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

Monergism - Apologetic Report
Saturday, 15 December 2018 03:59

Justification

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The basic religious question is that of our relation to God. How can man be just with God? How can he be right with the Holy One? In our situation, however, the question is much more aggravated. It is not simply, how can man be just with God, but how can sinful man be just with God?...

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Friday, 14 December 2018 03:31

And he will lift up an ensign to the nations

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And he will lift up an ensign to the nations. This verse contains nothing more than the explanation of the former verse. The language is metaphorical, and admits of two meanings; either that, by giving an ensign, he will terrify adversaries, so that they will not dare to prevent his...

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image Guest Post by Nick Batzig

Sinclair Ferguson has recently released his second advent themed book, Love Came Down.Together with his previously published Child in the Manger,this has quickly become one of my favorite sources for advent meditations. That is not at all surprising, as I have...

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Excerpt from The Holy Spirit

by John Owen

“To say that we are able by our own efforts to think good thoughts or give God spiritual obedience before we are spiritually regenerate is to overthrow the gospel and the faith of the universal church in all ages.”- John Owen

All men can be divided...

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A Guest Post by Peter Kozushko

Since 2005, Bart Ehrman, a distinguished critical New Testament scholar, has authored four New York Times best sellers challenging the historical accuracy of the Bible. That is a significant readership for a Biblical scholar. Ehrman has succeeded in popularizing the...

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Starting around the 4th century - the expression "Visible Church" was referred to by theologians, not to a building, but to the members on the rolls of a local church. In other words, all persons who are members of a local church are considered to be a part of the visible church.

On the other hand,...

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Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:16

What does it mean to "fall away"?

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image The visible church of Christ is mixed; having both wheat and tares. It is the characteristic of God's people to persevere to the end because God preserves them (John 6:38-40, John 10:28-29, Romans 8:28-39). Those who fall away demonstrate that they had spurious faith. (See 1 John 2:19) The Holy...

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Friday, 16 November 2018 09:41

Jesus Christ, the Savior from Sin

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image John Calvin once said, "...this is everlasting life: to wit, to know God the Father, and to receive Christ as our only Savior."
 
Here John Calvin partially quotes John 17:3 and then tacks on the the suffix about receiving Christ as the only Savior. As you probably know, the fact that Jesus...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 03:23

The Severity of God

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The Gospel can never be preached without consequence of ultimatum! And the presentation of the Wrath of God is not optional but mandatory, not suggested but required. But know this that the Wrath of God is never intended to scare sinners into salvation (for fear is never a proper motive for...

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Saturday, 10 November 2018 13:00

For Unto Us a Child is Born - Isaiah 9: 1-7

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image I have been reading from Calvin's Commentariy on Isaiah and I had to included this portion because it is so sublime.  I would encourage you to open you Bible to read the first seven verses of Isaiah 9 and may the Lord use this expostion to richly bless you..

by John Calvin

1. Yet the darkness...

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By Pastor John Samson

We believe it is a great privilege for a child to grow up in a Christian home and for the entire family to worship together, week in and week out in the Sunday morning worship service. Over time, this teaches the child much in the way of what a normal life as a Christian...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 03:35

Regeneration

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by Dr. Robert L. Reymond

from A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith 2nd Edition

Why do some people repent and respond by faith in Christ to the divine summons to faith while others do not? Concerning those who believe in Christ’s name John immediately says in John 1:13: “[These...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 06:13

An Essential Mark of a Sound Conversion

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We turn from our own RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Before conversion, man seeks to cover himself with his own fig-leaves, and to make himself acceptable with God, by his own duties. He is apt to trust in himself, and set up his own righteousness, and to reckon his pennies for gold, and not to...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 15:32

The Force of Bad Example

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By John Calvin

It ought to be observed that we are exceedingly disposed to wicked imitation. When we see bad examples, we are drawn to them with great force, and take the example for a law; for when others go before us, we think that we have a right to act in the same manner, and especially when it...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 07:29

"You Always Resist the Holy Spirit"

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One of the common arguments I hear against the biblical doctrine of irresistible grace (effectual calling) is an appeal to Acts 7:51 which declares

“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you."

Oddly enough, the...

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Saturday, 27 October 2018 06:50

"Circumcise the foreskin of your heart"

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Question: "Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn." Deut. 10:16 --> If God commands the Israelites to circumcise their own hearts in this verse and in Jer. 4:4, how can we reconcile these two verses with monergistic principles?

Answer: Good question.

Let me...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 07:58

Vessels Prepared for Destruction

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Excerpt from Dr. James White's book "The Potter's Freedom" (pages 211-214):

For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.” So then He has mercy on whom He...

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Friday, 05 October 2018 04:59

John Owen on the Holy Spirit

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image John Owen is among the theologians whose thoughts most closely mirror my own and this particular book of his could easily be called a manifesto of monergistic, God-honoring theology. I agree with Dr. Sinclair Ferguson when he says, "Whenever I return to read Owen I find myself at least in part...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 06:13

My Social Media Strategy

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1. Relentlessly encourage, edify & inform.

2. Ignore trolls, mockers & slanderers into oblivion.

3. Starve dissensionists, narcissists, & errorists of the attention they crave.

4. Point people to sound people & resources.

5. Exalt Christ. Bible. Grace. Truth. Gospel.

6....

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 09:31

The Importance of Salvation

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In comparison with salvation, all other subjects are trivial. To waste time in the pursuit of wealth, or in the chase of sensual pleasure, while our salvation is not secure, is more than folly—it is madness. What, would you agree to dwell in the dark dungeon of despair...

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Friday, 21 September 2018 04:25

A New Creature

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thomas watson"Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold all things are become new." - 2 Corinthians 5:17

Authors: john_hendryx...

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Saturday, 15 September 2018 01:44

Who Made You to Differ?

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It is grace, free, sovereign grace, which has made you to differ!Should any here, supposing themselves to be the children of God, imagine that there is some reason "in them" why they should have been chosen, let them know, that as yet they are in the dark, concerning the first...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 02:55

Christ and Sanctification

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By simple, close, and searching views of the cross of Christ, the Spirit most effectually sanctifies the believer. This is the true and great method of gospel sanctification. Here lies the secret of all real holiness and, may I not add, of all real happiness? For if we separate...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 03:15

The Marks of True Prayer

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1. True prayer brings heaven down into the soul, and lifts the soul up to heaven.

2. True prayer is the prime exercise of faith where all saving graces converge to climax in both the highest expression of gratitute (to God) and the deepest expression of humility (with regard to...

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