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John Brine (1703-1765) and his Contemporaries as Seen by Modern Revisionists Part I. Brine’s Life

John Brine (1703-1765) and his Contemporaries as Seen by Modern Revisionists Part I. Brine’s Life       First, a few words of explanation. You might think there is more George Ella and our present contemporaries in this lecture than John Brine and his. This is because there is a good deal of John Brine in George Ella and most of our contemporaries positively hate John Brine so we must deal with them firmly but fairly or Brine has taught us in vain. So I am very blunt and particular in my evaluation of Brine’s reception today amongst our self-styled ‘Moderate Calvinists’. Nowadays, these moderately Reformed ministers who strive immoderately to muzzle us are rejecting every single doctrine of the Reformation, ridiculing and… Full Article

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John Brine (1703-1765), and his Contemporaries as Seen by Modern Revisionists Part II: Brine’s Theology

John Brine (1703-1765), and his Contemporaries as Seen by Modern Revisionists Part II: Brine’s Theology      In his Treatise on Various Subjects Brine says his calling is to defend the doctrines and principles of our religion, and to vindicate the sacred Word of God. As time is less than our subject craves, I shall select a few of his defences and vindications relevant to today’s debate and deal with justification, duty-faith, redemption, regeneration and sanctification. Justification      Biblical justification involves the full salvation of sinners, including election, union with Christ, adoption, forgiveness of sins, imputation, redemption, regeneration and sanctification. Today’s Pseudo- Reformed claim that… Full Article

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Recent Judgment on George Ella Examined

     Recently, I have been soundly scolded in a lengthy article on Peter Ditzel’s website both for my beliefs and for allegedly misrepresenting those of the web-master with ‘sarcasm’ and ‘verbal violence’. This article was chiefly, it appears, a reaction to my refutation of Ditzel’s criticism of my doctrine of justification. Several years after writing this rebuttal, Ditzel sent me two personal letters demanding an apology from my refusing to accept his version of what I believe on the grounds that he held his severe criticisms to be just. Indeed, he described my defense of my views in the most depreciating language. Now brother Ditzel has published, without prior notification, some of our correspondence, including a letter… Full Article

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Ditzel’s Last Stand

     Several weeks ago, I received a surprising letter from the NCT website The Word of His Grace, signed by Peter Ditzel. We had last corresponded personally, Peter informed me, in 2007 when I was very ill. So now, in April 2012, five years later Peter was writing to hear if I were now, once again, on my feet. That was the nicest bit about the letter.      Then Peter mentioned that he had written some six essays a number of years ago on his site attacking my doctrine of Justification and he had since been informed by a third party that I had responded, though I only discovered the essays some time later when surfing the web for information on Justification. It appears that Peter now wanted a larger public than a mere… Full Article

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Be Sure Your Sins Will Find You Out

Part One: The scriptures conclude all under sin Sin refers to God’s law alone      The word ‘sin’ is a rarity nowadays and like the gospel words ‘holiness’ and ‘righteousness’, might soon disappear from our vocabulary. The reasons is two-fold: ‘sin’ in its traditional meaning is the opposite of holiness and righteousness, theological terms which relate to the Person of God. Thus, there can be no awareness of sin where there is no awareness of our sovereign, absolute and holy God. Where there is no sense of sin, there can be no sense of righteousness. The second reason follows from the first. Our holy God has given us a clear definition of sin in His Word. God’s eternal nature is revealed to us in His… Full Article

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Welsh Liberal Challenges Luther on Justification

     This year’s Siegwinden Conference (Germany), held from 24th-26th February, experienced a great drop in the standards of teaching which it has come to appreciate over the years. The main speaker, Philip Eveson, a Bible College Principal and reputed to be a Reformed man, proved a wolf in sheep’s clothing and openly declared himself to be a contender against the reformed faith. Radically denying the experimental, new-life-giving work of God in Justification so much emphasised by the New Testament writers and our Reformers, Eveson proclaimed that it was merely a legal, ‘as if’ act with no actual transforming of the sinner into a saint. Using the most inappropriate illustration of North and South Korea to describe… Full Article

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The Old Paths versus New Divinity

The Old Paths versus New Divinity: Exemplified by William Huntington and Andrew Fuller  Part I      The work of the Banner of Truth Trust proved a great encouragement in my spiritual development and I became an enthusiastic reader of their magazine from its start. Throughout the following years, especially during the seventies and eighties, I was able to break away from my work in Sweden and Germany to attend those inspiring Leicester Conferences which blessed the soul of so many pastors and teachers and gave them a love for Reformed doctrines and personal holiness. In those early halcyon days of theological unity and brotherly love, we young men believed that we were on the verge of a great revival and a return to the Old… Full Article

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Walter Chantry and the New Law of Righteousness

An editorial downgrading      Recently, BOT editor, Walter Chantry, published three essays under the title ‘Sort of’ Reformed, dealing, amongst other things, with New Covenant Theology. Though he concluded that new NCT is worse than old Neonomianism, he accepted many NCT ideas regarding ‘moral law’ and Mosaic Law, arguing for a new Neonomianism and a new emphasis on man’s moral duties. This makes him a ‘sort of’ NCT himself. So, too BOT’s close ally, Tom Wells, is an avowed protagonist of New Covenant Theology and one who Iain Murray uses to promote his works as in his Unresolved Controversy. Tom Wells is also a welcome contributor to the Banner’s theological partner Reformation Today. Other close associates of the… Full Article

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The Lawful Use of the Law

Dear Editor,      As Christians, we realise that we know only in part until we see Christ face to face. This realisation ought not to deter us from practising another Scriptural truth which is to declare the whole counsel of God as it is revealed to us in Scripture. I fear that two articles in the October/November issue of New Focus tended to lean on the former state alone rather than towards the latter injunction. Both the very severe strictures of Don Fortner on the law and the equally severe legalism of Carl Haak on marriage are both partial applications of the truth which might put the reader under legal bondage rather than reveal to them what is the full grace of God as applied to sinners. May I suggest that both writers might… Full Article

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New Focus Interview on Hyper-Calvinism

Antinomian Hyper-Calvinism versus the Law and the Gospel: A New Focus Interview with George M. Ella Q. The 18th century controversy regarding Hyper-Calvinism and Antinomianism seems to have emerged again in recent years and, although your book William Huntington: Pastor of Providence has been welcomed by many, a few voices maintain that you have opened old wounds and should have let sleeping dogs lie. A. Wounds caused by cries of Hyper-Calvinism have long been open and much salt has been rubbed in them in recent years. The once sleeping dogs of Antinomianism have been barking loudly for all to hear for some time. My aim in reviving Huntington’s teaching on the full Law and the full Gospel, as also my publications on Cowper, Gill and… Full Article

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