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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Saturday, 16 September 2017 10:09

Christ, Our Great Substitute

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by Thaddeus Williams

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”(2 Corinthians 5:21)

What is substitutionary atonement?

The cross of Jesus is where the substitutionary atonement happened. On the cross, Jesus served as our...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 06:42

On God, Providence, and Natural Disasters

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Guest Post by Steve Hays

1. Two recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida renewed perennial debates about the problem of natural evil. Calvinists and freewill theists give different answers. A friend asked me to comment on this old screed by Rachel Held Evans:
 
I rarely read RHE. Outrage is crack...

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Monday, 11 September 2017 03:51

Do you believe God sent the hurricane(s)?

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image Yes, I believe God ordains all that comes to pass (Eph 1:11) If a calamity occurs in a city has not the LORD done it?" (Amos 3:6). After losing all ten of his children after a great wind had caused the collapse of his son's house, Job says, "The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 05:23

The Double Cure

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image When the Holy Spirit regenerates a man and joins him to Christ, He shows him the heinousness of his sin. Seeing he cannot save himself from it, the sinner appeals to Christ to deliver him both from 1) sin's guilt and 2) from its power; from God's wrath and from sin's bondage; to not only justify...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 05:13

Amillennialism and The “Future” Kingdom of God

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image A common misunderstanding about amillennialism is that “covenant theologians regard the kingdom of God as a wholly invisible and wholly present reality with no future, earthly fulfillment.” It is argued that because amillennialists have no place in their eschatological scheme for Jesus...

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image Just a couple of comments on one of the articles in the Nashville Statement

ARTICLE 10WE AFFIRM that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness.

WE DENY that the approval of...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 10:12

Rebuilding the Tower of Babel

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image While peace and global unity are laudable pursuits on the surface, such goals ought to be seen in the light of what took place at the Tower of Babe (Gen 11:1-9). This event stands as a stark warning against utopianism, against man's proud and unending use of politics, economics and false religion...

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by Dean Davis

NOTE: The essay below is an extract from the book, The High King of Heaven: Discovering the Master Keys to the Great End Time Debate by Dean Devis (Redemption Press, 2014). It deals with one of the great biblical signs of the imminence of the Consummation: the large-scale converision...

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 12:12

The Prosperity Gospel: A Global Epidemic

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by Costi Hinn

Prosperity is hot topic in the church. Does God care if a pastor drives a nice car or lives in a nice home? Does God command that all who follow Him take a vow of poverty and starve their families in a protest of earthly comfort? Bible teachers sell millions of books and accumulate...

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 05:47

Is Calvinism Synonymous with Fatalism?

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A guest post by Steve Hays

I've posted most of the definitions at one time or another, but it's useful to collate them in one place. 
 
Is Calvinism fatalistic? Is determinism synonymous with fatalism?
 
Critics of Calvinism use "fatalism" as an inaccurate term of abuse, because it has...

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 02:51

The Law Engraved Upon Our Hearts

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Oimage ur motivation makes the difference. The legalist obeys God's commands in order to attain and/or maintain their just standing before God; something that is clearly Christ's office alone. Evangelical obedience, if I may use that term, obeys out of a renewed heart. i.e. because he is born again and...

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Monday, 21 August 2017 10:52

The Visible Vs. The Invisible Church

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What do we mean when we make the distinction between the visible and invisible church? And what is the reason for this distinction? Starting around the 4th century - the expression "Visible Church" was refered to by theologians, not to a building, but to the members on the rolls of a local church....

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 07:28

A Vile Wretch

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image The following is an excerpt of a short conversation that ensued as a result of this Lloyd-Jones quote:

Visitor: Actually Man was made in the image of God and God said that His creation was very good!! I do not see myself as a wretch but as a child of God, who God thought was worth the blood of...

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Like many of you, my heart was broken and saddened by the abominable evils we witnessed in Charlottesville ... so, so painful when the story broke. To see that kind of heinous evil and racism today ...it is disgraceful. But it reveals again how much work still needs to be done, and it serves as a...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 06:05

Why We Believe While Others Reject

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by John MacArthur

1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16

It was about 25 years ago in my life that I was asked to write a little book, and the original title of that little book was Focus on Fact.  You’ve probably never seen it; it didn’t last very...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 08:14

Biblical Theology Primer

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Biblical Theology in the tradition of Geerhardus Vos approaches the Bible as an organic drama of God's unfolding revelation through history. In distinction from doctrinal or systematic theology, biblical theology follows the progressively unfolding revelation of God's words and deeds through...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 10:41

Union with Christ, the Vine

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“When I am converted by the Gospel, the Holy Spirit is present. He takes me as clay and makes of me a new creature, which is endowed with a different mind, heart, and thoughts, that is, with a true knowledge of God and a sincere trust in His grace.

To summarize, the very...

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N. T. Wright explains why he denies the doctrine of imputed righteousness:

"If we use the language of the law court, it makes no sense whatever to say that the judge imputes, imparts, bequeaths or conveys or otherwise transfers his righteousness to either the plaintiff or the defendant....

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The 2017 Greenville Seminary Spring Theology Conference commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

The following files are in MP3 format.  To download, right click and save to your hard drive.

01 - Sola Scriptura by Dr. Joel Beeke

02 - Luther's Providential God by Dr....

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 05:09

Foreknowledge and the Free Will of Men

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by John Frame

The doctrine that God foreordains and directs all events is generally regarded as Calvinistic, and I am not embarrassed to be called a Calvinist. However, other Christian traditions also accept this doctrine, sometimes in spite of themselves. Take Arminianism for example. The Arminian...

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Friday, 07 July 2017 02:24

I Love Deuteronomy

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image I have always loved Deuteronomy. In fact the Lord used this book as a key instrument in my own conversion. Deuteronomy is a book of the Law and reveals the holiness of God. Reading it will instill the deep fear of the Lord in a person.

But according to the Text, did Israel receive God's favor...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 02:37

5 Principles of Evangelical Religion

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I. To the question “what Evangelical Religion is?” the simplest answer I can give is to point out what appear to be its leading features. These I consider to be five in number.

( a) The first leading feature in Evangelical Religion is the absolute supremacy it assigns to...

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Here is my response to a meme I came across today which attempts to critique the Calvinist who says an Arminian's choice of following Jesus can be grounds for boasting before God.

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Salvation is a gift, in its entirety. Jesus provides EVERYTHING we need for salvation, including a new heart to...

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Friday, 16 June 2017 05:45

Hope for the Wretched (Like Me)

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image by Herman Bavinck

Both for unbelievers and believers, the doctrine of election is a source of inexpressibly great comfort. If it were based on justice and merit, all would be lost. But now that election operates according to grace, there is hope even for the most wretched. If work and reward were...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 06:41

Hide Not the Offense of the Cross

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“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man” —Galatians 1:11

A gospel which is after men will be welcomed by men; but it needs a divine operation upon the heart and mind to make a man willing to receive into his inmost...

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