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
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 23:38

The Greatest Hindrance to Revival

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The greatest hindrance to revival is not sin. Sin is why we need revival. The greatest hindrance is when we do not deal with our sin.

The psalmist said, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear” (Psalm 66:18). The issue is not the fact of having iniquity in your heart;...

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Q. What are the beliefs of Calvinism, Hyper-Calvinism, and Arminianism?

Steve

A. Hello Steve,

Thank you for your question. Volumes have been written on this subject, but here, we will only summarize some major points to highlight the differences.

Calvinism refers to a system of theology named after the 16t...

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 23:29

Q#87 Five Views of Sanctification

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Q. Kindly briefly explain to me the main differences between the 5 views on sanctification and which you think is the most accurate?. I am Holiness Pentecostal. Thank you.

Anonymous

A. Hello,

Thank you for your honest question. I’m sure many others wonder the same. As you mentioned, there are five...

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019 22:10

Listening Accurately

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Early in my ministry, I encountered some who misunderstood what I was preaching. I was quick to grasp the idea of speaking clearly and precisely to avoid misunderstanding, but there was another factor I had yet to consider. While talking about the matter with a wise, older gentleman, he commented...

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The foundational issue regarding gospel extremes centers on one’s understanding of what it means to repent and believe. How important is it? It could cost the very souls of men and women.

On one occasion, a lady who operated a country/western radio station heard the gospel and expressed a...

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Thursday, 16 May 2019 14:12

Revived to Fulfill the Great Commission

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Guest post by Evangelist Matt Barfield:

Since the Summer of 2001, when the Lord touched my heart with revival, I have sought to more fully connect to his Great Commission. The Revival Road led to some surprising places (the Middle East, the Amazon jungle, and the Chin Hills), and along the way the...

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A proper understanding of the moment of salvation and the movement of walking in the Spirit hinges on the distinction of purpose for each. Confusing the two purposes threatens to obscure free salvation in Christ while bringing a works or bondage salvation into focus.

It is vital not to confuse the do...

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Q. Greetings John:

I have many Gospel of John copies, that I am hoping to distribute in my neighborhood, door-to-door, this summer. I still struggle with how to begin the conversation, going door-to-door. I would appreciate any counsel concerning this. Look forward to seeing you in Stanfordville, PA...

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Although the concept of faith and repentance is the same for salvation and the Spirit-filled life, the purpose for each differs. The former relates to what you receive. The latter relates to what you do with what you have received. The earthly goal of a decision of faith/repentance for salvation is...

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Q. John,

I been studying 1 John 1:9 on forgiveness and prayer, in this chapter 1, there is no mention of forgiveness but there is confession.

“Do Christians have to keep asking for forgiveness for their sins?” A frequent question is “what happens if I sin, and then I die before I...

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The Bible does not portray two kinds of repentance and two kinds of faith, the one for salvation and the other for the Spirit-filled life. Faith is faith. Repentance is repentance. The concept of repent and believe is the same though the purpose varies.

Galatians 3:2-3 asks, “Received ye the...

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Thursday, 25 April 2019 07:17

Q#84 Be Holy

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Q. Could you explain 1 Peter 1:15-16, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” Is it saying that believers are actually seen as holy since Christ lives in us and that’s why we should strive to live holy...

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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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