Governed by Our Own Logic: Hyper-Calvinism (Lloyd-Jones)

 There are various ways to define hyper-Calvinism.  For example, we might explain it as a system of doctrine that rejects the free offer of the gospel based on a low view of man's responsibility.  We might also explain it in terms of biblicism or rationalism.  Some have rightly called this the quest for illegitimate religious… Continue reading Governed by Our Own Logic: Hyper-Calvinism (Lloyd-Jones)

You Are My God (Lloyd-Jones)

 The first words of David's prayer in Psalm 63 are, "[O] God, my God you are" (אֱלֹהִ֤ים אֵלִ֥י אַתָּ֗ה).  Or, in better English: "O God, you are my God!"  I like how Martyn Lloyd-Jones reflected on these words: Listen to David in this psalm; here is the language always of the true children of God.… Continue reading You Are My God (Lloyd-Jones)

Lord’s Day Worship x2 (Lloyd-Jones)

 In the history of Reformed churches, the Lord's Day practice has been to gather for corporate worship twice, usually morning and evening.  True, there is no command in Scripture to worship twice on the Lord's Day.  However, I would say that a person needs a good biblical reason not to come twice if his or… Continue reading Lord’s Day Worship x2 (Lloyd-Jones)

Panic, Prayers, and Praise (Lloyd-Jones)

 In Philippians 4:6 Paul says "Do not be anxious about anything.  Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God" (NET).  D. M. Lloyd-Jones noted that Paul was being specific with his order of words in this verse: prayer - petition (both with thanksgiving) - give your requests to… Continue reading Panic, Prayers, and Praise (Lloyd-Jones)

God Told Me!? (A Critique of Mysticism)

What do you do when a friend says, "God told me I needed to go on a diet," or "The Holy Spirit spoke to me last night and said you should make more friends"?  How do we even begin to respond?  It's not easy to respond to such comments; it takes patience and wisdom!  If… Continue reading God Told Me!? (A Critique of Mysticism)