Posts Tagged William Tyndale

Moral Anarchy

A lecture given at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford for the Annual Protestant Reformation Society Conference, August 29. 2013   Moral Anarchy A brief evaluation of my task      I received my conference topic for this year rather reluctantly, doubting my credentials for tackling the subject. ‘Moral anarchy’ has become a fashionable, umbrella term to describe why the Western world appears to be turning from God. Like all fashionable jargon, it does not always allow for careful analysis. Indeed, the term, for many, would place man’s entire sinful rebellion against God in one field only and thus hinder us from grasping the real problem. Moral Anarchy is an outcome of the general rot but not its cause. Our conference sub-title thus stresses… Full Article

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Letter on Atonement

A letter to the English Churchman defending the term ‘atonement’ as being descriptive of Christ’s full work on the cross. Sir,      The News & Comment article on the atonement (No. 7686) needs etymological and theological correction. The assertions that ‘at-one-ment’ is a breaking up of ‘atonement’; is only ‘a result of atonement’ (not atonement itself); and this is merely a ‘marvellous coincidence’; are false. The word ‘atonement’ was intentionally coined from the three particles ‘at’, ‘one’ and ‘ment’. Thus the term ‘atonement’ is meaningless if made to stand outside of its individual parts and semantic content. The word was a Reformation neologism, used to translate the Hebrew and… Full Article

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E C Justification from Eternity

Sir:      Kenneth Harris’ recommendation of Rutherford’s insistence on justification in time contradicts the Anglican Reformers who spoke of a three-fold manifestation of justification i.e. from eternity, in the conscience and at glorification. So, too, Presbyterian Reformers such as Witsius outlined justification in nine stages from eternity into time. Our Reformers accounted the elect just before God in union with Christ from eternity by having Christ’s righteousness first imputed to them and then made conscious in them through God-given faith. This Tyndale taught in Pathway to the Holy Scriptures and Prologue to Romans. The Anglican Homily on Justification stresses that “justification is the office of God alone, and is not… Full Article

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Portraits of Faithful Saints

Portraits of Faithful Saints, Herman Hanko, Reformed Free Publishing Association, 1999.      When the postman called with my author’s copies of Mountain Movers, he also brought Herman Hanko’s  similar book entitled Portraits of Faithful Saints. A peep into the Preface confirmed this similarity as Hanko, like myself, makes Heb. 12:1 ff. his starting point. Where I, however, have merely portrayed those Christian stalwarts who have personally influenced my faith, Hanko’s aim is to demonstrate “the works of God in His providential government of the world.” Whereas I merely list my mentors in chronological order, Hanko covering a wider sphere, divides his book into seven parts, each dealing with a different… Full Article

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