Posted in Book Review, Calvinism, Christianity, Gospel, J.V. Fesko, Justification, Law of God, Reformed, Reformed Theology, Salvation, Salvation & Justification, Theology on October 24, 2015 |
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J.V. Fesko. What is Justification by Faith Alone? Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, February 15th, 2008. 32 pp.
This is a booklet in the Basics of the Reformed Faith series. I picked it up out of the curiosity of wanting to see what an example of a short theological summary of the doctrine of justification looks like and also for my spiritual edification and whether this booklet is something I can recommend to others. This booklet is divided into five parts. The first part surveys how God intended to create and judge Adam and His creation. The second part looks at God pointing to His Son as the one who will justify us in the Old Testament with the third looking at how Jesus’ life death and resurrection is the building blocks of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. The fourth survey how this doctrine was expressed historically within the Reformed tradition and lastly the fifth part answers some common questions.
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In order to understand Christ as our Savior we must first understand the biblical teachings concerning the lostness of man. Man’s chief problem is offending a good God. The Bible teaches us all of humanity have sinned against God (Romans 3:23) with sin being behavior and thoughts that goes against God’s Law or lawlessness (1 John 3:4). Any attempt by man’s own effort towards “righteous deeds are like a filthy garment” (Isaiah 64:6). Proverbs 13:15 and 13:21 teaches us that sins have terrible consequences even on this side of eternity but we must not forget the biggest problem is that fallen humanity is guilty in their sin against God and one day Jesus will call sinners to give an account of their lives since God the Father has “given all judgment to the Son” (John 5:22 cf. John 5:27).
The consequences of man’s lostness after death in their sins is devastating: Those who are lost and whose name is not written in the book of life will appear on Judgement Day before Christ’s great white throne and be thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15). Here too we see Jesus’ involvement as judge since Matthew 13:41-42 indicates there is a place of torment in which Jesus as the Son of Man will commission his angels to throw the lost into “that place” where “there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
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Reformed Apologist Dr. James White, of Alpha & Omega Ministries have recently traveled to Spain to debate in person Rev.Dr. Thomas Norris, Priest of the Diocese of Ossory on the motion, ¨The Church would have been better off without the Reformation.¨ Revelation TV hosted this debate on April 15th, 2015.
Here’s the promotional video leading up to the debate:
Revelation TV have not loaded the two hour debate on Youtube yet but the video is available on their website.
You can access the debate by clicking HERE.
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Posted in Apologetic Links, Bible, canonicity, christian apologetics, Christianity, Cornelius Van Til, Masters thesis, Preaching that changes lives, Presuppositional Apologetics, presuppositionalism, Reformed, Reformed Theological Seminary, Reformed Theology, Scripture, Self-Attestation, Sola Scriptura, Theology, Van Til on March 20, 2015 |
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About five months ago I shared on our blog a dissertation titled “The Self-Attestation of Scripture as the Proper Ground for Systematic Theology” that was completed at Southern Seminary. Personally I find the self-attestation of Scripture to be a fascinating doctrine that has tremendous implications for how we do theology, counsel believers, evangelize non-believers and present an apologetics to those who ask for the reason for the hope that we have.
Today I want to share a thesis that was completed for a Masters of Arts that was completed over at Reformed Theological Seminary. It is titled “The Self-Attesting Nature of the New Testament Canon” and written by John Gordon Duncan. Duncan takes the approach of exploring how the self-attesting nature of Scripture has its contribution towards the canonicity discussion. In his introduction he writes the following summary:
For the purposes of this paper, the canonization of the New Testament will be explored by examining the subject of criteria, including the early Fathers’ perception of scripture, inspiration, and apostolicity, with an emphasis on the self-authenticating nature of the New Testament. By taking a self-authenticating approach, such language as Eugene Ulrich uses when he talks of, “the historical development by which the oral and written literature…was handed on, revised, and transformed into the scriptures,”9 will be avoided. The scriptures were handed down. However, a revision or transformation from letter to scripture cannot be supported. Once that fact is established, this paper will offer a summary of the various lists and collections that led to the recognition in the late fourth century that the canon was closed.
For the PDF of this thesis click HERE.
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Posted in Cambodia, Cambodian church, Christianity, Fundamentals of the Faith, Gospel, Jesus Christ, John MacArthur, Khmer, Reformed Theology, Theology on January 24, 2015 |
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Not to be cheesy but does it blow your mind seeing how much Christian impact one can have today around the World through the Internet?
It amazes me to think of how people from many different countries have visited our blog over the years and I can’t imagine the reach of websites and blogs that have greater clout. In light of that for today’s post I want to post a free resource for the Cambodian church and also for those who are Cambodians or speak and read in Khmer so that Christians will grow in their life and doctrine and also for those who do not know Him will come to know Him biblically. The classic work “Fundamentals of the Faith” workbook has been translated into the Khmer language and has been made available for free as a PDF through Cambodian Christian Resources.
Here is the description of the book from the translators both in English and Khmer:
Do you desire for you and your church to stand on rock solid theological doctrine? Do you want new believers to take off in their spiritual growth? Do you long to see more mature Christians equipped in evangelism and discipleship? Do you desire for your church to experience unity based on a shared understanding of God’s truth?
Then Fundamentals of the Faith is for you! This rich and easy-to-follow workbook is a resource for believers of all stages and was developed through decades of refinement by the elders, teachers, and pastors at Grace Community Church. Under the leadership of John MacArthur, this foundational material has been taught and tested in the classroom-and proven effective through the lives it has influenced.
តើលោកអ្នកមានបំណងចិត្តចង់ឲ្យខ្លួនឯង និងក្រុមជំនុំឈរលើថ្មដានៃការបង្រៀនខាងទេវវិទ្យាដ៏មាំមួនដែរឬទេ? តើលោកអ្នកមានបំណងចង់ឃើញអ្នកជឿថ្មីៗលូតលាស់ខាងឯវិញ្ញាណយ៉ាងលឿនដែរឬទេ? តើលោកអ្នករំពឹងចង់ឃើញមានគ្រីស្ទបរិស័ទជាច្រើនទៀតពេញវ័យខាងឯវិញ្ញាណដែលមានចិត្តចង់ផ្សាយដំណឹងល្អ និងបង្កើតសិស្សដែរឬទេ? តើលោកអ្នកមានបំណងចិត្តចង់ឃើញក្រុមជំនុំរបស់លោកអ្នកមានការរួបរួមគ្នាដែលផ្អែកទៅលើការយល់ដឹងពីសេចក្តីពិតរបស់ព្រះជាម្ចាស់ជាមូលដ្ឋាន
បើដូច្នោះមែន សៀវភៅ មូលដ្ឋានគ្រឹះនៃជំនឿ ជាសៀវភៅដ៏ល្អសម្រាប់លោកអ្នកហើយ! សៀវភៅដ៏ល្អ និងងាយស្រួលអនុវត្តតាមមួយក្បាលនេះ គឺជាធនធានសម្រាប់អ្នកជឿថ្មីៗ និងអ្នកជឿយូរឆ្នាំមកដែរ។ ដូចគ្នាផងដែរ សៀវភៅនេះក៏បានទទួលការកែសម្រួលដោយ ចាស់ទុំ គ្រូបង្រៀន និងគ្រូគង្វាលនៅក្រុមជំនុំ ហ្គ្រេស ខមូនីតធី (Grace Community Church)។ តាមការដឹកនាំរបស់លោកគ្រូ ចន មែកខធ័រ (John MacArthur) យើងបានប្រើប្រាស់សៀវភៅនេះក្នុងការបង្រៀន ហើយយើងឃើញថា វាមានប្រសិទ្ធភាពល្អណាស់លើជីវិតអ្នកដែលបានសិក្សា។
I am praying that God will be able to use this to equip, edify and evangelize the Cambodian Church and people!
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Posted in Calvinism, Christianity, God, John Frame, Presuppositional Apologetics, presuppositionalism, Reformed, Reformed Theology, Sovereignty, systematic theology, Theology, theology proper on December 11, 2014 |
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Those of you who follow our facebook page and Twitter will know that we post John Frame quotes every morning Monday through Saturdays for your edification and Lord willing we plan to do this up until the end of 2015.
I thought today I post an extended quote that would be too long to post through Social Media.
One of the thing that I enjoy about reading John Frame is that it is not dry systematic theology but his exploration of the relationship of doctrines and the inter-connectivity of God’s truth makes me stand at awe of God when I see the coherence of Biblical truths. I would say it portray the beauty of God! It is not only wonderful as an apologetic (the coherence of the Christian worldview) but it moves me to worship God–we can call it “doxological apologetics” to borrow that phrase from another apologist!
Here John Frame makes the point with the example of the doctrine of God’s Sovereignty and human responsibility:
And so it often comes as an exciting discovery that doctrines that at first glance to be opposed are actually complementary, if not actually dependent one on another. For Calvinists, for example, divine sovereignty and human freedom are examples of that sort of dependence and complementarity. Although at first glance those doctrines appear to be opposed to one another, a closer look shows that without divine sovereignty there would be no meaning in human life and therefore no meaningful form of freedom. And if our concern for freedom is essentially a concern to maintain human ethical responsibility, we should observe that divine sovereignty is the source of human responsibility. Because the sovereign Lord is the cause of and authority over human responsibility we can say that God’s sovereignty–His absolute lordship–establishes human responsibility. Thus Scripture often places the two doctrines side by side, with no embarassment or sense of impropriety whatsoever (cf. Acts 2:23; 4:27f; Phil. 2:12f.). Human responsibility exists not ‘in spite of’ but ‘because of’ God’s sovereignty. Not only are the two compatible; they require each other” (John Frame, Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, 268).
In the past I have written on our blog on the importance on how PRAYER PRESUPPOSES THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD. I’m grateful to see John Frame point out something similar with human freedom and human responsibility necessitate the Sovereignty of God.
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