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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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Book Reviews

An Introduction to the New Testament, by D. A. Carson, Douglas J. Moo, & Leon Morris; Zondervan Publishing House, 1992; 537 pp., $24.95 (hard cover). [Reviewed by Prof. Herman Hanko.] Books on “Introduction” deal with background material on Scripture. Usually they deal with the individual books of the Bible. A…

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Book Reviews

The ABC’s of Assurance, by John H. Gerstner. Ligonier, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1991. 112 pages. Paper. $7.95. [Reviewed by the Editor.] Literally. Dr. Gerstner treats the biblical . doctrine of the Christian’s assurance of salvation by chapter headings that follow the alphabet: “Assurance of Eternal Salvation”; “Beating the…

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Fasting

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We read of fasts for the most part in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word means to cover the mouth, to keep the mouth shut, to fast. The Mosaic law prescribed only one fast, what Leviticus 16:29-31 calls “afflicting…

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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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1. More Leakage or Hemorrhage? 2. Mid-America Preparing to Move 3. Reformed Ecumenical Council 1992 4. All Within Us

Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. More Leakage or Hemorrhage? Since we last reported on the statistics of those congregations which have seceded from the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), seven more groups have formed independent churches. Only three of the previous secessions have occurred…

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Letters`

The Reformed View of the “Real Presence” As a subscriber to the Standard Bearer, I have been reading with interest Prof. Hanko’s articles in recent issues on Ulrich Zwingli (cf. the SB, August 1 and Sept. 1, 1992). In the most recent article, you mention the problem of the Real…

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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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