John William Baier (1647-1694) on Inspiration, Versions, and Perspicuity

Chapter Two Prolegomena Faithful versions are “divinely [derivatively] inspired” and have “canonical dignity.” 34. The authority of Holy Scripture is canonical, or normative, as in part not only the sense, but also the words of those same divinely inspired Scriptures, or the original text [apograph], in order equally to the versions, recorded by human studies,Continue reading “John William Baier (1647-1694) on Inspiration, Versions, and Perspicuity”

Re-associating the Doctrine of Scripture and the Consolidation of MVOism

(Portions of this post draw on the material of “A Post-critical Ecclesiastical Case Study.”) Dr. Jackson “declares that the ‘defective’ old faith is inferior to the new faith which is a ‘scientific faith’ and a ‘twentieth century faith’ through which ‘this world will become the kingdom of our Lord and his Christ.’” “Scientific faith” asContinue reading “Re-associating the Doctrine of Scripture and the Consolidation of MVOism”

A Post-Critical Ecclesiastical Case Study

Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids, MI In March of 1956, a succinct history of the First Baptist Church in Grand Rapids was published by Baptist Testimony Publishers, Inc. The 32-page booklet entitled The Tragic Fall of the First Baptist Church provides selections from sermons made by the pastors of the church describing First Baptist’s slideContinue reading “A Post-Critical Ecclesiastical Case Study”

Preservation, Preaching, and Evangelism

On this Lord’s Day morning, we briefly consider the relationship between Scripture’s preservation, preaching and evangelism in Andrew Willet’s 1611 commentary on Romans. Under the heading “Places of confutation,” he engages in discussions with those who stand opposed to major Christian doctrines. The first controversy was “Against those which think it is against the natureContinue reading “Preservation, Preaching, and Evangelism”

Dean John William Burgon on 2nd-5th Century Testimony to Mark 16:9-20

Codex Alexandrinus. 5th c “II. That, at some period subsequent to the time of the Evangelist, certain copies of S. Mark’s Gospel suffered that mutilation in respect of their last Twelve Verses of which we meet with no trace whatever, no record of any sort, until the beginning of the fourth century.And the facts whichContinue reading “Dean John William Burgon on 2nd-5th Century Testimony to Mark 16:9-20”

The King James Version and Freedom

If you ever visit the Nation’s Capital, you will want to visit the Holocaust Museum just south of independence Ave SW. The walk through three stories of exhibits is a sobering and visceral reminder of the unspeakable evil that resides in the heart of man. In a previous post entitled “Time to Get in theContinue reading “The King James Version and Freedom”

Trelcatius, 1610, on Theological Method

Under “The Principles of Divinity,” Trelcatius introduces his two-fold method for the study of Theology. His method of moving from the Cause to the Effect and from the Effect to the Cause in modern terms is both Deductive and Inductive, a priori and a posteriori. Divinity, he writes for both approaches “holdeth the first andContinue reading “Trelcatius, 1610, on Theological Method”

The Beggarly Borrowing of the Critical Method or Don’t Bring a Football to a Baseball Game

Those following Standard Sacred Text have noted that our defense is modeled after the Apostle Paul’s instruction to the church in Corinth in 1 Cor. 2 with special reference to verse 14. There are essentially only two methods of argumentation not only for the Biblical text but for all things considered – the Spiritual, orContinue reading “The Beggarly Borrowing of the Critical Method or Don’t Bring a Football to a Baseball Game”

Hebrew 7:25, “he is able to save to the uttermost.”

Because Christ is immutable and eternal, he is “able to save us to the uttermost”  — “uttrermost,” παντελές –made up of two words “all” and “end” or “perfection”– Christ is able to save “completely to the end,” to the uttermost. Vine: the neuter of the adjective panteles, “complete, perfect,” used with eis to (“unto the”),Continue reading “Hebrew 7:25, “he is able to save to the uttermost.””