"If man already stood in a covenant relation to God before the fall, then it is to be expected that the covenant idea will also dominate in the work of redemption. God cannot simply let go of the ordinance which He once instituted, but much rather displays His glory in that He carries it through … Continue reading Vos on the necessity of the Covenant of Redemption
"The truth of the matter is that in the covenant of works the natural relationship was made to serve a positive purpose. It is not set aside, but incorporated into something higher. From this it follows that, where the higher becomes powerless and falls away, the natural relationship nevertheless remains. As a creature man is … Continue reading Vos on the law as normative for moral life in the Covenant of Grace
"For this reason He also employs in his Word all manner of warnings and threatenings, not in order to cause them to despair or doubt their salvation but rather to awaken in them a childlike fear by observing the weakness of their flesh in which they would surely perish, unless the Lord keep them standing … Continue reading The weakness of the flesh in which we would surely perish
'Witsius focused on baptism by immersion and wrote that water has the power to drown and suffocate. He said that what is true of water is also true of the blood and Spirit of Chris, in that both mortify the old man. Witsius drew on Gregory of Nazianzus, who called baptism the "deluge of sin." … Continue reading Witsius on the judgment of baptism
I was just unfriended by a vegan friend for being an "ignorant carnist" when I brought up hunting to them. I was curious whether they were the kind of vegan who hates factory farming and is okay with hunting for meat or not. Evidently, they are not. As an ignorant carnist, I find factory farming … Continue reading Don’t be an Ignorant Carnist; be an Informed Carnist!
"Last things, as such, are not last things, however great and significant they may be. He only speaks of last things who would speak of the end of all things, of their end understood plainly and fundamentally, of a reality so radically superior to all things, that the existence of all things would be utterly … Continue reading A Reality So Radically Superior To All Things
I'm currently writing an essay for my Early American history class on how transcendentalism and the Second Not-So-Great Awakening furthered the individualization of the American concept of "freedom." It's especially interesting to trace the idiosyncrasies of the Christianity of the 2nd Awakening through subsequent American history. During the Awakening, expression of a true Christianity came … Continue reading Thoughts (1)