Giving Up Self-Righteousness (McCheyne)

On October 25, 1840, Robert Murray McCheyne preached a sermon on Galatians 6:14 (May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. [NIV]). In one part of the sermon McCheyne talked about Paul's "feelings towards the cross… Continue reading Giving Up Self-Righteousness (McCheyne)

The “Old Mire” of Works-Righteousness (Luther)

  Although I appreciate almost any sermon by Martin Luther, there are some that brilliantly stand out to me. One of those is a sermon called "Concerning the Sum of the Christian Life."  It's a sermon on 1 Timothy 1:5-7:  "But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good… Continue reading The “Old Mire” of Works-Righteousness (Luther)

Works, Idolatry, Uncertainty, and Luther’s Monastic Life

Many of our readers know about Luther's spiritual journey out of the darkness of Rome into the light of the gospel.  In one of his sermons given on the tenth Sunday after Trinity, Luther was preaching on 1 Cor. 12:1-11.  In verse 2 of 1 Cor. 12 Paul reminds the Corinthians how, before coming to Christ,… Continue reading Works, Idolatry, Uncertainty, and Luther’s Monastic Life

Purgatory, Grace, and Works (Hodge)

 The Roman Catholic Church still believes and teaches that purgatory is real.  Paragraph 1030 of Rome's catechism says this: "All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy… Continue reading Purgatory, Grace, and Works (Hodge)

Our Foundation of Grace (Owen)

In one part of his exposition of Psalm 130, John Owen discussed receiving forgiveness and being assured of it.  One of his "rules" was this: "Mix not foundation and building-work together."  By this Owen meant that the Christian's foundation of forgiveness and acceptance with God is not by works, but by grace alone and found… Continue reading Our Foundation of Grace (Owen)