Election and Good Works (Toplady)

 When it comes to the doctrine of unconditional election, some have objected by saying this doctrine leads people to neglect to do good works.  They reason this way: if God doesn't elect people based on good things they've done, why would anyone do good works?  It's not a new objection!  Augustus Toplady (d. 1778) answered… Continue reading Election and Good Works (Toplady)

Faith Must Not Be Built Upon Works (Watson)

 Thomas Watson (d. 1686) is one of my favorite Puritan authors.  He wrote clearly, concisely, and biblically. Here’s one great example from his discussion of faith and works in The Beatitudes. Julian [a Roman emperor who renounced Christianity when he became emperor] upbraided the Christians that they were Solifidians, and the Church of Rome lays… Continue reading Faith Must Not Be Built Upon Works (Watson)

Predestination: The Axe that Cuts Down Pride (Toplady)

 As a follower of Jesus, I am very much aware than any truly good deed that I do is a result of God's grace and the Holy Spirit at work in me.  I can't take credit for any good thing I've done; the credit goes to God.  Here's a great commentary by Augustus Toplady on… Continue reading Predestination: The Axe that Cuts Down Pride (Toplady)

Doctrinism and Antinomianism (Newton)

 Here's a section from one of John Newton's sermons on those who are orthodox in doctrine but destitute of good works.  Or, in other words, their doctrine is right, but they have no deeds that show their faith to be true.  Maybe we could call this "doctrinism," when a person is only concerned about doctrine… Continue reading Doctrinism and Antinomianism (Newton)

Are Our Good Works Accepted by God? (Boston)

 The Bible teaches that a sinner is justified by faith alone apart from works (e.g. Rom 3-4).  One question the Christian might ask in light of "faith alone" is this:  "How can any of our works be accepted by a holy God since there is so much sinfulness in even best of them?"  Thomas Boston… Continue reading Are Our Good Works Accepted by God? (Boston)