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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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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 If morality is relative and based on personal preference, as atheists claim, then their moral judgments of others carry no more weight than if they told you which flavor of ice cream they prefer.

There is an inconsistency here. To claim to know what's right for everyone requires universal moral absolutes. So every time moral relativists declare

"All that the Father gives to Me will come to me..." (John 6:37)

VISITOR: This means He gives the ones whom he knows will come. I used to be a Calvinist, so I know all the philosophical reasonings that go on.

RESPONSE: You said, "He gives the ones whom he knows will come". UMM, Who is using philosophical reasoning here? These are YOUR words, not the

Thursday, 21 July 2016 10:34

Holy Perfection Demands Holy Perfection.

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Holy perfection demands holy perfection. When we all fell in Adam, God did not lower His holy standard to accommodate man's sin. No ... God will not compromise His holy character because, to do so, He would no longer be holy and thus no longer be God. So His demand for holy perfection remains even though fallen men are morally impotent to

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 12:26

An Exalted View of Own Goodness

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As human beings we have a strong tendency to have an exalted view of our own character, and we flatter ourselves. But a Christian is one who, by the mercy of God, has cast aside all high views of his own character and righteousness. The beginning, middle and end of his hope is found, not in himself, but in the righteousness of Another. He is not

Sunday, 17 July 2016 10:10

Give Jesus a Try? Featured

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Sadly, many of those out there who now call themselves "evangelicals" are really nothing more than deists whose religion is to spread the so-called gospel of Christian values, behavior modification and therapeutic "salvation". It is painful to say but this large amorphous group can no more be identified with the Biblical gospel of grace than can

Question: Doesn't the story of Cain and Abel defeat Calvinism? "The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”" -Genesis 4:6-7 (ESV) See God tells him if he does

Thursday, 14 July 2016 07:33

Diversity through Relentless Conformity

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Dear friends, there is a great malignancy in our land called secular progressivism - a movement that ironically wants diversity through relentless conformity. But we cannot continue in our attempts to root out the cancer with the band-aid solution of surface arguments. While I do not doubt their sincerity in wanting to resolve the issues of the

It genuinely baffles me that there are professing Christians out there (e.g. Rachel Held Evans, Roger Olson) who, because of moral qualms, reject the biblical idea that disasters in this world are ordained by God. (Exodus 4:10-11, 12:29; Proverbs 16:4; 2 Sam 24:15-16; 1 Sam 15:2-3; Job 2:10; Isa 45:7; Amos 3:6; Eph 1:11) These concepts are so

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 07:48

Inability and Accountability

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"Can a ... leopard change his spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil." - Jeremiah 13:23

There are a number of professing Christians who have actually been taught that God would never require us to do anything we are incapable of doing. But does not the whole Bible teach that we are required to obey the Law? Yet not one

Monday, 11 July 2016 14:16

Atheism and Existential Nihilism

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Guest Post by Steve Hays

I'll comment on a post by Jeff Lowder:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2016/07/09/naturalism-theism-and-the-meaning-of-life/

Jeff's analysis is dependent on Erik J. Wielenberg's Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe.

    intrinsically meaningful life: a life has intrinsic meaning if the life is good

Saturday, 09 July 2016 09:57

12 Principles for Online Discussion

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 By His great mercy, through no merit of our own, God has delivered us from captivity and He has now given us a mission of mercy to declare the gospel to a world that is still in darkness. In the last 20 years or so, the new world of the Internet has opened up as an opportunity for us to bring the good news to people who may have never encountered

Visitor: 4-point Calvinists like Bruce Ware  affirm 'multiple intentions' for the atonement, all shared symmetrically within the Trinity. The Father employs election and preterition, the Son atones generally and redeems particularly, and the Spirit calls both effectually and non-effectually (or something to that effect). No disharmony in

Saturday, 02 July 2016 13:42

He Will Not Forsake His Saints

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Brothers and sisters, let's acknowledge reality: we are no longer on a slippery slope. We have already hit bottom and the edifices of the new order are already being erected there. But do not fret - it is not the end ... far from it. The gospel can flourish in any and all environments. In fact, that "plant" we call the gospel does best in the

Thursday, 30 June 2016 11:05

Who is Quashing Who's Freedoms?

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 Did you ever notice that the persons who love to claim that Christians are out to quash everyone's freedom; and want to oppress everyone, are the same persons who have so strenuously and forcefully fought to have a monopoly on what our children learn in public schools? i.e.. to push their views of sexuality and the origin of humanity as the only