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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

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The Reformed Faith and the Westminster Confession, by Dr. Gordon H. Clark


According to Dr. Gordon H. Clark, what set the Westminster Confession of Faith apart from other Reformation era confessions is that it starts out with the doctrine of Scripture rather than the doctrine of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  This is significant because it asserts that God cannot be known apart from special revelation in the inscripturated Word of God.  General revelation in nature is insufficient for saving knowledge or for saving faith (Romans 1:18-21).  As Dr. Clark put it:


One day I stood beside a small lake in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming. Water flowed out of the lake from both ends. The water that flowed out one end descended into stifling canyons and blistering deserts of Utah and Arizona; the water that flowed out the other end of this lake went through the fertile fields of the Midwest. I was standing on the great continental divide.

Metaphorically the first chapter of the Westminster Confession is a continental divide. Although the written Word of God has been the touchstone of pure doctrine in all ages, the twentieth century shows still more clearly that this chapter forms the great divide between two types of religion, or to make it of broader application, between two types of philosophy. Perhaps it would be plainer to say that the acceptance of the Bible as God’s written revelation separates true Christianity from all other types of thought.

- See more at:  The Reformed Faith and the Westminster Confession



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