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    Mail Bag October 06

    Yesterday we received this email and thought it might be encouraging to regular visitors, giving you a glimpse of what God is doing to shake up the church with His grace. Salvation by grace alone in Christ alone, that we have no hope in the world save in Christ and His mercy is a hard doctrine but we must uphold it high and contend against perversions of it in the church and out of the chuch. The author of the mail gave me permission to post it here.


    I just thought I'd send you a quick Email to inform you of a slight... problem... your website is causing.

    Well, you see, it was a few years ago that I stumbled upon At the time I was a free-will theist, intent upon destroying everything with the word "Calvin" in it. I even thought that John Calvin was an anti-christ. (seriously) Anyway... I remember browsing through your site thinking it would be a good place to get counter-arguments to my own (for the purpose of refuting them, obviously). It was within a few weeks of finding, and trying to refute the arguments contained therein, that my eyes were opened to the error of my arminian ways. And now I cannot imagine disagreeing with any one of the five points of Calvinism, no less thinking that John Calvin was an anti-christ..., now for the problem. I'm pretty much addicted to I have a tab on my web-browser eternally open with the on it. (more often than not I have multiple tabs open...) If I ever have a theological question (which is quite often), my Bible and are my first stop for an answer. I'll sometimes get into debates over calvinism and such, and I am always sure to refer whoever I am debating with to Or, if the debate is online (which it quite frequently is), I'll have multiple tabs open to each relevant theological topic, and be sure to give the link to whoever I am debating with.

    ... There is no doubt in my mind that, were someone to ask what web-site I visit and appreciate the most, I would refer them to

    A Addict.

    P.S. I really do want to thank you for your ministry through this web-site. It has been extremely edifying in my Christian walk. Turning me away from many theological errors such as Arminianism and Dispensationalism towards the great truths contained in Calvinistic soteriology and Covenant theology. It has greatly increased my understanding and appreciation of God's Sovereignty and His Word. May God bless you and all who are involved in this wonderful ministry!

    Posted by John on October 25, 2006 11:56 AM



    I concurr with 'A Addict.' God used in a mighty way to clear up the fog of doctrinal confusion I had lived in for as long as I can remember. I, too, find myself on quite often looking for truth. I look back on how I was before and shudder at how contaminated I had become with man-focused religiousity. Thanks again for this wonderful ministry.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

    Mega-dittos, John. It is incalculable what and have been to me. Those with whom I have shared what I am learning about the sovereign grace of our Holy God are usually given a bookmark or a link to You website has been the Pilgrim's Progress that rests beside my online ESV. The blog has been a great addition as well.

    Grateful to the edifying work of Christ through you,

    Kevin Rhyne has become my #1 after researching for a discussion on baptism some years ago. In fact...I was headed there when I stumbled on this:)

    Im glad to hear that God has given you a passion for the doctrines of grace but seeking out debate on the internet seems quite dangerous and fits the stereo-type that our synergistic brothers believe about us......just a thought, sola gratia

    Several years ago I was doing some research on Wombats and stumbled across I have never been the same since.

    Seriously though, is a wonderful resource for any Christian, a treasure trove of precious gems and diamonds. The dear souls behind are storing up untold, unseen treasures in Heaven.

    It has been my homepage ever since I discovered it. I'd be lost without it,

    Thanks heaps,

    love ya,



    Do you mean to say that we should not openly teach that salvation is by grace alone for fear that we might offend? That is a stereo-type that I have no problem being labeled with. For when we take the gospel to the ends of the earth to reach the unreached with it, the church needs to represent Jesus as He represents Himself to us.

    Those who teach that salvation can be lost are, in effect, saying that what Jesus did for us is not sufficient. That we can maintain our own justification before God. Such is a perversion of the gospel, the Galatian heresy.

    And those who teach that salvation can be gained apart from the effectual work of the Holy Spirit are saying that they can perceive and embrace the truth beauty and excellency of Christ (and love Him) apart from grace. That what makes them to differ from other men is not grace and mercy, but their own wills.

    Men can and are often saved apart from bad theology, but this does not mean we should not teach good theology for fear of division. truth divides from error.

    Thanks all for the encouraging comments. has been a tremendous blessing to me personally, and has helped me grow theologically in profound ways. Having such a great collection of free resources in one place is truly amazing.

    Thank you for all the effort you have put into this.

    God bless,

    Albert Shepherd
    The Aspiring Theologian

    The Knight of the Living God

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