Thursday, July 21, 2005

John Owen: Christ is the Ark of the Covenant

"Christ is the ark of this house...the ark and the mercyseat covering it. Christ, as the ark and mercy-seat, hides this law; - it shall not (I speak in respect to this house) be produced at the day of trial. Let not poor sinners fear, it will not be with them as with Uzzah: - he touched the ark and died; touch this ark, and live forever." John Owen, "THE BEAUTY OF ZION: OR, THE GLORY OF THE CHURCH IN ITS RELATION UNTO CHRIST."

Vos on Redemptive Realities

"Sacred history deals with the redemptive realities created by the supernatural activity of God. Biblical theology deals with the redemptive knowledge communicated in order to interpret these realities. From this it follows, that while the two are intimately associated, yet they are logically distinct. The one moves in the sphere of being, the other in the sphere of truth." Geerhardus Vos, The Nature and Aims of Biblical Theology,

Fred Price: Nothing wrong with "prosperity for prosperity sake"

Charisma NOW -- Pastor Says Word-Faith Teachings 'Around Since the Apostle Paul'
Fred Price doesn't shy away from the health-wealth-prosperity paradigm in which he has been a major player for a long time. In this interview with charismatic magazine Ministries Today, Price makes the claim that Word-Faith theology has been around the apostle Paul and is a revelation of "the way the system works". This is in keeping with his claims that Jesus, the disciples, and the apostle Paul were rich, not to mention numerous other bizarre claims about the Bible and prosperity.

In fact, his use of the word "works" is a tipoff that his HWP is pragmatically utilitarian. His message to blacks: "I want them to know that this works. It works for someone black and in the ghetto. So don't let that any longer be your excuse for not succeeding." IOW, those who live in the ghetto do so because they don't have enough of the right kind of faith (presumably the kind of faith that gives generously to Price).

Of course, Price is justifying his "fleecing the flock" lifestyle, which includes driving a Rolls Royce. Price's comments should remind us that "there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep." (2 Peter 2:1-3)