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

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…'


Sunday, September 17, 2017

The path of the scissors

(Lewis Bayly, "The Practice of Piety" 1611)

"For who makes you to differ from another? And what do you have, that you did not receive?" 1 Corinthians 4:7

We are all . . .
  fashioned from the same mold,
  hewed out of the same rock,
  made as it were, of the same cloth--the path of the scissors making the only difference between one person an another. It is therefore only the sovereign love and grace of God, which makes all the difference between us.

No believer should ever insolently demean the unsaved, who, like miserable drudges, allow their corrupt nature to carry them to any villainy, lust, or lewd course; and who damn themselves in the devil's slavery!

Alas! our hearts should bleed within us at beholding so many around us imbruing their cruel hands in the blood of their own souls--by their ignorance, worldliness, drunkenness, lust, unbelief and scoffing at true religion.

What heart, except it be hewed out of the hardest rock, or has sucked the bosom of merciless tigers; but would yearn and weep to see a man made of the same mold with himself, willfully, as it were, against a thousand warnings, and God's many compassionate invitations--cast himself, body and soul, into the endless, easeless, and remediless miseries of Hell? We should the rather pity and pray for such a one who follows the bent of his own evil heart--to his own everlasting perdition!

It is only the sovereign mercy, goodness, and grace of God which has made the difference between them and us. If God should give us over to the unbridled current of our corrupt nature--we might be worse than them, and run riot in this world of wickedness. If the same God visits them in mercy--they may become every way as godly, or better than us!

"By the grace of God I am what I am!" 1 Corinthians 15:10
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Take heed

“Take heed what you hear” and read! More than forty years ago the saintly Adolph Saphir wrote, “I think the fewer books we read—the better. It is like times of cholera, when we should only drink filtered water.” What would he say if he were on earth today and glanced over the deadly poison sent forth by the heterodox, and the lifeless rubbish put out by the orthodox? Christian reader, if you value the health of your soul, cease hearing and quit reading all that is lifeless, unctionless, powerless, no matter what prominent or popular name be attached thereto. Life is too short to waste valuable time on that which does not profit. Ninety-nine out of every hundred of the religious books, booklets, and magazines now being published, are not worth the paper on which they are printed!

To turn away from the lifeless preachers and publishers of the day—may involve a real cross. Your motives will be misconstrued, your words perverted, and your actions misinterpreted. The sharp arrows of false report will be directed against you. You will be called proud and self-righteous, because you refuse to fellowship empty professors. You will be termed censorious and bitter—if you condemn in plain speech—the subtle delusions of Satan. You will be dubbed narrow-minded and uncharitable, because you refuse to join in singing the praises of the “great” and “popular” men of the day. More and more, you will be made to painfully realize—that the path which leads unto eternal life is “narrow” and that FEW there are who find it. May the Lord be pleased to grant unto each of us—the hearing ear and obedient heart! “Take heed what you hear” and read!
– A.W. Pink (1886 ~ 1952) 

Mortifying the flesh

Romans 8:13- “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” 
Colossians 3:5- “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” 
Galatians 5:24- “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”

1. There are those who see mortifying the flesh as a WORK of man by way of penance before God, or of somehow improving the flesh so as to sin less and less.

2. There are those who see mortifying the flesh as a COOPERATION between the sinner and the Spirit, as a work that the Spirit brings the sinner to do, as if the sinner is able somehow to perform surgery on themselves and rid themselves of this sin or that.
3. There are those who see mortifying the flesh as THE GRACE of God, by the Spirit of God teaching the sinner to put NO CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH (Philippians 3:3) and to look to the LORD Jesus Christ alone, the CRUCIFIED ONE (Hebrews 12:1,2) and not to attempt to take on the flesh ourselves. (Galatians 2:20).
   What is the proper understanding of the Scriptural command to mortify the flesh? The first two views are contrary to what the Scriptures teach and an affront to the finished WORK OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST at the cross. The GRACE of God alone, by the Spirit’s work in the child of God, causes them to look to the LORD Jesus Christ alone. He died, rose again, ascended on High, and is now seated as GREAT HIGH PRIEST and therefore regenerated sinners consider HIM and HIS FINISHED WORK ALONE, as their only HOPE (Hebrews 4:15, 16).
   This matter of mortifying the flesh is not the putting to death this sin or that sin, but rather the considering of all that pertains to the flesh as ALREADY crucified with Christ. The word mortification, ‘mort’ in French, means DEAD, not dying. It does not say to ‘kill’ the flesh, but rather it is considering (reckoning) anything to do with this flesh to be as dead already (resulting from Christ’s death), and therefore NOT to take it on at all. The Spirit NEVER draws the sinner to the flesh in ANY way, whether to fight it, or try to deal with it ourselves, or in cooperation with Him, as if it were some sort of joint work together. The Spirit causes the saved sinner to see himself as absolutely wretched in view of God's holiness and UNABLE, like a leopard, to change one spot. Therefore, mortification, is to look upon anything in your flesh as dead and deadly, wretched, and condemnable.That self-same Spirit of Grace, causes you to look outside yourself, to the LORD Jesus Christ and His finished work ALONE.
   To think that the sinner can change the flesh and make it ‘better’ in any way, outside of the completed work of Christ ALONE, is a deadly poison and error. When one presents this work of sanctification and mortification of the flesh as being their work in cooperation with the work of the Spirit, the outcome will always be more sin, death and condemnation.
   The Scriptures teach that sanctification is the LORD's work from beginning to end. (1 Thessalonians 5:23). To grow in Grace is to grow in my need of His Grace, as He continually shows us our sinfulness, and draws our hearts again and again to the LORD Jesus Christ, and gives us that cry as that needy sinner, “Be merciful to me a sinner”(Luke 18:13).                       Ken Wimer

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Recovering the Gospel

“A half truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth”
There is a desperate need to recover the Gospel!
The gospel of man’s natural inability to believe, God’s electing grace in Christ being the cause of salvation and, of Christ dying only for the elect, those whom He calls his sheep.
The Gospel of the Holy Spirit calling and regenerating those for whom Christ’s died and, those called will persevere until Christ calls them home to Himself.
The reason we need a recovering of the Gospel is because of the absolute falseness of “today’s gospel” that is being propagated by the majority of so-called preachers. They constantly appeal to men as if they had the ability to receive Christ at any time. They speak of His redeeming work as if He had done no more by dying than to make salvation possible for us to save ourselves by believing. God’s love is presented as no more then a general willingness to receive any that will turn and trust. The Father and the Son are preached, not as sovereignly active in bringing sinners to themselves, but waiting “impotently at the door of man hearts” for someone to let them in.
Why would someone preach such an impotent gospel and impotent god who cannot save without our willingness and co-operation?
I know why!
It is all they know.
O God give us a recovery of the Gospel of the glory of God in the person of Jesus Christ. The Gospel that gives all the glory to the Godhead in the salvation of elect sinners.
By Donald Bell


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

what is ours

Until we come to heaven the world is ours, the good and evil of it, the bitter and the sweet of it, the comforts and the crosses of it, the gains and the losses of it, the love and the hate of it, the smiles and the frowns, the friends and the foes in it. All is designed for, and shall further promote our spiritual and eternal welfare. Life is ours. All the troubles, sickness pains, evil tidings, persecutions, disappointments, losses of relations, shame, reproach, or whatever attends this mortal life, shall be sanctified and blessed to us for our good. Yea, death is ours, that shall be our advantage, our gain, that shall put a full end and period to all our sin and suffering, and be a door of entrance for us into glory in our Father's house. Our things present, our present tears, sorrows, miseries, infirmities, shall be so ordered and over-ruled by the wisdom and love of our Father, that they shall all help us onward to Heaven. Things to come are ours, all that glory to be revealed, that saints' everlasting rest that is prepared for the people of God, that crown of righteousness, of glory, and of life. That kingdom of glory, that unspeakable, that inconceivable state of happiness and blessedness which Christ our lord hath purchased with his blood, all this is ours also.