"...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)

Confronted with Righteousness

Acts 24:22-27

When confronted with the true nature of God's righteousness, Felix requested Paul to "go away". What will you do with God's messenger and message in it's undiluted form?

January 25, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Understanding True Saving Faith & Apostasy

What is the nature of true saving faith? How can we tell the genuine from the counterfeit?

Can salvation ever be lost? The Bible presents us with severe warnings concerning the consequences of apostasy. How do we rightly understand these warnings?

January 13, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Counterfeit Coin

[Some people think] ...they are so good, that they scorn God's offer of mercy. Indeed these are often in the worst condition: these are they who think they need no repentance (Luke 15:7). Their morality undoes them. They make a "savior" of it, and so on this rock they suffer shipwreck. Morality shoots short of heaven. It is only nature refined. A moral man is but old Adam dressed in fine clothes. The king's image counterfeited and stamped upon brass will not go current. The moral person seems to have the image of God—but he is only brass metal, which will never pass for current. Morality is insufficient for salvation. Though the life is moralized, the lust may be unmortified. The heart may be full of pride and atheism. Under the fair leaves of a tree, there may be a worm. I am not saying, repent that you are moral—but that you are no more than moral. Satan entered into the house that had just been swept and garnished (Luke 11:26). This is the emblem of a moral man, who is swept by civility and garnished with common gifts—but is not washed by true repentance. The unclean spirit enters into such a one. If morality were sufficient to salvation, Christ need not have died. The moral man has a fair lamp—but it lacks the oil of grace." - Thomas Watson

January 13, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink