• What is the greatest threat of the world to the church today? Question and Answer

    Revelation 3

    HORTON: The greatest question in any moment is whether that Word above all earthly powers is being proclaimed by weak and sinful human beings. THOMAS: From a personal point of view, my greatest threat is always that I lose my love for Jesus; I lose my passion for Him. I don’t deny the faith. I don’t deny the Apostles’ Creed. I just grow cold and indifferent, and Jesus may spew me out of His mouth, to use the analogy of Revelation 3. NICHOLS: You mentioned when we started this Dr. Sproul’s bachelor’s thesis, which was on the chapter of the … View Resource

  • Since the Bible is sufficient for all of life, should we rule out psychology in counseling? Question and Answer

    HORTON: This is where a quote from Calvin is so helpful. The Anabaptists, the radical Protestants of Calvin’s day, believed that secular learning itself—secular culture, secular science, secular rhetoric, and logic—was sinful. We should just study the Bible and get everything out of the Bible. And the Reformers just were completely opposed to that idea, because it was undermining this very doctrine of God’s common grace—that God has graced the world with all sorts of truth, goodness, and beauty that we cannot destroy, though we would if we could. And that the Holy Spirit is at work, restraining people from … View Resource

  • Did Old Testament believers possess the Holy Spirit the same way as the New Testament believers? Question and Answer

    John 7:39

    HORTON: I just wrote a book on the Holy Spirit, and it really enriched my own experience of the Spirit as well as thoughts about questions like this; and it made me more uncertain of the answers that I had for it. Dr. Ferguson has written on this really well in his book on the Holy Spirit. There’s a danger on one hand to so defend the unity of the one covenant of grace that we don’t recognize the peaks and the valleys, the differences from old covenant to new covenant. The other danger is the opposite danger of not … View Resource

  • Should Christians listen to secular music? Question and Answer

    THOMAS: What is secular? Music is music. If there’s “secular music,” is there something called “Christian music?” Music is math. It’s notes, sounds, silences, rhythm, and beat. One isn’t secular and the other one Christian. So I’m not quite sure what people mean when they talk about secular music. Maybe they mean modern, contemporary music—the top fifteen or twenty songs. (I was at an event recently and somebody read out the top twenty songs of today, and I had never heard of any of them or the singers. I was completely in the dark). But what do you mean by … View Resource

  • How can I witness to my friends who say they’re Christians but their actions say otherwise? Question and Answer

    HORTON: It is hard to know what to say exactly. That is a very large and difficult problem. I would say the best way to approach it for someone who isn’t privy to the specifics is to press them on whether they belong to a local church. Because if they are a professing member of a local church, then they’re accountable to that body. You obviously can’t discipline them as a fellow student. You can encourage and rebuke and so forth, but it’s given especially into the hands of the elders to do that in an official way. So I … View Resource