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

 
Those statements defining God's sovereign choice of believers are not in the Bible to cause controversy, as if God's election means sinners don't make decisions.Election does not exclude human responsibility or the necessity of each person to respond to the gospel by faithJesus said, "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who...
 
“Modern Christianity which is so popular today is careful not to oppose sin! The feeling that we've got to make converts at any cost had greatly wounded the Church.”
—A.W. Tozer, “Modern Evangelism”...
 
“Essentially, election is God’s making the decision for us that we would never have made for Him.”Michael Scott Horton, (Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, p. 45.)...
 
But God offers us a remarkable privilege—the privilege of seeing the world from outside the world. Through the Bible he offers us his view, his perspective. Through the power of the Holy Spirit he illumines the words of the Bible to our minds and hearts. He assures us that the starting point is him, not us. He frames the world around himself...
 
We shall not adjust our Bible to the age; but before we have done with it, by God's grace, we shall adjust the age to the Bible. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon...
 
All the disputes between us and the Arminians can be reduced to these two questions: 1. Is God dependent on man, or is man dependent on God? 2. Is man a debtor to God, or God a debtor to man?
~ Augustus Toplady (1740-1778)
The Works of Augustus Toplady ... A New Edition, Etc
 By Augustus Montague TOPLADY p.542...
 
"Knowing God without knowing our own wretchedness makes for pride. Knowing our own wretchedness without knowing God makes for despair. Knowing Jesus Christ strikes the balance because He shows us both God and our own wretchedness." 
- Blaise PascalPascal's Thoughts  p.174...
 
Man cannot work a saving change on himself:but so changed he must be,else he can either believe,nor repent,nor ever see heaven.No action can be without suitable principle.Believing,repenting, and the like are the product of the new nature; and can never be produced by the old corrupt nature.- Thomas BostonHuman Nature in Its Fourfold State: Of...
 
"As the corruption of our nature shews the absolute necessity of regeneration, so the absolute necessity of regeneration plainly proves the corruption of our nature; for why should a man need a second birth, if his nature were not quite marred in the first birth?"
- Thomas Boston
Human Nature in It's Fourfold State - Page 24...
A Christian is not one who simply buys"fire insurance",who accepts Christ" just to escape hell.As we have seen repeatedly,true believers faith expresses itself in submission and obedience.Christians follow Christ.They are committed unquestionably to Christ as Lord and Savior.They desire to please God.They are humble,meek learners.When they fail...
 
A Calvinist does not believe that God’s decision to save man by a decree leaves man passive or inert. Rather, the very opposite takes place! The covenant of grace does not kill man—it does not regard him as a tin can or a piece of wood or a robot. It takes possession of the man, it lays hold of his whole being, with all his...
A Calvinist does not believe that God’s decision to save man by a decree leaves man passive or inert. Rather, the very opposite takes place! The covenant of grace does not kill man—it does not regard him as a tin can or a piece of wood or a robot. It takes possession of the man, it lays hold of his whole being, with all his...
 
We have no right to water-down the Gospel’s offense or civilize its radical demands in order to make it more appealing to a fallen world or carnal church members. Our churches are filled with strategies to make them more seeker-friendly, by repackaging the Gospel, removing the stumbling block and taking the edge off the blade so it might be...
 
Man has managed to make himself the center, measure and end of all things. He praises his own inherent worth, demands homage to his self-esteem, and promotes his own self-fulfillment / self realization as the greatest good. Now if you think that hasn’t crept into Christianity, then you have not read the book: Your Best Life NowRegeneration...
"... the whole efficiency of the new birth is ascribed to God alone...The natural and carnal means of blood, flesh, and the will of man, are rejected wholly in this matter." (John 1:13), 
- John Owen (1616-1683)
The Works of John Owen - Volume 2 - Page 238
Born in 1616, he entered Queen's College, Oxford, at the age of twelve and secured his...
Friday, 06 November 2015 21:29

Are you committed to your Church? - Mark Dever

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If you have no interest in actually committing yourself to an actual group of gospel-believing, Bible-teaching Christians, you might question whether you belong to the body of Christ at all!
- Mark Dever
"What is a Healthy Church?"...
 
When you come to Jesus, you don't come to get health, wealth and prosperity. You come to Jesus to get Jesus
David Platt...
 
Grace is not merely God's response to the sinner's initiative. Quite the opposite. Because He is gracious, God takes the initiative, drawing the sinner (John 6:44, 65), granting repentance (Acts 3:26; 5:31; 11:18), and awakening the heart to faith (Acts 13:48; 16:14). Every aspect of the believer's response—conviction, repentance, and...
 
As long as quick numerical growth remains the primary indicator of church health, the truth will be compromised. Instead, churches must once again begin measuring success not in terms of numbers but in terms of fidelity to the Scriptures.
- Mark Dever
"What is a Healthy Church?"...
 
Being a member of a church means realizing that we are responsible for helping the brothers and sisters around us to grow as disciples of Jesus. In the same way, they are responsible for helping us. We desperately need each other in the daily fight to follow Christ in a world that's full of sin.
David Platt
Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live....
 
Pelagianism, Arminianism, Roman Catholicism, and present day Finneyism all have this one thing in common: they all teach man’s will is neutral—that it is still free to choose either good or evil. But the Scriptures teach that by his fall into a state of sin, man has lost all ability of will for any spiritual good accompanying...
 
While the good news of the gospel may not appeal to everyone, the bad news of the gospel still applies to everyone.Matt ChandlerRecovering Redemption: A Gospel Saturated Perspective on How to Change p.25 By Matt Chandler, Michael Snetze...
 
"People who claim to be Christians while their lives look no different from the rest of the world are clearly not Christians.” 
― David Platt, Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live....
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 11:29

There are only two kinds of men - Blaise Pascal

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There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who believe themselves sinners; the rest, sinners, who believe themselves righteous. - Blaise PascalPascal's Thoughts  p.174...
 
“Trust wholly in Christ; rely altogether on His sufferings; beware of seeking to be justified in any other way than by His righteousness. Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ is sufficient for salvation. There must be atonement made for sin, according to the righteousness of God. The Person to make this statement must be God and man.”
John...
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