Monday, April 25, 2011

The free will is a pagan goddess

“The free will is a pagan goddess that the Church has worshipped for far too long.”
   ~Steven Lawson

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Propitiation presupposes the wrath of God

John Murray: “Propitiation presupposes the wrath of God and displeasure of God, and the purpose of propitiation is the removal of this displeasure. Very simply stated the doctrine of propitiation means that Christ propitiated the wrath of God and rendered God propitious to his people. . . .

Saturday, April 23, 2011

If you have sinned

“If you have sinned, do not lie down without repentance; for the want of repentance after one has sinned makes the heart yet harder and harder”
   ~ John Bunyan

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My beginning is solely of grace

My beginning is solely of grace and I have nothing which I can attribute to myself in predestination or in calling.---Bernard of Clairvaux

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The grieving over sin

"It is not the absence of sin but the grieving over it which distinguishes the child of God from empty professors." (A.W. Pink)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

We are not negotiators

‎"We are not negotiators, my brethren. We are heralds of our great God and King. We are blood-bought, grace-given, sin-forgiven, Spirit-filled, co-heirs with the Lord Jesus Christ. Live like it. Preach like it. And don't apologize for it. Fear the Lord. Stand in awe of Him. And proclaim the gospel." ~Tony Miano

Monday, April 11, 2011

Ministers Must Display Christ

This may inform us by what rule to judge both ministers and doctrine. Certainly that is the highest commendation of a minister, to be an able minister of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit, 2 Cor. 3: 6. He is the best artist, that can most lively and powerfully display Jesus Christ before the people, evidently setting him forth as crucified among them; and that is the best sermon, that is most full of Christ, not of art and language. I know that a holy dialect well becometh Christ’s ministers, they should not be rude and careless in language or method; but surely the excellency of a sermon lies not in that, but in the plainest discoveries and liveliest applications of Jesus Christ.”

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spurgeon on Rob Bell HT: The Bororean

“Find if you can, beloved, one occasion in which Jesus inculcated doubt or bade men dwell in uncertainty. The apostles of unbelief are everywhere today, and they imagine that they are doing God service by spreading what they call “honest doubt.” This is death to all joy! Poison to all peace!…
I have not much patience with a certain class of Christians nowadays who will hear anybody preach so long as they can say, “He is very clever, a fine preacher, a man of genius, a born orator.” Is cleverness to make false doctrine palatable? Why, sirs, to me the ability of a man who preaches error is my sorrow rather than my admiration.
I cannot endure false doctrine, however neatly it may be put before me. Would you have me eat poisoned meat because the dish is of the choicest ware? It makes me indignant when I hear another gospel put before the people with enticing words, by men who would fain make merchandise of souls; and I marvel at those who have soft words for such deceivers.” —C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)

The Bororean

Saturday, April 2, 2011

A Call to Repentance

Dear friends, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for you is that you may be saved. O that I knew how to engage this whole town to Jesus Christ, and make fast the marriage-knot betwixt him and you, albeit after that I should presently go to the place of silence; and see men no more, with the inhabitants of the world. Ah sirs! me thinks I see the Lord Jesus laying the merciful hand of a holy violence upon you: methinks he calls to you, as the angel to Lot saying, “Arise, lest ye be consumed; And “while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, the Lord being merciful unto him. And they brought him without the city, and said, Escape for thy life, stay not in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed,” Gen. 19: 15. How often (to allude to this) has Jesus Christ in like manner laid hold upon you in the preaching of the gospel, and will you not flee for refuge to him? Will you rather be consumed, than to endeavour an escape? A beast will not be driven into the fire, and will you not be kept out? The merciful Lord Jesus, by his admirable patience and bounty, has convinced you how loth he is to leave or lose you. To this day his arms are stretched forth to gather you, and will you not be gathered? Alas for my poor neighbours! Must so many of them perish at last? What shall I do for the daughter of my people?”
~ John Flavel