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Election and Reprobation

August 11, 2019
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“Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory.” Romans 9:21-23

Election is not on the basis of works; yet there is an inner difference in the persons of men, whereby one is fitted for mercy, another for wrath, as one vessel is made unto dishonor, and another unto honor. For the plate is made unto honor, but the ash tray to dishonor; and the cup is made unto honor, but the sink unto dishonor. So also, with the souls of men, some are made unto honor, and others unto dishonor.

For according to the divine nature, all men are made in righteousness, and unto righteousness; but according to the divine persons, who are the fountain of grace, some men are shown mercy, and others are passed over, that mercy might be shown to the elect, that he has saved them from such destruction through the sacrifice of his Son. And that not of works, but of himself, who has unconditionally condemned the Lord Jesus Christ, imputing our sins to him, that he might be glorified in our salvation. For it is his mercy to give, or withhold, as he pleases.

“For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” Romans 9:15

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My Book

November 17, 2017
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The title of my book is Christ Condemned: On the Incarnation and the Trinity. It is a philosophical and theological exposition of the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith.

Christ Condemned is currently being prepared for publication. Here is the description from the back cover.

“How is it possible for God, who does not change, through the very same law that destroys sinners, also to save them?” –Christ Condemned, Introduction

Christ Condemned is a defense of the orthodox doctrines of the Incarnation and the Trinity. It is philosophical and theological, with proofs from reason, Scripture, and proofs of the proofs from reason from Scripture. It demonstrates that these doctrines are necessary to the Christian faith, grounds of the possibility of salvation, without which no man can be saved. It also defends the critical philosophy at the basis of its whole endeavor. It is of especial benefit to pastors and students of theology or philosophy, who wish to understand and defend the Incarnation and the Trinity. The book answers fundamental questions regarding these doctrines, and is the beginning of a systematic theology of the Christian faith.

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