Evangelical Piety According to Geerhardus Vos

May God by his Spirit maintain among us, and through our instrumentality revive around us, that truly evangelical type of piety which not merely tolerates facts and doctrines, but draws from them its strength and inspiration in life and service, its only comfort and hope in the hour of death.

This quote comes a more extended quote in Justin Taylor’s recent post, found here: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2013/02/05/the-truly-evangelical-type-of-piety/ It reminds me of Q/A #1 in the Heidelberg Catechism which asks what our only comfort in life and death are. The catechesis that follows builds upon that very practical question. Vos rightly sees theological truth as feeding the soul for life and service. I’ve always said that a true barometer of the doctrines of grace (Calvinism) is in how loving the adherent actually is towards others. Theology must always translate into doxology and a humble piety towards others if it is to have any value for God’s glory.

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