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The Death of Confessional Calvinism in Scottish Presbyterianism (5)

In his recent book, Behold Your God (BYG), prominent Scottish Presbyterian theologian Donald Macleod denies the Reformed doctrine of total depravity. He denies this basic truth of Calvinism in the interests of defending the doctrine of common grace. Macleod teaches an operation of the Holy Spirit within unregenerated men and…

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The Death of Confessional Calvinism in Scottish Presbyterianism (2)

Common Grace and General Revelation From Scottish Presbyterian Donald Macleod’s book, Behold Your God (BYG), we learn that “the primary instrument of common grace is God’s general revelation” (p. 121). In fact, the author does not mean this. For a little later he makes plain that he thinks the “primary…

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The Death of Confessional Calvinism in Scottish Presbyterianism (3)

Providence and Sin More serious is Professor Macleod’s condemnation, in his book, Behold Your God (BYG), of Hoeksema’s doctrine of providence as “virtually blasphemous” (p. 131). Macleod is here commenting on Hoeksema’s criticism of common grace’s deviation from the Reformed doctrine of providence. Hoeksema is treating the question of the…

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The Death of Confessional Calvinism in Scottish Presbyterianism (4): Denial of Total Depravity

Influential Scottish Presbyterian theologian Donald Macleod denies the creedal Reformed and Presbyterian doctrine of total depravity. This is the biblical truth that the natural man, that is, the unregenerated human, is completely sinful. Macleod denies this doctrine in his recent book, Behold Your God (BYG). The denial of total depravity…

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The Death of Confessional Calvinism in Scottish Presbyterianism (7)

Our Reformed readers may need to be informed that it is the glory of confessional Presbyterianism that it boldly proclaims the particular love of God. The eternal source of this particular love is God’s decree of predestination. The revelation of this particular love is the definite, limited atonement of the…

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