Being a “nice” Christian

Is “being nice” a Christian virtue? And who is the arbitrator of what “being nice” looks like? My Dad had little formal training, but he read his Bible and grounded me in orthodox Christian theology. My Dad never told me to believe something he was teaching just because he said so. He allowed me toContinue reading “Being a “nice” Christian”

The Gaslighting of the American Church

Gaslighting is being told that what is conspicuous is not at all what is happening. A reporter standing in front of a burning building and saying that the riot occurring before your eyes is “mostly peaceful” is an attempt at gaslighting. Gaslighting is a methodology of authoritarian regimes to cause people to question what theyContinue reading “The Gaslighting of the American Church”

The Power of Scripture as a Savor of Death unto Death: Hebrews 4:12

The book of Hebrews was written to religious people who were in the process of marginalizing Jesus Christ and returning to an earlier and less robust iteration of OT Jehovah worship. They were not departing from an historic religious tradition, one established by Moses after returning from Mt. Sinai, but from the fullest and finalContinue reading “The Power of Scripture as a Savor of Death unto Death: Hebrews 4:12”

A Seminarian’s Musings

Considering, 1. the evident inconsistencies of the critical position as demonstrated by rebuttals on this blog, and 2. the willingness of the grad students and others to identify with the critical position, 3. the unwillingness to make course corrections when confronted with sound theological and philosophical arguments, and 4. the lengths one must go toContinue reading “A Seminarian’s Musings”

God’s Covenantal Word

When we speak of the text of Scripture and specifically the TR/KJV, we are talking about the Bible, the viva vox Dei in the original language and vernacular. This is an exegetically based, theological assessment based on grammatical and syntactical application of the three “selfs” – that Scripture is self-attesting, self-authenticating, (autopistos) and self-interpreting. BecauseContinue reading “God’s Covenantal Word”

Tyndale, 1528 – “God is not man’s imagination; but that only which he saith of himself.”

In this section Tyndale argues strongly against specialized training for the understanding of Scripture based on the proven ambivalence of scholarship. Such ambivalence and disagreement foment division and sects. Scholars “corrupteth the scripture, and fashioneth it after his own imagination, as a potter doth his clay.” Tyndale is referring to popish theologians but the overlapContinue reading “Tyndale, 1528 – “God is not man’s imagination; but that only which he saith of himself.””

William Tyndale, 1528: Discerning the poison from the honey — a 16th c. critique of modern Evangelical text criticism

The sermons which thou readest in the Acts of the apostles, and all that the apostles preached, were no doubt preached in the mother tongue. Why then might they not be written in the mother tongue? As, if one of us preach a good sermon, why may it not be written? Saint Jerome also translatedContinue reading “William Tyndale, 1528: Discerning the poison from the honey — a 16th c. critique of modern Evangelical text criticism”

J.C. Ryle on John 10:35

Ryle, writing on the plenary authority of Scripture, admonishes the reader, “That is, that everything which it says must be received reverently and unhesitatingly, and that not one jot or tittle of it ought to be disregarded. Every word of Scripture must be allowed its full weight, and must neither be clipped, passed over, norContinue reading “J.C. Ryle on John 10:35”

Ralph Venning (1622-1674) on Scripture as the Infallible Rule

Of Venning’s style, John Edwards (1637-1716) remarks in “The Preacher ‘”(1705, i. 203): “He turns sentences up and down, and delights in little cadences and chiming of words.” Of special interest in this short excerpt: Scripture is “our judge.” Scripture is “this rule” from which all opinions are judged “to see whether they be ofContinue reading “Ralph Venning (1622-1674) on Scripture as the Infallible Rule”

The TCC and Psalm 12:6-7

The following was first published on February 18, 2022, in reference to a podcast Mark Ward, Ph.D., where he argued that Psalm 12:6-7 does not teach the verbal preservation of Scripture. It was my hope that the research done while taking a Ph.D. course toward my Th.M. at Calvin Theological Seminary would provide Dr. WardContinue reading “The TCC and Psalm 12:6-7”