by Carl R. Trueman (First Things)
Numerous times over the last few years I have heard both Roman Catholics and Protestants express a desire for a new Reformation. For traditional Catholics, Francis’s papacy has brought a chilly realism to bear upon the legacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Moreover, the ongoing and ever-intensifying abuse scandal has yet to have its full impact upon the Church of Rome—both in terms of institutional confidence and public image. Among orthodox Protestants, divisions on social justice issues and debates over the Trump presidency are driving erstwhile allies apart even as denominational numbers stagnate or decline. Continue reading
PMT 2018-023 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
In my last article I gave a brief exposition of God’s name which was given to Moses to encourage him to lead Israel out of bondage. We saw in that name reason to have hope in this world. Our God is a great God. And I will continue in Exodus by showing that our God is a great God above all gods. I will do this by briefly focusing on the Ten Plagues against Egypt and summarizing their theological purpose. Continue reading
PMT 2018-022 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
Postmillennialism goes against the pessimistic expectations of contemporary Christianity. Christians have adopted Woody Allen’s view of life: “More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”
This is because we take our eyes off of God and his great power. We are like the Israelites who feared entering the land. We declare that “we are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us” (Num. 13:31). We need to gain a renewed sense of the glory and power of God. Continue reading
PMW 2018-016 by Larry E. Ball
This is an excellent, short article on the dangers of Two-kingdom Theology. TKT is very much opposed to postmillennialism and to theonomic ethics. In this quick insight into TKT we can see the very obvious negative implications of this theology.
When I recently read the post about Andrew White, a PCA elder and a democratic candidate for the Governor of Texas (The Aquila Report, January 26), I was disheartened, to say the least. What bothered me most is that he seemed to imply that since both abortion and homosexual marriage are the law of the land, they must be right and good in a democratic society. Continue reading
PMW 2018-013 by Paul Helm (Ligonier Ministries)
Note from Ken Gentry: I am a postmillennialist. I am a biblical worldview advocate. And I am also a free-grace, absolute sovereignty-of-God Calvinist. My postmillennialism derives from and is secured by the biblical worldview which is anchored in the absolute sovereignty of God. It is easy to be a postmillennialist if you are a Calvinist.
But there is another view of God’s sovereignty as it relates to free moral agency that has arisen once again on the scene. It is called “Molinism,” after one of its creators, a Jesuit priest named Luis de Molina (1535-1600). This view has become popular among those Christians who recoil at the implications of God’s absolute sovereignty. Thus, I thought a re-posting of this article by Paul Helm might be helpful to my readers.
Paul Helm’s article
In recent months and years, an old controversy about the nature of God’s knowledge has been re-ignited in certain Christian circles. The doctrine at the center of this controversy is called “middle knowledge” (also known as Molinism). In an effort to help our readers better understand the issues at stake, we have invited Dr. Paul Helm to write an introduction to this important subject. Continue reading
PMT 2017-094 by R. J. Rushdoony (Chalcedon Foundation)
Every now and then somebody tries to tell me that everything is useless, because all life is determined by the politicians, or by heredity, environment, capitalists, labor unions, or somebody else. Naturally, a minister has to be polite, so I can’t always say exactly how I feel about such opinions, although I do assert human responsibility as against this excuse-making. Continue reading