A Test of the Reformation: Arminianism

2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which began when Martin Luther (1483-1546) posted his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. In the years following, the Reformation spread across Europe, taking root in Germany, Switzerland, Scotland, and the Netherlands. Jacobus Arminius was born in the Netherlands in 1560.

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By | January 26th, 2018|Contemporary Issues, Doctrinal Christianity, Herald, Reformed Faith|

Believe to Know

D. Scott Meadows

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself (Jn 7.17).

We gather from all this that faith is the eye of the soul, while unbelief is spiritual blindness and a moral defect for which we are most culpable. Religious agnosticism and skepticism are to be severely censured, not just pitied.

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By | December 4th, 2017|Doctrinal Christianity, Herald|

Election to Eternal Life

jc-ryle-1302015-219J.C. Ryle

Election to eternal life, is a truth of Scripture which we must receive (recognize) humbly, and believe implicitly. Why the Lord Jesus calls some and does not call others, quickens whom He will, and leaves others alone in their sins, these are deep things which we cannot explain.

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By | November 3rd, 2016|Christ, Doctrinal Christianity, Herald|

Doctrine and Experience

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Our actual Christianity is liable to all kinds of distortions for many reasons. The very notion of distortion implies an original standard for comparison and the possibility of reformation toward that standard. Every sound believer knows that Scripture is God’s Word.

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By | August 25th, 2016|Doctrinal Christianity, Herald, Reformed Faith|

The New Man

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

“The new man” is a phrase opposite “the old man” in Colossians 3.9–11, one long sentence which begins by exhorting Christians, “Lie not one to another.” For encouragement in this direction, Paul reminds readers of three spiritual realities.

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By | August 18th, 2016|Christian Life, Doctrinal Christianity, Herald, Man|

Hodge and Tozer against Mysticism

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

As an evangelical Christian, Dr. Charles Hodge (1797–1878) embraced “a supernatural influence of the Spirit of God upon the soul, and . . . a higher form of knowledge, holiness, and fellowship with God, as the effects of that influence.”

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By | July 28th, 2016|Doctrinal Christianity, Herald, Scripture|

Those Strong Old Doctrines

Pastor-Jack-SeatonW.J. Seaton

It seems that there is a certain desire in our day among professing “Calvinist” Christians to disregard, diminish, or dismiss what might rightly be called the “fundamentals” of the Calvinistic system of theology. From various quarters we are hearing the view expressed that “Calvinism is more than the 'Five Points'” - that it is more than the “TULIP” of Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and the Perseverance of the saints.

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By | July 21st, 2016|Doctrinal Christianity, Herald, Reformed Faith|

Why Should We Sing Psalms? (2)

drjoelrbeeke031652015Dr. Joel R. Beeke

Singing psalms is our biblical duty, but we may also rejoice that it is for our good. All of God’s Word aims at our profit, and there is much profit in singing psalms. It is good for our hearts to be enlarged (Ps. 119:32) and our faith and minds to be established and strengthened by God’s grace.

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By | July 13th, 2016|Church, Doctrinal Christianity, Herald, Music|

On Controversy

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

As your friend who knows that you hold correct doctrines with a warm spirit, I am concerned. Certainly truth shall prevail, but its champions may wound themselves unnecessarily in the battle for it. I would show you the armor you need from the Word of God. Allow me to give you good counsel about three things: your opponent, the public, and yourself.

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By | June 10th, 2016|Doctrinal Christianity, Herald|

The Just Shall Live By Faith

martin-lutherMartin Luther

“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them” (vv. 11, 12). The righteousness of the law is the fulfillment of the law and that we can never accomplish. The law is a statement of debit; the gospel is a statement of credit.

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By | April 8th, 2016|Doctrinal Christianity, Herald|