What is saving faith?  This is one of the most important questions we can ask and have answered!  I like how J. Gresham Machen addressed the question: A more "practical" question could hardly be conceived. The preacher says: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved." But how can a man possibly… Continue reading A Most Important Question (Machen)