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Whose Orthodoxy?

How to Know When the Line Is Crossed

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Who defines the content of "orthodoxy"? Every society has a constitution and the canon of the covenant of grace by which our Ascended King reigns is his Word, Holy Scripture. While the church needs its courts to interpret this constitution, it is always the fallible interpreter and never the infallible source. Only when the church is faithful to this canon is it truly the community of Christ; but precisely because it is defined by this canon, it is always open to correction and change.

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1 [ Back ] Francis Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Vol. 1: First Through Tenth Topics, trans. G. M. Giger, ed. J. T. Dennison, Jr. (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1992), 48.
2 [ Back ] Turretin, 48.
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Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is author of many books, including The Gospel-Driven Life, Christless Christianity, People and Place, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, The Christian Faith, and For Calvinism.

Issue: "Beyond Nostalgia: The Risk of Orthodoxy" Sept./Oct. 2008 Vol. 17 No. 5 Page number(s): 20

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