Calvin and Augustine in the Arena?

March 22, 2019 | by James M. Harrison

When one reads a great deal, one can sometimes be surprised by way the same subject, idea, or even quotation, may appear in the writings of different authors. Perhaps I ought not be surprised given the fact that there is a finite deposit of source material available in any given field of study, though that deposit may be quite vast. My own reading has recently taken me from the Confessions of Augustine, to the Institutes of the Christian Religion, by John Calvin. When one’s reading sets these two giants in proximity to one another there is...

Do Not Go Beyond What is Written!

March 20, 2019 | by Wisdom from John Calvin

“Let us use great caution that neither our thoughts nor our speech go beyond the limits to which the Word of God itself extends.” Institutes, 1.3.21. “Let us not take it into our heads either to seek out God anywhere else than in His Sacred Word, or to think anything about Him that is not prompted by His Word, or to speak anything that is not taken from that Word.” Institutes, 1.3.21.

Letter to a Roman Catholic Lady

March 17, 2019 | by James M. Harrison

Letter to a Roman Catholic Lady I was reading through some old correspondence and came across this letter responding to a woman who had attended our Ladies Bible Study for a short time. She ceased to attend after sending a letter expressing offense which she had taken over something I had said in regard to the Roman Catholic Church. This was my response. Obviously, all identifying material has been removed for reasons of confidentiality. Dear _________, Thank you for your letter and for your kind words about the Bible Study. I hope you will...

O Wretched Man that I Am!

March 15, 2019 | by James M. Harrison

O Wretched Man that I Am! “Life is as evil among us as among the papists, thus we do not argue about life, but about doctrine. Whereas Wyclif and Hus attacked the immoral lifestyle of the papacy, I challenge primarily the doctrine.” Martin Luther, Table Talk, Autumn 1553 I write as an Evangelical. More specifically, I write as a reformed Evangelical. I do not believe that the Reformation was a matter of semantics. I do believe that there were good and sound reasons for the great 16th century upheaval. Furthermore, I believe that the issues...

Infanticide and the Depravity of Man

March 11, 2019 | by James M. Harrison

The inevitable result of Roe vs. Wade is the move from abortion to infanticide. It was only a matter of time. This predictable end is now being realized, first in NY, and also in the recent statements of the governor of VA. But this is not a progression. It is a reversion. When the constraints of righteousness are cast off, when the restraining bonds of Christianity are severed, the result is not an advance of civilization, but rather a regression. Most certainly, our contemporary depravity will be exercised in a more sterile fashion. We’ll...