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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 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Gordon H. Clark: Quote of the Day: The Breastplate of Righteousness



"The soldier's breastplate is righteousness.  Be assured that this righteousness is not the Christian's moral conduct."  -- Gordon H. Clark

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (Ephesians 6:14-15 NKJ)


"Paul compares the soldier's girdle or belt, used not only as a swordbelt but also as protection for the abdomen, with truth.  Just below, it is the sword itself, and not the girdle, that symbolizes the Word of God, or truth.  Metaphors, we know, can hardly be consistent.  The soldier's breastplate is righteousness.  Be assured that this righteousness is not the Christian's moral conduct.  Such could never defend him against the onslaught of the devil.  In fact, if the Christian depended on his own moral accomplishments, Satan would have already been victorious.  On the contrary, the righteousness that defends us against the devil is Christ's perfect righteousness imputed to us.  The devil can never pierce that breastplate."   

-- Gordon H. Clark.  Commentaries on Paul's Letters:  Ephesians, Colossians, First and Second Thessalonians.  The Works of Gordon Haddon Clark.  Volume 12.  "Ephesians."  (Unicoi:  Trinity Foundation, 2005), page 141.





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