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

Effectual Grace - Apologetic Report
Thursday, 20 April 2017 19:12

Common Exegetical Fallacies

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image Article: Common Exegetical Fallacies (original source here)

Every good preacher or teacher wants to present the Scriptures in their original context and give the application for the modern listeners. We call the processes of discovering the original meaning, context, and application exegesis....

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:36

The Bible: Fact, Fiction, or Fable?

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University Carillon United Methodist Church (2012) – Lecture by Josh McDowell

Authors: John Samson...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:13

The Sons of God

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image Article by Dr. R. C. Sproul (original source here)

In the twentieth century, the German biblical scholar Rudolf Bultmann gave a massive critique of the Scriptures, arguing that the Bible is filled with mythological references that must be removed if it is to have any significant application to our...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 08:21

Dr. John MacArthur on N.T. Wright

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image The following is a transcript from part of Dr. John MacArthur’s message “The Nonnegotiable Gospel” at the 2017 Ligonier National Conference.

“N.T. Wright has written hundreds and hundreds of pages on the gospel, and the more you read of it, the less you understand what he...

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Article: What Your Biology Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Charles Darwin by Phil Moore (original source here)

Phil Moore leads Everyday Church in London. He also serves as a Bible teacher and evangelist within the Newfrontiers family of churches. He is the author of the Straight to the Heart...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 07:07

Three Days and Three Nights

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image Article by TurretinFan: Three Days and Three Nights – Hebrew Idiom for Three Consecutive Calendar Days (original source here)

Jonah’s use of “three days and three nights” repeated by Jesus in prophesying his own death, burial, and resurrection has led to some confusion. As...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:10

Defending Sola Scriptura

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image Dr. James White:

This quotation was posted on the CRI Bible Answer Man FB page today. I’d like to respond to it.

“No one believes literally in sola scriptura.”

Yes, actually, we do—we just define it properly, which is not done by Frederica Mathewes-Green, an Eastern Orthodox...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:03

The Old Testament Revelation of the Trinity

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B. B. Warfield:

The Old Testament may be likened to a chamber richly furnished but dimly lighted; the introduction of light brings into it nothing which was not in it before; but it brings out into clearer view much of what is in it but was only dimly or even not at all perceived before.

The mystery...

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image Article: 10 Historical Facts About Jesus From Non-Christian Sources by Alisa Childers (original source here)

If you have ever been involved in religious discussion on Facebook or Twitter, you have probably come across some version of the comment below:

“I just think it’s interesting that...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 08:12

When Biblical Inerrancy Is No Longer Embraced

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This question and answer(involving Dr. William Lane Craig) shows the very dire consequences that can occur when the doctrine of biblical inerrancy is abandoned… it is a very troubling downward slide.

Authors: John Samson...

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Dr. Steve Lawson:

Calvin’s Critique of Charismatic Calvinists

Authors: John Samson...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 10:33

Never Mess with the Gospel of God

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Text: 1 Cor. 15:1-7

The essentials of the Gospel are crystal clear, as is the response God requires from us. It is God’s gospel and as heralds of that good news, we have no right to change, adjust, dilute or add to it in any way at all.

Authors: John Samson...

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Saturday, 15 April 2017 15:44

4 Reasons to Believe in the Empty Tomb

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image Article by Paul Rezkalla (original source here)

Was the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth found empty after his crucifixion? If not, then Christianity is the greatest lie in history. The apostle Paul says, “If Christ has not been raised from the dead then your faith is futile and you are still in...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 08:16

How Is Eastern Orthodoxy Different?

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image Article: How Is Eastern Orthodoxy Different? by Dr. D. Trent Hyatt (original source here)

One sunny day in the late 1990s I was walking with friends near the center of Kiev, Ukraine, when I heard some chanting. I looked around and saw a small demonstration taking place. There were, perhaps, about...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 08:05

Did the Early Church Fathers Know the Gospel?

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Ligon Duncan teaches a guide to the early church Fathers’ often perplexing views on the gospel. The early church Father’s were best in criticizing disputed areas of doctrine. Heresy served the Church to give the Bible’s perspective. One should respectively and carefully read the...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 07:59

What Do Expiation and Propitiation Mean?

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image This excerpt is adapted from The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul

When we talk about the vicarious aspect of the atonement, two rather technical words come up again and again: expiation and propitiation. These words spark all kinds of arguments about which one should be used to translate a...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 07:52

Understanding Eastern Orthodoxy

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The Eastern Orthodox Church

Article by Paul Negrut at the CRI website (original source here)

The Eastern Orthodox Church- SYNOPSIS

Recent years have witnessed a surge of Western Christians joining the Orthodox Church. With its emphasis on mystical union with God, its rich history, and its beautiful...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 06:55

For the Cause of Reform in Kenya

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imageBack in March I wrote, “Pastor Elly Achok Olare (Mumias, Kenya, Africa) has become a very precious friend of mine in recent months. He and I share a very similar background in that we both were at one time pastors in the word of faith movement.”

You can read an article he wrote at the...

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Dr. James White: A two hour program today playing nearly 50 minutes worth of comments (ok, at 1.2x speed!) by Hank Hanegraaff relating to his conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy and asking the simple question: can an Eastern Orthodox believer function as the Bible Answer Man? Important issues to be...

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imageArticle by Phil Newton (original source here)

Phil planted South Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee in 1987 and continues to serve as senior pastor of that congregation. He previously pastored churches in Mississippi and Alabama. He received his education at the University of Mobile (B.A.),...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 02:51

The Crucifixion and Old Testament Prophecy

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imageby Dr. R. C. Sproul

This excerpt is adapted from The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul.

If we look at the intricacy of the drama of the events of Jesus’ crucifixion, we see that some amazing things took place so that Old Testament prophetic utterances were fulfilled to the minutest detail. In...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 02:40

Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then?

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“Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then?”

Part 1: The text of every handwritten copy of the New Testament differs from the others. How major are these differences? Are any cardinal doctrines at stake? Is it possible to recover the wording of the originals? These questions and many...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 20:46

Ten Marks of the Holy Spirit in a Believer

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imageBY J. C. RYLE

What then are these general effects which the Spirit always produces on those who really have Him? What are the marks of His presence in the soul? This is the question which now remains to be considered. Let us try to set down these marks in order.

1. All who have the Spirit are...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 20:40

Jesus died on what day?

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Here’s an interesting article “Biblical Proof Jesus Died on Friday NOT Wednesday” by Chris Rosebrough:

http://www.piratechristian.com/captains-log/2017/4/biblical-proof-jesus-died-on-friday-not-wednesday

Authors: John Samson...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 07:50

In A Worthy Manner

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“Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.” (1 Cor. 11:27)

imageJohn Calvin:

In seeking to prepare for eating the Lord’s Supper worthily, men have often dreadfully harassed and tortured...

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