EVERY CALLING IS A ‘HIGH CALLING’ WHEN GOD HAS CALLED YOU

EVERY CALLING IS A ‘HIGH CALLING’ WHEN GOD HAS CALLED YOU

Michael Jeshurun

Almost every visitor to the Sistine chapel is awed by Michelangelo’s masterpiece which adorns the ceiling but hardly anyone even notices the floor which they’re standing on. Truth is there would be no ceiling without the floor. And those who laid the tiles for the floor were as much needed as the one who adorned the ceiling with his artwork. Even so in the work of the Lord’s ministry people notice and applaud the preacher or the street evangelist who is thundering out the Gospel; but hardly does anyone even think about the preacher’s wife who is at home nursing the baby and keeping the fires burning!

But even so hath the Lord ordained that those who are in the ‘forefront’ preaching the gospel and those just working in an office witnessing Christ by their godly example should receive the same reward as those who ‘keep the fires burning’ back home and the elderly who are praying for His Kingdom to come!

Now that is scriptural! “But as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: THEY SHALL PART ALIKE. And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day.” [1Sam 30:24,25]

In a real war or battle THIS is quite obvious. For an army ‘moves on its stomach’ so to say. And the folks back home who supply their food and medicines are as much needed for the victory as the ones who are actually wielding the sword on the battlefront!

But even in a spiritual battle this is very true. Every true missionary and evangelist has to be backed up by not only his material needs like food and clothing but BY PRAYER! How many times do we read the great Apostle requesting –

“PRAYING ALWAYS WITH ALL PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION IN THE SPIRIT, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; AND FOR ME, THAT UTTERANCE MAY BE GIVEN UNTO ME, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” [Eph 6:18-20]

And if the apostle needed ‘prayer’ in order to have the ‘utterance’ and the ‘boldness’ then so does every other preacher of God’s Word!

So don’t ever belittle the calling for which God has called you! The scripture makes it plain that not everyone is called with the same calling. Not everyone is called to be a ‘Pastor’ or an ‘Evangelist’ or a Teacher. God calls many who live and die in obscurity as far as recognition goes! Many shall come forward on that great Day who were literally unknown but without whom the other ‘great men and women of God’ could never have accomplished what they did.

Martha may be cumbered with much serving, but without her you would go hungry and faint by the way. Everyone has heard of Martin Luther and his master piece “De Servo Arbitrio” or the “Bondage of the will” but few know the fact that but for Luther’s wife Katharina Luther there would be no “Bondage of the will” for it was under her constant persistence and compulsion that Martin finally sat down to put pen to paper!

“But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him. And if they were all one member, where were the body?  But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, ARE NECESSARY!” [1 Cor 12:18-22]

I am 51 years old! And beloved, I can look back and see that the Lord has indeed brought me A LONG WAY from what I once was! As one divine put it – “I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am” [John Newton]

Things which once meant THE WORLD to me seem SO TRIVIAL now! And the funny thing is, I spent a greater part of my life wondering what I would be someday, when every day of every year I was being exactly what the great God had designed me to be. I know there is much written about ‘finding the will of God for one’s life’ and doing it. But methinks that for the most part that we children of God are being swept along by the current of God’s will just as a helpless driftwood in the rapids!

Please do not read me wrong here. Yes THERE IS a place to seek God’s will and go about doing that . . . and yet for all that for the most part HE IS LEADING US IN THE PATH WHICH HE HAS CHALKED OUT FOR US before Time began. As that good ol’ hymn says –

“HE leadeth me: O blessed thought!
O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be,
still ‘TIS GOD’S HAND THAT LEADETH ME.

And thank God for that, Beloved! Because for the most part WE know not what to do or even how to do it! As Brother Philpot said long ago – “The Christian thus learns that if he stands, God must hold him up; if he knows anything aright, God must teach him; if he walks in the way to heaven, God must first put, and afterwards keep him in it; if he has anything, God must give it to him; and that if he does anything, God must work it in him.”

And THIS I have found to be the truth! As the prophet says,LORD, THOU wilt ordain peace for us: for THOU also hast wrought ALL OUR WORKS IN US!”[Isaiah 26:12] And again, “it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure!” [Phil 2:13]

Praise be the Lord!

BE NOT WEARY IN WELL DOING

BE NOT WEARY IN WELL DOING

This is something I preach to myself every once in a while . . . .

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men , especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”  [Gal 6:9,10]

With Lots of Love

Michael Jeshurun

THOSE WHO PREACH A DIFFERENT CHRIST MORE DANGEROUS THAN WILD BEASTS!

THOSE WHO PREACH A DIFFERENT CHRIST MORE DANGEROUS THAN WILD BEASTS!

Funny eh? But joke’s aside, those who preach a false Christ are more dangerous than any wild beast! For while an alligator may kill your body, those who preach another Christ will destroy your soul!

So heed the Apostle’s warning –

“If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds”! [2John 1:10,11]

Specially be on guard against anyone who says that our Lord Jesus is anything less than God Almighty!

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” [1Tim 3:16]

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” [John 1:1,14]

“If ye believe not that I AM, ye shall die in your sins! [John 8:24]

The History of an Idol, its Rise, Reign and Progress

The History of an Idol, its Rise, Reign and Progress

J. C. Philpot, October, 1855

“Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.” 1 John 5:21

Idolatry is a sin very deeply rooted in the human heart. We need not go very far to find of this the most convincing proofs. Besides the experience of every age and every climate, we find it where we would least expect it—the prevailing sin of a people who had the greatest possible proofs of its wickedness and folly, and the strongest evidences of the being, greatness, and power of God.

It amazes us sometimes in reading the history of God’s ancient people, as recorded in the inspired page, that, after such wondrous and repeated displays of his presence, glory, and majesty, they should again and again bow down before stocks and stones. That those who had witnessed all the plagues of Egypt had passed through the Red Sea by an explicit miracle, were daily living on manna that fell from heaven and water that gushed out of the rock, who had but to look upward by day to behold the pillar of the cloud, and by night the pillar of fire to manifest the presence of Jehovah in their midst—that this people, because Moses delayed coming down from the Mount, should fall down before a golden calf, and say, “These are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up out of the land of Egypt,” does indeed strike our minds with astonishment.

And that this sin should break forth in them again and again through their whole history down to the period of the Babylonish captivity, in spite of all the warnings of their prophets, all the terrible judgments of God, all their repeated captivities, and, what would be far more likely to cure it, all their repeated deliverances, does indeed show, if other proof were lacking, that it is a disease deeply rooted in the very constitution of fallen man.

If this be the case, unless human nature has undergone a change, of which neither scripture nor experience affords any evidence, the disease must be in the heart of man now as much as ever; and if it exists it must manifest itself, for a constitutional malady can no more be in the soul and not show itself, than there can be a sickness in the body without evident symptoms of illness.

It is true that the disease does not break out exactly in the same form. It is true that golden calves are not now worshiped, at least the calf is not, if the gold be, nor do Protestants adore images of wood, brass, or stone. But that rank; property, fashion, honor, the opinion of the world, with everything which feeds the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, are as much idolized now as Baal and Moloch were once in Judea, and Juggernaut now is in the plains of Hindostan, is true beyond all contradiction.

But what is idolatry? To answer this question, let us ask another. What is an idol? Is not this the essence of the idea conveyed by the word, that an idol occupies that place in our esteem and affections, in our thoughts, words and ways, in our dependence and reliance, in our worship and devotedness, which is due to God only? Whatever is to us what the Lord alone should be, that is to us an idol. It is true that these idols differ almost as widely as the peculiar propensities of different individuals. But as both in ancient and modern times the grosser idols of wood and stone were and are beyond all calculation in number, variety, shape, and size, so is it in these inner idols of which the outer are mere symbols and representations.

Nothing has been too base or too brutal, too great or too little, too noble or too vile, from the sun walking in its brightness to a snake, a monkey, an onion, a bit of rag, which man has not worshiped. And these intended representations of Divinity were but the outward symbols of what man inwardly worshiped—for the inward idol preceded the outward, and the fingers merely carved what the imagination had previously devised. The gross material idol, then, whether an Apollo, “the statue which enchants the world,” or an Ethiopian fetish, is but a symbol of the inner mind of man.

In that inner mind there are certain feelings and affections, as well as traditional recollections, which sin has perverted and debased, but not extinguished. Such are, a sense of a divine Creator, a dread of his anger and justice, a dim belief in a state after death of happiness or misery, an accountability to him for our actions, and a duty of religious worship. From this natural religion in the mind of man, a relic of the fall, sprang the first idea of idolatry—for the original knowledge of God being lost, the mind of man sought a substitute, and that substitute is an idol—the word, like the similar term “image,” signifying a shape or figure, a representation or likeness of God.

Against this therefore, the second commandment in the Decalogue is directed. Now, this idea of representing God by some visible image being once established by the combined force of depraved intellect and conscience, the debased mind of man soon sought out channels for its lusts and passions to run in, which religion might consecrate; and thus the devilish idea was conceived and carried out, to make a god of SIN. Thus bloodshed, lust, theft, with every other crime, were virtually turned into gods named Mars, Venus, Mercury, and so on; and then came the horrible conclusion, that the more sin there was committed, the more these gods were honored. Need we wonder at the horrible debasement of the heathen world, and the utter prostration of moral principles produced by the worship of idols—or at the just abhorrence and wrath of God against idolatry?

But we need not dwell on this part of the subject. There is another form of idolatry much nearer home; the idolatry not of an ancient Pagan or a modern Hindu, but that of a Christian.

Idolatry is the very breath of the carnal mind. All that “the old man which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,” desires, thirsts after, is gratified by, or occupied with, is its idol—and so far as a Christian is under the influence of this carnal mind, this old man, this evil heart of unbelief, this fallen Adam-nature, this body of sin and death—all which are Scripture terms to express one and the same thing—he bows down to the idol set up in the chambers of imagery.

There is an old Latin proverb, that “love and a cough are two things impossible to be concealed;” and thus, though an idol may be hidden in the heart as carefully as Laban’s teraphim in the camel’s saddle, or the ephod and molten image in the House of Micah, (Judges 18:14), yet it will be discovered by the love shown to it, as surely as the suppressed cough of the consumptive patient cannot escape the ear of the physician.

Nor need we go far, if we would but be honest with ourselves, to find out each our own idol—what it is, and how deep it lies, what worship it obtains, what honor it receives, and what affection it engrosses. Let me ask myself, “What do I most love?” If I hardly know how to answer that question, let me put to myself another, “What do I most think upon? In what channel do I usually find my thoughts flow when unrestrained?” for thoughts flow to the idol as water to the lowest spot in a field.

If, then, the thoughts flow continually to the farm, the shop, the business, the investment, to the husband, wife, or child; to that which feeds lust or pride, worldliness or covetousness, self-conceit or self-admiration—that is the idol which, as a magnet, attracts the thoughts of the mind towards it.

Your idol may not be mine, nor mine yours; and yet we may both be idolaters. You may despise or even hate my idol, and wonder how I can be such a fool or such a sinner as to hug it to my bosom; and I may wonder how a partaker of grace can be so inconsistent as to love such a silly idol as yours. You may condemn me, and I condemn you; and the word of God’s grace and the verdict of a living conscience condemn us both.

O how various and how innumerable those idols are! One man may possess a refined taste and educated mind. Books, learning, literature, languages, general information, shall be his idol. Music, vocal and instrumental, may be the idol of a second; so sweet to his ears, such inward feelings of delight are kindled by the melodious strains of voice or instrument, that music is in all his thoughts, and hours are spent in producing those harmonious sounds which perish in their utterance. Painting, statuary, architecture, the fine arts generally, may be the Baal, the dominating passion of a third. Poetry, with its glowing thoughts, burning words, passionate utterances, vivid pictures, melodious cadence, and sustained flow of all that is beautiful in language and expression, may be the delight of a fourth. Science, mathematical or mechanical, the eager pursuit of a fifth. These are the highest flights of the human mind; these are not the base idols of the drunken feast, the low jest, the mirthful supper, or even that less debasing but enervating idol—sleep and indolence, as if life’s highest enjoyments were those of the swine in the sty.

An idol is not to be admired for its beauty or loathed for its ugliness, but to be hated because it is an idol. You middle-class people, who despise art and science, language and learning, as you despise the ale-house, and ballfield, may still have an idol. Your garden, your beautiful roses, your verbenas, fuchsias, needing all the care and attention of a babe in arms, may be your idol. Or your pretty children, so admired as they walk in the street; or your new house and all the new furniture; or your son who is getting on so well in business; or your daughter so comfortably settled in life; or your dear husband so generally respected, and just now doing so nicely in the farm. Or your own still dearer SELF that needs so much feeding, and dressing and attending to—who shall count the thousands of idols which draw to themselves those thoughts, and engross those affections which are due to the Lord alone?

You may not be found out. Your idol may be so hidden, or so peculiar, that all our attempts to touch it, have left you and it unscathed. Will you therefore conclude that you have none? Search deeper, look closer; it is not too deep for the eye of God, nor too hidden for the eyes of a tender conscience anointed with divine eye-salve. Hidden love is the deepest of all love; hidden diseases the most incurable of all diseases. Search every fold of your heart until you find it. It may not be so big nor so ugly as your neighbor’s; but an idol is still an idol, and an image still an image, whether so small as to be carried in the coat pocket, or as large as a gigantic statue.

Every man has his idol; but it is not every man who sees it. Few groan under it.

“Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.” 1 John 5:21

“The dearest idol I have known,
Whatever that idol be,
Help me to tear it from my heart,
And worship only Thee.”

 

CHILDREN  AND GODLY MUSIC

CHILDREN  AND GODLY MUSIC

Children love music. A happy child is a singing child who sings and hums as he works or plays. When my wife and I sang in a choral group, one of the things that impressed us was that the singing captivated the attention of four and five year olds for an hour and a half. Music ministers to all age levels in a way that preaching and teaching can never do.

The music that you and your children sing and listen to is more important than you may realize. The songs that we sing and listen to permanently shape our understanding of who God is and what the Christian life is all about. The songs that children learn are often remembered the rest of their lives. For that reason it is important that children have not only children’s songs but that they also learn songs that they will sing when they are adults. Children need children’s songs. However, if we give our children only children’s things that are apropriate for their age, we are training them to be children when they grow up. That is a mistake that is being made today and we are seeing the results in many college age young people. Many do not know how to be mature adults.

It is important for children to learn hymns and other Godly songs that they will sing when they become adults . Hymns have a wealth of spiritual truths in them. A hymn with four or five verses will often have 30 to 40 spiritual truths expressed in it in comparison with praise and worship choruses which usually have only a few spiritual truths. Singing only choruses is like eating only french fries. Make sure you have a meal to go with your “fries”. Don’t neglect the goldmine of teaching and worship for you and your children in hymns. Children love to listen to well-sung hymns.

The following is significant for anyone who is involved in training children in the ways of the Lord. In Psalms 44:11,12 it says, “Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood: That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth-, that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace.” The result of ridding ourselves of ungodly influences is that our sons will be mature, and grown up in their youth, and that our daughters will be stable, mature, and refined. They will be pillars – able to stand on their own and providing support.

A problem today is that young men are not grown up in their youth. One juvenile court judge said that girls used to be the stablizing influence even though the guys were doing things they shouldn’t. However, today girls are no longer a stabilizing influence. They are involved in as bad or worse things than the guys. The sad thing is that many young people in the church are not much different than ungodly young people.

Music plays a more important part in the problem and in the solution than I realized. As I looked at the context of Psalms 144, I noticed that verse 11 “Rid me…” was also given before that in verses seven and eight. In between these verses on ridding ourselves of ungodly influences is verse nine which says, “I will sing a new song unto Thee, 0 God; upon a psaltry and an instrument of ten strings I will sing praises unto Thee.” Of all the places in the Bible about singing a new song, this is the only one that contrasts it with what it is not, and gives the blessing of singing a new song.

A new song is not one from strange children – the ungodly. Nor is it vain words or falsehood. Songs borrowed from the ungodly do not result in mature young people. The blessing of singing only a new ( a decidedly Godly) song and ridding ourselves of ungodly influences is young people who are mature and who are prepared to make an impact for God’s Kingdom. They also stand out in sharp contrast to society around them because of their uprightness. One of the characteristics of those who have rid themselves of music with a backbeat is bright eyes. This is especially noticeable in children and young people. Music with a backbeat dulls the eyes.

We encourage you to raise the standard and provide decidedly Godly music for your family – music that is without question Godly music. Earthly entertainment is for a moment, eternity is forever.

Taken from Biblical Research Reports

THE KJV – IT RULETH

THE KJV – IT RULETH

Michael Jeshurun

THIS is the Bible that I love and use. This is also the Bible that all my mentors used for the past 400 years. So please do not bother to educate me that there’s a ‘better one’! If you’ve found a ‘better’ version then use THAT and go to Heaven. 

I am not interested in debates and arguments on Bible versions. If you post any comment below against THIS Bible or try to advise me of another then I will be compelled to delete that comment and if you persist even block you!

All the divines I learned from used THIS version and I intend to continue doing so. Thank you and God bless you!

Please allow me to say a few words of admonition to those who may be using one of the many ‘Modern versions’. Almost all modern versions of the Bible are unhistorical and irreverent. The Bible is not a modern, human book. It is not as new as the morning newspaper! If the Bible were THIS new, it would not be the Bible. On the contrary, the Bible is an ancient, divine book which nevertheless is always new because in it God reveals Himself. Hence, the language of the Bible SHOULD BE VENERABLE AS WELL AS INTELLIGIBLE, and the King James Version fulfills these two requirements better than any other bible in English. Hence, it is the King James Version which converts sinners soundly and makes of them diligent Bible students. 

When I read a portion of Scripture from the KJV, it is so grand and glorious and full of majesty, it just motivates me to memorize it and quote it verbatim with the reference! NONE of the modern versions challenge me thus! In fact every preacher whom I have known either personally, or through their writings who were ‘mighty in the Scriptures’ were all KJV men!

I write a lot of letters to Christians all over the globe even as far as Alaska! And when I write, either to comfort, edify or challenge them, I make it a point to load my letters with Scripture! For THIS is the divine admonition – “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God”! [1Pet 4:11]. For what I say matters little, it is what GOD says in His Word that really counts! And even though most of time I blend, mix and sometimes even paraphrase the KJV verses that I am quoting in my letters; all the recipients know that it is Bible I am quoting and glorify God for it! This would not be the case if I used the NIV or any of the other modern per-versions!

“In regard to Bible versions many contemporary Christians are behaving like spoiled and rebellious children. They want a Bible version that pleases them, no matter whether it pleases God or not. “We want a Bible version in our own idiom,” they clamor. “We want a Bible that talks to us in the same way in which we talk to our friends over the telephone. We want an informal God, no better educated than ourselves, with a limited vocabulary and a taste for modern slang.” And having thus registered their preference, they go their several ways. Some of them unite with the modernists in using the RSV or the NEB. Others deem the NASV or the NIV more “evangelical.” Still others opt for the TEV or the LIVING BIBLE.

BUT WHERE, OH WHERE, DEAR BROTHER OR SISTER, DID YOU EVER GET THE IDEA THAT IT IS UP TO YOU TO DECIDE WHICH BIBLE VERSION YOU WILL RECEIVE AS GOD’S HOLY WORD?

As long as you harbor this false notion, you are little better than an unbeliever. As long as you cherish this erroneous opinion, you are entirely on your own. For you, the Bible has no real authority—only that which your rebellious reason deigns to give it. For you, there is no comfort, no assurance of faith. Cast off, therefore, this carnal mind that leads to death! Put on the spiritual mind that leads to life and peace! Receive by faith the true text of God’s holy Word, which has been preserved down through the ages by His special providence”!
[Edward F. Hills. Thd. Minister of Christian Reformed Church]

As far as literary beauty and excellence go, the KJV stands in a class by itself! There is absolutely no comparison between – “Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow”! [KJV] and “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed” [NIV]. And surely a “Thus saith the Lord”! [KJV] has more majesty and authority behind it than a weak “This is what the lord says” [NIV]

Read what literary critics and authorities have said about the King James Version: Prof. Charles A. Dinsmore, for many years professor of literature at Yale Divinity School, in his great work THE ENGLISH BIBLE AS LITERATURE, spoke of “the unique and sovereign greatness of our King James Version,” saying:
“It is unlike any other book in our language, and in charm and power is above them all.”

Prof. William Lyon Phelps, educator, essayist, and longtime professor of English literature, said in reference to the King James Version:

“Priests, atheists, skeptics, devotees, agnostics, and evangelists, are generally agreed that the Authorized Version of the English Bible is the best example of English literature that the world has ever seen.”

Social and literary critic H.L. Mencken, rarely extravagant in his praise, said:

“It is the most beautiful of all translations of the Bible; indeed it is probably the most beautiful piece of writing in all the literature of the world.”

The translators of the Revised Version of 1881 had this to say about the King James Version:
“We have had to study this great version carefully and minutely, line by line; and the longer we have been engaged upon it, the more we have learned to admire its simplicity, its dignity, its power, its happy turns of expression, its general accuracy, and we must not fail to add, THE MUSIC OF ITS CADENCES AND THE FELICITIES OF ITS RHYTHM.

Oh there is something supernaturally musical and rhythmic in many portions of the KJV which is not found in any other version!

Here is one such rhythmic and musical favorite portion of mine –

“Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being His counselor hath taught Him? With whom took He counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of judgment, and taught Him knowledge, and shewed to Him the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, He taketh up the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. All nations before Him are as nothing; and they are counted to Him less than nothing, and vanity. To whom then will ye liken God? Or what likeness will ye compare unto Him”? [Isaiah 40:12-18]

These testimonials by authorities, writing from widely differing perspectives, are illustrative of the countless accolades over the years that have established the King James Version as inarguably pre-eminent both as the most trusted spiritual guide and authority, and as a priceless literary masterpiece. And thus it is always: the power to move souls to God and the beauty of Biblical language go mightily together!

A.W. Pink’s Masterpiece – THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD

A.W. Pink’s Masterpiece – THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD

– the Book that taught me God’s Absolute Sovereignty and Man’s Total Depravity.

Brother A.W. Pink has had a great influence in my life and through his writings, he being dead yet speaketh! In Pink I found a ‘like-minded brother’. Here was finally someone who not only preached the doctrines of Grace FAITHFULLY but also RENOUNCED the existing Christendom of his day as APOSTATE. It grieves my heart that in our day even many who claim to love Pink’s writings and have even made them available on the Web are themselves part of the Great Whore!

I came to understand the Reformed Faith a few years after the Lord saved me. But I truly did not really understand it like I should have until I read A.W. Pink’s ‘The Sovereignty of God’! I was first given the compromised condensed form of this book published by the ‘Banner of truth’, and I was so blessed. But sadly I had not eaten the whole meal until I read the complete book published by The Bakers!

I said this then, and I’ll say it again – There is no writer who is familiar with the Scriptures and is faithful to it as A.W.Pink! HE STANDS IN A CLASS OF HIS OWN and has an insight into the scriptures which is second to none!
Unlike most writers of our day, Pink never wrote anything just to be writing. He really had something to say. Not only that, but what sets Pink apart from the rest is that He saw the present Christendom of his day for what it really was …. APOSTATE! And in obedience to his Lord he steered clear of it and admonished others to do so.

He was no half-baked, pusillanimous, milquetoast, string for a backbone ‘panty waist’ like the majority of the ‘Reformed’ preachers today! Like His Master and His Apostle Paul, he could care less what people thought of him as long as he was faithful to His God!

A lot of folks who read Pink and quote him today do not really know him. They ought to read his letters to understand where he really stood!
Oh may God give us more men like A.W. Pink!

Michael Jeshurun

Reviews from Amazon.com by those whose lives were changed after reading this book –

“When first published in 1918 this book was very controversial. The reason for this is probably due to the fact that in Pink’s day the doctrine of God’s sovereignty was almost completely ignored, misunderstood or rejected. Why read or study a book on the doctrine of God’s sovereignty? The author believed that this doctrine is the second most important doctrine taught in the Bible, the first being the Divine inspiration of the Bible, which is the title of Mr. Pink’s first book that was published. Pink has this to say about the importance of this Biblical truth on p.19 “It is… the key to history, the interpreter of providence,…and the foundation of Christian theology, (p.215) …it is designed as the sheet anchor for our souls amid the storms of life.

The doctrine of God’s sovereignty is a divine cordial to refresh our spirits. It is designed and adapted to mould the affections of the heart and to give a right direction to conduct. …It affords comfort for the present and a sense of security respecting the unknown future.” A right understanding of this doctrine places God on the throne where he belongs and under His blessing produces humility in His people. The Sovereignty of God is the most comforting doctrine in the Bible to a Christian in the midst of trials. This reviewer is convinced that ‘The Sovereignty of God’ by A.W. Pink is one of the most important and influential books that has been written in this century.” [J. Adrian]

“There’s nothing like the doctrine of God’s sovereignty that can cause a man to be humble and yet at the same time confident of his salvation. When I first read this book, I must admit that I found it hard to accept the doctrine of Calvinism. Like many Christians in the charismatic churches, I was taught that I could lose my salvation, that Jesus Christ died for every person, and that free-will triumphs over God’s sovereign will.

Even so, this precious book has made me reconsidered my Arminian beliefs until finally I began to see that salvation is from the Lord from the beginning to the end. How God has caused this book to impact my spiritual life is beyond measure to me. My whole outlook of life has changed dramatically, now that I know that He is in control of my life and my salvation. To Him alone then, be all the glory.” [Alcaff Surjadi]

“This book is full of the wonderful ways of God. Our Lord is an awesome God and this book helps anyone to understand just who God truly is. I gained such insight on God.” [Betty Jo Nelson]

“This is an excellent book. A great exegetical examination of the Sovereignty of God! A.W. Pink does a wonderful job of showing how you cannot deny the Sovereignty of God in Scripture. I was convicted from reading this book at just how little I have made God in my theology.

I highly recommend this book to anyone. It will change the way you think about God’s Sovereignty!” [Stearns7]

“A. W. Pink is an incredible gift of God. What truth. This is without a doubt the springboard of all his other books. Words are inadequate, but God has used this man to put words together in ways that are so revealing and vital for our appreciation and exaltation to GOD Almighty” [Sharon Oliphant]

LIMITED ATONEMENT – MOST OFFENSIVE TO NOMINAL CHRISTIANS

LIMITED ATONEMENT – MOST OFFENSIVE TO NOMINAL CHRISTIANS

Michael Jeshurun

Without doubt the doctrine of Limited Atonement or [Particular Redemption] is the most offensive, controversial and difficult of the doctrines of grace. A testing doctrine! Only a Christian who has decided to preach the offence of the Cross will accept it.

All the rest will openly reject it, and in certain cases vehemently attack it. The reason for this is because, if Limited Atonement is accepted, it follows that these must also be accepted –

1. God does not intend to save all, seeing He hath not made provision for all.
2. If God does not intend to save all he obviously does not love all.
3. It accuses God of partiality, and debunks the view they have had of Him since their youth.
4. The carnal mind immediately foresees that embracing this truth is to make oneself unpopular in the religious world.

History shows that the most popular preachers whether Reformed or Puritan, either deliberately ignored or explained this doctrine away by removing its offence. This is not the doctrine to contend for if you are a preacher interested in numbers or a Christian interested in making friends and influencing people.

What will you do with this grand Truth of God’s unfailing Word?!!

Come now, think about it . . .

If the Atonement was offered for all mankind then the debt incurred by EVERY MAN HAS BEEN CANCELLED. If Christ bore in His own body on the tree the sins of all men WITHOUT EXCEPTION, then none will perish. If Christ was “made a curse” for all of Adam’s race then none are now “under condemnation.” “PAYMENT GOD CANNOT TWICE DEMAND, FIRST AT MY BLEEDING SURETY’S HAND AND THEN AGAIN AT MINE.”

But Christ DID NOT discharge the debt of all men without exception, for some there are who will be “cast into prison” (see 1 Peter 3:19 where the same Greek word for “prison” occurs), and they shall “by no means come out thence, till they have paid the uttermost farthing” (Matthew 5:26), which, of course, will never be. Christ DID NOT bear the sins of all mankind, for some there are who “die IN THEIR SINS” (John 8:21), and whose “sin REMAINETH” (John 9:41).

Christ WAS NOT “made a curse” for all of Adam’s race, for some there are to whom He will yet say, “Depart from Me YE CURSED” (Matthew 25:41). To say that Christ died for all alike, to say that He became the Substitute and Surety of the whole human race, to say that He suffered on behalf of and in the stead of all mankind, is to say that He “BORE THE CURSE FOR MANY WHO ARE NOW BEARING THE CURSE FOR THEMSELVES; that He suffered punishment for many who are now lifting up their own eyes in Hell, being in torments; that He paid the redemption price for many who shall yet pay in their own eternal anguish ‘the wages of sin, which is death’.

But, on the other hand, to say as Scripture says, that Christ was stricken for the transgressions OF GOD’S PEOPLE, to say that He gave His life FOR THE SHEEP, to say that He gave His life a ransom FOR MANY, is to say that He made an atonement which FULLY ATONES; it is to say He paid a price which ACTUALLY RANSOMS; it is to say He was set forth a propitiation which really propitiates; it is to say HE IS A SAVIOR WHO TRULY SAVE!

To say that Christ died for every human being without exception is to say that at least in some sense ‘Christ died in vain’. Fact is, there are many who died and perished long before Christ came. And even to this day there are many who died without hearing the Gospel. To say that Christ died even for these is to say that He died in vain!

MAN WITHOUT FAULTS?

MAN WITHOUT FAULTS?

By – C.H. Spurgeon

He who boasts of being perfect is perfect in folly. I have been a good deal up and down the world, and I never did see either a perfect horse or a perfect man, and I never shall till two Sundays come together.

You cannot get white flour out of a coal sack nor perfection out of human nature; he who looks for it had better look for sugar in the sea. The old saying is, “Lifeless, faultless. About dead men we should say nothing but good; but as for the living, they are all tarred more or less with the black brush, and half an eye can see it. Every head has a soft place in it, and every heart has its black drop. Every rose has its prickles, and every day its night. Even the sun shows spots, and the skies are darkened with clouds.

The best wine has its dregs. All men’s faults are not written on their foreheads, and it’s quite as well they are not, or hats would need very wide brims. Yet, as sure as eggs are eggs, faults of some sort nestle in every bosom. There’s no telling when a man’s sins may show themselves, for hares pop out of the ditch just when you are not looking for them.

A horse that is weak in the legs may not stumble for a mile or two, but it is in him, and the rider had better hold him up well.

If we would always recollect that we live among men who are imperfect, we should not be in such a fever when we find out our friends’ failings. What’s rotten will rend, and cracked pots will leak. Blessed is he who expects nothing of poor flesh and blood, for he shall never be disappointed. The best of men are men at best, and the best wax will melt.

It is a good horse that never stumbles,
And a good wife that never grumbles.

But surely such horses and wives are only found in the fool’s paradise, where dumplings grow on trees. In this wicked world the straightest timber has knots in it, and the cleanest field of wheat has its share of weeds. The most careful driver one day upsets the cart; the cleverest cook spills a little broth; and as I know to my sorrow a very decent plowman will now and then break the plow and often make a crooked furrow.

[Quoted from C.H. Spurgeon’s ‘John Ploughman’s Talks’]

HOW WE GENERALLY RECOGNIZE GOD’S ELECT

HOW WE GENERALLY RECOGNIZE GOD’S ELECT

Michael Jeshurun

“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error” [1John 4:6]

This God cannot be known by ‘walking an aisle’, ‘saying a little prayer’, signing a ‘decision card’ or getting baptized when you are old enough, but only by REVELATION!

“I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast HID THESE THINGS from the wise and prudent, and hast REVEALED THEM unto babes”. [Matt 11:25]

Again – “Unto YOU (His elect) it is GIVEN to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: [why?] That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them”. [Mark 4:11,12]

Now THIS is the God I came to know shortly after my salvation. THIS is the God of the Scriptures! To the unbelieving heart and even the nominal religious Christian THIS God described above is nothing short of a monster!

A.W.Pink once wrote to a brother he was ministering to – “PREACH ELECTION, AND YOU WILL KNOW WHO THE SHEEP AND THE GOATS ARE!” I would say a hearty “Amen!” to that, for I am convinced that the doctrine of divine predestination is not some high doctrine only to be understood by ‘older divines’ and ‘Fathers’ in the lord, but a truth that can be grasped EVEN BY A BABE IN THE LORD.

I have personally labored much to present the truth of divine Predestination in many a pulpit in our land as the Lord gave me the opportunity. But I was to them as one who spoke in a strange tongue. And the reason for this is that very few in Christendom today are REGENERATED CHRISTIANS who ‘know the Lord’ or rather are ‘known of Him’. A great majority (99%) of those who warm the pews are ‘NATURAL MEN’ who worship A GOD OF THEIR OWN MAKING. Only a babe in Christ will desire the ‘sincere milk of the Word’. And believe me, what is preached in the existing ‘pulpits’ of our day is NOT EVEN ‘MILK’ let alone ‘MEAT’. It’s just plain hogwash!

THE CHRIST OF NOMINAL CHRISTENDOM IS NOT THE SOVEREIGN, ALL-POWERFUL, DISCRIMINATING GOD OF THE BIBLE!

In one of his letters to Erasmus, Luther said, “Your thoughts of God are too human.” Probably that renowned scholar resented such a rebuke, the more so, since it proceeded from a miner’s son. Nevertheless, it was thoroughly deserved. I, too, pose the same charge against the vast majority of the preachers of our day, and against those who, instead of searching the Scriptures for themselves, lazily accept the teachings of their Seminaries. The most dishonoring conceptions of the rule and reign of the Almighty are now held almost everywhere. To countless thousands, even professing Christians, THE GOD OF SCRIPTURE IS QUITE UNKNOWN.

Of old, God complained to an apostate Israel,
“THOU THOUGHTEST THAT I WAS ALTOGETHER SUCH AN ONE AS THYSELF” (Psalm 50:21).

Such must now be His indictment against apostate Christendom. MEN IMAGINE THE MOST HIGH IS MOVED BY SENTIMENT, RATHER THAN BY PRINCIPLE. They suppose His omnipotency is such an idle fiction that Satan can thwart His designs on every side. They think that if He has formed any plan or purpose at all, then it must be like theirs, CONSTANTLY SUBJECT TO CHANGE. They openly declare that whatever power He possesses must be restricted, lest He invade the citadel of man’s free will and reduce him to a machine. They lower the all-efficacious atonement, which redeems everyone for whom it was made, to a mere remedy, which sin-sick souls may use if they feel so disposed. They lessen the strength of the invincible work of the Holy Spirit to AN OFFER OF THE GOSPEL which sinners may ACCEPT or REJECT as they please.

All that to say, whether it is our salvation, our knowledge of God and His ways or our works for Him, in every thing ALL the glory is due to Him and Him alone. This is one reason why I am convinced that I am one of His elect. For His Spirit has in His grace and mercy revealed to me WHO HE IS!

AND THE DOCTRINE WHICH HE HAS TAUGHT ME GIVES GOD ALL THE GLORY AND PUTS MAN WHERE HE BELONGS ….IN THE DUST!

This is how I know that I am one of His elect! And this is how I recognize OTHERS who are elected with me. They have come to believe the GOD OF THE SCRIPTURES AS HE IS REVEALED IN THE SCRIPTURES!

While for some sheep it may take a while to fully grasp truth of the Sovereignty of God and the impotence of man in regards to salvation, if notwithstanding even after many years of being exposed to the truth of Sovereign Grace they still insist and harp on Creature Ability . . . it is plain that IT IS NOT GIVEN UNTO THEM! [Matt 13:11]

It is best to – LET THEM ALONE! [Matt 15:14]