This book furnished by CCEL contains 350 pages of selections from Calvins Commentaries on various subjects: The Bible, God, Jesus Christ, Faith, Providence, etc.
He has also made available on his web-site his book on the Five Points of Calvinism, you can download it here: Five Points (this link is off-site on his web-site)
Excerpt from: The Approaching Advent Of Christ, Alexander Reese. Marshall, Morgan and Scott publishers, 1937.
Until the second quarter of the nineteenth century general agreement existed among pre-millennial advocates of our Lord’s Coming concerning the main outlines of the prophetic future: amidst differences of opinion on the interpretation of the Apocalypse and other portions of Scripture, the following scheme stood out as fairly representative of the school:
(I) The approaching Advent of Christ to this world will be visible, personal, and glorious.
Grover Gunn, pastor and theologian, has written extensively on dispensational theology. The following link is to a PDF version of his essay Dispensationalism: An Abbreviated Critique. It is a condensed version of his book Dispensationalism Today, Yesterday, And Tomorrow. You can find the book in e-book format posted (mobi & ePub) at: www.monergism.com. Hard-copies can be purchased at amazon.com.
I have also published his Doctrines Of Grace.pdf which I highly recommend.
Several years ago I obtained a copy of Hermeneutics – A Guide To Basic Bible Interpretation by Professor Darryl M. Erkel. It is an excellent introduction to the art & science of interpretation.
Click on the link below to download the PDF file:
Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Sola Christi, Soli Deo Gloria!
(1) The Holy Scriptures, that is the 66 books of the Bible, are inspired (i.e., God-breathed), inerrant (i.e., totally true in all they affirm), sufficient (i.e., telling us all that God wills to tell us and all that we need to know for salvation and eternal life), and clear (i.e., straightforward and self-interpreting on all matters of importance.
(2) God is Triune, that is he is One God existing in three Persons: “the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is infinitely wise, just, good, true and powerful, the ultimate reality, exclusively deserving religious worship and unquestioning obedience, who made the world out of nothing. Read the rest of this entry »
This term is used for the mysterious power which the Divine Spirit put forth on the authors of the scriptures of the Old and New Testament, in order to their composing these as they have been received by the Church of God at their hands. “All Scripture,” says an apostle, “is theopneustic. (2 Tim 3:16)”. This Greek expression, at the time when St Paul employed it, was new perhaps even among the Greeks; yet though the term was not used among the idolatrous Greeks, such was not the ease among the Hellenistic Jews. The historian Josephus, a contemporary of St Paul’s, employs another closely resembling it in his first book against Apion, when, in speaking of all the prophets who composed, says he, the twenty-two sacred books of the Old Testament,he adds, that they wrote according to the pneustia (or the inspiration) that comes from God. And the Jewish philosopher Philo, himself a contemporary of Josephus, in the account he has left us of his embassy to the emperor Caius, making use, in his turn, of an expression closely resembling that of St Paul, calls the Scriptures “theochrestoracles;” that is to say, oracles given under the agency and dictation of God. Theopneustia is not a system, it is a fact; and this fact, like every thing else that has taken place in the history of redemption; is one of the doctrines of our faith.
*From: Theopneustia – The Plenary Inspiration Of The Holy Scriptures Deduced From Internal Evidence, And The Testimonies Of Nature, History And Science by L. Gaussen, D.D., Professor Of Systematic Theology, Oratoire, Geneva
(Rev. W. J. Seaton is Minister of Inverness Reformed Baptist Church, Scotland.)
There is scarcely another word that arouses such suspicion, mistrust, and even animosity among professing Christians as the word Calvinism. And yet much of the zeal that is levelled against this system and those who hold and preach it is most certainly a zeal which is not according to knowledge. The following articles are written in the hope that much of the abuse that is hurled at the Calvinistic system of theology will be withdrawn, and that the truth of that great teaching, which was the backbone of our fathers in the faith, and the strength of the church in a far more glorious era than our own, will be clearly seen.
We must take our starting point in Holland in the year 1610. James Arminius, a Dutch professor) had just died and his teaching had been formulated into five main points of doctrine by his followers — known as Arminians. Up to this point, the churches of Holland, in common with the other major Protestant churches of Europe, had subscribed to the Belgic and Heidelberg Confessions of Faith, which were both set squarely on Reformation teachings. The Arminians wanted to change this position, however, and they presented their five points in the form of a Remonstrance — or protest — to the Dutch Parliament. The Five Points of Arminianism were, broadly speaking, as follows: Read the rest of this entry »
The American Creed: (from: http://goo.gl/4AaTbo)
“I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.” Read the rest of this entry »