4.28.2009

Perkins on LAW & GOSPEL P2--Was Perkins Lutheran?

I cite this simply to show the ignorance of those who claim a law/gospel distinction is only Lutheran and leads to antinomianism. Those who make such charges might want to read the father of Elizabethan Puritanism whose works outsold even that of Calvin three to one. And to my knowledge, Perkins was no Lutheran.

Here is a good statement from Perkins on the third use of the law in his commentary on Matt. 5:18:

"If it be further said that the law itself is abrogated; for that every one that breaks the law is not accursed according to the sentence thereof (Deut. 37:26). Answer. We must know that the law is but one part of God's word, and the gospel another, revealing another part of God's will, besides that which the law made known; for it adds a qualification to the law, moderating the rigor thereof, after this manner: He is accursed (saith the law) that faileth in any commandment, except (saith the gospel) he be reconciled again in Christ, and in him have the pardon of his transgressions. And yet the law remains forever a rule of obedience to every child of God, though he be not bound to bring the same obedience for his justification before God."




2 comments:

  1. I defintely think Rev. Mark Denver has it right with it comes to the Gospel, link below:

    http://www.monergism.com/mp3/2010/04/t4g_2010_video_sessions.php

    Peace and Grace,
    Gil

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  2. I defintely think Rev. Mark Denver has it right with it comes to the Gospel, link below:

    http://www.monergism.com/mp3/2010/04/t4g_2010_video_sessions.php

    Peace and Grace,
    Gil

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