Letter to a dear brother in response to his article on ‘Decisional Regeneration’ . . . .

Dear brother Matthew, yours was such an uplifting and scriptural article that I read it more than once and have even shared it with my friends and they in turn have shared it with their friends. (2Tim 2:2) This is indeed a MESSAGE FOR THE TIMES which those who claim to be Christians need to hear. I like the point that you brought out about the similarities between ‘baptismal regeneration’ and ‘decisional regeneration’. It’s the same error with a different coat of paint, is it not?!

When I was a newly regenerated believer who was fairly new to the Faith I had a great zeal for the Lord (I still do) and had a great desire to ‘win’ as many as I could to the Lord. After all does not Scripture teach that “He that winneth souls is wise?” The whole verse reads – “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” (Prov 11:30) It was many years later before the Lord taught me that both the ‘righteous’ and the ‘wise’ in that scripture is none other than the Lord of glory! It is HE who wins the rebellious and God hating soul by His sovereign grace. You and I can no more ‘win a soul’ than we can raise the dead!

But to return, those days I was deluded into thinking that all it took was a ‘decision’ that someone could make to invite Jesus into their heart because THAT is what I was taught. And I had a great burden to win my then Roman Catholic girlfriend of six years to the Lord. And so I would pray for her as though everything depended on prayer and preach to her at every given opportunity to get her to ‘make that decision’ for the Lord.

Little did I know that she was a lover of the writings of one Krishnamurti who is a New-Ager and she had been reading his books. So one day when I was compelling her to make this decision for the Lord and explaining to her how it was all about her choice etc, she abruptly stopped me and said “Honey, what choice are you talking about? We do not even have a choice when it comes to our birth. IF I had had a choice in the matter I would’ve chosen a different set of parents and a different country to be born in. So what ‘choice’ are you talking about? We really do not have a choice!”

Back then as an Arminian, even though I was stumped I tried to reason with her saying that “yes, while we do not have a choice as far as our birth is concerned, we still do have a choice as far as being ‘born again’ is concerned,” etc. But now looking back as someone who is established in the doctrines of Sovereign Grace especially the truth of The Total Depravity of man; I can clearly see how right she was even as an unbeliever and how wrong I was though I knew the Lord!

Concerning our choice with regards to our first birth, Loraine Boettner writes – “It is almost universally admitted that God determines when, where, and under what circumstances, each individual of our race shall be born, live, and die, whether it shall be male or female, white or black, wise or foolish. God is no less sovereign in the distribution of His favors. He does what He will with His own. To some He gives riches, to others honor, to others health, to others certain talents for music, oratory, art, finance, statesmanship, etc. Others are poor, unknown, born in dishonor, the victims of disease, and live lives of wretchedness. Some are placed in Christian lands where they receive all the benefits of the Gospel; others live and die in the darkness of heathenism. Some are brought through faith unto salvation; others are left to perish in unbelief. And to a very large extent these external things, which are not the result of individual choice, decide the person’s life course and eternal destiny. Both Scripture and every day experience teach us that God gives to some what He withholds from others. If it be asked why He does this, or why he does not save all, the only available answer is found in the words of the Lord Jesus, “Yea, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in thy sight.” – [Boettner in ‘The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination’] 

I am glad that you mentioned in your article “However, it was Billy Graham, with his prominent emphasis on “decision”, who brought this semi-Pelagian, unwarranted, but highly congenial exaltation of man’s will to world-wide acceptance. This delusion quickly overtook the “Fundamentalists”, Independent and Southern Baptists, Wesleyans, Pentecostals, Charismatics and virtually all who professed salvation in Christ.”

This same ‘Rev’. Billy Graham once wrote a 170 pages book titled – ‘How to be born-again”. He might as well have written a book on how to be born. For in many ways the natural birth is very similar to spiritual birth!

And just as we had no say in the former, neither do we have any say in the latter! And as far as ‘choice’ goes, every man who comes into the world by natural GENERATION ALREADY MADE THAT CHOICE IN ADAM as far his eternal destiny is concerned! “In Adam all die!” (1Cor 15:22) To humbly accept this truth and preach it from the rooftops is to sign your ‘death warrant’ as far as any ‘success’ in the Ministry goes! This truth can only be received by truly regenerated men, the rest of the bench-warmers will trample it under their feet, and turn again and rend you if they could!

In natural birth, we know that the one who is BORN DOES NOT WILL TO BE BORN–in fact, he (as as my old girlfriend reminded me) has NO SAY IN THE MATTER WHATSOEVER! He does not decide the time, place, or circumstances of his birth. He has no power to determine the family into which he will be born etc. The analogy holds true with regard to the spiritual birth. GOD determines the time, place and circumstances. The sinner can no more resist this than can an infant resist and refuse to be born naturally.

This fact is shown so clearly in John 1:13 where speaking of believers it is said, “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” i.e. “The new birth is “not of blood (by natural descent), nor of the will of the flesh (his own volition), nor of the will of man (the preacher’s persuasion), but OF GOD” [John 1:13] [A.W. Pink]

This verse kills the doctrine of those who teach that men are saved when they exercise their “free wills” and accept God’s “offer” of salvation.

God Sovereignly saves us in Regeneration and THEN CALLS US OR ILLUMINATES US BY THE GOSPEL. “Who hath SAVED US (regeneration), and CALLED US (by the Gospel) with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace etc”. [2Tim 1:9] As I always say we must beware of putting the proverbial ‘cart before the horse’! A man does not believe the Gospel and GET SAVED but believes the Gospel BECAUSE HE IS SAVED!

This is the reason the Gospel is referred to in the Scriptures as a MYSTERY! Because only to the regenerate it is the ‘power of God unto salvation’. The rest can only behold it, wonder about it and perish! “BEHOLD, ye despisers, and WONDER, and PERISH: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in NO WISE BELIEVE, though A MAN DECLARE IT UNTO YOU”. [Act 13:41]

Regeneration is a ONETIME sovereign act of God whereas Conversion is always PARTIAL (on this earth) and CONTINUAL, and can be seen in different parts of our lives at different times. A genuine backslider does not need to be regenerated but he needs to be converted. A backslider no matter how far he has strayed is still God’s son and the Lambs bride! “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I AM MARRIED UNTO YOU”! [Jer 3:14] (my eyes well-up as I write this, for I was the greatest backslider of them all) Prior to Peter’s backsliding, the Lord told him – “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and WHEN THOU ART CONVERTED, strengthen thy brethren”! [Lk 22:31,32]

And I may finally add that it is in conversion that we unlearn much of the error which we held on to initially after our regeneration. Errors such as ‘Free will’, Universal Atonement, The Pentecostal errors etc.

The path of the just is as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect Day! [Prov 4:18] Hallelujah!

Great article again from you my dear Brother Matthew! Keep them coming!

Your servant for His sake
Michael Jeshurun




compiled by Michael Jeshurun

“For Thou hast magnified Thy Word above all Thy name.” [Psalm 138:2]

“This is one of those expressions of Scripture that seem so comprehensive, and yet so amazing. To my mind it is one of the most remarkable expressions in the whole book of God. “THOU HAST MAGNIFIED THY WORD ABOVE ALL THY NAME.” The name of God includes all the perfections of God; everything that God is, and which God has revealed Himself as having—His justice, majesty, holiness, greatness, and glory, and whatever He is in Himself, that is God’s name. And yet He has “MAGNIFIED” something “ABOVE HIS NAME”—His WORD—his TRUTH. This may refer to the Incarnate Word, the Son of God, who was called “THE WORD.” “There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the WORD, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one”: 1Jo 5:7, “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God”: Joh 1:1.

You may take the words either as meaning that God has magnified his WORD, His eternal Son—above all His great name, that is, He has set Jesus on high above all the other perfections of His majesty; or take it as meaning His written word, which is written in the sacred Scriptures. So, in that case, not only the Incarnate WORD in the person of Jesus; but also the written Word in the Scriptures of truth. He has magnified it above all His name in the fulfilment of it: God’s faithfulness being so dear to Him, He has exalted His faithfulness above all His other perfections. We see this in nature. Here is a man so to be depended upon, so faithful to his word, that he will sacrifice anything sooner than depart from it: that man will give up his property, or life itself, rather than forfeit his word. So God has spoken of magnifying His word above all His name. He would sooner allow all His other perfections to come to naught, than for his faithfulness to fail. He has so magnified His faithfulness, that His love, His mercy, His grace, would all sooner fail than His faithfulness—the word of His mouth and what He has revealed in the Scripture.

What a firm salvation, then, is ours, which rests upon His word, when God has magnified that word above all His Name! What volumes of blessedness and truth are contained therein! So that, if God has revealed His truth to your soul, and given you faith to anchor in the world of promise, sooner than that should fail, He would suffer the loss of all; for He has magnified His word above all His name.” — J.C. Philpot.

“By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.” But mightier far is the Word by which a lost world is redeemed. This is the “WORD” that he hath “MAGNIFIED ABOVE ALL HIS NAME“, as displaying at once the exceeding greatness of His power, the resources of His manifold wisdom, and the blended glories of holiness and love.— John Lillie.

“Thou hast magnified Thy word above all Thy name. God has a GREATER regard unto the words of His mouth, than to the works of His hand: heaven and earth shall pass away, but one jot or tittle of what He hath spoken shall never fall to the ground. Some do understand this of Christ the essential Word, in whom He has set His name, and whom He has so highly exalted, that He has given Him “a Name above every name.”— Ebenezer Erskine, 1680-1754.

“Every creature bears the name of God; but in his word and truth therein contained it is written at length, and therefore he is more choice of this than of all his other works; he cares not much what becomes of the world and all in it, so that he keeps his word, and saves his truth. Ere long we shall see the world in flames; the heavens and earth shall pass away, “but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

When God will, he can make more such worlds as this; but he cannot make another truth, and therefore he will not lose one jot thereof. Satan, knowing this, sets all his wits to work to deface this and disfigure it by unsound doctrine. The word is the glass in which we see God, and seeing him are changed into his likeness by his Spirit. If this glass be cracked, then the conceptions we have of God will misrepresent him unto us; whereas the word, in its native clearness, sets him out in all his glory unto our eye.”— William Gurnall. 

God has sent His Word to us –

“As a MIRROR, to reflect His glory:

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork”; from them may His eternal power and Godhead be clearly seen. Ps 19:1, 3-4. In His providential dealings, also, is much of His wisdom and goodness exhibited. But of His perfections, generally, we can form no idea from these things; of His purposes we can know nothing. The state of the Heathen world clearly attests this; for they behold the wonders of Creation and Providence, as well as we: “There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world”: Ps 19:3-4.

But in the sacred volume all the glory of the Godhead shines: there we are admitted, so to speak, even to the council chamber of the Most High; to hear the covenant entered into between the Father and the Son; the Father engaging to give to him a seed, whom he should have for His inheritance, if he, on His part, would “make His soul an offering for their sins”, and, in their nature, expiate the guilt of their iniquities. This mysterious transaction having taken place in the incarnation and death of the Lord Jesus Christ, we behold all the perfections of God united and harmonizing in a way that they never did, or could, by any other means: we see justice more inexorable, than if it had executed vengeance on the whole human race; and mercy more abundant, than if it had spared the human race without any such atonement. There, as it is well expressed, “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other”: Ps 85:10.

Of this great mystery we find not a trace in the whole creation besides; but in the Word it is reflected, as in a mirror (2Co 3:18); and it shines so brightly, that the very angels around the throne are made wiser by the revelation of it to the Church: Eph 3:10.

Again God has sent His Word to us as A STANDARD, to which everything may be referred. . . .

Of God’s will we know nothing, but from the Word: “we know neither good nor evil from all that is before us.” What God requires of us, nothing in Creation or Providence can inform us: what he will do for us, we cannot ascertain: how he will deal with us, we cannot ascertain. But, in the sacred volume, all is written as with a sunbeam.

There is nothing which God expects us to do for him, which is not there most explicitly declared: nothing which he engages to do for us, that does not form the subject of a distinct promise. The whole of His procedure in the day of judgment is there laid open: the laws by which we shall be judged: the manner in which the testimony, whether against us or in our favour, shall be produced; the grounds on which the sentence of condemnation or acquittal shall be passed; yea, the very state to which every person, either as acquitted or condemned, shall be consigned; all is so clearly made known, that every person, who will judge himself with candour now, may assuredly anticipate his fate. There is nothing left to conjecture. Every man has a standard to which he may refer, for the rectifying of His judgment in every particular: so that nothing can be added for the instruction of our minds, or the regulation of our future expectations.

God has also given His Word to us as A FOUNTAIN . . .

from whence all His blessings emanate. Great blessings, beyond all doubt, flow down to us through the works of Creation and Providence: in fact, they are incessantly administering to our welfare; for “God opens His hands, and fills all things living with plenteousness.” Still, however, the benefits derived from them are only temporal; whereas those which the inspired volume imparts are spiritual and eternal; from whence we derive all our knowledge of Divine truth, and all our hopes of everlasting salvation. Nor is it the knowledge only of truth that we obtain, but the operation and efficacy of it on our souls.

There is in Divine truth, when applied by the Holy Spirit, a power to wound, to sanctify, to save: Ps 19:7-11. When it comes to the soul with power, the stoutest heart in the universe is made to tremble: when it is poured out as balm, the most afflicted creature under heaven is made to leap for joy. Look over the face of the globe, and see how many, who were once under the unrestrained dominion of sin, are now transformed into the image of their God. And then ascend to heaven, and behold the myriads of the redeemed around the throne of God, uniting their hallelujahs to God and to the Lamb: to this state were they all brought by that blessed Word, which alone could ever prevail for so great a work.

Thus it is that God has magnified His Word; and thus it is that He will magnify it, to the end of time; yea, through eternity will it be acknowledged as the one source of all blessings that shall ever be enjoyed.” – Charles Simeon



compiled by Michael Jeshurun

Well did our Master say, “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me. But IF YE BELIEVE NOT HIS WRITINGS, HOW SHALL YE BELIEVE MY WORDS?” [John 5:46,47]

And again, “Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, IF THEY HEAR NOT MOSES and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” [Luke 16:29-31]

The verses above clearly state that when a man DOUBTS THE WRITINGS OF MOSES (Genesis ) he will evidently also deny the Words of our Lord!

“IN THE BEGINNING, GOD,” NOT CHAOS, NOT SOME NEBULOUS CLOUD OF GASES, BUT “IN THE BEGINNING GOD, CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH!” – the first verse of the first chapter of the first book of the right Book declares – ” In the beginning, GOD created the Heavens and the Earth.” Now either you believe THAT, (i.e. what God’s Book says), or you’re going to take what some LIAR like Stephen Hawking or Pope Francis says!

In fact here are some quotes from Stephen Hawking

“There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.”

“The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws,” Hawking stated. In an interview published in THE GUARDIAN, Hawking regarded the concept of heaven as a myth, believing that there is “no heaven or afterlife” and that such a notion was a “fairy story for people afraid of the dark”.

“We are each free to believe what we want and it is my view that the simplest explanation is there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization. There is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful.”

“Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation. What I meant by ‘we would know the mind of God’ is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God, which there isn’t. I’m an atheist.” – Stephen Hawking.

Now here’s what God says –
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” [Genesis 1:1]

THIS IS THE PREMISE AND PREFACE AND FOUNDATION OF THE ENTIRE BIBLE! In the BEGINNING, first of all, what? GOD, there’s God! And God did what? He created the Heaven and the Earth! So if you don’t believe in either one, then you’re off the beam. There’s a God, and He created the Heaven and the Earth! And this is the BASIC foundation: If you don’t believe THIS, you can’t believe ANYTHING!

BECAUSE WHEN YOU DOUBT ONE WORD IN THE BIBLE, YOU’LL SOON DOUBT THE WHOLE BIBLE! Why? Just like it happens in a court of law with the testimony of a witness, when one thing he’s said is proven to be a lie, what do they do with his ENTIRE TESTIMONY?–They throw the whole thing out, including the true things he said, because they can’t believe it and every word will be in doubt. If he lied about one thing, maybe he lied about another? And that’s the way it is with the Bible. If you can’t believe EVERY WORD OF IT, then you can’t believe every word of it, then you can’t believe ANY OF IT!

JESUS SAID, “HAD YE BELIEVED MOSES, YE WOULD HAVE BELIEVED ME… But IF YE BELIEVE NOT his writings, how shall ye believe My Words?” (Jn.5:46,47) Now, what’s the first of Moses’ writings, upon which all five books are based? GENESIS! “In the BEGINNING….” all about creation, the history of Israel and the beginning of God’s dealings with man.

EVOLUTION!–THAT WAS THE DEVIL’S GREATEST LIE and greatest manufacture and most clever piece of teaching, evolution! As ridiculous and idiotic as anything you could possibly study, because it has NO FOUNDATION IN FACT whatsoever; there’s no evidence for it, no discovery yet has been made to prove it! As one of its top exponents, Margaret Mead, the famous contemporary anthropologist wrote in her own introduction to her textbook on anthropology: “We as honest scientists must confess that science has yet to discover one single iota (tiny speck) of concrete evidence to prove the evolutionary theory!”

AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT GOD’S GREATEST CREDENTIALS ARE, THE GENUINE PROOF OF HIS AUTHORITY? HIS CREATION!! His glorious creation is a constant testimony of the existence of a divine Designer and Creator, as Romans 1:20 says, “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made (His Creation), even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse!” And that’s why the world wants to reject creation and say it’s all just a meaningless, chaotic evolution: Because if the world and its inhabitants are God’s creation, then they’re His property–and if they’re His property, then He’s got the right to be Boss–and they don’t want God to be Boss!

Therefore “they did not like to retain God in their knowledge,” in their education. (Rom.1:28) “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. PROFESSING THEMSELVES TO BE WISE, THEY BECAME FOOLS!” (Rom.1:21,22) They got so smart they could do without God and the Bible, and so they became what?–FOOLS! Absolute fools, who “changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. … Who changed the truth of God into a LIE, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator!” (Rom.1:23,25)

So Why? WHY DID THE DEVIL AND MAN COOK UP THIS RIDICULOUS, IDIOTIC SCHEME OF EVOLUTION? To try to get rid of God! To try get rid of God and the knowledge of God, “as they did not like to retain God in their education.” And since they threw God out, and they threw Creation out, and they threw the Bible out, they had to cook up something new! As Prof. L.T. More of the University of Cincinnati confessed, “Our faith in the idea of evolution depends upon our reluctance to accept the antagonistic doctrine of special creation.” They didn’t want the truth anymore, so they had to figure out some big lie! And that’s why they cooked up Evolution!

And it is no surprise that the Anti Christ Pope Francis along with atheist’s like Mr. Hawking is spewing out the same old blasphemy in our day! The Pope says, “When we read about creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said. “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.” In other words, according to this false Christ, Evolution and the Big Bang theory are compatible with the Bible and the Christian’s religious belief!

A blind leader of the blind who will lead his followers into the ditch! [Matt 15:14]

If you are a Roman Catholic reading this, don’t hoodwink yourself into thinking that you are at least not as bad as Atheist’s like Stephen Hawking. Truth be told, you as a Catholic are in a much worse state than an atheist, for “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death!” [Prov 14:12] And I am here to tell you as an ex-Roman Catholic that the wafer-Jesus you bow before is not the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who rose from the dead! Roman Catholicism is a master counterfeit! The Highway to Hell if you will!

And it’s about time you saw the Catholic Church for what it really is – The Mother of Harlots (Rev 17:5) and COME OUT OF HER while there is still hope! For God has clearly warned what will become of the Roman Catholic Church and those who trust in her, and all those who fornicate with her – i.e the compromised Protestant ‘Churches’!

“Her plagues shall come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and SHE SHALL BE UTTERLY BURNED WITH FIRE: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.” [Rev 18:4-8]




 Michael Jeshurun

When I first read this quote, I thought it meant – ‘The truth is to hate those who hate the truth’, or a declaration of ‘Hate’ to all those who hate the truth. But that is not what it is saying. What it is really saying is that the Truth is hated by all those who hate the Truth!

Now who are these that hate the Truth? Just about everyone who comes into the world as a descendant of Adam! The psalmist confessed, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me”. [Psalm 51:5]. Again, “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies”. [Psa 58:3]. And the Master said, “And this is the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil”. [John 3:19].

Men may and do accept some aspects of truth while embracing other lies. Many condemn Abortion while condoning Idol worship. Some who decry Homosexuality would think nothing of advocating extramarital sex between consenting parties! But there is only one born of woman who was a lover of ALL TRUTH! Of him alone it could be said, “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows”! [Psa 45:7]. Of all the so called holy men and prophets that walked the earth only He was truth personified. Unlike the others He not only taught us the truth but affirmed –“I am the Truth”! Only of Him did God the Father say, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him”! [Matt 17:5] He is the Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh! [see 1Tim 3:16]

When He came into the world He was hated, persecuted and finally killed. They hated Him without a cause! They hated Him because He was the Truth, and men hate the Truth!

But there are others who loved Him and received Him as Lord. What made them do this? The work of God in their hearts! God took away their stony heart and gave them a heart of flesh. He sovereignly regenerated them and drew them to His Son! They did not love or ‘choose’ Him by their own free will but were made willing in the day of His power! [Psa 110:3] “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him”! And again, “No man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father”. [John 6:44, 65]

These regenerated ones love God and His Truth because He first loved them. “We love Him, because He first loved us”! [1John 4:19]. Neither do they love some truth or most of the truth, but ALL TRUTH! And because they love all truth, they hate every false way! “O how I love Thy law! It is my meditation all the day….Through Thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way”! [Psa 119:97-104]

They especially hate beliefs and practices done in the name of their Lord who bled and died to save them! Christ-MASS being one of them!

Surely Christ-MASS is not some ‘unforgivable Sin’ that will send people to hell. But to know the truth behind Christ-MASS and willingly reject it surely betrays one’s identity. Not only does God open the eyes of his regenerated ones to the truth but gives them the will to take a stand for it. And the one cannot save without the other. “Just as weight cannot be separated from a stone, or heat from a fire, so cannot justification from sanctification”! [A.W.Pink]

As the Master said – “If ye know these things, happy are ye IF YE DO THEM”. [Jn 13:17] There is such a thing as ‘an external work of the Holy Spirit’ whereby men grasp the doctrines of God in their heads, but ONLY THE ELECT are enabled by the working of God both TO WILL AND TO DO HIS GOOD PLEASURE! [Phil 2:13]

“The Truth is Hate to those who Hate the Truth”

But what if the quote actually read “The Truth is to Hate those who Hate the Truth” as I initially thought it did. How true and Scriptural would that be?
In fact many would be amazed to know that it would be very Scriptural!

The loving Psalmist, the man after God’s own heart said –

“Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies”! [Psalm 139:21,22]

Commenting on this verse Spurgeon says –

“He was a good hater, for he hated only those who hated good. Of this hatred he is not ashamed, but he sets it forth as a virtue to which he would have the Lord bear testimony. To love all men with benevolence is our duty; but to love any wicked man with complacency would be a crime. To hate a man for his own sake, or for any evil done to us, would be wrong; but to hate a man because he is the foe of all goodness and the enemy of all righteousness, is nothing more nor less than an obligation. The more we love God the more indignant shall we grow with those who refuse him their affection. “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ let him be Anathema Maranatha.” Truly, “jealousy is cruel as the grave.” The loyal subject must not be friendly to the traitor. And am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? He appeals to heaven that he took no pleasure in those who rebelled against the Lord; but, on the contrary, he was made to mourn by a sight of their ill behaviour. Since God is everywhere, he knows our feelings towards the profane and ungodly, and he knows that so far from approving such characters the very sight of them is grievous to our eyes”. [C.H. Spurgeon Treasury of David]

In another place David says – “I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked’! [Psalm 26:5]
And again – “I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD”! [Psalm 31:6]

In the New Testament our own Lord, the Prince of Peace affirmed –
“If any man come to Me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple”! [Luke 14:26]

That is a pretty strong requirement! “If any man come to Me, and hate not ……he cannot be My disciple”! The word “hate” (in Greek ‘miseo’) has the meaning ‘hate or detest’. It is the same word used in Rom 9:13 where God says He hated Esau. Nevertheless the verse continues with “his father, and mother “ but the 5th Commandment orders: “Honour your father and your mother ……” (Exe 20:12) Now the Bible does not contradict Itself so the meaning of “hate” here is meant to emphasize that the LOVE (Agape) we must have for God and His Christ has to be so great that when we compare it with the love we have for our close relatives the latter would appear as “hate”.

The word ‘hate’ here falls into a category of “extreme language,” the language of absoluteness used to express a preference, and may refer to disattachment, indifference, or nonattachment without any feelings of revulsion involved. To seal this matter completely, let’s look at some parallel material which prove our point. The closest example comes from Genesis 29:30-1:

And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years. And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren. [Gen 29:30,31]
Here, “hated” is clearly used synonymously with one who is loved less. Let it be added that if Jacob hated Leah in a literal way, it is hardly believable that he would consent to take her as his wife at all. (See also Judges 14:16 and Deut. 21:15-17.)

Again a literal hate of the body would have us cutting it with razors or hitting it with blunt objects — an extreme practiced in some Roman Catholic Monasteries by devotees whipping themselves (Flagellation) as penance for their sins!

Therefore, Christ is saying that anyone following Him, making a commitment to the Christian way of life, must love Him more than family and friends, and even life itself. Our allegiance and commitment is first to Christ and His family before anything else.

But to return, when the Psalmist speaks of hating those who hate God and the Truth, it is not a hatred with a mind to cause harm but a preference to love and fellowship with those who are also lovers of God and the Truth.

In fact if you truly loved God and took a stand for His Truth, you cannot but be hated by those who hate the Truth! This same David said, “I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war”. [Psa 120:7] Why so? Because the true saint does not seek for peace at the cost of truth! As John Owen rightly said – “For what peace in the Church without truth? All conformity to anything else is but the agreement of Herod and Pilate to destroy Christ and His Kingdom” And because our unsaved relatives and friends hate the truth their hatred towards us is inevitable.

The Master told His own brothers born to Mary, “The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil”! [John 7:7] If you who claim to be His disciple also testified against the Lie in this world like He commissioned you to, then you too would feel their hatred like He did!

The Master told His disciples, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you”! [John 15:18,19]




The following was a letter the Lord led us to write to members of a small closed forum who were trying to justify Billy Graham saying that “God used Billy Graham so why make a fuss?”
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The tract by E.L. Bynum titled “Why We Cannot Support The Billy Graham Crusade” is not so much about whether God ‘used’ Billy Graham as it is about whether we in a good conscience can support or recommend such a ‘Ministry’

The Christian faith or the scriptures is not so much concerned as to how a man initially started his Christian walk as it is about how he fares NOW and how he finishes it! (1Cor 9:24) “The apostle had much to say about those who had ‘turned aside’ (1Tim 1:6; 5:15) and he does not speak favorably of them but on the contrary admonishes us to withdraw from such. (1Tim 6:5)

Did God ‘use’ Billy Graham? What of those who claim to have been initially blessed under his ministry? In other words if the man is basically a false teacher then how could God have used him to teach these Christians anything? But see, not ALL that Billy Graham and others like him teach is false. And when it suits His purpose Jehovah uses EVERYTHING starting from the Serpent who deceived our Parents to the worm which smote Jonah’s gourd! He uses men like Graham and the ‘Christian’ organizations they work for to make His name known among the nations and to prepare His elect for salvation. As the apostle said, “What then? Notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice” [Phil. 1:18].

But after we are shown clearly that someone’s teaching on major issues is false or that the man is thoroughly ecumenical then Paul’s admonition to us is to cut off from such! (Gal 5:12)

Our belief in Predestination and the Perseverance of the saints ought not to silence us from exposing those who preach a false gospel or those who speak favorably of the ‘Great Whore’! (Rev 19:2) . If false doctrine and separation were not so serious a matter as we are making it to be, then why make a big fuss and place a curse on the man or angel who preaches a false gospel?! [Gal 1:8,9] All the apostles seemed to be pretty concerned that the ‘gospel’ be preserved and preached in its purity. They also had much to say about ‘false brethren’ and the need to ‘test’ every spirit whether it be of God and warn the flock of God of wolves who come unto them in sheep’s clothing!

The late J.C. Ryle said in his ‘Warnings To the Churches’ —”Surely the dumb dog and the sleeping shepherd are the best allies of the wolf, the thief and the robber.” And this is the very same thing Isaiah said long ago – “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, THEY ARE ALL DUMB DOGS, THEY CANNOT BARK; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. they are GREEDY DOGS which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.” [Isaiah 56:10,11]

“Dumb dogs” is the blunt term Isaiah used to describe those of his day who failed in their duty of guarding the flock of God—“Dumb dogs, they cannot bark!” (Isa. 56:9-11) God forbid that we who love the Lord and His truth be found guilty of such a charge! Like the apostle we ought to be able to confidently declare on the Day of reckoning – “I am pure from the blood of all men!” [Acts 20:26]

The question to ask is not whether God uses men like Billy Graham but whether men like Billy be servants or sons! Is there a difference? Oh yes! And a big one at that! All the sons of God are in a sense His servants too but not all His servants are necessarily His sons!

As J.C. Philpot pointed out long ago – “Though at times they may be made God’s instruments of good, perhaps, to His people, yet God shall have no more intention of final good towards them than to Ahab or Jezebel.”

Ahithophel was as if anyone had inquired at the oracle of God, so wise was he (II Sam. 16:23). He was David’s “counselor;” and they went sweetly together to the house of God. Balaam, also, had the Spirit’s gifted illumination. (Numbers 24:2). One of the greatest prophesies concerning Israel and the Messiah was prophesied by this false prophet, even Balaam– “there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth etc” [Num24:17] And Judas though a ‘son of perdition’ accompanied the disciples and preached and healed just as they did, so much so when Christ said, “one of you shall betray Me” nobody even had the faintest clue that it was Judas. And Demas was a coworker with Paul [Col 4:14] long before he went out ‘having loved this present world’ [1Tim 4;10].

To quote Philpot again, “Thus Balaam and Ahithopel were God’s HIRED SERVANTS in gifts of wisdom, etc. “Thus saith the Lord God, If the prince give a gift unto any of his sons the inheritance thereof shall be his sons; it shall be their possession by inheritance. But if he give a gift to one of his servants, it shall be his (the servant’s) ONLY TO A CERTAIN TIME, NOT FOREVER.” (Ezek. 46:16 &c.) This latter was the character of such as Balaam, and is the character of many in our day. “As for their knowledge, though it may come from God,” (Num. 22) which is a tough test to try many by, “it shall vanish away”!

“And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever”. [John 8:35]

We are convinced that men like Billy Graham and others like him who do not preach the whole truth, and unashamedly jump into bed with the ‘Great Whore’ are in reality those whom Christ called ‘hirelings’. For if they were truly sons, they would say with Paul – “For we can do nothing AGAINST the truth, but FOR the truth”! [2Cor 13:8]

Incidentally a ‘Christian’ is not just someone who embraces that which Christ loves, but one who HATES EVERYTHING which He abhors!

“Through Thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I HATE EVERY FALSE WAY”! [Psalm 119:104]

The Apostle’s admonition to those who call themselves ‘Christians’ is to – “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather REPROVE them”. [Eph 5:11] The word ‘reprove’ according to Strong’s means to ‘tell a fault’ confute and rebuke – in other words to PROTEST!

We have a moral imperative to examine what is proclaimed in Jesus’ Name, and to expose and condemn false teaching and ecumenical compromise. Even the apostle Paul felt it necessary at times to rebuke peopleby name in epistles meant to be read publicly [Phil. 4:2-3; I Tim. 1:20; II Tim. 2:17]. John, the apostle of love, wrote a scorching condemnation of Diotrephes, a church leader who was ignoring the apostles’ teaching [3 John 9:10]. The biblical challenge is not to avoid truth that is controversial, but to speak the truth in love [Eph. 4:15].

Was Jesus (the one I claim to follow) a ‘Protestant’? Maybe I need to go back and read about the time when my Lord made a scourge of small cords and drove out of the temple those who were making a merchandise of His Father’s house! This is one of the few instances which is recorded in ALL the four gospels. Must be PRETTY IMPORTANT! And the Apostle tells us WHY he did it – “It was written, The zeal of Thine house hath EATEN ME UP”! [John 2:17]

Trust me, if you have even a little bit of Christ’s Spirit, then this SAME ZEAL ‘will eat you up’!

How can you claim to be a Christian, if you are not PROTESTING against that which parades in your Lord’s garb, while making MERCHANDISE OF THE SOULS OF MEN?! [Rev 18:13]

Something’s SERIOUSLY WRONG with the ‘Christian’ who can shake hands with a Roman Catholic and call him a ‘brother’ when countless souls under the altar are crying out to God to avenge their blood on the Great Whore! (Rev 6:9,10)

If you haven’t already done so, you need to get yourself a book called ‘The Book of Martyrs’ by John Foxe and read it and weep! And don’t just weep, take up the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and cut this Roman Catholic system and the devil which rules it to the heart!

I am not advocating that you hate the Roman Catholic, dearly beloved, but you have got to HATE THE SYSTEM! For it is the spirit of ANTICHRIST! You must be willing to fight it ‘tooth and nail’ to your last dying breath! All of Christ’s true brethren fought this evil system and some of them sealed their testimony with their blood! So it is no light matter for a supposed brother like Billy Graham to receive an honorary doctorate degree from a Roman Catholic College Belmont Abbey, and stand on the podium declaring, “The gospel that founded this college is the same gospel I preach today.”

The Truth of God should never be sacrificed on the altar of unity. God is more concerned about preserving the truth of His Word in the church than so-called ‘peace’, ‘love’ and unity. As Owen rightly said, “For what peace in the Church without truth? All conformity to anything else is but the agreement of Herod and Pilate to destroy Christ and His Kingdom”. And again, “An agreement without truth is no peace, but a covenant with death, a league with hell, a conspiracy against the Kingdom of Christ and a stout rebellion against the God of Heaven”.

Michael Jeshurun




Michael Jeshurun

That the work of the Holy Spirit PRECEDES our believing is unequivocally established by 2 Thessalonians 2:13—”God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” Note that “sanctification of the Spirit” comes before and makes possible “belief of the truth.” What then is the “sanctification of the Spirit”? We answer, THE NEW BIRTH. In Scripture “sanctification” ALWAYS means “separation,” separation from something and unto something or someone.” [A.W. Pink]

First there is a “NEW CREATION” (2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:10), and then the “NEW CREATURE” is stirred into exercise. Faith and all other graces are wrought in us by the Spirit through the instrumentality of Word, but not so with the principle of life and grace from which these graces proceed.

In His work of “quickening,” by which we mean the impartation of spiritual life to the soul, the Spirit acts immediately from WITHIN, and not by applying something from WITHOUT. Quickening is a direct operation of the Spirit WITHOUT THE USE OF ANY INSTRUMENT: the WORD IS USED BY HIM AFTERWARDS to call into exercise the life then communicated.

Regeneration is a direct operation of the Holy Spirit upon the human spirit. It is the action of Spirit upon spirit, of a Divine Person upon a human person, whereby spiritual life is imparted. Nothing, therefore, of the nature of means or instruments can come between the Holy Spirit and the soul that is made alive. God did not employ an instrument or means when He infused physical life into the body of Adam. There were only two factors: the dust of the ground and the creative power of God which vivified that dust. The Divine omnipotence and dead matter were brought into direct contact, with nothing interposing. The dust was not a means or instrument by which God originated life. So in regeneration there are only two factors: the human soul destitute of spiritual life, and the Holy Spirit who quickens it.

The word and truth of God, the most important of all the means of grace, is not a means of regeneration, as distinct from conviction, conversion and sanctification. This is evident when we remember that it is the office of a means or instrument, to excite or stimulate an already existing principle of life. Physical food is a means of physical growth, but it SUPPOSES physical vitality, if the body is dead, bread cannot be a means or instrument. Intellectual truth is a means of intellectual growth, but it supposes intellectual vitality. If the mind be idiotic, secular knowledge cannot be a means or instrument. Spiritual truth is a means of spiritual growth, in case there be spiritual vitality. But if the mind be dead to righteousness, spiritual truth cannot be a means or instrument.

“The unenlightened understanding is unable to apprehend, and the unregenerate will is unable to believe. Vital force is lacking in these two principal factors. What is needed at this point is life and force itself. Consequently, the Author of spiritual life Himself must operate directly, without the use of means or instruments; and OUTRIGHT give spiritual life and power from the dead: that is, ex nihilo. The new life is not imparted because man perceives the truth, but he perceives the truth because the new life is imparted. A man is not regenerated because he has first believed in Christ, but he believes in Christ because he has been regenerated.” (W. T. Shedd, Presbyterian, 1889)

“Fallen man is not regenerated by any instinct, choice, or exertion of his own; he does not by any personal endeavor contribute anything towards being born again; nor does he cooperate in the least degree with the efficient cause: instead, every inclination of his heart, every exercise of his will, is in direct opposition thereto.

The new birth is not brought about by the power and influence of others. No sinner is ever born again as the result of the persuasions and endeavors of preachers or Christian workers. However pious and wise they are, and however earnestly and strenuously they exert themselves to bring others to holiness, they do in no degree produce the effect. “If all the angels and saints in Heaven and all the godly on earth should join their wills and endeavors and unitedly exert all their powers to regenerate one sinner, they could not effect it; yea, they could do nothing toward it. It is an effect INFINITELY beyond the reach of finite wisdom and power!” [S. Hopkins].

“In regeneration one of God’s elect is the subject, and the Spirit of God is the sole agent. The subject of the new birth is wholly passive: he does not act, but is acted upon. The sovereign work of the Spirit in the soul precedes all holy exercises of heart—such as sorrow for sin, faith in Christ, love toward God. This great change is wrought in spite of all the opposition of the natural heart against God: “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy” (Rom. 9:16). This great change is not a gradual and protracted process, but is instantaneous: in an instant of time the favored subject of it passes from death unto life.” [A.W. Pink]

Now here’s the kicker – the ‘Gospel’ itself actually saves no one but brings to light the life and immortality which the regenerated soul has been made a partaker of. A spiritually dead soul CANNOT hear the gospel and be saved! But the Holy Spirit sovereignly regenerates the dead soul without any external means! And THEN the gospel is brought to this soul which has been made alive to reveal what has happened to it.

Read these two verses very prayerfully and meditate on them –

“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel!” [2Tim 1:9,10]

Notice the ‘order’ Beloved, “Who hath saved us, and called us . . .” God first sovereignly saves us by the operation of the Holy Spirit and THEN calls us through the Gospel! In other words God does not call and save but He saves and then calls! Sovereign regeneration FIRST and then conversion through the Gospel!

And notice again WHAT the role of the gospel is in salvation – “it BRINGS TO LIGHT life and immortality” through the gospel! When Scripture says – “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” [1Pet 1:23] it is not speaking of the ‘spoken Word’ which the preacher preaches, but the Eternal Word – even the glorious second person of the Godhead!

“His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His Hame is called The Word of God.” [Rev 19:12,13]






compiled by Michael Jeshurun

“Forfeitures are the woes of sinful men, but salvation is the work of Christ, Who has most willingly become Surety for His people’s debts (Heb.7:22), and to say that salvation can be forfeited is to say that this blessed surety has defaulted in his work as surety, which is nothing short of blasphemy. A “forfeit” is something that is taken from a man because of his failure to meet his obligations in the arrangements by which he acquired that particular thing. In normal conditions, if we forfeit something, it is because it was never ours to start with. The man may be driving the car, but is it his? If it is, then forfeiture is impossible.” – Matthew Pacifico

In my unregenerate days every once in a while I would run into one of my buddies who had just bought a flashy new motorbike, and when I would congratulate them for the purchase, sometimes their response would be – “Well, it’s not yet mine buddy! I’m still paying the installments!”

And rightly so! A thing is not thine own until you have purchased it having paid for it in full and it has become your ‘possession’ in the legal sense of the word! Oh what a word is that concerning the Church of God – “until the redemption of THE PURCHASED POSSESSION!” [Eph 1:14]

All the sheep that Christ owns in time He owned from eternity. No one ‘becomes’ a sheep in time and joins Christ’s fold. Those who join His fold in time were always a part of His flock from eternity, but in the wisdom of God were lost through the fall. All that the Great Shepherd does is seek and save that which originally belonged to Him by divine decree!

One of the important facts which many miss out when studying the parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin and the Lost Son is that in all three cases the ‘seekers’ sought for that which was ALREADY THEIRS! [Luke 15:4-32]

The Shepherd HAD a hundred sheep, and the woman HAD ten coins and the father was looking out and patiently waiting, not for a stranger but for HIS OWN SON!

God’s elect do not start out as goats and later become sheep by accepting Jesus! The sheep are sheep from ETERNITY! They are KNOWN and loved by the Father from BEFORE TIME BEGAN!

“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, WHICH WAS GIVEN US IN CHRIST JESUS BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN!” [2Tim 1:9]

But to return, Christ cannot ‘forfeit’ the Church which He hath purchased, for He purchased it having paid THE FULL COST that it required to purchase her! And therefore it is now His rightful ‘possession’ or property if you will. The Apostle says in three simple words – “Ye are Christ’s!” [1Cor 3:23] It would indeed take many volumes to set forth all that is implied by those three simple words. But please allow me to quote below what the well instructed J.C. Philpot said concerning these words –

“The words are very full, large, and comprehensive, so that I feel I can scarcely grasp them; but they clearly mean that the saints of God are Christ’s property, his possession, his inheritance; that they belong to him and are his, as a man’s estate or wife and children are his. If you can find any other word, or figure to convey the idea of full, entire, and absolute right, possession, and enjoyment, do so. No words, no figure, can be too strong to express Christ’s property in his people.

But they are His in three different ways:

FIRST, THEY ARE HIS BY GIFT. God, in his infinite wisdom and in the boundless depths of his love and grace, chose from all eternity a vast number, yea, an innumerable multitude of the human race unto eternal life. But though he chose them individually, he did not choose them distinct from the Son of his love, for we are expressly told that, “he chose them in Christ before the foundation of the world.” (Eph. 1:4.) Having chosen them, he gave them to his only begotten Son, that they might be his kingdom, his inheritance, his everlasting possession.

Thus, Jesus loved his people as the gift of the Father, besides loving them himself as a Person in the Godhead, as there is but one mind and one will; for as there is but one God, there can be but one love. But what a security does this give to the church of Christ! Can any one of his sheep, then, be lost? When at the great, day he will say to his Father, “Behold I and the children which thou hast given me,” can anyone be missing? No, not more than he himself. Will he not be able to say, “Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none?” (John 18:9.)

BUT THEY ARE HIS ALSO BY PURCHASE. As the apostle says, “Ye are bought with a price.” And what price was this? The apostle Peter shall tell us:–“Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter 1:18, 19.) The church fell in Adam; she sank into the depths of all his guilty crime; for he being her federal head, she was in his loins, and thus partook of his sin and shared in the same penalty. Thus she became a prisoner under the law, amenable to its curse and condemned by its sentence. But it was provided by the Mosaic law that a captive Israelite might be redeemed by one of his brethren. (Levit. 25:48.) This was typical of the redemption of his captive brethren by Christ their elder brother. But he must pay a price for him, for without that there was no redemption. So Jesus redeemed the Church with his own blood, and she became his by actual redemption price.

When we pay a price down for a thing, it is ours; and generally speaking, the more we pay for it, the more valuable it is and the more highly we prize it. But what can be compared in value to the suffering and sorrows of the Son of God? What can be put upon a level with his precious blood? This was the ransom price he paid for the church. The Scripture is very express here:–“Feed the church of God which He hath purchased with His own blood.” (Acts 20:20.) “In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1:14.) As thus redeemed, the church is Christ’s own property, and it is therefore called His “purchased possession.” (Eph. 1:14), and His people “a purchased people.” (1 Pet. 2:9, margin.)

BUT THEY ARE CHRIST’S ALSO BY POSSESSION. A person may purchase a house, and it may be in very bad condition. The walls may be covered with filth; the paper-hangings all dropping to pieces; the boards all broken; from every corner may be hanging the spider’s web, and the whole place a scene of dirt and confusion. But the buyer, for his own ends and purposes, has fixed his eyes upon that house, and he therefore purchases it and pays down the money for it. Now no sooner is the key put into his hand than he takes possession of the house, and begins to put it into repair that he may live in it.

But taking possession is the first step after paying down the purchase money. So it is in grace. What are we by nature and practice but like this old, dirty, miserable house, bearing all the stains and marks of sin, dilapidated from cellar to roof, and fit only for tramps and gypsies! But directly does the gracious owner take the key in his hand–for “He hath the key of David” (Rev. 3:7) – and puts it into the wards of the lock, the heart melts and moves at the sound (Cant. 5:4), for it knows that He has “the right of redemption,” and is come to take possession.

The owner of the house will not live in it until he has made it a fit abode for his own permanent residence. But much must be done before this can be. It is with the soul as with the leprous house spoken of in Leviticus. The plague is in the walls; the hollow streaks, greenish or reddish, manifest how deep seated is the plague of leprosy. The worst stones must be taken out and cast into an unclean place, and new ones put in; the walls thoroughly scraped and plastered. (Lev. 14:40, 42.) This is done by that work of grace on the soul whereby the Lord prepares it for his own habitation; for he has graciously said–“I will dwell in them and walk in them.” (2 Cor. 6:16.)

When, then, Christ visits the soul with his presence and sheds abroad his love therein, he takes full possession of the heart and affections and makes the body the temple of the Holy Ghost. But remember that there is a taking an initial, and a taking a full possession of a house. The initial, or first possession, is when the key is put into the lock before the walls are scraped; the full possession is when the house is furnished for the owner to live in. Thus the Lord may havebegun the work upon your soul, and so taken initial possession. He may have planted his fear in your heart, given you a spirit of prayer, separated you from the world, and brought soft feelings into your conscience. He may have with the hammer of the law knocked away the leprous stones and scraped the walls from their filthy as well as Pharisaic mortar; but there is something yet lacking.

You have not received the desired manifestation: the furniture of His grace, the bed of His love (Cant. 3:7) is not yet in the house; and above all the Master is not there. This causes you doubts and fears and misgivings, and you are often sunk into trouble and distress of mind because Christ does not manifest himself. “O, when wilt Thou come unto me?” (Psa. 101:2) is often your cry. But He will surely come, “for yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” (Heb. 10:37.)

Wherever there is a beginning of a work of grace upon the soul, there will be a carrying on; and where there is a carrying on, there will be a completion. The Lord will never suffer his children to rest short of himself. This is what they are sighing for – what they inwardly desire; and unless they are enabled to realize this, they can neither happily live nor comfortably die.

But our text gives a reason as to WHY the saints are Christ’s. They are Christ’s because – “Christ is God’s.” [1Cor 3:23] These are remarkable words, and need to be fully and reverently opened up. The fullness of the mystery is beyond our grasp. Look, then, once more at these glorious truths. “Ye are Christ’s” because by donation, purchase, and possession ye are members of his body. “Christ is God’s” as Son, as Servant, as Mediator, as Head of the church. Then ye too are God’s, because ye are Christ’s; for the members are always one with their covenant Head.”

Praise the Lord!




Michael Jeshurun

We have come across not a few who contend that the ‘doctrine of Election’ though it may be true is not for us to know. Election and predestination are ‘God’s business’ and we need not break our heads over it.”

Is that what the BIBLE teaches?

Here’s what the Scripture says –
“The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” [Deut 29:29]

Read that again – “but those things WHICH ARE REVEALED belong unto us and to our children!”

And WHAT has God revealed apart from the who He is and what He expects of man . . . why, He has revealed to us that He is a DISCRIMINATING GOD who has mercy on whom He will and hardens whom He will! [Romans 9:18]

THE BIBLE EXPLICITLY TEACHES ELECTION in both the old and the new testaments and those who fail to see it are either men who are spiritually BLIND who must be born again or just plain REBELLIOUS men who willfully reject the teaching of God’s word because it is NOT AGREEABLE to their feelings and plausible to their understanding. Every Christian MUST believe in some kind of election, for the great God hath chosen to ‘REVEAL IT’ in His Word! And while the Scriptures leave unexplained many things about the doctrine of Election, they make very plain the FACT that there HAS BEEN AN ELECTION!

“What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the ELECTION HATH OBTAINED IT, and the rest were blinded!” [Rom 11:7]

The most eminent apostle of them all who wrote more than half the New Testament, towards the end of his ministry confessed to the Ephesian Church – “I KEPT BACK NOTHING THAT WAS PROFITABLE UNTO YOU, but have showed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house.” [Acts 20:20]

And WHAT was one of those ‘profitable’ doctrines which he did not keep back from the Ephesians? Why ELECTION and PREDESTINATION!

“According as He hath CHOSEN US IN HIM BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having PREDESTINATED US unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will etc” [Ephesians 1:4,5]

And Paul was not the only one who taught Election and Predestination, but so did ALL OF THE APOSTLES! It is either expressly stated, strikingly illustrated, or clearly implied!

The Apostle Peter starts off his very first letter thus – “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus . . . ELECT ACCORDING TO THE FOREKNOWLEDGE OF GOD THE FATHER, through sanctification of the Spirit . . .” [1Pet 1:1-3]

And John that apostle of love was so full of the doctrine of election that he even addresses a sister in Christ as “the Elect lady” [2John 1:1] You can’t get more ‘Reformed’ than that!

GOD WANTS HIS PEOPLE TO KNOW THE TRUTH OF HIS ELECTION AND SOVEREIGN GRACE or He had not filled the pages of His Book speaking about it!

“but those things WHICH ARE REVEALED belong unto us and to our children!” [Deut 29:29]

And the reason why God has revealed the doctrine of Election in His Book is because as all other Biblical doctrines the Doctrine of Election and we might add the Doctrine of Man’s Total Depravity are profitable to us!

“ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, and is PROFITABLE for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” [2Timothy 3:16,17]

The doctrine of Election which we hold and contend for gives God ALL the glory and puts man where He belongs – i.e. in the dust! And the Holy Spirit has seen fit to reveal it in His Word and holy men of God through the ages have contended for it and in some cases have even laid down their lives for it!

Such a precious truth as this must not be neglected or set aside! It must be preached from the rooftops!

“What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that PREACH YE UPON THE HOUSETOPS!” [Matt 10:27]

BUT TRUTH IS NEVER POPULAR and this is especially so with the truth of Election! It is not taught to gain favour with men. The preacher whose goal is to ‘win friends and influence people’ must needs AVOID this doctrine or explain it away to the satisfaction of the religious goats who warm his pews! . . . and sadly many have done just that!

In fact, to mention it before some, is like shaking the proverbial red flag before an enraged bull. It arouses the fiercest passions of their nature, and brings forth a torrent of abuse and calumny. But, because men have fought against it, or because they hate it, or perhaps misunderstand it, is no reasonable or logical cause why we should turn the doctrine adrift, or cast it behind our backs. The real question, the all-important question, is not “How do men receive it? But, IS IT TRUE?”.

“It is the duty of every theologian to subordinate his theories to the Bible, and teach not what SEEMS TO HIM TO BE TRUE OR REASONABLE, but simply WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES. The question as to whether Election and Reprobation are true, is not to be decided by ascertaining which is more agreeable to our feelings or the more plausible to our understanding, but which is consistent with the doctrines of the Bible and the facts of experience.” (Dr. Charles Hodge).

“The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this Law.” [Deut 29:29]





compiled by Michael Jeshurun 

Reviews from by those whose lives were changed after reading these two books –

“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]

“When I turn my thoughts toward the full counsel of God, my mind is overwhelmed. I realize what a nano speck I am compared to this amazing Sovereign God. A.W. Pink brings you to the throne room of heaven with his book about God’s sovereignty, goodness, faithfulness, foreknoweldge, holiness, love, and wrath etc. I realize as a finite creature that I would never choose a holy God who is honest with man about himself as revealed in scripture. This is why I am so thankful He chose me before time began because I would have never chosen Him. God revealed much to me while reading this book. Be prepared to be awestruck at God.” [Angie]

“With so many religions and “winds of doctrine” that surround us, it’s crucial that we understand well who God is in order to prevent falling into doctrinal error. God can best be understood, not by his actions or his (apparent) emotions, but by His attributes as revealed to us in Scripture. One of the best books on this topic is The Attributes of God by A. W. Pink, who states, “The foundation of all true knowledge of God must be a clear mental apprehension of His perfections as revealed in Holy Scripture. An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, nor worshipped.” Jesus said that those who worship God must worship Him in spirit and in truth. It’s not enough to have a heart and desire to worship God; if we construct a God of our own ideas, opinion, and imagination, then we are merely worshipping a false god and are idolators.

In The Attributes of God, Pink systematically explains the essential characteristics of God, beginning with His incommunicable attributes (those that belong solely to God), and then moving on to His communicable attributes (those that He has extended to man). Each chapter defines one attribute of God, with a selection verses and examples from Scripture where the attribute is stated and illustrated, then explains why the attribute is important to understand and accept. The first seven chapters address the topics of:

– The Solitariness of God
– The Decrees of God
– The Knowledge of God
– The Foreknowledge of God
– The Supremacy of God
– The Sovereignty of God
– The Immutability of God

The next nine chapters address:

– The Holiness of God
– The Power of God
– The Faithfulness of God
– The Goodness of God
– The Patience of God
– The Grace of God
– The Mercy of God
– The Love of God
– The Wrath of God

Here are a few poignant excerpts from the book that stood out for me:

Regarding God’s solitariness, independence, and self-sufficiency: “God was under no constraint, no obligation, no necessity to create. That He chose to do so was purely a sovereign act on His part, caused by nothing outside Himself, determined by nothing but His own mere good pleasure…God is no gainer even from our worship.”

Regarding prayer: “There is no danger of the individual saint being overlooked amidst the multitude of supplicants who daily and hourly present their various petitions, for an infinite Mind is as capable of paying the same attention to millions as if only one individual were seeking its attention.”

Regarding God’s Knowledge: “Nothing has ever come to pass, or ever will, merely because God knew it. The cause of all things is the will of God…God’s knowledge does not arise from things because they are or will be, but because He has ordained them to be.”

Regarding the Supremacy of God: “A ‘god’ whose will is resisted, whose designs are frustrated, whose purpose is checkmated, possesses no title to Deity, and so far from being a fit object of worship , merits nothing but contempt.”

Regarding God’s Holiness: “Power is God’s hand or arm, omniscience His eye, mercy His bowels, eternity His duration, but holiness is His beauty” (Puritan Stephen Charnock).

“God has often forgiven sinners, but He never forgives sin; and the sinner is only forgiven on the ground of Another having borne his punishment, for without shedding of blood is no remission”(Heb. 9:22).

Regarding the Goodness of God: “Gratitude is often withheld from our great Benefactor simply because His goodness is so constant and so abundant. It is lightly esteemed because it is exercised toward us in the common course of events. It is not felt because we daily experience it.”

The book ends with a chapter on the Contemplation of God, in which Pink reviews the incomprehensibility, all-sufficiency, and supreme sovereignty of God. He reminds the reader of the importance and benefits of studying and thinking on God’s perfections and character. In many ways God is incomprehensible, beyond our understanding. Pink comments, “When we turn our thoughts to God’s eternity, His immateriality, His omnipresence, His almightiness, our minds are overwhelmed.” And yet, in His goodness, God has chosen to reveal a glimpse of Himself to us in His Word, and it’s every Christian’s duty, and should be their desire and joy, to prayerfully and seriously study and learn all they can about this great God we claim to love and worship. Charles Spurgeon remarked,

“Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout, earnest, continued investigation of the great subject of the Deity…It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in it immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity.”

This is not an excuse to neglect our pursuit of the knowledge of God, but rather a truth that should keep us humble and cause us to depend on His Spirit to enlighten and instruct our minds, and to help us apply our knowledge of Him to our daily lives. As we take a closer, more in-depth look at God, we should by contrast examine ourselves. In this way we make practical application of who God is to our own character and life. The study of God takes time and effort, but is there any other subject more worthy of our attention?” [Linda]

For the record both these classics are available online for free download.





Compiled by Michael Jeshurun

The fear of God will be or should be one of the favorite topics of the Christian. Unfortunately, it’s very misunderstood. This may be partly because it isn’t mentioned much anymore, and many tend to understand the word fear as fright, and only fright. The fear of God is a very multi-faceted doctrine. It doesn’t just mean awe or reverence but a whole lot more.

The Bible has a lot to say about ‘The fear of God’ – see Genesis 22:12, Deuteronomy 6:1-2, Psalms 2:11, Proverbs 9:10, Isaiah 50:10, Acts 9:31, Revelation 14:6-7, for a good representation.

The fear of God starts out with the realization of our sin, and realizing what we’ve been saved from.

Because believers have been saved from sin, and from God’s wrath, we want to obey God not because we’re afraid of Him (1John 4:18), but because we’ve come to appreciate how good His commands are, and to do what our Father tells us, because He’s spelled out the best way to live our lives (Psalm 119, Romans 12:2).

My flesh trembleth for fear of Thee; and I am afraid of Thy judgments. [Psalm 119:120]

Biblical fear is not simply “alarm” or “fright,” nor is it simply “dread”; and even “awe” does not fully capture the fear that is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 9:10). Biblical fear—in its right and mature expression—is a humble and loving response to the character of God. Such fear rightly perceives the awesome and even terrifying power of God, but this perception is tempered with marveling that one so majestic is so concerned for his people.

God is infinite in power but intimate in love. He creates and sustains the universe and yet is present with us. As the earliest of biblical writers said, such knowledge is “too wonderful for me,” and its glorious revelation always takes the blood from our faces and the strength from our knees (Job 42:3). These responses may mirror the human behaviors before a tyrannosaurus, but we would be quite mistaken to say that biblical fear is anything like that fear.

Biblical fear is not merely concern for possible harm. Rather, biblical fear is proper regard for all God discloses about himself in His glory and His all-powerful hand with a redeeming heart. We do not have a single word that adequately translates the term for biblical fear, but we do have a clear example to remove all questions as to its basic meaning. Isaiah prophesies of the coming Messiah, saying that “the fear of the LORD” will “rest on Him” and “He will delight in the fear of the LORD” (Isa. 11:2, 3 ).

The Lord Jesus fears God, and He delights to do so. This means that the relationship of God the Father and God the Son ultimately exemplifies biblical fear. Since we know eternal and infinite love exists between the Father and the Son, we must understand that Christ’s fear cannot simply be terror. Perfect love must drive out that kind of fear (1 John 4:18). Jesus’ intimacy and humility with His heavenly Father reveals that His fear is proper regard for the full spectrum of divine attributes—including his wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, truth, and love.

Here’s a quote from Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress –

“Christian said, “Without a doubt the right fear can be a good thing, for as the Word says, ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.’

“How would you describe right fear?” Hopeful inquired.
Christian explained, “True or right fear can be known by three things. First, by what causes it: the right kind of fear is caused by saving conviction of sin. Secondly, a good fear drives the soul to quickly lay hold of Christ for salvation. And thirdly, this fear begins and sustains in the soul a great reverence for God, His Word, and His ways. It keeps the soul tender, making it afraid to turn right or left from His Word and ways. It makes the soul sensitive to anything that might dishonor God, grieve the Spirit, or cause the enemy to speak against God.” – John Bunyan

“Even the Christian must fear God. But it is another kind of fear. It is a fear rather of what might have been than of what is; it is a fear of what would come were we not in Christ. Without such fear there can be no true love; for love of the Saviour is proportioned to one’s horror of that from which man has been saved. And how strong are the lives that are suffused with such a love!” – –J. Gresham Machen

“None fear the Lord like those who have experienced his forgiving love. Gratitude for pardon produces far more fear and reverence of God than all the dread which is inspired by punishment. If the Lord were to execute justice upon all, there would be none left to fear him; if all were under apprehension of his deserved wrath, despair would harden them against fearing him: it is grace which leads the way to a holy regard of God, and a fear of grieving him. The point is that God forgives people in order that they might fear, meaning, that they might become his faithful, obedient worshippers.” – C.H. Spurgeon

The way of safety is to FEAR GOD! In the wisdom tradition the ‘fear’ of God is the awe and holy caution that arises from realization of the greatness of God: ‘Splendour… terrible… majesty… power… justice… righteousness… Therefore fear Him.’ (Job 37:22-24) – (Eaton’s commentary on Ecclesiastes)

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man!” [Ecc 12:13]