Anthony Carter, “On Being Black and Reformed”

I cannot recommend this book enough. It has been a very enjoyable read. It has one of the best explanations of Reformed theology I have ever read and the author also shows an amazing depth of understanding of the sovereignty of God. I have learned a lot in reading this book just about the beauty of Reformed theology not to mention how that plays itself out in the African-American community. It is a must read. Go buy it now and read it.

This book was very convicting. Excellent read.

You can find it here.

Here is a couple excerpts:

‎”We must not come to the Bible as skeptics, demanding that it satisfy our independent judgement. Rather we must submit to the Bible as our examiner, which reveals our inadequacies of understanding. If we do otherwise, we make the Bible submit to our authority and reason, as if it receives its authority and validation from us. This must not be.” — Anthony Carter, “On Being Black and Reformed” pg. 8-9

‎”The kingdom of God comprises a diversity of people with a common heritage. This heritage is not primarily black, white, red, yellow, or brown, but is a heritage rooted in redemptive history. And the history of redemption is not black history, white history, or African or European history. It is God’s history. Therefore any understanding of God’s activity in history must begin and end with the fact though the individuals are diverse and varied, the God who sovereignly reigns over history is one and the same. Yesterday, today and forever.” — Anthony Carter, “On Being Black and Reformed” pg. 63

“The Christian View of Man”

A quick word before I hit the hay tonight. I just finished Machen’s The Christian View of Man and outside of his waffling on 6/24 Creation he provides many great words defending and confirming the place of the Law of God in the lives of believers and unbelievers . In his chapter on the “Majesty of the Law of God” (#16) he lays out a number of arguments supporting the Law as being the only rule for all mankind, Christians and non-Christians alike. For example he says this on page 192:

What then is the remedy for the threatened disruption of society and for the rapidly progressing decay of liberty? There is only one remedy. It is the rediscovery of the Law of God.

I highly recommend picking this book up and reading it. It is a printing of several radio addresses Machen gave for laymen over local Philadelphia radio back in the mid-1930’s. There are many eerie predictions that Machen makes about the future of mankind (especially concerning the Atomic Bomb) that will really keep you fascinated. It is 245 pages and is a quick read.

S. Lewis Johnson

Probably the best thing about the internet for me has been the availability of previously unknown teachers being made known and their influence on the development of my theology. This goes for men from John Calvin (who I first discovered back in 1998 online, not in my PC(USA) church growing up) to the gentleman I have noted above in the title of this post. S. Lewis Johnson was Professor of Systematic Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and was a strident defender of 5-point Calvinism and Reformed thought in general. Exepting his Dispensationalism he is a dynamite speaker and thorough exegete.

Read More Here: The SLJ Institute

I highly recommend starting your listening with S. Lewis Johnson’s lectures against “Modified Calvinism” better known as Amyraldism.

Blessings,