The Law/Gospel Distinction in Reformed Theology

This is a re-post from October, 2009. I've posted on this before, but it is something that needs to be said more than a few times: the law/gospel distinction is right there in the fabric of historic Reformed theology.  Though some people don't like it, won't teach it, and think it is Lutheran, it is …

Divine Mercy, Divine Goodness (Muller)

One thing I very much appreciate about historic Reformed theology is how it's applicable to everyday life. For one example, I was just reading Richard Muller's summary of how the Reformers and Reformed scholastics explained God's mercy (misericordia or clementia Dei). After looking at the biblical aspects of God's mercy, Muller gives a section on …

Denying Hell? (Turretin)

The last section of Francis Turretin's Institutes appropriately covers the doctrine of the last things (eschatology). Turretin's seventh question is this: "Is there a hell? And what are its punishments...?" Turretin immediately says yes, hell is real and it is a place of punishment for the wicked. He gives numerous Scripture quotations to defend the …

The Death of Christ for Us (Turretin)

 Francis Turretin (d. 1687) did a very good job of summarizing Scripture's account of Christ's atonement as satisfying the justice of God.  In his section called "The Necessity of the Satisfaction," he wrote the following (I've edited it slightly): Sin, which renders us guilty, binds us over to punishment as hated of God. It [sin] …

Why Do Reformed Churches Baptize Infants? (Horton)

 There are several different biblical reasons why Reformed churches baptize both infants and adults.  Louis Berkhof, Francis Turretin, Charles Hodge, John Calvin, and others have pointed out the various biblical reasons why Reformed churches baptize infants as well as adults.  There's obviously more to the discussion, but I appreciate how Michael Horton put it: From …

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