Category Archives: Application of Redemption

There is Antinomianism and then there is Antinomianism


Protestants wouldn’t seem to have to worry too much about lacking moral fiber. Here is how H. L. Mencken perceived moralism in the United States circa 1920: The man of morals has a certain character, and the man of honour has a quite different character. No one not an idiot fails to differentiate between the… Read More→

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This Day in Calvinist History — Nothing Happened because Calvin Was Not (yet) a Calvinist


Since July 10 is the birthday of John Calvin, can we say that Calvinism was born on this day in French history? Or, since Calvin did not align with the Protestant cause until his mid-20s, is the day of Calvin’s natural birth insignificant compared to the day of his spiritual re-birth? And that raises more… Read More→

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Legalism, Ecclesiastical and Political


You may disagree with H. L. Mencken, but he sure could spot a major weakness when the pursuit and prosecution of vice goes from the duties of pastors and elders to magistrates and reformers: Moral endeavour, in brief, has become a recognized trade, or rather a profession, and there have appeared men who pretend to… Read More→

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Pagan Virtue or Angel Unawares?


I wonder if the w-wists out there have considered how much travelers to foreign countries need to trust people with the wrong w-w (only two exist, right?). Of course, back in the States we depend on pagans to drive on the right (spatially and legally) side of the road, give us correct change (not for… Read More→

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Do the Obedience Boys Know Their Catechism?


Amid the flurry of posts about justification, sanctification, and antinomianism, attention to the Shorter Catechism has been missing. When you look there, you receive a very different impression of the law and good works than the obedience boys, Mark Jones and Rick Phillips, give. At the birds-eye-view level, the Catechism teaches twice that God requires… Read More→

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Sanctified Confusion


Can anyone identify the author of these quotations? First: The Reasons why God doth promise these two great Gifts of holiness and forgiveness; to sanctifie his people as well as to justify them. There may be these Reasons for their Connexion. First, Both of them have a necessary respect to the salvation of the people… Read More→

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And A Lutheran Will Lead Them


Amid all the clamor over sanctification (and perhaps the not so sanctified aims of improving one’s own standing by taking down a ministerial rock star), what seems to be missing are the very basic categories that animated the differences between Protestants (yes, that includes — ugh!! — Lutherans) and Roman Catholics. When you consider this… Read More→

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No Need to Apologize to Me


Though a short note to Tullian Tchividjian (hereafter Double T because who can spell that?) may be in order. Mark Jones apologizes to me — 15 seconds of my 15 minutes? — in his double-dare to Double T to debate sanctification: Commenting on what typically happens after times of revival – sorry, D.G. Hart –… Read More→

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Great Nations


A trip overseas usually means a turn to the Prayer Book. In Turkey for the past two years, we conducted Christian services in various Turkish hotels by relying upon either the morning or evening prayer service. For elders who are licensed to preach looking for a place to worship in a known tongue within a… Read More→

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Show Me Jesus

Nicaragua Canonization

Unam Sanctam helps sort through the confusion about canonization (especially those of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II): By virtue of this fact, the second aspect of the person’s canonization, that they are a person of heroic virtue who should be seen as a model for the faithful is not a question that… Read More→

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