This article finds fault with the popular evangelicalism of the past few decades and sees it as a crumbling edifice. The source of this demise is evangelicalism's understanding of the doctrine of God, the doctrine of Christ and redemption, and the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, especially his work in regeneration and sanctification.
This article mourns the misunderstanding now prevalent in relation to the gospel of Christ. It starts with an attempt to provide a biblical understanding of the use of nouns and verbs related to the word "gospel" and proceeds to explain what is meant by that word. The definition covers the basic message of the biblical story and also details how it must be told today in order to faithfully reflect the biblical message.
Observing that the love of God is immeasurable and unconditional, the author exhorts believers to seek that love yet keep in mind that they have limitations in their ability to totally grasp it.
What is the presence of God? Where is it? What is the nature of it? This article addresses these questions by considering the doctrines of God's presence in the world, Christ's real spiritual presence, and Christ's real bodily presence.
The author argues that when God finally executes his wrathful judgment on ungodly people on the last day, the saints will witness it. But what will be the effect on the saints in witnessing this event? The rest of the article attempts to answer this question. The author contends that the saved will not be brought to grief when they see the suffering of the wicked.
Regarding the doctrine of reconciliation, this article notes the contemporary shift in focus from a strictly personal and religious sense to teh significance of reconciliation of social relationships. While not dismissing the need for this aspect in the doctrine, the author argues that the core focus must be upon the redemptive work of Christ.
The epistle of James in the Bible seems to be dominated by orthopraxy (a focus on ethical themes). Despite this dominance of orthopraxy, the article argues that the ethical themes in James are clearly linked to doctrinal teaching. It is further demonstrated that James, in fact, offers a way of linking doctrinal teaching and ethical instruction.
This article views Calvinism as a theology that faithfully represents the teaching of the Bible. Further, the author foresees the future of this teaching as one that will lead to a global revival of Christianity. The rest of the article explains in detail the reasons why this author is so positive about the future of the teaching of John Calvin.
The consensus in orthodox Christianity regarding what awaits those whose sins remain uncovered by the blood of Christ on Judgment Day is that of unending conscious punishment. However, this belief is being questioned even by some Reformed theologians. The author addresses this subject, arguing in favour of the doctrine of everlasting punishment.
The Lord told the Israelites who were ready to take possession of Canaan that he would gradually conquer the nations occupying the land. In a similar manner, God also brings about this kind of gradual conquest in the life of someone battling sin and evil and coming to salvation.
The article explores the attribute of the love of God. It describes love as a character of God with respect to other attributes such as his omnipotence, omniscience, holiness, and justice. The article also explores ways in which God's love is involved in the salvation of God's people.
In this article, the author explores the various situations and the depths of sin that a soul may fall into.
This article answers the title with an affirmative Yes. However, it is the explanation to this answer that is important. The author explains that the Gospel of John not only presents history, but a biographical history of Jesus.
The author considers how to harmonize statements in Scripture that point to Christian liberty with the fact that we are also still under obligation to obey the law of God. It defines the scriptural import of Christian liberty, how it is deliverance from the wrath of God, the power of the devil, the bondage of sin, the authority of man, and is a deliverance unto the service of God.
The author discusses what it means to be in the covenant of God, which is an everlasting covenant. This discussion covers especially those instances where the person in the covenant goes through distress, and thus it draws examples from the biblical figures such as Abraham, Jacob, and David. Further, the author also discusses the nature of this covenant as it concerns God and his promises.
This article considers the unity of the Trinity in Christ's command to baptize disciples.
The article looks at the destructive effects of advertising these days. This advertising is appropriately contrasted to the teaching of the Lord, which instead focuses on the truth.
This article describes neotheism as a new view of God in theological scholarship. After describing the characteristics of this new worldview, the author then also sets up objections to this view of God. The objections touch on the topics of creation ex nihilo, predictive prophecy in the Bible, the test for false or true prophecy, and God's ultimate victory over evil.
This article explains what it means that the Lord Jesus is present in the midst of those gathered as his church. In the explanation, the author includes describing this gathered group as an institution of God's redemptive grace. Also included are the requirements needed to constitute such a gathering and the promises that God gives to his people who are part of such a gathering.
The author wrestles with the question of the sovereignty of God and human responsibility. The sovereignty of God seems to take away from man's responsibility or accountability. On the other hand, human responsibility seems to rob God of his sovereignty. The author searches for the biblical relationship between these two concepts.
The author attempts to answer the question of the title of this article by dealing with the basis of baptism, and specifically infant baptism, as understood from the Presbyterian view. The main points of the arguments include baptism as established by the Lord Jesus, and its relation to the covenant of circumcision in the Old Testament.
This article offers an explanation of infant baptism.
On this topic of the holiness of God, the author starts by attempting to understand the meaning behind the Hebrew term used for the English word "holy." Suggestions include holiness as separation and as an expression of relationship. The author then goes on to describe the holiness of God as revealed in Scripture.
In this article, the author continues in presenting the historical events that led to the design of the Westminster Confessions. The details in this part of the article cover events from the time the Assembly was convened, on July 1, 1643, to November 25, 1647.
The article deals with the deficiency that the author sees as appearing in most church worship and in the lives of believers today. These deficiencies include lack of proper doctrinal teaching such as on the doctrine of God, and substitution of useful teaching with increased attention to information that comes through television.
Do the Old Testament prophecies of Israel point to a fulfilment that takes place after the New Testament? The author looks at pre-exilic prophecies of Israel and contends that none of them is still outstanding, at least as far as the nation of Israel and the land is concerned.
What is Gospel Development? What is its place in the life of the church and believers, and in light of the need for community development? This article deals with these questions as it looks at the role that Gospel Development is taking in various communities. In the process the author notes that Gospel Development is gracious, and brings hope and honesty. The author also looks at various foci of the Gospel Development, which are people, the fruit of the Spirit, and the truth.
This article offers a thoughtful analysis of the postmillennial and amillennial views in light of Scripture and the outcome of events in history. While appreciating the effort among postmillennials to understand Scripture, the author sees the amillennialist view as correctly reflecting the prophecy of Scripture. The author also includes a discussion on the interpretation of such difficult Scriptures as Revelation 20.
This article examines the doctrine of the atonement of Christ as a teaching that has received a lot of attention and has been the subject of much debate in the past. At issue in this article is the Reformed claim that Christ died for only the elect (limited atonement). This is opposed by those who claim that this would mean a limiting of the power or effect of Christ's atonement. The author deals with this issue on the basis of scriptural arguments raised from both sides of the debate.
The article treats the subject of the millennium by reflecting on the interpretation of some parts of the book of Revelation as well as two Old Testament passages commonly viewed as predicting an earthly millennial kingdom, and by offering a short description of amillennial eschatology and a sketch of some of the implications of this position,
This article provides a critique of Dan Brown's Angels and Demons. In the critique the author mentions the heresy of inviting Christians to rely upon science instead of on the word of God alone. The author also also takes time to point out some factual errors in the book, including historical divergencies, location divergencies, divergencies in religious facts, and scientific and technological inaccuracies.
In this article, the author sets out to provide some basic ideas about prophecy in the Bible that are not well understood today. In the process, the author expresses disappointment with popular prophecy today. The author also mentions what is here called the "five periods of prophecy," which are the early monarchy in Israel, the Assyrian judgment, the Babylonian judgment, the restoration period, and the intertestamental period.
The author compares carnal discontentment with spiritual discontentment, finding that one is beneficial while the other is merely a burden.
"Growth in grace" is another way of referring to spiritual growth and is part of sanctification. This article discusses the necessity and signs of spiritual growth. Further, advice is given as to how one can grow in in grace from day to day: devote attention to Scripture, engage in regular fervent prayers, set times of fasting, and pursue spiritual exercises.
This article offers a theological discussion on the relationship that must be understood in the church between law and grace. In particular, the author seeks to find the proper place of the law of God in the life of the believer. The discussion, therefore, includes an exploration of such phrases as "under law," "under grace," the Mosaic covenant, and holiness.
This article describes the process of sanctification. There are also counterfeits of sanctification, which include moral value and superstitious belief. The article then touches on why sanctification is necessary, the signs of true sanctification, encouragements for sanctification, and how to attain sanctification.
John Calvin explains what is meant when God says he wants to have all men saved (1 Timothy 2:3-5). In the process, Calvin also seeks to show that this text should not be used to invalidate God's election of his people. Rather, it must still be understood in view of God's sovereignty even in the matter of salvation. The impact of this view on world evangelism is also debated.
The article carefully articulates the several uses of the gospel message and the law, both in the context of believers and unbelievers.
The author emphasizes the point that the binding of Satan narrated in Revelation 20 was effected through the ministry, sacrificial death, and exaltation of Jesus Christ. Further in this article, the author discusses the identity of the souls who had been beheaded, who were reigning with Christ in the millennium.
The article refutes the views that the biblical prophecies foretelling the restoration of Israel are currently being fulfilled, which is a dispensationalist view. The return of Israel as spoken of in passages such as Isaiah 11:11, Jeremiah 29:14, and Zechariah 8:1-8 is therefore established as referring to the return of Israel from the Babylonian exile.
The author demonstrates that the binding of Satan has already taken place. This becomes evident when Jesus announced that his coming meant that he had first bound the strong man, Satan, before he plundered his house.
What different categories of theology exist? This article presents three: Pelagian, Semi-Pelagin, and Calvinist. It discusses each, and has a special focus on the third and its biblical underpinnings regarding the condition of man after the fall.
This article presents the account of the healing of Naaman the Syrian in 2 Kings 5 as a picture of the gospel of Christ and of how a sinner comes to repentance and salvation. This picture is portrayed to show God's initiative, the uncompromising force of God's word, the necessity of the sinner's personal humility and obedience to God's command, God's grace, and the perfection of his salvation.
The author continues on the topic of millennialism and here criticizes the dispensationalist view, that the current age is a kind of a parenthesis, a period made necessary by the failure of the Jews to come to Christ at his first coming. This view further states that when Christ comes for the second time, the Jews will have been evangelized and come to faith, and there will have been a period of severe tribulation.