We Distinguish…(Part 4) — Law/Gospel

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In this series, we are surveying some of the most important Reformed theological distinctions. These are not irrelevant or minor points of theology. Rather, these are distinctions where, if you get them wrong or ignore them, major theological disaster threatens to ensue. We need to strive for precision in our understanding of the teachings of God’s Word.

Despite being found in the Three Forms of Unity, today’s distinction has fallen on hard times. I have lost track of the number of times that I’ve heard Reformed ministers speak disparagingly of the distinction between law and gospel. I think I understand why it happens. Imagine if someone were to say, “Oh, covenant theology makes people into legalists. It’s good that we’ve broken free from the doctrine of the covenant. That doctrine has caused nothing but trouble – it just makes people self-righteous.” It’s true that the doctrine of the covenant has…

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Die Pêrel van Christelike Troos (1): Inleiding en oorsig

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Die Pêrel van Christelike Troos

(1) Inleiding en oorsig

“Christus gee aan Sy eie, wat Moses eis van sy eie.” – Petrus Dathenus

Ek het onlangs die volgende ou boekie in my boekrak herontdek:

Parel van Christelijke Troost

(gesprek over onderscheid tussen Wet en Evangelie)

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Petrus Dathenus

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Die wesentlike doel van die boek is om vir gelowiges troos te bring, deur hul reg te leer wat die regte onderskeid is tussen die Wet (Moses) en die Evangelie (Jesus). As hierdie twee sake reg verstaan word, soos die Skrif dit leer, dan is daar geen onnodige valse teenstellings of vyandskap tussen wet en evangelie, Moses en Christus, die ou en nuwer verbondsbedelings, Ou en Nuwe Testament, ens. nie.  Ja, baie duidelike onderskeid oor wat elkeen se bepaalde doel en plek is in die Woord, maar nie vyandige valse teenstellings nie.

Die teenstelling is tussen:

  • sonde vs genade, in…

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Faith Healing and the Sovereignty of God: C. Everett Koop

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Faith Healing and the Sovereignty of God

I don’t know how many operations I performed in my surgical career. I know that I performed 17,000 of one particular type, and 7,000 of another. I practiced surgery for thirty-nine years, so perhaps I performed 50,000 operations. I was successful, and patients were coming to me from all over the world. And one of the things that endeared me to the parents of my patients was the way my incisions healed. No one likes big scars, but they are especially upsetting to mothers when they appear on their children. So I set out early on to make my scars small, as short and as thin as possible. These “invisible” scars became my trademark. But was I a healer?

The secret of thin scars is to make the incision precise-no feathered edges-and in the closing, to get the edges…

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Theological Problems with Paul Washer

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Paul Washer is a loved preacher by many evangelicals, but his message is twisted when it comes to the Law and Gospel Distinction.

Instead of me writing too much about him and his message, though I have much to say, I’ll give some resources for those who would like to know for themselves what Paul Washer says. Fair critiques.

I’ve said for quite some time that he is in direct violation of Scripture. Look what Jesus says and then compare it to what Paul Washer does going from church to church, city to city, yanking up the weeds (tares / unbelievers) in the Church only to harm the wheat (true believers). Note what I put in bold:

He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field,but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and…

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Mega-Pastor Puts Down Person with Disabilities

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John MacArthur, in his sermon The Eyewitness Account of Creation, preaches on Genesis 1 and 2. He takes the position that these chapters record a literal and historical account of creation and that all history and science stems from the events of the opening pages of Genesis. I have no quarrel with those who hold that literal position (unless they denigrate fellow Christians who think otherwise) nor with Christians who see those passages as not literally but figuratively descriptive of God’s work in creation.

In the sermon, MacArthur compares the Genesis account with Darwinism and finds that Charles Darwin comes up short. Fair enough. Many Christians agree based on their understanding of the Bible. Yet MacArthur does not confine his sermon to preaching the Genesis passage and comparing that record to deficiencies he sees in Darwin’s theory of evolution. He instead turns to ad hominem attack on Darwin…

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Penalty of Sin Paid and Life Merited – Machen

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‘Well, then, sinner,’ says the law of God, ‘have you paid the penalty which I pronounced upon disobedience?’

‘No,’ says the sinner, ‘I have not paid the penalty myself; but Christ has paid it for me. He was my representative when He died there on the cross. Hence, so far as the penalty is concerned, I am clear.’

‘Well, then, sinner,’ says the law of God, ‘how about the conditions which God has pronounced for the attainment of assured blessedness? Have you stood the test? Have you merited eternal life by perfect obedience during the period of probation?’

‘No,’ says the sinner, ‘I have not merited eternal life by my own perfect obedience. God knows and my own conscience knows that even after I became a Christian I have sinned in thought, word and deed. But although I have not merited eternal life by any obedience of my own, Christ has merited it for me by His perfect obedience. He was not for Himself subject to the law. No obedience was required of Him for Himself, since He was Lord of all. That obedience, then, which He rendered to the law when He was on earth was rendered by Him as my representative. I have no righteousness of my own, but clad in Christ’s perfect righteousness, imputed to me and received by faith alone, I can glory in the fact that so far as I am concerned the probation has been kept and as God is true there awaits me the glorious reward which Christ thus earned for me.’

Such, put in bald, simple form, is the dialogue between every Christian and the law of God. How gloriously complete is the salvation wrought for us by Christ! Christ paid the penalty, and He merited the reward. Those are the two great things that He has done for us.

The Doctrine of the Atonement, J. Gresham Machen