Detestation of the Diabolical Slave Traffic (Cowper)

 Most of us have heard about the great work of William Wilberforce who used his God-given gifts and talents to work towards ending the evil practice of the slave trade.  There were others, of course, who worked so diligently with Wilberforce in attaining the goal.  In fact, William Cowper was one of those who spoke …

Legalism Indulges the Sinful Nature (Bridges)

 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.... You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free" (Gal. 5:1; 13 NIV).  One awesome outcome of Christ's death and resurrection is that we are free in Christ.  Now it is true that sometimes Christians flaunt their freedom by bragging about what kind of …

God’s Sovereignty and Human Decisions (Blocher)

Here's a helpful paragraph about God's sovereignty from Blocher's Evil and the Cross: "[Along with secondary causes,] Holy Scripture also includes the decisions of free beings under divine sovereignty.  In point of fact, if such realities were excepted, what would remain of human history for God to govern?  The Wisdom writers recognize that to God …

Moderation, Contentment, and Christian Liberty (Calvin)

John Calvin's section on Christian liberty in his Institutes is one of my favorite parts of this outstanding book.  It's biblical, Christ centered, founded on grace, pastoral, and very level-headed.  At one point Calvin says that Christian freedom does not mean we can be luxury-seeking gluttons and drunks who chase after our own lusts.  Note …

That’s Not Christian Liberty, That’s Immaturity!

 Christian liberty is one of those great biblical truths the Protestant Reformers recovered.  The papacy had made all sorts of rules, regulations, doctrines, and so forth that were neither commanded nor taught by Scripture.  The Reformers, thinking of texts like Matthew 15:9, Acts 5:29, Galatians 5:1 (and so on), said that to believe man-made doctrines or to obey man-made religious laws …

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