Faith

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God”

Eph. 2:8

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Articles

1800’s

Buchanan, James – New Birth Repentance and Faith  1847, 10 paragraphs, from The Office and Work of the Holy Spirit

Cunningham, William – Faith Unites us to Christ  Buy  from Sermons 1828-1860, 1872, 8  paragraphs

Hodge, Charles – Faith and Repentance  from his Way of Life, chs. 6 & 7

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1900’s

Berkhof, Louis – Faith  1950, 42 paragraphs, from his Systematic Theology

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2000’s

Isbell, Sherman – Temporary Faith  2005, p. 32, 5 pp.

Isbell Biblically describes and distinguishes Temporary Faith from Saving Faith

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Books

Bavinck, Herman – The Certainty of Faith  Buy  1980  92 pp.

Machen, J. Gresham – What is Faith?  1925  260 pp.

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Can Infants have Faith?

Turretin, Francis – The Faith of Infants  †1687  21 paragraphs

This is the best article on the topic.  Turretin says yes and no, and distinguishes. Lutherans go too far in giving infants full fledged adult faith.  Anabaptists go too far in denying any possibility of faith whatsoever in infants.  Turretin argues the historic reformed view that infants are capable according to their infant nature, to trust in the sense of divinity stamped on their souls.  They may have a seed-form of faith, which, if present savingly by God’s regeneration, will blossom into trusting the Son of God to save them from their sins when they can understand and are taught such.

 

 

 

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