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)

“Receiving” in Article IV of The Apology of the Augsburg Confession

Article IV of the Apology of the Augsburg Confession (1531) uses the terms "receive" or "received" (etc.) well over thirty times (I lost count!). This is very significant because Article IV is on justification sola fide. I don't have time and space to explain all the details here and now, but this article uses the… Continue reading “Receiving” in Article IV of The Apology of the Augsburg Confession

The Marrow of Modern Divnity: Edited and Abridged (Wilson)

 Many of our readers are perhaps familiar with Edward Fisher's excellent 17th century publication called "The Marrow of Modern Divinity."  It is a wonderful treatment of the great Reformation themes of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, to God's glory alone.  I've mentioned it quite a few times here on the… Continue reading The Marrow of Modern Divnity: Edited and Abridged (Wilson)

The Difference Betwixt the Law and the Gospel (Boston)

In my opinion, one of the best brief discussions about the law/gospel distinction was written by Thomas Boston and it's found in the second part of his comments on Edward Fisher's Marrow of Modern Divinity. In this section Boston explains why a law/gospel distinction is necessary, what the difference is between the law and the gospel,… Continue reading The Difference Betwixt the Law and the Gospel (Boston)