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

Revival Focus - Apologetic Report

The “turn” in repentance is the turn of trust in Christ alone as the Savior, which is the essence of faith. The nature of one’s initial wrong way of thinking will determine details of the turn of trust.

For the religious idolater depending on a false god, repentance for salvation...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 07:05

Q#83 Imitation or Impartation?

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Q. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul tells us, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” As I began reading some of Rees Howells – Intercessor, the author mentions that Rees at one point resolved to “live up to the teaching of the Savior,” which I take to be obediently...

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In the New Testament, which provides the greatest precision on the doctrine of salvation, the emphasis of the wording is not on turning from sin. Rather, emphasis is properly placed on turning to Christ (for salvation from sin). The Christ child was named Jesus because “he shall save his...

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Friday, 12 April 2019 00:13

QA#82 One Baptism

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Q. The Bible says in Ephesians 4 … “one hope, one faith, one baptism…”.  Yet we read in the New Testament about water baptism (Mark 16:16), Spirit baptism (1 Cor. 12:13), baptism into Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:3), and “the doctrine of baptisms” in Hebrews...

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Although well-intentioned, confusing terminologies regarding salvation need to be honed to keep the gospel message crystal clear. To add something to the definition of repent, making repentance more than a turning to Christ (believing in Jesus) for salvation from sin and hell, is to confuse the...

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Friday, 05 April 2019 00:41

Q#81 Baptism and Public Profession

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Q. The best public confession of our faith is baptism?

John

A. Hello John,

Thank you for your question. It addresses the tradition of recent years. Traditions can be helpful. However, sometimes they can be put on the level of God’s Word. This can cause confusion.

When I served the Lord in full time...

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Some explain repentance in a way that suggests ceasing from sin or a personal reformation. Without further clarification, phrases like “turning from sin,” “turning from sins,” or the expanded version, “turning from sin(s) and turning to Christ,” are used to...

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Friday, 29 March 2019 00:08

Q#80 Infant Baptism

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Q. Is infant baptism scripturally sound?  I believe it is scriptural to baptize when one has the ability to believe on Jesus, otherwise it is a work of man to believe the Spirit is or has entered an infant.   What happens then to an infant of believing parents who dies before his...

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In the last article we saw how the essence of faith and repentance consists of two sides to one theological coin. Since the essence of faith and repentance is the same, how does the emphasis differ?

The essence of repent and believe is to change one’s thinking which is to transfer one’s...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 09:19

Introducing Evangelist Pat Tanner

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The evangel is the focus of the evangelist. The evangel is the gospel, the good news for sinners and for saints. It is the love of God in sending His Son to deliver man from the penalty of sin and the transforming power of the indwelling Holy Spirit in the lives of the redeemed.

Evangelist Pat...

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Although there is a process whereby the Spirit convicts and leads a soul to salvation, there is only one step for salvation, not two. Faith and repentance are not two steps or two conditions, but rather two emphases to one decision, or we might say two sides to one theological coin. In a future...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 22:37

Q#79 Saints and Disciples

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Q. John 8:30-31 As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Can one be a saint, but not a disciple? It seems there are at least a couple passages (John 8:30-32, John 15:7-8) that...

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The essence of believing, of faith, is to transfer one’s dependence to Christ for salvation from sin and hell. What then is the essence of repentance? The verb repentis primarily from the Greek word metanoeo, which means “to change one’s mind.” Since the Holy Spirit convince...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:13

Q#78 Is a Public Profession Necessary?

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Q. I understand that to be saved one must trust in Jesus. But is it necessary to humble oneself and confess that I had gotten saved? I made a profession of faith as a young girl. Later in my adult life I had doubts. I “settled” the matter by trusting Christ one Sunday morning after...

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Dependence for salvation must be only in Christ. Easy-believism is a misunderstanding, and though this error (believing about but not on Jesus) has brought many to an acknowledgement of Christ and nothing more, it is not the only misunderstanding that obscures salvation truth. Another erroneous...

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In the last article we noted that the essence of faith is God-dependence. Faith for salvation is depending on Jesus to save you from sin and judgment. This decision involves the entire soul of man: mind (understanding), affections (agreement), and will (transfer of dependence).

However, to stop...

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 21:44

Q#77 Children and Salvation

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Q. I enjoy & am edified by your articles & answers. “When I was a child I spake as a child, I understood as a child” (I Corinthians 13) …. Pertaining to Children being “Saved” rather than “Safe” for a time, Do you believe caution is needed...

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What is faith? Regardless of whether you are checking a Hebrew or Greek lexicon or an English dictionary, the noun faith essentially means “trust, reliance, dependence.” The essence of faith is dependence. The verb believe means “to trust in, to rely on, to depend on.” ...

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 11:12

Q#76 Musical Style and Revival

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Q. Can you articulate how the modern trends in Christian music, such as scooping, sliding, breathiness, emotionalism, ccm, worldly sound, etc., are serious hindrances to Revival?

Philip

A. Hello Philip,

Thank you for your question. I appreciate your interest in revival.

Your question presupposes that the...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:15

Repent and Believe, Part One: Introduction

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“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:14-15

Many have been confused and hindered in their relationship with God because of misunderstanding the...

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Friday, 08 February 2019 00:19

Q#75 Change of Mind about What?

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Q. Hi John,

Thank you for issues discussed thus far. In relation to the lordship salvation controversy, is it wrong to explain to a person the teaching of faith repentance for salvation—that in repentance the person should have a change of mind of who God is and what sin is. Secondly, what is...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 05:44

Q#74 Seated in the Heavenlies

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QDear John,

Greetings in the LORD. Can you please comment about the believers position in Christ seated in the heavenlies (Eph 2:6) and the perspective of abiding in that position? I am familiar with the identification truths, but this one (Eph 2:6) seems to be elusive to most. I am hungry to learn...

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Jesus said of the devil, “he is a liar” (John 8:44), and one of the devil’s many lies comes in the form of distortion. For example, someone may say or do something abrasive to you. They really should not have said or done it, but in all honesty, it isn’t that big of a deal....

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 22:52

Partial Baptists

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Baptists have distinctives, and in a typical ordination council, a Baptist ministerial candidate is asked to articulate them. Though some people may include additional items, these seven elements are at the heart of Baptist distinctives:

  • The Bible: the only rule of faith and practice
  • Priesthood of...

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 23:39

Q#73 Faith and Works

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If a person says he has faith but he has no works, can his faith save him? James 2:24 says that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. Could you explain this please!

Harold

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Hello Harold,

Fair question that many wonder about. To start with we need to discern whether James 2:14-25 is a...

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