Finney’s Firm Rejection of Imputation

 Charles Finney is well known for his part in the 19th century American revivals.  Obviously,  Finney and these revivals are major topics that many books have covered. But it is worth mentioning that Finney did write a systematic theology where one can learn what he himself taught.  I don't think it's a good systematic theology,… Continue reading Finney’s Firm Rejection of Imputation

He Justifies the Ungodly…

  One of my favorite phrases that the apostle Paul wrote is found in Romans 4:5.  The NASB translates it like this: "...Him who justifies the ungodly...."  I like how W. G. T. Shedd commented on this aspect of justification. The justification of the “ungodly” (Rom. 4:5; 5:6) includes both pardon and acceptance. Either alone… Continue reading He Justifies the Ungodly…

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)

“Receiving” in Article IV of The Apology of the Augsburg Confession

Article IV of the Apology of the Augsburg Confession (1531) uses the terms "receive" or "received" (etc.) well over thirty times (I lost count!). This is very significant because Article IV is on justification sola fide. I don't have time and space to explain all the details here and now, but this article uses the… Continue reading “Receiving” in Article IV of The Apology of the Augsburg Confession

New Evidence of Your Depravity? (Packer)

 Many of us know the words of Paul in Romans 8 quite well, including verses 33-34: "Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died (and more than that, he was raised), who is at the right hand… Continue reading New Evidence of Your Depravity? (Packer)