A Religion of Merit or a Religion of Grace? (Machen)

Many endorsements of many new Christian books say things like "must read" or "must have on your shelves" or "this book is a modern classic." The cynic in me rolls my eyes at these kinds of endorsements; in some ways it is just hype. Forgive me for my cynicism! Now I do believe there are… Continue reading A Religion of Merit or a Religion of Grace? (Machen)

Conscience, Obedience, and Truth (Stott)

Near the beginning of his first letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul mentioned some false teachers in the church who rejected a good conscience which caused a shipwreck of their faith. Here's how the NET Bible translates Paul's words: "...You [Timothy] must hold firmly to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and… Continue reading Conscience, Obedience, and Truth (Stott)

…Neither in Prayer, Merit, Nor Works… (Luther)

Yesterday I mentioned that I just got Luther's Letters from Logos for $28. I started reading a few today and immediately was convinced that this is an awesome set to own. I had to force myself to stop reading and get other work done! Anyway, below is a letter that Luther wrote to Johann von… Continue reading …Neither in Prayer, Merit, Nor Works… (Luther)

What the Gospel Is, Offers, and Requires (Stott)

In Galatians 3 Paul emphasizes the fact that God's benefits of salvation come by faith, not works. It's an extended argument that Paul had to repeat more than once in his missionary travels. Some Jewish people followed him around and harassed him and tried to refute his teaching of salvation by faith alone in Christ… Continue reading What the Gospel Is, Offers, and Requires (Stott)

Do Not Build Faith 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. I originally posted this quote on October 6, 2014. Julian [a Roman emperor who renounced Christianity when he became emperor) upbraided the Christians that… Continue reading Do Not Build Faith upon Works (Watson)