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Thundering Knox Preached Grace

John Knox is known as a thundering preacher, and he was. However, it is easy for us to associate “thundering” with condemnation. Douglas Bond, examining one of only two surviving sermons from Knox (on the temptations of Jesus), concludes:

“Knox labored to give confidence to his flock in their sanctification. There is no hint of sanctification being a condition of justification; he didn’t point his flock to fear and obedience to the law. Rather, he showed them their champion Jesus Christ, and he called them to ‘joy and bold courage.’ Because Christ their Victor had already triumphed over Satan, sin, and death.” (The Mighty Weakness of John Knox, 56)

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