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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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

Friday, 25 March 2016 01:00

The Victim’s Victory Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

Imagery is a powerful force when it’s the only source of information. As a child, I perceived Jesus Christ as a weak victim of bullies who were stronger than Him. Without any biblical influences in my life, my knowledge was limited to creepy Catholic pictures in the house of my best friend, and stained-glass windows on the

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 01:00

Together Against Extrabiblical Methods Featured

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by Cameron Buettel & Jeremiah Johnson

Most diners and restaurants across the country can serve you fried chicken, but only KFC has the Colonel’s original recipe of eleven herbs and spices. The same goes for other brand names you recognize—Coca Cola and Krispy Kreme stand out from their competitors because of the uniqueness of their

Monday, 21 March 2016 01:00

Together Against Eternal Compromise Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

No one likes to think about hell. No one takes pleasure in considering the wrath that awaits unrepentant sinners. And no one enjoys ruminating on why “it is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

But being repulsed by hell is no reason to reject the doctrine altogether, as many

Friday, 18 March 2016 01:00

Together Against Expanding the Gospel Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

In October 2010, 4,200 evangelical leaders from 198 countries gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, for the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. Hundreds of thousands more participated in meetings around the world and online. It was a big deal—the congress has gathered only three times since its inception in 1974.

 

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 01:00

Together Against Ecumenism Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

What does it mean for believers to stand together for the gospel?

In simple terms, it means that while they might have other theological differences, they are united in affirming the gospel’s core tenants. Specifically, they agree that sinners are justified not by their own efforts, but by grace alone, through faith alone,

Monday, 14 March 2016 01:00

Together Against Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Division, disunity, and discord are constants in a world ruined by sin. On virtually every front, over every conceivable issue, mankind is at war with itself. Driven by pride and greed, everyone wants his or her own way, and no one is given to sacrificing or surrendering for the sake of another.

And even when the people of the

Friday, 11 March 2016 00:00

John the Baptist: The True Meaning of Greatness Featured

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by John MacArthur

Imagine walking several grueling miles through rough, dry terrain to listen to an outcast from society proclaim a countercultural message that assaulted all your religious beliefs and practices. Not many of us would sign up for such a journey, or sit patiently through such a confronting sermon. And yet large crowds from Jerusalem

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 00:00

John the Baptist: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness Featured

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by John MacArthur

After recounting John’s incredible birth, the biblical record quickly moves forward to the beginnings of his ministry. He lived much of his life in the obscurity of the Judean desert before the word of God came to him initiating his prophetic ministry when he was about thirty years old (Luke 3:2). At that time, he suddenly

Tuesday, 08 March 2016 00:00

Thanks, Updates, and Housekeeping

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We are very thankful for the discerning readership we have on this blog. Our most recent series—The Pastor’s Job Description—has been a timely reminder of the uplifting environment many of you foster in the comments section.

Sometimes it’s hard to keep pace with all the theological questions, objections,

Monday, 07 March 2016 00:00

John the Baptist: The Last Prophet Featured

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by John MacArthur

What does God mean when He designates someone as great? In popular culture, greatness is usually defined in terms of privilege, accomplishment, money, and power leading to some means of fame. A truer view of greatness, albeit less popular, centers on someone’s lasting significance for providing far-reaching benefits to

Friday, 04 March 2016 00:00

How Do We Measure a Shepherd's Success? Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

Most people love to keep score. It doesn’t matter if it’s your favorite team lighting up the scoreboard, tracking the ebb and flow of the political season, or simply watching the numbers roll until it’s your turn at the deli counter. There’s something reassuring about quantifying success, popularity, or

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 00:00

What to Look for in a Shepherd Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Do you remember what it was like as a child picking teams on the playground? The tallest and biggest kids always went first, based on the assumption of physical prowess. But they weren’t always the best choice—sometimes the game required the speed, flexibility, and coordination the bigger kids lacked. And sometimes

Monday, 29 February 2016 00:00

Abusive Shepherds Featured

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By Cameron Buettel

The threat of infiltrators is something that secular society takes very seriously. Anyone who enters the United States from abroad knows that. Fingerprint scanners, sophisticated passport technology, and heavily armed border security all indicate that imposters and frauds will not be permitted entry.

It’s tragic that the