David Chilton’s Exposition of Biblical Slavery

The following excerpt is from David Chilton’s Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt Manipulators (3rd ed., 1985). It is a full length response (375 pages) to Ron Sider’s Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger (1978). Sider’s work is significant because his social and political positions are essentially identical to what has come to be called “Wokism.” Throughout Productive Christians, Chilton takes the approach that ought always to be taken with error: quote and exposit Scripture faithfully and simply. By the end of even the first chapter, it becomes clear that Sider’s thesis, and along with it present-day Woke theology and politics, are not only in error, but dangerous and fundamentally at odds with God and his law. This excerpt is Chilton’s brilliant exposition of God’s law regarding slavery. For those interested in reading Chilton’s entire book, it can be downloaded free here. A free audiobook can be found here. This excerpt is quite lengthy, but the careful reading of it will pay dividends.

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The Use of Scripture in Apologetics: Scripture as Worldview

This article appeared in Heritage Presbyterian Church‘s quarterly publication, The Heritage Journal. It has been modified slightly for use on this blog.

The Westminster Confession of Faith begins, as many confessional documents and theological textbooks do, with an exposition on the identity, properties, place, and importance of Scripture. Those who have been born of God have an undying commitment to Scripture’s authority as the very Word of God. Scripture has bearing for all matters of faith. It tells us how to be saved from the wrath to come. It instructs us as to how we are to conduct ourselves in the household of God. It informs us of how God is to be honored in public worship. In Scripture we learn how to pray, how to communicate with our brothers and sisters in the Lord, and how to think about God and his being. It also has bearing in all areas of life: how to honor the Lord in the workplace, how to live wisely before men, and how to relate to our neighbor in a way that is just and equitable.

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Why Confessions? The Case for Doctrinal Standards

This article appeared in Heritage Presbyterian Church‘s quarterly publication, The Heritage Journal. It has been modified slightly for use on this blog.

We have often heard the statement, “No creed but Christ!” Whether or not it is ever explicitly stated, this has become the rallying cry for many evangelical Protestant churches, especially here in America. The sentiment behind the statement is this: “We don’t need doctrine. Doctrine divides. We just need Christ.” While it is certainly true that Christ is our one true need, is it true that we do not need doctrine? The great twentieth century Reformed theologian Louis Berkhof noticed this trend in thought nearly a century ago: “The present age is an undogmatic age. There is a manifest aversion, not only to dogmas, but even to doctrines, and to a systematic presentation of doctrinal truth.”1 One can imagine, then, the horror on many people’s faces when they come to a denomination like the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and see that our confession of faith is over twenty pages long! The question we are going to explore here is whether or not there is a place for such statements of doctrine in the Church. Are they helpful, or unnecessarily pedantic?

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Blog Restart

Dear Readers,

A couple years ago I decided to cease my activity on this blog. It had been going for some time. Over a period of four or five years, I had written around forty posts on various subjects. Most of the posts were about various pet topics of mine. Over time, however, the blog eventually became a place where I could vent about and respond to various events and articles I had encountered. I eventually pulled the plug on the blog because I had grown weary of keeping up with it.

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