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 30, 2018

Believers and the law


“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”

Some would question whether the Grace of God in Christ Jesus alone is a sufficient rule by which the believer on Christ can truly live.

The apostle Paul clearly shows that sin (its curse, power, or consequences) SHALL NOT have dominion over the believer, NOT because of law preaching and legalistic rules, but because HE IS UNDER GRACE. The Grace of God not only has saved the elect sinner from the penalty and curse of the law, through the work of the LORD Jesus Christ, but from the power of sin, through the regenerating, sanctifying work of the Spirit of God, Titus 3:5-6.

The work of Grace does not change the law itself. The law is as holy, just, and good as God Himself, Romans 7:12. It is the revelation of His very character. Nor does the Grace of God lessen the claims of the law. The law is as eternal as the God Who revealed it. However, the law can never be satisfied by even our best attempts to obey it. It requires perfect obedience.

Therefore, to preach obedience to the law on our part, as the means of God’s blessing is neither Gospel nor Grace. On the other hand, to preach obedience to a relaxed, or less strict law, modifying it to attempt to make it attainable in any way, by our own efforts, is to propose salvation by sin, not by righteousness. To allow for imperfect obedience to a modified law is to totally dishonor the God Who established it and impugn His holiness. It would make God an unjust, compromising Judge, which He could never be. No! The demand of the law is absolute perfection. It is all or nothing! Either we are saved wholly by the law, or entirely without the law.

What the Grace of God has done, is not to change the nature of the law, but the believer’s relationship to it! The law remains inflexible and requires either perfect obedience, or eternal condemnation, Romans 3:19-20. The Grace of God answers the law’s just demands in the perfect obedience of Christ, the Substitute, Romans 3:21-25. Christ lived and died, fulfilling the precepts and penalty of the law, that God might be just and justify those who believe, Romans 3:26. Those who do truly believe are those sinners who, by the God-given Spirit of Grace, are made to see with Spiritual eyes, that Christ is the end (complete accomplishment) of the law for righteousness (justification before God), Romans 10:4.

The law says, “Do or die”; the Gospel of Grace says, “Christ died and it’s done!”

Ken Wimer

Thursday, September 27, 2018

A Puritan view of compromise


This is from Doron Gladden at https://bcri.wordpress.com---
 
 
 Consistent with the high priestly prayer John 17:17, one distinctive of the
Puritans was their belief that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was central to unity in the church. They believed that the Christian is sanctified by His truth and that His word is truth.The American church today is indebted to the Puritans, as they introduced the tenets of Reformed theology to her future citizens .However, they did not believe that compromise and reform were achievable at the expense of truth. 


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Double tongued Johnny- *UPDATED*

This is an excellent post, from Denise and surphside, go here to read her latest exposure of John MacArthur.

Sheryl is a regular poster here in the comment section, she brought this to my attention - http://nrb.org/news-room/articles/nrbt/john-macarthur-speak-proclaim-19-conventions-worship-service-anaheim/
From that link, "Other speakers at Proclaim 19 include ministry leaders Greg Laurie, Charles Stanley, Joni Eareckson Tada, and Rick Warren; entertainment industry professionals DeVon Franklin, Alex Kendrick, and Kirk Cameron; radio talk show hosts Larry Elder and Dennis Prager; and many more."

John MacArthur not only is a hypocrite, he is ecumenical. May God's elect avoid him and everyone else on that list.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Christ's second coming

 The Second Coming Of Christ 
By George Müller of Bristol, 
March 1881


In the days of the apostles the disciples were comforted and encouraged by the prospect of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.  An angel had said to them as they watched the Lord depart from the earth, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?  This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1 v 11).  This, and not death, was the hope of the Church; and thus it ought to have remained up to His actual return.  His coming should have continued to be the hope of the Church; but this alas! for centuries has not been the case.
In confessions of faith the truth that the Lord Jesus will come again may still have had a place; but practically to by far the greater number of His disciples it has been a mere doctrinal statement that has not been enjoyed, and which has had no influence upon their lives.  The Lord, however, desired it should be otherwise.  He intended that His Church should look for Him; that she should watch and wait for His return.  Again and again, during His personal ministry, the Lord Jesus foretold this great event; and after His ascension the apostles referred continually to it.
Very many passages of Scripture might be quoted in proof of this assertion, but I will only mention the following; “When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory” (Matt 25 v 31).  “In my father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14 v 2-3).  “As it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement; so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time, without sin unto salvation” (Heb. 9 v 27-28).

“The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then (afterward) we which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4 v 16-17).  These quotations suffice to prove that the second coming of the Lord Jesus means that He will return in person, and has no reference to the gift of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, nor to His manifesting Himself in an especial manner to the believer in the way of comfort, instruction, or help of any kind; nor has it reference to our death, when we, as believers, are taken to be with Him.

If, however, anyone should say, “Why lay such stress upon this; is not our going to Him when we die the same thing?”  The reply is, “There is a vast difference between these two events.”

(a)  As individuals we shall at that time be brought only to a state of partial happiness; we shall have no glorified bodies then, but must await the hour when “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump … the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”  Nor when we fall asleep do we reign with Christ and sit with Him upon His throne; because He will not then be manifestly reigning.  Blessed therefore though it is for the child of God, when he departs, “to be absent from the body and present with the Lord,” it will be unspeakably more blessed still to enter upon that fullness of glory which us only at our Lord’s return. (b)  Satan will not be bound until Jesus comes again; and for this reason, by the permission of God, he still has power here, both in the world and in the Church, though individuals are out of his reach who have fallen asleep in Jesus. (c)  The whole Church will at once be introduced to full eternal happiness and glory at our blessed Lord’s return.  Not only as individuals will our cup of joy be full to overflowing, but we shall rejoice throughout eternity with the whole company of the redeemed.  What has been said therefore is, I trust, sufficient to show that the second coming of Christ will be His personal return, and that there is a vast difference between the death of individual believers and the coming advent of our Lord in glory.
 I now proceed to consider briefly some of the events which will take place then.
1.  The first resurrection, when the changed and risen saints together will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, to be forever with Him (1 Thess. 4 v 16-17).  At this time those only will be raised who, as believers in the Messiah under the old covenant dispensation, or as disciples of the Lord Jesus under that of the new covenant, shall have fallen asleep in Him.

The commonly received opinion is, that at our Lord’s return there will be a general resurrection, both of believers and of unbelievers, while the Holy Spirit teaches in the Holy Scriptures that they who are Christ’s and they only, will have part in the first resurrection.  In 1 Cor. 15 v 22-23, we read thus; “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order; Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming.”  Notice the words, “they that are Christ’s.”  Not all who had previously died, but those only who through faith in Jesus are united to Him, and shall have fallen asleep as believers. The same truth is taught in 1 Thess. 4 v 16-17, where we read; “The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then (afterwards) we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”  Notice that only of the dead in Christ it is said they will rise at that time. 

In Rev. 20 v 4-6, we read thus; “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgement was given unto them; and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witnesses of Jesus, and for the Word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast (the Anti-Christ), neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.  This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection; on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”  In the beginning of this passage, when it is stated, “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them,” we have to understand that believers in Christ who are with Him, are here referred to; the armies in heaven mentioned in chapter 19 v 14.  

Further, “The souls of them that were slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held,” spoken of in chapter 6 v 9, are next seen.  Regarding the whole of the passage, it is obvious that believers only are referred to, and not the ungodly, who had died previously. These ungodly ones indeed will be raised up also, but at the end of the millennium, a thousand years later, in order that having obtained their bodies (not glorified ones), they may be capable of enduring more abundant punishment (see Rev. 20 v 11-15).

Oh! how should the solemnity and certainty of these events come home to everyone of us, and with what earnestness should each person who reads these lines seek upon Scriptural grounds to settle for himself that he is really Christ’s; because by nature we are lost, ruined, and undone, and deserve nothing but punishment; but we have, at the same time, to accept God’s only remedy, namely, salvation through faith in the blood and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ, by whom alone spiritual life, pardon, and justification can be obtained (see Eph 2 v 1-9; Gal 3 v 26; Acts 10 v 43; Rom 5 v 1; John 3 v 16, and Rom 8 v 16-17).

2.  The conversion and restoration of Israel nationally (who will have returned to their own land in unbelief); for in Scripture the glory and resurrection of the Church of the first born ones is always connected with the time when Israel again “shall know the Lord.” (Psalm 102 v 16). See Jeremiah, chapters 30 & 31; Isaiah chapters 11 & 12; Read also carefully Isaiah, chapters 24, 25, 26, 27.

3.  Another event which will take place at the return of the Lord Jesus is that Satan will be bound.  “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled, and after that he must be loosed a little season” (Rev 20 v 1-3).  During the present dispensation, before the return of our Lord, Satan will not be bound; therefore sin and open wickedness will continue to the end of it; and instead of becoming better, things, according to Scripture, will become worse and worse.  It is impossible to shut one’s eyes to the fearful wickedness now around us everywhere; for murders of the most cruel character, and numerous other atrocious crimes, are, even in this enlightened nineteenth century, continually being committed.  How certainly does all this prove that Satan is not yet bound, that he is even now the god of this world, and has power still; and because he knows that his time will be comparatively short, he manifests his hatred against God and against His people to the very utmost.  But this state of things will not always last; for, when Jesus comes again, Satan will lose his power in the earth, and will be shut up in the bottomless pit for a thousand years.

4.  In connection with the return of the Lord Jesus is another event, namely, the separation between the wheat and the tares, who represent Christendom, or the professing church of Christ.  Read carefully Matt 13 v 24-30; also verses 37-43. In this parable, together with our Lord’s own explanation of it, we see what is to be expected during this present dispensation.  Civilization, mental cultivation, and advancement in knowledge of every kind may continue to the utmost; but man, fallen man, remains a ruined creature, except he be regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit, through the acceptance of the Gospel.  Intellectually he may be improved and polished to the very highest degree, but he is a sinner, and, in his natural condition, remains lost, ruined, and undone.  He may even possess natural religion and a form of godliness; but if he is not born again he is still at enmity with God, and as assuredly as he does not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ “the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3 v 36). 

Sin is not, as some suppose, a comparatively little thing.  It is a deadly spiritual disease, as the Word of God declares it to be; and no progress in education, no mental culture, can eradicate it from the heart, nor change depraved human nature.  For notwithstanding every effort at improvement, the heart remains “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.”  Until the return of the Lord Jesus, therefore, the present state of things will continue, and, as we shall see presently from the Word of God, will become worse and worse.  This, then, plainly shows the notion entertained by many godly, excellent persons, that the world will be converted during the present dispensation by the preaching of the Gospel, and that the millennium will thus finally be introduced, to be not according to the Holy Scriptures. 

The Gospel, indeed, was to be preached “for a witness unto all nations,” but it was not to be the means of the conversion of the world (Matt 24 v 14).  Moreover, from Acts 15 v 14 we learn the character of the present dispensation, which is, that God takes out from among the Gentiles a people for His name, but does not convert all nations.  This is confirmed by the parable of the wheat and the tares; for if the whole world were to be converted before the return of the Lord Jesus, there would be no truth in the explanation given of it by our Lord Himself.  He tells us that the tares (the children of the wicked one) were to grow together with the wheat (the children of the Kingdom) until the end of the age, namely, up to the time of His own return.  This, therefore, the word of the Lord Jesus, is in direct opposition to the common notion that the world will be converted previous to His coming again.

And in addition to this we find passage after passage in the New Testament in which we are expressly told, either by Christ or by the apostles, that at the close of the present dispensation wickedness will abound both among professed believers and in the world at large, in proof of which I will refer to one single passage of Scripture only.  In 2 Tim 3 v 1-5 we read, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those who are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.”  Here we have particularly to keep before us that this is not a description of Pagans or Mahometans, but of the professed disciples of the Lord Jesus; for to such a state will Christendom, or the professing Church of Christ, be reduced at the end of the present dispensation.  

Notice especially that of these persons it is said, they have a form of godliness.  They wish to be considered Christians, they are not avowed infidels and atheists, but professed believers.  Are we, then, to expect that things around us will gradually improve, or rather, that as we approach the end of the age the darker they will become?  True it is that one day, “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea”, but this will never be until Jesus Himself comes.  In the meantime lawlessness will increase, and the socialism, the communism, the nihilism, etc., of which we now hear so much, will at last be headed up in the personal Antichrist, the man of sin.  This leads me to mention another of the events that will take place at the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, namely;

5.  The destruction of the Antichrist.  In 2 Thess 2 v 1-8 we read: “Now we beseech you, brethren, by (or concerning) the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by (or concerning) our gathering together unto Him, that ye be not soon (or hastily) shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that (or, as though we had said) the day of Christ is at hand.  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away (or, the apostasy) first, and that (or the) man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God showing himself that he is God.  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.  For the mystery of iniquity (or lawlessness) doth all ready work; only he who now letteth (or restraineth) will let, until he be taken out of the way.  And then shall that wicked (or lawless one) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit (or breath) of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming.”  

From this portion of the inspired Word of God (2 Thess 2 v 3) we learn that the Lord Jesus will not come until after the manifestation of “the apostasy.”  Has the apostasy here spoken of taken place, and has the lawless one (or, the Antichrist) been revealed?  The reply from Scripture is, the apostasy has not yet taken place, and the lawless one has not yet been revealed.  This passage has not found its fulfilment either in popery or the popes.  Fearful as the delusions of popery are, and awful as is the picture of what the popes have been, the apostasy here referred to will be far more dreadful still; for it will be no less than an entire renunciation of all that is divine, and the setting up as God of the lawless one himself.  “For he, as God, sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” 

He will be a king, a mighty monarch, whose might is obtained through the energy given to him by Satan, for “the dragon gave him his power, and his seat and great authority” (Rev 13 v 2).  This king, the Antichrist, will be at the head of the ten kingdoms of the Roman earth (that is, the ten kingdoms into which the countries which formerly constituted the Roman Empire will be finally divided), and the ten kings will agree to give to him their power.  

During the period of his especial glory, which will be only forty-two months, he will blaspheme God, His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.  It will also be given unto him to make war with the saints and to overcome them; and power will be given unto him over all kindreds and tongues and nations.  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev 13 v 5-8).

This, then, and not the world’s conversion, is the state of things towards which we are rapidly hastening.  Do we all really believe what the Scriptures declare concerning the things that are coming upon the earth, that the time is speeding on when “no man might buy or sell save he that had the mark or the name of the beast (the Antichrist) or the number of his name” (Rev 13 v 17): when whoever will not submit to this and worship him, must be prepared to lose his life?  The end, however, of this lawless one is plainly foretold in Scripture: for the Lord Jesus will consume him with the spirit (or, breath) of His mouth, and destroy him with the brightness of His coming (2 Thess. 2 v 8). We have now in the next place to consider that it is the will of the Lord that we, His disciples, should wait for His return. A great many passages might be quoted from the New Testament in proof of this; but, for the sake of brevity, I will refer only to a few.  In Titus 2 v 11-13 we read, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ.”  Observe how it is laid upon the saints to look for the blissful hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 24 v 36-41 our Lord Himself enjoins it upon us to wait for His return, and to watch.  In Matthew 25 v 13 the Lord said to His disciples, "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh”.  Again in Mark 13 v 35-37 Jesus said "Watch ye therefore, for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning; lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping.  And what I say to you I say to all, watch. Again in Rev 16 v 15 the Lord says, "Behold, I come as a thief!  Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame." Now, are we as believers, all watching?  Are we earnestly longing for the return of that blessed One?  Do our hearts truly yearn after Him, and long for His glorious appearing?  Are we also doing our part to hasten on His coming?  And is it habitually our prayer that the Lord will be pleased to hasten the fulfilment of the events yet to be fulfilled before that day comes?

And now the last part of our subject remains to be considered, namely, the practical effect this truth should have upon our hearts.  If it be really received and entered into, the child of God will say, “What can I do for my blessed Saviour before He comes again?  How can I most glorify Him?  His will concerning me is that I should occupy ‘until He come.’  How then can I best use for Him the talents with which I am entrusted, my physical strength, my mental powers?  How can my sight, my tongue, all my faculties of mind and body be best devoted to His praise?  How should my time, my money, all that I am and have be used for Him?  How can my whole spirit, soul, and body be best consecrated to His service?” These are deeply important practical questions which all believers in the Lord Jesus should ask themselves, seeing that we are not our own, but are bought with a price, even with His precious blood.  Instead of indulging in inactivity and listlessness on account of the evil state of things around us, we should pray and work, and work and pray, as if it were in our power to stem the torrent of abounding iniquity; for who can say how much good one single child of God who is thoroughly in earnest may accomplish; and how greatly he may glorify God by walking in entire separation from all that is hateful to Him?  We have especially also to guard against the temptation of slackening our efforts for the conversion of sinners, because the world will not be converted before Jesus comes.  Rather should we say, “The time of His coming may be soon; what therefore can I do to warn sinners, and to win souls for Him?”

When it pleased God in July 1829, to reveal to my heart the truth of the personal return of the Lord Jesus, and to show me that I had made a great mistake in looking for the conversion of the world, the effect it produced upon me was this:  From my inmost soul I was stirred up to feel compassion for the perishing sinners, and for the slumbering world around me lying in the Wicked One, and considered, “Ought I not to do what I can to win souls for the Lord Jesus, and to arouse a slumbering church?”.  I determined consequently to go from place to place, in order to preach the Gospel and arouse the Church to look and wait for the second coming of the Lord from heaven. I soon began this work, but in a short time saw it plainly to be the Lord’s will that I should stay for a while at Teignmouth, Devonshire, in a pastoral position, and labour in Bristol in the same way; but though I have now been a Pastor for more than fifty-one years, my heart has always been true to these two points: and by means of ‘The Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad’, which the Lord has permitted me to found, I have for forty-seven years been aiming at the conversion of sinners, and have sought to awaken the Church of Christ at large to look for His appearing as her great hope. Besides this, during the last six years, from March 1875, to March 1881, I have almost constantly been travelling about (having visited eleven different countries and preached about 1800 times), in order to preach the Gospel, to stir up Christians, and also to instruct them about the character of this present dispensation, with the end thereof.

In conclusion I would direct attention to 2 Peter 3 v 11-14; - “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming (or hastening the coming) of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  Nevertheless, we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent, that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot and blameless.  

As assuredly as the practical character of the Lord’s second coming is really apprehended in the power of it, the most blessed effects upon the life and deportment of Christians will follow.  By means of it we are taught what awaits the world lying in the Wicked One, and what will be the end of all this world’s glory, pride, and pomp.  The future destiny of the children of God is also unfolded to us, even that we shall be perfectly conformed to the image of our risen Lord, both in soul and body, when we shall see Him as He is. Then shall we enter upon the possession of our inheritance, which is incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away; and shall be seated with Jesus on His throne (Rev 3 v 21), to judge the world in union with Him, and to spend a happy eternity together with our Lord in glory.  “Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Rev 22 v 12).

Midst the darkness, storm, and sorrow, One bright gleam I see:
Well I know the blessed morrow Christ will come for me.
‘Midst the light and peace and glory Of the father’s home,
Christ for me is watching, waiting –  Waiting till I come.

Oh, the blessed joy of meeting,  All the desert past!
Oh, the wondrous words of greeting He shall speak at last!
 He and I together entering Those bright courts above:
He and I together sharing  All the Father’s love.

He who in His hour of sorrow Bore the curse alone:
 I who through the lonely desert Trod where He had gone:
 He and I in that bright glory, one deep joy shall share:
Mine, to be for ever with Him: His, that I am there.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Be still

Psalms

Living for Christ in a godless world

"I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts." - 1 Kings xix. 10.

We have especially, dear Christian friends, to notice that we are to be jealous for God; for His honour and His glory, and not for our own honour and glory; not for our own reputation and name, not for our party, our ecclesiastical position, nor even for our particular religious notions. The spirit of that holy man of God, John the Baptist, when he said, with reference to the Lord Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease" (John iii. 30), should be aimed after by us. The more we are willing, like him, to go down in our own esteem, and in seeking our own honour, the more we are fit to be used by the Lord; and He will also see to it that we are honoured by Him, because we seek to honour Him (1 Sam. ii. 30).
As in everything, so in jealousy, or zeal, for the honour of God, our adorable Lord Jesus is to us the perfect example, whom we have to set before us, and whom we have to seek to imitate. But in order to be able in any degree to imitate Him, we have, -
 1. Through faith in Him to obtain spiritual life; for we are naturally "dead in trespasses and sins." We have therefore, naturally, no desire whatever to seek the honour of God: yea, are unconcerned about it when He is dishonoured. But when we have become the children of God, through faith in the Lord Jesus, and are thus reconciled to God, and have our sins forgiven, we begin to seek to please God, seek to honour Him, and desire that others, too, should honour Him and please Him.
2. This zeal for God allows of an increase or a decrease in ourselves; and it will be found to increase, in the measure in which our own hearts are practically entering into the loveliness of the nature and character of God. We have therefore to seek for ourselves to become more and more convinced of the graciousness of God, of His love, His bountifulness, His kindness, His pity, His compassion, His readiness to help and bless, His patience, His faithfulness, His almighty power, His infinite wisdom; in a word, we have to seek to know God, not according to the views of men, nor even according to the notions of Christians generally, but according to the revelation He has made of Himself in the Holy Scriptures, in order to have our hearts filled with love to Him, so that we may be earnestly longing to honour Him, and seek to stir up others to honour Him.
3. Our Lord Jesus knew the Father perfectly: He came out of His bosom. Moreover, as the perfect Man, the servant of the Father, He meditated day and night in the Holy Scriptures (Ps. cxix). The more we, the children of God, meditate in the Holy Scriptures, the more perfectly we shall become acquainted with the true loveliness of God, and the more shall we therefore ourselves seek to please Him, and the more shall we seek to stir up others to acquaint themselves with Him, that they may please Him.
4. There never was a time when it was not true regarding the world what the Apostle John says, ”The whole world lieth in wickedness" (1 John v. 19). Hence the deep importance that all the children of God in this godless world should seek to bring honour to God, live for God, be as lights in the world, manifest their zeal for the glory of God. In seeking to do so they may meet with many difficulties, but God will help them and strengthen them, if they pray to Him for help, and expect help from Him. They may find themselves sometimes almost alone, or quite alone, in their path in seeking to glorify God, as was the case with some men of God of old; but the more alone, the greater the importance to live for God, to seek zealously His glory, and the greater the reward of grace at last for doing so. Sometimes also it may appear as if we thus lived and laboured in vain for God; but the testimony of the Holy Ghost in the Scriptures is the very reverse; for it is written, ”Be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Cor. xv. 58). Again, it is written, “Let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not!” (Gal. vi. 9).

As we are drawing nearer and nearer the close of the present dispensation, spiritual darkness, departure from the Holy Scriptures, and consequent ungodliness, we have reason to believe, will increase more and more, though coupled with a form of godliness (see 2 Tim. iii. 1 - 5); therefore the path of a true disciple of the Lord Jesus will become more and more difficult; but for this very reason it is of so much the more importance to live for God, to testify for God, to be unlike the world, to be transformed from it. If we desire that thus it may be with us, it is needful that we give ourselves to the prayerful reading of the Holy Scriptures with reference to ourselves. The Bible should be to us the Book of books; all other books should be esteemed little in comparison with the Bible. But if this is not the case, we shall remain babes in grace and knowledge.

And now, beloved fellow-disciples, how many of us are in heart purposed to live for God, to be zealous for God, and to be truly transformed from the world? We have but one brief life here on earth. The opportunities to witness for God by our life will soon be over; let us therefore make good use of it. Let none among us allow his life, nor even a small part of it, to be wasted, for it is given to us to be used for God, to His glory, in this godless world.

George Muller

Monday, September 17, 2018

Brotherly Love

This is the bone of contention that has sparked many a heated argument with the "usual suspects" in play: one being the love card addict and the other trying to point out and adhere to Scripture. There is of course those that love to sit on the fence, claim the high ground of "love" and put themselves above the fray as some sort of final arbiter whose word supersedes the Word of God. The hoards in the first camp are the loudest as they proclaim love for everyone and exhibit pure hatred for their opponent. They state flatly that the salvation (or lack thereof) of any person cannot be known leaving the door wide open for every Tom, Dick and Heretic to have carte blanche with their "brothers" in the faith. You can believe anything, everything, or nothing at all just so long as you claim to "a Christian" you are accepted. They require everyone that expects to be in the good graces of the religious elite to adhere to this mantra without question or debate. They will say plainly that we do not have the right to question another man's salvation---for any reason. To do so will bring down a boat load of grief, accusations of being 'unloving' 'mean-spirited' etc. and the ultimate 'unfriending' of the offender. Their reasoning behind all of this is faulty but since they are blind to the Truth you cannot expect them to understand Biblical Truth. Their logic stems from the twisted scripture version they love to quote. "For God so loved the world..." meaning that God loves everyone even those that blaspheme Him, never repent, and never believe upon Him for salvation; "love your enemies" to the point that they are allowed to literally get away with murder and other crimes; 'speak the truth in love' where truth is ignored in favor of their distorted emotional love. All that is required for "fellowship" in their little cult is some sort of "testimony" that alludes to "Christianity" and an unquestioning love for their fellows. Any type of inspection into their life and their words is strictly forbidden. After all, So & So says he is a Christian and we must accept that without question or we have sinned against So & So and must repent! For all their preaching and swooning about "love" they have nothing but pure bred hatred for those that dare to point out their unbiblical error. They scream "Judge not, lest you be judged" with their interpretation thereof coming from their twist-o-matic version to mean that we can't be allowed to observe a pattern of a fruitless life. To these love card addicts if a man says he is saved then the matter is forever settled, his 'testimony' trumps the Word of God making it powerless to discern good from evil. *******So what does the Word of God say about this?

The same Lord that said "Judge not..." also said "...judge with righteous judgment." This is not an occasion to ignore one verse in favor of the other, but putting them together the truth comes out. It is not our right to pass final judgment on anyone, we cannot condemn another man to eternal punishment, that is reserved to God. This is the meaning and intent of Matt. 7:1 where the meaning of 'judge' is to 'condemn' and not just an assessment of one's condition or state. John 7:24 we are instructed to "judge with righteous judgment" but if all judgment is forbidden as the popular rendition would have us believe then Christ spoke futile, meaningless, and even lying words to us. How can this be? If we are not allowed to judge, how can we judge and not sin?

Many have claimed to have the 'gift of discernment' and yet maintain this foolish and unbiblical notion that another's salvation cannot be ascertained by anyone but God. How then will they 'use' this gift if they are unable to discern the spirits (1 Cor. 12:10)? This referring to the inner most man, not evil spirits (see also 1 Thess. 5:23). This is precisely what 1 John 4:1-5 speaks about. John is telling one way we can know the salvation of another, by testing them with a question: did Jesus Christ come in the flesh? If the answer is 'no' or dead silence then that person is an antichrist, having not the Spirit of God and therefore not born again.

2 John 9 & 10 is even more to the point. "Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God." [Can this be stated more plainly?] "He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son." Yet the pure simplicity of both these sentences is dismissed quickly in favor of a so called 'testimony' by multitudes of pretenders to the Faith. Not only is verse nine discarded but verse ten as well when the 'hand of fellowship' is extended based solely on the word of one whose wishful thinking will supply him an entrance into God's Holy Heaven, his beliefs, words, and actions notwithstanding.

Rom. 16:17 & 18 instructs us to "note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine you learned and avoid them." It is divisive and offensive to require a genuinely born again child of God to have anything to do with a person who, by his own beliefs and words, displays open hatred for the Lord Jesus and yet this is a prerequisite for 'fellowship/membership in most of today's "churches" (goat barns). V.10 "For those who are such do not serve [obey] our Lord Jesus Christ, but their on belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple."

By just these few verses it can be seen the absolute necessity of knowing who is saved and who is not or we highly endanger ourselves and subject ourselves to open rebellion against the Lord simply by refusing to exercise our senses to discern good and evil (Heb. 5:14), who is lost and who is saved. Such knowledge does not come instantly, but usually takes time as the fruit of another's life is exposed (good or bad) for all to see. This is one of the primary tools used to alter us to the eternal condition of another's soul: their fruit, good or bad (Matt. 7:15-20).

1 John 5:1 & 2 "Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him." This is the beginning of real brotherly love, being born again. Loving a brother or sister in Christ is as natural as breathing, it doesn't need to be conjured up from within, it's not given grudgingly, it's never forced, it is by definition a Fruit of the Spirit. The confusion that has bombarded the Church in recent decades can be attributed to these folk who place their estimation of human love on par with the Love of God and yet the two are eons apart, never to meld. The foundation of human love boils down to line in a song from a few years back "What have YOU done for ME lately." But the Love of God toward man, being infinite and eternal, is seen in Him giving us what we need, from our daily bread to eternal life and everything in between. We have nothing to offer God and it wouldn't enhance Him if we did. He gave His Love freely, expecting or requiring nothing in return. We return His love by happily keeping His commandments (1 John 5:2 & 3).

1 John 5:10-12 quoting v 12 "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life." The profound simplicity here cannot be matched.

On a parting note, there is one thing that sets the redeemed far apart and above the pretenders of our day and that is the fact that when confronted with their own sins they will repent (think David & Peter). The lost offer excuse after excuse, lie upon lie to cover up what they are guilty of in order to maintain their standing before their peers. The already endless list is growing by the minute and all of these will find themselves standing before the Great White Throne awaiting their final judgment and exit into the Pit. Only the Lord God will be glorified in the end.

Even so, Come, Lord Jesus!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Many profess to believe

"Many profess to “believe,” but what influence have their hopes upon them? How are they affected by the things which their faith claims to have laid hold of? I profess to believe that sin is a most heinous thing-do I fear, hate, shun it? I believe that ere long I shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ -does my conduct evince that I am living in the light of that solemn day? I believe that the world is an empty bauble-do I despise its painted tinsel? I believe that God will supply all my need-am I fearful about the morrow? I believe that prayer is an essential means unto growth in grace-do I spend much time in the secret place? I believe that Christ is coming back again-am I diligent in seeking to have my lamp trimmed and burning? Faith is evident by its fruit, works, effects."  A.W. Pink, from https://www.chapellibrary.org/files/7713/7643/3243/hofa.pdf

The Real Love of God

There is no one verse that defines the Love of the God Who IS Love, nor could there be. His Attribute of Love is eternal, infinite, restricted only by His own Character and desire. There most definitely are verses that describe this unequaled Love and give us 'snap shots' that when combined will give us a more complete, though not all encompassing, view of His Love. The few verses that are given here cannot be seen as all there are on this subject, only as an encouragement to find more as the Word of God is read. No doubt we shall not uncover everything there is to know concerning the Love of God, but the Spirit of God does His job with perfection, as always, and teaches us as He sees fit. Even with all eternity before us we shall not ever exhaust the Spirit's storehouse of knowledge, nor find His teaching mundane. Is this not a portrayal of His Love toward us (Isa. 28:9 & 10)? Always feeding us and giving us what we need. We have stumbled upon one of the foundational Truths of what the Love of God is toward us---providing what we need. This is precisely what He did when the Father sent His Son to die in our place; we could not help ourselves, nor save ourselves, we had no knowledge of our need until He opened our eyes to our plight. He truly did love the world (of the elect, not all the human race) when He sent His Son (John 3:16). "But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us"---Rom. 5:10. Again, He did for us exactly what we needed, He provided the necessary atonement to appease His own righteous wrath directed toward sinners. Only those who have not tasted of this heavenly gift would seek to under play it's eternal importance and switch attention away from this to anything other than the Death and Resurrection of Christ on behalf of His elect. Going further with this line of thought we find Eph. 2:1-10. As our despicable life in our flesh is aptly described we see in v. 4: "BUT GOD, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)... But He does not stop loving us after He has supplied our initial need but we see continuing: "and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus." Here and in Eph. 1:3-14 we see that His love for us goes beyond the supplying of our foremost need (salvation, cleansing, etc.) and spills over into the exhibition of His Grace and Kindness, other Attributes that are directly linked to His Love. [This also shows that all of the Attributes of God are linked together and that none is ever seen 'acting' alone or at the expense of another, rather in total agreement and in concert with each other.] Notice, please, that Eph.2:8 states that it is "by grace you have been saved through faith..." and that it does not say that love alone saved us as some may allude to today. Actually, it would be difficult to exclude any of His Attributes from the Work of Christ as they all worked together to the accomplishment of the Father's desire.

Eph. 1:3-14 is one of the most succinct and precise explanations of what Christ has done for us anywhere in the Word of God. I shake my head in awe and wonder at what He has done and will yet do for us as we are found to be "holy and without blame before Him in love." He did not hesitate at laying down His own life for us, but that it seems this was only the beginning. It is impossible for me to fathom all that these few verses entail as with nearly every reading something new pops up. Reading them with ever increasing humility is in order because the One who made all this a reality humbled Himself even to the point of death (Phil. 2:5-8). We are blessed with every spiritual blessing; chosen in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame; predestined to adoption as sons "according to the good pleasure of His will"; accepted in the Beloved; we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins;He deemed this to be 'wise and prudent'; He made known to us "the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure"; so that "He might gather together in one all things in Christ"; we have an inheritance; we are "predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will"; "that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory; we "are 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 His glory." This is the Love of God on display for you, the elect, to know and ponder---enjoy!

"...speaking the truth in love..." Eph, 4:15. The Lord does not play with the truth in order to placate love. Speaking the truth---all of it---is always an act of love. The "love card addicts" will lodge complaints of the speaking being without love, or using an unwanted "tone", or even for being hateful, but the translation for all of this is that the truth spoken hits a nerve by uncovering some sin and therefore must be refuted at all costs. False accusations abound today just like they did toward Christ in His day. In Matt. 23 Christ rightly labeled the scribes and Pharisees "hypocrites" no less than eight times and "blind guides" once. In today's religious climate He would be called down for being "mean-spirited" "unloving" and even "hateful." Should it come as any surprise that such people will do the same to us today? "Speaking the truth in love" currently means that the speaker must not call attention to the sins and short comings of anyone else, but rather excuse all behavior no matter how bad with a mushy, gushy, sentimental outpouring of what man calls "love" and elevate the wrong doer to his place high on a pedestal where people will see him/her as a victim of false accusation instead of the unrepentant sinner that he/she is. This has nothing in common with godly Love, but has been readily accepted as the norm for today's "Christianity." Had we not seen ourselves as the sinner we really are how would we ever know of His Mercy, Forgiveness, Kindness, and Love? What little "pain" we may have felt initially while being brought to Christ was quickly overrun by the joy of forgiveness and the realization that we really are accepted in the Beloved. Have we allowed the criteria set by blind guides whose end game is rooted in the emotions of unrepentant flesh to be the ones 'calling the shots' and dictating what 'love' means when they so blatantly ignore Scripture? Some do just that and they are the ones that scream the loudest and falsely accuse the most, leaving the genuine believer confused and out in the cold. Shame on them all!

Further insight into the real Love of God is seen in Eph. 5. Verse two says "And walk in love, as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us..." Again, this speaks directly to His sacrifice. Then in v. 25 "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her." The sacrifice of Christ is again shown as the template for godly Love. The next few verses go on to explain the fact of the church being one with Christ and John 17 speaks more specifically to this oneness we share with the Trinity and each other.

Perhaps one of the finest present day examples of His Love for us can be seen in Rom. 6:14 "For sin shall not have dominion over you..." How cruel it would be for us to be expected to obey all the commands of the Lord Jesus and be left alone to accomplish by ourselves---a task impossible to meet. But we are not left alone---ever! In the middle of our most trying temptation there is always a way of escape. Don't we find that our walk with Him is closer, sweeter, and in the end more appreciated when we face a trial and are escorted through By His gracious hand? How many psalms of David do we cherish when he cries out for help and deliverance and is carried through by the Savior? Dare I say all of them? Perhaps all the Lord wants is our helpless plea for His help which He always answers with a "Yes." What gratitude it stirs to be delivered by His hand. The fight will no doubt rage on until we see His Face, but His deliverance will never be slack.

These were but a few of the Scriptures that speak directly to His Love for us and by no means is it to be considered complete. Hopefully it will be a catalyst to look more closely at His Word to find even more evidence of His Love for His elect. As the Lord may will, brotherly love is up next.

Today's Definition of Love

Today's version of "love" is firmly rooted in emotional outcries, placing demands upon others to adhere to the never stated concept of love. The basis for this is nothing more than the depraved, fleshly desire for control of one human being over another. Who would dare to say anything against "love?" Who would dare challenge the misuse and misinterpretation of 1 Cor. 13 or 1 John 4:8, some of the favorite verses of those whose only interest is control of others and the deceit needed to pull off and maintain that control? But it is a 'control' by intimidation and threat of excommunication if their convoluted standards of love are not met. They equate the Love of God with the cheap, sentimental, emotion ridden and selfish 'love' of their own heart whose end is for them to be able to glory in the people they have subdued and forced to succumb to their standards---none of which have any basis in Scripture. Some go so far as to state that a person cannot be saved if they do not meet the dumbed down standards of love as set by these blinded ones who consider themselves to be spiritually enlightened and further advanced than their subjects. To these folks love is exhibited when a pass is given to those who teach aberrant doctrine in the Name of Christ, who live a life filled with pride and self-exaltation, whose claim of being a "brother in Christ" is above reproach and never to be questioned even though blatant and unrepentant sin is in plain view of the church and the world. The age old axiom of "you can't know if someone is saved or not" is not to be found in Scripture unless it follows closely the verse that states "God helps those that help themselves." [Please pardon a moment of dry humor.] On the contrary, we are commanded to "judge with righteous judgment" (John 7:24) and instructed that "Therefore by their fruits you SHALL know them" (Matt. 7:20) which is preceded by vs. 15-19 where we are warned of the traits of false prophets for whom it is IMPOSSIBLE for them to bring forth "good fruit" which in this case is the exhibition of Godly Love. To make matters worse these 'love card' folk ALWAYS find a way to sacrifice Truth for "love" which is completely opposed to the Nature and Attributes of the God they claim to love and serve. If it is impossible for God to lie (Heb. 6:18) why do these 'love card' folk throw out the command to repent? To them repentance, if seen at all, is nothing more than a passing, cursory, insincere, reluctant, half-hearted 'admission of guilt' filled with mockery and disdain toward whom their "prayer" is directed instead of humility. Such a blasphemous effort to skirt by the righteous demands of the only Holy God is met by Him with silence---for now. Genuine repentance and what it produces (2 Cor. 7:10 & 11) is totally unacceptable to today's "love birds" since the emotions involved are the direct opposite of what they espouse and preach, that of smooth, gentle, easy consolation without penalty or payment being required. Real repentance is a gut wrenching and time consuming experience that produces the fruits of righteousness as seen in the Scriptures cited. It will occur as needed and directed by the Holy Spirit throughout the life of every believer and should be considered a welcome friend.

 The end of this 'love card nonsense' is that sin no longer exists, man is good and acceptable to the god he has created, there is no need of the Penal, Substitutionary Death of Christ nor His Resurrection. Man is okay because the god they have constructed loves man just like he is, heaven awaits us all---at least in our vivid imagination.

 The last outcome of this new "love" to be dealt with here is unity. By it's own unwritten definition there must be complete harmony with all of mankind no matter what he believes, how he lives, who he hurts and sins against (this is the same thing as the hippie love of the sixties). If this newly constructed "god of love" is who his followers claim he is then the likes of Hitler must be admitted as member in good standing into the ranks of all. Likewise, all other murderers, sodomites, liars, and the like must receive equal treatment and acceptance into the new 'fold of unity' or hypocrisy is at the gate. This goes far beyond holding the hand of an "errant brother" but must, by the criteria set up to "love" all men, include those who would just as soon kill you as look at you. Remember: Unity at all costs is your new mantra. This is the spirit of antichrist. This "new love" could well be the precursor to the mark of the beast. ***********By no means is this a complete treatment of this subject, rather an openly volley. The deceit employed by the wicked one is of the 'angel of light' type. I have every confidence that the Lord has already opened the eyes of His elect to this deception and will continue to do so.

BUT NOT SO THE LOVE OF GOD!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

More on the 'sing' conference

http://surphside.blogspot.com/2018/09/sing-2019.html reveals information on the scheduled 'speakers' for the 'sing' conference, including insight into the Gettys, who host this garbage.

Friday, September 14, 2018

'New' evangelicalism

New Evangelicalism explained by Dr. Charles Woodbridge at Grace Fundamental Church in Los Angeles, California, July 1973.
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. Romans 16:17
The New Evangelicalism is a recent theological phenomenon. It has appeared on the horizon during the last 15-20 years. The father of it is Dr. Harold John Ockenga, formerly pastor of the Park Street Church in Boston who coined the expression “The New Evangelicalism.”­ The very title implies a thorough discontent with the old evangelicalism—evangelicalism of men like R. A. Torrey, Harry Ironside, William R. Newell, these great men of God.
We have to have a New Evangelicalism
Now what is this exactly? It is a spirit of compromise with unbelievers.
In the old days, there was no give and take. For example, in the theological struggles of the 1920s and the 1930s, there was no middle of the road position. You were either a modernist or you were a fundamentalist—period. There was no making common cause with the enemy. There was no spirit of toleration. You either believed the Bible or you didn’t. You either accepted the inerrancy, the infallibility, the finality of inscripturated revelation or you did not—one of the two.
A New Mood
But now, this new evangelicalism started as a shift in mood—a new mood toward the liberals, the unbelievers. The new test today, according to the new evangelicals, is whether or not we love these people, these unbelievers.
One reason I left the faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary in 1957 was that the newly inaugurated president, Dr. Edward John Carnell, in his inaugural address, stated on a formal occasion, “We must systematically inculcate in the minds of our students the spirit of toleration toward those who, because of their cultural heritage, entertain the heretical position.” Now those are long words, but in simple English, they mean “Toleration toward heretics.”
Toleration. What does that mean? That means entering into dialogue with these people. Where do you find that in the Bible? Did you ever hear of the Apostle Paul entering into dialogue with the Galatian Judaizers? No! He rebuked them. Did you ever hear of the Apostle Paul entering into dialogue with the people against whom he wrote, the Gnostics, in the Epistle to the Colossians? Did you ever hear of the Apostle John, when he wrote against the Gnostics in his first epistle, entering into dialogue with the Gnostics? No, he rebuked them.
But the new mood of the new evangelicalism is a shift. The test, according to these people, is no longer doctrine; it is love. It is a pious form of sentimentalism. We must join forces with these people. The basic error behind Key ‘73, Campus Crusade, Youth for Christ, Young Life—all these theological aberrations of our day—the basic reason behind all of these is the entrance of the new evangelicalism. It’s a new mood.
In the old days, when I was newly ordained as a minister, for example, there was a knock-down, drag-out fight between the liberals and the modernists. Harry Emerson Fosdick was on one side. Did you ever read any of the writings of Dr. Fosdick? He openly repudiated the blood atonement. He said officially, “I do not know of one minister any more who even holds to that.” And there really was a great debate. But now there is a new mood, and if you don’t go along with this mood, woe be unto you.
Part of this new mood is directed not only toward the left, but is also directed toward the right. It’s directed against men like the pastor of this church [Pastor M. H. Reynolds Sr., Grace Fundamental Church], and the speakers at this conference [M. H. Reynolds Jr., Charles Woodbridge, Perry Rockwood and Mark Buch]. It’s directed against us. Shame on us! The culture of the day has passed us by. If you don’t go along with this new mood, you are untutored, you are uncultured, you are uneducated. That’s a new mood.
Now please look at Romans 16:17 and see whether or not we are supposed to fool around with unbelievers in the promotion of the Gospel. Just take a look at it again. Romans 16:17 says, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and join up with them!” What kind of a version is that? Make common cause with them; invite them to your platform to pray; put yourself under their auspices; enter into dialogue with them! What does the apostle Paul, writing in the Spirit of God, declare? Affirmatively, positively, “avoid them”!
Now turn in your Bible to the epistle to Titus. Titus was bishop of Crete. Turn to chapter three, verse 10. If a man is a heretic, are we supposed to enter into dialogue with him? Titus 3:10 says, “A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject.” Reject! Reject! Reject! When Bishop Gerald F. Kennedy, bishop of the Methodist Church of Los Angeles, wrote a book in 1956 entitled God’s Good News, in that book he openly and flatly spurned the doctrine of the deity of Christ. So, then, what are we supposed to do? Reject! But now we have a new mood!
A New Method
This was unheard of in old days, but this new mood leads to a new method, or strategy, and if you fool around long enough with these modernists, if you play ball with them long enough, do you know what’s going to happen? Something is going to happen to you. If you sleep beside a dog, chances are you’re going to get fleas. That’s right. It doesn’t work the other way around. If you put a good apple into a basket with rotten apples, the rotten apples don’t become good. Guess what happens? The good apples becomes rotten. There is a lot of theological rottenness around. Why? Because we have been sitting in the apple basket too long with these rotten apples. That’s right. New strategy. First of all your mood changes until you have a very kindly attitude towards these people who are called in the Bible “the enemies of the cross of Christ.” Now, we enter into dialogue, so what happens? New strategy. Let’s join forces with them now. Let’s join forces with Bishop Kennedy. Who cares what Romans 16:17 says? Who cares what Titus 3:10 says? Well, who cares? Let’s join forces now with them. And I understand that when Carl Barth came over here to Chicago, the president of Fuller Theological Seminary went to Chicago to have a dialogue with him. Dialogue—the very word dialogue implies that he has something to contribute to me and I have something to contribute to him. Will you pardon a little facetiousness? Dialogue!—I don’t want to “die a log”; I want to live a tree! We should be like a tree, planted by the water. Where do you find from Genesis to Revelation, I challenge you, any place where it says that we are supposed to enter into dialogue with these unbelievers? Where do you find it? He that is an heretic among you after the first and second admonition, you’re supposed to admonish, reject.
J. Vernon McGee was on the committee of Billy Graham’s 1963 crusade right here in Los Angeles. Who was the honorary chairman of the committee? I just mentioned him—Bishop Gerald F. Kennedy. And McGee defended his membership on that committee. He defended it. I heard the tape of his defense before the students of Dallas Theological Seminary. And the students cheered. Do you know what his defense was? Something like this, “If you’re riding on a bus and you’re going somewhere, you don’t always ask who you’re fellow passenger is.” If you’ve been a theologian for years, you tremble when you hear that. The English have a good word for it, commonly called tripe. He that is an heretic among you, after the first and second admonition, reject!
Ecumenical Evangelism
A new strategy. This is where your whole ecumenical evangelism comes in. It was bad enough 10 or 15 years ago, but now all of the sudden, it is full blown. We’ve been warning, warning, warning; I’ve been warning since I resigned from the faculty of Fuller Seminary. Since 1957, I’ve been warning, warning, warning; I wrote a book on it. This has been translated now into Japanese; people have asked to translate it into other languages. I have been warning, warning. And now, the whole thing is full blown, and they are calling it Key ‘73. We started fooling around with the small defectors. Now, we’re fooling around with the whole thing. “Come on in, the water is fine! Who cares whether they’re heretics or not?” Over against that, we have the Word of God. I want to emphasize one thing—the whole question is this: “What does the Bible say?” You’ve just read it. Romans 16:17, “Avoid them.” Titus 3:10, “Reject them.” After duly admonishing them, reject them.
Please turn to the second epistle of John—the apostle of love wrote this. Is it possible to be an apostle of love, and yet to write like this? The second epistle of John—don’t stop at the gospel of John or you’ll get confused—the second epistle of John, verse 9, states, “He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” Second John, verse 10 now, “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine”—What doctrine? The doctrine of Christ—“Receive him not into your house neither bid him God speed.” Now note verse 11: “For he that bideth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” If somebody denies the doctrine of Christ what are you suppose to do? Boycott him! “Receive him not into your house.” If you haven’t found it yet, it’s in the New Testament. “Receive him not into your house.” Why? If you do, you are a partaker of his what? His evil deeds!
Some of you have heard of Dr. Martin DeHaan. When he celebrated his 25th year on the radio, he telephoned me and he said, “Will you broadcast for me for a month?” And I said over the telephone, I said, “Martin, I don’t want to embarrass you. I’ve been speaking against the New Evangelicalism, I’ve written a book about it, and I don’t want to do this unless you agree with my theological position.” He said, “Send me your tape!” So I sent him my tape. He called back in a week and said, “Praise the Lord!” So I broadcast for him for a month during his 25th anniversary.
Well, Dr. DeHaan and I were at a Bible conference in Miami Beach. Two speakers. And after my session one morning, a very nice lady came up, you know, fancy lady wearing furs in Florida, you know. She said, “Dr. Woodbridge, I’d like to ask you a question.”
I said, “What’s the question?”
She said, “What do you think about the ecumenical evangelism?”
I said, “How do you know long words like that?”
She said, “Well, I mean the Graham crusades. What do you think?”
I said to her, “It’s unimportant what I think. I’m just a man.” I said, “The important thing is, what does the Bible say?” Then I said, “Lady, will you forgive me if I’m rather blunt with you?”
And she said, “What do you mean?” By that time there were 30 ladies around. This is an exciting subject!
I said, “If you’ll forgive me, I very rarely discuss theology with ladies.
“What do you mean?” she said.
I said, “Because you kind ladies usually lead with your hearts rather than with your heads.”
“I don’t do that!” she replied.
By the way, since that day I have changed my opinion in this area. I now believe (this is a personal opinion that comes from observation) that when a Christian woman, really a believer, grasps Roman 16:17, Titus 3:10, the second epistle of John, and kindred passages, and holds to them, she is more tenacious than the average young pastor who is thinking about his salary. Having said that, I shall now continue.
I said, “Do you promise that you’ll not backtrack but that you’ll listen? Don’t be like a rabbit and change courses if you want an answer, sit down!” So all thirty of them sat down.
“Open your Bible to the second epistle of John and read it.” So they were fooling around in John’s gospel. I said, “The second epistle of John! Take your time. The next service isn’t yet for 45 minutes. Take your time. Find it.” So, they found it. I said, “Now will you please read it?” She read it. I said, “Now where is that passage found?”
She said, “John.”
I said, “No, the second epistle of John.” I said, “What does it say about those who deny the doctrine of Christ?”
She said, “We ought not to have fellowship…”
“Who said that? John? Do you think he was writing in the spirit?”
“Yes.”
“Do you believe it?”
“Yes.”
“Are you willing to act on it?”
“Yes.”
“All you ladies willing?”
“Yes.”
Then I had them. “1956, Bishop Gerald F. Kennedy of the Methodist Church of Los Angeles wrote a book called God’s Good News in which he denied the doctrine of Christ. What should we do with him when he comes to Los Angeles? Should we have him on a committee?”
“No!”
I said, “Why not?”
“Why John says, ‘He that bideth him Godspeed is partaker of his evil deeds’.”
“Do you believe it?”
“Yes!”
“When the Graham crusade came to Los Angeles, the honorary chairman was Gerald F. Kennedy.” I said, “I have nothing further to say, it’s been nice to see you, I’ll see you at the next meeting.”
But the whole thing started with this new mood of compromise toward unbelievers, and that thing has spread across this globe.Now, I’ll say this as I close. When Dr. Ockenga first started this thing, he said, “This movement (the New Evangelicalism) has its outreach. It has its association—the National Association of Evangelicals. It has its magazine—Christianity Today. It has it’s theological seminary—Fuller Theological Seminary. And it has its evangelist – Dr. Billy Graham. ~ Dr. Charles Woodbridge

Things have deteriorated since July 1973 and will continue to do so until our Lord returns...even so, come quickly Lord 

Where, where?

I have known, in my short time, certain churches, in the paroxysms of delirium, meeting houses crowded, aisles filled, preachers stamping and thundering, hearers intoxicated with excitement, and persons converted by wholesale—even children converted by hundreds—they said thousands. Well, and a month or two after, where were the congregations? where were the converts? Echo has answered, “Where, where?” Why, the converts were worse sinners than they were before; or mere professors, puffed up into a superficial religion, from which they soon fell into a hopeless coldness, which has rendered it difficult ever to stir them again. ~  C.H. Spurgeon

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

more hypocrisy from John MacArthur

John MacArthur is at it again, he and other evangelicals are promoting the signing of yet another document against social justice - https://www.christianpost.com/news/evangelicals-churches-john-macarthur-statement-against-nebulous-social-justice-227194.

From that link...The statement comes in the wake of MacArthur's recent controversial series that brands social justice as a real threat to the Gospel."Clarity on these issues will fortify believers and churches to withstand an onslaught of dangerous and false teachings that threaten the gospel, misrepresent Scripture, and lead people away from the grace of God in Jesus Christ," the statement explains in an introduction."Specifically, we are deeply concerned that values borrowed from secular culture are currently undermining Scripture in the areas of race and ethnicity, manhood and womanhood, and human sexuality. The Bible's teaching on each of these subjects is being challenged under the broad and somewhat nebulous rubric of concern for 'social justice,'" it continued. "If the doctrines of God's Word are not uncompromisingly reasserted and defended at these points, there is every reason to anticipate that these dangerous ideas and corrupted moral values will spread their influence into other realms of biblical doctrines and principles."


Yet, he is a scheduled speaker in the sing! conference - take a look at the other speakers scheduled for this conference and you will see how JMac's hypocrisy is obvious -https://gettymusicworshipconference.com/about/speakers/

Piper?! Keller?!? Ravi!?  These 'evangelicals' are hypocrites, double tongued, and do NOT have the calling of God to preach! The VERY THINGS JMac supposedly is opposed to is taught by MOST of those who will be speaking at this 'sing' conference! Keller embraces homosexuality and has an editor, Sam Allberry, on staff that is a practicing homosexual -  https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/about/staff/
These high profile 'evangelicals' have been able to fleece multitudes and live quite comfortably in this life, as well as teaching their doctrines of demons to those who love men more than Christ.

Let's now turn our attention to this 'sing' conference, which wraps up tomorrow in Nashville Tn. Here is the 'goal' of this 'sing' conference...


The five urgent goals of this project are:

  1. Teach everyone why and how we sing.
  2. Build deep believers through what we sing.
  3. Strengthen and encourage families to sing together.
  4. Build churches by singing together and to each other.
  5. Witness to our wider communities by our singing.

So, proclaiming the word of God is not enough?! We now must reach communities through singing?! We build churches through singing? What true, blood bought man or woman of God would dare be a part of such a conference? I will tell you that NO true believer will partake of this garbage. 

May God be glorified in shutting down 'evangelicals' and their demonic ways.