Sunday, August 23, 2020

A.W. Pink's wrong teaching on repentance

 Highlights from A.W. Pink on repentance...

"To help the exercised reader identify true repentance, consider the fruits that demonstrate godly repentance.
A. A real hatred of sin as sin, nor merely its consequences...
B. A deep sorrow for sin. The nonsaving repentance of so many is principally a distress occasioned by forebodings of divine wrath; but evangelical repentance produces a deep grief from a sense of having offended so infinitely excellent and glorious a Being as God. The one is the effect of fear, the other of love; the one is only for a brief season, the other is the habitual practice for life. Many a man is filled with regret and remorse over a misspent life, yet has no poignant sorrow of heart for his ingratitude and rebellion against God. But a regenerated soul is cut to the quick for having disregarded and opposed his great Benefactor and rightful Sovereign. This is the change of heart which God requires.
D. An actual turning from sin. “Surely there is no one here so stupefied, with the laudanum of hellish indifference as to imagine that he can revel in his lusts, and afterward wear the white robes of the redeemed in Paradise. If you imagine you can be partakers of the blood of Christ, and yet drink the cup of Belial; if you imagine you can be members of Satan and members of Christ at the same time, ye have less sense than one would give you credit for. No, you know that right hands must be cut off and right eyes plucked out—that the most darling sins must be renounced—if you would enter the kingdom of God” (from Spurgeon on Luke 13:24).
...As we grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord, of our indebtedness and obligations to Him, our repentance deepens, we judge ourselves more thoroughly, and take a lower and lower place before Him. The more the heart pants after a closer walk with God, the more will it put away everything which hinders this....
Repentance is a Spirit-given realization of the exceeding sinfulness of sin and a taking sides with God against myself....
Repentance is known by its permanency: 👉there must be a continual turning away from sin and grieving over each fall thereinto👈....from https://www.the-highway.com/repent4_Pink.html

A.W. Pink taught the same dung Calvinist/Reformed preaches taught and still teach today, a condition/works based religion that keeps the sinner constantly chasing their own tail, in fear of not measuring up, never certain if they are going to be good enough to stand before God on that final day.
What does the bible say about repentance? "in gentleness disciplining those opposing, lest ever God may give them repentance unto a knowledge of the truth" 2 Timothy 2:25. Repentance is not turning from sin, it is a turning from dead religion to a knowledge of the truth about Christ and His Gospel. It is an understanding of the true helplessness of the sinner in attempts to save themselves, and coming to the realization that Christ has put away sin by His death. God grants this to His elect. Not so long ago, I read Pink religiously. I was deceived, lost and followed the lie I must try to do better at not sinning, getting frustrated that I was still sinning and not being able to figure out why that was. Then, by His GRACE, I heard the true Gospel and 'repented of my dead works' - Hebrews 6:1. A.W. Pink got tossed into the dung heap.
This is the trademark of the Calvinist/Reformed camp, mixing grace with works. It's oh so subtle to the undiscerning mind, BUT, when God the Spirit opens the mind....WOW! The Light shines brightly and those satanic lies can no longer hide.
I am still a sinner, I now realize I am just like the Apostle Paul in Romans 7. I have ONE nature, a sin nature. I have a renewed mind that now discerns dung from truth. Christ has FINISHED the work, I have true peace.
The Lord is so very gracious, I praise Him for what He has done-for the triune God has done a marvelous work....

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Drug Rehab is Awesome…. But It Isn’t the Gospel!

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. – 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 ESV

It is quite popular to present the Gospel as a cure-all for all of life’s problems. “Come to Christ and He will deliver you from drug addiction!” “Surrender to Jesus and He will put your broken marriage back together again!” Invite Christ into your heart and your finances will sky rocket!”

None of these things are bad in themselves. We definitely should pray for our loved ones who are trapped in the snare of chemical dependency. Likewise, we should seek God’s intervention for troubled marriages as well as financial stress.

However, NONE OF THOSE THINGS (or many of the other wish-list items we may think of) are actually part of the Gospel! The Gospel is the work Christ completed to redeem His people from their sin debt, the full and complete payment that satisfies God’s law. The Gospel is a completed work performed by Christ on behalf of His people.

Anyone with the proper help, Christian or otherwise, can pursue a drug and alcohol rehab program! Devout atheists find success with marriage counselling! And, given the right circumstances in business, a wicked man can see his finances go from sour to sweet in the span of an hour! NONE OF THESE THINGS NECESSARILY TESTIFY TO SAVING FAITH IN CHRIST!

While anyone can claim earthly success in these and many other areas, only God’s people testify to the saving knowledge of God’s Sovereign Grace in Christ. We may struggle and be afflicted wth any number of earthly trials and temptations. But we know our deliverance from the wrath of God resides totally in the finished work of Christ. We are poor and wretched sinners. But we trust that Christ’s righteousness is credited to our account in all its fullness!

We may be destitute, divorced, addicted, pressed down, persecuted, accursed and despised by so-called polite society. But our portion isn’t found in the temporal benefits which may or may not come our way in this fallen world. Our strength and portion forever is Christ and His finished work.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Charles Spurgeon, the great Compromiser

As early as 1858 Spurgeon preached a broad way (i.e. ecumenism, Matthew 7:13-14).
"Our Father." That then, includes those of God's children who differ from us in their doctrine. Ah! There are some that differ from us as wide as the poles; but yet they are God's children. Come, Mr. Bigot, do not kneel down, and say, "My Father," but "Our Father." "If you please, I cannot put in Mr. So-and-So, for I think he is a heretic." Put him in, sir; God has put him in, and you must put him in too, and say, "Our Father." Is it not remarkable how very much alike all God's people are upon their knees? Some time ago at a prayer-meeting I called upon two brothers in Christ to pray one after another, the one a Wesleyan and the other a strong Calvinist, and the Wesleyan prayed the most Calvinistic prayer of the two, I do believe - at least, I could not tell which was which. I listened to see if I could not discern some peculiarity even in their phraseology; but there was none. "Saints in prayer appear as one." (The New Park Street Pulpit, Vol. IV, p. 390, Sept. 12, 1858, bold added


 It strikes me that the tokens of union are much more prominent than the tokens of division. But what are they? First there is a union in judgment upon all vital matters. I converse with a spiritual man, and no matter what he calls himself, when we talk of sin, pardon, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and such like themes, we are agreed. We speak of our blessed Lord. My friend says that Jesus is fair and lovely: so say I. He says that he has nothing else to trust to but the precious blood; nor have I anything beside. I tell him that I find myself a poor, weak creature; he laments the same. I live in his house a little while: we pray together at the family altar, you could not tell which it was that prayed, Calvinist or Armenian, we pray so exactly alike; and when we open the hymn-book, very likely if he happens to be a Wesleyan he chooses to sing, "Jesus, lover of my soul." I will sing it, and then next morning he will sing with me, "Rock of ages, cleft for me." If the Spirit of God be in us, we are all agreed upon great points. Let me say that among true saints the points of union even in matters of judgment are ninety-nine, and the points of difference are only as one. (Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 12, p. 5-6) see more at http://www.atruechurch.info/spurgeon.html