Ridderbos Quoted & Applied

“No doubt this knowledge and wisdom (which Paul speaks of in his corpus) in all their extent and explications do not simply coincide with faith; they are not gifts that, as it were, are ready to hand: they (knowledge and wisdom) must be discovered, traced, and investigated with all the saints and all generations. For the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge are more than be comprehended by one man, one church, and, — we may add to this — one generation.”

Herman Ridderbos
Paul — p. 245

Perhaps the greatest indicator of the anti-Christ nature of the contemporary visible Church in the West today is its delight in being stupid. Read the quote again. Characteristic of every Christian and every Church in one degree or another should be knowledge and wisdom and yet we throw knowledge and wisdom overboard for experience and emotion.

Why do we do that? Because of egalitarianism. We want everyone to be equal in the Church and if knowledge and wisdom were seen as signs of sanctification then clearly not everyone would be equal. BUT if we get rid of wisdom and knowledge as harbingers of sanctification and instead embrace experience and emotion then all Christians can be equally sanctified. Everybody can gin up some emotion and regale you about their experience.

This provides explanatory power to why the celibate sodomites in the Church no longer want to talk about Scripture, Doctrine, or theology but instead have taught their people, “Just tell your stories.”

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

One thought on “Ridderbos Quoted & Applied”

  1. Subjectivity requires no judgement and God’s judgement sifts out sentimentalism…no-one seems to have a use for it then.

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