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“And In One Holy Local Church”: The Ghettoization of Protestantism (3)

Part 2 of the article. The Nature and Structure of the New Testament Church By now, we have shown the nakedness of a number of mythologies so dear to modern churchmen. Mandatory “local church membership” and the related to it “vows” and “covenants” are a novelty, it came from the cults and from political pressure […]

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“And In One Holy Local Church”: The Ghettoization of Protestantism (2)

Part 1 of the article. God of Lone Rangers, Destroyer of Systems It is for this reason the Church in the past was not against, and certainly not afraid of, sending out Christians as “lone rangers,” or of accepting them as a necessary part of its own growth. In fact, in the early centuries of […]

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Putting the Claim that “Theonomy Is Like Shariah” to Presuppositional Rest (2)

(Continues from here.) From the Nature of Revelation to the Nature of Law This so far was a long introduction to the issue of comparing the two legal systems, but it is unavoidable if our analysis is to be a thorough presuppositional analysis. Unless we know the nature of the god of the system, and […]

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Christendom: Westminster’s Forgotten Legacy

A while ago, I came across a book that caught my attention: “Recovering the Reformed Confession” by R Scott Clark. At the time, I had no idea about who Scott Clark was or what he believed. But the title and the description of the book caught my attention: Much of what passes as Reformed among […]

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History Is Nothing More Than the Perfection of the Creeds Over Time

 (A lecture delivered to the conference organized by the Mid-Atlantic Reformation Society in July 2012.) “Human history is in essence a history of ideas.” Herbert George Wells wrote these word in 1919 in his Outline of History, a massive 1,300-pages work designed to revolutionize the study of history along new lines. The master writer and […]

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The Filioque Cause: Why the West Is West and the East Is East

(A lecture delivered to the conference organized by the Mid-Atlantic Reformation Society in July 2012.) A Russian friend of mine who volunteered some time ago to translate Reformed articles into Russian wrote me and said, “I have a problem. I don’t know how to translate rule of law in Russian.” I replied, “Sure there should […]

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Creedal Culture

Constantinople wasn’t just another Rome in the 4th century AD. Not even close. Yes, from the vantage point of the imperial historians and bureaucrats, it may have been a “second Rome.” After all, all that bureaucrats want is a place for an office. If the office is in another city, then that city is “Rome.” […]

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