Wednesday, June 09, 2010
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,..." 2 Timothy 3:16
"..we have no Christ except the one whom the apostles have given us. Jesus Himself left no treatises on doctrine. He left no written dialogues. We are dependent on the apostles for our whole knowledge of Him, and what He taught. ....not only have we no Christ but Him whom we receive at the apostles' hands, but this Christ is committed to the trustworthiness of the apostles as teachers. His credit is involved in their credit. He represents His words on earth as but the foundation of one great temple of doctrine, the edifice of which was to be built up by Him through their mouths, as they spoke moved by the Holy Spirit; and thus He makes Himself an accomplice before the fact in all they taught." -Benjamin Breckingridge Warfield
B.B. Warfield, as he is most commonly known, was born at "Grasmere" near Lexington, Kentucky, November 5. 1851. ...The atmosphere of his home was one of vital piety, and his mother constantly spoke of her hope that her sons might become preachers of the Gospel,..." In September, 1873, he entered the Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church at Princeton, and was graduated in May, 1876."
Warfield was ordained, and was called to be a pastor in Lexington, but he decied to go to Europe " for further study".
On August 3rd, 1876 Warfield married Annie Pierce Kinkead. Soon afterward they visited Germany. During their time there, Annie was struck by lightning and was permanently paralyzed. Benjamin continued to care for her until her death in 1915.
I haven't been able to find out much about Benjamin's wife to be honest.
He did come back to America from Europe in late summer, and "he was for a time assistant pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Baltimore." I thought that was cool, since I live in Baltimore.
Warfield went on to be a great theologian. First at Western Theological Seminary in Allegheny PA, and then for his final 33 years at Princeton, where he served with "enthusiastic devotion".
So there you have a little bit about a fine man; and a soldier of Christ. Especially when it came to contending for the faith.
Jude 3-4: "Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ."