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, December 18, 2010

Giving the Arminian Babel a Shake: The Wesley-Toplady Controversy (3)

Second, Toplady believed that there was good precedence [for preaching the doctrine of predestination]. That precedence was Jesus Christ himself, that “great preacher of predestination.” Christ, Toplady claimed, “considered election as a heart-reviving doctrine or He never would have commanded his disciples to rejoice because their names were written in heaven.” . . . [Luke 10:20 KJV] And finally, preaching predestination as a necessary aspect of the gospel demolished both Phariseeism and Antinomianism. Toplady believed that these two errors were as old as Adam because they belonged to the depraved nature everyone inherited from this first father. And only when believers understood that good works—and faith—were the fruit of election and not a condition, would they both perform them and not rely upon them for righteousness. Rev. Bill Langerak

Giving the Arminian Babel a Shake: The Wesley-Toplady Controversy (3)

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