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

Grace To You - Apologetic Report
Monday, 14 December 2015 00:00

And His Name Shall Be Called Featured

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by John MacArthur

For such an aggressively godless culture, we still tend to hear the name Jesus Christ with surprising frequency. It’s tragic that the world has turned the Lord’s name into a blasphemous exclamation, but it should not surprise us. Satan can’t erase the truth about Christ, but he will happily settle for turning the

Friday, 11 December 2015 00:00

God Is Not Fair and Christmas Proves It, Part 3 Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

That’s not fair!

That plaintive wail echoes across playgrounds, dining room tables, sports arenas, comment threads, and opinion pages. Built into each of us is a strong sense of what is and isn’t fair, and we’re often quick to complain when inequity appears.

Never mind that—apart from the illuminating work

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 00:00

God Is Not Fair and Christmas Proves It, Part 2 Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

From an early age, we learn to spot hypocrisy—especially in the lives of our parents, teachers, and any other authority figures we hope to undercut. It’s a childish tactic for avoiding rules we don’t like and consequences we don’t want, and it’s one that many grownups still employ. Especially when it

Monday, 07 December 2015 00:00

God Is Not Fair and Christmas Proves It Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

When the daytime temperatures in Southern California dip below 75 degrees, we know that Christmas will be fast upon us. The holiday is a joyous time—particularly for Christians—as it provides us with an outstanding opportunity to talk about Christ.

But the good news of Christ’s birth is increasingly lost on our

Friday, 04 December 2015 00:00

Anna: The Aged Evangelist Featured

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by John MacArthur

Few people paid attention to Christ’s birth, and fewer still were aware that He was the fulfillment of Israel’s hope for Messiah. That spiritual insight was granted to just a small circle of faithful men and women—most of whom we know very little about.

Anna is a particularly mysterious figure—she’s

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 00:00

Anna: The Prophetess from Asher Featured

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by John MacArthur

Scripture wasn’t written carelessly. There are no throwaway verses and no filler. Every word was inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16), free from error (cf. Titus 1:2), and profitable for the people of God. It’s all divinely intended for our spiritual growth.

That means God included even minor characters like

Monday, 30 November 2015 00:00

Anna: The Faithful Witness Featured

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by John Macarthur

It is truly remarkable that when Jesus was born, so few people in Israel recognized their Messiah. It was not as if no one was watching for Him. Messianic expectation in the early first century was running at an all-time high.

Scripture records that when John the Baptist began his ministry, “The people were in expectation,

Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

Separation, Purity, and Thanksgiving Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Thanksgiving is upon us, and your preparations are likely underway. Maybe you’re cleaning your home in anticipation of the friends and family who will soon arrive. Maybe you’re cooking and baking in advance for all the mouths you’ll need to feed. Or perhaps you’ve simply staked out a comfortable place to

Friday, 20 November 2015 00:00

The Fundamentals Personified Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

Fundamental doctrines are fundamental because they are essential to believe and damnable to deny. They bring conviction and provoke rebellion. They affirm truth and expose error. They are preached by those who love the truth and rejected by those who hate it. Either way they demand a response from everyone who claims faith in

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 00:00

Fundamental Doctrines Cannot Be Denied Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

Scripture isn’t all good news—it also conveys some serious threats.

As we consider the fundamentals of our faith, it’s clear the Lord has set forth some truths that cannot be trifled with. While God’s Word offers many glorious promises for believers who affirm and embrace essential gospel truths, it also

Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

Getting the Gospel Right Is Fundamental Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

The gospel of Jesus Christ is a sacred message. It is God’s chosen means for reaching all who would come to saving faith (1 Corinthians 1:21). Whether you preach to a congregation or witness to your neighbor, eternal destinies hinge on the proclamation of Christ crucified. It’s why the apostle Paul asks the rhetorical

Friday, 13 November 2015 00:00

Is God a Bad Communicator? Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

God is not the author of confusion, as Scripture tells us (1 Corinthians 14:33). But confusion nevertheless reigns in many corners of the modern evangelical church. When it comes to understanding the truth of God’s Word, too many believers are content with subjective interpretations and fluid doctrinal statements. And even

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:00

The Ancient Fundamentalists Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

Following the Dark Ages, the early Reformers took up the mantle of fighting for the Christian fundamentals. The five solas of the Reformation represented the fundamental doctrines that they saw as non-negotiable. Sola gratia declares that salvation is by God’s grace alone in defiance of the Catholic belief in grace plus

Monday, 09 November 2015 00:00

Is the Apostles’ Creed All I Need to Believe? Featured

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by John MacArthur

Creeds were never formulated to invent fundamental doctrines, but rather to defend them. They are repudiations of false doctrines—condemning new error by affirming established truth. As time passed, new errors required new affirmations; thus church creeds and Christian confessions have become longer and more complex.

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Friday, 06 November 2015 00:00

The Decline of Fundamentalism Featured

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by John MacArthur

We owe a massive debt of gratitude to the pioneers of the fundamentalist movement. Sadly, few Christians understand the necessity of the war they fought in the last century. If not for their bold stand, the vast majority of American churches probably would have capitulated to the influence of theological liberalism—a

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 00:00

The Rise of Fundamentalism Featured

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by John MacArthur

The god of religious tolerance is not the God of the Bible. It is Satan who doesn’t care what we believe—or how sincerely we believe it—as long as we don’t believe God’s Word. To portray God as tolerant of all forms of worship is to deny the God of Scripture. After all, this was His first commandment:

Monday, 02 November 2015 00:00

Is Fundamentalism Really a Dirty Word? Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

Have you ever been called a fundamentalist? In recent years it has become the de facto terminology for people of any religious persuasion who hold “extreme” views.

Sadly, popular opinion and the secular media usually get to define what constitutes extremism. Today it includes anything from waging jihad to defending

Friday, 30 October 2015 01:00

Separation, Purity, and Halloween Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

You know the routine. As the sun dips below the horizon, the sidewalks begin to teem with creatures great and small. Some travel in packs; others hunt alone. But sooner or later they arrive at your door, howling for satisfaction.

Halloween is upon us again, and with it come the issues that annually confound and divide believers.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 01:00

Separation and Purity Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)

Paul’s exhortation to the Corinthians is one of the greatest challenges facing believers today. In a world bombarding us with temptation, God’s people

In the final private hours before His arrest, Christ warned His disciples of the fierce opposition they would face throughout their ministry. That same opposition to God’s Word and His people continues today.

But Christ’s warning curiously begins with an admonition to “love one another” (John 15:17). In times of opposition

Monday, 26 October 2015 01:00

The Gospel in a Hostile World Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

In its practice of religious pluralism, the Western world tends to remain quiet about religion. Rarely will you hear the public media discuss Buddhism, Hinduism, Scientology, Mormonism, or Jehovah’s Witnesses. When you do, the media uses muted tones and carefully crafted statements to avoid offending followers of those

Friday, 23 October 2015 01:00

inviting Persecution Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

No one intentionally seeks out persecution. True, there are some people who enjoy portraying themselves as victims and garnering sympathy from others. But no one would willingly invite their own suffering and hardship.

However, as we consider what it means for Christians to be in the world but not of it, we have to accept that

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 01:00

The Campaign of Persecution Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Persecution is nothing new for the church. In fact, Peter wrote to the churches in Asia Minor to alert them of coming persecution, and warn them that it would be the new normal for the church: “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to

Monday, 19 October 2015 01:00

The Friction of Faith Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

In the hours before His arrest, trial, and execution, Christ celebrated the Passover with His closest friends—the disciples. In the intimacy of the upper room, He encouraged them with promises of the powerful, Spirit-enabled ministry awaiting them, pointed ahead to their eternal home in heaven, and spoke warmly of His love

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 01:00

Why Is the Charismatic Movement Thriving in Africa? Featured

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Two years ago this week, Grace to You hosted the Strange Fire conference at Grace Community Church. Coinciding with the launch of John MacArthur’s book Strange Fire, the conference featured a comprehensive critique of the charismatic movement and the blasphemous abuse of the Holy Spirit that goes on under its purview. While the response to