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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Saturday, 25 March 2017 20:38

Six Great Marks of A Born-Again Christian by J.C. Ryle Featured

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Are You Born Again?

by J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)

This is one of life’s most important questions. Jesus Christ said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

It is not enough to reply, “I belong to the church; I suppose I’m a...

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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus?

In 2014, Zondervan publishedSeeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianityby Nabeel Qureshi. The book was a huge success. According to Qureshi’s Wikipedia page, “In addition to being aNew York TimesBest Seller,Seeking Allah,...

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Friday, 24 March 2017 10:07

The Resurrection of the Son of God: A Review Featured

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Who is N.T. Wright?

N.T. Wright is a retired Anglican Bishop and one of the world’s foremost New Testament scholars; he earned a Doctor of Philosophy and a Doctor of Divinity from Oxford University in 1981 and 2000, respectively.[1]  “He has broadcast frequently on radio and...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 22:22

The Benedict Option: The Fruit of a Compromised Church Featured

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…Has it come to this, that monkery is to be revived in a professedly Protestant Church?…For the love you bear to your Redeemer, be duped no longer, and by your own hatred of monkery  and priestcraft, come ye out from among them, be ye separate, and touch not the unclean...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:48

A Pastor’s Awakening to Freemasonry Featured

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James Bell has been shepherding the Lord’s flock as the pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Gallatin, Tennessee for over forty years.  Brother Bell prepared for the ministry by studying God’s word at Truett-McConnell College, Belmont University, and Southwestern Baptist...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:26

A Defense of Polemics Featured

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Polemics in the realm of Christianity is a highly controversial and often burdensome work. Polemicists are often accused of being divisive and unnecessarily incendiary in their work, and that there really is no biblical basis for the practice of such work. But is it really? Biblical truth is, by...

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imageCheck the batteries in your heresy detectors!

Sound the Berean warning bells!

Let the discernment warning tocsins be sounded!

Signal all to take Caution! Caution! Caution!

There’s a new Rob Bell book soon to be released.

I thought I’d warn you that, soon enough, your social media...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 11:52

If a Freemason Died Today: Responding to Critics Featured

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Saturday night, I published an article entitled “If a Freemason Died Today…”.  The article has been shared many times in social media and has received numerous responses from supporters and detractors like.  I had not planned on writing a follow-up article...

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or·gan·i·za·tion ˌôrɡənəˈzāSH(ə)n/noun
  1. an organized body of people with a particular purpose, especially a business, society, association, etc.

This article is about the unified organization known as Abolish Human Abortion,...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 21:27

The “Lies” Behind “The Shack” Featured

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John the Baptistcirca 1650 by Il Cavalier Calabrese

Of all the individuals introduced to us in the New Testament, the one who would perhaps win the vote for “most likely to live in a shack” would be John The Baptist.

The Baptist shows up in all four Gospels and is mentioned several times...

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Saturday, 18 March 2017 19:17

Upon The Down-Grade Controversy by C.H. Spurgeon Featured

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The following article by Charles Spurgeon, excerpted in full, was published in The Sword and The Trowel in November 1887.  By the time of its publication, some half dozen articles related to the Down-Grade had been previously released by the publication during the earlier part of 1887.

The...

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Saturday, 18 March 2017 11:36

If a Freemason Died Today… Featured

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“Freemasonry teaches that salvation may be attained by ‘good works’ and not through faith in Christ alone.” The North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

If you are a Christian you have probably asked this question to someone at least once in your...

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On March 16th, Jeff Maples posted an article about how the church is moving towards a social gospel model, away from the gospel put forth by Jesus and the apostles.  The social gospel never saved anyone from their sin.  It may save them from hunger, physical harm, and many other...

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“It is with a single man that error usually commences; and when such a man has influence or position, it is impossible to estimate the evil that will attend it.” James P. Boyce

 

 “What are you thinking” doesn’t begin to sum up the concern. Is this a practical...

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One common claim is that any disagreement between Christian brothers should always be handled in private. It is said that every disagreement, argument, rebuke, reproof, or correction should only be made public when one has already contacted them privately and they did not listen. This is often...

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Friday, 17 March 2017 03:59

Reclaiming Patrick for Protestants Featured

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This Friday, revelers from across the western world will gather with their Irish friends, clad in green, to celebrate the “Patron Saint” of Ireland. Wherever the Irish diaspora can be found, you’ll be able to smell the wafting odor of corned beef, Guinness beer and hear the sound...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 23:10

The Pharisees Weren’t Concerned With Sound Doctrine Featured

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Whenever someone plays the Pharisee Card, they often seem to think that the Pharisees were more concerned with sound doctrine and personal holiness than loving God and loving people. For one thing, loving God and loving people is a part of personal holiness, so this idea is already a self-refuting...

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There is a dangerous trend that is sweeping throughout churches, especially in America. The church has largely redefined the gospel from its most basic tenets to something tends to have a mass appeal to outsiders.–the “social gospel.” The social gospel comes in many different...

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There is a word that used to have no derogatory meaning but has found its permanent place in  the insults of “Christianese.” Its original meaning referred to a man’s position as an expert adherent of God’s law with rabbinical duties to guide others. The...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 05:23

Is the Seventh Day Adventist My Brother? Featured

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In the last presidential election, many who claimed that they would only support a Christian candidate rallied behind Dr. Ben Carson, a very likable and well known Seventh Day Adventist. During this time, I heard many extol Dr. Carson as a “True Christian” and...

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The SBC pastor closes his blog entry endorsement with this statement:

“Both Al Mohler and Paul Young believe the same thing about God’s unconditional love and Christ’s effectual death. They just disagree for whom it was intended. So go and enjoy the Shack. It is not heresy.”

Co...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 23:46

Louie Giglio Goes New Age? Featured

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Most of us know Louie Giglio has gone the way of the false teacher. He has left behind any credibility he had long ago with his uber-emotional sessions at his Passion Conference spurred on by the heretical bands Jesus Culture and Hillsong United. He has poisoned the minds of many a...

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“I don’t need to punish people for sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It’s not my purpose to punish it; it’s my joy to cure it.”  “Papa” (aka, “God The Father”) as written in The Shack

“I appeal to you,...

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Saturday, 11 March 2017 19:24

“Confidence In The Word” by Martyn Lloyd-Jones Featured

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Knowing The Times by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Published by published by The Banner of Truth Trust
Date of Publication: December 1, 1989
Copyright by Lady Catherwood and Mrs Ann Beatt 1989
ISBN 9781848712775; 400 pages

 

The selected excerpt below is a portion of the larger address...

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Saturday, 11 March 2017 10:17

Why Go to Sunday School? Featured

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The term “Sunday School” is itself a skeleton of a long-dead dinosaur, a remnant of a bygone era. Like archeologists surveying the ruins of Pompeii, the 21st Century Church sifts through its Sunday morning educational program looking for what once was signs of life. Some have sought to...

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