What is Covenant Theology? Covenant theology is a particular theological discipline that seeks to understand the unified message of the Bible through the study of the biblical covenants and how they fit together. What is 1689 Federalism? 1689 Federalism is a version of covenant theology held by the majority of Reformed Baptists who produced the London Baptist… Continue reading What is 1689 Federalism and how should we respond to it?
On September 25th 2017 I began to hyperventilate. This was because of a statement made by one of the most influential Christian pastor/theologians in my life, John Piper. I have read almost everything he has written and listened to hours upon hours of sermons, conference messages and seminars that he has produced. I always knew there were… Continue reading A Brief Response to John Piper’s Article on Salvation by Faith Alone.
Having thought about the difficulty of discerning the difference between primary and secondary doctrines, we now turn to consider another related problem... that the distinction between primary and secondary doctrines often gets interpreted as "important" and "non-important" doctrines. At this point, we begin to spiral fairly quickly into the theological abyss. Just because something isn't… Continue reading Matters of First Importance (Part 3)
Last week we began to think about the Evangelical tendency to categorise doctrines into matters of primary and secondary importance. "Primary" refers to those doctrines that are essential to all Christians everywhere and "secondary" referring those doctrines that are non-essential. In this article, we begin to consider some of the problems arising out of this… Continue reading Matters of First Importance (Part 2)
How ‘No Creed But the Bible’ Subverts the Bible https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/no-creed-bible-subverts/ — Read on http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/no-creed-bible-subverts/ I heartily agree with this. It is a concept that is so often misunderstood...and it fits in with the current theme of my blog so I thought it worthy of a repost.
Evangelicalism walks a very fine line between maintaining unity and contending for the faith. It is a joyous and treacherous position to be in. Stray too far to the one side and you fall off the cliff of heresy. Stray too far in the other direction and we find ourselves mixed up in the Colossian… Continue reading Matters of First Importance (Part 1)
Distracted from the Real Warning? Hebrews 5 and 6 has to be among the most controversial passages in the Bible. The controversy is mainly between Calvinists like me who argue that you cannot lose your salvation and...well, everybody else. However, as is sadly the case with any Bible passage that has become caught up in… Continue reading The Danger of Being a Theological Sluggard.
How do you know that you are really a Christian? The trouble with Christians is that they tend to look at themselves too much. The trouble with looking at yourself too much is that you will eventually freak out. Why? The longer you look at yourself, and I mean truly look at yourself, you will be… Continue reading Assurance, Justification & Sanctification
Why do Christians struggle with assurance of their salvation? In the last post I explored the Bible’s teaching about salvation generally. In this post I want us to go a little further and think about how that salvation works. At the heart of the Gospel, at the heart of salvation, is the doctrine of justification. What… Continue reading Assurance & Justification
Saved by “Faith”? Faith is a fairly important concept in the Bible. True faith is amongst the highest of virtues and false faith among the most dangerous of pitfalls. It seems prudent, therefore, to make sure that we understand what “faith” means. How can we discern the difference between true faith and false faith? It… Continue reading Assurance & Faith