Calvin gives us an interesting window into his own process for judging the decree that comes from a council. Ever the careful, contextual exegete, the first thing he does is to determine the particulars:
Won't the Spirit guide us into truth (John 16:13)? Yes, but only through the Word, not in place of the Word.
Didn't Jesus say that there were many teachings still to come which his disciples couldn't bear at the time (John 16:12)? Yes, but the Spirit provided this truth to them as they recorded God's holy Word.
In any organisation, a worthy goal is not sufficient to ensure success; there must also be an agreed means to get there. The Puritans were no different, and they held up biblical love as the fundamental means in reaching their shared goal of God’s glory. In their view, such love had to flow out from the marriage that lay at the heart of the family. This is made abundantly clear in Ephesians 5:22-33:
J.V. Fesko, Reforming Apologetics: Retrieving the Classic Reformed Approach to Defending the Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2019. 250pp. Paperback.
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