On the Assurance of Faith (Toplady)

The Westminster Confession of Faith says that true believers may have the assurance of their salvation shaken, diminished, and suspended in various ways. "Yet they are never utterly destitute of that seed of God, and life of faith, that love of Christ and the brothers..." (WCF 18.4). For example, many of the Psalms wrestle with …

The Greatest Source of Trouble in the Life of Faith (Manton)

In his treatise, The Life of Faith, Thomas Manton (d. 1677) spent some time explaining how to improve one's cheerful walking with God in obedience. For example, he wrote about meditating on God's promises and pleading God's promises in prayer. In this section, Manton also wrote a very brief paragraph explaining the source of all …

“Do Not Boast About Faith…” (Augustine)

In his sixth homily on the Gospel of John, Augustine interacted with Donatus and the Donatists of his day. The Donatist Controversy is a larger topic, to be sure. Basically, the Donatists led a moment (schism) in the early church driven by the belief that they were the true church because they were striving for …

Faith Does Not Say, “What Have I Done?” (Luther)

In Galatians 2:4-5 the Apostle wrote this:  [Now] this matter arose [because of the false brothers with false pretenses who slipped in unnoticed to spy on our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, to make us slaves]. But [we did not surrender to them even for a moment, in order that the truth of the …

Thinking and Believing, Believing and Thinking

In 428 or 429 AD, Augustine wrote a tract called "On the Predestination of the Saints." In this tract, Augustine refutes the Pelagians on the points of knowledge, faith, the will, God's gifts/grace, etc. It's a classic Christian treatise that is still extremely applicable and helpful for followers of Jesus today. Remember, the Protestant Reformers …

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