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Instruments of Righteousness - Published on June 22, 2020
...Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. - Romans 6:13-14     The Amplified Version reads, ’Do not continue offering or yielding your bodily members and faculties to sin as tools of wickedness. But offer and yield yourse...
Henry Mahan
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Good Luck! - Published on June 21, 2020
..."Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." - 2 Peter 3:18     I've been accused recently of teaching that knowledge of Gospel propositions is not necessary.   This is due to the fact that I stated that some believers who were raised in false religion don't shed all of their "shibboleths" immediately upon conversion to the truth in the Gospel.    For...
Brandan Kraft
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Six Arguments for Holiness of Life - Published on June 20, 2020
...    The following verses all have a two-fold theme; believers will live godly in this present world and they will love one another. Faith is always connected with obedience and love. 1 John 2:29 - If we know that Christ our Lord is righteous then we know that those who are begotten of him will be righteous. To be born of God is to have the nature of God, the grace of God, and the presence of Christ formed in us, causing us to be like him. 1 John 3:1 - The amazing, eternal, infi...
Henry Mahan
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The Real Problem Is Sin - Published on June 20, 2020
...    The very root of all the trouble we see going on in this world right now is nothing more than a sin problem. People can tag whatever name they want to use for all the trouble, but the real problem is sin. Sin is what we are, sins are what we do because of what we are. Until sin is finally gone, we will continue as we are; trouble, trouble and more trouble. ...
John Chapman
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Heaven is For Those Who Belong to Him - Published on June 19, 2020
...    There is a misconception that heaven is for everyone or that everyone who dies goes to heaven. This is false and not based on the testimony of God's holy word. Heaven is for the redeemed of the Lord, those who have been chosen by God, called and who have had their sins forgiven and are saved.     It is very easy to know where you are heading when you leave this life. "He that believes on Him ( that is to put your trust in Jesus Christ alone as your only Saviou...
Malcolm Turner
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Baptists and Liberty of Conscience - Published on June 19, 2020
...    Like all other Protestants, Baptists profess to be champions of liberty of conscience and the priesthood of all believers. In actual fact, these are not guiding principles of the movement to any significant degree. We must certainly recognize that the apostolic gospel is confessional and therefore must be expressed in definite propositions of truth. These gospel truths cannot be compromised; those who will not believe them cannot be regarded as Christ’s brethren. However, in ...
Bob Higby
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Love God and Live as You Please - Published on June 19, 2020
...“LOVE GOD, AND LIVE AS YOU PLEASE.”     This was the response of Augustine when he was asked what is the secret to the Christian life. This was also the response of Martin Luther when he was asked to cite his rule of life.     Everyone except those who are physically confined or restrained endeavors to live the rule “Live as you please.” The difference between us is the object of our love. For we are motivated to live by whom we love. This is tru...
Daniel Parks
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Ichabod Etched into Every Door - Published on June 18, 2020
...And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband. And she said, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken.  - 1 Samuel 4:21-22     Here's a quick story about Ichabod, the grandson of Eli,  the priest of the Lord in Shiloh.  After the Ark of the covenant was stolen by the Phillistines, the glory of God was taken from Israel.  ...
Brandan Kraft
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Hit by Friendly Fire? - Published on June 18, 2020
...    Here are some scriptures to meditate upon the next time someone you love hurts you deeply.   And yes it will more than likely happen!  And also you will more than likely hurt another person, even unintentionally.  God forbid that we should hurt our brothers and sisters in Christ, those that were purchased with His blood.   But we do it.  I've been hurt myself too, even recently by folks that are my friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ.  ...
Brandan Kraft
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Although I'm a Sinner - Published on June 18, 2020
...    Although I am a sinner, yet I despair not; for Christ, who is my Redeemer and my righteousness, liveth. In Him I have no sin, no fear, no sting of conscience, and no fear of judgment; for in Him there is no condemnation. I am indeed a sinner as touching this present life; but I have a righteousness of God which is above this life, who is Christ my Lord. In Him I rejoice! ...
Martin Luther
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Men Put a Lot of God's truth in a Box - Published on June 17, 2020
...    The Five Points of Calvinism (TULIP) are not all there is to the gospel. They are certainly not all there is to the doctrine of gospel election, either. They put election in a box; low-grace infralapsarians claim to believe them as much as high-grace supralapsarians.      Men put a lot of God's truth in a box. In the end, the WHOLE of scripture is our judge. ... The arena of revealed truth is simple yet massive; no man can learn it all in this life. The m...
Bob Higby
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How Should Christians Respond to Attacks and Insults? - Published on June 17, 2020
...    Has anyone ever said something unkind to you or about you? I think we all have had that experience. Becoming victims of slander or malicious gossip can be difficult to bear. However, God calls us to exhibit a very specific kind of response in such circumstances.     Years ago, I received a letter from a friend who is a pastor at a church in California. In it, the pastor included a copy of an article that had appeared in the Los Angeles Times. Although the article inclu...
R.C. Sproul
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The Stumbling Block On Which Thousands Fall and Perish - Published on June 17, 2020
...What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory. - Rom 9:22-23     The sovereignty of God is the stumbling block on which thousands fall and perish; and if we go contending with God about His sovereignty it will be our eternal ruin. It is absolutely necessa...
Jonathan Edwards
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For His Great Love Wherewith He Loved Us - Published on June 17, 2020
..."Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. " - Ephesians 2:3     It has been said our position regarding God's love of His people is wrong and that the elect are not truly justified in the eyes of God until they come to belief in the Gospel.  Some go even so far as to say that God's people are under...
Brandan Kraft
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Tolerant Calvinists - Published on June 16, 2020
...    Back in the days of carpenterism, and even today if you hop on facebook, you'll find some folks like to talk about "tolerant calvinists."  See, it's not enough to just bash freewillers on facebook all day, one must also whittle away their time attacking those who might even think of compromising by speaking peace to such "heretics."  But not only are tolerant calvinists attacked, they are attacked as unregenerate.  But ...
Brandan Kraft
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Justification Planned, Constituted, and Declared - Published on June 16, 2020
...Question: Does eternal justification mean that a man is justified even before his existence? Answer: Most definitely. It means that elect mankind is justified, transcendent of all human time, in the estimation of God in his eternal purpose.  Justification planned: God determines to justify an elect people in Christ that he will create unworthy and sinful. Justification constituted: Christ makes atonement for the elect in his perfect life, sufferings, death, and resurrection. ...
Bob Higby
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While He Hath Not Faith About It - Published on June 16, 2020
...    A man may be justified before God, even when himself knoweth nothing thereof (Is. 40:2; Mt. 9:2), and so when, and while he hath not Faith about it, but is ungodly....
John Bunyan
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The First Cause of Justification - Published on June 16, 2020
...   The first cause, then, of justification before God, dependeth upon the will of God, who will justify because he will; therefore the meritorious cause must also be of his own providing, else his will cannot herein be absolute; for if justification depend upon our personal performances, then not upon the will of God. He may not have mercy upon whom he will, but on whom man's righteousness will give him leave. But his will, not ours, must rule here; therefore his righteousness, and...
John Bunyan
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How Should We Judge Arminians - Published on June 16, 2020
...Editor's note: While I don't agree with every point in this article, I find that it makes interesting points.. - Brandan     One of our readers has asked for clarification of a statement made in a previous issue. In the earlier issue, we answered the question, "Can Arminians be Saved?" and made statements to the effect that some who may very well be true Christians are inconsistent in the profession of salvation by grace, when they speak of choosing Christ and of f...
Ron Hanko
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Clericalism - Published on June 16, 2020
...Editors Note:  This is an e-mail I received from John Robbins prior to his death.  This one was excellent because it expressed my sentiments perfectly!  I don't always agree with those WCF presbyterians, but this one was good.  - Brandan Dear Friends, On July 16 the Louisiana Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America unanimously declared Pastor Steve Wilkins of the Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church to be "publicly exonerated and declared to be faith...
John W. Robbins
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