A right and wrong sectarianism

“The gospel of Jesus Christ is a very fearless gospel. It is the very reverse of that pretty thing called ‘modern charity.’ The last created devil is ‘modern charity. ‘Modern charity’ goes cap in hand round to us all, and it says, ‘You are all right, every one of you. Do not quarrel any longer; Sectarianism is a horrid thing, down with it! down with it!’ and so it tries to induce all sorts of persons to withhold a part of what they believe, to silence the testimony of all Christians upon points wherein they differ. I believe that that … Continue reading A right and wrong sectarianism

He denied Himself everything nature desires…

“The life of Christ was one of self-denial. He denied himself for thirty years, all the glories and happiness of the heavenly world and exposed himself to all the pains and sorrows of a life on earth. He denied Himself the praises and adorations of saints and angels, and exposed Himself to the blasphemies and reproaches of men. He denied Himself the presence and enjoyment of God and exposed Himself to the society of publican and sinners. He denied Himself everything that nature desires; He exposed himself to everything she dreads and abhors; to poverty, contempt, pain and death. When … Continue reading He denied Himself everything nature desires…

Our whole salvation and all its parts

“We see that our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ. (Acts 4:12) We should therefore take care not to derive the least portion of it from anywhere else. If we seek salvation, we are taught by the very name of Jesus that it is from him. (1 Corinthians 1:30) If we seek any other gifts of the Spirit, they will be found in his anointing. If we seek strength, it lies in his dominion; if purity, in his conception; if gentleness, it appears in his birth. For by his birth he was made like us in … Continue reading Our whole salvation and all its parts

Common Evils in Discussing Theology

It is impossible to divorce a person’s character from his study of God. Ungodly character even impacts the way we discuss theological concepts. John Frame writes, “I believe that many of the ambiguities, fallacies, and superficialities that abound in theology are failures of character as much as (or more than) intellect. Many of these could be avoided if theologians showed a bit more love towards their opponents and their readers, a bit more humility about their own level of knowledge, a bit more indulgence in pursuing the truth, a little more simple fairness and honesty.” [Though in some circles simply … Continue reading Common Evils in Discussing Theology

A More Blessed Position

“Those who have been saved by the Lord Jesus Christ are in a far more blessed condition than was Adam before he fell. Adam before he fell was righteous in the sight of God, but he was still under the possibility of becoming unrighteous. Those who have been saved by the Lord Jesus Christ not only are righteous in the sight of God but they are beyond the possibility of becoming unrighteous. In their case, the probation is over. It is not over because they have stood it successfully. It is not over because they have themselves earned the reward … Continue reading A More Blessed Position

Holding Fast Bravely with Both Hands

“If you contemplate yourself, that is sure damnation. But since Christ has been so imparted to you with all the benefits that all his things are made yours, that you are made a member of him, indeed one with him, his righteousness overwhelms your sins, his salvation wipes out your condemnation, with his worthiness he intercedes that your unworthiness may not come before God’s sight. Surely this is so: We ought not to separate Christ from ourselves or ourselves from him. Rather we ought to hold fast bravely with both hands to that fellowship by which he bound himself to … Continue reading Holding Fast Bravely with Both Hands

Speaking the Truth in Love

“Tenderness will win hearts so hardened that nothing else can move them. Truth spoken in love goes directly to the heart of the hearer and calls forth a kind of response. . . It overcomes prejudice and hardness . . . It melts and wins where the most logical argument, the most terrible warning, and the severest threatening would produce no more impression than the falling of dew upon a block of granite.” Wilson Thomas Hogg Continue reading Speaking the Truth in Love

The Hammer of God, part two

A few days ago, I posted an excerpt from the excellent book The Hammer of God. In that scene a dying man wrestles with his own depravity and a pastor stands by unable to help him or offer true and lasting comfort. Here’s the resolution where an older woman comes and offers counsel that the pastor could not: “The woman was already at the beside. Peter’s wife bent down and shouted in the sick man’s ear. ‘Johannes, wake up! Katrina is here. It is Katrina, do you hear?’ The sick man was in his right mind again. ‘Katrina, it was … Continue reading The Hammer of God, part two