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  • Does Water Baptism Save?

    03/05/2015 2:28:53 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 105 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
    Ive 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. Ive been in a tropical storm on the Florida coast, packed and ready to leave in an instant if it accelerated to a hurricane. Ive felt the ground rumbling while watching a space shuttle launch, and Ive circled three times in a small plane over the mighty Victoria Falls in southern Africa. Ive faced an angry bull elephant...
  • Losing Salvation or Never Saved at All?

    03/04/2015 4:23:26 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 21 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 Christthey set him down at once as a believer! By and by the mans 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 mans 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,...
  • 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 · 161 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...
  • 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 Augustines 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 Augustines 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 heartthat 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 (seeJohn 16:8). And when the Holy Spirit stirs a persons conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not that persons relationship with others that bothers him...
  • Bowing to Gods 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 Gods 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 tosave 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...
  • Am I Too Sinful to Be Saved?

    02/23/2015 12:41:55 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 47 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | June 13, 2013 | Thomas Brooks
    O despairing souls, the arms of mercy are open to receive a Manasseh, a monster, a devil incarnate; he caused that gospel prophet Isaiah to be sawed in the midst with a saw, as some rabbis say; he turned aside from the Lord to commit idolatry, and caused his sons to pass through the fire, and dealt with familiar spirits, and made the streets of Jerusalem to overflow with innocent blood, 2 Chron. 33:1-15.The soul of Mary Magdalene was full of devils ; and yet Christ cast them out, and made her heart his house, his presence chamber, Luke 7:47....
  • 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. (2:2124) 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ChristNo 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 Gods rich provision of salvation for sinners is treasured up: by Christ alone Gods abundant mercies come down from Heaven to earth. Christs blood alone, can cleanse us; Christs righteousness...
  • Jesus Is LORD;the Stumblingstone...Romans 9-11 pt 8

    02/16/2015 5:00:07 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 13 replies
    02-16-15 | Bill Randles
    That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 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.(Romans 10:9-13)Israel, the nation created...
  • Salvation is Too Simple, not Too Hard...Romans 9-11 pt 7

    For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy...
  • Christ's Work of Redemption is Finished, Not Continuing

    02/08/2015 3:28:55 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 217 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | Feburary 7,2015 | James G. McCarthy
    Just before the Lord Jesus gave up His spirit upon the cross, He cried out, "It is finished!" (John 19:30). His sacrificial work of redemption was done. The Greek verb here is in the perfect tense. "It implies a process, but views that process as having reached its consummation and existing in a finished state." [1] In other words, the saving work of Christ was completed on the cross and continues in a state of completion. The verse can be translated: "It has been finished and stands complete" (John 19:30). [2]Roman Catholicism misrepresents the finished work of Christ on the...
  • There Is No Salvation Outside The Catholic Church (Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus)

    02/08/2015 5:56:52 AM PST · by infool7 · 265 replies
    Barnhardt.biz ^ | 2/6/2015 | Ann Barnhardt
    I have been meaning to write this up for months, as it is a regular question that lands in the ol inbox. It is on peoples minds, both inside and outside the Church, especially with the imbecilic, contra-educated words and deeds coming out of the Bishop of Rome in these dark, dark days. It is time to explain this clearly and forthrightly, because it is actually one of the truths that was most persuasive and attractive in my conversion process. Why? Because the explanation is logical, coherent, and satisfyingly beautiful. This statement is TRUE: There is no salvation outside of...
  • The Gospel According To Church History (Part 7)

    02/07/2015 8:21:40 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 41 replies
    Truth2Freedom ^ | May 23, 2013 | Nathan Busenitz
    The articles in this series have surveyed church history from the book of Acts through the early Middle Ages, asking the question, What did church leaders from the apostles through the church fathers believe about the essence of the gospel? Time after time, we have found a common theme repeated: that sinners are justified before God by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. That was the fundamental message recaptured during the Protestant Reformation. But how did this message get lost in history, such that the Reformation was necessary? The answer to that question is complexbecause the shift took...
  • The Gospel According to History

    02/05/2015 7:55:56 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 91 replies
    Truth2Freedom's ^ | Feburary 1,2013 | Nathan Busenitz
    In part 4 of this series, we compared the apostolic doctrine of justification by grace through faith alone with modern Roman Catholic claims to the contrary. That New Testament emphasis (on a gospel of grace apart from works) became the foundation for the Protestant Reformation and its central tenet of sola fide. The biblical teaching on that issue remains the authoritative basis on which an evangelical understanding of the gospel is built. But while modern evangelicals rightly conclude that the doctrine of sola fide is founded in Scripture, many wrongly assume that there is relatively little support for that position...
  • The Gospel in Church History part 4

    02/04/2015 7:44:15 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 70 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | Jan 28.2014 | Nathan Busenitz
    The gospel of grace was both proclaimed and preserved in the earliest decades of church history. It was overwhelmingly affirmed by the apostles at the Jerusalem Council (in Acts 15), such that Paul could later tell the Ephesians, By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast (Eph. 2:89).Shortly after the Jerusalem Council, Paul wrote a letter to the churches he had planted on his first missionary journey. That letter, known as the book of Galatians, admonished its...
  • Tim Staples, Luther, and "Error Begets Error," a Review

    02/02/2015 2:11:13 PM PST · by boatbums · 15 replies
    Beggars All: Reformation and Apologetics ^ | Monday, March 25, 2013 | James Swan
    I was sent a link over to a recent Catholic Answers article by Tim Staples: Error Begets Error. The "errors" Mr. Staples has in mind are Luther's understanding of justification without the contribution of human works, Luther's error of claiming Roman Catholics deny the sufficiency of Christs sacrifice, the error of denying free will, the error of "simul justus et peccator," and finally the ultimate error of double predestination. 1. Justification In regard to the first "error," Staples cites the Packer / Johnston translation of Luther's The Bondage of the Will, (he doesn't cite the page number, 294): The assertion...
  • The Gospel in Church History (Part 1)

    01/31/2015 9:49:52 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 115 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | September 12, 2013 | Nathan Busenitz
    It was just over 500 years ago, in the fall of 1510, that a desperate Roman Catholic monk made what he thought would be the spiritual pilgrimage of a lifetime.He had become a monk five years earliermuch to the surprise and dismay of his father, who wanted him to become a lawyer. In fact, it was on his way home from law school, that this young manthen 21 years oldfound himself in the midst of a severe thunderstorm. The lightning was so intense he thought for sure he was going to die. Fearing for his life, and relying on...
  • Giving up Hell for a Year: How it could revolutionize our relationships

    01/29/2015 7:26:35 AM PST · by avenir · 16 replies
    The Pangea Blog (via Patheos) ^ | January 27, 2015 | Kurt Willems
    Hell is real, in some form or another.Hell on earth is something every human being agrees exists. War tears families apart. Disease kills parents and leaves behind orphans. Famine neglects to feed the most vulnerable. Consumerism by the privileged fuels the ramifications of all of these things. Hell on earththis is real.Hell as a literal place of eternal conscious torment for those who never make a mental assent to the Four Spiritual Laws (1. God loves humans, 2. Humans are sinners, 3. Only Jesus saves sinners, 4. Accept Jesus to live eternally) is another perspective. People with this view, which...
  • Captured By Grace [28 minute movie]

    01/18/2015 3:47:59 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 7 replies
    Billy Grahan assoc. ^ | Ja. 2015 | Billy Grahan assoc.
    Captured By Grace [video at link] Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner turned bombardier, survived a plane crash and prisoner of war camps during WWII. He returned a hero, but his greatest battle was yet to come.
  • Martin Luther King Was a Crusader but Was He a Christian?

    01/17/2015 8:59:40 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 97 replies
    Don Boys' Common Sense for Today News ^ | January 12, 2015 | Dr. Don Boys
    Much of America is excited about the MLK movie titled Selma; however, there is discussion, debate, and some say distortion, if not dishonesty, about the role Lyndon Johnson played in some of Kings activities, especially the 54-mile march from Selma to the Alabama capital of Montgomery that led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Let me state clearly that I have little to no respect for Johnson or King and Ive made that judgment based on their lives, not because Johnson was a Democrat and King was a Black. Ones political party or ones race is...
  • A Tale of Two Gospels

    01/10/2015 5:58:49 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 68 replies
    The Cripplegate, New Generation of Non-Conformists ^ | MARCH 22, 2013 | Mike Riccardi, Pastor, Los Angeles Grace Community Church
    What intrigues me about the Pharisee in this passage is that he thanked God for his moral uprightness and religious devotion. He is not claiming, perhaps like the rich, young ruler did, that he had kept Gods law and thus is deserving of eternal life. He doesnt believe that hes earned his salvation by works of righteousness achieved apart from divine grace. No, he goes to thank God for the grace and charity that God had worked in him, by which he has become acceptable to God. He believes that he is justified by his faith in God as well...
  • By Faith

    12/29/2014 3:56:51 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 9 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/29/2014 | Steve Berman
    Sunday I stayed home from church. My four year-old son had a stomach virus. Saturday, my wife spent the day doing load after load of laundry stained with various unmentionable bodily fluids. Even the dog soiled her bed, and then my wife spilled her coffee all over the bathroom getting ready for church. Coffee was the least disgusting part of the cleanup. This was not how we planned to (or wanted to) spend the weekend. I am a Christian, which to me means I know Jesus Christ, and He knows me in a very personal, intimate way. Hes not just...
  • The Trouble With Calvin Pt. 3 [Limited Atonement]

    08/03/2014 2:21:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 24, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 3 In my last two blog posts, we examined the first two of the “five points” of Calvinism popularly known by the acronym, TULIP, which represents 1. Total Depravity 2. Unconditional Election 3. Limited Atonement 4. Irresistible Grace 5. Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this post, we will tackle the third point:Limited AtonementNo Christian that I know of would deny that some doctrines are more or less clear than others in Scripture. When it comes to the atonement of Christ, the Scriptures are most clear: Jesus Christ died on the...
  • CHRIST JESUS The Roar of Salvation

    07/28/2014 1:36:15 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 10 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 7-28-14 | Jedediah
    I shall rend the heavens soon in a new way for all the Earth is about to witness and taste of My glory as I (( ( Roar ) )) out salvation over the children of My creation and Now in this Valley of Decisions I shall rise up the mountains that choose Me and have chosen Me . So watch and see for The Latter Rain is about to flourish My Lilies of The Valley I AM about to dress in My Glory Isaiah 64:1-4 64 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains...
  • The Trouble With Calvin Pt. 2 [Unconditional Election]

    07/06/2014 3:44:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 19, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 In my last post, I began a series of critiques of John Calvin’s famous “five points,” most often referred to using the acronym, TULIP, which represents Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistibility of Grace, and The Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this installment, we’ll deal with Unconditional Election.Calvin’s idea of Unconditional Election simply means that God “elected” certain men for salvation and others for damnation from all eternity, rooted in texts of Scripture, as we will see below, like Romans 9:10-12:And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived...
  • Subday Meditation;Romans 1 ...What God requires, He supplies

    I WILL SERVE No FOREIGN GODSHoly God We Praise Thy Name For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for therein the righteousness of God is revealedRomans 1:16The book of Romans is unique among the epistles in that it isnt polemic, that is it isnt trying to refute any error. Romans is therefore a clear rendering of the Gospel of salvation . Paul calls it the Gospel of God , and takes us from the bankruptcy of Jew and Gentile to the glorification of man and creation, all realised by the gospel. Paul begins with the declaration that...
  • FALLING AWAY FROM GOD'S GRACE

    When it comes to the topic of if a Christian can fall from God's grace, the "once saved, always saved" people bring up the sheep example. Very oddly, they miss something. Jesus said, "28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Fathers hand." John 10:28f. Jesus also said earlier, "11 I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His...
  • From Tombstone to Living Stone A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter

    05/18/2014 6:56:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/17/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    By his resurrection, Jesus has brought us from death to life. He has snatched us from this present evil age (Gal 1:4), and from the death-directed desires of our body (Rom 6:12), and made us into a new and living creation (2 Cor 5:17). As such, we have exchanged the tombstones that once indicated we were dead in our sins, and have become living stones in the spiritual edifice that is the Body of Christ, and also the Church.In the Epistle for todays Mass (1 Peter 2:4-9), we are summoned to this new life and told what some of its...
  • Exodus Is The Primer Of Freedom....Freedom in Christ pt 2

    Exodus; The Primer Of Freedompt 2 Let my people go that they may worship me(Exodus 10)Exodus is a book of freedom. Even the name Exodus proclaims liberty. The Exodus is out of slavery and bondage in Egypt. The God of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob is the God of liberty. His purpose is to liberate the whole world, using a liberator people, Israel. But before Israel could be used to liberate the world, Israel herself needed to be set free from her sevitude. Therefore God would raise up a vessel to set them free, Moses. But Moses himself was in a kind...
  • The Trouble With Calvin Pt. 1 [Total Depravity]

    05/03/2014 7:07:17 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 160 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 1, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 1 Over my next five blog posts, I am going to critique the famous “five points” of Calvinist theology: 1. Total Depravity 2. Unconditional Election 3. Limited Atonement 4. Irresistibility of Grace 5. Perseverance of the Saints (“Once Saved, Always Saved”).Pt. 1 – Total DepravityIn John Calvin’s magnum opus, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin presents a view of man that is very much like Luther’s, but contrary to what we find in the pages of Sacred Scripture. Calvin used texts like Gen.6:5,The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great...
  • To Hell and Back

    ...The experience of Ronald Reagan - (not associated with ex-President Reagan)He had his little boy with him while going to a 7-11 store. He got into an argument, and there was a bottle broken, and he was stabbed multiple times by his assailant..."In 1972 my life was broken. I was a drug addict. I was a criminal. My family was broken..."'You need Jesus!'"As he was talking to me, it happened that the ambulance literally blew up in flames..."
  • holy week series; The Victors' Portion...Isaiah 53 pt 8

    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,...
  • My Servant Shall Justify The Many...Isaiah 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...
  • HOLY WEEK SERIES; He Was Oppressed And Afflicted...Isaiah 53 pt 6

    He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth....
  • HOLY WEEK SERIES; The Vicarious Sufferer...Isaiah 53 pt 5

    Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.(Isaiah 53:4-6)We have been looking at the 4th Servant Song from the book of the prophet Isaiah.It seems that the Song is divided into...