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  • The Unrepenting Repenter

    03/03/2015 3:04:42 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    CCW ^ | March 3,2015 | Jim Elliff
    The believer in Christ is a lifelong repenter.  He begins with repentance and continues in repentance. (Rom. 8:12-13) David sinned giant sins but fell without a stone at the mere finger of the prophet because he was a repenter at heart (2 Sam. 12:7-13). Peter denied Christ three times but suffered three times the remorse until he repented with bitter tears (Mt. 26:75). Every Christian is called a repenter, but he must be a repenting repenter. The Bible assumes the repentant nature of all true believers in its instruction on church discipline. A man unwilling to repent at the...
  • Three Degrees of Religious Knowledge - Chapter 12

    03/03/2015 1:11:54 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    IN OUR KNOWLEDGE OF DIVINE THINGS three degrees may be distinguished: the knowledge furnished by reason, by faith, and by spiritual experience respectively. These three degrees of knowledge correspond to the departments of the tabernacle in the ancient Levitical order: the outer court, the holy place, and the holy of holies. Far in, beyond the "second veil," was the holiest of all, having as its lone piece of furniture the Ark of the Covenant with the cherubim of glory shadowing the mercy seat. There between the outstretched wings dwelt in awesome splendor the fire of God's presence, the Shekmah. No...
  • The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

    03/03/2015 12:36:24 PM PST · by redleghunter · 6 replies
    Grace to You ^ | 3 March 2015 | John MacArthur
    You cannot study the New Testament long without seeing that there is a dichotomy between what we are responsible to do as Christians and what has already been done on our behalf. To understand the distinction is to get a grip on the basics of our faith. On the one hand, Scripture makes clear how we are to live, act, think, and speak. We are enjoined to be this or to commit ourselves to do that. But on the other hand, much of the New Testament emphasizes what Christ has already done for us. It says that we are called,...
  • The Conversion of a Catholic Priest

    03/03/2015 7:43:25 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 62 replies
    Remnent of God ^ | march 3,2015 | Vincent O'Shaughnessy
    The Conversion of a Catholic Priest Vincent O'Shaughnessy From Dead Religion To New Life In Christ! As a very small boy I remember rolling out of bed to my knees each morning to say my prayers. We began with the Morning Offering, which my mother taught me, together with the Our Father and Hail Mary. I still remember the Morning Offering going like this: "Oh Jesus, through the most pure heart of Mary. . .etc." To me this meant that to get to Jesus I had to go through Mary. I had no other way to Jesus. I also have...
  • Pat Boone to represent evangelicals at Bibi speech

    03/03/2015 6:51:41 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    WND ^ | 03/02/2015 | Drew Zahn
    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress Tuesday, seated in the gallery will be a man designated to represent the evangelical Christian community’s support for Israel: recording legend Pat Boone. [SNIP] “I expect to be sitting in a gallery position, where if my friend Bibi Netanyahu wants to … mention that evangelical Christians are among, as he knows, Israel’s most staunch supporters that number in the tens of millions in the United States, he can point to me as a representative of evangelical Christians,” Boone explained. “He is aware of it; it will...
  • Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/03/2015 5:49:33 AM PST · by redleghunter · 4 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 3 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 3, 2015 Morning Reading I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. —Isaiah 48:10 Comfort thyself, tried believer, with this thought: God saith, "I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." Does not the word come like a soft shower, assuaging the fury of the flame? Yea, is it not an asbestos armour, against which the heat hath no power? Let affliction come-God has chosen me. Poverty, thou mayst stride in at my door, but God is in the house already, and He has chosen me. Sickness, thou mayst intrude, but...
  • John MacArthur's Position on the Lordship of Christ

    03/03/2015 3:07:55 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 4 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 3/3/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    John MacArthur's Position on the Lordship of Christ   Dr. John MacArthur is the Pastor of the Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California. According to a statement made on the cover of one of his books, “his Bible teaching and tape ministries reach millions across the globe.” He is the author of many books (most of which are published by Moody Press) including several full length commentaries on certain New Testament books. His local church is large, but his influence goes far beyond his local church because of his published writings and public tapes which are distributed widely....
  • The Relationship Between Good Works and Salvation

    03/03/2015 2:55:39 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 10 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 03/03/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    The Relationship BetweenGood Works and Salvation Salvation is NOT BY WORKS  (Ephesians 2:8-9) Salvation is UNTO GOOD WORKS (Ephesians 2:10) Good works are not the MEANS of salvation (Titus 3:5). Good works are the RESULT of salvation(Titus 3:8). Good works are not the CAUSE of salvation. Good works are the CONSEQUENCE of salvation. Good works are not what a person must do to be saved. "But to him that WORKETH NOT, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness" (Rom. 4:5). Good works are what a saved person does."This is a faithful saying,...
  • AM I A TRUE BELIEVER?

    03/03/2015 2:48:37 AM PST · by RaceBannon
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 03/03/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    span.WPParaTextBox { border-width: 0.0133333in; border-style: solid; border-color: black; padding: 5px; margin: 0px; display: block } <p>div.WPParaTextBoxWrapper { padding: 0px; float: none } <p>p { margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1px } <p>body { font-family: "Times New Roman", serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal }             Am I A True Believer?   In this brief study we want to consider the important, soul-searching question: Am I a true believer? To help you answer this question, consider the following questions. Think about each one in an honest, personal way. Take time to look up the Bible verses that are given along with each question. Ask...
  • Conversion from Roman Catholicism to Biblical Christianity

    03/02/2015 5:00:25 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 132 replies
    Gorden & Jacki's Place ^ | March 2<2015 | Jackie
    I grew up in a loving family who attended the Catholic Church regularly. Not just my immediate family, mind you(!) - but my entire family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc.) was Catholic! I was a regular participant and played the organ at church and also was a leader in the "folk choir" for most of my teenage years. In short - I was as "Catholic" as they come! I never doubted my faith because I was told to just believe everything the Church taught me without question. The Pope was supreme in his authority, and the priests and nuns were...
  • Explaining the Heresy of Catholicism Grace vs> works

    03/02/2015 11:21:42 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 87 replies
    Grace to You ^ | Feb 13,2013 | John MacArthur
    The New Testament is clear about the nature of saving faith. “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law” (Romans 3:28). “A man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus . . . since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified” (Galatians 2:16). “But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing...
  • The Nature of Justifying Faith

    03/02/2015 8:51:38 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    Modern Reformation ^ | Oct. 2007 | David VanDrunen
    The claim that justification comes sola fide was central to the debates of the Reformation. When the matter of sola fide is raised, however, attention tends to focus on the first of these words: alone. We remember that the reformers taught that justification is by faith alone while Roman Catholics countered that justification is by faith and good works. Thus, it may seem, both sides affirmed the importance of faith, but disagreed simply on whether anything had to be added to faith in order to secure justification. This is true in a sense-both sides did speak of the necessity of...
  • Freed from Sin by Sovereign Joy

    03/01/2015 2:12:17 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 6 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | October 10, 2014 | Mike Riccardi
    Now I will relate how You set me free from a craving for sexual gratification which fettered me like a tight-drawn chain, and from my enslavement to worldly affairs: I will confess to Your name, O Lord, my helper and my redeemer.[1]Last week we looked at Augustine’s famous maxim that the human soul is restless until it finds its rest and satisfaction in the Triune God. This week, I want to look at Augustine’s own account of coming to that saving rest.While he had been sitting under the Gospel preaching of Ambrose of Milan, Augustine of Hippo had the occasion...
  • Genuine Christians are dead to sin while being alive to God

    03/01/2015 12:50:13 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 16 replies
    Possessing the Treasure ^ | Feb 19,2015 | Mike Ratliff
    6 But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows:“ DO not say in your heart, ‘ Who will ascend into heaven? ’ (that is, to bring Christ down), 7 or ‘ Who will descend into the abyss? ’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” 8 But what does it say? “ The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,...
  • The Christian Life, and how it is to be lived

    03/01/2015 4:32:57 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 15 replies
    Middletown Bible Church | 03/01/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    The Christian LifeAnd How It Is To Be Lived   "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me"...
  • Why These 66 Books?

    02/28/2015 5:16:22 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 125 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | June 20,2013 | Nathan Busenitz
    Why These 66 Books? Have you ever looked at your Bible and wondered, “Why do we regard these 66 books, and no others, as comprising the inspired Word of God?”That is a critically important question, since there are many today who would deny that these 66 books truly make up the complete canon of Scripture.The Roman Catholic Church, for example, claims that the Apocryphal books which were written during the inter-testamental period (between the Old and New Testaments) ought to be included in the Bible. Cult groups like the Mormons want to add their own books to the Bible—things like the Book of Mormon, The Doctrines and Covenants,...
  • Plausible Hypothesis on What Exactly the “Abomination of Desolation” Might Be

    02/28/2015 1:13:39 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 48 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | 2/26/15 | Ann Barnhardt
    I recently tweeted THIS PIECE on the attempts by Francis and his felonious thug toadies to execute a de facto abrogation of the Sixth Commandment, written under a nome de plume (or is that nome de guerre?) over at The Remnant Newspaper. When I read the author’s two concluding paragraphs, one thought entered my mind, and has not left since. That thought was, “Oh my gosh. THAT is the Abomination of Desolation.” First, let me quote the final two paragraphs from The Remnant’s piece: The gravity of this looming crisis cannot be overstated. If this proposal is adopted, it will...
  • Who Is Watching Joel?

    02/28/2015 3:37:49 PM PST · by Gamecock · 117 replies
    The Riddleblog ^ | February 26, 2015 | Kim Riddlebarger
    Who is watching Joel Osteen? Not I! But he does amaze me. How can he preach on the exact same topic every Sunday--"God wants me to be better"--and, yet make it seem different? When it comes to Christian media, and who accesses it, the numbers are revealing. Who Is Watching TV or Listening to Christian Radio? Only 8% of Americans admit to watching Christian television regularly--I'll bet the demographics here are interesting. Probably older women with blue hair, who live below the Mason-Dixon line, and east of Mississippi. 24% watch Christian TV "sometimes," 27% "rarely," and 40% "never." Christian radio...
  • Defending The Pre-trib Rapture

    02/28/2015 2:38:16 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 196 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 28 Feb 15 | Todd Strandberg
    Defending The Pre-trib Rapture After reading countless messages and articles that attack the pre-trib rapture, I've noticed a certain number of arguments that are repeatedly sent to me. Instead of trying to answer every individual e-mail I receive, I thought it would be a good idea to create a web page that addresses the most commonly mentioned points of debate. This way, I can avoid repeating myself so many times; thereby, maintain my sanity. Nowhere in the Bible, can you find the word "rapture"It amazes me that some folks write to me, questioning the validity of the rapture, simply...
  • Getting Back to the Ancient Church (Reprise)

    02/28/2015 12:17:20 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 152 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | October 14, 2014 | Nathan Busenitz
    How much is your church like the ancient church?That’s a popular question these days—especially if you read guys like Robert Webber, Brian McLaren, Wolfgang Simson, or Frank Viola and George Barna.Most of the contemporary discussion about the ancient church attempts to show discrepancies between what is now and what was then. The not-so-subtle implication is that there is something very wrong with the contemporary church. Blame Constantine. Blame the Enlightenment. Blame Capitalism. Blame the Fundamentalists. It doesn’t really matter. The only way to fix the church today is to get back to the ancient church.Based on this premise we...
  • A Refresher on “Apostolic Succession”

    02/28/2015 11:26:52 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 51 replies
    triablogue ^ | January 28, 2015 | John Bugay
    Thomas Hobbes said “The Papacy is not other than the Ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof”. History has borne out this statement. The question of “authority” is at the heart of every discussion between Protestants and Roman Catholics since the time of the Reformation, and yet the Church of Rome (“Roman Catholicism”) bases all of its claims to authority upon “apostolic succession” … the notion that there was an unbroken succession of “successors” from the time of the Apostles till now. Bryan Cross has said “The Church always had the concept of apostolic succession.”,...
  • Coming soon: Museum of the Bible in D.C.

    02/27/2015 2:09:27 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 27, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    Some intriguing details from NPR: In Washington, D.C., construction is underway on the Museum of the Bible, an eight-story, $400 million enterprise funded by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green.Green is a Pentecostal known for donating to conservative evangelical universities and developing a public school curriculum based on the Bible. After the craft store’s controversial victory in this summer’s Supreme Court ruling over contraception, some people worry the new museum will come across as evangelical propaganda. But organizers behind Green’s latest venture say it won’t be a memorial to evangelism.The Museum of the Bible will house the more than 40,000 artifacts...
  • The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage by Evangelicals and Catholics Together

    02/27/2015 4:11:53 PM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    In the Gospel of St. Mark, the Lord Jesus teaches that “from the beginning of creation ‘God made them male and female.’” He then declares a great and beautiful truth inscribed in creation: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh” (Mark 10:6–8). For centuries, Christians have proclaimed these words at weddings, for they express the gift of marriage long recognized by all humanity and acknowledged by men and women of faith: Marriage is...
  • The Foolishness Of The Cross

    02/27/2015 9:51:00 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 53 replies
    triablogue ^ | March 08, 2008 | Dusman
    The Foolishness of the Cross INTRODUCTION (1 Cor. 1:18-25) I have had the pleasure of preaching the gospel open-air two times per month for about six years. Every time I preach to a group of God-hating sinners and hear their heckling, I am reminded of just how scandalous they think the gospel really is. Many have told me outright how foolish it is to think that a crucified Jewish man from ancient Palestine was the very incarnation of God Almighty and that by having faith in His death, burial, and resurrection, you can have eternal life. Yes indeed, repentance and...
  • There Is No Wisdom in Sin - Chapter 11

    02/26/2015 4:08:18 PM PST · by metmom · 26 replies
    THE WORLD HAS DIVIDED MEN into two classes, the stupid good people and the clever wicked ones. This false classification runs through much of the literature of the last centuries from the classics to the comic strip, from Shakespeare's Polomus, who furnished his son with a set of good but dull moral platitudes, to Capp's Li'l Abner, who would never knowingly do a wrong act but who would rather fall on his head than on his feet because there is more feeling in his feet than in his head. In the Holy Scriptures things are quite the opposite. There righteousness...
  • Is There A Purgatory?

    02/26/2015 1:41:17 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 117 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | 02/26/2015 | Jason Engwer
    "in purgatory the souls of those 'who died in the charity of God and truly repentant, but who had not made satisfaction with adequate penance for their sins and omissions,' are cleansed after death with punishments designed to purge away their debt." - Second Vatican Council, "Sacred Liturgy", "Apostolic Constitution on the Revision of Indulgences", no. 3 "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God" - 1 Peter 3:18 The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Christians may have to suffer in Purgatory before going to...
  • Resting in the Righteousness of Christ

    02/25/2015 6:42:49 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 12 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | March 19, 2014 | Charles Spurgeon
    “The Lord our Righteousness.” — Jeremiah 23:6. It will always give a Christian the greatest calm, quiet, ease, and peace, to think of the perfect righteousness of Christ. How often are the saints of God downcast and sad! I do not think they ought to be. I do not think they would be if they could always see their perfection in Christ. There are some who are always talking about corruption, and the depravity of the heart, and the innate evil of the soul. This is quite true, but why not go a little further, and remember that we are...
  • Kootenai GOP rejects resolution declaring Idaho a 'Christian state'

    02/25/2015 7:24:45 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | FEB. 25, 2015
    The Kootenai County Republican County Republican Central Committee last night rejected a resolution to declare Idaho a "Christian state" – a proposed resolution that had drawn national ridicule, including comparisons to ISIS. The S-R’s D.F. Oliveria reports in his “Huckleberries Online” blog that the resolution offered by Precinct Committeeman Hans Neumann was opposed by more than two-thirds of the Central Committee. Precinct Committeeman Bjorn Handeen offered a motion not to consider the resolution at all, and it carried overwhelmingly. The meeting attracted a standing-room-only crowd.
  • When Jesus Says 'I Never Knew You'

    02/25/2015 7:05:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/25/2015 | Dan Delzell
    The words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23 are often quoted, but commonly misapplied. In this familiar passage our Lord declared, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" Unfortunately, this passage is often presented to genuine believers...
  • How We Got the Bible

    02/24/2015 7:04:16 PM PST · by redleghunter · 272 replies
    For the Love of His Truth ^ | May 19, 2012 | John MacArthur
    Ever since Eve encountered Satan’s barrage of doubt and denial (Gen. 3:1-7), mankind has continued to question God’s Word. Unfortunately, Eve had little or no help in sorting through her intellectual obstacles to full faith in God’s self-disclosure (Gen. 2:16,17). Now the Scripture certainly has more than enough content to be interrogated, considering that it’s comprised of 66 books, 1,189 chapters, 31,173 verses, and 774,746 words. When you open your English translation to read or study, you might have asked in the past or are currently asking, “How can I be sure this is the pure and true Word of...
  • Should Christians Confess Sins to An Earthly Priest?

    02/24/2015 3:56:55 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 176 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | February 11, 2013 | J.C. Ryle
    “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)Ryle,I enter on this branch of the subject with sorrowful feelings. I approach it as a sailor would approach some rock on which many gallant ships have made shipwreck. I cannot forget that I have arrived at a point on which millions of so-called Christians have erred greatly, and millions are erring at the present day. But I dare not keep back anything that is Scriptural, for fear of giving offence. The errors of millions must...
  • Resting in the Righteousness of Christ

    02/24/2015 3:19:36 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    Morning devotion via Eric T. Young's Reformed Bibliophile ^ | Morning devotion for January 31, 1890 | Charles Spurgeon 1834-1892
    “The Lord our Righteousness.” — Jeremiah 23:6.It will always give a Christian the greatest calm, quiet, ease, and peace, to think of the perfect righteousness of Christ. How often are the saints of God downcast and sad! I do not think they ought to be. I do not think they would be if they could always see their perfection in Christ. There are some who are always talking about corruption, and the depravity of the heart, and the innate evil of the soul. This is quite true, but why not go a little further, and remember that we are “perfect in...
  • Repentance

    02/24/2015 2:52:23 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 180 replies
    My Utmost For His Higest ^ | Dec.7,2014 | Oswald Chambers
    Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation… —2 Corinthians 7:10 Conviction of sin is best described in the words:My sins, my sins, my Savior, How sad on Thee they fall.Conviction of sin is one of the most uncommon things that ever happens to a person. It is the beginning of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict people of sin (see John 16:8). And when the Holy Spirit stirs a person’s conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not that person’s relationship with others that bothers him...
  • The Eternal Love of The Father

    02/24/2015 8:15:54 AM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    bible , ^ | Jedediah
    THE Eternal Love of The Father Virtue upon virtue , line upon line of My Word is truly a River of Life as you walk in My Love and not your own for as your Father in Heaven I AM with you always even onto forever but it is My desire you carry My Heart and not your own for your love can be injured But My Love for you ,in you and through you is an unstoppable Truth that sheds off the lies of the enemy and before which all condemnation Must Fall! For My Love is Sovereign and...
  • Bowing to God’s Verdict

    02/24/2015 7:46:30 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 7 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | November 7, 2012 | A. W. Pink
     “[Mankind] is under condemnation: ‘As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one’ (Rom. 3:10-12). Man is not on trial; he is a culprit under sentence. No pleading will avail; no excuses will be accepted. The present issue between God and the sinner is, will man bow to God’s righteous verdict?This is where the Gospel meets us. It comes to us as to...
  • Why Did Jesus Christ Come to Earth?

    02/23/2015 5:41:49 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 108 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | August 31, 2012 | B.B. Warfield
    “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” – 1 Timothy 1:15 Benjamin Breckenridge Warfield (1851-1921) “Christ Jesus came to save sinners.Not, then, merely to prepare salvation for them; to open to them a pathway to salvation; to remove the obstacles in the way of their salvation; to proclaim as a teacher a way of salvation; to introduce as a ruler conditions of life in which clean living becomes for the first time possible; to bring motives to holy action to bear upon us;...
  • Our Whole Bodies Are Cleansed (The Original Prot. on Baptism)

    02/23/2015 1:11:03 PM PST · by LearsFool · 53 replies
    Gnesio ^ | 1522 | Martin Luther
    But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit… (Titus 3:5) How beautifully the apostle in these strong words extols the grace of God bestowed in baptism! He refers to baptism as a washing, whereby not our feet only, not our hands, but our whole bodies are cleansed. Baptism perfectly and instantaneously cleanses and saves. For the vital part of salvation and its inheritance, nothing more is necessary...
  • Salvation by Faith or Works?

    02/23/2015 11:33:40 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 104 replies
    Grace to You ^ | May 11, 2010 | John MacArthur
    Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. (2:21–24) As noted in the Introduction, the first phrase of verse 21 was a severe stumbling block to Martin Luther. He...
  • How good do I have to be to go to heaven?

    02/23/2015 7:40:36 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 65 replies
    Grace to You ^ | November 17, 2010 | John MacArthur
    Most people understand that doing evil can keep us out of heaven. But few realize the Bible also teaches that doing good cannot get us in. None of us could ever gain enough merit to deserve heaven. We are sinful, and God's standard is utter perfection. Jesus said, "Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:20). He added, "you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."Then who can be saved?The disciples asked Jesus this same question (Matthew 19:25). His answer? "With...
  • Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    02/23/2015 6:39:23 AM PST · by redleghunter · 7 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 23 February 2015 | Charles Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon February 23, 2015 Morning Reading I will never leave thee. —Hebrews 13:5 No promise is of private interpretation. Whatever God has said to any one saint, He has said to all. When He opens a well for one, it is that all may drink. When He openeth a granary-door to give out food, there may be some one starving man who is the occasion of its being opened, but all hungry saints may come and feed too. Whether He gave the word to Abraham or to Moses, matters not, O believer; He has given...
  • God Has Not Cast Away His People,Israel...Romans 9-11 pt 14

    I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to...
  • Florist rejects AG’s offer, stands courageously on principle, and risks everything

    02/22/2015 7:42:27 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 44 replies
    www.dennyburk.com ^ | 2-20-15 | Denny Burk
    If you haven’t been following Barronelle Stutzman’s case in Washington State, you need to be. She is the florist being sued by the state attorney general for refusing to participate in a gay wedding. The attorney general is trying to compel her to ignore her Christian faith and to participate in gay weddings. If she refuses, he is threatening the full coercive power of the state to force her to do it. She stands to lose everything—her home, her savings, her business, her livelihood—if she does not comply. I have an article today at CNN.com explaining the situation. The conclusion...
  • The Old Cross and the New - Chapter 10

    02/22/2015 5:41:49 PM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    ALL UNANNOUNCED AND MOSTLY UNDETECTED there has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles. It is like the old cross, but different: the likenesses are superficial; the differences, fundamental. From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life, and from that new philosophy has come a new evangelical technique-a new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching. This new evangelism employs the same language as the old, but its content is not the same and its emphasis not as before. The old cross would have no truck with the world....
  • The Sacrament of Living - Chapter 10

    02/22/2015 5:33:05 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31 One of the greatest hindrances to internal peace which the Christian encounters is the common habit of dividing our lives into two areas, the sacred and the secular. As these areas are conceived to exist apart from each other and to be morally and spiritually incompatible, and as we are compelled by the necessities of living to be always crossing back and forth from the one to the other, our inner lives tend to break up so that we live...
  • Christ Alone is the Only Way of Salvation

    02/22/2015 4:33:10 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 89 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | September 11, 2011 | J.C. Ryle
    “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” —Acts 4:12J.C. Ryle,No one can be saved from sin, its guilt, power, and consequences,—excepting by Jesus Christ…No one can have peace with God the Father,—obtain pardon in this world, and escape wrath to come in the next,—excepting through the atonement and mediation of Jesus Christ.In Christ alone God’s rich provision of salvation for sinners is treasured up: by Christ alone God’s abundant mercies come down from Heaven to earth. Christ’s blood alone, can cleanse us; Christ’s righteousness...
  • Is There A Purgatory?

    02/22/2015 12:15:07 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 75 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | Feb.22,2015 | Jason Engwer
    "in purgatory the souls of those 'who died in the charity of God and truly repentant, but who had not made satisfaction with adequate penance for their sins and omissions,' are cleansed after death with punishments designed to purge away their debt." - Second Vatican Council, "Sacred Liturgy", "Apostolic Constitution on the Revision of Indulgences", no. 3 "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God" - 1 Peter 3:18 The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Christians may have to suffer in Purgatory before going to...
  • Sungenis Claims: "the Church did not receive any divine revelation on the nature of Purgatory"

    02/22/2015 5:12:26 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 87 replies
    Thoughts of Francis Turretine ^ | July 03, 2010 | Turretinfan
    Sungenis Claims: "the Church did not receive any divine revelation on the nature of Purgatory" In a recent (2009) response to Dr. White, Robert Sungenis made some interesting admissions regarding the absence of knowledge of what Purgatory is in Roman Catholic theology: Since the Church did not receive any divine revelation on the nature of Purgatory, and since the Church declined to make any official statements on its nature, it is only natural that people of different eras are going to come to different views of what precisely constitutes the Purgatorial experience. ... we have not settled on the nature...
  • Hell

    02/21/2015 7:50:13 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 111 replies
    Bible Researcher ^ | Feb.21,2015 | R.C Sproul
    HELL by R.C. Sproul We have often heard statements such as “War is hell” or “I went through hell.” These expressions are, of course, not taken literally. Rather, they reflect our tendency to use the word hell as a descriptive term for the most ghastly human experience possible. Yet no human experience in this world is actually comparable to hell. If we try to imagine the worst of all possible suffering in the here and now we have not yet stretched our imaginations to reach the dreadful reality of hell.Hell is trivialized when it is used as a common curse...
  • Has Israel Heard The Gospel?...Romans 9-11 pt 13

    For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are...
  • Is The Roman Catholic View of the Eucharist Supported by the Historical Evidence?

    02/20/2015 12:33:03 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 591 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | Jason Engwer
    There aren't many subjects Catholic apologists like to discuss more than the eucharist. Even if their arguments about the papacy are refuted, even if the evidence they cite for the Immaculate Conception, Purgatory, and other doctrines isn't convincing, they still think they have a strong argument in the doctrine of the eucharist. They'll quote John 6 and the passages of scripture about the Last Supper. They'll quote centuries of church fathers referring to the eucharist as a sacrifice and referring to Jesus being present in the elements of the eucharist. They'll point out that even Protestants like Martin Luther have...