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  • CHURCH OF CHRIST: Preaching a Plan of Salvation instead of the Man Jesus Christ

    09/28/2015 12:01:53 PM PDT · by damonw · 28 replies
    “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19) I find that when many Church of Christ’ers talk about salvation or being saved, they do not even use or have the correct definition of save, saved or salvation in mind. The terms in Hebrew, Greek and English predominantly means to deliver, to rescue from harm or danger, to deliver from sin, to preserve and protect. These actions come from outside of us. They are not something we do. We are merely recipients. Webster’s defines salvation as...
  • Video: Pope Francis eases and expedites marriage annulment process

    09/08/2015 11:02:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/08/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    With the completion of the Synod on the Family coming next month, Pope Francis has moved to take one item more or less off the table. In the Extraordinary Synod that kicked off the yearlong debate within the Catholic Church on outreach to broken families, a conflict arose around proposals to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to remain in communion regardless of whether they received dispensation to remarry through an annulment. The pontiff issued two changes to the annulment process that may have short-circuited those efforts from the bishops in Germany: ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos Francis’...
  • The Gospel Part 4: The Issue of All Issues

    08/19/2015 10:20:44 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 2 replies ^ | 8-4-15 | Gary
    "A law-driver insists with threats and penalties; a preacher of grace lures and incites with divine goodness and compassion shown to us; for He wants no unwilling works and reluctant services, He wants joyful and delightful services of God." - Martin Luther, Father of the Reformation Nowadays it has become popular in the Catholic Church and among many works-righteousness proponents to label stalwart preachers of the Gospel such as Joseph Prince, Tony Evans, Paul Ellis, and even Louie Giglio as "hyper-grace", as if somehow the Bible teaches that there can be too much mercy, too much forgiveness, or too much...
  • The Gospel Part 3: Are You Ready To Be A Super Hero?

    08/18/2015 6:50:41 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 9 replies ^ | 7-24-15 | Gary
    "But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit," - Titus 3:4-5 The Gospel is the ultimate rags-to-riches story. We were pitiful, poor, blind, and naked, deserving death because of our sins, and unable to help ourselves. We felt unloved and in turn were unloving. This bleak existence of dust-to-dust was all there was.  And then Jesus came. He revealed to us a loving Daddy in heaven...
  • The Gospel Part 2: You Better Get It Right

    08/17/2015 9:45:07 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 152 replies ^ | 7-22-15 | Gary
    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one 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 in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’" - Matthew 7:21-23 Brothers and sisters, it is seriously time to drop the works-righteousness.  Time is so short.  When you stand before the Lord don't...
  • Rush Limbaugh - Do You Know the Savior?

    08/11/2015 5:00:09 PM PDT · by kindred · 36 replies ^ | August 11, 2015 | DJP I.F.
    My dear friends, I and others believers love Rush Limbaugh and have a great burden for his soul. It is truly our opinion based on Almighty God's Word (Matt. 7:20) that Rush Limbaugh needs to be saved and someone needs to say it today! Rush needs to come to a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in spirit and truth; for in Jesus Christ is found the TRUE ETERNAL RIGHTNESS and ETERNAL OPTIMISM that Rush so desperately needs (John 1:12, Acts 16;29-31). For in Jesus Christ is found the TRUE ETERNAL RIGHTNESS and OPTIMISM that Rush so desperately needs....
  • Masses are about to come to The LORD [Charismatic Caucus]

    07/15/2015 2:18:33 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    Masses are about to come to Me, Not out of catastrophe but willingly, Soon you shall see My spirit pouring out "FREE", A Mountain of Love, Pouring down from above, And all the Earth shall see, My love for all humanity, A Love so Alive and True! And it's headed right at you, So My question to you from Me? Is "ARE YOU" ready for what you are about to see?! ( (( ( MY GLORY ) )) ) Joel 2:28-32Amplified Bible (AMP) 28 And afterward I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your...
  • The Gospel for Roman Catholics

    07/01/2015 7:13:05 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 1,188 replies
    Recently there has been a surge in prominent Evangelicals calling for unity with Roman Catholicism. In one sense there seems to be strong foundational similarities that would justify these calls to unity. Catholics are baptized in the name of the Trinity. God’s revealed word in the Bible -- setting aside their addition of the Apocryphal books, for argument’s sake -- is foundational to their worldview. Catholics love Christ and believe that he died on the cross and rose again to provide grace for sinners. Obviously there are theological differences associated with the specific teachings of each one of these perceived...
  • Don't Make a Savior of Your Morality

    06/15/2015 8:56:58 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 30 replies
    Monergism ^ | 11/10/2014 | john_hendryx
    To utterly despair of oneself is infinitely more difficult for a man than to invent some kind of good works.generated self-salvation project. Human beings irresistibly gravitate toward a works or karma-based system because it gives man the false hope that his redemption is within his own reach. But a salvation that is all of grace, a gift earned by Someone else, is so utterly offensive to human nature, so humbling to our pride, that only a supernatural work of grace will bring a person to yield to it.Contrary to popular and cultural concepts of God, the Bible declares that...

    06/15/2015 2:49:32 AM PDT · by Cvengr · 271 replies
    Bible study notes | 1993 | R. B. Thieme, Jr.
    DOCTRINE OF SALVATION BY WORKS Eph 2:8-10 (8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:(9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.(10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Definition. Salvation by works is a false doctrine which rejects God's grace policy in the provision of eternal salvation for the human race. Salvation by works rejects the total helplessness of mankind under real spiritual death. Real spiritual death not only means...
  • Can Fallen Man Do Anything to Please God?

    06/14/2015 11:09:03 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 128 replies
    Monergism ^ | 4/18/2015 | John_hendryx
    Can Fallen Man Do Anything to Please God? Question: Can fallen man do anything to please God? Can the natural man make choices all the time for things that are good and evil? Response: All fallen, unregenerate human beings are endowed with many of God's common graces. God has blessed all men with a conscience and the capacity to promote virtue and civil righteousness. It is abundantly clear that many beautiful aspects of the world we live in have been brought forth by those which are unredeemed by God's regenerative grace. God has gifted natural men and women with the...
  • Soteriology: The Doctrine of Salvation

    06/09/2015 4:56:09 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    The Domain for Truth ^ | April 8, 2013 | EvangelZ
    The doctrine of soteriology is a major concept and a major theme in the Bible.  The terms related to salvation are prevalent in the OT and NT.  In the OT, the Hebrew verb yasa and its derivatives appear about 353 times in the OT.  In the Niphal it bears the meaning “to be saved” or “be delivered” and in the Hiphil it means to “deliver,” “give victory,” or “save.”  The noun form of yasa is yesuah (64 times), yesa (31 times), and tesuah (19 times), which means, “help,” “deliverance,” and “salvation.”  When looking at the OT, the above verb yasa...
  • Mercy and Grace: Are They the Same?

    06/09/2015 8:47:45 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 51 replies
    Life Hope and Truth ^ | June 9,2015 | Dave Johnson
    “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). What are mercy and grace? We can find the words grace and mercy used in the same context and sometimes in the same sentence in the Bible. Do they mean the same thing? And if not, what is the difference? Lesson from Jonah The story of Jonah being swallowed by a great fish, being delivered and giving God’s message to the city of Nineveh is one of the most famous stories in the Bible. What...
  • Doctrine of Salvation: Justification

    06/08/2015 8:35:29 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 329 replies
    The Domain for Truth ^ | August 3, 2013 | EvangelZ
    Before I give details concerning justification, I would like to tell you what justification is.  Justification is a forensic event in which God declares the once-hell bound believing sinner as righteous because of the grounds of imputed righteousness of Christ.  This imputed righteousness is also not understood properly if one does not take into account the active obedience of Christ’s full obedience to “all” that God the Father willed for Him to fulfill in this earth.  Justification is not based upon our works or righteousness; and not even our faith.  Faith is only the means or the instrument that allows...
  • If Josh Duggar Did Certain Things & Had Salvation Can Someone Do Homosexual Acts & Have Salvation?

    06/01/2015 11:54:08 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 127 replies
    6/1/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I am not equation homosexuality or heterosexuality with pedophilia, nor am I saying that Josh Duggar ever committed homosexual acts at any point in time in any way, shape. form or fashion. The point of this thread is like all of the others threads that I have written, and it is not meant to bash Josh Duggar. The point is to look at this situation and use it as a catalyst to continue on with other threads that I have started that deal with the following: "What constitutes salvation?" "Who is truly saved?" "Do we go by Arminianism or Calvinism?"...
  • Rifqa Bary details transformation from Islam to Christianity

    05/19/2015 7:16:35 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 5/19/2015 | JoAnne Viviano
    A woman who said she feared for her life after she converted from Islam to Christianity as an Ohio teenager has written a book through which she hopes to inspire girls and women who are desperate for freedom. Rifqa Bary, 22, gained national attention in 2009 when she ran away from her northeast Columbus home to Florida, saying her father had threatened to kill her. The book Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus tells her story. It was released on Tuesday by the WaterBrook Press division of Penguin Random House. “Writing this...
  • Can Christians Lose Their Salvation?

    05/17/2015 5:59:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 312 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/14/2015 | Shane Idleman
    A common question for many is, "Can I lose my salvation?" I've heard both sides of the argument, and only God truly knows a person's heart, but I can share a few thoughts. The reason there is a debate is because the Scriptures teach that salvation is a gift from God that cannot be earned, but they also offer warnings about falling away. There should be a healthy tension between God's sovereignty and man's responsibility. This issue should not create a spirit of division, elitism, or theological superiority. One school of thought suggests that salvation cannot be lost, as in...
  • Fear Not

    05/14/2015 9:04:55 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    Ligonier ministries ^ | May 14,2015 | R.C. Sproul
    Fear Not by R.C. Sproul We are fragile mortals, given to fears of every sort. We have a built-in insecurity that no amount of whistling in the dark can mollify. We seek assurance concerning the things that frighten us the most. The prohibition uttered more frequently than any other by our Lord is the command, “Fear not …” He said this so often to His disciples and others He encountered that it almost came to sound like a greeting. Where most people greet others by saying “Hi” or “Hello,” the first words of Jesus very often were “Fear not.” Why?...
  • The Ark of the Covenant

    05/10/2015 1:49:37 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 81 replies
    ligonier ministries ^ | 5/10/2015 | Nicholas Batzig
    It seems that every year a new children’s story Bible comes out. The captivating artwork often makes the biblical stories come alive. There is one picture in a particular story Bi ble our family has that my two-and-a-half-year-old, Elijah, loves more than others. It is a picture of a flame coming down on the altar the prophet Elijah built for God. There was a time when my son refused to go to bed until he saw this picture. Every night he would say: “Fire! Fire! Show me the fire.”While the Israelites did not have children’s story Bibles filled with artwork,...
  • The Cross Always Wins -- A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent

    03/22/2015 7:52:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cross Always Wins – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Gospel today is, to the world and those who are perishing, utter madness, utter foolishness. For Christ, in effect, declares that dying (to this world) is the only way to true life. While the world’s so-called wisdom declares to us that the way to life is power, prestige, possessions, and popularity, Jesus says we should die to all that in order to find true life.The word “paradox” refers to something that is contrary to the usual way of thinking. And the true gospel...
  • “Assurance: Every Believer’s Birthright”

    04/24/2015 3:59:10 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 11 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | June 1, 2012 | Phil Johnson
    I was listening to a sermon by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones not long ago in which he pointed out that assurance is one of the most prominent subjects in the New Testament. Virtually every New Testament epistle was written to address some doubt, answer some question, settle some uncertainty—all of them aimed at stimulating or reinforcing the assurance of believers. Scripture encourages us to have assurance. It is not inherently brash or presumptuous to be confident in your faith.Shortly after reading that comment by Lloyd-Jones, while doing some research on a totally different theme, I had occasion to review The Canons...

    04/19/2015 1:43:46 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 10 replies
    Happy Heralds, Inc. Articles ^ | undated | Fred Wittman
    TEN EVIDENCES (PROOFS) OF SALVATION Notes by Dr. Fred Wittman 1. The Witness of the Holy Spirit . . A. Within the child of God (Romans 8:9-16; 1 John 3:24); . . B. With another child of God (Romans 8:16); . . C. By fellowship with God (Romans 8: 14; 1 John 1 :7) 2. The Witness of God (Chastening) (Heb. 12:5-11) 3. The Witness of Love (John 13:34,35; 1 John 3:14-19; 5:1-3; 4:7,8,11) 4. The Witness of Your Life (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 3:7-10). 5. The Witness of God's Word . . A. Your reaction to it...
  • Are Christians Under the 10 Commandments?

    04/12/2015 11:16:47 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 279 replies
    Desiring God ^ | August 7, 2010 | John Piper
    The following is an edited transcript of the audio. Are Christians under the 10 commandments? No. The Bible says we're not under the law. I love Romans 7:4-6. By way of analogy, it says that you are married to the law. And you better stay married because if you leave this husband and go marry another you are going to be called an adulterer. But if your husband dies, then you can go and remarry. And then Paul draws the analogy out—a little complex the way he does it—saying that you died to the law. You aren't married anymore, you...
  • Don't Make a Savior of Your Morality

    04/11/2015 4:20:43 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 26 replies
    Monergism ^ | 11/10/2014 | john_hendryx
    To utterly despair of oneself is infinitely more difficult for a man than to invent some kind of good works.generated self-salvation project. Human beings irresistibly gravitate toward a works or karma-based system because it gives man the false hope that his redemption is within his own reach. But a salvation that is all of grace, a gift earned by Someone else, is so utterly offensive to human nature, so humbling to our pride, that only a supernatural work of grace will bring a person to yield to it. Contrary to popular and cultural concepts of God, the Bible declares that...
  • Embracing Christ and the Cross

    04/04/2015 8:45:06 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 4 replies
    TFP ^ | 4/3/2015 | Plinio Corręa de Oliveira
    An authentic piety penetrates every recess of our souls, naturally stirring our most intimate emotions. Piety, however, is far more than feelings. It arises deep within ourselves from our knowledge of the truths that govern an interior life formed in accord with the Faith. To be sure, these life-giving truths are often acquired through diligent and disciplined study, but intelligence, like emotion, is an inadequate foundation for piety, which also resides in the will. Thus we must desire to live the truths we know. It is not sufficient to understand that God is perfect, for example. We must also love...
  • Finding the Good in Good Friday

    04/03/2015 8:16:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Finding the Good in Good Friday By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhen I was younger, and through my seminary years, I had usually seen the crucifix and Jesus’ suffering on the Cross in somber tones. It was my sin that put Him there, had made Him suffer. The Cross was something that compelled a silent reverence and suggested to me that I meditate deeply on what Jesus had to go through. I would also think of Mary, John, and the other women beneath the Cross mournfully beholding Jesus as He was slowly and painfully dying. These were heavy and somber notes but...
  • Countdown to the Cross

    04/03/2015 8:47:51 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 2 replies
    Triablogue ^ | July 14, 2014 | Steve
    Countdown to the Cross 39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat...
  • The Victor's Portion...Isaiah 52-53 pt 8

    04/03/2015 6:42:36 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles
    04-03-15 | Bill Randles
    Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.(Isaiah 53:12)The last verse of this fourth Servant Song has always struck me as anti-climatic. But this is because I believe the King James version confuses the meaning somewhat, for it reads as though the Servant takes his place among other great and strong ones. But the according to evangelical scholar Alec Motyer,...
  • A Challenge to Skeptics: An Easter Message

    04/02/2015 5:28:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | April 2, 2015 | Jerry Newcombe
    Have you ever heard of Theudas? How about Judas of Galilee? They were would-be messiahs in the first century. How many followers do these men have today? Zero, zip, nada. Of course, we’ve all heard of Jesus Christ. One-third of humanity professes to believe in Him. But I guarantee you we would never have heard of Him had He not risen from the dead. Whoever you are, whatever you believe, you have a vested interest in looking into the issue of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. There are millions today who simply dismiss the message of Christianity out of hand...
  • My Servant Shall Justify The Many...Isaiah 52-53 pt 7

    Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto...
  • Christ’s Words from the Cross: 7 Weapons of Victory Over Evil (Prayer included)

    03/31/2015 5:12:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | March 31, 2015 | Kathleen Beckman
    Christ’s Words from the Cross: 7 Weapons of Victory Over Evil Kathleen BeckmanIn Venerable Fulton Sheen’s classic, The Life of Christ, we read, “He had already said that no one would take away his life from Him, but that he would lay it down Himself. Death did not lay its hand on his shoulder and give him a summons to depart. He went out to meet death. In order to show that he would not die from exhaustion, but by an act of the will, his last words were spoken.”From the pulpit of the Cross, Christ’s seven last words...
  • Why Rome Can Only Appreciate, Rather than Prove the Immaculate Conception

    03/26/2015 11:36:04 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 224 replies
    Fallibility ^ | May 1, 2013 | Michael Taylor
    Why Rome Can Only Appreciate, Rather than Prove the Immaculate Conception Should we believe something because we think it is true, or should we think something is true because we first believe?  For example, if you believe that extra-terrestrials have visited the earth, then you are likely to believe in UFO sightings and  alien abduction stories, and conspiracy theories about government coverups as confirmation of what you already believe.  This doesn’t mean that you believe that every UFO sighting or abduction story is real.  Nor does this mean that you buy into every conspiracy theory out there.  But if you...
  • He will Be Abased and Exalted...Isaiah 52-53 pt 2

    Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.(Isaiah 52:13-15)The fourth Servant song is composed of three sections. First of all, we have this introduction in Isaiah 52:13-15. Secondly we have the great and...
  • Behold My Servant...Isaiah 52-53 pt 1

    Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider…(Isaiah 52:13-15)Before we look closely at the Evangelical jewel known as the 4th Servant Song of Isaiah, consisting of the above three verses in chapter 52,...
  • The Unrepenting Repenter

    03/21/2015 2:38:59 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 7 replies
    The Unrepenting Repenter by 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...
  • Jesus Fulfills the Beatitudes

    03/19/2015 3:23:32 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 2 replies
    Place For Truth ^ | July 14, 2014 | David Hall
    Toward the very end of Jesus’ earthly ministry, he enters Jerusalem—knowingly headed to the Lamb’s slaughter. With less than a week of his mortal life remaining, would-be kings or rulers would not have spent their time with the least influential in society.For example, what does a presidential candidate do in his final days before an election? He seeks to rally the troops. He presents his case and seeks to explain why he would be a better leader than the other candidate. He barnstorms and campaigns. He sprints to associate himself with the most powerful persons, teams, and symbols he...
  • A Biblical Theology of Clothing

    03/18/2015 8:58:28 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 22 replies
    Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals ^ | March 03, 2015 | Nick Batzig
    Many years ago I was involved with an evangelistic ministry in New Jersey. A group of us would go out on the Boardwalk ask people if we could talk with them about the Gospel. In the course of our conversations, I would sometimes ask if they knew why they wore clothing. The humorous responses that we received were almost singularly worth the experience; however, the most common answer I would get was, "Because people would laugh at me if I didn't!" While it may seem like a trite question, it actually has profound importance regarding the Scriptural teaching about our...
  • Three Words Catholics Do Not Understand

    03/18/2015 6:21:18 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 575 replies
    Proclaiming the Gospel ^ | March 18,2015 | Mike Gendron
    1/14/2015 8:04:57 AM Three Words Catholics Do Not Understand  It Is Finished - Three Words Catholics Do Not Understand The perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice of Christ that satisfied divine justice for all believers was accomplished 2000 years ago. Jesus cried out in victory - "It is finished." The work of salvation is done. The eternal debt for sin has been paid in full. No more offerings, no more sacrifices, no more priests! The Lord Jesus willingly died for man’s sins to pay the debt that we could never pay. “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree,...
  • Calvin contra Rome on Scripture (Introduction)

    03/16/2015 9:20:18 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 18 replies
    reformation21 ^ | March 9, 2015 | Aaron Denlinger
    I intend to offer, over the next several weeks, a four part series on Calvin's response to Rome's doctrine of Scripture as discovered in the fourth session of the Council of Trent. It's my impression that very few Protestants today -- even the confessing kind -- have informed views on what Rome actually says about the most important theological issues of every age (namely, how we know anything about God and his ways, and how we sinners can be reconciled to the God whom we have offended by our sins). The first and foremost purpose of this brief series, then,...
  • The Blessed Person and Work of God the Holy Spirit Lesson 6--Spirit Baptism

    03/07/2015 12:34:10 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 3 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | Middletown Bible Church
    The Blessed Person and Work of God the Holy Spirit   Lesson 6--Spirit Baptism The key passage on Spirit baptism is found in 1 Corinthians 12:13-"For by one _____________ are we all _______________ (immersed, placed) into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." The "one body" spoken of in this verse refers to the Church.   "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the __________ over all things to the ______________, which is his ___________, the fulness of him...
  • Does Water Baptism Save?

    03/05/2015 2:28:53 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 277 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 3/5/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    p { margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1px } <p>body { font-family: "Times New Roman", serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal } Does Water Baptism Save? A Biblical Refutation of Baptismal Regeneration    Baptismal Regeneration is the teaching which says that water baptism is an essential requirement for salvation.  According to this teaching, if a person desires to be born again (born into God's family) then he must be baptized in water.  Those holding to this doctrine teach that apart from water baptism, a person cannot be saved, cannot be born again, cannot see the kingdom, and cannot enter heaven.     Introduction:...
  • Powerfully Kept

    03/04/2015 4:45:32 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    CCW ^ | 2013 | Jim Elliff
    I’ve seen a few extremely powerful things. Just recently I watched a tornado whirling debris on the lawn as it rose up and passed just beside our house. I know that it was insane to be outside watching, but power is intriguing. I’ve been in a tropical storm on the Florida coast, packed and ready to leave in an instant if it accelerated to a hurricane. I’ve felt the ground rumbling while watching a space shuttle launch, and I’ve circled three times in a small plane over the mighty Victoria Falls in southern Africa. I’ve faced an angry bull elephant...
  • Losing Salvation or Never Saved at All?

    03/04/2015 4:23:26 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 22 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | May 15, 2013 | J.C. Ryle
     J.C. Ryle,[A] common reason why many do not hold perseverance is an incorrect view of the nature of SAVING FAITH. They regard faith as nothing better than a feeling or impression. As soon as they see a man somewhat impressed with the preaching of the Gospel and manifesting some pleasure in hearing about Christ—they set him down at once as a believer! By and by the man’s impressions wear away, and his interest about Christ and salvation ceases altogether. Where is the faith he seemed to have? It is gone. How can his friends, who have pronounced him a believer,...
  • The Necessity of Repentance —

    03/04/2015 11:41:31 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 45 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | April 26, 2013 | J.C. Ryle
    J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) We are told that John the Baptist came “preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.” The plain meaning of this expression is, that John preached the necessity of being baptized, in token of repentance, and that he told his hearers that except they repented of sin, their sins would not be forgiven.We must carefully bear in mind that no repentance can make atonement for sin. The blood of Christ, and nothing else, can wash away sin from man’s soul. No quantity of repentance can ever justify us in the sight of God. “We are...
  • The Conversion of a Catholic Priest

    03/03/2015 7:43:25 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 63 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...
  • John MacArthur's Position on the Lordship of Christ

    03/03/2015 3:07:55 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 7 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 · 11 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,...

    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 · 166 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...