The Pleasantness of A Religious Life (Henry)

Following Jesus isn't always easy. Self-denial and cross-bearing take effort, stamina, and mental strength. Struggling with personal sin is a daily fight. Bearing reproach for the name of Jesus is a hard trial. But over and above these things, the Christian life is full of peace, joy, happiness, comfort, meaning, purpose, and love. Speaking of… Continue reading The Pleasantness of A Religious Life (Henry)

The Pilgrim Church in the World (Augustine)

In book 19 chapter 17 of The City of God, Augustine talked about heavenly peace, true religion, harmony between the church and the world, and also discord between the two. It's a great section to read and study; it's not too difficult to understand. I'll put the whole chapter below. This is worth reading twice… Continue reading The Pilgrim Church in the World (Augustine)

Christianity the Only True Religion (Bavinck)

I'm sure I don't have to cite all sorts of resources to convince our readers that many people believe all roads lead to God. This is not a new idea. People for a long time have believed that there are various ways to heaven and that no one religion can claim exclusivity. However, Scripture does… Continue reading Christianity the Only True Religion (Bavinck)

Religion & Morality (or: Dead While They Live) (Hodge)

Jesus said the first and greatest commandment is this: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind" (Mt. 22:37 NET). This commandment is echoed in the OT and in the NT. When discussing this great commandment, Charles Hodge related it to religion, morality, and Romans… Continue reading Religion & Morality (or: Dead While They Live) (Hodge)

For the Establishment of True Religion (Calvin)

 I realize many evangelicals do not like the term "religion" and even use it primarily in a negative way.  However, we have to remember that the word is found in Scripture (e.g. James 1:26).  Granted, we do have to define it properly, but we shouldn't by default think of "religion" as a bad thing.  For… Continue reading For the Establishment of True Religion (Calvin)