The Reformers and Faith Alone

    "To express the unique suitability of faith to receive the gift of free justification, the Reformers used a variety of expressions.  Calvin, for example, spoke of faith as an 'empty vessel' in order to stress its character as a receptacle that brings nothing to God but receives all things from him.  Luther used the… Continue reading The Reformers and Faith Alone

Final Justification According To Works? (Part II)

A short while back, Andrew posted a great excerpt from C. Venema on final judgment (here). Turretin sounds similar: Although our justification will be fully declared on the last day (our good works also being brought forward as the sign and proof of its truth, Mt. 25.34-40), still falsely would anyone maintain from this a… Continue reading Final Justification According To Works? (Part II)

Bavinck on Justification

On what basis does God justify the sinner?  Rome and others say that God justifies a person insofar as he is sanctified; in other words, God justifies someone because the person has some grace-infused obedience inside himself.  Rome and others (like the NPP) thus say that the Reformation position - that God justifies the ungodly… Continue reading Bavinck on Justification

Bavinck on Justification Part II: Imputation and Legal Fiction

As surely as the sun rises and sets each day, Herman Bavinck vigorously defended the imputation of Christ's obedience in justification. In nearly prophetic language, he speaks to present day deniers of imputation: "The opponents of imputed righteousness should not lodge their objection against Luther and Calvin but against Paul." He goes on, especially dealing… Continue reading Bavinck on Justification Part II: Imputation and Legal Fiction

Paul, Luther, Introspection and the NPP

  Here are a few lines from the summary of a lecture that Krister Stendahl (an early and influential figure in the NPP) gave to the American Psychological Association in September, 1961.  To be fair, in the introduction, the publisher (the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion) noted that this essay, a summary of the… Continue reading Paul, Luther, Introspection and the NPP