Author Archives: Mark A. Peterson

I am a Christian since January 1986. I am married with four children. I am a Machinist who is self employed. My beliefs are as follows:
Theologically – Covenant
Soteriologically – Calvinist
Eschatalogically – Amillenial
Ecclesiastically – Congregational
Confessionally – Trinitarian
Sacramentally – Dual Baptist
Apologetically – Scripturalist
Textually – Textus Receptus Only
Idealogically – Paleo-Conservative
Economically – Austrian Free Market

The Reformation At 500 Conference

This year I attended a different conference than the one I usually attend in October. The conference was sponsored by the Trinity Foundation Ministry held in Johnson City Tennessee. For those who have never heard of the Trinity Foundation it is an apologetic ministry devoted to promoting the philosophy of Gordon Clark known as Scriptural Presuppositionalism. Most Christians have at some point heard of the word presuppositionalism. The word itself seems to be rather evident as to its meaning. As Christians we suppose God and His word to be true before entertaining any arguments regarding their defense. The question is why do we presuppose this to be true? This is what presuppositionalism purports to answer. Continue reading

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The Principles of Protestantism, Part 1 – Preface

Preface

This paper comes from an outline I prepared for a Bible study which is dated March 29, 1995. It was my conviction at the time that the Protestant church in its broadest sense had gone completely astray from its founding principles. So here it is now, October 2017, the month and year which mark five hundred since the Protestant Reformation, and I can honestly say my conviction of this has become all the more certain. Over this period of time the state of the Protestant church in America has deteriorated at an ever increasing pace. It has succumbed to the secular culture that surrounds it to be sure. But even more than that, it has succumbed to many false teachings and practices that threaten to cast the same shadow over it as that which prevailed in the sixteenth century European church. The Hebrew word for this is “Ichabod” which means “The glory has departed from Israel” (I Sam. 4:21), with “Israel” being God’s people now who are made up of all nations. Ichabod can rightfully be written on the door post of the largest number of churches in this land. Continue reading

God’s Covenant, Part 15 – Covenant Promise(s)

3-God’s Covenant Broken

The original relationship with God Adam had soon turned out to be quite untenable. This was owing to the fact that when a certain opportunity arose, he did exactly what he was warned not to do, and by it, suffered the penalty attached to it (Gen. 3:1-19). It would seem from this text that no sooner did Adam and his wife’s new life together in the garden begin than trouble entered Paradise. This came in the form of a new creature introduced to us in this text, by which then a test was placed before them, as to whether their commitment to the Creator would stand or fall. Continue reading

God’s Covenant, Part 14 – Covenant Promise(s)

2-God’s Promise and Reward According to Works

Having considered the eternal nature of God’s covenant concerning the promise of redemption, we now turn to the application of it regarding His creation. God, in fulfillment of His eternal decree, made the heavens and the earth and all that is in them (Gen. 1:1). And He made it all very good. Continue reading

Romans – An Application of Chapter 1, Verses 2-4, Part 3

Doctrine 3: The power of God in the gospel, is miraculous in every respect (verses 3,4)

1) The incarnation of the Son of God in human flesh, is both miraculous and mysterious

The gospel message in and of itself is not some magical formula for spiritual fulfillment. Nor is it the promise of a happy life. What it is as a message is the good news of God’s Son, come to earth in the flesh. This amazing event was of course, proclaimed by the angelic host upon the natural birth of Jesus in Bethlehem (Luke 2:8-15). This was no ordinary birth, of no ordinary Person. It was nothing less, than the incarnation of God the Son in human form coming to birth, at that particular time and place in human history. This was such an amazing event that the entire heavenly host was shown to be in reverent display of it. The announcement of it alone to the shepherds in and of itself must have been surreal. Imagine being outside on a lonely night tending sheep, and suddenly, the sky is lit up in an awesome display of heavenly beings praising God and proclaiming the entrance of God’s Son into the world! Continue reading