• Lies and Their Consequences

    Deuteronomy 19:16-21

    The Lord, being the font of wisdom and truth, has given us fair principles for guiding His community. It is essential, therefore, for a healthy church to follow His law, showing grace to the repentant and applying discipline when professing ...Read More

  • The Ninth Commandment

    Exodus 20:16

    Slander and gossip pervade our culture, and thus it is very easy to break the ninth commandment without being aware that we are actually doing anything wrong. As those who have been called out of the darkness of sin into ...Read More

  • Stealing from God

    Malachi 3:6-12

    It is tempting to give God only the leftovers after we have spent our income on ourselves. Yet this should not be the attitude of the Lord’s people, for what we own is His, and He has said that ...Read More

  • The Eighth Commandment

    Exodus 20:15

    We have no right to another person’s time, income, or property, and so we must be very careful never to steal any of these from our neighbor, whether directly or indirectly. For example, we should keep the appointments we ...Read More

  • The Seventh Commandment

    Exodus 20:14

    Western culture presently suffers from a lustful decadence that makes it hard to stand for purity in a way that offers the grace of the gospel to sinners without compromising God’s high standards. As we deal with sexual sinners ...Read More

  • A Murderer from the Start

    John 8:44

    Scripture’s emphasis on both the inward attitudes of evil and the outward deeds of wickedness results in a doctrine of sin that is both robust and realistic. The problem of sin is rooted within, and it takes an inward ...Read More

  • The Sixth Commandment

    Exodus 20:13

    Ephesians 4:26 tells us that there are times when we may be righteously angry, but distinguishing this from the kind of malice forbidden in the sixth commandment can be quite difficult. We must be cautious when we find ourselves ...Read More

  • The Razor’s Edge

    Romans 12:2

    John Murray, a great Reformed ethicist and theologian (d. 1975), said that the difference between right and wrong can sometimes be a razor’s edge. Since this distinction can be so fine, it is very important that we study Scripture ...Read More

  • Principle or Custom?

    1 Corinthians 11:1–16

    When we and most of our tradition has been uncertain about whether a particular command is a principle or custom, then it is wise for us as individuals to treat it as a principle. We should not, however, bind the ...Read More

  • Natural Law

    Romans 2:12–16

    There are no consistent moral relativists. Since moral relativists say there is no universal right and wrong, they invalidate their beliefs when they complain about being treated unfairly. The fact that no one is a moral relativist guarantees that we ...Read More

  • The Basis of Ethics

    Judges 2:11; 21:25

    The way in which the Mosaic law applies to believers today is a contentious matter, and there are many different opinions on the subject even within the Reformed tradition. All agree, however, that the coming of Christ did not suddenly ...Read More

  • Moral Relativism

    John 18:38a

    Being Christians in the world, we face the challenge of having our ethics shaped by the culture around us. That is why we must be careful to discern the messages we are being sent and evaluate them by the standards ...Read More

  • Christian Slaves and Masters

    1 Timothy 6:1-2a

    Dr. John MacArthur writes, “Displaying a proper attitude of submission and respect, and performing quality work, help make the gospel believable” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1,797). Those who profess Christ and yet are insubordinate to their employers or ...Read More

  • The Price of a Man

    Luke 4:1-13

    Voices all around us are tempting us to give up our integrity, especially when others are not looking. Satan tempted Jesus to give in when no one else was around, but He resisted the lie that He would not be ...Read More

  • The Testing of Deacons

    1 Timothy 3:10

    John Calvin also explains that “those men are to be chosen who are approved by their past life in such a manner that, after what may be called full inquiry, they are ascertained to be well qualified.” The concern is ...Read More