Sound advice

Dan Phillips over at Pyromaniacs has some sound advice:
It seemed like the thing to do

This ties in with what I am currently reading, Abraham Kuyper’s “The Work of the Holy Spirit”. More about that later. For now, read this piercing admonition to subject knowledge and decisions to the Word of God.

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One response to “Sound advice

  1. I already read it… I’ve liked Pyromaniacs ever since they denounced fundamentalism and culture-shunning. 😀

    Anyhow, it’s funny you should mention Kuyper’s Work of the Holy Spirit, since I stumbled on that yesterday evening. He addressed a problem that is one of the chief matters of debate in our churches now. On the one hand I find myself agreeing with Kuyper, on the other hand disagreeing with him, on the same issue. It’s a nuisance. 🙂 Maybe you can help me.

    Blaauwendraad is one of the few who have written books showing that, in Reformation preaching, regeneration (in the narrow sense) and faith belong together, as ‘two sides of the same coin’; although regeneration precedes faith in the ordo salutis, they are simultaneous temporally.
    This addresses a big problem in our churches, which put heavy emphasis on the need of regeneration and none at all on faith. Who has faith, is regenerated; who is regenerated, has faith. It is impossible, dangerous, heretical to say that someone can be regenerated and not have faith, because the two are always placed together in the Bible. It is equally a distortion of the Gospel to teach (as is done in some of our churches) that a believer has to go through a number of defined experiences before he is a real, justified believer. This is the problem; Blaauwendraad and others address it by saying that regeneration and (exercised) faith go together.

    Kuyper doesn’t say so. He says that first there is a new life-principle, the faith-faculty or fides potentialis. People can be saved with just the faculty and without faith that they are justified. Only afterwards, they can come to a conviction of sin and justification.

    Undoubtedly, the pastors in our churches would applaud that, but the ‘rebels’, the ‘malcontents’ (to whom I am more attached, I confess) maintain that it is very dangerous and unbiblical to separate regeneration and faith this way. What do you think?

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