While listening to Jordan Peterson lecture on his new book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, I heard an interesting discussion by Dr. Peterson about the meaning of the death of the Messiah in his discussion of rule 7 of his book (beginning at 58:45). There, he ponders the meaning of the story, and then he … Continue reading What Does the Messiah’s Death Mean?
Objection: The idea of Justification as forensic imputation is a novelty invented by the Reformers, and was unknown in the early church. Answer: In St. Augustine's “On the Spirit and the Letter,” he describes the meaning of Justification. There, he states that to be justified is to be considered, or reckoned as just. There, he … Continue reading Is Forensic Justification a Reformation Novelty?
Image taken from the website of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA) Recently, I created a new Facebook Page called 1689 Puritans, with the purpose of promoting historic Particular Baptist theology and history. As part of that page, I decided to create this Reader to help acquaint readers with Christian theology and … Continue reading Particular Baptist Essentials: A Reader
The king went up to the house of the Lord and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests and the prophets and all the people, both small and great; and he read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house … Continue reading Rediscovering the Word of God
The following argument is excerpted, with some modifications, from two sources: The appendix to my essay Why Justification Still Matters, and from my essay De Iustificatione Dei, which compares the soteriologies of Augustine and Martin Luther. highly recommend that those interested in this debate read those two essays in full after having read this excerpt for more information … Continue reading Tim Staples vs. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas and Martin Luther on “Works of the Law”
While there were many individual medieval reformers who held to evangelical views of the Gospel, very few of them were able to start lasting movements. One of the few that succeeded in starting a group of such believers is noteworthy, in part because his disciples kept proto-Protestant convictions regarding scripture and salvation alive in southern … Continue reading Precursors: Peter Waldo
In the previous article, we talked about Gottschalk of Orbais, and how this 9th century German monk argued for a view of God that did justice to the Biblical view of sovereign grace. We also mentioned how this monk was not alone, but had help from various prominent theologians and clergy from that time. One … Continue reading Precursors: Ratramnus of Corbie
In the 9th century, a debate arose over the doctrines of grace, free-will and predestination. At the centre of that controversy was a monk named Gottschalk of Orbais (ca. 804-869). Born in Mentz, Germany, Gottschalk took monastic vows early in life, moving to a monastery in Orbais, France. There, he studied the scriptures and the … Continue reading Precursors: Gottschalk of Orbais
Apart from the nature of Justification, one of the other major issues separating Protestants from Roman Catholics is the issue of authority. Protestants believe that the Bible alone is the only infallible authority on matters of faith and morals. While this doesn't preclude the possibility of there being other sources of authority, these other sources … Continue reading Essay: Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church
In less than half a year, we will be approaching the 500th anniversary of Luther's nailing of the 95 Theses to the castle church door in Wittenberg, which is traditionally regarded as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. As we approach that time, it is important to remember why the Reformation happened. Ultimately, it was … Continue reading Essay: Why Justification Still Matters