Mixing Law and Gospel: A Deadly Brew

 In November 1532, some princes of Germany who were sympathetic to the Reformation invited Martin Luther to preach for them in Worlitz.  His text was 1 Timothy 1:5-7.  In the sermon, among other things, Luther explained to the princes the dangerous error of mixing God’s judgment seat and his mercy seat, the law and the… Continue reading Mixing Law and Gospel: A Deadly Brew

The Religious Compartment

 Two days ago I mentioned William Wilberforce’s book called Real Christianity (that’s the modern title for it anyway).  In chapter four he explains the true character of the real Christian life and then contrasts it with the beliefs and practices of nominal Christians.  The second section of this chapter is where Wilberforce describes how nominal… Continue reading The Religious Compartment

Preaching the Law: What a Good Man You Are?

Moralistic preaching is one of the biggest problems in many Christian churches today.  Pastors will go on and on about what people may and may not do, but they go about the task in a superficial way, never penetrating to the heart of it all.  Because of this, the gospel is either never mentioned or… Continue reading Preaching the Law: What a Good Man You Are?

The Formula of Concord on Justification Sola Fide

 For me, one of the most debilitating aspects of moralistic theology is the way works sneak in the back door of justification.  One can see this open "back door" in the New Perspectives on Paul, the Federal Vision, and some Arminian evangelicalism. In sharp contrast to this moralistic theology, I love this reformation statement on justification sola fide from… Continue reading The Formula of Concord on Justification Sola Fide

Justification, Imputation, and St. Paul

  Herman Bavinck said this around 100 years ago - it has to do with justification by faith alone and the imputation of Christ's righteousness. "...It is said in Rom. 4:5 and 5:6 that God justifies the ungodly.  It is impossible...to use stronger language.  The opponents of imputed righteousness should not lodge their objection against Luther… Continue reading Justification, Imputation, and St. Paul