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Does each person choose his own destiny? JI Packer

August 26, 2009 Comments off
Categories: Faith, Predestination

Doubting God – Spurgeon

August 25, 2009 Comments off

And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul.
—1 Samuel 27:1

The thought of David’s heart at this time was a false thought, because he certainly had no ground for thinking that God’s anointing him by Samuel was intended to be left as an empty unmeaning act. On no one occasion had the Lord deserted His servant; he had been placed in perilous positions very often, but not one instance had occurred in which divine interposition had not delivered him. The trials to which he had been exposed had been varied; they had not assumed one form only, but many—yet in every case He who sent the trial had also graciously ordained a way of escape. David could not put his finger upon any entry in his diary, and say of it, “Here is evidence that the Lord will forsake me,” for the entire tenor of his past life proved the very reverse. He should have argued from what God had done for him, that God would be his defender still. But is it not just in the same way that we doubt God’s help? Is it not mistrust without a cause? Have we ever had the shadow of a reason to doubt our Father’s goodness? Have not His loving-kindnesses been marvelous? Has He once failed to justify our trust? Ah, no! our God has not left us at any time. We have had dark nights, but the star of love has shone forth amid the blackness; we have been in stern conflicts, but over our head He has held aloft the shield of our defense. We have gone through many trials, but never to our detriment, always to our advantage; and the conclusion from our past experience is, that He who has been with us in six troubles, will not forsake us in the seventh. What we have known of our faithful God, proves that He will keep us to the end. Let us not, then, reason contrary to evidence. How can we ever be so ungenerous as to doubt our God?

Lord, throw down the Jezebel of our unbelief, and let the dogs devour it.

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Deeds not Creeds? (The “Purpose driven life” has no legitimate purpose)

August 23, 2009 Comments off
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Jewish Christian on forum: “Use the Law”.

August 20, 2009 Comments off

Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. They missed their King of Kings!

Christianity is the fulfillment of the Jewish faith. I myself am Jewish (blood from my Mother) If you should know ONE thing about your religion… your Savior would be the big one to not miss.

Sadly, many of today’s Jews profess godliness but don’t embrace the Scriptures as we presume they do. Therefore, it is often difficult to reason with them about Jesus being the Messiah. This is why it is imperative to ask a Jew if he has kept the Law of Moses—to “shut” him up under the Law (Galatians 3:23) and strip him of his self- righteousness.

The Law will show him his need of a Savior and become a “schoolmaster” to bring him to Christ (Galatians 3:24), as happened to Paul, Nicodemus, and Nathaniel. It was the Law that brought 3,000 Jews to the foot of the cross on the Day of Pentecost. Without it they would not have known that they had sinned (Romans 7:7), and therefore would not have seen their need of the Savior. See Luke 18:20 footnote for how to use the Law in evangelism.

Did you look at these fulfilled prophecies?

All these and more have been fulfilled. All are complete in Jesus.

But just as atheists find a reason not to believe in God, some Jews find a reason to be blinded to the one true Messiah.

God bless you.

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Seven thoughts of John Bunyan – conclusion to “Grace abounding to the chief of sinners”

August 15, 2009 Comments off

The conclusion

1. Of all the temptations that ever I met with in my life, to question the being of God, and the truth of His gospel, is the worst, and the worst to be borne; when this temptation comes, it takes away my girdle from me, and removeth the foundations from under me. Oh, I have often thought of that word, ‘Have your loins girt about with truth’; and of that, ‘When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?’

2. Sometimes, when, after sin committed, I have looked for sore chastisement from the hand of God, the very next that I have had from Him hath been the discovery of His grace. Sometimes, when I have been comforted, I have called myself a fool for my so sinking under trouble. And then, again, when I have been cast down, I thought I was not wise to give such way to comfort. With such strength and weight have both these been upon me.

3. I have wondered much at this one thing, that though God doth visit my soul with never so blessed a discovery of Himself, yet I have found again, that such hours have attended me afterwards, that I have been in my spirit so filled with darkness, that I could not so much as once conceive what that God and that comfort was with which I have been refreshed.

4. I have sometimes seen more in a line of the Bible than I could well tell how to stand under, and yet at another time the whole Bible hath been to me as dry as a stick; or rather, my heart hath been so dead and dry unto it, that I could not conceive the least drachm of refreshment, though I have looked it all over.

5. Of all tears, they are the best that are made by the blood of Christ; and of all joy, that is the sweetest that is mixed with mourning over Christ. Oh! it is a goodly thing to be on our knees, with Christ in our arms, before God. I hope I know something of these things.

6. I find to this day seven abominations in my heart: (1) Inclinings to unbelief. (2) Suddenly to forget the love and mercy that Christ manifesteth. (3) A leaning to the works of the law. (4) Wanderings and coldness in prayer. (5) To forget to watch for that I pray for. (6) Apt to murmur because I have no more, and yet ready to abuse what I have. (7) I can do none of those things which God commands me, but my corruptions will thrust in themselves, ‘When I would do good, evil is present with me.’

7. These things I continually see and feel, and am afflicted and oppressed with; yet the wisdom of God doth order them for my good. (1) They make me abhor myself. (2) They keep me from trusting my heart. (3) They convince me of the insufficiency of all inherent righteousness. (4) They show me the necessity of flying to Jesus. (5) They press me to pray unto God. (6) They show me the need I have to watch and be sober. (7) And provoke me to look to God, through Christ, to help me, and carry me through this world. Amen.

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Superstition abounds – the “virtuous pagan”

August 13, 2009 Comments off

“Virtuous pagan” bizarre superstition

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

There were no elect living in times and places where there was no means for salvation given by God, i.e. withheld by Him. He didn’t put it there because there was none of his people there who needed to be saved. It would’ve been a waste to have put the means there.

Rom 10:11  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Rom 10:12  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Rom 10:14  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Rom 10:15  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

There is no such thing as “equal opportunity” with grace. All people deserve only hell. God doesn’t owe them anything – they sinned of themselves.

Grace is something extra, from the outside, undeserved, giving you what you don’t deserve, life. Hence it is given to whomsoever God wants to give it. And He decided who they would be before the foundation of the world.

The Gospel couldn’t reach certain places, because that is how God willed it. So, the people there couldn’t possibly have come to faith, and hence couldn’t possibly be saved.

This “virtuous pagan” superstition was contrived by the Catholics who don’t know the righteousness of God. According to them “good people” (whatever that might be) are saved and “bad people” (the Bible says everyone is bad in God’s eyes, except Jesus Christ and those in Him) not; it’s all “good works” based – the complete opposite of what the Bible says. Christ has no place in salvation for them. Hence Christ-less salvation, or “virtuous paganism”.

Rom 2:12  For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
Rom 2:13  (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
Rom 2:14  For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Rom 2:15  Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
Rom 2:16  In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Above says that sinning without the Law is still sinning, for which you will be punished. The same goes for sinning under the Law.

No man can live on God’s standard – so everyone is going to hell, except those with a different righteousness, God’s own righteous, the righteousness of Christ, received by faith in Christ.

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Prominent examples are Socrates or Virgil. The Roman Catechism issued by the Council of Trent, based on the opinion of Thomas Aquinas, asserted that these souls were waiting in a limbo between heaven and hell, and were freed at Christ’s Harrowing of Hell.

Former Catholic priest’s testimony

The righteousness of the Jews

August 13, 2009 Comments off

Unbelievable!

Who would want such a worthless “righteousness”, to be declared “righteous” by the Jews? What an absurdity, and the reason for their destruction – their self-righteousness. They are so deluded, even setting themselves up as God and  declaring “righteous” and “assured of paradise” whom these blinded antichrists deem so? What absolute arrogance!

True righteousness is ONLY in Jesus Christ, put there by the Father for his children (1Co 1:31).

To receive Jesus Christ through faith, is to receive this righteousness as well in Him. All other “righeousness” is filthy rags in God’s eyes (Isa 64:4, Zec 3:3) and will not do in the Judgement.

Rom 10:1  Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
Rom 10:2  For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
Rom 10:3  For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Mat 5:20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

These “righteous Gentiles” are apparently “assured of paradise” by this “award”. What “paradise”? One where the Jews rule the earth under their antichrist false “messiah”? That’s hell on earth, not paradise! I certainly wouldn’t want to be assured of that!

John Gill commentary on Acts 1:6

…they asked of him, saying, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

The kingdom had been for some time taken away from the Jews, Judea was reduced to a Roman province, and was now actually under the power of a Roman governor. And the nation in general was in great expectation, that upon the Messiah’s coming they should be delivered from the yoke of the Romans, and that the son of David would be king over them. The disciples of Christ had imbibed the same notions, and were in the same expectation of a temporal kingdom to be set up by their master, as is evident from Mat_20:21 and though his sufferings and death had greatly damped their spirits, and almost destroyed their hopes, see Luk_24:21 yet his resurrection from the dead, and his discoursing with them about the kingdom of God, and ordering them to wait at Jerusalem, the metropolis of that nation, for some thing extraordinary, revived their hopes, and emboldened them to put this question to him: and this general expectation of the Jews is expressed by them in the same language as here,

“the days of the Messiah will be the time when שתשוב המלכות לישראל, “the kingdom shall return”, or “be restored to Israel”; and they shall return to the land of Israel, and that king shall be exceeding great, and the house of his kingdom shall be in Zion, and his name shall be magnified, and his fame shall fill the Gentiles more than King Solomon; all nations shall be at peace with him, and all lands shall serve him, because of his great righteousness, and the wonderful things which shall be done by him; and whoever rises up against him God will destroy, and he shall deliver him into his hands; and all the passages of Scripture testify of his and our prosperity with him; and there shall be no difference in anything from what it is now, only “the kingdom shall return to Israel” (i).

(i) Maimon. in Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 11. sect. 1.

Mat 5:20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.