Rev. Danny Olinger, General Secretary of OPC Committee on Christian Education will give three Redemptive-Historical Lectures on Saturday, Dec. 9th and Sunday, December 10 at Ketoctin Covenant Presbyterian Church (KCPC) in Purcellville, VA. You can visit KCPC for more information and directions. If your time permits read Rev. Olinger’s interesting article entitled, “The Reformation — Is It Over?” wherein he discusses Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom’s award-winning book, “Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism.”
“With regard to the material principle of the Reformation, sola fide, Van Til argues that Roman Catholicism (both before and after Vatican II) does not acknowledge that man was totally ruined by the Fall. Rather, Rome sees man’s problem starting with his finitude. Man tends naturally toward evil because he is a creature, not because he is a sinner. Supernatural grace, then, was necessary before the Fall; it was lost in the Fall, but man’s essential nature (rationality and free will) remained intact. Human reason is not radically depraved, and thus people can cooperate with God’s grace toward final justification.”
For Van Til, any discussion of Rome and sola fide must start here. Strimple agrees: “The difference between the Roman Catholic doctrine of salvation (both in its traditional form and now in its modern, Rahnerian form) and the Reformed doctrine of salvation is the difference between an ontological concept (man as created needing some “additional” gift) and an ethical one (man’s position being his disobedience, needing forgiveness and sanctification).” __Danny Olinger, “The Reformation –Is It Over?”
I am looking forward to Rev. Olinger’s lectures. Our last seminar/lectures with D.G. Hart entitled “Recovering Mother Kirk: The Case for Liturgy in the Reformed Tradition” were most interesting and insightful so I anticipate a blessing for the attendees and another feast of good doctrine with Rev. Olinger.