Is Multiple Version Onlyism Essential to Saving Faith

The egregious error of modern textual criticism and it evangelical surrogates is that the process is essentially Christless. Christ as Prophet, Priest, and King, rather than being essential to the analysis is considered a liability of one’s theological precommitments. In what other venue or discipline of life would a faithful saint argue that Christ hasContinue reading “Is Multiple Version Onlyism Essential to Saving Faith”

Richard Stock (1651) on Malachi 2:6

Introductory note on Stock’s study with Master William Whitaker at Cambridge Turning to Cambridge again, the dates remind us (in the words of the loveable Author of the Thirty-two Lives’) that “at this time Doctor Whitaker was Master of St John’s,” who, Clarke says, “favored” Master Stock very much “for his ingenuity (=ingenuousnesss), industry, andContinue reading “Richard Stock (1651) on Malachi 2:6”

William Bucanus, 1659, Professor of Divinity in the University of Lausanne on Regeneration, Infallibility, Perspicuity, and Authority

Willian Bucanus observes that it takes more than a keen mind to understand Scripture. In the following three quotes taken from his Body of Divinity, Bucanus accents regeneration as the essential element to understanding that Scripture comes from God, that it is clear to the elect, and that it is the Authority standing above theContinue reading “William Bucanus, 1659, Professor of Divinity in the University of Lausanne on Regeneration, Infallibility, Perspicuity, and Authority”

Henry Venn, 1763, and the Significance of Inward Introspection when Reading the Scripture

“Nearly allied to this careful meditation on the word of God is another important rule, which we must observe when we read any principal part of it; that is, to exact of ourselves correspondent affections and if we do not experience them, to lament and bewail the poverty and misery of our condition. For instance,Continue reading “Henry Venn, 1763, and the Significance of Inward Introspection when Reading the Scripture”

Bishop Edward Wetenhall, 1636-1713, and the Importance of Theological Catechizing in the Home

Bishop Edward Wetenhall, 1636-1713, unknown to many, was held in such high esteem that he was buried in the south transept of Westminster Abbey. The inscription reads: “Here lie buried the remains of the Right Reverend Father in Christ Edward Wetenhall D.D. Bishop first of Cork for 20 years, then of Kilmore and Ardagh forContinue reading “Bishop Edward Wetenhall, 1636-1713, and the Importance of Theological Catechizing in the Home”

Lucas Trelcatius, 1604, and the Question of Authority

Trelcatius listed five points in his polemic against Roman Catholic scholar Franciscus Costerus (1532-1619) and Rome’s emphasis of the superiority of the Church Authority over Scripture. As cited in previous posts, there is a close analogy between Rome’s notion of authority and that of the modern evangelical text critic. Though writing in 1604, Trelcatius providesContinue reading “Lucas Trelcatius, 1604, and the Question of Authority”

Calvin on 1 Peter 1:25 and the Theocentricity of Scripture

But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you, 1 Peter 1:25. “The prophet teaches us, not what the Word of God is in itself, but how we are to think of it. Since man has emptied himself of life, he must lookContinue reading “Calvin on 1 Peter 1:25 and the Theocentricity of Scripture”

John Calvin, 1509-1564, and MVO Church Olympics

He will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths. Micah 4:2 “Here in a few words the prophet defines true worship of God. For it would not be enough for the nations to come together to one place to confess that they are worshippers of one God if they did notContinue reading “John Calvin, 1509-1564, and MVO Church Olympics”