Church Membership: A Treatise (3)

In this article, I will discuss the Reformational backgrounds of local church membership. Not only will I cover language from both John Calvin and Francis Turretin, but I will also jump forward to men like Charles Hodge. Bojidar Marinov has openly denied that local church membership is mandated in Scripture, and he has also denied…

Church Membership: A Treatise (2)

In the previous article, I surveyed Bojidar Marinov’s views concerning church membership. In this article, I will examine his views in light of God’s holy Word. At the same time, I will construct a biblical case for obligatory local church membership. Historically, both Baptists and Presbyterians have claimed Scripture as their ultimate authority in all…

Church Membership: A Treatise (1)

Issue: A group, which appears to be heavily influenced by a man named Bojidar Marinov, has effectively denied the Reformed doctrine of local church membership. This proceeding set of articles is in response to Marinov’s writings (which were in response to Jeff Durbin, pastor of Apologia Church in Phoenix, AZ), and general discussion on the…

The Rise of the “Nones”

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. — 1 Peter 3:15 Thousands of articles have been written about Christian apologetics. The church hardly needs another layperson writing about…

Don’t Be a Puritan!

We all aspire to become our heroes. One of my favorite Puritans is John Winthrop. He was a 17th century attorney who also led the “Winthrop Fleet,” consisting of about 1,000 Puritans, across the Atlantic––from Britain to Massachusetts. This would have been a massive undertaking at that time. It’s absolutely fascinating that people back then…

When the Youth Take the Elderly to Church

You may have seen movies where parents were portrayed as forceful, church-going people who shoved their noisy kids down in the pew while smooshing their index finger into the child’s lips whispering, “be quiet!” Throughout the late 1800s and nearly the entirety of the 20th century, parents often struggled taking their children to church. In…

Francis Cheynell on Eternal Generation

This is an excerpt from a larger article. See Here. This discussion picks up right after I talk about Bruce Ware’s claim that the orthodox notion of eternal generation is no less threatening to the doctrine of the Trinity than Ware’s own Eternal Relational Authority Subordinationism (ERAS). The issue that Ware points out here has…

The Law Before Sinai

This is an excerpt from a lengthier article. See here. Many critics of the threefold division of the law—and thus opponents of the idea that God’s law serves as a rule for the lives of God’s New Covenant people—start their theologizing in Exodus with the initial codification of the law. However, if the law is…

I’m Not Good Enough to Write This

In the 21st century, religion is kinda a strange thing. The term religion is used broadly and is attributed to mysticism as well as bible believing Christians. There are religions which require works in exchange for divine reconciliation. There are religions that think actions and thoughts matter about as much as your next food choice. Neither of…

What is Ungraciousness?

It’s easy to come off as ungracious to others, especially if you’re passionate about what you have to say. I confess to doing this often in the past, unfortunately. It’s also easy, in our society, to be charged with ungraciousness during times of heated disagreements. I confess to having charged brothers in Christ with ungraciousness…

Does the Old Testament Encourage Evil?

Here we go again. This topic has been visited, and re-visited, and re-re-visited hundreds of times. I guess it’s never too late to take one last swing at the dead horse, is it? After all, this is an allegation the atheist seems to bring up time and time again no mater how many times Christian’s respond…

Being a Careful Kingly Messenger

It was a day where you could fry an egg on the sidewalk in Okinawa, Japan. Hot, humid, and dry are all accurate adjectives for the day on which my Company Commander decided to take us on a beach run. This wasn’t a run in shorts and tennis shoes, but a run in a green…