Ursinus Anticipated And Rejected Final Salvation Through Works

Objection 4. Faith does not justify without that which is required in those who are justified. Good works are required in those who are justified. Therefore, faith is not without good works, and so does not justify alone. Answer: There is here the same fallacy to...
Jesus: Salvation Is Through Faith Alone Because Jesus Is Enough

Jesus: Salvation Is Through Faith Alone Because Jesus Is Enough

It is being argued by some prominent evangelicals, who identify themselves as Reformed, that salvation is in two stages. They say that the first stage of salvation is justification by grace alone, through faith alone on the basis of Christ’s righteousness imputed. In...
God Does Not Re-Define Sin Or Righteousness

God Does Not Re-Define Sin Or Righteousness

The words “felon,” “offender,” “convict,” “addict” and “juvenile delinquent” would be part of the past in official San Francisco parlance under new “person first” language guidelines adopted by the Board of Supervisors. Going forward, what was once called a convicted...
The Late-Modern Oppression Olympics In Biblical Perspective (2)

The Late-Modern Oppression Olympics In Biblical Perspective (2)

As noted last time, oppression is real. The enormous, almost unthinkable, death toll produced by various oppressive regimes in the 20th century stand as a stark witness to its reality. The Nazis murdered no fewer than 6 million Jews in an effort to exterminate an entire people group (genocide). The Soviets murdered 20 million farmers. The Turks murdered a million Armenians. No one knows how many millions Mao murdered in China. One of the greatest and quietest acts of oppression continues today. Americans have murdered more than 60 million infants since 1973. Perhaps more people were killed by oppressive regimes in the 20th century than in any other century in human history. That is not a record of which Modernity may be proud. At the moment the entire globe has become conscious of the evil of human trafficking. Remarkably, in what is supposed to be an “enlightened” age, we are still struggling with ancient and persistent evils.

What’s Good About Good Friday?

What’s Good About Good Friday?

Easter is a busy season for pastors so I am filling for Chris today on a special episode of AGR. It is Good Friday and I thought it would be good to think a bit about that expression, “Good Friday.” What an odd expression! After all, beginning very early in the...