But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Monday, 26 May 2014 01:00

Joseph: God's Sovereignty in Our Trials Featured

by John MacArthur

Eleven grim faces stared anxiously at the floor. With eyes on the ground, all their attention was focused on the man at the front of the room. Huddled in tense silence, the eleven knelt before one of the most powerful rulers in the land, knowing he had the authority to execute them....

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Friday, 16 May 2014 01:00

Why We Defend Inerrancy Featured

Why is the inerrancy of Scripture worth defending? Ligon Duncan, Kevin DeYoung, and Al Mohler answer that important question in the following video.

Next March, Grace Community Church and The Master’s Seminary are hosting the Shepherds’ Conference Summit on Inerrancy and the Prophetic...

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Thursday, 15 May 2014 01:00

A Recipe for Discernment, Part 3 Featured

by John MacArthur

True biblical discernment isn’t developed by osmosis. It’s cultivated over time, as a believer matures in faith. The last few days, we’ve been considering the essential ingredients for discernment, including consistent prayer, the pursuit of godly wisdom, moral...

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 01:00

A Recipe for Discernment, Part 2 Featured

by John MacArthur

Discernment is not automatically built in to the lives of Christians. The ability to wisely divide truth from error is something that must be pursued and developed as a part of the sanctification process. As we saw last time [link], the biblical recipe for discernment starts with...

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Monday, 12 May 2014 01:00

A Recipe for Discernment Featured

by John MacArthur

We cannot simply flow with the current of our age. We cannot elevate love while downplaying truth. We cannot promote unity by repressing sound doctrine. We cannot learn to be discerning by making an idol out of tolerance. By adopting those attitudes, the church has opened her gates...

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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 01:00

Discernment and Opposing Evil Featured

by John MacArthur

True biblical discernment is grounded in the knowledge and love of the truth—as Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:21, every discerning believer must “hold fast to that which is good.” But that’s not the only ingredient. Too many pastors and church leaders today...

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Monday, 05 May 2014 01:00

The Case for Cessationism Stands Featured

by Tom PenningtonPastor-Teacher, Countryside Bible Church, Southlake, Texas 

When Grace to You asked me to present the biblical case for cessationism at the Strange Fire conference last October, I was excited about the opportunity.  Although I am a convinced cessationist and had addressed...

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Sunday, 04 May 2014 15:09

New Trinity Review: Masters of Deception and Intrigue

We have just posted the Special Issue May 2014 Review to our website. The review is titled "Masters of Deception and Intrigue" and was written by Mark W. Karlberg.

Authors: Trinity Foundation Featured Content...

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Friday, 02 May 2014 01:00

The Idolatry of Experience Featured

by John MacArthur

The inclusion of Bible references throughout Heaven Is for Real[1]Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent, Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back (Nashville: Nelson, 2010).may convince superficial readers that Pastor Burpo has painstakingly...

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Thursday, 01 May 2014 01:00

When Preschoolers Speak Ex Cathedra Featured

by John MacArthur

The typical Christian today seems oblivious to the principles es­tablished by Deuteronomy 29:29 and 1 Corinthians 4:6 (“that you may learn . . . not to go beyond what is written”). In fact, people seem to be looking for spiritual truth, messages from God, and...

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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 14:41

New Trinity Review: Workers of the Church Unite!: The Radical Marxist Foundation of Tim Keller #39;s Social Gospel Pt 2

We have just posted the May, June 2014 Review to our website. The review is titled "Workers of the Church Unite!: The Radical Marxist Foundation of Tim Keller's Social Gospel Pt 2" and was written by Timothy F. Kauffman.

Authors: Trinity Foundation Featured Content...

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 01:00

Dead Men Tell No Tales Featured

by John MacArthur

Far too much of the present interest in heaven, angels, and the afterlife stems from carnal curiosity. It is not a trend those of us who accept the authority of Scripture should encourage or celebrate. Any pursuit that diminishes people’s reliance on the Bible is fraught with...

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Monday, 28 April 2014 01:00

Heaven Is Real; Hallucinations Are Not Featured

by John MacArthur

You’re probably aware of the hit movie “Heaven Is for Real” and the popular book it’s based on. Recently, various television news programs have invited John MacArthur to explain why he rejects the story of Colton Burpo’s trip to heaven. But in those...

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:00

Discernment and Loving the Truth Featured

by John MacArthur

We saw last time that Paul affirmed the Bible as the only reliable criterion by which believers in this age can evaluate messages claiming to be truth from God. That testing of truth Paul calls for is not merely an academic exercise. It demands an active, twofold response.

First...

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Monday, 21 April 2014 01:00

Discernment and the Sufficiency of Scripture Featured

by John MacArthur

It is fair to point out that the Thessalonians were at a disadvantage compared to Christians today. They did not have all the written books of New Testament Scripture. Paul wrote both of his epistles to Thessalonica very early in the New Testament era—about A.D. 51. The two...

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Friday, 18 April 2014 01:00

Discerning Self-Evaluation Featured

by John MacArthur

Scripture is clear that believers must be faithful to examine and judge our own selves: “If we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged” (1 Corinthians 11:31). This calls for a careful searching and judging of our own hearts. Paul called for this...

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:10

O'Reilly, Bloomberg and Saint Paul

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 01:00

Discerning Correction Featured

by John MacArthur

Discernment is a critical need in the church today. As we have already seen, it is required by both leaders and laymen alike for the exercise of godly judgment. It is vital in helping believers rightly inhabit and interact with the sinful world around us. Added to that, discernment...

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Thursday, 10 April 2014 01:00

Discerning Judgment Featured

by John MacArthur

Last time we discussed the necessity of discerning leadership in the church. But exercising discernment is not onlythe duty of pastors and elders. The same careful discernment Paul demanded of church leadership is also required of every Christian. The exhortation in 1...

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 01:00

Discerning Leaders Featured

by John MacArthur

In my previous post on discernment I closed by quoting 1 Thessalonians 5:21–22, which is essentially the biblical recipe for discernment: “Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.”

“Examine...

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Monday, 07 April 2014 01:00

Divisiveness vs. Discernment Featured

by John MacArthur

Do discernment and divisiveness go hand in hand? Is it true that the term discernment is often employed as a cover for a contentious or critical spirit?

Let’s acknowledge that there areunscrupulous people who, under the guise of “biblical discernment,” engage in...

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Thursday, 03 April 2014 01:00

A Conscience Captive to God's Word Featured

by John MacArthur

When Martin Luther was summoned to the Diet of Worms in 1521 and asked to recant his teaching, he replied:

Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason, my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience would be...

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 01:00

Faith Minus Reason Equals Irrational Unbelief Featured

by John MacArthur

Many people mistakenly think of faith as inherently noble. A once-popular song extols the virtue of faith, or believing: “I believe for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows.”

No one reallybelieves that, of course, but that is not the point. The song is a paean...

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Monday, 31 March 2014 01:00

Farewell to a Faithful Servant Featured

You probably don’t know the name Will Moneymaker—actually, that’s likely how he’d prefer to keep it. For more than eight years, Will has faithfully, quietly served the Lord behind the scenes in the Web Department at Grace to You.

While he has kept a low profile, his work has...

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Friday, 28 March 2014 01:00

Drawing Lines Featured

by John MacArthur

After providing three exegetical reasons for believing that the gift of prophecy continues beyond the apostolic era, John Piper set out to offer some critique of charismatic abuses.  The Ask Pastor John podcast addressed doctrinal and emotional abuses in episode 216, and...

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Thursday, 20 March 2014 01:00

Prophecy, "the Perfect," and the End of What? Featured

by John MacArthur

The final argument John Piper made on his podcast in support of the continuation of fallible prophecy has to do with the identity and timing of “the perfect” in 1 Corinthians 13:8–12.[1] Here’s what he said:

The future in view here, I think, is manifestly...

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Monday, 17 March 2014 01:00

Fallibility and Female Prophets Featured

by John MacArthur

In my last article, I started to address John Piper’s comments in episode 215 of the Ask Pastor John podcast. In interacting with his interpretive claims, that post was getting a little long; I decided to show mercy to the reader, bring that article to a close, and pick up...

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 01:00

Prophecy Redefined Featured

by John MacArthur

In episode 215 of Ask Pastor John, Dr. Piper gets to the crux of the cessationist-continuationist debate. In his view, modern prophecy is not “infallible, Scripture-level, authoritative speaking,” but rather “something that God spontaneously brings to mind in the...

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Monday, 10 March 2014 01:00

Biblical Prophecy and Modern Confusion Featured

by John MacArthur

It’s been nearly five months since the Strange Fire conference, and we’ve been very encouraged to see how many good conversations have started as a result. The conference dealt with a sensitive, deeply ingrained way of thinking, so the potential to hurt feelings and...

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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 18:02

Jesus Movies, Images of Christ the Second Commandment

Many Christians believe that the second commandment has always only been against making an image of God and using it as a worship aid, like Roman Catholicism promotes in practice. (The Eastern Church’s icons are usually up for grabs.) A growing number of Protestants who avoid crucifixes and...

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Written by Reformed Apologist
Monday, 03 March 2014 00:00

Dancing with Wolves Featured

by John MacArthur

Any literal shepherd tasked with feeding and leading a flock of lambs would be thought deranged if he regarded wolves as potential pets to be domesticated and amalgamated into the fold. Suppose he actively sought and tried to befriend young wolves, presuming he could teach them to...

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Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:05

New Trinity Review: Wrokers of the Church, Unite!: The Radical Marxist Foundation of Tim Keller #39;s Social Gospel

We have just posted the March, April 2014 Review to our website. The review is titled "Wrokers of the Church, Unite!: The Radical Marxist Foundation of Tim Keller's Social Gospel" and was written by Timothy F. Kauffman.

Authors: Trinity Foundation Featured Content...

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Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00

The Responsibility to Rebuke Featured

by John MacArthur

Among many pastors and church leaders today there is a popular rationale that proclaiming truth is the viable alternative to rebuking error. Rather than wrestling with false teachers and their heresies, they’re content to cover their eyes, plug their ears, and “stay...

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:00

Damnable Deception Featured

by John MacArthur

What would you call a man or a woman who claimed to receive direct messages from God that contradicted the clear teaching of Scripture? Words like charlatan, heretic, liar, and phony probably come to mind. And yet there are many Christians—often earnest but ignorant...

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Saturday, 22 February 2014 21:59

One Size Doesn't Always Fit All

imageHow are we to behave toward (i) un-repented brothers in the church, (ii) profane people, (iii) splendid pagans (i.e. the populace) who live in the neighborhood and (iv) those who preach another gospel?Imagine a person plotting to commit murder. Would any sane person think that after the murder...

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Written by Reformed Apologist
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00

When Silence Is Sinful Featured

by John MacArthur

Ignore it and it will go away. That seems to be the tactic the charismatic movement has adopted when it comes to false prophets, heretical theology, and phony miracles. Many charismatics simply turn a blind eye to the corruption in their midst, assuming that if it’s not...

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 03:00

Adam, Merit Glory

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It is not deducible from Scripture that the prospect of glorification was open to Adam prior to sinning, let alone that Adam was in a position to merit glorification. In fact, a reasonable inference is that covenant of life implies that Adam would have continued in a perpetual state of communion...

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Written by Reformed Apologist
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:00

Naming Names Featured

by Cameron Buettel

When it comes to false teachers, naming names seems to have become the unpardonable sin for many in the charismatic movement. Certainly, much of the criticism aimed at last fall’s Strange Fire conference focused on that issue. But is “Thou shalt not call out false...

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Friday, 14 February 2014 00:00

The Pathology of False Teachers Featured

by John MacArthur

Throughout history, deadly epidemics have ravaged mankind. In the fourteenth century, the infamous Black Death (an outbreak of bubonic plague) killed millions in Europe. Cholera, diphtheria, malaria, and other sicknesses have ravaged towns and cities. Our generation has witnessed...

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00

Fruit Inspection Featured

by John MacArthur

You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? So, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does...

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