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DVD Review - Marks of a Cult by Tim Challies New Recommendation!
Why are Baptists properly considered Christians, but Mormons are not? Why is the Jehovah's Witness religion classified as an anti-Christian cult while Presbyterians, Wesleyans and Pentecostals are simply seen as denominations within the Christian faith? How does one differentiate between true Biblical Christianity and an aberrant religious movement? And just what are the marks of a cult?
Preaching as Expository Exultation for the Glory of God by John Piper--delivered at the Together for the Gospel Conference.
There are four parts to this message. First, I will reflect on the kind of preaching that I long to see God raise up in our dayâ€”the kind that is shaped by the weight of the glory of God. Second, I will try to portray the glory of God which affects preaching this way. Third, I will offer my biblical understanding of how people waken to this glory and are changed by it. Finally, I will explain how all of this calls for a kind of preaching that I call expository exultation.
Is the Devil Really in the Details? by Carl Trueman
A simple, isolated statement about belief in scriptural authority is not enough on its own to distinguish Protestants from Catholics. Augustine legitimated mediocre Christianity of a kind that accepted failure as failure and then pointed to Godâ€™s grace in Christ as the only basis for salvation, whether at the start of the Christian life or at the end. Thus, the failure of Pelagius to make sense of Paulâ€™s teaching on fallen human nature and grace led to Augustineâ€™s enshrinement of failure as one of the hallmarks of the true Christian. And that is surely good news.
A must read debate on Monergistic Regeneration led by Gene Bridges at Triblogue. Start here:
1) "Charles" and Bob L. Ross Vs. Scripture and the Confessions
Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of Godâ€™s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in
repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour. Justification is Godâ€™s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God.