Presbyterians of the Past

Terry L. Johnson, China and the Reformed Faith

For this post Presbyterians of the Past welcomes a thought-provoking piece by Pastor Terry L. Johnson of Independent Presbyterian Church, Savannah, Georgia. He is the author of several books...

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Mail Carrying on Sunday

Not too long ago we pulled up to our home after a morning at church and went to the entrance as usual. On the porch was a brown package complete with the usual abundance of bar coded slick paper and Times New Roman font...

General Assembly Moderators

The list that follows provides the moderators of the general assemblies of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) beginning in 1789. Also, it includes moderators of both the Old School and New...

Andrew Flinn, 1773-1820

Andrew was born to Nicholas and Mary (Wilson) Flinn in Maryland in 1773. Nicholas was an immigrant from Ireland and it is likely Mary was also. When Andrew was just over a year old the Flinns moved to Mecklenburg...

Review, Motyer, Loving the Old Testament

The Old Testament is sometimes neglected by Christians even though it constitutes three-quarters of the Bible’s content. Sermons using its passages tend towards expositions of the creation account in Genesis, Psalms for...

Notes & News

The following is quoted from a book review by B. B. Warfield which included seven German works on inspiration. It was published in The Presbyterian and Reformed Review in 1893.

The most important thing to note with reference to the present discussion of inspiration, as mirrored in these treatises, is that the burning question of the times is not some recondite matter of mode or of "theory"…of inspiration, but the very practical matter of the trustworthiness of the Bible. The so-called "positive" theology of the German universities yields the fact—the Scriptures are not trustworthy in all matters, they contain errors…. It is equally to be noted that the whole discussion of this school proceeds on a priori bases and methods: absolute errorlessness is not necessary for the purpose for which the Scriptures are given.…If we are to occupy the attitude towards Scripture which Christ occupied, the simple "It is written!" must have the same authority to us in matters of doctrinal truth, of practical duty, of historical fact and of verbal form that it had to Him; and to us as truly as to Him, the Scriptures must be incapable of being broken. [posted 8/11/2020]

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