I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Vos on the Impossibility of Neutrality

“Where the love of God is absent, there an idolatrous love of the world and of self enters, and a positively offensive and hostile attitude toward God results.....Man is so necessarily bound to God in his inmost consciousness, that absolute indifference and neutrality are excluded.”

Geerhardus Vos, The Teaching of Jesus Concerning the Kingdom of God and the Church (Nutley, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1972), 93.


  1. Brother Stevenson,

    It is so good to find sound doctrine on the web. Thank you for posting this. The same goes for your post on the kingdoms in Daniel. A little knowledge of the historical context of Scripture goes a long way toward a correct understanding of it.


  2. You are so right; sound doctrine on the web is about as rare as hens' teeth! At least with a Vos quote, one can be pretty confident of its soundness :)

    Be blessed, Bishop!