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
Tuesday, 08 May 2018 04:28

Sanctification: Monergistic or Synergistic?

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image "so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctificationand redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” - 1 Cor 1:29-31&nb...

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Saturday, 05 May 2018 04:55

A Few Thoughts on Repentance

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  1. Repentance is a gift from God. We mustn’t assume that repentance has its origin within us. God gives repentance as a gift of grace through the work of the Spirit in His people and as such ought to be treated as a gift with an awareness of an undeserved mercy. (2 Tim. 2:25)
  2. Repentance is...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 08:35

Why Do We Pray for the Lost?

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image As Phil Johnson once posted, "I often ask Arminians,

'Why do you even pray for the lost? Your theology tells you God has already done everything He could possibly do to save them and now its all up to them. So why do you pray for your lost relatives? Something in you knows that God is sovereign...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 03:03

The Responsibility of the Church in the New Age

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image by J. Gresham Machen

The following is a short excerpt from Machen’s essay, “The Responsibility of the Church in Our New Age.” This remarkably relevant work originally appeared in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science in 1933. You can hear a reading of...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 13:30

The Biblical Importance of Catechizing

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“If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed…Train yourself for godliness” (1 Tim. 4:6-7).

A friendly, pastoral reminder to remember to review and...

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image The following post is a response to this comment found on social media:

"Being GAY is not a CRIME. And it is not a SIN.: Stop using God to justify your prejudice. Religion is about Loving one another, You're just looking for an excuse to hate."

If someone were to simply take a few hours out of their...

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image Would Christ have had to die for the social justice gospel to be true?

If the answer is no ... if social justice has, de facto, become the gospel itself, and our goal is simply to "redeem" the culture" then Jesus would not be needed as a Savior, but merely as an example. Without personal...

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 04:39

What podcasts are you listening to this week?

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I have been listening to the following podcasts over the last few days.

TheocastThe Covenant of Works: How this one theological concept is essential to understanding the Bible, the Gospel, the life of Christ and the doctrine of justification. Its long history in reformed theology. Why it’s...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 10:09

The Use of Means in Regeneration

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image One of the great benefits of the Internet is that nothing stays hidden within a single community very long.  When false statements are made and bandied about, the liklihood of them being exposed for what they are is much more likely then when there was no Internet and teachers could speak to...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 07:56

Predestination destroys legalism

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Predestination destroys legalism. If salvation is by Christ ALONE, it leaves no room for boasting or trusting in ourselves, even a little. It strips us bare and forces us to abandon all hope in our own wisdom, will-power, efforts or rules. The Scripture declares: "It is because of Him you are in...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 06:53

Prayer and Legalism

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image "Since prayer is an aspect of our sanctification, our development or growth in godliness, it too must be understood as the fruit of what Christ has done for us. This is often the missing dimension in books and sermons on prayer...Problems emerge when the task of praying is urged without the motive...

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image by John Calvin

"Because of the bondage of sin by which the will is held bound, it cannot move toward good, much less apply itself thereto; for a movement of this sort is the beginning of conversion to God, which in Scripture is ascribed entirely to God’s grace. So Jeremiah prayed to the Lord...

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Answer: No. definitely not. He answers our prayers THAT WE MAY have victory over sin.  It is by the grace of God in Jesus Christ that we overcome sin. We come to Jesus empty handed.  We have nothing to offer but our sin.  Any good in us us purely the mercy and grace of God. ...

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imageQuestion: If I deny the transfer of the ten commandments from the old covenant into the new covenant, am I considered Reformed? I'm still covenantal?
 
Answer: What parts of this do you disagree with?
 
Q. 95. Of what use is the moral law to all men?
A. The moral law is of use to all men, to...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 06:34

The World in the Church

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image by J. Gresham Machen

"There are congregations, even in the present age of conflict, that are really gathered around the table of the crucified Lord; there are pastors that are pastors indeed. But such congregations, in many cities, are difficult to find. Weary with the conflicts of the world, one...

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Saturday, 17 March 2018 08:44

16 Free eBooks by B. B. Warfield

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image The following free eBooks by Benjamin Warfield are available in ePub,.mobi and .pdf formats, accessible for your eReading device. These are classic works which are all highly recommended.  We believe no one should be held back from having a significant library of these important works because...

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Friday, 16 March 2018 06:35

God Does Not Depend on Politics

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image "As Christians, we don't need to 'win' when it comes to politics. We don't need to tie our hopes to one party or react with fury when the other guy gets in, as though some mere human might thwart God's plans - as though God sits in heaven and says, 'Oh this democratic system is really messing...

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Friday, 16 March 2018 01:23

God’s Goodness is His Glory

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The goodness of God is the most pleasant perfection of the Divine nature.

His creating power amazes us. His conducting wisdom astonisheth us. His goodness, as furnishing us with all conveniences, delights us and renders both His amazing power, and astonishing wisdom,...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:54

A Humble Soul Overlooks His Own Righteousness

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A second property of an humble soul is this, He overlooks his own righteousness, and lives upon the righteousness of another, to wit, the Lord Jesus. So the apostle, (Philip. 3:8–10), overlooks his own righteousness, and lives wholly upon the righteousness of Christ: ‘I...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 10:04

Rome Vs. Augustine on Free Will

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image Roman Catholics proclaim a curse (anathema) on anyone who affirms the loss of free will after the fall in the decrees of the (Roman Catholic) Council of Trent: Canons on Justification. it declares:

"If any one should affirm that since the fall of Adam man's free will is lost, let him be accursed."--...

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Saturday, 10 March 2018 09:54

Preach Only the Christ of the Bible

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“If we do not preach about sin and God’s judgment on it, we cannot present Christ as Saviour from sin and the wrath of God. And if we are silent about these things, and preach a Christ who saves only from self and the sorrows of this world, we are not preaching the...

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Saturday, 10 March 2018 01:16

Christianity's High View of Women

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by Nancy Pearcy

"Sexual hedonism is another expression of a low view of women. In ancient Greek and Roman culture, it was widely accepted that husbands would have sex with mistresses, concubines, slaves, and prostitutes (both male and female). An ancient Athenian saying was, “Wives are for...

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Friday, 09 March 2018 10:30

The Most Dangerous Prayer a Christian Can Pray

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by Darrell Bernard Harrison

Prayer is essential to the Christian life.

It is essential to the Christian life because prayer was essential to the life of Jesus (Matthew 6:1-15, 14:23; Luke 5:16, 22:39-41; Hebrews 5:7.)

Theologian Andrew Murray, who arguably has written more than anyone on the subject...

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Thursday, 08 March 2018 09:36

Three Types of Calvinist

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There are different perspectives on Calvinism. Different ways of approaching Calvinism. Differences of emphasis or orientation:
 

1. Soteriological

 
This orientation stresses doctrines like unconditional election, reprobation, special redemption, spiritual inability, sola...

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image I recall in one of our discussions you asked me about biological evolution and my thoughts on it. Given the broad nature of this topic at the time I only was able to give you a superficial overview of my thoughts... so today I wanted to give you a more complete explanation. It is a big topic to...

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