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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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Divorcing Faith from the Intellect: Gordon H. Clark Quote

"They wish to exclude faith from both the intellect and the will. It will then be an emotion."   --  Dr. Gordon H. Clark

I regret that Calvin, a giant among pygmies, said that assent comes from the heart and not from the head. This distinction is unscriptural; the Bible nowhere opposes heart to head, for it does not mention this “head.” Naturally assent comes from the heart because all psychological actions of a person come from the heart. There is nothing else for them to come from.

Aside from this unfortunate slip, Calvin proceeds to say that assent is the obedience of faith. Clearly obedience is a matter of volition. Assent then is an act of will. No pious additions are necessary, for the assent itself is already pious. 

It is amazing that so many writers who profess to be devout, and who are reputed so to be, fulminate against the assent of the mind, especially against the mind, and continue to insist that faith is not an intellectual exercise. Once again let it be said that understanding or intellect apart from belief and assent is not faith. But this is not what these anti-intellectuals mean. They wish to exclude faith from both the intellect and the will. It will then be an emotion. As such, faith is divorced from belief in the Gospel message.

Gordon H. Clark (2013-03-04T05:00:00+00:00). What Is The Christian Life? (Kindle Locations 3234-3243). The Trinity Foundation. Kindle Edition.

It should be noted that Clark said that the heart "thinks."  In short, the Bible says that the heart and the mind are veritably synonymous.  (Proverbs 23:7).

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