Friday, May 2, 2008

Cross Words

My Westminster Seminary classmate Dr. Paul Wells of the Reformed Seminary in Aix-en-Provence, France has written a wonderful book on the Biblical Doctrine of the Atonement (Christian Focus, Scotland). He examines current thinking about the atonement - 'cosmic child abuse' - using a delightful style and forthright scholarship. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 9 on Victory. "If the goal of Satan as the Tempter is to drive a wedge between God and man, to stimulate disobedience through unbelief, he is totally disarmed when his lies are rejected. The victory of Jesus is a victory of obedience, the triumph of truth over lies. Satan is rendered powerless simply when God's truth is received, honored, and obeyed. The recognition of God's word is the best defense and the best attack" (p. 115). I am halfway through, but already have found some possible sermon ideas. You can purchase it through the Westminster Seminary Bookstore link

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