Reflecting on our Distinctives
Our recent move into new and larger facilities, with the addition of two new employees has, to some degree, hindered me from writing as much as I would like to. The move has been intense and stressful but it has also given me time to reflect again on what we think Monergism.com is all about.
The continued emphasis at Monergism.com surrounds a handful of distinctives: (1) the exclusive sufficiency of Jesus Christ, that is, a Christ-centered and grace-driven gospel; (2) faithfulness to the Text of Scripture; (3) a covenantal (or Reformed) understanding of redemption history; (4) a monergistic view of the Holy Spiritâ€™s work in effecting all salvific blessings â€“ regeneration, justification and sanctification â€“ flowing from the believerâ€™s union with Christ; and (5) equipping, training and disciplining the saints in the knowledge of the Person and work of Jesus Christ so our readership and their disciples might be prepared to take the gospel to the ends of the earth.
At Monergism.com, Scripture is the driving force, containing our highest presuppositions and authority...the very foundation of all that we teach, believe and practice. Since Scripture is the very word of God, reflecting his perfect and righteous character, it is wholly trustworthy. When we read the Text, it is none other than God who speaks, making it the final authority and infallible rule of our faith and life. We know God personally only as He has revealed Himself to us in Scripture and those things He has revealed are sufficient for our salvation and provide everything we need for life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3). We must study it diligently if we are to rightly ascertain its meaning and yield to its eternal truths. The world is fallen and we are fallen, but God uses the weakness of the church to cast forth the word of truth as seed which the Holy Spirit germinates to bring forth life. Human opinions alone have no inherent life in them and could never remove our spiritual blindness. Try as we may, our efforts will amount to nothing more than a senseless groping in the darkness. As long as we listen to preferences and philosophy, we remain blind. God's word alone has the power in itself (as applied by the Spirit) to raise us up that we might drink from the fountain of life.
Deeply drinking from the well of eternal life in the Scripture has fueled our drive for understanding its content. We embrace a Reformed and Covenantal heritage because we believe it best reflects the teaching of Scripture. We are constantly dependent on Christ's faithfulness and provision and this brings us to drink at the river of His life. Christ is both the author and perfector of our faith (Heb 12); it is He who both initiates and maintains our life through His sovereign rule and work of redemption, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. All spheres of life are subject to His ultimate authority and supremacy. There is nothing in existence which does not belong to Him and which is not ultimately from Him.
In light of these truths, we remain committed to the training of God's covenant people through gospel-centered, weighty literature & sermons (both written and audio) that they might be equipped for every good work and qualified (by accurately representing Christ) to go forth in obedience to the Great Commission. We spend our time here mining books and the Internet for the best there is to offer. We believe the Lord has called us and set us apart to make available the material which most exalts Christ. After years of intense efforts there is now, at your fingertips, a huge amount of sound, orthodox resources available to the church so its leaders and students of the word would be the most useful instruments in God's hands. God can indeed use the weakest of instruments (like us) yet we are nonetheless called to be faithful and to represent Him as He has revealed Himself to us. The degree we misrepresent Christ, to that same degree we commit idolatry. Therefore, we serve in fear and take note of the solemnity which this entails. We pray that the worldwide community, which Monergism.com is a part of helping to create, would grow in godliness, love and humility as we all proclaim Christ to a lost world.
Finally, our focus rests supremely on the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Believing that salvation is of the Lord, we strive to remain grace and gospel centered in all that we do, sell and present. Faith and repentance are not the cause of regeneration; rather, they are its fruits. They are the direct result of Holy Spiritâ€™s quickening activity, purchased by Christ upon the cross. All people are commanded to believe the gospel, yet we cannot, of ourselves, lift a finger to obey unless God grants it (John 6:63). Joyfully, all whom God does grants will believe (John 6:37). The gospel is not to be diluted with any human achievement but rests on the grace of Christ alone. All spiritual thoughts and actions spring from our union with Him, including our faith. For apart from the renewal of the Holy Spirit all fallen persons fail to see the truth, beauty and excellence of Christ. The core message of the Christian church of all ages has been that of sola gratia (grace alone). Not only is this true of salvation but of justification and sanctification as well. Our justification is not based on our sanctification, nor vice-versa. Both come from God's promise to us in Christ brought about by the Holy Spirit. Christ saves and Christ alone (Rom 9:16).
We pray and ask you would pray with us that God will use the material on Monergism.com and the individuals that it serves ... to bring about Christ-centered teaching in every corner of the earth and that God might be pleased to use it in worldwide revival. May all who read have eyes to see the beauty of each facet of the gospel as it is found in Christ. Pray for us that we all are delivered from our own sinfulness and pride and that we might be pliable instruments in His hands. In ourselves we are nothing. Apart from Jesus we can do nothing. So revival cannot happen through human efforts ... that is, unless God grants that it will. Our subtle manipulations cannot force revival to occur. But may God be well pleased to use our weak and feeble efforts to do great things for the advancement of His kingdom in the hearts and lives of men and women around the world. May those who hear about God's grace in Christ rejoice and find their delight there and there alone.
Thanks for your continuing to uphold us in your prayers. Remember you help support this ministry every time you buy your Christian books from our bookstore