This post is a continuation of “Part 3” of the series below, assessing the tradition with respect to John Piper and his defenders:
Rachel Miller Contra Mundum? The 5 Solas and John Piper: Part 1
Rachel Miller Contra Mundum? The 5 Solas and John Piper: Part 2, “Salvation”
Rachel Contra Mundum? The 5 Solas and John Piper: Part 3, Beginning at the End: The Marrow Men
Salvation Sola Fide: Martin Luther and the Fruits of Faith
Salvation Sola Fide: John Calvin and the Causes of Salvation
Salvation Sola Fide: Zacharias Ursinus and the Heidelberg Catechism
Salvation Sola Fide: Johannes Wollebius; Justification to Glorification
While not very well known today, the Compendium Theologiae Christianae by Johannes Wollebius (1589-1629) was a standard textbook at Yale and Harvard in the 17th and 18th centuries, and according to the Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith was also quite influential in the development of the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Wollebius’ work in the Compendium was and is considered by many to be an accurate summary of the teaching of the Reformed churches in the early part of 17th century, the very period of the Synod of Dort.
Since in this series we are discussing “salvation” broadly considered, we will begin with Wollebius’ teaching on Justification and then follow on to Sanctification, good works, and the Final Judgement. It is important to note that once Justification is accurately understood, many of the following doctrines are pretty simple.