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A Fresh Look at Spanking - Published on June 16, 2020
...I wrote this article years ago shortly after my son was born.  He is now sixteen (16) years old and has never been spanked.  He is also a believer and confessed his love for the Gospel recently in water baptism.  I found this in my old notes and I thought I'd share.  Anyway, this is an issue for each parent to determine on their own.  This is not a rule for living.  I'm simply providing my insight into the subject, and now that my son is turning into a ...
Brandan Kraft
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Response to Questions About Article Regarding Head / Heart Dichotomy - Published on June 10, 2020
...The following were questions I received regarding my article Is There A Head and Heart Dichotomy? Question #1:  What do you mean by academic exercise?   Brandan's Answer: An academic exercise means being able to parrot back Gospel propositions but not believing them.  I'm reminded of old friends Anthony Lawson and Michael Hughes who could argue for Gospel propositions better than most I've seen.  But they both left the Gospel and are now avowed atheists. &nb...
Brandan Kraft
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Elias Keach : The Man Converted by His Own Preaching - Published on June 7, 2020
...    Elias Keach the wild and rebellious son of the renowned Benjamin Keach of London arrived in Philadelphia in 1686. Young Keach was just nineteen and had come to this country to escape from his father and mother’s discipline and to make his fortune and prove he did not need them or their religion. To gain acceptance and respect, he dressed like a clergyman. When it was learned he was the son of Benjamin Keach, he was immediately invited to preach. An eager congregation gathered...     Article Length: Short
Reply to My Summons of Pope Urban to Come to Rome : 1384 - Published on May 28, 2020
...    I have joyfully to tell to all true men that believe what I hold, and legates to the pope; for I suppose that if my faith be rightful and given of God, the pope will gladly confirm it; and if my faith be error, the Pope will wisely amend it.      I suppose over this that the gospel of Christ be [the] heart of the corpus of God's law; for I believe that Jesus Christ, that gave in His own person this gospel, is very God and very man, and by this heart passes all...
John Wycliffe
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Shorter Catechism : PL 121, Col. 347–350 - Published on May 28, 2020
...    I believe and confess that omnipotent and unchangeable God foreknew and predestined saint angels and elect men to eternal life gratis and that He equally predestined devil, head of all demons, with all of his apostates, and also reprobate men, namely his members, on account of their own most certainly foreknown evil merits, through the most right judgment to deserved eternal death; for thus says the Lord himself in His Gospel: “The prince of this world is already judged&rdquo...
Gottschalk of Orbais
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Jim Byrd - Published on May 26, 2020
...    Jim Byrd was born in 1951 and spent his earliest years in Bassett, Virginia. His parents became religious when he was a young boy and took him to a freewill, Arminian church where, at age six, he walked the aisle and made his decision to believe and follow what he later learned was a false Jesus. His dad became a pastor in 1963 and moved his family to Rocky Mount, Virginia. Jim continued to be active in that church throughout his youth. He started working at a c...     Article Length: Short
John Wycliffe : 1324-1384 - Published on May 22, 2020
...     We acknowledge with thanksgiving that the Lord has used many people through the years to preserve the Scriptures and translate them into our language.  John Wycliffe was one of those men.  He has been called “The Morning Star of the Reformation.”  He lived in the 14th century, more than a hundred years before the invention of the printing press and ministered in an age of great spiritual darkness.  Christianity in England was all but burie...
Jim Byrd
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Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage : I Corinthians 7:10-16 - Published on May 6, 2020
...    In this day of infidelity, there are very few people who are not affected, either directly or indirectly, by divorce. Every few days I get calls, letters, or visits from people whose homes are being destroyed by a husband or wife who has chosen to abandon his or her family and vow of lifelong love and loyalty, because they are no longer happy, or in love, or they want to be free. Forgetting, for the moment, the lives that are devastated by such selfish behavior, let me remind you o...
Don Fortner
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Donald Stewart Fortner : June 10, 1950 - April 29, 2020 - Published on May 1, 2020
...    Pastor Donald Stewart Fortner, 69, went home to be with the Lord on April 29, 2020 at his residence in Danville. Born June 10, 1950 in Bladen County, NC to the late Claude and Mary Harrelson Fortner. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his sister, the late Juanita Disher.     After graduating Piedmont Bible College, Donald was pastor of Lookout Baptist Church in West Virginia. He moved to Danville in 1980 where he pastored Grace Baptist Church for 40 years...     Article Length: Short
Excerpts on Divine Imputation - Published on April 24, 2020
...Editor's Note:  All of these books are still pointed to by Don Fortner's website.  They can be found on Grace E-Books.  In them, Bro. Fortner is explicitly clear that justification and Christ being made sin was ONLY by imputation.    The Following are Excerpts from The Glorious State of God’s Saints In Heaven by Don Fortner, Published in 2007 When the righteous perish from the earth, they live in uprightness forever (Isa. 57:1-2)....
Don Fortner
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Confession of Faith : A Declaration of Faith of Grace Baptist Church of Ruston - Published on March 7, 2020
...I. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the infallible and inerrant Word of God, and the only rule of faith, obedience and practice. II. We believe that there is but one only living and true God; that there are three Persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who are equal in nature, power, and glory; and that the Son and the Holy Ghost are as truly and as properly God as the Father. III. We believe that, before the world began,&nb...     Article Length: Medium
Our Beliefs : Hawaii Island Reformation Fellowship - Published on February 5, 2020
...    Our Hawaii Reformation Fellowship has been entrusted with the delightful duty to proclaim, promote and preserve the truth of God. What is our creed; what, in short, are our beliefs? The Five Solas of the Reformation: Scripture alone. We do not bow to the writings of men to guide us in doctrine and practice. We cannot wholeheartedly support in letter every detail of many old confessions of faith written by well-meaning but sinful men. There are no church denomi...     Article Length: Medium
Thirteenth Street Baptist Church : Our Creed - Published on August 7, 2019
...     Our church has been entrusted with the delightful duty to proclaim, promote and preserve the truth of God. What is our creed; what, in short, are our beliefs? Scripture alone. We do not bow to the writings of men to guide us in doctrine and practice. We cannot wholeheartedly support the old confessions of faith written by well-meaning, but sinful men. There are no Baptist denominational rules that govern this church. We look to “the Word of Truth,”...
Jim Byrd
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What We Believe : Sovereign Grace Church in Jackson MO - Published on July 30, 2019
...The Need of Salvation All men and women, since the fall of our father Adam, are born in a state of spiritual death. Because of their evil nature, they cannot and will not turn to God. They cannot of themselves obey God or exercise faith in Christ. (John 5:40; 6:44; Rom. 3:9-19; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3) The Cause of Salvation From before creation God chose many of Adam's fallen race to salvation. Those whom He chose deserve God's wrath as much as the others. However, God chose them in C...     Article Length: Short
Preaching the Promise of the Gospel - Published on July 16, 2019
...     God's preachers are sent to preach the Gospel. They are not sent to preach vain, worthless issues. The Apostle Paul wrote, "For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel" (1 Corinthians 9:16). Every message should define and distinguish the good news, that single message which is "the power of God unto salvation" (Rom. 1:16). Most everyone w...     Article Length: Long
The Glory of God Revealed in the Gospel - Published on July 16, 2019
...     The Bible teaches us the purpose of all things in eternity, creation, providence, judgment, and salvation is to glorify the one living and true God.  We could fill pages with verses of Scripture proclaim­ing this fact, but consider how the Apostle Paul was inspired by God the Holy Spirit to write the follow­ing acclamation of praise to God –      Romans 11 – (33) O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowled...     Article Length: Very Long
Election and Particular Redemption - Published on July 16, 2019
...     There are so many misconceptions of the Gospel truths of election and particular (or definite) redemption. These misconceptions are fostered mainly by natural prejudices and misunderstandings concerning what the Bible teaches about these blessed doctrines of grace.  The goal of this article, if God be pleased to use it, is to remove the prejudices against election and particular redemption and to show the Scriptural reality of both.  In most cases natural preju...     Article Length: Long
The Believer and God's Law - Published on July 16, 2019
...     The believer's relationship to the law of God has been a long debated subject and a point of division among those who claim to believe the Gospel. Some claim that God's law is the believer's rule of conduct and obedience. Their opponents accuse them of being legalists. Others deny that God's law is the believer's rule of conduct and obedience. Their opponents accuse them of being antinomians (without law). Some claim that New Testament believers are still ...     Article Length: Long
The Five Solas of the Reformation : A Brief Statement - Published on January 26, 2019
...Sola Scriptura | Soli Deo Gloria | Solo Christo | Sola Gratia | Sola Fide Sola Scriptura: The Scripture Alone is the Standard The doctrine that the Bible alone is the ultimate authority was the "Formal Principle" of the Reformation. In 1521 at the historic interrogation of Luther at the Diet of Worms, he declared his conscience to be captive to the Word of God saying, "Unless I am overcome with testimonies from Scripture or with eviden...
Greg Strawbridge
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Ninety-Five Theses - Published on January 8, 2019
...     Out of love and concern for the truth, and with the object of eliciting it, the following heads will be the subject of a public discussion at Wittenberg under the presidency of the reverend father, Martin Luther, Augustinian, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, and duly appointed Lecturer on these subjects in that place. He requests that whoever cannot be present personally to debate the matter orally will do so in absence in writing. When our Lord and Master, Jesus Chr...
Martin Luther
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