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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we bessech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Reprobation Is the Cause of Blindness: John Calvin

If, then, all "the rest," in the salvation of whom the election of God does not reign, are "blinded," it is doubtlessly and undeniably manifest that those same persons who, by their rebellion and provocation of the wrath of God, procured to themselves this additional blindness, were themselves from the beginning ordained to blindness.   -- John Calvin


The third account or cause why we are in error, according to our worthy friend Georgius, is because, though the Scripture does indeed make mention of men being "blinded" and hardened," yet we do not bear in mind that such greater punishments are inflicted on sins of greater magnitude. We, however, on our part, do not deny that which is clearly confirmed by numberless testimonies of the Scripture, that God punishes with blindness, and with many other modes of judgment, contempt of His grace, pride, obstinacy, and many other kindred sins. And, indeed, all those conspicuous punishments, of which mention is made throughout the Scriptures, ought to be referred to that general view of the righteous judgment of God in the display of which we ever see, that those who have not duly feared God, after they had known Him, nor have reverenced Him as they ought, have been "given over to a reprobate mind," and left to wallow in every kind of uncleanness and lust. But on this deep subject we shall dwell more fully hereafter.

Although, therefore, the Lord doth thus strike the wicked with vindictive madness and consternation, and doth thus repay them with the punishment they deserve; yet this does not at all alter the fact that there is, in all the reprobate generally, a blindness and an obstinate hardness of heart. So, when Pharaoh is said to have been "hardened" of God, he was already, in himself, worthy of being delivered over unto Satan by the Most High. Moses, however, also testifies that Pharaoh had been before blinded of God "for this very purpose" (Exod. ix. 16). Nor does Paul add any other cause for this, than that Pharaoh was one of the reprobate (Rom. ix. 17). In this same manner also does the apostle demonstrate that the Jews, when God had deprived them of the light of understanding, and had permitted them to fall into horrible darkness, suffered thereby the righteous punishments of their wicked contempt of the grace of God. And yet the apostle plainly intimates that this same blindness is justly inflicted of God upon all reprobates generally. For he testifies that the "remnant were saved "according to the election of grace," but that all "the rest were blinded." If, then, all "the rest," in the salvation of whom the election of God does not reign, are "blinded," it is doubtlessly and undeniably manifest that those same persons who, by their rebellion and provocation of the wrath of God, procured to themselves this additional blindness, were themselves from the beginning ordained to blindness.

John Calvin:  A Treatise of the Eternal Predestination of God.  Section VI



Saturday, October 18, 2014

Peter Enns and Presupposing Higher and Lower Biblical Criticism

“The Bible alone and the Bible in its entirety is the Word of God written, and therefore inerrant in the autographs.”    

(From the statement of faith of The Evangelical Theological Society).


Someone pointed out to me that Peter Enns questions the Bible.  But the real question is why?  It would seem that Dr. Enns has presupposed that Scripture is in error and that general revelation and modern biblical science can re-interpret the Scriptures based on those same presupposed errors.  Could it not be that their presuppositions are themselves in error?

Dr. Gordon H. Clark said that everyone is a fideist.  If Dr. Enns believes the critics are inspired by God and have the authority to re-invent Christianity, he is essentially arguing for the magisterium of unbelievers who have the right to tell Christians what to believe and why.  My question, however, is where does Enns get this so-called authority?  It certainly does not come from the Bible.

Any time you put the unbelievers above Scripture and accept skepticism as your axiom for Scripture, the result is always unbelief and worse:



"Is it possible that the persuasive power of historical criticism rests especially in its correctness? Could it be that historical criticism–like the astronomy of Galileo–has been destructive not because it is false, but because the church has often misunderstood its implications?"   If Biblical Criticism Is So Bad for You, How Come It's So Convincing, Huh?  Peter Enns 

One answer to Enns' question is that the reason these people believe the skeptics rather than the Bible is because they have been reprobated from all eternity.  (1 Peter 2:7-8).  It could be that they are elect and will be brought to repentance.  But the bottom line is that no Christian will be affected by unproven skeptical presuppositions.  The Bible claims to be God's Word.  (2 Timothy 3:16).  I will go with Scripture.

Thus it happens that our Society includes the best conservative scholars in the land, and to this end our discussions examine every known phase of Biblical literature, archaeology, theology, and apologetics. At our first meeting, which may be called our constitutional convention, we saw clearly that if the Bible is the Word of God – a phrase even the Neo-orthodox sometimes use – it cannot contain error, for the simple reason that God cannot lie. Conversely, if the Bible contains errors, it cannot, certainly not in its entirety, be the Word of God. Hence the basis on which the Society was founded, and the principle on which it operates to this day, and the statement to which we all subscribe is: “The Bible alone and the Bible in its entirety is the Word of God written, and therefore inerrant in the autographs.”

Gordon Clark (2011-07-02T18:48:21+00:00). God's Hammer: The Bible and Its Critics (Gordon Clark) (Kindle Locations 1000-1006). The Trinity Foundation. Kindle Edition.

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