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  1. by John Newton“By the grace of God I am what I am!” - 1 Corinthians 15:10 The true Christian is sensible and mindful of indwelling sin. He confesses that in everything he comes exceedingly short, and that his best services are not only defective — but defiled. He accounts himself as an unprofitable servant — and is abased in his own eyes. He knows that all that distinguishes him from the vilest of men — is the free grace of God! He derives all his hope and comfort, as well as his strength — from Jesus, whom he has known, received and loved, and to whom he has committed his soul. He renounces all confidence in the flesh, and esteems all things as loss – compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Christ his Lord, for whose sake he has lost all things — considering them rubbish, that he may gain Christ! ----- From the Letters of John Newton View the full article
  2. Recently I have been spending a lot of time reading the Scottish Presbyterians. I cannot get over how clear and helpful some of their works are. I especially have enjoyed the works of Thomas Boston and James Durham. For anyone who wants get a taste for their writting, below I am including some of the works we have published made available for free: Thomas BostonThe Art of Man-Fishing (eBook) An Explication of the Assembly's Shorter Catechism (eBook) A View of the Covenant of Works (eBook) A View of the Covenant of Grace (eBook) Miscellaneous Questions (eBook) The Crook in the Lot (eBook) The Necessity of Repentance (eBook) The Good Fight of Faith (eBook) Am I Really a Christian? (eBook) The Mystery of Sanctification by Christ Opened Up (eBook) View the full article
  3. The Bible declares that there are some people whose "faith" is no better than that of demons. "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder." (James 2:19) The faith of demons is but a mere belief in God's existence, not trusting in Christ to save them from sin, so there is no mystery that people with such faith are not justified. True saving faith is a faith granted by God in which a person seeing the darkness of his own sin, casts aside his own righteousness, and trusts in the Savior to rescue him from God's wrath on account of his sin. Such Spirit-wrought faith binds us to Christ so that, in union with him, we participate in his righteousness, resting on the assurance of his mercy. When people, by God's grace, desire to be saved from sin it reveals they no longer have a love for it and want to be out from under its' tyranny, so seeing they cannot save themselves, they turn to Christ to rescue them from it. As such, they will not be fruitless believes, but because the Lord implants a new love of righteousness within, they will exhibit their faith by following and obeying their Master, Jesus Christ. View the full article
  4. by John CalvinIf these matters had in bygone ages been treated and dealt with in proper order, so many tumults and dissensions would never have arisen. Paul says that in the upbuilding of Christian teaching we must keep the foundation that he had laid among the Corinthians [cf. 1 Cor. 3:10], “beside which no other can be laid, which is Jesus Christ” [1 Cor. 3:11]. What sort of foundation have we in Christ? Was he the beginning of our salvation in order that its fulfillment might follow from ourselves? Did he only open the way by which we might proceed under our own power? Certainly not. But, as Paul had set forth a little before, Christ, when we acknowledge him, is given us to be our righteousness [1 Cor. 1:30]. He alone is well founded in Christ who has perfect righteousness in himself: since the apostle does not say that He was sent to help us attain righteousness but himself to be our righteousness [1 Cor. 1:30]. Indeed, he states that “he has chosen us in him” from eternity “before the foundation of the world,” through no merit of our own “but according to the purpose of divine good pleasure” [Eph. 1:4–5, cf. Vg.]; that by his death we are redeemed from the condemnation of death and freed from ruin [cf. Col. 1:14, 20]; that we have been adopted unto him as sons and heirs by our Heavenly Father [cf. Rom. 8:17; Gal. 4:5–7]; that we have been reconciled through his blood [Rom. 5:9–10]; that, given into his protection, we are released from the danger of perishing and falling [John 10:28]; that thus ingrafted into him [cf. Rom. 11:19] we are already, in a manner, partakers of eternal life, having entered in the Kingdom of God through hope. View the full article
  5. Visitor Christians are bigots. They tell gay people that their very identity is unnatural and that they should not live their lives based on their sexuality. Response Christians believe all people without exception are under the wrath of God for their sin, not just homosexuals. So no one is being singled out here. We were all born in sin. Which is why we must be born again. So when Christians declare homosexuality sinful it is no different than if they say fornication or adultery is sinful. All are summoned to come to Christ to be liberated from the guilt and power of sin. We all desperately need Christ. I am no better than someone who self identifies as a gay person and definitely do not deserve heaven more than he does. Visitor Can’t you see that this idea of needing Christ is nothing more than a religious and cultish tactic to keep you in? Now consider that no evidence has ever been revealed for this god. For someone so impactful in human history all he can leave behind is a book that has many contradictions and bad morals. Also to follow many supernatural explanations have been replaced with natural ones while the opposite has not happened. Also I am no better than a gay person? You are implying that there is something wrong with being gay. This is because your bible was written at a time where this sort of thing was akin to cannibalism in terms of how taboo it was, with that in mind it makes far more sense that the bible is just a book projecting mans pride into a being that is portrayed as the hero but is really the villain that constantly says he loves us just to stop us from rejecting him. Response By changing the subject I assume that you acknowledge that the original charge that Christians are bigots was spoken presumptuously. View the full article
  6. Does Christ require the sinner to "stop sinning and you'll be pardoned"?, or something else? When you trust in Christ for the first time, you are trusting in Him as a Savior FROM SIN, both its guilt and power. No one "just believes" in Christ's existence to be saved; we come to him, rather, to be rescued from sin's tyranny. We know we can do nothing to save ourselves from sin so we (by the grace of God) turn to Christ to be rescued from it. This demonstrates, without a doubt, that at the time you trust Christ you no longer want to be under sin's tyranny or dominion but want Christ to deliver you from it. So in our initial repentance we are not called to "stop sinning and you'll be pardoned." No, rather its "Lord. I am a slave to sin, save me and break the chains of my sin and forgive. I have no hope without you" Thus, to want to be saved by Christ from sin already reveals a heart of repentance in it. Otherwise you would not want to be saved at all. If you see faith as merely a belief in God's existence then YES faith precedes repentance, but if you define faith as trusting in Christ as Savior from sin, then while faith and repentance can be distinguished, they cannot be separated. Consider: For what purpose are you coming to faith in Jesus if not to be rescued from sin? NOTE: Christ intended to pardon us prior to both our faith and repentance, so neither faith nor repentance are actually the originating cause of our pardon. Pardon was purchased in Christ's redemption for us. The application of our redemption is when the Holy Spirit brings us into union with Christ's death and resurrection. He regenerates us, our faith and repentance springs from our renewed heart which issues from God's grace alone. ----- View the full article
  7. by Jonathan EdwardsWhere [grace] does truly exist in the heart, all its enemies cannot destroy it, and all the opposition made against it cannot crush it. It endures all things, and stands all shocks, and remains notwithstanding all opposers. And the reason of this may be seen in these two things: View the full article
  8. It is a myth that Christians think they are good people, entitled to sit in judgment over others because they are morally superior. On the contrary, a true Christian knows with certainty they are NOT good, that they are no better than anyone else... that they are rebel sinners who justly deserve God's wrath ... and that's why they need a merciful Savior who, in spite of themselves, forgives them, adopts them as His children and gives them a seat at His table. So if a Christian points out that you need a Savior, it isn't because he hates you, or thinks he is better. No, it's because he loves you and is just like you. He shares a common humanity with you and is a sinner like you and wants you to know God's love and forgiveness in Christ. View the full article
  9. by Tim Keller & Charles GarlandAbout every other week, I confront popular pluralist notions that have become a large part of the way Americans think. For example, pluralists contend that no one religion can know the fullness of spiritual truth, therefore all religions are valid. But while it is good to acknowledge our limitations, this statement is itself a strong assertion about the nature of spiritual truth. A common analogy is often cited to get the point across which I am sure you have heard — several blind men trying to describe an elephant. One feels the tail and reports that an elephant is thin like a snake. Another feels a leg and claims it is thick like a tree. Another touches its side and reports the elephant is a wall. This is supposed to represent how the various religions only understand part of God, while no one can truly see the whole picture. To claim full knowledge of God, pluralists contend, is arrogance. When I occasionally describe this parable, and I can almost see the people nodding their heads in agreement. View the full article
  10. The following are some expositons on Paul's Epistle to the Romans that we highly recommend. Exposition of Romans (MP3 Series) by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones Exposition of Romans (MP3 Series) by Sinclair B. Ferguson Exposition of Romans, 6-16 (MP3 Sermon Series) by Voddie Baucham Exposition of Romans (MP3 Series by Edward Donnelly Expositon of Romans (audio series) by R. C. Sproul Exposition of Romans (MP3 Series) by Thomas R. Schreiner Exposition of Romans (MP3 Series) by Steven Lawson Exposition of Romans (MP3 Series) by J. V. Fesko Exposition of Romans by Kim Riddlebarger Exposition of Romans (MP3 Series) by Nick Batzig View the full article
  11. Modern society tends to be deeply incoherent. On the one hand our culture demands justice for the oppressed and impartial benevolence toward all. On the other hand it teaches that no one has the right to declare right and wrong to anyone else, as secularism asserts that every person must determine his or her own moral values. This is cognitive dissonance. It demands moral behavior of others and yet insists morality is relative. The idea undermines itself. The promotion of universal justice, human rights, self-sacrifice, a commitment to human dignity and considering the poor can only coherently make sense in a world where morality is objective and whose source is God. But the inconsistency does not end there. Their view of the world also forces them to pretend in many other areas as well. ----The Secularist Dilemma --- There is no meaning, but let's pretend there is. There is not objective morality, but let's pretend there is. There are no voluntary choices, but lets pretend there are. (since choices are hardwired) The Christian view makes more sense of the real world we live in because we do not have to pretend thee is meaning, morality and real choices. The reason there appears to be objective morality, meaning, logic, responsibility, and coherence is because there actually are such objective things in reality. View the full article
  12. Do not replace Christ with political tribalism or the state. These are false christs which cannot save you. View the full article
  13. Question: Can someone receive Jesus as Savior, but not as Lord? Answer: When God opens someone's eyes to recognize and trust Jesus as Savior, they already affirm Him as Lord. The concepts are so interrelated that cannot really be separated. Here's why: If, by grace, you want Jesus to save you from the guilt and power of sin, then it shows that you no longer want to be under sin's tyranny, but want Him to rescue you from it. And if you want to be out from under sin's tyranny then it reveals you want to be under the yoke of Christ. For to be under anything apart from Christ is sin. On the other hand, those who want Jesus to rescue them from sin's guilt, but leave them under its power, have not understood the gospel. A truly regenerate person wants Jesus to save from both sin's guilt AND power. Jesus did not come to approve or validate us in our sins, but to rescue us from our sins. That is why He is called the Savior. That is why the no-Lordship position makes absolutely no sense. If you are not coming to Jesus to save you from sin then what are you coming to Him for? View the full article
  14. Adoptionism The belief Jesus is not eternally God but became God sometime after His birthAntinomianism The belief that Christians are not bound by God’s law and are free to sin as they please. That Jesus' rescues from the guilt of sin but not its power..Anti-Paulism The belief that the Apostle Paul was a heretic and that the books he wrote are not a part of Biblical CanonArianism The belief that Jesus and the Holy Spirit were lesser, created beings and not persons of the Godhead .Christian Deism The belief that God does not intervene in or interact with the worldDocetism - Believes that Jesus was divine but only seemed to be human.Donatism - Efficacy of the sacraments depends on character of the minister.Dual Covenant Theology The belief that Jews can still be saved without believing in JesusEutychianism - Jesus finite human nature is swallowed up in His infinite divine nature.Gay Theology - The belief that homosexuality is not a sin.View the full article
  15. Israel in the Plan of God Replacement theology is understood to be the view that the Church has replaced God's chosen people, the Jews, entirely, and that God wants nothing more to do with them as a people. It says that since Israel rejected their Messiah, they forfeit all of their God-given promises over to the Church. So given this definition, is Covenant Theology the Same as Replacement Theology? This phrase is often used as a pejorative term for what some imagine is Covenant Theology to be, but as the following resources point out, it is a false accusation. The following are some resources we have found that gives some thought to the subject. Essays The Church, Israel, and "Replacement" Theology - Part 1 by Sam Storms The Church, Israel, and "Replacement" Theology - Part 2 by Sam Storms The Church, Israel, and "Replacement" Theology - Part 3 by Sam Storms The Church and Israel in the New Testament by Keith Mathison Not Replacement... Expansion! by Fred Klett View the full article
  16. by John CalvinFrom Calvin's Institutes 3.3.15-21, pg 607-617 15. Repentance according to 2 Cor. 7:11 It is for a very good reason that the apostle enumerates seven causes, effects, or parts in his description of repentance. They are earnestness or carefulness, excuse, indignation, fear, longing, zeal, and avenging [2 Cor. 7:11]. It should not seem absurd that I dare not determine whether they ought to be accounted causes or effects, for either is debatable. And they can also be called inclinations joined with repentance. But because, leaving out those questions, we can understand what Paul means, we shall be content with a simple exposition. Therefore, he says that from "sorrow … according to God" [2 Cor. 7:10] carefulness arises. For he who is touched with a lively feeling of dissatisfaction with self because he has sinned against his God is at the same time aroused to diligence and attention that he may escape from the devil's snares, that he may better take precaution against his wiles, and that he may not afterward fall away from the governance of the Holy Spirit, nor be lulled into a sense of security. View the full article
  17. by John Newton Dear Sir, Your letter breathes the spirit of a Christian, though you say you are not a Calvinist. I would have still confined myself, in my letters, to the great truths in which we are agreed, if you had not invited me to touch upon the points wherein we differ. If you were insistent in your present sentiments, I would not think it my duty to debate with you: in that case, we might contend as much for victory as for truth. But as you profess yourself an inquirer, and are desirous of forming your judgment agreeably to the word of God, without being influenced by the authority of names and parties, I willingly embrace the occasion you offer me. You say, that though you are not prejudiced against the doctrines of election and perseverance of the saints, they appear to you attended with such difficulties, that you cannot yet heartily and fully assent to them. May the Lord the Spirit, whose office it is to guide his people into all truth, dictate to my pen, and accompany what I shall write with his blessing. It is not my intention to prove and illustrate these doctrines at large, or to encounter the various objections that have been raised against them. So much has been done in this way already, that I could only repeat what has been said to greater advantage by others. Nor need I refer you to the books which have been professedly written upon this argument. In a letter to a friend, I shall not aim at the exactness of a disputant, but only offer a few unpremeditated hints, in the same manner as if I had the pleasure of personally conversing with you. View the full article
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