Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Specially beware of light reading. Shun novels; they are the literary curse of the age; they are to the soul what ardent spirits are to the body. If you be a parent, keep novels out of the way of your children. But whether you be a parent or not, neither read them yourself, nor set an example of novel-reading to others. Don't let novels lie on your table, or be seen in your hand, even in a railway carriage. The 'light reading for the rail' has done deep injury to many a young man and woman. The light literature of the day is working a world of harm; vitiating the taste of the young, enervating their minds, unfitting them for life's plain work, eating out their love of the Bible, teaching them a false morality, and creating in the soul an unreal standard of truth, and beauty, and love. Don't be too fond of the newspaper. Yet read it, that you may know both what man is doing and what God is doing; and extract out of all you read matter for thought and prayer. Avoid works which jest with what is right or wrong, lest you unconsciously adopt a false test of truth and duty, namely, ridicule, and so become afraid to do right for right's sake alone; dreading the world's sneer, and undervaluing a good conscience and the approving smile of God. Let your reading be always select; and whatever you read, begin with seeking God's blessing on it. But see that your relish for the Bible be above every other enjoyment, and the moment you begin to feel greater relish for any other book, lay it down till you have sought deliverance from such a snare, and obtained from the Holy Spirit an intenser relish, a keener appetite for the Word of God (Jer 15:16; Psa 19:7-10)."
Excerpt taken from "Follow the Lamb" by Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
Saturday, October 27, 2007
"In his book In Defense of Israel (2007), beginning in the section called "The Jews did not Reject Jesus as Messiah" (p. 132) John Hagee relentlessly twisted Scripture in his attempt to prove that Jesus Christ did not come "to be Messiah to the Jews." His denial of Jesus as the Christ (Messiah) cannot be overlooked as a mere "slip of his pen" because he repeated his assertion "seven ways from Sunday" as seen in this sample of seven quotes from his book:"
If God intended for Jesus to be the Messiah of Israel, why didn't he authorize Jesus to use supernatural signs to prove he was God's Messiah, just as Moses had done? (p. 137)
Jesus refused to produce a sign ... because it was not the Father's will, nor his, to be Messiah. (p 138)
If Jesus wanted to be Messiah, why did he repeatedly tell his disciples and followers to "tell no one" about his supernatural accomplishments? (p. 139)
The Jews were not rejecting Jesus as Messiah; it was Jesus who was refusing to be the Messiah to the Jews. (p. 140)
They wanted him to be their Messiah, but he flatly refused. (p. 141)
He refused to be their Messiah, choosing instead to be the Savior of the world (p. 143)
Jesus rejected to the last detail the role of Messiah in word or deed. (p. 145)
Excerpt taken from The Sovereignty of God by Arthur W. Pink
Friday, October 26, 2007
Don Fortner is the senior pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Danville, Ky. Excerpt taken from a sermon titled False Dreams and Vain Comforts.
Psalm 36:3 "The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good."
Proverbs 10:14 "Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction."
Ecclesiastes 10:13 "The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness."
Matthew 5:37 "But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil."
1 Timothy 6:4 "He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,"
2 Timothy 2:16 "But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness."
Jude 1:16 "These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage."
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Taken from the article titled True Faith and True Grace.
“What hast thou that thou didst not receive?” 1 Corinthians 4:7
“predestinated to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will,” Ephesians 1:5
“Many are called, but few are chosen,” Matthew 22:14
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom,” Luke 12:82
“ For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth,” Romans 9:11
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me,” John 6:37
“Not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” 2 Timothy 1:9
“He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy,” Ephesians 1:4
“Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first-born among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” So that “nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8:29, 30, 39
“ Our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased,” Psalm 115:3
“None can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” Daniel 4:35
“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD,” Proverbs 16:1
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, like the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will,” Proverbs 21:1
“Thou hast wrought all our works in us,” Isaiah 26:12
“My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure,” Isaiah 46:10
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Romans 5:6 "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly."
Thursday, October 18, 2007
"A spiritual war, however, cannot be successfully fought with fleshly weapons. Therefore, the weapons in Paul's arsenal were not those of human ingenuity, human ideology, or human methodology. Human reason, wisdom, plans, strategies, organizations, skill, eloquence, marketing, religious showmanship, philosophical or psychological speculation, ritualism, pragmatism, or mysticism are all ineffective weapons against the forces of the kingdom of darkness, the "powers . . . world forces of this darkness . . . [and] spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:12). They cannot rescue sinners from the "domain of darkness" (Col. 1:13) or transform believers into Christ's likeness. Such weapons gain only superficial, temporary, and deceptive victories at best." —John MacArthurTaken from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary 2 Corinthians, Moody Publishing/Chicago, 2003. p. 328
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Baptist Faith and Message article V. God's Purpose of Grace
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is the glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.
All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-8; 1 Samuel 8:4-7,19-22; Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 31:31ff.; Matthew 16:18-19; 21:28-45; 24:22,31; 25:34; Luke 1:68-79; 2:29-32; 19:41-44; 24:44-48; John 1:12-14; 3:16; 5:24; 6:44-45,65; 10:27-29; 15:16; 17:6,12,17-18; Acts 20:32; Romans 5:9-10; 8:28-39; 10:12-15; 11:5-7,26-36; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 15:24-28; Ephesians 1:4-23; 2:1-10; 3:1-11; Colossians 1:12-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:12; 2:10,19; Hebrews 11:39–12:2; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:2-5,13; 2:4-10; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:19; 3:2.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Taken from Studies in the Sermon on the Mount [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1977] pp. 258‑259.
Pitts: "Hear what some others have said about you: he’s diluting and dumbing down the Christian message,".You see he doesn't deny dumbing it down he justifies it. By who's authority is he commanded to "keep it simple"? Is that anywhere in the Bible? Please take the time to download the four mp3's below of Dr. John MacArthur's radio program Grace To You where he preached a message titled "Beware of False Prophets" and see how close Joel Osteen's message lines up with the credentials of a Biblical deceiver.
Osteen: "Sometimes you have to keep it simple and not make it so complicated that people don’t understand,".
Beware of False Prophets, Part 1 (1 of 2)
Beware of False Prophets, Part 1 (2 of 2)
Beware of False Prophets, Part 2 (1 of 2)
Beware of False Prophets, Part 2 (2 of 2)*
*If you only download one be sure it's this one.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Reactions to the 60 Minutes interview around the Blogosphere
i-Monk - Reactions to the “60 Minutes” Joel Osteen Piece
Houston's Clear Thinkers - What is Joel Osteen's message?
Flesh is as Grass - His own private possession
Doctrines Unite - Joel Osteen and “itching ears”
Tom in the Box - New Study Reveals Good Looks = Bad Theology
De Regnis Duobus - Thanks Anyway, But I'll Take My Best Life Later
Yinkahdinay - Joel O. and Mike H.
The Shepherd's Scrapbook - Kinder and Gentler Legalism
The Confessional Outhouse - CBS wants more gospel?
The Bororean - Biblical Deceiver
Amazing Grey City - Joel Osteen is a gospel preacher like Col Sanders is an army officer
Steve Markle - Joel Osteen on 60 Minutes
Denny Burk - Joel Osteen’s Christianity without a Cross
Mark Driscoll - State of The Pulpit / Video
Calvinist sojourner - Westminster Seminary Professor on CBS' 60 Minutes Last Night
"the secret to Osteen's success is this: he teaches self-help but wraps it in a thin guise of Christian terminology. Thus people believe they are being taught the Bible when the reality is that they are learning mere human wisdom rather than divine wisdom. Osteen cunningly blends the wisdom of this age with language that sounds biblical. He blends the most popular aspects of New Age and self-help teaching with Christianity. And his audience is eagerly drinking this in.
And this raises an important and related question. What is Osteen's authority? On what authority does he base what he teaches? Christians have long understood that the only authority we have when it comes to spiritual matters is authority given to us by God through the Bible. We are committed to teaching only things that are consistent with God's revelation of Himself in the Bible. Without the Bible we have no authority. A pastor has no right to stand in front of a congregation and teach people what he believes. Rather, the pastor is to stand in front of the congregation and teaches people what God says about Himself. He bases all he does and says on this standard. In reading Joel Osteen we do not see this manner of authority. In reading Osteen we see a man who appeals to himself and to his own understanding and experience as authority. Rarely does he appeal to the Bible (66 times in 380 pages). Never will the discerning reader feel that Osteen has sought to understand the Bible first. Rather, it seems that he looks to the Bible to prove what he has already written or what he already believes. He uses the Bible, but not as a source of authority." Tim Challies
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.
Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;
How His kindness yet pursues me
Mortal tongue can never tell,
Clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me
I cannot proclaim it well.
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
O that day when freed from sinning,
I shall see Thy lovely face;
Clothed then in blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace;
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,
Take my ransomed soul away;
Send thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day.
Words by: Robert Robinson (1735-1790)
Also the Westminster Seminary in California has posted a collection of articles from Dr. Michael Horton exposing Joel Osteen and his teachings. Its titled Joel Osteen and the Glory Story: A Case Study. You can find the collection here, titles include:
Joel Osteen and the Glory Story
What Ever Happened to Sin?
Are You in God’s Story?
Suffering and a Theology of Glory
Doesn’t God Want Us to be Happy?
(HT) Between Two Worlds
Saturday, October 13, 2007
"Different days demand their own special testimony. The watchman who would be faithful to his Lord and the city of his God has need to carefully note the signs of the times and emphasize his witness accordingly. Concerning the testimony needed now, there can be little, if any, doubt. An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross, so brazen in its impudence, that the most shortsighted of spiritual men can hardly fail to notice it.Excerpt taken from an article titled The Devil's Mission of Amusement by Archibald G. Brown
During the past few years it has developed at an abnormal rate, ever for evil. It has worked like leaven, until now the whole lump ferments. Look which way you may, its presence makes itself manifest. There is little, if anything, to choose between Church, Chapel, or Mission Hall. However these may differ in some respects, they bear a striking likeness in the posters that figure upon and disfigure their notice boards. Amusement for the people is the leading article advertised by each. If my readers doubt my statement, or think my utterance too sweeping, let them take a tour of inspection and study 'the announcements for the week' at the doors of the sanctuaries of their neighbourhood; or let them read the religious advertisements in their local papers. I have done this again and again, until the hideous fact has been proved up to the hilt, that 'amusement' is ousting 'the preaching of the gospel' as the great attraction. Concerts, Entertainments, Fancy Fairs, Smoking Conferences, Dramatic Performances are the words honoured with biggest type and most startling colours. The Concert is fast becoming as much a recognised part of church life as the Prayer Meeting, and is already, in most places, far better attended.
'Providing recreation for the people' will soon be looked upon as a necessary part of Christian work and as binding upon the Church of God, as though it were a Divine command, unless some strong voices be raised which will make themselves heard." —Archibald G. Brown (1844-1922)
Acts 4:12 "And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
The Bible says there's just "one way" to God. But today, postmodernists claim that "no one way is the right way," and any way is okay. To them there is no absolute truth. In their inclusive view, every man's opinion is as good as the next.
In contrast, the relevance of the gospel has always been its absolute exclusivity—that Christ alone atoned for sin and, therefore, faith in Christ alone can reconcile us to God. Even though that exclusive message has always been a stumbling block to some and foolishness to others, we are commanded to believe it and preach it anyway. Nonetheless, Christians today are becoming increasingly uneasy with the one-way message, causing the church to become weak and ineffective.
We must resist the tendency to be absorbed into the fads and fashions of worldly thought. Our task as ambassadors of God is to present the untarnished gospel—an inherently exclusive message—that is the power of God unto salvation because it's the only way to God. —Dr. John MacArthur
Taken from the book Why One Way? by Dr. John MacArthur, W Publishing Group 2002.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
"What some say of rooted faith, fides radicata, that it continues, while weak faith may come to nothing, seems to be contradicted by this Scripture; for, as the strongest faith may be shaken, so the weakest, where truth is, is so far rooted that it will prevail. Weakness with watchfulness will stand, when strength with too much confidence fails. Weakness, with acknowledgement of it, is the fittest seat and subject for God to perfect his strength in; for consciousness of our infirmities drives us out of ourselves to him in whom our strength lies.
From this it follows that weakness may be consistent with the assurance of salvation. The disciples, notwithstanding all their weaknesses, are bidden to rejoice that their names are written in heaven. Failings, with conflict, in sanctification should not weaken the peace of our justification and assurance of salvation. It matters not so much what ill is in us, as what good; not what corruptions, but how we regard them; not what our particular failings are so much as what the thread and tenor of our lives are, for Christ's dislike of that which is amiss in us turns not to the hatred of our persons but to the victorious subduing of all our infirmities." —Richard Sibbes (1577-1635)
Excertp taken from The Bruised Reed, The Banner of Truth Trust. First published 1630, revised edition 1998. p. 96
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Taken from The Imitation Of Christ by Thomas a`Kempis, p. 96-97
Monday, October 08, 2007
"Those who are afflicted in many ways are not without refreshing comfort, for the know that by bearing the cross they are gathering many treasures for themselves. For while they willingly put themselves under the cross, all the burden of adversity is turned into confidence of future divine comfort. And the more the flesh is weakened by affliction, so much the more is the spirit strengthened by inward grace. Sometimes saints are so comforted in the desire for tribulation and adversity and love of conformity to the cross of Christ, that they do not wish to be without grief and tribulation." —Thomas a`Kempis (1380-1471)Taken from The Imitation Of Christ by Thomas a`Kempis, p. 101
Saturday, October 06, 2007
"The system of truth is not one straight line, but two. No man will ever get a right view of the gospel until he knows how to look at the two lines at once. I am taught in one book to believe that what I sow I shall reap: I am taught in another place, that "it is not of him that willeth nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy." I see in one place, God presiding over all in providence; and yet I see, and I cannot help seeing, that man acts as he pleases, and that God has left his actions to his own will, in a great measure. Now, if I were to declare that man was so free to act, that there was no presidence of God over his actions, I should be driven very near to Atheism; and if, on the other hand, I declare that God so overrules all things, as that man is not free enough to be responsible, I am driven at once into Antinomianism or fatalism. That God predestines, and that man is responsible, are two things that few can see. They are believed to be inconsistent and contradictory; but they are not. It is just the fault of our weak judgment. Two truths cannot be contradictory to each other. If, then, I find taught in one place that everything is fore-ordained, that is true; and if I find in another place that man is responsible for all his actions, that is true; and it is my folly that leads me to imagine that two truths can ever contradict each other. These two truths, I do not believe, can ever be welded into one upon any human anvil, but one they shall be in eternity: they are two lines that are so nearly parallel, that the mind that shall pursue them farthest, will never discover that they converge; but they do converge, and they will meet somewhere in eternity, close to the throne of God, whence all truth doth spring." —C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)Taken from a sermon delivered on sabbath morning, August 1, 1858, by the Rev. C. H. Spurgeonat the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens titled Sovereign Grace and Man's Responsibility.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
R. C. Sproul - Can a Sinning Christian Lose His Salvation?
R. L. Dabney - The Five Points of Calvinism, Part 5
Sam Storms - Defense of the Perseverance of the Saints - Part 1 / Part 2
Charles Spurgeon - Eternal Security
A.W. Pink - Eternal Security / Book
H. A. Ironside - Eternal Security of the Believer
John Gill - Final Perseverance
J.W. Hendryx - Biblical Reflections on Hebrews 6
Octavius Winslow - No Condemnation in Christ Jesus / Book
Jonathan Sims - The Eternal Security of The Believer
John Piper - Those Whom He Justified He Also Glorified
John Piper - Sealed by the Spirit to the Day of Redemption
John MacArthur - The Saint's Guarantee
John MacArthur - Eternal Security
John MacArthur - The Extent of the Believer's Security
John MacArthur - The Perseverance of the Saints - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Helen Roseveare - A Call for the Perseverance of the Saints
Arturo G. Azurdia III - Perseverance of the Saints
Jim McClarty - Perseverance of The Saints - The Arguments
"He who remains in this uncertainty remains a burdened and weary man. He who is contented with this uncertainty is contented with misery and danger. He who clings to this uncertainty as a right thing, can have no pretensions to the name of son, child, or saint of God: for in that uncertainty is there any feature of resemblance to the son or the saint; anything of the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father; any likeness to the filial spirit of the beloved Son of God?
He who resolves to remain in this uncertainty is a destroyer of his own soul; and he who tries to persuade others to remain in this uncertainty is a murderer of souls. He who does his best to make himself comfortable without the knowledge of his reconciliation and relationship to God, is a manifest unbeliever; and he who tries to induce others to be comfortable without this knowledge is something worse; if worse can be. That there are many among professing Christians who have not this knowledge, is a painful fact; that there are some who, instead of lamenting this, make their boast of it, is a fact more painful still; that there are even some who proclaim their own uncertainty in order to countenance others in it, is a fact the most painful of all.
Thus the questions about assurance resolve themselves into that of the knowledge of our relationship to God. To an Arminian, who denies election and the perseverance of the saints, the knowledge of our present reconciliation to God might bring with it no assurance of final salvation; for, according to him, we may be in reconciliation today, and out of it tomorrow; but to a Calvinist there can be no such separation. He who is once reconciled is reconciled for ever; and the knowledge of filial relationship just now is the assurance of eternal salvation. Indeed, apart from God's electing love, there can be no such thing as assurance. It becomes an impossibility." —Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
The Perseverance of the Saints, Part 1
The Perseverance of the Saints, Part 2
The Perseverance of the Saints, Part 3
The Doctrine of Election, Part 1 (1 of 2)
The Doctrine of Election, Part 1 (2 of 2)
The Doctrine of Election, Part 2
The Doctrine of Election, Part 3, (1 of 2)
The Doctrine of Election, Part 3, (2 of 2)
The Doctrine of Absolute Inability (1 of 2)
The Doctrine of Absolute Inability (2 of 2)
The Doctrine of Actual Atonement, Part 1
The Doctrine of Actual Atonement, Part 2 (1 of 2)
The Doctrine of Actual Atonement, Part 2 (2 of 2)
The Doctrine of God's Effectual Call, Part 1
The Doctrine of God's Effectual Call, Part 2
Symphony of Scripture has posted a great quote by John MacArthur titled Baptizing the Masses with a Watered-down Gospel.
Tim Challies has been at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama blogging The Expositors’ Conference.
All the 2007 Desiring God National Conference audio and videos have now been posted online for free.
Over at Shepherd the Flock Nathan White has written a great article titled Sin: Today vs Yesterday. This is a great article and be sure to ponder the Tozer quote at the end.
This reading of the 23 Psalm is just too precious not to share.