Count the Cost, Christian

A Sea of Doubt A component of critical thinking that has unfortunately been lost in the modern period is the ability to analyze the cost of making an argument. Few stop to consider what else must be true if the claim they are making is true. An argument does not exist in a vacuum, itContinue reading “Count the Cost, Christian”

Two Different Texts

Introduction In my articles, I frequently comment that the Modern Critical Text and the Traditional Text represent two different forms of the text of the New Testament. Some disagree, and use this website to demonstrate that they are not that different. The site is helpful as a comparative tool between the ESV and KJV, thoughContinue reading “Two Different Texts”

A Meaningful, Reformed Defense of the Scriptures

Before reading this article, I recommend listening to this electrifying sermon by Pastor Joel Beeke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjANwDtJkwc Introduction Charles Spurgeon once said in a Sermon dealing with the defense of the Scriptures: “I am a Christian minister, and you are Christians, or profess to be so; and there is never any necessity for Christian ministers toContinue reading “A Meaningful, Reformed Defense of the Scriptures”

Does the Modern Apologetic Offer a Meaningful Response to Bart Ehrman?

Introduction It is often stated that the Confessional Text position, which was the position that the post-Reformation divines defended against the Papists and Anabaptists, offers no meaningful answer to critics like Bart Ehrman. It is said that in order to defend the text of the New Testament, one has to adopt the epistemology and methodsContinue reading “Does the Modern Apologetic Offer a Meaningful Response to Bart Ehrman?”

The Divine Original and the Initial Text

“At the most demanding level, I believe that we still await a truly critical edition of the New Testament…Each new discovery made the old critical apparatuses ever more out of date, and, even more worryingly, cast doubt on the quality of existing critical texts…The Nestle-Aland edition is a fine tool, and one could not imagineContinue reading “The Divine Original and the Initial Text”

The Septuagint and the Received Text

Introduction Recently, I encountered the view that the Hebrew masoretic text of the Old Testament was not inspired. Some say that it was a wicked, corrupted, invention of Christ hating Jews. Others simply deny the authenticity or preservation of the Hebrew text in favor of the Septuagint. This is not some niche corner of theContinue reading “The Septuagint and the Received Text”

A Scripture is a Scripture, No Matter How Small

Introduction Many Christians have had trouble understanding what is meant by the Westminster Confession of Faith and the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith when they say that the Old Testament in Hebrew, and the New Testament in Greek have been “kept pure in all ages” (1.8). It does not mean that the framers ofContinue reading “A Scripture is a Scripture, No Matter How Small”

The Young, Textless, and Reformed

“The Young, Textless, and Reformed” is a clever title crafted by Dr. Jeff Riddle, pastor of Christ Reformed Baptist Church in Louisa, Virginia. The title describes a young generation of Calvinists that were brought up in the environment of modern textual criticism, myself included. This generation is one of the first who did not growContinue reading “The Young, Textless, and Reformed”