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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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 01:00

Combatting Spiritual Hypocrisy Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Is God honored by our worship when we don’t mean it? Is he glorified when we go through the motions of devotion to Him simply because we know others are watching and we don’t want to be embarrassed?

The obvious answer is No. Scripture does not mince words when it comes to God’s hatred of hypocritical worship.

by Jeremiah Johnson

Failure is inevitable. No believer can always live up to the standard of Scripture—our remaining flesh and the habits of our former sinful selves inhibit our holiness in this life. But that doesn’t mean we give up—it doesn’t mean we surrender to temptation and impurity.

What it means is that we must battle

Friday, 27 May 2016 01:00

Legalism and Lawlessness Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

The opposite of wrong isn’t always right. Sometimes it’s simply a different kind of wrong.

There are two dominant errors Christians fall into that can damage and destroy their integrity. You can think of them as two equally treacherous ditches on either side of the narrow way (Matthew 7:14).

On one side you have

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 01:00

Integrity and Identity Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

It’s easy—even natural—to be a hypocrite. People are enamored with outward appearances, and it’s not difficult to construct a convincing façade. At some point, most people realize there’s no need to develop character and establish integrity when it’s far easier to fake it.

Spiritual

by Jeremiah Johnson

The greatest threat to the church is not persecution. It’s not the rise of atheism, Islam, or liberal politics. It’s not the Pope. And it’s not the rampaging immorality of the world around us.

No, the greatest threat to the church—and to individual believers—is compromise.

If this current election

Friday, 20 May 2016 01:00

James: Thrones in the Kingdom Featured

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by John MacArthur

This is part three of a three-part series on the apostle James. Click here to read part one and here for part two. –GTY Staff

The apostle James was part of Christ’s inner circle and one of His closest confidants. But unlike Peter and John, we read very little about this “Son of Thunder” as an individual. The

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 01:00

James: Fire From Heaven Featured

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by John MacArthur

This is part two of a three-part series on the apostle James. Click here to read part one. –GTY Staff

You’re probably familiar with the concept of a “no-go zone”—that part of town one would be wise to avoid, especially at night. Often they are areas dominated by gang activity, racial and religious

Monday, 16 May 2016 01:00

James: The Apostle of Passion Featured

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by John MacArthur

Of the three disciples in Jesus’ closest inner circle, James is the least familiar to us. The biblical account is practically devoid of any explicit details about his life and character. He never appears as a stand-alone character in the gospel accounts, but he is always paired with his younger and better-known brother, John.

 

Friday, 13 May 2016 01:00

Stop Complaining, Part 2 Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Most people assume they are generally agreeable and easy-going. Few people would proudly say they were hard to get along with or difficult to be around.

But if you added up every argumentative, complaining, and frustrated word you spoke this week, along with all your eye rolls, disappointed sighs, and grumbling grunts, you would

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 01:00

Stop Complaining, Part 1 Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

What would you say is the defining characteristic of our society?

Maybe pride, selfishness, lust, vengeance, materialism—all dominant features of twenty-first century life. But here’s one you might not have guessed—discontentment.

So much of modern life is bound up in obtaining what we don’t have, and then

Monday, 09 May 2016 01:00

Unqualified, Not Unworthy Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

“Unqualified.”

That was John MacArthur’s one-word assessment of Steven Furtick during a Q&A session at the 2012 Shepherds’ Conference.

It’salso the title of Furtick’s latest book. Furtick credits that brief appraisal of his ministry as the inspiration for writing:

“Unqualified.” .

Friday, 06 May 2016 01:00

The Blessings of Forgiveness Featured

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by John MacArthur

Forgiveness is Christianity at its highest level. It reflects God’s immense forgiveness through Christ, and no human expression of forgiveness could ever surpass what Christ has done for us.

But extending forgiveness to others also brings with it great blessings upon the Christian life. Let’s conclude this series by

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 01:00

Forgiving Fallen Pastors Featured

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by John MacArthur

It has always saddened me over the years as I’ve watched church leaders bring reproach on the church of Jesus Christ. What’s perhaps most shocking to me is how frequently Christian leaders sin grossly, then step back into leadership almost as soon as the publicity dies away.

Some time ago I received a recording that

Monday, 02 May 2016 01:00

Answering Tough Questions About Forgiveness Featured

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by John MacArthur

Forgiveness can be very hard to grant—even Christians commonly wrestle with it. I am convinced that many, if not most, Christian counseling sessions are related to struggles with forgiveness. It is a subject that does pose difficult questions. Today, we’ll consider some of the major ones.

What is the difference between

Friday, 29 April 2016 01:00

Forgiving One Another Featured

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by John MacArthur

For a Christian to be willfully unforgiving is unthinkable. We who have been forgiven by God Himself have no right to withhold forgiveness from our fellow sinners. In fact, Scripture plainly commands us to forgive in the same manner as we have received forgiveness: “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 01:00

"Father, Forgive Them" Featured

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by John MacArthur

If anyone ever had good reason to withhold forgiveness from his enemies, it was the Lord Jesus. He was the only true victim—totally innocent of any wrongdoing. He never broke the law of God. He never sinned in His actions, words, or thoughts. He never yielded to any temptation whatsoever.

Scripture says, “[He] committed

Monday, 25 April 2016 01:00

The Foundation of All Forgiveness Featured

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by John MacArthur

God doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6). But man’s view of Him frequently does—driven by man’s own fluid emotions and flexible morality. And as the world around us becomes increasingly permissive, it expects God to adjust with that moral shift.

Specifically, sinners count on the Lord to take sin as carelessly

Friday, 22 April 2016 01:00

In Order That You May Know Featured

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by John MacArthur

What does biblical assurance look like? Can we spot the evidence of true faith and the Spirit’s sanctifying work in our lives? And how do we know what to look for?

The apostle John’s first epistle is devoted to answering those very questions. Surely no other passage of Scripture confronts the false promises of

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 01:00

Demonic Orthodoxy and Dead Faith Featured

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by John MacArthur

Saying “I love you” to your spouse would ring hollow if you never showed your affection through actions. In the same way, when a person professes faith in Christ yet doesn’t evidence his profession by good works, that faith is rightly suspect.

Anyone can say they believe in Christ. But Scripture—and in

Monday, 18 April 2016 01:00

The Faith That Doesn't Work Featured

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by John MacArthur

A tract written by one of the most extreme defenders of no-lordship salvation seeks to explain redemption: “Even at your best, you can never earn or deserve a relationship with God. Only the object of your faith, Jesus Christ, has the merit.” I agree with that. It is the clear teaching of Scripture (Titus 3:5–7).

B

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 01:00

What Faith Does Featured

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by John MacArthur

At the heart of the no-lordship error is a disastrous misunderstanding of the nature of faith. No–lordship teaching depicts faith as inherently inert—even antithetical to works, obedience, and surrender to the will of God.

Scripture paints a different picture. And nowhere is that more apparent than in the “Faith

Monday, 11 April 2016 01:00

Grace vs. Faith Featured

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by John MacArthur

How great is God’s grace? The familiar hymn tells us that it is “greater than all our sin.” But does the broad expanse of God’s grace give us license to live however we like? Should Christians ever fall into the habit of writing off their own sin?

The answer is a seemingly obvious “No,” but there

Friday, 08 April 2016 01:00

Friendship, Liberty, and Lordship Featured

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by John MacArthur

The world is rightly repulsed by the idea of slavery. But Scripture does not likewise shy away from the topic. Instead, it consistently employs the vivid imagery of slaves and masters to illuminate the believer’s relationship to Christ.

And the glorious truth is that, in Christ, we do not have a malicious, domineering,

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 01:00

Why Do We Call Him Lord? Featured

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by John MacArthur

Jesus is Lord.

That is the single, central, foundational, and distinguishing article of Christianity. It is also the first essential confession of faith every true Christian must make: “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans

Monday, 04 April 2016 01:00

Abandoning Christ’s Gospel

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by John MacArthur

Listen to today’s typical gospel presentation. You will hear sinners entreated with such phrases as “accept Jesus Christ as personal Savior”; “ask Jesus into your heart”; “invite Christ into your life”; or “make a decision for Christ.” You may be so accustomed to hearing those