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Is man required to "choose" in order to be saved?
by godrulez. Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:18 AM
God's Providence In Christ's Burial ~ John MacArthur
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The Flaming Sword of Justice ~ Octavious Winslow
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Yesterday at 02:18 PM
Paul went on and on and on in Romans saying if itís works itís no longer grace. It doesnít depend on a man wiling or running but on God who shows mercy.

The Westminster Confession says that we do come most willingly due to Godís grace. However, Godís mercy is irresistible. He is the author and finisher of our faith.

The Bibleís warnings are there to comfort born-again believers to know what they have and to keep loving no matter what the circumstances. Love fulfills the law.

Itís not there to help people make a decision for Christ. Itís there to lift up those who have the grace of God to understand the God who saved them. Preachers who preach the gospel whether with good motives or bad were acceptable to Paul while he was in prison as he knew it would fall on the seed on rich soil and God would lead them.

Where does anyone find in the Bible itís up to fallen sinners to choose God or make a decision for Christ?
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Open Forum
Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:06 PM



This message was preached on April 4, 2021.

https://youtu.be/EFhUra7fR5w
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Devotional
Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:33 PM




THE FLAMING SWORD OF JUSTICE QUENCHED IN THE HOLY, LOVING BOSOM OF JESUS!

The most significant and appalling demonstration of God's holiness that the universe ever beheld, infinitely distancing and transcending every other, is the sufferings and death of His only and beloved Son! The cross of Calvary exhibits God's hatred and punishment of sin in a way and to an extent which the annihilation of millions of worlds, swept from the face of the universe by the broom of His wrath, could never have done! "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree."

Behold the most awful display of God's hatred of sin! Finding the sins of the Church upon Christ as its Surety, Substitute, and Savior, the wrath of God was poured out upon Him without measure! God finding the sins of His people laid upon His Son, emptied upon His holy soul all the vials of His wrath due to their transgressions! Go, my soul, to Calvary, and learn how holy God is, and what a monstrous thing sin is, and how imperiously, solemnly, and holily bound Jehovah is to punish it, either in the person of the sinner, or in the person of a Surety. Never was the Son of God dearer to the Father than at the very moment that the sword of divine justice, flaming and flashing, pierced to its hilt His holy heart!

But it was the wrath of God, not against His beloved Son, but against the sins which met on Him when presenting Himself on the cross as the substitutionary sacrifice and offering for His ChurchóHe gave Himself for us. What a new conception must angels have formed of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, when they beheld the flaming sword of justice quenched in the holy, loving bosom of Jesus! And in what a dazzling light does this fact place the marvelous love of God to sinners! Man's sin and God's love; the indescribable enormity of the one, and the immeasurable greatness of the other; are exhibited in the cross of Christ as nowhere else. Oh, to learn experimentally these two great factsósin's infinite hatefulness, and love's infinite holiness! The love of God in giving His Son to die; the love of Christ in dying; the essential turpitude and unmitigated enormity of sin, which demanded a sacrifice so Divine, so holy, and so precious!
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Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:17 AM
Pilgrim

A friend of mine, who is a like minded brother sent me a link that I am trying to find out if it is legit.

https://jermwarfare.com/blog/five-reasons-why-this-pandemic-is-nonsense

Tom
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:49 PM
Pilgrim

There is not a word that you said that I do not agree with.

Yet, other than prayer what can we do about this?

Tom
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:45 AM
Clicky here: Three 'Hard Truths' That Must Be Declared to the Church In Our Time

Nice to see that I'm not the only one who sees what is happening within the visible church and has the courage to speak about it. grin:
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Devotional
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:26 AM
An individual is profited from the Scriptures when they cause him to long for the return of Christ. Love can be satisfied with nothing short of a sight of its object. True, even now we behold Christ by faith, yet it is "through a glass, darkly." But at His coming we shall behold Him "face to face" (1 Corinthians 13:12). Then will be fulfilled His own words, "Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am: that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world" (John 17:24). Only this will fully meet the longings of His heart, and only this will meet the longings of those redeemed by Him. Only then will He "see of the travail of His soul, and be satisfied" (Isaiah 53:11); and "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness" (Psalm 17:15).

At the return of Christ we shall be done with sin for ever. The elect are predestined to be conformed to the image of God's Son, and that Divine purpose will be realized only when Christ receives His people unto Himself. "We shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is" (1 John 3:2). Never again will our communion with Him be broken, never again shall we groan and moan over our inward corruptions; never again shall we be harassed with unbelief. He will present His Church to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing" (Ephesians 5:27). For that hour we eagerly wait. For our Redeemer we lovingly look. The more we yearn for the coming One, the more we are trimming our lamps in earnest expectation of His coming, the more do we give evidence that we are profiting from our knowledge of the Word. - A.W. Pink
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Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:52 PM



"Behold the Man!" John 19:5

If there is one place where our Lord Jesus most fully becomes the joy and comfort of His people--it is where He plunged deepest into the depths of woe!

Come, behold the Man in the garden of Gethsemane.
Behold His heart so brimming with love, that He cannot hold it in.
Behold the bloody sweat as it distills from every pore of His body and falls upon the ground.

Behold the Man upon the bloody tree.
Stand amazed as they drive the nails into His hands and feet.
Look up and see the sorrowful image of your suffering Lord.
Mark Him as the ruby drops stand on the thorn crown.
Behold the Man when all His bones are out of joint, and He is poured out like water and brought into the dust of death.
God has forsaken Him--and hell encompasses Him.

Behold and see--was there ever sorrow like His sorrow?

Gaze upon Him!

We have only to sit longer at the cruel cross--to be less troubled with our trials and woes.

We have but to see His sorrows--and we shall be ashamed to mention our sorrows.

We have but to gaze into His wounds--and heal our own.

If we would grow in grace--it must be by considering His humiliation and His sorrow.
If we would live holily--it must be by the contemplation of His sin-atoning death.
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Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:57 PM
Tom, I do believe that some Klinean adherents went further than just keeping out of state affairs in a truly transformative sense but actually became proponents of sinful and depraved public policy like same sex marriage. For some, if you give an inch of separation in a certain sphere, they find some carnal liberation and never turn back. I still prefer an ideal of a Calvin or Luther. If you live in a day of religious consciousness that is truly a blessing. I also had high esteem for Augustine and his Godly separation/distinction during his day (City of God vs city of man). When the influence of the Church is grand there are some trappings and when itís not there are some great blessings in spite of it all. I ultimately find either side of this argument a bit of a trap and the whole debate a bit of a distraction. What one brings to the debate in intent and desire says more about the person, than even the practicality of the position.
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Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:44 AM
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Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.ó1 PET. 1:9.

Doct. That the end and reward of faith is the salvation of our souls.

I shall open the point by explicating three questions:ó

1. What is this salvation of our souls?

2. What right the believer hath to it?

3. What is that saving faith which giveth us a title to it? The last is most important.

Have you ever contemplated the complexity, depth, the end of true saving faith? Too often, I fear, when asked about Christian faith, the typical answer might be, "Oh, faith is by grace" on the more conservative side. And on the more evangelical side, it might be, "Faith is becoming friends with God...". But these answers are hardly sufficient to describe all the wonders of saving faith. Let Thomas Manton take you on a short walk through some of the Excellencies of the faith that is owned by Christ's sheep and so infinitely needed by those who are not.

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You can read this month's Article of the Month now by clicking here: The Excellency of Saving Faith

OR

As is always the case, you can read it later at your leisure by visiting The Highway website and click on the Article of the Month logo. There you will find the current article and all past articles of the month.

In His service and grace,
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Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:28 PM
Trying to think what the following quote means.

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Godís anger is part of His decree. God causes the event He is angry with so that He can display His Anger.


Just so you know this quote is from someone who claims to be a Calvinist, but regularly dumps on people like Spurgeon and other Calvinists that he believes are too accepting of Arminians whom they believe are genuine believers.


Tom
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Open Forum
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:14 PM
For those who are interested, I am providing a link to the latest information
concerning Canadian Pastor James Coates.

As many know he has been in jail for about 35 days for refusing to close the Church he pastors.
https://protestia.com/2021/03/22/breaking-pastor-james-coates-is-out-after-paying-1500-fine/
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Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:12 PM
Here is something else I found concerning John MacArthurs sermon.
[url]https://founders.org/2021/03/22/religious-liberty-and-the-patriarch-of-san-fernando/[\url]
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Sun Mar 21, 2021 12:00 AM
Pilgrim

Thankyou, I could not agree with you more concerning this issue.

This issue is of course just the tip of the iceberg. For example I am sure you have heard of the case in Alberta Canada about the Reformed Baptist pastor James Coates who has been in jail for a month and a half now. I believe he was just released yesterday (Friday). But he is to face the court sometime in May.
The case I believe has to do with whether or not the Church has the right to gather together in contravention to government guide-lines.

The biggest problem I see is just how many Churches even Reformed ones who believe the government is acting within their rights. However, if we are to agree with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the government has crossed the line.
What I am finding quite strange is how many family members who are Charismatic are very much in support of Pastor James Coates. Yet, most Calvinist Churches I know of are not in support of him.

Another Reformed friend of mine, also pointed out the same thing about Charismatic Churches. Many so called Christians, do not see that Pastor James Coates is representing their rights as the Church going forward. Some of them are saying the only thing they know about Pastor James Coates is he is prideful. I nearly lost it on one person that told me that. But I do not want to sink to their level.

I just found out something I found quite interesting. If what I am told is correct, Orthodox Jews are allowed to meet in their synagogue without any restrictions, simply because they are not allowed electronics in their synagogues.

Tom
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