Theology

  • Written by John Fesko

The Dangers of Fundamentalism

There are many within the evangelical community that confidently tell others that they are Reformed. They proudly declare that they are "five point Calvinists." Yet, what may come as a surprise to some, is that the Reformed Faith has more than five points. For example, can someone be Reformed if they do not affirm the doctrine of the church, covenants, or church discipline? The answer to this is a resounding, No! Why is this the case? Reformed theologians have always stressed the idea that the Reformed Faith is nothing less than biblical Christianity. The idea that a Reformed soteriology, or doctrine of salvation, can be divorced from the rest of the teaching of Scripture is therefore unacceptable. Now, with this in mind, we should therefore duly note that when the Westminster divines were setting forth the teaching of Scripture in the Confession and Catechisms, they devoted an entire chapter to the subject of Christian Liberty and Liberty of Conscience. What is the significance of this subject and why is it a cardinal doctrine of the Reformed Faith?

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  • Written by John Fesko

Election and Evangelism

One of the hallmark doctrines of the Reformed faith is the sovereignty of God. We take great comfort in Gods providential control over whatsoever comes to past (Eph 1.11; Dan 4.35; Mat 10.29; Acts 17.26; Psa 139.16; Rom 8.28 et al). The pinnacle of Gods sovereignty is found in our electionGods sovereign decision to save those whom He desires from sin and death. The most familiar passage of Scripture that communicates this doctrine is, of course, the ninth chapter of Romans.

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  • Written by John Fesko

What is Fundamentalism?

We often hear the word fundamentalism bandied about in the media.  We hear the phrase “right-wing Islamic fundamentalists” used in connection with terrorism.  What is disturbing is that sometimes the same adjective is used to describe Christians--“right wing Christian fundamentalists.”  The tactic is simple—try to identify Islamic terrorists with Christians to make people believe they will commit the same violence.  Yet, what we should ask is, What is fundamentalism?  Secondly, is the OPC a fundamentalist denomination?

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