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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)

The Gospel According to Paul

Back in September 2011, Dr. John MacArthur hosted a Bible teaching Conference entitled "Truth Matters" focussing on the Gospel according to the Apostle Paul. If you missed any of his seven messages, I would highly recommend you taking the time to view them. Perhaps you can bookmark this page and return to view each of Dr. MacArthur's sessions:

(1) The Glorious Gospel:


(2) The Gospel Satisfies the Sinner’s Need:

(3) The Gospel Satisfies God’s Demands:

Continue reading "The Gospel According to Paul" »

May 31, 2013  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Arminian Conundrum

Here is an Arminian conundrum:

1) Those Arminians who AFFIRM that a Christian can lose his salvation must believe (contrary to Gal 3:3) that the Christian must themselves maintain their own just standing before God. This is in clear violation of the biblical doctrine of salvation by Christ alone.

But

2) those Arminians who DENY that a person can lose his salvation must, in doing so, also give up their idea of libertarian free will. If God seals them in then they are "forced" to stay saved, even against their will ... OR the only other possibility it that God changes their will so they WANT to obey. In that case they can only choose according to their new natures, which is contrary to everything Arminians have taught about the nature of man to this point and would affirm the Calvinist view.

May 30, 2013  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

What is a Christian?

What is a Christian? One who, by the grace of God, can declare that he justly deserves the wrath of God, save for the mercy of Jesus Christ alone. He casts aside all hope in his self-righteousness and puts away all pride in his own goodness. One who is glad to be regarded as spiritually bankrupt, a poor sinner, saved by the free grace and righteousness of Christ and, with a grateful heart, yields in allegiance to Him alone as LORD and sovereign. In a word, one who "glories in Christ Jesus and has no confidence in the flesh." (Phil. 3:3)

JWH

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The Bible's Answer To The Question: What Is A Christian? by Wayne Mack
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What is a Christian? -Matthew 5:1-12 (MP3) Daniel Hyde | Studies in Matthew

May 29, 2013  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

Some Quotes to Ponder

"No one who has ever truly understood their own heart, their own guilt, and the holiness of God, could ever trade the finished work of Christ for the never-perfecting charade of the Romanist mass, the medieval myth of purgatory and indulgences, and the legion of alter Christi who daily attempt to sew up the rent veil." - James White

"The demands of following Christ will cost you everything. But you gain far more than you give up. You give up dirt for diamonds." - Steve Lawson

"Ever heard of anyone executed for distributing copies of Grimm’s fairy tales? Imagine people trying to smuggle copies of Hans Christian Andersen’s works into China? The Bible, which has been called a mere collection of myths has suffered all of these fates: even today, copies of the Bible are banned and burned. There’s something about this ancient book that threatens and frightens those in power." - Eric Metaxas

"Just as a jeweler in a store will always use a black velvet background to display the splendor of an exquisite diamond, so the intricate, dazzling beauty of the gospel is only fully seen when we understand what the Bible says about man’s radical condition outside of Christ. Its a bleak and dark picture to be sure. Yet only when we understand the immensity of the problem can we find the right solution – and see the futility of all other man made remedies. We need far more than a moral pep talk; more than some medical first aid for our gaping wounds; and even more than even an oxygen mask to help us breathe more easily. What we need is a miracle! What we need is a resurrection!" - John Samson

"The holier a man becomes, the more he mourns over the unholiness which remains in him." - C. H. Spurgeon

"How dare you say 'Oh, so you are just a homemaker' to the hero of my children." - Sinclair Ferguson

"There are no disappointments to those whose wills are buried in the will of God." - Frederick Faber

"There is mercy for a sinner, but there is no mercy for the man who will not own himself a sinner." - C. H. Spurgeon

"It is not hard to deceive ministers, relatives and friends. But it is impossible to deceive Christ." - J. C. Ryle

May 29, 2013  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Tornadoes and the Mystery of Suffering

Sam Storms, the pastor at Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in an article entitled "Tornadoes and the Mystery of Suffering and Sovereignty" wrote this yesterday:

I’m inclined to think the best way to respond to the tragedy that struck our community today is simply to say nothing. I have little patience for those who feel the need to theologize about such events, as if anyone possessed sufficient wisdom to discern God’s purpose. On the other hand, people will inevitably ask questions and are looking for encouragement and comfort. So how best do we love and pastor those who have suffered so terribly?

I’m not certain I have the answer to that question, and I write the following with considerable hesitation. I can only pray that what I say is grounded in God’s Word and is received in the spirit in which it is intended.


Justin Taylor outlined his seven observations this way:

(1) It will not accomplish anything good to deny what Scripture so clearly asserts, that God is absolutely sovereign over all of nature.

(2) God is sovereign, not Satan.

(3) Great natural disasters such as this tell us nothing about the comparative sinfulness of those who are its victims.

(4) Events such as this should remind us that no place on earth is safe and that we will all one day die (unless Jesus returns first).

(5) We should not look upon such events and conclude that the Second Coming of Christ and the end of history are at hand, but neither should we conclude that the Second Coming of Christ and the end of history are not at hand.

(6) We must learn to weep with those who weep.

(7) Pray that God will use such an event to open the hearts and eyes of a city and a state immersed in unbelief and idolatry (and I have in mind not merely Oklahoma, but also America as a whole), to see the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and turn in faith to him, lest something infinitely worse than a tornado befall them: Eternal condemnation. Eternal suffering.

You can read the whole short article by Sam Storms here. And pray.

May 21, 2013  |  Comments (2)   |  Permalink

Best Commentaries for Each New Testament Book

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

Acts

Romans

1 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

Galatians

Ephesians

Philippians

Colossians and Philemon

1 & 2 Thessalonians

Pastoral Epistles

Hebrews

James

1 Peter

2 Peter and Jude

Epistles of John

Revelation

May 15, 2013  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

Family Life Paul Washer (Youtube Video)

On God, Family & What It Means To Be A Christian

May 14, 2013  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Ask R. C.

Today (May 6th, 2013) Dr. R. C. Sproul took part on an "Ask R.C." Google hangout, where he answered theological questions submitted to him live on the internet. Here is the 36 minute question and answer time:


May 06, 2013  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Apologetics to the Glory of God

JS - My friend, Pastor Jeff Durbin of Apologia Church (Chandler, Arizona) and Apologia Radio speaks at the 'Concerned Christians National Conference 2013' on a biblical approach to apologetics and evangelism. The topic is: Apologetics to the glory of God.

Jeff teaches on the necessary elements of apologetics:

1. No neutrality
2. Humble boldness
3. Evangelism (the call to repent and believe) cannot be separated from apologetics
4. How we engage in Apologetics is a moral issue
5. Specific examples are given

May 06, 2013  |  Comments (2)   |  Permalink

Has Tolerance become Intolerant?

Is Tolerance Intolerant? Pursuing the Climate of Acceptance and Inclusion - Ravi Zacharias at UCLA:


May 05, 2013  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Harmonizing...

“And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”—John 5:40.

“No man can come to me except the Father, who hath sent me, draw him…. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me”

“Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not: and he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.”—John 6:44, 45, 64, 65.

This is how Andrew Fuller harmonized the above passges:

First, There is no way of obtaining eternal life but by Jesus Christ….

Secondly, They that enjoy eternal life must come to Christ for it….

Thirdly, It is the revealed will of Christ that everyone who hears the gospel should come to him for life….

Fourthly, The depravity of human nature is such that no man, of his own accord, will come to Christ for life….

Fifthly, The degree of this depravity is such as that, figuratively speaking, men cannot come to Christ for life….

Sixthly, A conviction of the righteousness of God’s government, of the spirituality and goodness of his law, the evil of sin, our lost condition by nature, and the justice of our condemnation, is necessary in order to our coming to Christ….

Lastly, There is absolute necessity of a special Divine agency in order to our coming to Christ…. Upon the whole, we see from these passages taken together, first, if any man is lost, whom he has to blame for it—himself; secondly, if any man is saved, whom he has to praise for it—God.[1]

[1]Andrew Gunton Fuller, The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller, Volume 1: Memoirs, Sermons, Etc., ed. Joseph Belcher (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications, 1988), 667-69.

HT: Evan Burns

May 04, 2013  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Galatians 1 - The Same Gospel

There are some hills that we as Christians must be prepared to die on. Such is the case with the Gospel. From a recent service in Hawaii, here is Dr. James White, preaching on the truth of the Gospel and its implications in our day:

Same Gospel - James White from Shane Sowers on Vimeo.

May 02, 2013  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

Where Did Those "Hateful" Christians Come From?

Calling Christians "hateful" for pointing out sinful behavior is a tactic born of slick corporate image consultants, but it is not an argument. By declaring the intent of Christians either hateful or bigoted (i.e. sinful) for simply expressing what God teaches is to profoundly misrepresent the intentions and beliefs of Christians. Not to mention the fatal inconsistency of calling Christians "sinful" for their declaring certain behaviors as "sinful". How can one consistently say that anyone who calls someone's behavior "sinful" is sinful? Isn't this the pot calling the kettle black? Aren't you guilty of the very thing of which you accuse another? Furthermore, how do you know if Christians are wrong? What standard is being appealed to here? This sinister scheme of marginalizing Christians for their beliefs actually promotes the most ignorant form of intolerance there is. For it pretends objectivity while giving a wholesale monopoly to secularists to determine for all of us, what is, and what is not, sinful ... thus making themselves into the new gods of the age.

Fact is, contrary to bumper-sticker wisdom, true Christians do not think they are more moral than others... we believe we are all in the same boat and, often times, much worse than others. We believe the world that has been pulled over ALL of our eyes to blind us ALL from the truth. The truth revealed by God that we are ALL slaves born into bondage. So we are merely sinners pointing other sinners to freedom and to bread ... and the intent, for the most part, is not from the vantage point of moral superiority (we're not), but rather one of love, to help mankind by pointing to their only hope for escape. Any so-called Christian who does it for any other reason is probably a moralist, or at least not being consistent at all with Christianity's central teaching of grace. For we believe that morality will damn just as much as immorality, apart from the Savior.

May 01, 2013  |  Comments (8)   |  Permalink

eBook Sale - NIV Application Commentary


May 1, 2013


Kindle eBook editions of the popular-level NIV Application Commentary series are now on sale for just $4.99 each.


Genesis; Leviticus, Numbers; Deuteronomy; Joshua; Judges and Ruth; 1 & 2 Kings; 1 & 2 Chronicles; Esther; Job

Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs; Isaiah; Jeremiah, Lamentations; Ezekiel; Daniel; Joel, Obadiah, Malachi; Hosea, Amos,

Micah
; Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah; Haggai, Zechariah; Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; Acts; Romans1Corinthians;

Galatians
; Ephesians; Philippians; Colossians & Philemon; 1 & 2 Thessalonians; 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus; Hebrews; James;

1 Peter
; 2 Peter & Jude; 1, 2, & 3 John; Revelation.


May 01, 2013  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

eBook Sale - NIV Application Commentary


May 1, 2013


Kindle eBook editions of the popular-level NIV Application Commentary series are now on sale for just $4.99 each.


Genesis; Leviticus, Numbers; Deuteronomy; Joshua; Judges and Ruth; 1 & 2 Kings; 1 & 2 Chronicles; Esther; Job

Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs; Isaiah; Jeremiah, Lamentations; Ezekiel; Daniel; Joel, Obadiah, Malachi; Hosea, Amos,

Micah
; Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah; Haggai, Zechariah; Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; Acts; Romans1Corinthians;

Galatians
; Ephesians; Philippians; Colossians & Philemon; 1 & 2 Thessalonians; 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus; Hebrews; James;

1 Peter
; 2 Peter & Jude; 1, 2, & 3 John; Revelation.


May 01, 2013  |  Comments (3)   |  Permalink