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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 5:43 PM Merit and Moses: A Critique of the Klinean Doctrine of Republication by Pilgrim

Over the next few days I want to outline and assess an important new book, Merit and Moses: A Critique of the Klinean Doctrine of Republication, written by three OPC pastors, Andrew Elam, Robert Van Kooten, and Randall Berquist.

Merit and Moses is a response to The Law is Not of Faith, and especially the main thesis of that book, that the Mosaic Covenant is in an important sense a republication of the Covenant of Works.

Unlike The Law is Not of Faith (TLNF), Merit and Moses (MM) is readable, brief, consistent, and relatively simple. It obviously helps to have the truth on your side.

Before you decide to switch off from what you may think is some irrelevant academic debate, note that the authors of TLNF state that if we disagree with their view of the Mosaic covenant “we will be necessarily impoverished in our faith” and “see in only a thin manner the work of our Savior.” To disagree with republication is “not optional,” they say, because it paves the way for the erosion of the Gospel and of the doctrine of justification by faith.

All 4 Parts are now online.

The links to the 4 articles in the series can be accessed from the links below:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 2:56 PM Agree or Disagree? by Tom

Do you agree or disagree with the following quote and why?

"Scripture informs prayer and prayer informs Scripture."


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Monday, August 11, 2014 10:26 AM Keep your hearts by chestnutmare

Oh, study your hearts, watch your hearts, keep your hearts! Away with empty names and vain shows; away with unprofitable discourse and bold censures of others. Turn in upon yourselves, get into your closets, and now resolve to dwell there. You have been strangers to this work too long; you have kept other vineyards too long; you have trifled about the borders of religion too long. Will you now resolve to look better to your hearts? Will you hate and come out of the crowds of business and clamours of the world and retire yourselves more than you have done? Oh, that this day you would resolve upon it! ~ John Flavel

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Saturday, August 9, 2014 5:19 PM Interesting Interview on Terrorism by Tom

This morning I was listening to an interesting radio interview of a retired expert on terrorism.
Among the things I found interesting, are the following comments.
When fighting against an enemy it is very important to know how they think. Unfortunately, the West is not learning that lesson; their tactics show that they do not know how their enemy thinks. He quoted a Hamas leader who laughingly said that they were going to win because they loved death, more than the west loved life.
He went on to say that when Obama ordered air strikes (please note I am not sure what air strikes he was referring to), he was doing exactly what Hamas wanted them to, because it gives them credibility with the rest of Islam.
The interviewer asked him the question. What then would go a long way towards solving the problem?
He said for one thing the people who Hamas are hiding behind when they fire their rockets need to start rising against Hamas when they put them in harm’s way.
Unfortunately the interview ended after that.

Any thoughts concerning what the so called expert said?

As I think about what was said, I wondered really what good information came from what he said? Although what he said may or not be true, I am not sure he said anything particularly useful. However, that might be because it was such a short interview.


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Friday, August 1, 2014 5:20 AM "The Atonement - Introduction" by A.W. Pink by Pilgrim

The death of Christ, the incarnate Son of God, is the most remarkable event in all history. Its uniqueness was demonstrated various ways. Centuries before it occurred it was foretold all an amazing fulness of detail, by those men whom God raised up in the midst of Israel to direct their thoughts and expectations to a fuller and more glorious revelation of Himself. The prophets of Jehovah described the promised Messiah, not only as a person of high dignity and as one who should perform wondrous and blessed miracles, but also as one who should be “despised and rejected of men,” and whose labors and sorrows should be terminated by a death of shame and violence. In addition, they affirmed that He should die not only under human sentence of execution, but that “it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; HE hath put Him to grief” (Isa. 53:10), yea that Jehovah should cry, “Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the man that is My Fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the Shepherd” (Zech. 13:7).

This month's article deals with the quintessence of Christianity... the vicarious, substitutionary atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ; God in the flesh. The article, admittedly, is more of a 'teaser' that is hoped will create or increase your appetite for spiritual things, but not just spiritual things in general. What the visible church is sorely lacking today is doctrinal preaching with pointed application which is the only God-ordained means of 1) calling sinners to Christ, and 2) feeding the flock that already belongs to Christ.

This is not a 'meaty' article, but it is an appetizer that is meant to increase your hunger and prepare you for the main meal. May the Spirit of God be pleased to create within each and everyone who reads Pink's words a hunger for more... for more of Christ, the real biblical Christ as He is revealed in God's inspired, infallible and inerrant written Word.

Read August's Article of the Month: HERE.

Or, you can also find it HERE.

In His service and grace,

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