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, February 3, 2012

Christianity is a mess!

There is an article posted by Marsha West concerning damnable heresies invading the church; what I find interesting about this title is that it is similar to some concerns Dr. Boice had in his book, 'the Doctrines of Grace'. In this book Dr. Boice attributes the decline in Biblical Christianity to straying from these essential doctrines that were adhered to and brought to light by the Reformation. Calvinism is seen as unbiblical by most of today's professing Christians, and yet, most of today's professing Christians have no clue about the doctrines of grace. When you dumb down a society, you can manipulate them into thinking the sky is green and grass is blue, that is what we are seeing in so called 'Christianity'. You can be saved simply by going through a process, a procedure. There is little mention of sin and not much is made of the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Man's radical depravity is not touched on much, unconditional election is shunned and viewed as something a 'loving' God would not do {this view stems from a lack of understanding of radical or total depravity}. Particular redemption likewise is viewed as unbiblical and a false teaching by Calvin, even though the Bible teaches it, Calvin merely brought it to light. Irresistible grace is exchanged for free will, thus denying any sovereignty by God and making null and void verses like Ephesians 2:8-9, John 6:44, and others that I will not take the time to mention. The perseverance of the saints is questioned as verses are taken out of context and used to state one can lose salvation; misunderstanding salvation is not of human achievement but of the Lord.

Dr. Boice addresses the downward spiral of evangelical Christianity in stating this...

"The Gospel stands or falls by grace. The doctrines of grace, these words are shorthand for five distinct Bible teachings that were linked together in response to the theology that developed in Holland in the late sixteenth century. This theology was associated with the name of Jacob Arminius. Arminius and his followers stressed the free and therefore self-determining will of man, which led them by a logical process to deny John Calvin's doctrine of strict predestination, and especially the teaching that Jesus died only for the elect, those whom God has chosen. The Synod of Dort was called to respond to the theological deviations of the Arminians and from it cam the Canons of the Synod of Dort, containing the classical summation of the five doctrines of grace, known today as 'tulip'. Calvin did not invent them, nor were they characteristic of his thought alone during the reformation period.

The starting point for any system of doctrine ought to be the greater glory of God. This is why, in and of themselves, the five points are not the heart of Calvinism; they simply serve to explain distinctive aspects of Reformed soteriology. However, all five points do flow from the heart of Calvinism, which is a passion for God's glory. Each doctrine draws attention away from what human beings can accomplish, in order to declare, 'salvation is of the Lord' {Jonah 2:9}.

Arminianism initially appears in the form of pietism, with a warm personal devotion to Jesus Christ. However, unless pietism matures in the direction of Calvinism, so that there is a balance between heart and mind, it eventually gives way to liberalism, and ultimately, atheism.

When Divine sovereignty is pushed aside to make room for human ability, a theological dislocation occurs that inevitably leads to the abandonment of orthodoxy". - Dr. Boice, from his book 'the Doctrines of Grace'.

When you look around the wreckage we call 'Christianity', how can you deny what Dr. Boice saw years ago? It is coming, it is here, and we will face very dark days ahead if we continue to tolerate the distorted gospel of free will, which is a different and accursed gospel. Pray for God to raise up men who will defend the essential and precious doctrines His word teaches; we are in dark ages once again because there is a famine of truth in the land.



Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting and dealing with this difficult doctrine. I suppose it is difficult only to those who do not see the infinite need of grace by all mankind. So whose idea was it for you to seek after God? Was there a latent desire needing only to be stirred by you so that you could recognize your need for God? If so, you have no need of grace. As the realization of your sin began to take hold of your mind and heart were you able to become remorseful to the point of turning away forever from your past deeds? If so, you have no need of grace. When you made your decision for Christ and allowed Him to be your Savior did you also make Him your Lord at the same time? If you could do this you have no need of grace. Even Jesus required grace while He walked on the earth (Heb. 2:9). Surely one would not elevate themselves above their Lord when it comes to the need for grace. A careful re-consideration of grace and our need of it would be in order.


lyn said...

Very well put Darrel, you have spoken volumes and have deeper theology than most preachers. Many blessings to you brother.


Jehovah Mekoddishkem said...

Amen Darryl,,

the visible church is a mess because it's full of goats..

Thanks Lyn and I'm always so encouraged and filled with joy whenever I read your posts that are spot on--it's all God's GRACE-Hallelujah to the King of kings and Lord of lords Jesus Christ.

GOD keeps us truly humble because only He is worthy of all the glory and honor

lyn said...

Indeed Linda; it is all for His glory, thus the reason salvation is of grace, not of human will, for God will not share His glory with another.

lyn said...


your comment was deleted because I am well aware of caryl matrisciana misguided views on total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints. However, the Bible teaches every one of these truths, with that said, I have no desire to read anything on that site. I am sick to death of the free will accursed gospel that saves no one, robs God of glory, and leaves sinners in their sins. Obviously, the free will gospel is reeking havoc worldwide, and the title of this post says, christianity is a mess, and this is why. When unregenerates claim to be saved because of their own efforts, you see the results. Goats running around sinning to high heaven, yet professing to be followers of Jesus. Their theology is an inch deep, but their love of sin runs a mile wide.

Grace is the ONLY reason anyone gets saved, dead sinners cannot and will not come to Christ apart from God doing a work. They hate God, Jesus, and everything that has do to with either one. They love sin and will not part with it unless the Spirit of God brings them to repentance.

The doctrines of grace are unacceptable to most because it robs man of glory; he gets no credit in tulip. However, God warns in Isaiah He will NOT share His glory with another, and yet, the free will theology insists God do just that.

I give God all glory, praise, honor: power and might belong to Him. Salvation, from start to finish, is of the Lord!!