Monthly Archives: August 2015

  • Westminster Shorter Catechism, Week 34

    Q. 84: What doth every sin deserve?
    A: Every sin deserve God’s wrath and curse, both in this life, and that which is to come.

    In his book Saved from What? R.C. Sproul recounts an encounter he had while teaching theology at Temple University in the 60s.

    On one such day I sought an hour’s solace and quietude from this cacophony in the faculty dining room. I stretched my lunch hour to the limit in order to squeeze out every moment of peace I could enjoy.

    As the noon hour ended, I deposited my lunch tray in the bin and began my trek across the plaza to my classroom. I was walking briskly to avoid being late. I was alone, minding my own business. Suddenly, apparently out of nowhere, a gentleman appeared in front of me, blocking my forward progress. He … Read More »

  • Westminster Shorter Catechism, Week 33

    Q. 83. Are all transgressions of the law equally heinous?
    A. Some sins in themselves, and by reason of several aggravations, are more heinous in the sight of God than others.

    On its face, it seems that all sin is the same. James wrote, “if we fail in keeping one part of the law we are guilty of all of it” (James 2:10) and John phrases it simply, “sin is the breaking of God’s law” (1 John 3:4). Yet, we also see in Scripture, places where some offenses are seen as greater than others. Most notably, the statement from Jesus, “he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin” (John 19:11).

    It is important before expounding this Question 83 that we affirm clearly: we are accountable for all our sin and there is no sin that isn’t either … Read More »

  • Westminster Shorter Catechism, Week 32

    Q. 82. Is any man able perfectly to keep the commandments of God?
    A.  No mere man, since the fall, is able in this life perfectly to keep the commandments of God, but doth daily break them in thought, word, and deed.

    Meditating on the Law of God (as we have) is a humbling exercise. Reflecting on the Law and all that it demands, forces our mouths shut before God. Who of among us has perfectly kept this Law? The demands of the Law, in its summarized form of the Ten Commandments, at first appearances may not seem too much to ask. Yet it’s upon careful self-examination that we come face to face with a heavy revelation. First, we encounter the standard of God’s righteousness and secondly our inability to meet the demands of the Law.

    The Law is known in our … Read More »

  • Westminster Shorter Catechism, Week 31

    Q. 79. Which is the tenth commandment?
    A. The tenth commandment is, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maid servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

    Q. 80. What is required in the tenth commandment?
    A. The tenth commandment requireth full contentment with our own condition, with a right and charitable frame of spirit toward our neighbor, and all that is his.

    Q. 81. What is forbidden in the tenth commandment?
    A. The tenth commandment forbiddeth all discontentment with our own estate, envying or grieving at the good of our neighbor, and all inordinate motions and affections to anything that is his.

    The tenth commandment brings the decalogue back full circle to the prologue (I am the … Read More »