Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The First Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

O LORD, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Westminster Larger Catechism: Question 25

Question 25

Wherein consisteth the sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell?

The sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell, consisteth in the guilt of Adam’ s first sin, (Rom. 5:12,19) the want of that righteousness wherein he was created, and the corruption of his nature, whereby he is utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite unto all that is spiritually good, and wholly inclined to all evil, and that continually; (Rom. 3:10–19, Eph. 2:1–3, Rom. 5:6, Rom. 8:7–8, Gen. 6:5) which is commonly called Original Sin, and from which do proceed all actual transgressions. (James 1:14–15, Matt. 15:19)

The Westminster Larger Catechism: With Scripture Proofs. (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1996).

Given the late Dr. Gordon H. Clark's definition of "nature" as a "person" who thinks propositions in accord with human personality and his definition of the divine image and likeness as being the intellectual sentience and rationality of the human soul, one has to ask what his view was on this question in the catechism?  The Reformed view is that the corruption of nature and the total inability of man to save himself is a moral inability.  I believe A. W. Pink makes a distinction between "natural" inability and "moral" inability.  

I am thinking out loud here since this makes room for further theological investigation and reflection.  Is not moral and natural inability the same thing according to the Larger Catechism?  I am not sure that the Catechism or the Westminster Confession makes a distinction between natural and moral inability.  (Romans 8:7; 1 Corinthians 2:4; James 4:4).

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