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
Friday, 16 June 2017 05:45

Hope for the Wretched (Like Me)

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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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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 04:20

Two Top Rated Books on the Gospel

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Among the best books ever written on the gospel. Both available for free download

Click on the following links to go to the download pages. These high quality eBooks have an actively linked Table of Contents, not scanned.  To download, use your default browser, not your Facebook app.

The Gospel...

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"For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy." - Rom 9:15-16

The Reformed Faith: An Exposition Of The Westminster...

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image Some claim it would be unjust of God to command us to do something we are unable to do.
 
That is an odd claim. Isn't that why we need grace to begin with? ... because we are morally bankrupt?, impotent to carry out the works of the Law? The command "Love the Lord your God with all your...

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image Men are not Saved by Good Works, nor by the Free Determination of their Own Will, but by the Grace of God through Faith

But this part of the human race to which God has promised pardon and a share in His eternal kingdom, can they be restored through the merit of their own works? God forbid. For...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 09:14

John 6:40 as a Proof Text Against Calvinism?

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Visitor: As a proof text against Calvinism:John 6:40 For my Father’s will is that everyonewho looks to the Son and believesin him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

Response: We all believe that. Calvinists also believe that anyone who looks to the Son...

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Friday, 26 May 2017 08:16

Not Able Not to Sin

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image I often see critiques from professing Christians online regarding their deep opposition to the biblical view that, due to a corruption of nature, fallen man has no free will to come to Christ. Recently I even encountered someone with a list of bible verses which allegedly prove that human beings...

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 06:04

Killing Sin by the Spirit

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Hear the Call to Kill Sin

Authors: john_hendryx...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 02:59

"If they will."

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image Visitor: Any person can be saved, if they will.

Response: Don't we all believe any person can come if they will? The problem is, are there any persons naturally willing to submit to the terms of the gospel? Does it come naturally for fallen sinners to come to the humbling realization that they have...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 03:18

The Lordship Controversy Resolved?

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When a person comes to faith in Christ as Savior, are they not acknowledging their helplessness, and so come to Him in the hope that He will free them from both the guilt and power of sin? Do not people come to Christ so that He...

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image “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” - 1 Peter 1:16

"Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God." 2 Cor 7:1

"...we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of...

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image When I hear professing Christians say that since God is love He would never violate our free will (btw, a concept not found in the Bible)... my first thought is to ask:

"So you are troubled that God did for you what you couldn't do for yourself? Is Hell better than being saved? In everyday life we...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 06:33

Are Christians Better than Non-Christians?

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image I have sometimes heard the charge from skeptics that Christians come off as thinking they are better than other people.  This impression perhaps arises for at least two reasons: 1) because a professing Christian who does not understand the gospel actually DOES think they are better than...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 06:25

Hate Masquerading as Love

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The sad irony is that the very "churches" that claim to want full inclusion of practicing LGBT persons into their fellowship/membership are the very same churches that would deny them entrance into the kingdom via the gospel. Because they have caved to the culture, fearing the opinions of men...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 05:26

Faith Involves Both Renunciation and Reliance

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"Faith involves both a renunciation and a reliance. First, we must renounce any trust in our own performance as the basis of our acceptance before God. We trust in our own performance when we believe we’ve earned God’s acceptance by our good works. But we also trust in...

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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 05:09

Come as You Are?

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image "It is misleading to say that God accepts us the way we are. Rather he accepts us despitethe way we are. He receives us only in Christ and for Christ's sake. Nor does He mean to leave us the way He found us, but to transform us into the likeness of His Son. Without that transformation and new...

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I believe that once a person is authentically redeemed, is truly in Christ, that person will never be lost to Christ. That person has what we call eternal security—not because of the person’s innate ability to persevere, but I believe that God promises to preserve His...

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Friday, 28 April 2017 08:21

5 Questions That Steal or Seal Your Hope

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by Paul David Tripp.

This post is adapted from his book Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do

Hope Versus Panic

It is quite clear that your view of God will inescapably shape your perspective on your circumstances. In this way your theology is like a lens through which you examine...

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adapted from his new book, Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life.

What we meet in the unfolding biblical drama is not merely three “personas” but three concrete persons; not just three roles, but three...

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Friday, 21 April 2017 05:58

Muhammed and Jesus Contrasted

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Muhammed taught, in many circumstances, that we ought to kill or subjugate our enemies (e.g. Surah 9). Christ by example taught we ought to die for our enemies and liberate them ... It is recorded in history that Mohammed had killed dozens of his enemies by the time of his death. Jesus, having...

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It cannot be stressed too much that to confuse the gospel with certain important things that go hand in hand with it is to invite theological, hermeneutical and spiritual confusion.  Such ingredients of preaching and teaching that we might want to link with the gospel...

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This post is adapted from the chapter entitled "Revelation" by Charles E. Hill in A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospel Realized, edited by Michael J. Kruger.

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The “Revelation of Jesus Christ” portrays in dramatic fashion the...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:27

The Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ

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“The Spirit’s coming inaugurates a communion with Christ in which the Spirit who dwelt on Christ now dwells on and in believers… The coming of the Spirit is the equivalent of the indwelling of Jesus…

Having the Spirit is the equivalent, indeed the...

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