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

Reformed Spirit - Apologetic Report
Friday, 22 September 2017 18:42

No Salvation outside of Christ Featured

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“First we must understand that as long as Christ remains outside of us, and we are separated from him, all that he has suffered and done for the salvation of the human race remains useless and of no value to us?
John Calvin
Calvin Institutes 3.1.1.

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Friday, 22 September 2017 16:15

Ultimately we become like what we worship Featured

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Ultimately we become like what we worship. If we worship money, we become materialistic. If we worship power and prestige we become cold and calloused. If we worship an idol, we become as spiritually dead and lifeless as a stone. On the other hand, if we worship Christ, we will be conformed to His...

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"Why is it that some have believed? It is because the Spirit has sanctified them, has set them apart, has called them out. It is the call of the Spirit; it is the work of the Spirit in conviction, and calling out, and giving power to believe."- Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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'Can we possibly, without utter absurdity, maintain that there first existed in anyone the good virtue of a good will, to entitle him to the removal of his heart of stone? How can we say this, when all the time this heart of stone itself signifies precisely a will of the hardest kind, a will that...

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Friday, 22 September 2017 13:15

If heaven were by merit, it would never be heaven to me Featured

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"If heaven were by merit, it would never be heaven to me, for if I were in it I should say, “I am sure I am here by mistake; I am sure this is not my place; I have no claim to it.” But if it be of grace and not of works, then we may walk into heaven with boldness." 
C. H. Spurgeon
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Friday, 22 September 2017 04:49

The truly converted person is filled with the Holy Spirit Featured

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The Great Commission is a command to bring unbelievers  throughout the world to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ,and the term the Lord uses in this commissioning is to make disciples.
The true convert is a disciple, a person who has accepted and submitted himself to Jesus Christ,...

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The secret of development of Christian character is the realization of our own powerlessness,acknowledge powerlessness,and the consequent turning unto the Lord for help.The plain fact is that of ourselves we are utterly unable to practice a single precept or obey a single command that is set before...

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Just as the sinner’s despair of any hope from himself is the first prerequisite of a sound conversion, so the loss of all confidence in himself is the first essential in the believer’s growth in grace.
AW Pink
Sovereignty of God - Page 287

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 22:55

Does John 3:16 debunk Calvinism ? Featured

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Calvinists believe in John 3:16: they simply point out that in light of the words of the Lord Jesus in John 6:44 and elsewhere, no man is able to come to Christ outside of the drawing of the Father. Hence, when John 3:16 says "whosoever will," we heartily agree: and go on to assert that only those...

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In twentieth-century evangelism there has been a woeful ignoring of the solemn truth of the total depravity of man. There has been a complete underrating of’ the desperate case and condition of the sinner. Very few indeed have faced the unpalatable fact that every man is thoroughly corrupt by...

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"Perhaps the most difficult task for us to perform is to rely on God's grace and God's grace alone for our salvation. It is difficult for our pride to rest on grace. Grace is for other people - for beggars. We don't want to live by a heavenly welfare system. We want to earn our own way and atone...

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"If you show me a man deliberately living an unholy and licentious life, and yet boasting that his sins are forgiven, I answer, 'He is under a ruinous delusion, and is not forgiven at all.' I would not believe he is forgiven if an angel from heaven affirmed it, and I charge you not to believe it...

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Friday, 15 September 2017 13:26

No Man is justified by his own works Featured

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Every man who expects justification by works, must see to it, not that he is better than other men, or that he is very exact and does many things, or that he fasts twice in the week, and gives tithes of all he possesses — but that he is sinless.
Charles Hodge
The Way of Life - Page 160

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Friday, 15 September 2017 11:45

It is the Spirit that works faith in the Heart Featured

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Though it be said that faith comes by hearing — yet it is the Spirit who works faith in the heart through hearing, or else they are not profited by hearing.John BunyanGrace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners p. 103

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Friday, 15 September 2017 10:55

Christ has stood in the place of the true Christian Featured

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But how then is a true Christian justified? What is the secret of that peace and sense of pardon which he enjoys? How can we understand a Holy God dealing with a sinful man—as with one innocent, and reckoning him righteous notwithstanding his many sins?
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Friday, 15 September 2017 00:35

The true Christian is the only happy man Featured

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"The true Christian is the only happy man, because he has sources of happiness entirely independent of this world. He has something which cannot be affected by sickness and by deaths, by private losses and by public calamities — the ""peace of God, which passes all understanding."" He has a...

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Dear friends, anything that divorces people from their reliance upon the Word of God is not the work of the author of the Word of God.  Anything that diverts our attention away from Scripture is not coming from the author of Scripture.  It’s coming from the enemy.  Are these...

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Christ took your cup of grief, your cup of the curse, pressed it to his lips, drank it to its dregs — then filled it with His sweet, pardoning, sympathizing love, and gave it back for you to drink, and to drink forever!- Octavius WinslowGems from Octavius Winslow

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Whenever a man takes upon him to make additions to the Scriptures, he is likely to end with valuing his own additions above Scripture itself.
We see this point brought out most strikingly in our Lords answer to the charge of the Pharisee against His disciples. He says, "Why you disobey the...

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“Doctrine matters. What you believe about God, the gospel, the nature of man, and every major truth addressed in Scripture filters down to every area of your life. You and I will never rise above our view of God and our understanding of His Word.” – John MacArthurGrace to...

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“The gospel has not been crafted by any church, drafted by any denomination, nor scripted by any seminary, but has come down from God Himself.” – Steve LawsonTwitter 

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The Christian’s responsibility is clear: We are to learn God’s truth by searching God’s Word. We must carefully evaluate every teaching according to God’s unfailing standard. What passes the test is sound doctrine, and what fails the test is false doctrine.
-Tim Challies
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“Grace … eliminates boasting; it suffocates boasting: it silences any and all negotiations about our contribution before they can even begin. By definition we cannot ‘qualify’ for grace in any way, by any means, or through any action.” 
- Sinclair Ferguson 
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The doctrine of substitution affirms not only a fact (God in Christ substituted himself for us) but its necessity (there was no other way by which God's holy love could be satisfied and rebellious human beings could be saved).Therefore as we stand before the cross,we begin to gain a clear view...

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“There are only two ways that God’s justice can be satisfied with respect to your sin. Either you satisfy it or Christ satisfies it. You can satisfy it by being banished from God’s presence forever. Or you can accept the satisfaction that Jesus Christ has made.” 
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