Testing the Spirit of Sola Scriptura

One aspect of the doctrine of Sola Scriptura that sometimes seems problematic is what the Protestant tradition has called “the internal testimony of the Spirit.” Is this the Protestant version of the Mormon “burning in the bosom?” Is this the catch all excuse-maker justifying all manner of iniquity? I cannot submit to my elders because…

God Does Not Mumble

The biblical doctrine of Sola Scriptura, that Scripture alone is the only ultimate and infallible authority over the Church and every Christian, rests on the fact that Scripture is God’s perfect Word. The Bible says that God’s Word is perfect. His Word is complete. His Word is breathed out by the Holy Spirit. We know…

Sola Scriptura & Truth with a Beard

One caricature of Sola Scriptura often sketches the Protestant doctrine as problematic on the grounds that since many people read the Bible and come away with different interpretations, it is necessarily (even if unintentionally) an individualistic doctrine. When it comes down to it, Protestants submit to themselves and their personal interpretations and not to Christ…

The Good News of Sola Scriptura

One of the great recoveries of the Protestant Reformation was the doctrine of Sola Scriptura – which means “Scripture alone.” While the reformers recognized many true authorities in a believer’s life (e.g. parents, rulers, pastors, councils, and various traditions), those authorities are only to be obeyed in so far as they require obedience to God,…

Christ Lives In Me

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20) There is no other kind of Christian life….

Fully Paid, Fully Free

In the first question and answer of the Heidelberg Catechism that we’re using for our creed during Lent, it says that our comfort in life and in death is found in the fact that our faithful Savior, Jesus Christ has fully paid for all our sins with His precious blood and set us free from…

Creation is God’s Army

In Genesis 2:1, Moses says that God finished creating the heavens and the earth and all their host. Literally, it says that God finished making heaven and earth and all their armies. In other words, the whole created order, the entire universe with all its myriad creatures and materials is a military force. And clearly,…

Bitterness & Pride

Hebrews says, “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled” (Heb. 12:15). Bitterness is a root, which means it lives under the surface. You can look at a flower bed and only see dirt…

The Dignity of Guilt

One of the very unique aspects of Christianity is the dignity ascribed to human beings. Man and woman were created in the image of God and were created to be actors on the great stage of the world, to impact history, to be changers and inventors. People were created with wills, desires, and the power…

6 Thoughts on Marriage & Remarriage in Babel

So one of the most challenging places the Church is called upon to exercise wisdom and judgment is in the matter of marriage, divorce, and remarriage. The stakes really are high here, and bone-headed laxity on the one hand or severe legalisms on the other do no one any favors and can only add to…