The Clarity of Scripture (Bavinck)

One wonderful aspect or attribute of Scripture is that it is clear in the matters of salvation. This has been called the perspicuity of Scripture. The Westminster Confession explains this teaching quite well in chapter 1, sections 6 & 7. One thing the Confession says is that both learned and unlearned people can attain a… Continue reading The Clarity of Scripture (Bavinck)

Church: A Waste of Time? (Bavinck)

 Herman Bavinck wrote the following words around 1890 in Holland, but they are quite relevant to our situation in the United States in the year 2019: Humility, as is rightly said, is the garment that always suits us... Humility must be our home and traveling and wedding and mourning garment.  In order to cultivate this… Continue reading Church: A Waste of Time? (Bavinck)

The Riddle or Enigma of Man (Bavinck)

 Here's a great excerpt from the first chapter in Bavinck's Our Reasonable Faith (aka The Wonderful Works of God or Magnalia Dei). I really like how Bavinck integrates Augustine and Pascal in his biblical reflections: The conclusion, therefore, is that of Augustine, who said that the heart of man was created for God and that it cannot find… Continue reading The Riddle or Enigma of Man (Bavinck)

The Comfort of Election (Or: Pelagianism Has No Pity) [Bavinck]

 Some people wrongly think that the biblical teaching of unconditional election is a frightening and dark teaching that hinders evangelism and makes people into fatalists.  It is true that wrong views of election (such as a hyper-Calvinist view, for example) do get in the way of evangelism and can give people a fatalistic outlook.  However, a biblical… Continue reading The Comfort of Election (Or: Pelagianism Has No Pity) [Bavinck]

The Word and Assurance (Bavinck)​

 Here's a nice section on faith, the Spirit, the Word, and the Christian's assurance of salvation.  It's found in volume one of Bavinck's Reformed Ethics:  (Note: if you want to know why the language is somewhat choppy, see below.) "The Holy Spirit... brings us to that point; first, through the Word by making the major premise… Continue reading The Word and Assurance (Bavinck)​