Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Friday, September 13, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Great Arminian

Man has plagued himself with the question of "Infant Salvation" probably from his own beginning. Today's and yesterday's pundits line up in formation to shout the virtues of their fantasy doctrine that a child who dies in infancy is automatically ushered into heaven. The arguments they present seem never to have an end. They appeal to the shattered emotions of parents who have lost a child early on and give comfort---who would oppose such a notion?---while Scripture does not teach that just because a child dies in infancy, his eternal resting place is heaven. They say that such a promise is reserved only to those infants who are of 'Christian' parents thus negating John 1:13 by their fleshly edict. By doing so, they have cornered God's Election of His people in a manner not prescribed in Scripture, not just placing limits on God, but demands as well. The essence of their fantasy doctrine is that because a child is born to 'Christian' parents he/she is automatically one of the elect and should he/she die before the "age of accountability" (a never defined term) they will be welcomed into God's heaven. If it be so that a child born to 'Christian" parents is also elect solely by virtue of parental heritage, John 1:13 is further rendered mute and useless and has no place in their scheme of things. For the sake of continuing this 'logic' to its end, grant (temporarily) this notion of election due to heritage and consider the same "elect" child in later years, having past the 'age of accountability', become a man in his own right and chooses sin as his passion rather than God. Does his elect status continue as he curses God? Does he choose to ditch his supposed elect status and follow the devil? Can he stop being elect by a 'free will choice' thus mocking God? These inconvenient questions go unaddressed---what a surprise---but such nonsense falls right in line with Arminian notion that 'salvation' can be lost, since it was based upon man's choice in the first place and not the eternal electing will of God.

Their arguments for this fantasy doctrine appeal mostly to one's emotions, how could He be a God of "Love" and allow an infant to go to hell? Scripture is used by inference, innuendo, and twisted reasoning making their conclusion the only "Christian" one available. But the basis for all their endless garbage is that man is in charge of his own destiny, God is but an observer and subservient to the whim and will of man****this is the cornerstone of Arminianism. In the link below you will find the words of the Prince of Pretenders, the Heavyweight of Hirelings, the Champion of Charlatans, none other than Charles Haddon Spurgeon whose disgusting diatribe goes on in endless fashion in the mockery of the God he claims to love and serve.
While wading through this cesspool of mockery there was no reference found directly or indirectly to Rom. 9:11 and the surrounding verses that put an end to this God dishonoring notion that infants are "saved" due to their heritage and/or age. The election of ALL the elect took place before time began, based SOLELY upon the determined purpose of Him who works all things according to the purpose of His own will (2 Tim. 1:9; Heb. 4:3; 1 Cor. 2:7; 1 Peter 1:20; Rev. 13:8; Eph. 1:3-5 & 11). As appealing as this notion may be, especially to parents who have lost a child early on, it has no basis in Scripture and should therefore be discarded for what it is: a lie. The grief, the hurt, the pain of losing a child at any age never goes away, it is there every day. Only the Goodness of God through time can bring a modicum of relief. The false solace of 'infant salvation' is fleeting at best and trusting in this notion robs the mourner of his only real relief, the Comforter coming to the aid of those remaining here after the death of a loved one.

So what do we say to one who lost an infant? Seek God. Cry out to Him. Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Telling someone that their new born is now in heaven carries little weight, lasts but a moment with no long term effect, and gives a temporary false hope based on emotional need and not the Word. This is cruel. It misdirects the one grieving from his only help to a straw man who will vanish quickly.

We are so quick to dictate to God how things ought to be. This idea of infant salvation is clearly not found in the Word and just as clearly repudiated by the same Word. It is held on to like a bag of gold, cherished like the pleasure we find in sins, but brings no honor to God. It is understood that most will not agree with these words which is ok; but search the Scriptures to see which of these things is so.

Monday, September 9, 2019

The well meant gospel 'offer'

Many within the Reformed camp defend the heresy that the Gospel is 'offered' to all. I discovered through a brother on facebook this heresy is embedded in the WCF, a man made creed many esteem equal to the word of God. Here is what this brother shared, "Man, by his fall, having made himself incapable of life by that covenant, the Lord was pleased to make a second,[148] commonly called the covenant of grace; 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘩 𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘢𝘭𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘣𝘺 𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵; 𝘳𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘮, 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘣𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘥,.." (WCF, Chapter 7:3) This is Arminianism! To present Christ as an 'offer' is to leave the sinner a choice, for you must do something with this offer right? The more I read of 'Reformed' theology, the more I distance myself from it- it is Satanic. 
Is the Gospel simply an 'offer' or did Christ secure salvation for His people? The word of God leaves no doubt - 'For He SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS'- Matthew 1:21. There are many more verses that prove what Christ has done is not a mere offer, but that one verse leaves no doubt. The Gospel of Christ will either break the sinner or further harden, whatever the Lord has willed. It never, never should be presented  flippantly as some 'offer' for unregenerate sinners to tinker with, for such a 'gospel' as that has NO POWER to save and is no gospel at all. Only those God has elected unto life WILL believe, all the rest will stay in their present God hating, sin loving state.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Judge by the Gospel

by John Pedersen
Judge By the Gospel
“Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whosoever you are who judge, for in the thing wherein you judge another, you condemn yourself, for you who judge do the same things.” (Romans 2:1ff). 

     The statement above comes at the conclusion of an extensive description of man’s moral depravity and rebellion against God at the beginning of the Apostle’s letter to the Romans. 

     As he continues, he brings focus to the inherently hypocritical and self-condemning character of law-judgment (see 2:17ff.), leaving his readers with only one legitimate standard by which one man may be distinguished from another: the gospel, and belief in the gospel (Romans 3). 

     All judgment entails distinction and separation. If I, as a professing believer in the one true gospel of Scripture, judge another to be an unbeliever, I am not only making a statement or judgment about another; I am just as assuredly making a statement about myself. I am saying I am what the other person, whatever he may claim to the contrary, is not. 

     If the judgment I make is concerning a transgression of the law, it is also necessarily a claim by me concerning myself, to wit, that I am not a transgressor, i.e., that I am innocent of the thing I accuse the other of doing or being. This must be so for my judgment to have any significance. 

     What is more, if I am to be legitimately regarded as innocent of the thing whereof I accuse another, my innocence must be absolute and not subject to degrees or relative comparisons, else it is not innocence, but guilt to a lesser extent. 

     God’s justice is absolute, and His demand for righteousness does not admit to degrees. Guilt to a lesser extent may be highly regarded by men, but it is contemptible in the sight of God. 

     Therefore all judgment according to the law is inherently self condemning. Gospel believers who succumb to this thinking are bewitched and poison others with bitterness. They need to be called out and exposed. 

     Believers who become ensnared in some sinful habit need loving and gentle restoration by fellow believers based on a shared belief in the truth of the gospel. 

     Sinful behavior should never be winked at, but rather an occasion for loving concern toward the one overcome while those who help look to themselves, lest they also be tempted. 

     Belief in the testimony of the gospel is a miracle of Gods power. This reality should not be disregarded or dismissed, but rather respected in consideration of the God Who makes blind eyes to see their need of His perfect righteousness, and the forgiveness of their sins. 

     We should judge by the gospel testimony confessed and believed, not relative conformity to the law.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Examine Yourself

"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"

First of all, the faith described here is not something that resides within man, lying dormant until activated by his own motivation and will. Saving faith that is to be examined is a gift from God to His chosen ones, granted to them at the appointed time of their rebirth. This faith has fruits, evidences, and characteristics that delineate it from the man-generated fake faith that the world sees and even demands from those who allude to a "god" being their father, leader. A listing of these traits would be quite lengthy and probably not totally exhaustive. A few would include:
Who is Jesus Christ to you? An historical figure? One who made outlandish claims? A charlatan? Or is He the Son of God, as He stated, being one with His Father, John 10:30? Those who have received the gift of faith from the Father know instantly the correct answer, not requiring time to think about it or have the need to be prodded, coaxed, or persuaded.

What is your attitude toward sin? Do you still take pleasure in certain sins, those you would try to hide from the Eyes of the Lord? Those you would excuse as not being sin after all? Do you pine away for the former life where sin reigned supreme every day? Or has your sin past, present, and future become repugnant to you, something you hate and would never return to?

What of the Scriptures? Are they a guideline to be accepted or rejected at your own whim or at the behest of another? Do you seek to find error within them so as to excuse you from the Lord's command to obey Him? Is it a chore to read them, a begrudged obligation that you have placed upon yourself in order to convince yourself that the "salvation" you claim to possess is real? Are they but a tool to question the veracity of their Author and by doing so elevate yourself  in the eyes of your peers to 'new spiritual heights?' Or do you hunger and thirst for His Word, His Righteousness? Matt. 5:6. Can you live without the Word or is it your daily food, a necessity to your physical, mental, and spiritual health?

What of prayer to God? Just another self-imposed imposition to convince yourself that what you 'feel inside' is the "presence of God" in you giving you confidence that the prayer you prayer all these years ago was of sufficient sincerity and good enough to secure your place in heaven? Is prayer little more than a wish list you intend to consume upon your own lusts when your demands are met? Or is prayer a time---a constant, continuing time---of thanksgiving for the works of your Savior, a joyful recollection of His eternal Goodness toward you, a time of humbling yourself before the One who humbled Himself first to take on human flesh and ultimately to die for our sins? Phil. 2:5-11. Should not our knees and heart bend gratefully before Him who loved us and gave Himself for us?  Prayer, a chore or life giving communion?

Is there a fear of God to be found in you? The world scoffs at His pronouncements of judgment against our sins. Is it that way with you? Or is that little prayer you prayed at the "altar" in a "church" good enough to dissuade God from His stated purpose to judge all sin? Does the thought of committing any sin scare you to death, not so much for the eternal punishment that will be its just reward, but the fact that you would sin against the only Holy God, thus offending His Person? It is the fool who has no fear of God, not those born again (Prov. 1:7; 2:1-5; 14:9, 26 & 27). The lack of godly fear (the fear of God Himself) will cause a man to continue in his sin. For those of the world, they will not even consider that punishment is due for each specific sin against God. For those of the 'evangelical' world who consider themselves in right standing with God, sin will give way to "grace" they supposed themselves entitled to thus allowing them to sin freely at will with no expectation of consequences. Their rude awakening to eternal punishment will come too late for this supposed "grace" to overcome. It was never Grace, but man's lust for the antinomianism heresy that excuses all sins (but not before the Father) and "secures" his soul to a false salvation that leads to hell.

The list could and probably should go on, but one last entry for now. Who do you listen to for "biblical" teaching? Is it someone who seems to have his doctrinal ducks in a row, teaching perhaps a great percentage of truth only to 'slip you a mickey' by feeding you poison along side the 'truth?' Does this preferred teacher of yours resort to quotes from less than honorable men that do not hold the Word of God in high esteem, rather finding ways to sneak in their favorite heresy while making their hearers believe all is well? This is a common trait of ALL those who are nationally/internationally prominent in today's version of Christendom, including those on the rise who seek similar fame and fortune. The real man of God will NEVER  be praised by the world of the reprobates or the world of the religious charlatans who fake their way through life. Flatly stated, the born again do not listen to such men, they do not support them financially, 'morally', or in any other way. The born again do not defend such men---those that teach lies intermingled with some 'truth.' They do not ally themselves even in secret with such 'teachers'---now is a good time to evaluate your own list of untouchable, infallible, and 'too big to fail' so-called "Christian teachers." Scripture speaks plainly to this and we should read the Scripture plainly, not seeking 'an out' for our favored golden boy preacher. John 10:1-5 can't be any more specific that it already is. Not only does Christ call His own by their names and leads them out, they also follow Him---the implication is "Him alone"---and they know His voice. Verse five: "Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers." But in today's "church" any Tom, Dick, and Harry is readily accepted as a prophet (the infallible variety) of God, no matter that they teach lies in His Name, and people love to have it so! These men teach doctrines of demons and the people accept is as coming directly from the Throne of God. Does anyone see the danger here? These men teach lies, claim they are teaching truth and go glibly on their way. But it is said that only the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth (John 16:13), so are these men attributing their doctrines of demons to the Holy Spirit? Never in so many words, but that is the underlying and unstated claim they allow to float about unchallenged. Yet when such men are exposed for the fraud that they are, do we bristle up in their defense, or search the Scriptures to find the truth? The born again search; the not born again bristle.

There are definite consequences for those who knowingly side with and defend those that teach exposed error. 2 John 9,10,11. "Whoever transgresses and does not abide in doctrine of Christ DOES NOT HAVE GOD." Does this need to be made more plain? These teachers who teach lies are not born again---its time for those who claim salvation to comes to terms with this simple fact. Continuing: "He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, DO NOT RECEIVE HIM INTO YOUR HOUSE NOR GREET HIM; for he who greets him SHARES IN HIS EVIL DEEDS." Will anyone share in these evil deeds and escape the punishment thereof? Not as long as God resides on His Throne. Do not deceive yourself! The "doctrine of Christ" is a vast subject all to itself; one thing this doctrine is not, is the lie of free will being exercised to gain salvation. Yet we find men today and in times past who make a career of sitting on the fence that divides grace and the free will heresy, playing both tunes as it suits their audience and the furtherance of their own importance. These are evil men, seducers that wax worse and worse, and just as evil are those that support and/or defend such men in their vile ways. Claiming to be "Christian" is meaningless; it is the fruit of your mouth and life that tell the real tale.

By all means, examine yourself to see whether you are in the faith for real. Doing this is not a fright to the born again, but a time for the Lord to do the real examining, a time welcomed by His chosen ones to clear themselves of secret sins; a time oft visited.

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thought; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

Monday, September 2, 2019

John MacArthur promotes 'God loves all'

Once again, the true colors of JMac are evident in this sermon on who God loves,
"Biblically, we cannot escape the conclusion that God’s benevolent, merciful love is unlimited in extent. He loves the whole world of humanity. This love extends to all people in all times. It is what Titus 3:4 refers to as “the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind.” God’s singular love for the elect quite simply does not rule out a universal love of sincere compassion—and a sincere desire on God’s part to see every sinner turn to Christ. " - source 

JMac goes on to give as an example the rich young ruler, whom Jesus 'loved'. What he fails to understand is that 'love' in this context isn't the same everlasting love God has for His elect. The context of Jesus' love for the rich young ruler is defined as 'esteem', our Lord 'esteemed' this rich young ruler - BIG difference from the love God has for His elect. 
I wonder what those who've already perished in their sins think about God's love as they wander about in outer darkness awaiting final judgment....forever separated from the God JMac says 'loves' them?