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

Sunday, September 24, 2017

If by love they mean....

I do and am constantly maintaining both privately and publicly as far as ever the Lord has enabled me the wonders, the glories, the beauties and the preciousness of love. And yet I must be branded as being a man that is an enemy to love.
But if by love, these people who brand me as an enemy of love mean that I ought to unite with Arians and Socinians who deny the deity of my Lord and Saviour whom I proved again in my very soul that he is the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of peace.
If by love they mean that I ought to meet and unite occasionally with people that can testify and say without a blush that election is a damnable doctrine and they hate it with their hearts, that imputed righteousness is imputed nonsense and a doctrine that ought to be abhorred and spurned by all which is the very garment and covering that hides all my shame, the very robe that adorns my naked soul and so very many times has been the joy and rejoicing of my heart and which I have found to be so many times the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
If they mean by love that I ought to unite with people that can say and testify that we may be a child of God one day and a child of the devil another, that Christ died and atoned for the sins of Esau, as well as of Jacob, for Cain as well as Abel, for Judas as well as for Peter, and that there are thousands in hell for whom Christ died.
If they mean by love that I ought to unite and call these brethren who profess to believe in the doctrine of grace and call themselves Calvinists, but can declare at times that those blessed doctrines which are so precious and glorious to my soul are nonessential things. That is, if I understand their meaning right, they view them as useless things and that it is of no consequence whatsoever whether we receive or believe these doctrines or not provided we do but unite with all sorts and pray for all and be candid and mild and esteem all as partakers of grace, — I confess from my heart if all this be love I am destitute of it. And instead of being grieved for my want of it, I glory in it.
I do not indeed feel the least ill-will against any of their persons, as the creatures of God, nor do I desire to do them the least injury, but those principles that debase free and sovereign grace, and exalt the creature, I hate and abhor.
For how can two walk together except they be agreed?
My soul has bought truth too dearly to part with it for such empty baubles as the praises and smiles of men; and those professors that love the smiles of men more than the truth of God, they are heartily welcome to them. I do not begrudge them. But notwithstanding all that ever these reporters could report, God stood by me, a poor worm, and gave such testimony to the word of grace, that neither men nor devils could overthrow it. I believe they tried with all their might to do so; but God hath said it, and I know it will stand, for I have proved it again and again: — “My word shall go forth; it shall prosper in the thing whereunto I have sent it; it shall not return unto me void.” (Isaiah 55:11)
John Warburton, HT -

Christ, The Impeccable Son of God

Webster's parses the word 'impeccable' into two parts; 'not' and 'to sin'. While most who profess Christ as their Savior will readily state that Jesus Christ did not sin, it seems a small and growing number claim that it was possible for Him to have sinned while on earth. They conjure up any number of reasons for this but the root of all their words is an ignorance of the Character of Christ (both human and Divine) and a willingness to find fault rather than an occasion for praise to the One they claim to love and serve. Such a suggestion that Christ "could" have sinned originates from the same spirit who said: "Yea, hath God said" Gen. 3:1.

A year or so after the Lord saved me I was in a "Precept" class studying Romans. The teacher began one class with his 'off topic' statement (not found in the study guide) that it was possible for Jesus Christ to have committed sin while on earth. It felt like my heart was going to come up through my throat as I heard him speak. One of the first words out of my mouth was 'heresy' as I could not stand to hear his nonsense anymore. At the time I did not know the Scriptures that would totally dismantle this heretical doctrine so I asked the pastor whose only answer was John 10:30, "I and My Father are one." A good place to start, but hardly the only verse that addresses this lie. The Lord began to show me other verses over the months and years after this as to prepare me to be able to give at least an adequate answer should it ever come up again. It did. This same man, now chairman of the deacons of this SBC "church", was going to teach a class that I attended so I asked him if he still believed and taught that 'it was possible for Jesus to have sinned while on earth.' His response: "I NEVER taught that", which was a bald-faced lie. What ensued after this lead to my departure from that "church" on less than amicable terms (I was told to either "shut up", "leave", "or be forcibly removed" by a group of six 'leaders' of this 'church' as they were shy their "senior pastor" who had left under not so good circumstances forced on him by the 'old guard' of that 'church.' [As for the "Precept" courses and their author, Kay Arthur, stay as far away from all of that as you can. The courses are shallow at the very best, rife with false doctrine that stems from the 'free will' heresy, and caters to the flesh offering only cursory, fake, 'praise' to the Lord Jesus. KA is highly ecumenical.]

The following verses are far from an exhaustive treatise of this matter but are offered as a starting point with the encouragement to further study. As stated previously, to say that Jesus Christ did not sin is no doubt true, but leaving the door open for the "possibility" that He "could have sinned" is a class of heresy all to itself. It has taken root in too many places and is one of those 'stealth' false doctrines that gets limited, if any, 'air time' having become one of the unwritten and unspoken tenets of evil men. But some are bold in their assertion that Jesus could have sinned and have acquired a large following. Don't be afraid to ask your pastor or favorite teacher what their stance is on this matter.

Beginning in James 1:13-16: "Let no one say when he is tempted, 'I am tempted by God'; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone." The last phrase 'nor does He Himself tempt anyone' implies "with sin, or evil." Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Son of Man, both 'personalities' living in the same physical body, at the same time, collectively and individually impervious to sin. Some may object and ask "what about the 'man' side of Jesus?" Fair question. Luke 1:26-35 tells of the birth of Christ was without a human father, via the Virgin Mary. With no human father, the sin of Adam was not, could not, have been imputed to Christ as it is with every other man, Rom. 5:14-21. There was no human sin nature in the Man Christ Jesus. Pure human, pure God, no sin nature, and therefore impossible for Him to be "tempted" or drawn to sin with the intent or end result to commit any sin. John 14:30 weighs in with this: "...for the prince of this world is coming and has nothing in Me." There was nothing in the Lord Jesus to give even a 'foothold' to the wicked one to make Him sin. "Ah, but Heb. 4:15 says that Jesus was tempted in all points as we are, what about that?" He no doubt was, and just as surely more so than we as seen in Matt. 4:1-11 and "yet without sin." Note His answers were always direct quotes from the Word of God. The 'testing' of the Lord Jesus resulted in two things: proof that He did not sin, no matter what was placed in front of Him, and proof that there was nothing in Him that would draw Him to disobey His Father, there was no sin nature to overcome and therefore no propensity for sin. James 1:14 shows the cause of human sin "...each one is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed." Since there is no such "lust" in Christ Jesus, there is nothing by which to 'entice' Him into sin---no sin nature. The key here is to understand and know that the Lord Jesus had no sin nature as is common to men, but a human nature not plagued with sin, or lust, or anything other than a heart set on doing the will of His Father.

This is a dangerous game of "what if" that some men play, not considering the outcome of any supposed "sin" that "may" have had the "possibility" of being committed by the Lord Jesus. Consider John 8:28 & 29. "...I do nothing of Myself..." So by whom does the Lord Jesus act? The Father? The Holy Spirit? Both. Continuing in John 8; "...but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him." In order to say that it was "possible" for the Lord Jesus to sin, that statement must include as complicit partners the Father and the Holy Spirit. If Jesus and His Father are one (John10:30), then it follows that if Jesus "could have sinned" this must include the Father as well. As I said, a dangerous game. Would the Holy Spirit be excluded from this never ending web of deceit? Hardly, hence the danger grows to include blaspheme against the Holy Spirit---the only unpardonable sin. IF there were sin it would be multiplied by the fact that John 8: 28 & 29 now turn into a lie---another sin, and the dominoes just keep crashing down. Unrighteousness would be found in the Trinity, negating John 7:18. It becomes a never ending ploy to cast doubt in the mind of anyone who seeks the truth---one of the most used tools of the wicked one. Further, Heb. 1:3 says that Christ "is the express image of His [the Father's] person." Would these purveyors of deceit further claim that it would be possible for the Father to sin? That is exactly what they are saying, even if they do not realize it. Heb. 13:8 says: "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, forever." If it be true that He 'could have sinned' while on earth why not for all eternity? He never changes---except in the evil imaginations of wicked men. How could He offer Himself as the Spotless Lamb if a possibility of sin lingers at the door? He would no longer be spotless, but covered in question marks. It could not be said of Him, or His Father, or the Holy Spirit that they are incorruptible (Rom.1:23) if sin were even a possibility. No longer could we say "Far be it from God to do wickedness" Job 34:10. We could no longer shout with the Psalmist "To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him." Psa. 92;15

In order for anyone to sin there must be something within his character that makes it possible. Humans are locked in to sin, even their "free will" cannot extract them from the ravages of the sequence of sin: "But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed. Then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren." According to these words sin MUST have a place of conception, a willingness to do evil. Somehow, they perceive that such was the case with the Lord Jesus Christ. They have concluded that He is just like they are in regard to sin, an easy mark. They have no clue as to the Character of the Lord Jesus, human or Divine. The 'possibility' of Christ sinning serves no purpose other than that of His enemy, the devil, using this lie to cast doubt in the minds of many thereby stunting their growth in Christ until the lie is exposed to them.

Luke 24: 32 & 45

The hand of our God

For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him." — Ezr_8:22
A convoy on many accounts would have been desirable for the pilgrim band, but a holy shame-facedness would not allow Ezra to seek one. He feared lest the heathen king should think his professions of faith in God to be mere hypocrisy, or imagine that the God of Israel was not able to preserve his own worshippers. He could not bring his mind to lean on an arm of flesh in a matter so evidently of the Lord, and therefore the caravan set out with no visible protection, guarded by him who is the sword and shield of his people. It is to be feared that few believers feel this holy jealousy for God; even those who in a measure walk by faith, occasionally mar the lustre of their life by craving aid from man. It is a most blessed thing to have no props and no buttresses, but to stand upright on the Rock of Ages, upheld by the Lord alone. Would any believers seek state endowments for their Church, if they remembered that the Lord is dishonoured by their asking Caesar's aid? as if the Lord could not supply the needs of his own cause! Should we run so hastily to friends and relations for assistance, if we remembered that the Lord is magnified by our implicit reliance upon his solitary arm? My soul, wait thou only upon God. "But," says one, "are not means to be used?" Assuredly they are; but our fault seldom lies in their neglect: far more frequently it springs out of foolishly believing in them instead of believing in God. Few run too far in neglecting the creature's arm; but very many sin greatly in making too much of it. Learn, dear reader, to glorify the Lord by leaving means untried, if by using them thou wouldst dishonour the name of the Lord.

C.H. Spurgeon

Friday, September 22, 2017

Death Along the Roman Road

The "Roman Road" has been around for decades and was at one time the favorite tools of 'evangelists' and 'preachers' who taught the heresy of salvation by the will of man. It begins with Rom. 3:10 "There is none righteous, no, not one"; then Rom. 3:23 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Next is Rom. 5:12 "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, thus death spread to all men, because all sinned" and then jump to Rom. 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." The RR ends with  Rom. 10:8-10 &13. Disputing the truth of these verses is not the intent of this article, disputing the misuse of these verses to get a desired result from a "seeker" by those who teach a 'salvation' by the will of man will be shown. [As an aside, I was treated to this Road not once, not twice, but three times in my youth. It seemed that salvation "didn't take", hence the need for more RR journeys. It was as if I was a living example of Matt. 12:43-45---actually, I was---as sin had greater and greater dominion over me.]

The end game of the RR is to manipulate emotions in favor of the desired response. The use of scare tactics is not uncommon as threats of eternal damnation are employed to get the subject to repent to the satisfaction of the preacher. Yet Scripture teaches the opposite: it is the Goodness of God that leads a man to repentance, not the fear of hell (Rom. 2:4). Those who have been born again by the Spirit of God know this beyond doubt. The view of our own sin and the Mercy, Forgiveness, Grace and Salvation provided by the Lord Jesus is instantaneous and virtually simultaneous as well. The RR teaches no such thing. It paints the man as a sinner in need of salvation and then offers him cyanide instead of life. "If you are sorry for your sins; if you are sincere enough (how much 'sincerity' is enough?); if you believe with all your heart; if you 'confess' the Lord Jesus with your mouth", etc., etc. "then you will be saved." What a neat little formula; what a deadly lie, all based on the 'proper response' to questions and edicts from the so-called counselor. Since when is it the 'preacher's/evangelist's authority to pronounce anyone "saved?" Sounds like a little pope. If the RR is such an iron clad formula to God and salvation why do the vast majority (all?) have doubts (justifiable doubts) some time down the road? Why this need to "rededicate" one's life to God again, and again, and again? Who are such people trying to convince, their peers or themselves? As with everything that springs from the will of man, the ego must be fed, often.

The deceit of this Roman Road is further exacerbate by what is left out. Beginning in Rom. 3:10 and jumping to v.23 leaves out a world of very vital information that is key to the salvation of man as well as the knowledge of the Character of God Himself. [To leave out verses 10-18 lays the ground work for salvation by the will of man to become plausible, doable, and even the only route available.]If the very next verse were read it would destroy the rest of the RR and that is precisely why v.11 is excluded: "There is none who understands; THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS AFTER GOD." Read this and the house of cards comes down---hard. The entire premise of the RR is that man can seek, find, and manipulate God to his way of thinking (just like Cain tried to do). To find any modern day (hireling) preacher to speak on verses 10-18 of Rom. is pretty much impossible. Yet it is a perfect description of lost humanity; a perfect description of the Laodicean church in today's world. "There is no fear of God before their eyes."

So what is the remedy? Trash the Roman Road. Tell people that there is One God (Eph. 4:6), who is Holy and He demands holiness from His creatures (Rev. 4:8 & Heb. 12:14). He is Righteous and requires the same of His creatures (1 John 2:1 & Rom. 5:17-19). God commands all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30). And whatever else seems appropriate, remembering it is the exclusive task of the Holy Spirit to bring to the Lord those whom He has chosen. He will do His job with perfection. Ours is only to preach the Word.

The Deception of Free Will Salvation

The current battle climate for the Truth, the Faith, and the souls of men is basically the same as it was 500 years ago when Luther boldly opposed the heresies of Rome; when some fifty million were murdered by Rome for not capitulating to the edicts of the devil during the Crusades; and even as far back as when Cain murdered his brother Abel because he could not manipulate God into accepting his unacceptable offering. Our necks may not be on the line---yet---but character assassination is very much alive and well when one dares to defend the faith once for all delivered to the saints, Jude 3. But what else can the genuine believer do, resort to silence in the face of the mockery directed toward his Savior? May it never be so!

Matt. 13:24-30 gives a most accurate depiction of today's (and yesterday's) condition of Christendom: false 'brethren' planted by the enemy of Christ in an attempt to stunt the growth of the redeemed by sucking all the nutrients from the ground as the fake grows along side the real. The fake not only grow but multiply and surround the genuine hoping to choke the life out of him, first by silencing his voice with the end game being some sort of public humiliation where he is expected to slink off into obscurity with his tail tucked between his legs like a defeated dog. That is the mind set of those who oppose the Lord and His doctrines of grace, opting rather for a 'salvation' on their own terms ('free will choice'). There are many references to false brethren in the NT. Beginning with Acts 20:27-31 we find Paul warning those in Ephesus that "tares" or false (unsaved) brethren would arise from their own ranks---first century 'church members'---"speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after themselves." I have yet to hear or read a free will proponent seek to glorify the Lord Jesus for the salvation they supposedly possess but will always, without fail or exception, glorify themselves and the "choice" they made by their own "free" will. Idolatry is just about as perverse as one can get, surpassed only by the requisite blasphemy that must accompany the lie of 'salvation' via the choice of man which usurps the Sovereignty of God and replaces it with the fantasy of "free will."

Another reference is found in Gal. 2:1-10 where Paul speaks of "false brethren secretly brought in..." whose aim was to subjugate the brethren back under the law and circumcision which would negate the sufficiency of the Sacrifice of the Lord Jesus by adding to it. The same thing is happening today with the Arminian crowd who flatly state that the Sacrifice of the Lord Jesus only opens the door for a man to be able to choose salvation (or not) by an act of his will. This they boldly claim despite the dozens (hundreds) of verse that state the precise opposite (Acts 13:48; John 15:16 and 1:13 for starters). Further in Gal. 2:4 Paul says that these false brethren "came in privily" unnoticed for what they are (at first) as they spread their poison that only seeks to diminish the Glory due to the Lord Jesus by whatever heresy is convenient for that day. Peter describes these types as speaking with "great swelling words of vanity" (2 Peter 2:18) and today we find those who speak fluent "Christianese" and are able to recite many a verse that they mutilate in favor of their pet false doctrine, specifically the "free will" of men. For some, whose audience is just as ignorant of Scripture as is their teacher, tenure as the resident false prophet will continue unabated. The few that are exposed for the frauds that they are will unleash a barrage of false accusations, further deceptions and out right lies concerning their detractor. They did it to the Lord Jesus; they will do it to us. As they deem themselves unworthy of eternal life (Acts 13:46) by their constant rebellion, there comes a time when we should simply walk away and 'let them stew in their own juices.' Matt. 15: 1-14 gives us great insight into the mindset of false brethren. They were offended by what Jesus said about them and they will be offended by the Word of God we speak today. Taking any offence to the Word of God is a sure sign of lack of regeneration. He specifically tells His disciples (and us) to "Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind..." v.14.

The current crop of Jesuit inspired Arminian liars have zero fear of God on any level; this is reflected in their constant attacks upon His Word and even His Integrity as with no shame or guilt whatsoever they will call the Lord Jesus a liar, negate and redact His Word from the minds of those who listen to them and say whatever is necessary to win a new convert to their perverted ways. And yet, they claim to be "Christian"---another lie to their credit. Instead of reading Rom. 9:13 with fear they brazenly call the Lord God a liar by saying that God loves all of mankind and demands that those who dare speak the truth about the salvation purchased for His elect only are "unloving" "mean-spirited", blah, blah, blah. They further demand their version of "unity" no matter the cost inflicted to the Truth of the Word of God. They expect us to succumb to the same demons that have attached themselves to these false brethren and make an alliance with them to dethrone Almighty God from His rightful place as Sovereign of all (2 Cor. 6:14-18).

"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME." Every time anyone declares that they have gained "salvation" by an act of their "free will" they have broken this First of the Ten Commandments. It's bad enough to call the Lord Jesus a liar when He said "You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you" (John 15:16) when one says that he was saved because he chose to be via his free will; it is much worse to elevate one's self onto the Throne of God and declare one's self to be "saved" by your own choice thereby totally negating the necessity of Grace in order to be born again. It is interesting that the "free-willies" (as Lyn would say) never speak of being "born again", nor do they mention 'by the Spirit of God', they only claim "salvation" as acquired by an act of their will in complete opposition to John 1:13 and other verses.

Heresy must be stacked upon heresy in order for this lie of free will to "work" in the minds of those that believe it and preach it. Every good Arminian will tell you that salvation can be lost at any point due to some unnamed sin. Some are even more bold to say that a man can "opt out of salvation", choosing to spend eternity in hell rather than heaven [you can't make this stuff up, this is no joke]. What ever the cause of "lost salvation" may be it is yet another lie in the growing list. Eph. 1:13 &14 speak in direct opposition to this nonsense: "In whom you also trusted, after you heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, YOU WERE SEALED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of the glory of His grace." Would a man be so bold as to blaspheme the Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit by saying that a mere pile of dust can break the seal set on the redeemed by a simple thought? That is EXACTLY what they so impudently declare. Notice the last phrase in V.14; does it say 'to the praise of the glory of man's free will?' Not hardly! " the praise of the glory of His GRACE" It takes a huge and demented ego to think that a thought conjured up in the mind of a man can sway the predestined choice of God in his favor. It is the very epitome of arrogance, self-love, and idolatry. If a man thinks himself capable of approaching God, choosing God, and acquiring salvation by his own thought, then that man has no need of Grace; and if he has no need of Grace, he IS NOT saved, he IS NOT born again, he IS NOT regenerate as Scripture plainly declares.

Another fantasy of the Jesuit/Arminian/free will crowd is universalism where, when all is said and done, every man who ever lived for all time will end up in heaven. Again, they insolently and with zero fear of God call the Lord Jesus a lair. Although there are many verses that speak to this, Matt. 7:13-23 is sufficient to prove beyond shadow of doubt the fallacy of universalism. The wide gate leading to 'destruction' speaks in terms of eternity, not temporal; the narrow gate speaks of life in eternal terms as well. Interestingly, v. 15-20 speaks of false prophets, who hawk their wares without fear or regard for the truth. Verses 21-23 declare the end state of those that promote, teach, and demand adherence to their false doctrine of salvation by the will of man: banishment from the presence of the Lord, eternal, permanent, and without appeal. A heavy price to pay for idol worship. It is the same price exacted from their father, the devil, who was a murderer from the beginning and a liar and the father of it.

May the Word of the Lord burn within our hearts and words of praise for Him not be in short supply.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

John Wesley, hero or heretic?

This is an example of the 'fruit' of the free will gospel, which is accursed...

In a letter to his brother Charles in June 1766, the Arminian evangelist John Wesley, now in his sixties, confesses that he does not and never did love God, believe or have the direct witness of divine sonship or even of things invisible or eternal. Read for yourself.
"In one of my last [letters] I was saying that I do not feel the wrath of God abiding on me; nor can I believe it does. And yet (this is the mystery), I do not love God. I never did. Therefore I never believed, in the Christian sense of the word. Therefore I am only an honest heathen…

And yet, to be so employed of God! And so hedged in that I can neither get forward nor backward! Surely there was never such an instance before, from the beginning of the world! If I ever have had that faith, it would not be so strange. But I never had any other evidence of the eternal or invisible world than I have now; and that is none at all, unless such as faintly shines from reason’s glimmering ray. I have no direct witness (I do not say, that I am a child of God, but) of anything invisible or eternal."

"And yet I dare not preach otherwise than I do, either concerning faith, or love, or justification, or perfection. And yet I find rather an increase than a decrease of zeal for the whole work of God and every part of it. I am borne along, I know not how, that I can’t stand still. I want all the world to come to what I do not know."

"Wesley’s ecumenical approach toward Romanism is also overlooked and can best be appreciated by Wesley’s own correspondence to a Roman Catholic, 'Let the points wherein we differ stand aside; here are enough wherein we agree, enough to be the ground of every Christian temper, and of every Christian action. O brethren, let us not still fall out by the way.'"

Concerning women preachers, Wesley wrote  the Manchester Conference in 1787 that we should 'give the right hand of fellowship to Sarah Mallet, and have no objection of her being a Preacher in our connexion…'