Michael Horton Stats
· Born:


· Calling
Professor of apologetics and theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California).

B.A., Biola University

M.A., Westminster Seminary California

Ph.D., University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

· Denomination:

· Theology:
5-Point Calvinist, Amillennialist,
Covenant baptism




"The Law tells us what to do. The Gospel tells us what God has done for us in Christ." - Michael Horton

"When salvation is viewed as man's program, it is left up to man as to whether he will let God do this or that, but when it is viewed as God's program, there is a confidence and a certainty that no one whom God regenerates will be a carnal Christian."

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Michael Scott Horton (b. 1964) - is the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics and is heard regularly on the excellent White Horse Inn radio program, a nationally syndicated, weekly radio talk-show exploring issues of Reformation theology in American Christianity.. He was formerly the president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, a society of in the Reformation Tradition which "exists to call the twenty-first century church to a reformation that recovers clarity and conviction about the great evangelical truths of the gospel and that then seeks to proclaim these truths powerfully in our contemporary context." He is also the editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. A covenant theologian and an advocate of covenant baptism.

Horton received an M.A. from Westminster Seminary California, a Ph.D. from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and the Coventry University, and completed a Research Fellowship at Yale Divinity School. He is also an ordained minister in the United Reformed Churches of North America in which denomination he has served two churches in southern California.

Selected Bibliography

Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary (2017)

Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God's Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life (2017)

Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story (2016)

The Reformation, Then and Now: 25 Years of Modern Reformation Articles Celebrating 500 Years of the Reformation (2016)

Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World

The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way

Calvin on the Christian Life: Glorifying and Enjoying God Forever (2014)

Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples (2013)

For Calvinism (2011)

A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering (2010)

A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship

Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church

The Gospel Commission: Recovering God's Strategy for Making Disciple

The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World

Too Good to Be True: Finding Hope in a World of Hype

Covenant and Eschatology: The Divine Drama

Covenant and Salvation: Union with Christ

Introducing Covenant Theology

Made in America: The Shaping of Modern American Evangelicalism

Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing the Heart of the Gospel

The Law of Perfect Freedom: Relating to God and Others through the Ten Commandments

Lord and Servant: A Covenant Christology

People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology

Too Good to Be True: Finding Hope in a World of Hype

Where in the World is the Church?

Four Views on Eternal Security

Christ the Lord: The Reformation and Lordship Salvation

"The Gospel is not just the greatest story ever told. It's also true."

"The ultimate tragedy of man's self-understanding is that he believes himself to be free, has all the feelings of a free agent, but does not realize that he is a slave to sin and serves the will of Satan." - Michael Horton

Select Articles and Resources

Multimedia (Audio/Video Series)

Ordinary (series)
Sola Scriptura (series)
Response to The New Perspective (series)
Sanctification (series)
Six Points on Romans (series)
God and Suffering (series)
Evangelism and Mission (series)
Intro to Systematic Theology (21-Part Series)
The Gospel Driven Life (MP3 Lectures)
The Unfolding Mystery: Reading and Applying the Bible (series)

Individual Sermons/Lectures (YouTube)

Individual Sermons/Lectures (MP3)

6-Part Series on Worship

Most Arminians will agree that we cannot make the slightest move toward God apart from his grace. It is a caricature to suggest that Arminianism (at least the evangelical variety) denies original sin and the fallenness of human beings in heart, mind, and will. Nevertheless, Arminians generally hold that God provides sufficient grace to all unbelievers so that they may be regenerated if they fulfill certain conditions. According to H. Orton Wiley, “The Holy Spirit exerts His regenerating power only on certain conditions, that is, on the conditions of repentance and faith.” To Calvinist ears, this sounds like demanding that a blind person see before he or she has been healed of blindness. The glory of the new covenant is that God gives in the gospel what he demands in his law: both justification and the renewal of heart and life. Only because of God’s one-sided act of regeneration does anyone repent and believe.
- Michael Horton

"The secularist mantra, “You can’t legislate morality,” is a shibboleth. [They] moralize as much as anyone. They appeal to dogmas like freedom of choice, individualism, love, respect, acceptance (not, tolerance, mind you, but acceptance), and excoriate religiously traditional opponents as hypocritical in failing to follow the loving example of Jesus. The agenda is plainly as ethical as any other. Whatever is decided at state and federal levels, a certain version of morality will most certainly be legislated." - Dr. Michael Horton,



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