The Sweet Direction of the Law

Historic Reformed theology teaches that the law is useful for the Christian in two main ways: 1) to show him his need for Christ by convicting him of sin and 2) to guide him in thankful living for the glory of God (see Westminster Confession of Faith 19.6).  Below are some quotes showing how Francis… Continue reading The Sweet Direction of the Law

Our Religion: Occupied with Knowing God

In one section of his three-volume work on Reformed theology (under ecclesiology), Francis Turretin explained what the Reformation was all about.  One question the Reformers faced was this: what is this that you are teaching?  Another question was this: what do you believe?  Turretin explains the basic truths the Reformers taught - truths they derived… Continue reading Our Religion: Occupied with Knowing God

Thomas Boston on Sanctification

Thomas Boston (d. 1732), a Scottish Presbyterian pastor, wrote numerous books and treatises as well as a commentary on the Westminster Shorter Catechism (called “An Illustration of the Doctrines of the Christian Religion”).  Below is a helpful excerpt from his section on sanctification (which I’ve edited to keep it brief). First: Sanctification of a soul… Continue reading Thomas Boston on Sanctification

Two Justifications?

Some in broader evangelicalism (New Perspectives on Paul) and in broader Reformed circles (Federal Vision) have talked about a future justification based on works in a way that is out of step with historic Reformed theology.  Of course, the Reformers debated Rome over this issue as well.  Francis Turretin (d. 1687) described the historic Reformed… Continue reading Two Justifications?

The Perpetuity of the Church

Some cults, sects, and schismatic groups believe and teach that the Christian church pretty much disappeared after the apostles died.  They also say that the church then came back with their group or leader.  For example, Mormonism teaches that Joseph Smith (d. 1844) “restored” the church after around 1800 years of darkness.  Alexander Campbell (d.… Continue reading The Perpetuity of the Church