Willhelmus a Brakel on Why People become Atheists: They deny the Trinity

These are the fruits of dishonoring God and of denying the generation of the Son and the procession of the Holy Ghost. First they propose the existence of three collateral persons—that is, existing side by side—which is followed by the notion of three gods, and eventually this culminates in denying the existence of God. These fruits proceed from a distaste for the old paths which are unknown to them and from a hankering for the promotion of that which is new. Such are the fruits of doubting the existence of God.[1]

It should be noted that Brakel argues that there are no “original” atheists. That is to say, no one comes out of the womb doubting the existence of God. Atheism is an alien condition: but it is one that can be arrived at. How does one become an atheist? First, by denying the orthodox teaching concerning the Trinity. Admittedly, the reasoning is somewhat circular: but if the Trinity is God, then denying the Trinity is atheism. Where does this denial of the Trinity come from? A repudiation of Holy Tradition and a desire for novelty. So Brakel sees the process as: denial of tradition, denial of the Trinity, denial of God. What is the remedy for one caught in such a trap?

“Persevere in reading God’s Word and join yourself to the godly in order to hear them speak about the delight they may have in God.”[2]


[1] Willhelmus à Brakel, The Christian’s Reasonable Service, vol. 1, (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 1992), 12.

[2] Ibid, 22.

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Why are our churches languishing?

We have forsaken the Lord, and are become slaves of honor. We are no longer able to rebuke those who are under our rule, because we ourselves also are possessed with the same fever as they. We, who are appointed by God to heal others, need the physician ourselves. What further hope of recovery is there left, when the very physicians need the healing hand of others?
John Chrysostom, Homily on Ephesians 4:4

They are just following their shepherds.

Family Devotions using Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 1

FAMILY WORSHIP GUIDE
For the Week of Lord’s Day 1

 

1   Q.  What is your only comfort in life and in death?

A.  That I am not my own,[1] but belong; body and soul, in life and in death;[2] to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.[3] He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,[4] and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.[5] He also watches over me in such a way[6] that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven:[7] in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.[8] Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life[9] and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.[10]

 

2   Q.  What must you know to live and die in the joy of this comfort?

A.  Three things:

first, how great my sin and misery are;[11]

second, how I am set free from all my sins and misery;[12]

third, how I am to thank God for such deliverance.[13]

Scripture Memory

For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:8 ESV)

Daily Scripture Reading

Sunday             Read the passage your pastor preached on this week.

Monday           Romans 14:1-9

Tuesday           1 John 3:1-10

Wednesday     2 Corinthians 5:1-15

Thursday         Romans 3:9-19

Friday              Romans 3:20-28

Saturday          Psalm 111

 

Daily Prayer Requests

Sunday             Pray that the Lord would be glorified through you  in the upcoming week.

Monday           Pray for the children and youth in your church.

Tuesday           Pray for the leaders of our nation.

Wednesday     Pray for missionaries spreading the message of  Christ throughout the US.

Thursday         Pray for the men and women serving in the US military.

Friday              Pray for specific opportunities to bless others.

Saturday          Pray that God would be glorified in tomorrow’s  worship gathering.

Click here for a pdf file of added helps for this week’s material.


[1] 1 Cor. 6:19-20

[2] Rom. 14:7-9

[3] 1 Cor. 3:23; Titus 2:14

[4] 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:2

[5] John 8:34-36; Heb. 2:14-15; 1 John 3:1-11

[6] John 6:39-40; 10:27-30; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:5

[7] Matt. 10:29-31; Luke 21:16-18

[8] Rom. 8:28

[9] Rom. 8:15-16; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; 5:5; Eph. 1:13-14

[10] Rom. 8:1-17

[11] Rom. 3:9-10; 1 John 1:10

[12] John 17:3; Acts 4:12; 10:43

[13] Matt. 5:16; Rom. 6:13; Eph. 5:8-10; 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Pet. 2:9-10