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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

Rock with Party Hearty Marty and the Protestors on Reformation Day

Now you can finally hear the history of the genesis of the Protestant Reformation - sung by that very controversial 16th century "Golden Oldies" musical group "Party Hearty Marty & the Protestors" here.

October 31, 2007  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Series on the Ancient Church by Rev Charles Biggs

Monergism.com has just posted a great series on the ancient church by Rev. Biggs
Ancient Church History by Rev. Charles Biggs

October 30, 2007  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

Reymond's Systematic Back in Print

NewSystematic.jpgAfter more than 6 months being out of print, Reymond's Systematic Theology (the best one available in our estimation) is back in print.

A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith
by Robert Reymond
(Reviewed by Monergism.com's Nathan Pitchford)

In recent studies of every variety I have been consistently and considerably benefited by Robert Reymond's New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith. I am confident that any student of the scriptures, whether layman or clergy, will likewise be greatly profited by this phenomenal resource; and so I have decided to write a brief review for the purpose of commending this work to anyone interested, by highlighting four characteristics which I have consistently found in Reymond's writing, to an eminent degree. I pray that God will give this beautifully Christ-centered work a widening circle of influence.


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October 30, 2007  |  Comments (7)   |  Permalink

The Spirit and the Truth of the Gospel- John 16:1-15

THE SPIRIT AND TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL
490TH CELEBRATION OF THE REFORMATION OF THE 16TH CENTURY
JOHN 16:1-15/REV. CHARLES R. BIGGS


This passage in John is the last of Jesus' recorded words to his disciples, and therefore they are extremely important to remember. The Apostles are filled with sadness because Jesus is going away from them, but Jesus is encouraging them to rejoice in the Helper (or “Comforter”) the Spirit of Truth who will come and teach them and make Christ known in a better and fuller way than they have experienced with Jesus while living with him in the flesh!

Even though Jesus is leaving his Apostles to die, to be resurrected and ascended to God’s right hand, he will send the Holy Spirit, or the “Comforter” to them to do two important things:

1) The Spirit of Truth, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity will guide them into all truth (v. 13). Implication: There will be objective Truth from God concerning the Christian doctrine (theology) and life.

2) He will glorify Christ by taking from what is his and declare it to them (v. 14). Implication: Christ and His Gospel will be the focus of the Holy Spirit’s ministry.

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October 29, 2007  |  Comments (2)   |  Permalink

Regeneration by Monergism or Synergism?

Recently as I was having a conversation with some brothers who said that they had a difficult time persuading their evangelical friends that God regenerates people monergistically as opposed to synergistically; In other words, that it is God, the Holy Spirit alone, who first quickens the spiritually dead sinner that he might believe and obey the gospel ... that a person's heart must first be changed by God if he is ever to believe. That God must open his spiritually blind eyes and unstop their deaf ears if they are to see, hear and understand the gospel and love Jesus. This spiritual understanding does not come naturally, according to my Bible. That is why we pray for unbelievers ... because only God can save them. Unfortunately, many evangelicals in this era or spiritual anemia, are taught most incorrectly regarding this foundational doctrine, often holding staunchly to the erroneous belief that they can come to faith in Christ of their free will apart from this effectual supernatual operation of the Spirt. So how can we persuasde our friends?

With God's help, this is how I usually go about it. There is a very persuasive way to do this. Just ask these two questions.

1) Can a person come to faith in Jesus Christ apart from any help from the Holy Spirit?

Any true Christian would say "no, you cannot" .. so here we have already determined that, apart from the Holy Spirit, no person has the free will to believe the gospel, because the will and affections are in bondage to a corruption of nature until Christ sets them free. I.e. The Spirit must do something to change the heart, or the natual human heart remains blind and stubborn.

But then your friend might resppond by saying, "ok, but I can come to faith with the help of the Holy Spirit but this does not guarantee it" which brings me to question #2

2) Then what makes you to differ from others who also received this grace but rejected Christ?. Is it Jesus Christ who makes you to differ or is it something else?

To believe the truth of Christ is to see the goodness in Him. You cannot place your faith in Him without believing He is good and His words are true. Consider ... the good thoughts about Jesus that you had (that you deserve God's wrath save in Christ's mercy alone), but that your neighbor did not have ... were these good thoughts only a result of the grace we have in Christ or something else you came up with on your own? If not the grace of Jesus alone, then it must be some inherent good found in you that God finally accepted you. And your neighbor did not have this good nature even though he received the same gracious opportunity. The result of this kind of false belief is salvation by merit, not salvation by the grace we have in Jesus Christ alone. It is Christ PLUS the good thoughts you generated about Jesus. You still have something to boast of here, that you made a better decision than your neighbor. But a healthy understanding is to despair of ALL hope in yourself. If only God can save then we are stripped of all self help. And this is exactly where God wants us to be: bankrupot in spirit.

It is also important we see that this is not merely infallible logic but is the clear exegesis of the Text of Scripture. Scripture is the foundation and any logic there may be is what follows. See John 6:63-65 which plainly teaches that regeneraiton precedes faith.

"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64But there are some of you who do not believe." (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65And he said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father."

It says unambiguously that no one can believe in Jesus Christ unless God grants it... and it is the Spirit who quickens, regenerates and gives life. If that were not enought, in verse 37 of the same passage Jesus teaches with the same language that all whom God grants will have faith in Christ.

"All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out."

Here we have a universal positive and a univeral negative. No one can believe unless God grants it and all to whom God grants the Son will believe. This leaves zero room for human boasting. Many ask whether we should teach unbelievers such things, but if you will notice, Jesus does this very thing throughout this passage in John 6.

All comands and requirements God gives us, including belief, (which requires the heart to believe the gospel), we have no power in ourselves to do, or, as John Owen said, it would make the cross of Jesus Christ of no effect.

JWH

October 29, 2007  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

From Complaints to Prayer by Rev. Nathan Lewis

Excerpt from Nathan Lewis' book, Prayer: from Vice to Virtue

From an early age we begin to hone the skill of complaining. We devote much time to it. What if we re-invested the time we complain in prayer? What would happen if we employed the same skills necessary for complaining in prayer? The result would be an increase of prayers and a bold and clear petitioning of God for everything we need.

How much time do you commit to complaining? For years, I took Mondays off and much of that time was given over to home improvement. As I would clean the rain gutters of leaves in the fall, my mind would often mull over everything that was wrong in my life. In other words, I would waste the time brooding about what people had said to me in a wrong tone or inopportune time. My brooding was my “prep time” for complaining to my wife about all that was wrong with a certain project or relationship. In a groove, I would begin to complain about what I read in the newspaper or what I heard in a passing conversation. A critical spirit would descend and hover like dense fog for
weeks at a time.

Years ago, when I was a youth pastor, two teenage boys would sit in the corner of the room, as far away from me and the action as possible, whispering to each other. They were first cousins, intimate since birth. They would complain in hushed whispers about everything that happened in the youth group and about everyone involved. Every thirty to forty seconds, they would stop whispering and look about the room with disgust and disapproval on their faces. Then, they would return to their secretive complaining. These were bright boys with highly developed language skills. When I began to confront them about their whispering, confirming that I was indeed correct concerning the content of their private conversations, they would complain to me openly and eloquently. I found it difficult to disagree with them, tempted to enter into their critical spirit, agreeing that they had perfectly pegged
some of the members of the youth group. Complaining comes easy to us.

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October 29, 2007  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Reformation Study Bible for $15.17

This Wednesday, October 31 (in a one day sale) Ligonier Ministries is commemorating Reformation Day by offering their Reformation Study Bible for $15.17. See here.

October 27, 2007  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

Images of the Savior (43 – His Unfolding the Events of the Future)

Who then is the faithful and wise servant whom the Lord will set over his household, to give to them provision in season? Blessed is that servant whom, when the Lord comes, he will find him doing thus. – Matthew 24:45-46

Jesus our Savior, when he walked upon the earth, fully recognized the central position that his life had in all of history, and was not at all loathe to indicate that the future times and seasons of the world had all to do with his Kingdom, and his coming again in glory; thus, he indicated to Pilate and the Pharisees, as well as to his own disciples, that the consummation of world history would be the final realization of the Kingdom upon earth, which he had already begun to establish in his lifetime (John 18:36; Matthew 26:64; Luke 22:16-18). The future would be all about the advance of this newly in-broken Kingdom until it had spread throughout the world, and ultimately about the return of the Son of Man in glory to judge the earth, establish his Kingdom fully and finally, and deliver it over to the Father (see I Corinthians 15:23-28). It is a most fitting circumstance that, as the time of his departure drew near, he would take occasion to instruct his disciples of these future events, so that they might be well-prepared for their task of Kingdom-spreading, the final commission with which he left them (see Matthew 28:18-20). The key occasion in which he did this is when, after having foretold the utter destruction of the beautiful Temple, he sat on the Mount of Olives, and answering his disciples' questions, related to them many great and marvelous events of the future, and at the same time drew out many practical applications.

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October 27, 2007  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

What the Bible Says about Doctrines of Grace & People of God - Free PDFs

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What the Bible Says about THE PEOPLE OF GOD & What the Bible Says about THE DOCTRINES OF GRACE are two very popular items available at Monergism Books. Below we have the free pdf versions so you can get a taste of what content you are getting .... and then, when they least expect it, you can put it into the hands of your unsuspecting Arminian and Dispensationalist friends. Very persuasive!

Note: Unlike the print versions, these versions do not have the Table of Contents

What the Bible Says about THE PEOPLE OF GOD - Pdf Version Here

What the Bible Says about THE DOCTRINES OF GRACE - Pdf Version Here

October 26, 2007  |  Comments (3)   |  Permalink

The Gospel According to Galatians, Part 1

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO GALATIANS
Scripture Text: Galatians Chapter 2
Rev. Charles R. Biggs

HAPPY 490TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION!

REMEMBER:
“CHRIST WILL DO ALL FOR YOU, OR NOTHING FOR YOU.”
–J. GRESHAM MACHEN (GAL. 2:21)

Are you able to define the truth of the gospel which is the doctrine of justification by faith alone?

This month is the 490th anniversary of the Reformation of the Sixteenth century. Has the Church today forgotten the truth of justification by faith alone that God in his grace allowed his people to fully recover and boldly preach in the Reformation? Do Christians today even know what the biblical importance of the Reformation was all about? Do Christians today care?

Beating a Doctrine into Our Heads?
In the next two studies, we want to consider the important doctrine of Justification by faith alone. In part one, we will consider Paul’s doctrine in the context of Galatians 2, and then we will look at the doctrine from more of a theological point of view derived from Scripture, exegesis, and the Church’s historical and faithful reflection on this important doctrine in part two.

Justification by faith alone in Christ alone is the heart of Paul’s Gospel;
it IS the “good news”!

Martin Luther wrote this about justification by faith alone in his Commentary on Galatians: “[Justification] is the truth of the gospel. It is also the principal article of all Christian doctrine, wherein the knowledge of all godliness consists. Most necessary it is, therefore, that we should know this article well, teach it unto others, and beat it into our heads continually.”- pg. 101 (quoted in Stott).

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October 26, 2007  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

New Book on Prayer

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Prayer: From Vice to Virtue by Rev. Nathan Lewis (PCA)

This is a excellent new little book on Prayer made available at Monergism Books

Table of Contents
Introduction
Chapter 1: From Complaints to Prayer
Chapter 2: From Gossip to Prayer
Chapter 3: From Arguments to Prayer
Chapter 4: From Lust to Prayer
Chapter 5: From Confusion to Prayer
Chapter 6: From Prayer-Poor Worship to the House of Prayer
Chapter 8: The Benefits of Scheduled Prayer
Chapter 9: The Benefits of Impromptu Prayer
Appendix: Praying the Lord’s Prayer

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October 26, 2007  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Happy 490th Anniversary of the Reformation

HAPPY REFORMATION ANNIVERSARY!

Are you despairing of your own righteousness today, realizing that you are more sinful before God than you had thought before? Are you realizing that when all is said and done you just are not righteous before God? Or perhaps you are thinking more highly of yourself and your good works before God?

If you are doing either of these things, you are looking to yourself and your own righteousness to affirm and assure yourself before God. When you look to yourself you make null and void the work of Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:21).

If you have sought your salvation and righteousness in yourself, and you have realized the depth of your sins before God in words, thoughts, and deeds, then you know how Martin Luther felt when he cried out to his friend John Staupitz, saying: “Who can abide the Day of the Lord’s coming? And who shall stand when he appears?!” (Mal. 3:2).

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October 24, 2007  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Exposing my traditions

Acts 10:34-35 KJV Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Acts 10:34-35 NASB Opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.

Acts 10:34-35 NIV Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.

Traditions are very strong and those most blinded by them are those who do not think they have any. When I first began to seriously evaluate what the Bible teaches about divine election, I have to say, certain texts surfaced in my mind which seemed to negate some of the other texts I was reading. When I saw texts that spoke clearly of God sovereignly and unconditionally electing an individual to salvation, texts such as the one above came to mind. If God shows no partiality or favoritism then quite obviously, I thought, God would have to show the same measure of grace to every person on planet earth, and then leave it up to the individual to make the choice of either rejecting or accepting the message of the Gospel. That seemed logical and so very much more acceptable to me than to believe that God just chose one person and not another for salvation (though God does in fact do this - 2 Thess. 2:12, 13), but it was something I have to admit that I believed for more than 20 years as a Christian. However, I kept coming up against the scriptures that quite clearly portray God showing mercy to whom He will and leaving others to encounter His justice (Romans 9 for example).

What did I do then? Well, for many years, I spoke of this being some great mystery (which it certainly is, of course) but yet looking back, I realized that I was embracing a view that was entirely inconsistent and in fact, contradictory.

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October 24, 2007  |  Comments (2)   |  Permalink

Sin & Temptation

Monergism.com has just done a major renovation and reorganization of the subsection Sin & Temptation.

Now extremely well organized we have gathered most of the best essays on this topic anywhere on the net. If you know of any we have missed feel free to write us and point out some other material.

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October 23, 2007  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Images of the Savior (42 – His Wise Answers to Questions of Trickery)

And answering Jesus, they said, “We do not know.” And he said unto them, “Neither do I say to you by what authority I do these things”....And when they heard, they marveled, and forsaking him they departed....And when the crowds heard, they were astonished at his teaching....And no one was able to answer him a word, neither did anyone dare to question him any longer, from that day. – Matthew 21:27; 22:22, 33, 46

It is a fact as certain as the day that, in this world which is under the power of the devil, whenever anyone comes speaking the truth, he will be fiercely opposed, and often beset with insincere questions that arise not from a heart desiring to learn, but out of trickery, and in an attempt to lay a trap by which he might be tripped up, so that the power and truth of his message may be obscured. That this was so to an eminent degree in the life of him who did not just bring the truth, but is himself very Truth (John 14:6), is everywhere evident throughout his ministry; but the most notable example of all comes just before his final hour, when all the forces of Satan were stirred up in a tremendous rage, and casting forth every snare that subtle sophistry can devise, so as to conjure up in the unblameable One a charge that they might bring before the court of Pilate. How utterly they failed to overcome the Wisdom of God may be seen in the results of their frantic endeavors; to which end we will look, so as to rejoice in him who is made to us wisdom from God (I Corinthians 1:30), and likewise to learn how we ought to respond when we are beset with similar deceitful traps.

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October 20, 2007  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Unity of God's Covenant People

To understand the relationship between the Church and Ethnic Israel, I encourage you to first and foremost submit your thinking to the whole counsel of scripture and find your method of interpreting of the Bible from the Bible itself! Wisdom does not come on this issue from extra-biblical sources but rather we must ask the Holy Spirit to help us understand the Word, and, according to the Word, the meaning of the Law and Prophets are found and explained in Jesus Christ.

The Apostle said, "no matter how many promises God has made, they are "yes" in Christ" (2 Cor. 1:20), These very promises are the fulfillment of the covenant blessings promised to Abraham that all the people's of the earth would be blessed through Him. "He redeemed us in order that the blessing promised to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit" (Galatians 3:14). The kingdom of God is a kingdom only because Jesus is the King who reigns over it and so only those who are united to Christ are members of this kingdom.

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October 18, 2007  |  Comments (4)   |  Permalink

The Story of Martin Luther: the Restoration of Biblical Christianity and Apostolic Catholicism

THE STORY OF MARTIN LUTHER- Pastor Charles R. Biggs


Happy 490th anniversary of the Reformation of the Christian Church!

On October 31st 2007, the Church will celebrate the 490th anniversary of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century.

This reformation began in God’s providence through a peasant miner’s son who became a monk and then a great teacher of Biblical truth. It is important to remember how the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century was arguably the greatest revival of Christianity since the Apostolic Age. The Reformation was a return to Biblical Christianity and Apostolic Catholicism because the Church had degenerated into unbiblical Roman Catholicism.

This paper is submitted to remind you of God’s grace and goodness, and to encourage us all to continue to stand on Scripture Alone as our guide for faith and life, knowing that we are justified before God by grace alone, and to know that we all can boldly access God’s mercy and fatherly goodness through One Mediator, the Man Christ Jesus!

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October 13, 2007  |  Comments (7)   |  Permalink

Spurgeon On The Goal of Preaching

By Jonathan Watson - General Editor of the Banner of Truth

For C. H. Spurgeon it was an axiom that God sends preachers into the world so that sinners may be reconciled to him. Admittedly, there may be some notable exceptions to this rule (e.g. Noah and Jeremiah), but for the most part, God has ordained the preaching of the gospel for the purpose of saving the hearers.

When King Agrippa asked the Apostle Paul, ‘In a short time would you persuade me to become a Christian?’, Paul’s reply gave vent to the spirit in which the true evangelist must always preach the gospel: ‘Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am – except for these chains.’ The Apostle’s clear aim in bearing witness to Christ before kings and their subjects was the conversion of all who were present with him.

Do you preach with the same clear aim? What exactly is your intention? What would you have God do? The conversion of one or two, a mere handful, perhaps, of your hearers? Or do you climb the pulpit steps praying, ‘would to God that every single one of my hearers may be converted through the means of this sermon’?

C. H. Spurgeon was truly apostolic in this respect, as in many others. He considered this such an important element in true preaching that he devoted one whole lecture to it during his Friday afternoon visits to The Pastors’ College, of which he was the President.

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October 12, 2007  |  Comments (4)   |  Permalink

Bible Translation for a Muslim Audience

Current Needs

It is virtually indisputable that the last great frontier of the world missions movement involves the various unreached peoples of Islam. It is equally clear that a necessary part of the labor involved in reaching these Muslim peoples is the translation of the bible into their own languages, so that they may read and understand it. But this is a much more complicated task than it might appear at first glance; for a typical Muslim is so conditioned by his culture and worldview that the merest hint of a variety of seemingly innocuous terms will immediately prevent him from even opening a book in which they may be found, let alone giving it an unbiased reading. Unfortunately, many of these terms have a well-established tradition in the Christian history of the major languages used by Muslims; and even in the smaller languages, the task of finding an equivalent for the terms of the original languages of the scriptures that is not needlessly offensive, but nevertheless communicates the proper idea, is quite a difficult one. These problems may not just be ignored. If Christ is ever going to have his worshipers among those people groups that are even today almost entirely Muslim, they must have access to an accurate and understandable version of the Bible. This involves both the revision or retranslation of the bible for a specifically Muslim audience in the major languages, and entirely new translations in the smaller languages.

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October 11, 2007  |  Comments (14)   |  Permalink

Two New Books by Nathan Pitchford

The following are two valuable reference tools newly published by Monergism Books


What the Bible Says about THE PEOPLE OF GOD by Nathan Pitchford

According to historic Dispensational teaching, Israel and the Church are two distinct peoples of God with two distinct destinies. But is this view supported by the testimony of Scripture?

Designed as a reference tool, this booklet succinctly presents the major tenets of Dispensationalism followed by the key Scripture passages that address each tenet. With this simple format, Nathan Pitchford has created a valuable resource for evaluating the merits of Dispensationalism in the light of Scripture. This booklet is a great tool for guiding your own personal study or for engaging in fruitful dialogue with others.








What the Bible Says about THE DOCTRINES OF GRACE: A Categorized Scripture List by Nathan Pitchford

Designed as a reference tool, this booklet succinctly presents the five points of Calvinism followed by the key Scripture passages that support each point. With this simple format, Nathan Pitchford has created a valuable resource for understanding the biblical basis for the doctrines of grace. This booklet is a great tool for guiding your own personal study or for engaging in fruitful dialogue with others.

"Ever since the Serpent first tempted Eve in the garden by casting doubt on God's word and his character as he had revealed himself to her, mankind has always been engaged in the idolatrous pursuit of fashioning a god after his own imagination...There is no cure for this, but to cast off all our prior ideas of who we think God should be, or what we think he should mean when he speaks of his love, his grace, his justice, and his salvation, and to go to his word for all our answers." (from the Introduction)

October 08, 2007  |  Comments (2)   |  Permalink

Images of the Savior (41 – His Cursing the Fig Tree)

And seeing one fig tree along the way, he came up to it, and found nothing on it except leaves alone; and he says unto it, “No longer shall there be any fruit from you forever”. And immediately the fig tree withered. – Matthew 21:19

In Isaiah chapter five, the Lord tells of a vineyard to which he had given every peculiar advantage, preparing for it a very fertile place which he had cleared of all stones and debris, planting in it the best vines, and preparing within it a watchtower and a wine vat, in order to protect it and provide it with the necessary means to put its fruit to the best use; but when the time came for it to produce good grapes, it produced wild and unusable grapes instead. For this cause, the Lord destroyed every advantage of the vineyard, ensuring that, from henceforth, it would produce only thorns and thistles. In verse seven, Isaiah makes the application that, “the vineyard of the Lord of Hosts is the House of Israel, and the men of Judah are that which was planted for his pleasance; and he waited for justice, but behold, bloodshed! for righteousness, but behold, a cry!” As we shall now see, on the occasion of his cursing of the unfruitful fig tree, our Savior was acting in much the same way, and expressing much the same truth. Let us observe what transpired on this occasion, as well as the use to which Jesus put the event, or the lesson which he drew from it.

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October 07, 2007  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Monergism Books Launches Major Website Upgrade

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October 05, 2007  |  Comments (5)   |  Permalink

California Conference on Reformed Theology

The Meaning of the Cross
What does the cross mean for our daily lives? Historically, Christians have believed that the death of Jesus Christ bore the fruits of justification, adoption and sanctification for all believers. But what do those terms mean and how do they matter? To help us understand the cross’ centrality in all these benefits, we’ve brought together two nationally recognized Christian pastors and scholars who will join us for the second annual California Conference on Reformed Theology and a Christ-centered weekend of worship, fellowship and teaching. We warmly invite you to come and participate. Speakers include Dr. Derek Thomas and Dr. Stephen Nichols.

November 3-4, 2007
Sierra View Presbyterian Church
2435 N Thesta
Fresno, California 93703

October 03, 2007  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

When Does God Become 100% For Us? by Dr. John Piper

I have asked the question in public, “When does God become 100% for us?” And I have given an answer that rightly troubles thoughtful, biblical people. So this article is an effort to answer their question.

In my message to the Desiring God National Conference on Sunday, September 30, I answered the question like this:

What the Bible teaches is that God becomes 100% irrevocably for us at the moment of justification, that is, the moment when we see Christ as a beautiful Savior and receive him as our substitute punishment and our substitute perfection. All of God’s wrath, all of the condemnation we deserve, was poured out on Jesus. All of God’s demands for perfect righteousness were fulfilled by Christ. The moment we see (by grace!) this Treasure and receive him in this way his death counts as our death and his condemnation as our condemnation and his righteousness as our righteousness, and God becomes 100% irrevocably for us forever in that instant.

The question this leaves unanswered is, “Doesn’t the Bible teach that in eternity God set his favor on us in election?”

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Dr. Michael Horton to Appear on CBS's 60 Minutes

Currently scheduled for Sunday, Oct 14th, the interview will focus on the teaching and ministry of popular televangelist Joel Osteen, author of Your Best Life Now. 60 Minutes airs on CBS Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/PT (check your local listings).

October 02, 2007  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink