“If Calvinism places our entire human life immediately before God, then it follows that all men or women, rich or poor, weak or strong, dull or talented, as creatures of God, and as lost sinners, have no claim whatsoever to lord over one another, and that we stand as equals before God” – Abraham Kuyper in Lectures on Calvinism
According to Puritan theologian John Flavel, here are the key errors of Antinomianism:
- “That the justification of sinners is an immanent and eternal act of God, not only preceding all acts of sin, but the very existence of the sinner himself, and so perfectly abolishing sin in our persons, that we are as clean from sin as Christ himself; αναμαρτητοι, as some of them have spoken. “
- “That justification by faith is no more but the manifestation to us of what was really and actually done before; or a being persuaded more or less of Christ’s love to us; and that when persons do believe, that which was hid before doth then only appear to them.”
- “That men ought not to doubt of their faith, or question whether they believe or no. Nay, that they ought no more to question their faith than to question Christ.“
- “That believers are not bound to confess their sins, or pray for the pardon of them; because their sins were pardoned before they were committed; and pardoned sin is no sin.“
- “That God sees no sin in believers, whatsoever sins they commit”
- “That God is not angry with the elect, nor doth he smite them for their sins; and to say that he doth so is an injurious reflection upon the justice of God, who hath received full satisfaction for all their sins from the hand of Christ.”
- “That by God’s laying our iniquities upon Christ, he became as completely sinful as we, and we as completely righteous as Christ: That not only the guilt and punishment of sin was laid upon Christ, but simply the very faults that men commit, the transgression itself became the transgression of Christ; iniquity itself, not in any figure, but plainly sin itself was laid on Christ; and that Christ himself was no more righteous than this person is, and this person is not more sinful than Christ was.”
- “That believers need not fear their own sins, nor the sins of others; forasmuch as neither their own, or other sins can do them any hurt, nor must they do any duty for their own good or salvation, or for eternal rewards.”
- “They will not allow the new covenant to be properly made with us, but with Christ for us. And some of them affirm, ‘That this covenant is all of it a promise, having no condition upon our part.’ They acknowledge, indeed, faith, repentance, and obedience, to be conditions, but say they are not conditions on our part, but on Christ’s; and consequently affirm, that he repented, believed, and obeyed for us.”
- “They deny sanctification to be the evidence of justification, and deridingly tell us, this is to light a candle to the sun; and the darker our sanctification is, the brighter our justification is.’
Recently, I have finished transcribing The Apocalypse: A Poem by John Newton Brown. As usual, it is available on Archive.org.
It was delivered to the literary fraternity of Waterville College (now called Colby College) in Waterville, Maine in 1836.
In the preface, Brown puts it beautifully:
That, under these circumstances, it [his poem] should be favorably received, inspires the pleasing hope that Biblical topics will still continue to be regarded by the young men of our country as the staple of its highest Literature. May the time never come when that Literature shall be ashamed to bear brightly and broadly on its brow the honors of that dear name which is "above every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come."
- The Confessing Baptist has a great show interviewing Steve Weaver about the new edition of An Orthodox Catechism by Hercules Collins.
Literature and Language
- Why English Majors Make Lousy Fundamentalists has some thought-provoking points to make.
- Off Brands: Understanding the terrible spelling and punctuation in corporate names is a fun read.
- Often people complain about how technology eliminates jobs. However, that seems short-sighted. Here are 11 jobs that technology has eliminated. We should thank God for technology.
- Obama knew CIA secretly monitored intelligence committee, Democrat senator claims
- Some interesting stuff is going down at Apple in regard to surveillance.
- Did you know Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories was a poet? I didn’t either. Librivox has his book of poetry available as an audio book.
- The Gospel Coalition has a pretty positive review of Mark Jones’ book on Antinomianism
- Bruce Schneier has some good advice on how to pick secure passwords that aren’t easily cracked. As usual, he brings up a lot of good things to think about. I also finding it interesting that he concludes that “Sites that require 90-day — or whatever — password upgrades do more harm than good”
Apparently not recognizing the irony, John Kerry told Vladimir Putin:
It sounds like pretty good advice. Now, if only we could get a 21st century U.S. administration that would implement a non-interventionist foreign policy like that! Then Russia could have a good example to follow.
- Just before masked gunmen broke into an Investigative Journalism center in the Ukraine, Archive.org quietly archived away 16,000 pages of documents and saved them from destruction! I think Archive.org has done amazing work at preserving documents (as anyone looking for old book scans will know) and this is another example of how they are actually saving history!
- Crimea and Punishment over at Slate is an interesting read. “Putin’s imperialist gambit may turn out to be his Waterloo.”
- Al Jazeera has a Q&A about Ethiopian journalists in prison. Because of their work as journalists, these individuals were deemed to be “participating in a terrorist organization”.
- How The Gospel Brings Us All The Way Home by Derek Thomas (on Romans 8) is free for Kindle
- This speed reading app looks like it has some potential.