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Great lessons. This was a blessed message. God calls us to separation from compromise, sin and error. In the life of Chalmers we see a call to faithfulness to God, a passion for evangelism and a call to pastors to sheperd their flock.
Great richness. I praise God for this study, for the richness of the biblical theology in it. I learned things I didn't think before. I received new insights in this doctrine. This was God's gift for me today!
Important Summary This presentation is an important summary of Van Til's apologetic method, containing much of the thought behind his methodology. This is a presentation to be mastered, in order to do justice to the method or to Van Til the man. In plain and unassuming terms Van Til explains the point of contact between Christianity and the Natural Man.
I Think Schwertley Is Correct In summary, Shaw's argument seems to be: Since we cannot know if the Bible allows for uninspired songs to be sung in worship, we can conclude that we should sing them based on the need for songs that are more clearly understood than the Psalms.
In summary, Schwertley argument is: We have warrant from the Scriptures that we are to sing psalms (and possibly the few other inspired songs in the Bible), but we do not have any warrant in Scripture (by command, example, or necessary deduction), that we may sing uninspired compositions in worship.
I believe Schwertley had a far superior argument. He argued that we can concluded from Scripture that we should sing psalms. Schwertley says, if we don't know from Scripture if we can sing uninspired compositions, then we don't have a warrant from Scripture to sing them. In his opening statement, Shaw admits that we should sing psalms, but then argues that since it is āpossibleā that Paul was referring to āsongs in generalā and not just āinspired songsā, we must not be restricted to inspired songs. IOW, since we don't know if we can sing uninspired compositions, we should sing them!