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The Principles of Protestantism, Part 2 – Introduction

Introduction: Christianity in America today is in rapid decline

It should be clear to anyone who pays attention to various polls and statistics that are conducted concerning the present health of the Christian church in America that it is in decline. In spite of a number of high profile mega churches in various parts of the country, the overall numbers of people committing themselves to the Christian church is decreasing. Polls should never be a determining factor for analyzing what the church is doing by way of service to the Lord. But there is one thing that is rather interesting about them. They seem to suggest that Americans are fundamentally a spiritually minded people, way more so than their European counterparts. But when it comes to defining what they believe in terms of historic orthodox definitions of the Christian faith that is entirely a different story. The point is that most Americans find little reason to identify, or even associate with any sort of historic expression of the Christian faith. Continue reading

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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

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

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