GOD HAS TO GIVE YOU A HUNGER TO READ HIS WORD

GOD HAS TO GIVE YOU A HUNGER TO READ HIS WORD

Michael Jeshurun

“Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God!” [Ecc 5:19]

That’s right! Whether it be your physical food or your spiritual food, unless the Lord gives you ‘the power to eat thereof’ you just will not have the hunger for it! How many rich people there are who have fully loaded pantries and jumbo refrigerators packed with all kinds of delicacies but have not the power or hunger to eat it for one reason or another; and how many Christians there are in our day who have access to the best theology and sound doctrinal books and have a Bible in almost every room and even on their smart-phones but alas there is no hunger for the Word of God! Or as the wise man said, “GOD GIVETH THEM NOT POWER TO EAT THEREOF, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease!” [Ecc 6:2]

If the above is a description of YOUR spiritual state then please read on . . . for it is a solemn truth that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God!” [Matt 4:4]

Let us first prayerfully read and consider the following Psalm –

“Teach me, O LORD, the way of Thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.

Give me understanding, and I shall keep Thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

Make me to go in the path of Thy commandments; for therein do I delight.

Incline my heart unto Thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in Thy way.

Stablish t\Thy word unto Thy servant, who is devoted to Thy fear.

Turn away my reproach which I fear: for Thy judgments are good.

Behold, I have longed after Thy precepts: quicken me in Thy righteousness.” – [Psalm 119:33-40]

As you know, this is a psalm all about God’s Word, with each verse referring to the Bible by one of many synonyms or titles (commandments, statutes, precepts, ways, ordinances, law, etc.). In verse 40, the “behold” draws attention to the statement “I LONG for Thy precepts.” THIS IS A PSALM OF LOVING AND LONGING FOR SCRIPTURE!

Maybe you’ve heard it said that God doesn’t make us do things, won’t cause us to love Him or follow Him or walk after Him, but He wants us to do that of our own volition and will, so that our love will be spontaneous and self-caused and therefore genuine. But the writer of this psalm trusted in God, not his own heart. If God didn’t cause these, they wouldn’t happen. The problem with “free will” of humans is that men freely and willfully choose sin by nature and are not inclined to good unless God’s will and God’s free grace first rescues us from ourselves.

Fallen humans are not as naturally free as they think they are, according to Jesus in John 8; all who sin are slaves to sin, and they’re not truly free, they need the truth to SET THEM FREE, i.e. the Son to set them free to be truly free.

This writer wasn’t concerned with his free will being off limits to God’s intervention — He knew divine intervention was his only hope. If God didn’t make him walk in the right way (v. 35) his tendency would be to go his own way. Does God’s causative grace mean we’re robots? No, it recognizes we’re  REBELLIOUS at heart in need of changed hearts to be made willing to believe and read the Word. If God didn’t cause his heart to be inclined, it never would be (v. 36). If God didn’t open his eyes, they would still be closed (v. 18).

Even as believers we need to pray like this psalm if want to be like this psalmist and be growing in our desires for God’s Word.

I think it’s appropriate to quote the words of Martin Luther the Reformer, as his theology and attitude was very similar to this psalm: ‘your first duty is to begin to pray, and to pray to this effect that if it please God to accomplish something for His glory—not for yours or any other person’s—He may very graciously grant you a true understanding of His words. For no master of the divine words exists except the Author of these words, as He says: “They shall be all taught of God” (John 6:45). You must, therefore, completely despair of your own industry and ability and rely solely on the [illuminating Holy] Spirit.’[3] And he pointed to Psalm 119:34-37

  1. Give me understanding, that I may observe Thy law …
  2. Make me walk in the path of Thy commandments …
  3. Incline my heart to Thy testimonies …
  4. Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And revive me …

Luther: ‘completely despair of your own [faculties], for by these you will not attain the goal … Rather kneel down in your private little room and with sincere humility and earnestness pray God, through His dear Son, graciously to grant you His Holy Spirit to enlighten and guide you and give you understanding.’

As one biographer summarized Luther’s view: ‘All our study is futile without the work of God overcoming our blindness and hard-heartedness. Luther and Augustine were one on this central issue of the Reformation. At the heart of Luther’s theology was a total dependence on the freedom of God’s [all-powerful] grace rescuing powerless man from the bondage of the will. Concerning free will Luther said, “Man has in his own power a freedom of the will to do or not to do external works, regulated by law and punishment [genuine choices made within his nature, but he cannot just change his nature by mere willpower] … On the other hand, man cannot by his own power purify his heart and bring forth godly gifts, such as true repentance of sins, a true, as over against an artificial, fear of God, true faith, sincere love, chastity.…”

In other words, the will is “free” to move our action, but beneath the will there is a bondage that can only be overcome by the free grace of God. Luther saw this bondage of the will as the root issue in the fight with Rome and regarded this one book of his—The Bondage of the Will— as his “best theological book, and the only one in that class worthy of publication.” … the powerlessness of man before God, not the indulgence controversy or purgatory, was the central question of the Christian faith. Man is powerless to justify himself, powerless to sanctify himself, powerless to study as he ought …

“My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto Thy judgments (Thy Word) at all times!” [Psalm 119:20]

“I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for Thy commandments (Thy Word)!” [Psalm 119:131]

“I have longed for Thy salvation (Thy Word), O LORD; and Thy Law is my delight!” [Psalm 119:174]

Praying in utter dependence is not trusting by being passive and inactive; true faith and prayer mobilizes action. We trust and obey. It’s not enough to be readers of the Word, or as James says, hearers of the Word only, we must be doers of the Word. Praying is essential and recognizes God’s sovereignty, but our responsibility is equally balanced in this passage.

It’s like Philippians 2:12-13 which commands our responsibility to “Work … For it is God which worketh in you BOTH TO WILL AND TO DO of His good pleasure.

In Galatians 2:20 Paul says “The life I now live I live by faith in the Son of God” but in the same verse he says “it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” Which is it? The answer is yes/both

His philosophy wasn’t “let go and let God” – a better slogan is “get going and trust God”

If you do already love the Lord and His Word, but need revival and rekindled longings for Him and His Word, plead with God for it. It’s only natural for a baby to cry out for the only thing that will satisfy them. Peter says in the same way babies desire milk, you must desire the Word.” Right while I was writing this part of my notes this week Jaime handed me a visual illustration of this as I got to feed our newborn son. We’re supposed to continually long for the Word with the same intensity that a baby longs for his milk.

 You’re supposed to go to the Bible like a baby goes to the bottle.  The verb “long for” is a powerful desire, the strongest possible craving.  In the Greek OT that Peter and his readers would have used, this is the same word translated in Ps 42:1 “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God!”  This is a breathless, panting, a passionate earnest hunger and desire. We need to read, heed (obey), and plead for more longing for God and His Word.

“My dear Lord, I can but tell Thee that Thou knowest I long for nothing but Thyself, nothing but holiness, nothing but union with Thy will. Thou hast given me these desires, and thou alone canst give me the thing desired. My soul longs for communion with Thee, for mortification of indwelling corruption, especially spiritual pride. How precious it is to have a tender sense and clear apprehension of the mystery of godliness, of true holiness! What a blessedness to be like Thee as much as it is possible for a creature to be like its creator! Lord, give me more of Thy likeness; enlarge my soul to contain fullness of holiness; engage me to live more for Thee. Help me to be less pleased with my spiritual experiences, and when I feel at ease after sweet communings, teach me it is far too little I know and do. Blessed Lord, let me climb up near to Thee, and love, and long, and plead, and wrestle with Thee, and pant for deliverance from the body of sin, for my heart is wandering and lifeless, and my soul mourns to think it should ever lose sight of its beloved. Wrap my life in divine love, and keep me ever desiring Thee, always humble and resigned to Thy will, more fixed on Thyself, that I may be more fitted for doing and-suffering. In Jesus’ name Amen!”

[The above is a condensation from a sermon by brother Philip G. Layton titled – “Increasing Your Hunger and Longing for God’s Word”]  

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THE SUBTLETY OF IDOLATORY

THE SUBTLETY OF IDOLATORY

Michael Jeshurun

The Scripture affirms that God is a jealous God and will have no other God’s before Him. [Ex 34:14] Especially, if you are a child of God, then He is jealous over you with a godly jealousy! He will not permit you to put any other gods before Him!

Incidentally a ‘god’ or an ‘idol’ is not just something made of stone or wood which the pagans bow before.

According to J.C. Philpot – “NOTHING IS TOO SMALL OR TOO INSIGNIFICANT WHICH, AT TIMES, MAY NOT BE AN IDOL; EVEN A TULIP OR A GOOSEBERRY! “What a wonderful large gooseberry! What a beautiful tulip”! Some will walk up and down their garden on the Lord’s day admiring their gooseberry trees, and praising the fruit, how fine and large it is; others their tulips or anemones. They look at them and admire them, fearful the frost may have done them some injury. THIS is idolatry, because it is something, which, for the time, the mind is looking at before God.

Whatever is meditated on preferably to God, whatever is desired more than he, whatever more interests us, pleases us, occupies our waking hours, or is more constantly in our mind, becomes an idol and a source of sin.

It is not the magnitude of the idol, but its existence as an object of worship, that constitutes idolatry. I have seen some Burmese idols not much larger than my hand, and I have seen some Egyptian idols weighing many tons. But both were equally idols, and the comparative size had nothing to do with the question. So spiritually, the idol is not to be measured by its size, its relative importance or non-importance. A flower may be as much an idol to one man as a chest full of gold to another. If you watch your heart, you will see idols rising and setting all day long, nearly as thickly as the stars by night.”

But the good Lord is faithful to show His children their ‘gods’ and ‘idols’ and give them the willingness to forsake them! “Ephraim shall say, what have I to do any more with idols”? [Hosea 14:8]

God always knows what our ‘idols’ are and what it is that is very dear to us and generally requires THAT! God requiring the Issac whom Abraham loved as an offering is a case in point!

“And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,
Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD’S, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.
So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; AND THE LORD DELIVERED THEM INTO HIS HANDS. . . .
And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his DAUGHTER came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and SHE WAS HIS ONLY CHILD; beside her he had neither son nor daughter”! [Judges 11:30-34]

Since the beginning of time men have forsaken all sorts of things for the Lord and His Kingdom. But they have never been the worse for forsaking them.

As the Master said – “Verily I say unto you, There is NO MAN that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, but he shall receive AN HUNDREDFOLD NOW IN THIS TIME, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life”. [Mark 10:29,30]

David Livingstone, the British missionary who pioneered the jungles of Africa and died there, said, “I NEVER MADE A SACRIFICE!” He gave EVERYTHING, but knew that what he was getting in return was worth much more than anything he could possibly give! Although he gave his life, he reaped dividends in immortal souls, thousands reached with the gospel!

God is a debtor to NO MAN! No man ever makes a ‘sacrifice’ to God which God does not pay back a hundredfold!

But no true child of God gives or sacrifices with an intention to get a hundredfold. They give whatever God requires of them because they love Him above everything! It is only the false ‘Prosperity Preachers’ like Benny Hinn and Creflo Dollar who urge their congregations to ‘GIVE’ that they may ‘GET’!

But the true children of God give expecting NOTHING, and God in turn opens the windows of heaven and pours out a blessing that there will be no room enough to receive it! [Mal 3:10]

SPECIAL PRAYERS FOR OUR HAWAIIAN BRETHREN IN THE PATH OF HURRICANE LANE

SPECIAL PRAYERS FOR OUR HAWAIIAN BRETHREN IN THE PATH OF HURRICANE LANE

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thou art the God who rulest the raging of the sea: (and) when the waves thereof arise, THOU stillest them! [Psalm 89:9]

Be with Thy people and shield them from this fierce Hurricane. In wrath remember mercy! [Hab 3:2] In Jesus’ name Amen!

GOD is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.” [Psalm 46]

EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD TRANSPIRES WITH AN EYE ON GOD’S ELECT

EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD TRANSPIRES WITH AN EYE ON GOD’S ELECT

Michael Jeshurun

“According as His divine power hath GIVEN UNTO US ALL THINGS THAT PERTAIN UNTO LIFE AND GODLINESS, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue!” [2Peter 1:3]

That’s right, even a thing as common as a printing press to print a Bible or the spectacles through which to read it or a shortwave radio with which we listen to sermons were all foreordained by God with an eye on His Elect! In fact all the inventions, discoveries, advances in science and practically EVERYTHING that is transpiring under the sun is unfolding with an eye on God’s only begotten Son as the Head and His body the Church! ALL THINGS whatsoever they may be are working together for the GOOD of them that love God, and those who are the called according to His purpose!” [Rom 8:28]

Spurgeon said in one of his sermons – “Long before He had made the world in which men should dwell, He had ordained a place for His people and the arrangements of Providence were made WITH AN EYE TO THEM, for Moses says, “When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the bounds of the people ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. For the Lord’s portion is His people. Jacob is the lot of His inheritance.” [Duet 32:8,9]

And A.W. Pink said – “There is no attribute more comforting to His children than that of God’s Sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, they believe that Sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them all.”

WHATEVER comes to pass is God’s will and by God’s sovereign rule! God is doing it to glorify Christ and with an eye on His Elect, His chosen, His sheep! God is sovereign in His purpose, over sin and in the salvation of his Elect. God’s purpose shall not fail!

Most importantly God’s purpose for YOU shall not fail beloved, and that in-spite of yourself – your sins, your shortcomings and your oft failures! The God who purposed to save you is One who speaks in righteousness – ‘Mighty to save!’ [Isa 63:1] And He is not only ABLE to save you to the uttermost but He WILL save you to the uttermost!

“Therefore the redeemed of the LORD SHALL RETURN, AND COME with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head.” [Isaiah 51:11]

The Lord God says that His redeemed SHALL COME and that settles the matter!

Say “Praise the Lord!”

How Scriptural are Seminaries and ‘Bible Colleges’? 

How Scriptural are Seminaries and ‘Bible Colleges’?

There came to Him (Jesus) the chief priests and the scribes, and the elders. And say unto Him, By WHAT authority doest Thou these things? And WHO gave Thee this authority?” [Mark 11:27,28].

How history repeats itself! “From WHAT College have YOU graduated? And in WHICH Seminary were YOU trained”? are the modern forms of this query!

[A.W. Pink]

Recently I posted an article by a Brother who clearly exposed and repudiated the error of Transubstantiation or the ‘Real-Presence of Christ in the bread and wine, and the people who were contending for this error, were more interested in the ‘credentials’ of the said Brother than the truth he had presented!

The question to ask is not “WHO gave you the authority to preach” but “Is your preaching in accord with God’s word”? The AUTHORITY to preach is not something that is bestowed by MAN, or even a school of men (like a College or Seminary). And it is definitely not bestowed by an Institution which claims to be the Church of Christ but teaches and practices everything contrary to the revealed Word of God.

The Pharisees were the only ones in Scripture who questioned a persons’ ‘authority to preach’! ‘And when He was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto Him as He was teaching, and said, “By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority”? Strikingly the Lord does not answer their query but says, “Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.” [Mat 21:23-27]

Even when the Apostle Paul started preaching, none of the older Apostles asked him who gave him the authority, but admitted, that “he who persecuted us in times past now preaches the faith which once he destroyed”! [Gal 1:23]

Contrary to popular opinion, there is no warrant in Scripture for a formal Seminary education to qualify men to be preachers! The closest example in Scripture to a college or seminary education is the Pharisee’s education system. The result of their education system is pretty clear. They could not even recognize God when He came to them in person (Jesus). They really believed that they loved God, but in actuality they hated God (Jesus) because God did not fit the theology they had been taught in their schools. They refused to believe the truth. They went to Hell, because their education was a stumbling block. They were proud, arrogant, hypocritical, and looked for the approval and honor of men. God intentionally hid spiritual understanding from them. “At that time Jesus answered and said, 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.” (Matthew 11:25) The Pharisees education system was a failed education system and yet the Church’s Seminary education system is very similar to it.

THE MEN CHRIST CHOSE AND APPOINTED TO ‘FEED HIS SHEEP’ WERE FOR THE MOST PART ‘UNEDUCATED MEN’!

The way Jesus trained His disciples was totally different than a college or seminary education today. It was more of an apprenticeship, and could not be described as a formal education. AT THE END OF THEIR TRAINING WITH JESUS, THEY WERE STILL DESCRIBED AS UNLEARNED AND IGNORANT MEN. However, their preaching brought thousands to a saving faith in Jesus and impacted the world. “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13) God Himself gave us the example that education is not important.

Jesus did not even attend the “elementary” school for Jewish boys that taught them how to read. “And the Jews marveled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? [John 7:15]

Paul was a highly educated man in the teachings of the Pharisees. He knew the terminology, the reasoning, the jargon of the religious elite. But he put that all aside as worthless when God called him to preach! [See I Corinthians 2:1-16]

Moses was educated in Pharaoh’s house with the best education in Egypt. However, that did not qualify him to lead the Children of Israel. God had to humble him for 40 years in the desert, leading sheep, before he was ready to be the leader that God wanted him to be. When God called Moses, he did not feel qualified to be a leader or to stand before Pharaoh. He asked God to send someone else instead.

And THAT is what God’s school of training does to those whom He calls and trains, – i.e. it shows them how insufficient they are for the task ahead! Almost every man whom God called to ‘go speak for Him’ in holy writ made excuses and tried to shake off the task, for they found themselves insufficient! [2Cor 3:5]

“Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven”! [Matt 18:1-5]

College and seminary education and degrees do not help a pastor to become humble as a little child. A pastor must be converted in his thinking about what greatness really is. Unfortunately, a seminary degree and especially the title “Doctor” does not help a pastor become more humble. Neither can a man who is not humble himself help others to be humble so that they can enter the kingdom of heaven. (v.3)

GOD’S DESIGN OF THE CHURCH STRUCTURE IS ONE OF EQUALITY RATHER THAN HIERARCHY. BROTHERHOOD RATHER THAN MASTER AND SERVANT OR PROFESSOR AND STUDENT.

The word “Minister” means: “to run on errands; an attendant, that is, (generally) a waiter (at table or in other menial duties); specifically a Christian teacher and pastor (technically a deacon or deaconess): deacon, minister, servant.” (Strong’s Greek Dictionary) A degree of higher education is a great hindrance to this command for a pastor to view himself as a servant. Church structure is opposite of business or government structure. A pastor must not do things to receive honor of others – special dress, special seat, parking, fancy or high pulpit, or honorary title or degree. All of those are contrary to the attributes of a servant. [See Matt 20:25-28]

Jesus commands (It is not a suggestion) that a pastor is not to use a title of honor: “Reverend”, “Doctor”, or “Ph.D.” “M.Div.” “Th.D.”, “Senior Pastor”, etc. A person’s education must not be used in the church to elevate that individual above any other person. Everyone in the church are equals (v.8) Highly educated persons in the church are not be acknowledged as such in the church. [read A.W. Pinks article –“Doctor or brother”]

Think of it – Jesus SAT DOWN to teach His disciples. Matthew 5, the sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke to the multitudes SITTING DOWN. Jesus in the synagogue in Nazareth SAT DOWN to teach. Jesus taught SITTING in a boat. A pulpit is usually ELEVATED above the people and puts the pastor at the center of attention and importance center stage. That is the OPPOSITE of Jesus’ command to be servant of all.

“At that time Jesus answered and said, 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. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Thy sight”. [Matt 11:25-27]

The Pharisees were highly educated in the Old Testament in the “seminary” of their day. But God hid spiritual understanding from them and revealed it to uneducated men. Note what Jesus said, that God knew that this was best to hide true spiritual understanding from the educated! Jesus did not have any formal education. If a pastor desires to follow Christ and do what Jesus would do, why does he desire to have a seminary education? Why does the church desire their pastor to have a seminary education?

God’s design for pastors is the opposite of one patterned after seminary training. God has chosen the uneducated, the foolish in the world’s eyes, the weak, the base things of the world, those that are despised. God has not chosen the educated to lead the church. Jesus followed this same principle in choosing the twelve disciples. Not one educated Pharisee was chosen. Later when Paul, a highly educated Pharisee became a Christian, he tells us how he renounced his education so that his ministry would be more effective for Christ.

“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God”. [1Cor 3:18]

God warns us here that it is easy for a highly educated person to deceive himself. The tendency with a college or seminary education is that with a degree to one’s name, that person has a tendency to feel that he is wise.

THEREFORE IF A PASTOR HAS A SEMINARY DEGREE, HE NEEDS TO BECOME A FOOL BY RENOUNCING IT SO THAT HE CAN BECOME WISE. OTHERWISE HIS THOUGHTS, THOUGH APPEARING TO BE WISE, ARE VAIN IN TRUE SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING.

Here are some quotes from A.W. Pink on Seminaries –

The best place of training for the pastor is not a seminary but the school of adversity. Spiritual lessons can be learned only in the furnace of affliction. [Gleanings from Paul]

Commenting on Isaiah 40:29-31, he says –

But where had Elijah learned this all-important lesson? Not in any seminary or bible-training college, for it there were such in that day they were like some in our own degenerate time—in the hands of the Lord’s enemies. [Life of Elijah].

This was one of the trials which this writer (Pink) encountered over thirty years ago, when his pastor and Christian friends urged him to enter a theological seminary, though they knew that deadly error was taught there. It was not easy to take his stand against them, but he is deeply thankful he did so. [Gleanings from Elisha].

Passing through a seminary and putting on the ministerial garb does not transform the unregenerate into regenerate men. When our Lord announced, “The truth shall make you free,” it was the religious leaders of the Jews who declared they were never in bondage; and when He affirmed, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do,” they replied, “Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?” (John 8). [The Doctrine of man’s Impotence].

Commenting on John 7:15 –

“How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?” How like the spirit

which is abroad today! How many there are in the educational and religious world who suppose it is impossible for man to expound the Scriptures gracefully and to the edification of his hearers unless, forsooth, he has first been trained in some college or seminary! Education is an altar which is now thronged by a multitude of idolatrous worshippers. That, no doubt, is one reason why God’s curse has fallen on almost all our seats of learning. [Exposition of John]

Commenting on John 7:17 –

“If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” How this word rebuked, again, these worldly-minded Jews; and how it reverses the judgment of many of our moderns! One does not have to enter a seminary or a Bible Institute and take a course in Christian Apologetics in order to obtain assurance that the Bible is inspired, or in order to learn how to interpret it. Spiritual intelligence comes not through the intellect, but via the heart: it is acquired not by force of reasoning, but by the exercise of faith.

An experiential acquaintance with Christ is the one thing needful. A heart knowledge of God’s truth is the vital thing, and it is that which no schooling or seminary training can confer. [Exposition of John]

Commenting on John 9:34 –

Alas, how tragically does history repeat itself. These men were too arrogant to receive anything from this poor beggar. They were graduates from honored seats of learning, therefore was it far too much beneath their dignity to be instructed by this unsophisticated disciple of Christ. And how many a preacher there is today, who in his fancied superiority, scorns the help which ofttimes a member of his congregation could give him. Glorying in their seminary education, they cannot allow that an ignorant layman has light on the Scriptures which they do not possess. Let a Spirit-taught layman seek to show the average preacher “the way of the Lord more perfectly,” and he must not be surprised if his pastor says — if not in so many words, plainly by his bearing and actions — “dost thou teach us?” How marvellously pertinent is this two-thousand-year-old Book to our own times! “And they cast him out” (John 9:34).

But to “open” the Scriptures helpfully to the saints requires something more than a few months’ training in a Bible institute, or a year or two in a seminary. None but those who have been personally taught of God in the hard school of experience are qualified so to “open” the Word that Divine light is cast upon the spiritual problems of the believer, for while Scripture interprets experience, experience is often the best interpreter of Scripture. [Acts 17:2,3].

[Some of the above is quoted from – ‘A Biblical Research Report by Myron Horst’]

Here’s an additional note from Elder Jack Dawsey an Old School Baptist in response to a query on this subject –

Question – “Elder Dawsey, would you make some comments on theological schools, their authenticity (or not) for Bible teaching, and whether or not an aspiring Bible student should enroll in them to prepare for the ministry?”

Thank you for asking my opinion on theological schools. But first, before I attempt an answer to your inquiry, allow me to “generalize” and then proceed by offering you some “specifics.”

As an aspiring ministerial student, it’s important to read everything you get your hands on and “prove all things; hold fast that which is good,” I Thess. 5:21 and that “which you have already, hold fast till He come.” Rev. 2:25.

Moreover, it’s important for you to keep in mind that acquiring a body of knowledge, whether or not institutional or self-taught is a laudable action that Old School Primitive Baptists ambitiously seek, and you should too. Education is an equalizer among men.

But when Bible colleges and other esteem theological institutions promote the notion that they are equipped to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ, that they are the fountain of wisdom, and conflate the wisdom of the flesh to the Holy Spirit, the word foolish is not a sufficient word to describe their charter.

When schools of academia have the audacity to confer doctorates of divinity on students or colleagues, or claim empowerment to prepare men and women to advance the kingdom of God, they are gone beyond the pale.

Theological schools are devices of men, and are used to confer titles that are misleading. Their degrees are misleading because when brethren of religious stripes attend these schools for the service of Christ, they open themselves to an employment opportunity (hireling) our precious Lord declared to be evil –John 10:13. In addition, there is but One Reverend and One Doctor of Divinity Psalm 111:9, therefore when schools confer this moniker they mock the dear Redeemer.

We believe that a person, called to serve God, must first experience the grace of God, and part of the experience is the constant awareness that Christ has perfect knowledge in all things, that He has the power to confer upon His called servants that which is well pleasing in His sight, and is able to perform and accomplish the work He ordained to His servant. As an example to follow, I urge you to consider the apostle to the Jews and the apostle to the Gentiles, Gal. 1:16.

Now it’s true, on occasion, Christ calls men to serve Him of great natural learning from institutes of higher education. And true, He endows some with unusual gifts. But these do not represent the standard call to the ministry; rather, they are the exception. Besides, these gifts are (more often than not) particular professional fields.

If Christ calls a person to labor in the gospel field, and then subjects His servant to depend upon a theological school (to prepare and “get ready” for service in the kingdom) that would be contrary to: ”Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty: And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.”- I Cor. 26-29.

So, given the hatchery-like egg settings of these institutions, where students are treated like a new-born chick and subjected to the psychological phenomenon known as Groupthink, it behooves the aspirant minister of God to turn away from these schools because the kingdom of God is not of this world. Therefore, Bible colleges have no part in teaching Divinity.

In addition, it’s been our observation that to learn Christ (falsely) i.e. in and through the wisdom of flesh is the snare of deception. Deception is such a powerful device that the snared-one will be required to unlearn his false Christ; yea, vomit the false Christ up before ever learning him aright. (And that’s a psychological and emotional lesson very painful to experience).

Finally, I will say this and this is not an opinion. Stumbling blocks for many professing saints are documented beginning with the School at Alexandria (the first, so-called, Christian academy established in the mid-2nd century) to the modern era of Bible colleges.

Graduates of these schools become (wittingly or unwittingly) “hired” hands.

As hirelings, they tend to rely upon their natural propensity to teach lessons that a heaven-taught child has not. They are apt to pursue preaching as a professional career, building a Resume’ that demands a lucrative salary -with perks- at their next post.

They are apt to introduce new “programs” of worship and new “songs” to the saints in the assembly, including “songs and messages” contrary to the apostles who, “determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” – I Co. 2:2.

 

THE GREATEST PIECE OF THEOLOGICAL WRITING THAT EVER CAME FROM LUTHER’S PEN

THE GREATEST PIECE OF THEOLOGICAL WRITING THAT EVER CAME FROM LUTHER’S PEN

“There are few books which written over 400 years ago are still applicable today; Martin Luther’s masterpiece, The Bondage of the Will, is one of those books. Anyone desiring to know more about the root of dissent between Luther and the Catholic Church must read this book.

In his treatise Luther systematically demolishes Erasmus’ arguments in favor of free-will. Luther brilliantly illustrates why the will is in total and complete bondage and enslavement to sin, and why free-will is a completely meaningless term. Luther argues that the only thing the will is free to do is to sin and rebel against God.

Luther shows that salvation is totally dependent on the grace of God and His sovereign Will. To say that even a small part of the human will can prepare itself to receive God’s grace is an utterly ludricous sentiment. Erasmus believes that a human being by a very small effort can earn God’s grace. Luther totally destroys this view and shows that to espouse such a view makes one worse than the Pelagians, who held that it took numerous great works to earn God’s grace”.
[by Seth Aaron Lowry]

“This book is as applicable today as it was when Luther first wrote this book. When so many Protestant Churches hold to a soteriological view more akin to that of Erasmus, it is absolutely vital that the truth of the Reformation be brought back into the spotlight. Read this book to gain a greater understanding of the major area of disagreement among the Reformers and the Catholic Church of the time, and also to understand that our salvation is not predicated on any meritorious work that we accomplish, but simply on the grace of God.

The denial of free will was the position of the Reformation. The Reformers had always been settled on this crucial issue. This was the “manifesto” of the Reformation. On this issue the Gospel, and Reformation Christianity, stands or falls. The selling of indulgences and other ecclesiastical abuses were not the central issues. They were the occasion for the Reformation, not the cause. Luther at the end of his rebuttal, in his book ‘Bondage of the Will’, praises Erasmus thus:

“I give you hearty praise and commendation on this further account—that you alone, in contrast with others, have attacked the real thing, that is, the essential issue. You have not wearied me with those extraneous issues about the Papacy, purgatory, indulgences and such like trifles. . . . You, and you alone, have seen the hinge on which all turns, and aimed for the vital spot” (319).

Erasmus had understood the issues clearly and went straight for the jugular. If Erasmus had succeeded in this debate against Luther, Roman Catholicism would have triumphed, and the Reformation lost. What Erasmus failed to do 500 years ago, he now succeeds magnificently among the supposed posterity of the Reformation, who are even now returning to Rome.

If there is ever going to be a reclaiming of the Gospel, if there is ever going to be a second Reformation, this essential issue—the bondage of the will—must once again be proclaimed and successfully defended. No lesser victory will do”.

[Quoted from – ‘Martin Luther on Free-Will’ from The Highway]

BECOMING THE MAN GOD CREATED YOU TO BE! WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘PLAY THE MAN’! 

BECOMING THE MAN GOD CREATED YOU TO BE!
WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘PLAY THE MAN’!

“Let us play the men for our people.” – [2 Samuel 10:12] 

February 23, AD 1551 Smyrna, Greece. 

Like a scene straight out of Gladiator, Polycarp was dragged into the Roman Colosseum. Discipled by the apostle John himself, the aged bishop faithfully and selflessly led the church at Smyrna through the persecution prophesied by his spiritual father. “Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer,” writes John in Revelation 2:10. “Be faithful, even to the point of death.” John had died a half century before, but his voice still echoed in Polycarp’s ears as the Colosseum crowd chanted, “Let loose the lion!” That’s when Polycarp heard a voice from heaven that was audible above the crowd: “Be strong, Polycarp. Play the man.”

Days before, Roman bounty hunters had tracked him down. Instead of fleeing, Polycarp fed them a meal. Perhaps that’s why they granted his last request—an hour of prayer. Two hours later, many of those who heard the way Polycarp prayed actually repented of their sin on the spot. They did not, however, relent of their mission. Like Jesus entering Jerusalem, Polycarp was led into the city of Smyrna on a donkey. The Roman proconsul implored Polycarp to recant. “Swear by the genius of Caesar!” Polycarp held his tongue, held his ground. The proconsul prodded, “Swear, and I will release thee; revile the Christ!” “Eighty and six years have I served Him,” said Polycarp. “And He has done me no wrong! How then can I blaspheme my King who saved me?”

The die was cast. Polycarp was led to the center of the Colosseum where three times the proconsul announced, “Polycarp has confessed himself to be a Christian.” The bloodthirsty crowd chanted for death by beast, but the proconsul opted for fire. As his executioners seized his wrists to nail him to the stake, Polycarp stopped them. “He who gives me strength to endure the fire will enable me to do so without the help of your nails.” As the pyre was lit on fire, Polycarp prayed one last prayer: “I bless you because you have thought me worthy of this day and this hour to be numbered among your martyrs in the cup of your Christ.” Soon the flames engulfed him, but strangely they did not consume him. Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego before him, Polycarp was fireproof. Instead of the stench of burning flesh, the scent of frankincense wafted through the Colosseum.

Using a spear, the executioner stabbed Polycarp through the flames. Polycarp bled out, but not before the twelfth martyr of Smyrna had lived out John’s exhortation: be faithful even to the point of death. Polycarp died fearlessly and faithfully. And the way he died forever changed the way those eyewitnesses lived. He did what the voice from heaven had commanded.

Polycarp played the man.

“To ‘Play the man’ is not only to be willing to live for Jesus, but to die for Him!” – Michael Jeshurun

“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ! No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier!” [2Timothy 2:3,4]

[Quoted from Mark Batterson’s ‘Play the Man’ ]

Read a full excerpt – http://playtheman.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Batterson_PlayTheManExcerpt.pdf 

IF YOU POST COMMENTS OR GIVE LINKS ON OUR POSTS CONTRARY TO THE TRUTH WE ARE CONTENDING FOR . . . WE HAVE NO OPTION BUT TO BLOCK YOU!

IF YOU POST COMMENTS OR GIVE LINKS ON OUR POSTS CONTRARY TO THE TRUTH WE ARE CONTENDING FOR . . . WE HAVE NO OPTION BUT TO BLOCK YOU!

Michael Jeshurun

This morning I was compelled to ‘Block’ Michael Branham from my friend’s list. The reason being that in spite of me warning folks not to come by and comment on my posts defending the Heresy I have exposed, this man did this very thing. I all long knew that he firmly held to the ‘Serpent Seed heresy’ and many other errors besides, but still I had him on my ‘friends’ list with hopes that our posts would open his eyes to his errors. But sadly some people are too far gone in this regard and the only option left at hand is to ‘Block’ them so they do not poison the minds of other babes who are being fed by our posts.

Please get this – unlike other nominal Christians such as the Roman Catholics or those who are a part of the Prosperity gospel etc, those who hold to strange ‘Cultic’ doctrines such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Mormons, the Branhamites (i.e. those who follow the heresies of William M. Branham) and the like will never be content till they have washed your brains with their filth! There is no such thing as ‘agreeing to disagree’ with these heretics! They have befriended you or if you’re already an old buddy they are maintain that relationship with only one intention and purpose in mind – i.e. to talk you into their way of thinking!

You can even get along with a Roman Catholic or a nominal Protestant if only you just leave religion out of your conversation, but not so the Cultic! He cannot rest until he has bewitched you into his heresy! That’s just how it is! I have experienced this first hand on many occasions. The Apostle’s admonition is very appropriate here – “I would they were even cut off which trouble you!” In the language of our day that just means – ‘Block’ them from your ‘friends’ list and leave them to God!

There comes a time when we STOP trying to reprove, rebuke and exhort someone who claims to be a Christian with sound biblical teaching?”

The apostle said – “A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject!” [Titus 3:10] While this is a direct reference to one who is a ‘heretic’, it pretty much applies to anyone to whom we are trying to convince of the truth.

Now there are some doctrines in Scripture that need a lot of study and labor to ascertain its veracity; but the doctrine of man’s Total Depravity, Bondage to sin and his Total inability to do anything Godward is very plainly set forth –

The Master said – “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 6:64,65]

And the apostle reiterates this same truth when he affirms – “So then (salvation) is NOT of him that WILLETH, nor of him that RUNNETH, but OF GOD THAT SHOWETH MERCY!” [Rom 9:16]

Now against such PLAIN DECLARATIONS a man who claims to be a ‘Christian’ keeps insisting that – “a man has to make a conscious decision to accept Gods grace and that even if God has predestined someone to salvation they have to accept it with free will otherwise he can’t save them, etc.” . . . it is plain that it is ‘not given to him’ to see the truth! [Matt 13:11]

Please understand that initially many regenerated Christians who have sat under false teaching are made to believe that THEY had a part to play in their salvation – i.e. by ‘accepting’ Christ of their own free will etc. But by and by the Spirit is faithful to show them their error of it. And when such a regenerated soul hears the Doctrines of Grace they will love it and embrace it notwithstanding with many sincere questions!

WHY will a man who is born as God’s sworn enemy seek for Him?!! And what is there in Christ that is appealing to a soul dead in trespasses and sins?!! NOTHING!

Just as a ravenous lion does not desire the tender green grass of the field or the meek lamb desire carrion (the flesh of dead animals), even so a man that is born of a woman does not seek nor desire the Sovereign God of the universe! But remove or change the very nature of the ravenous beast and replace it with that of a lamb or an ox and then shall the ‘lion eat straw like the ox.’ [Isaiah 11:7]

Remember this beloved, that to the majority with whom we share the Word it comes to them in ‘WORD ONLY’! But to those who are the called – it comes not in ‘word only’ but “also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance!” [see 1Thess 1:5] The truth of the gospel is always either a stumbling block or foolishness to the vast majority! But “unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” [see 1Cor 1:18 & 24]

There are some rare exceptions where one who resisted and fought the Doctrines of Grace later was made to see the truth of it and receive it with gladness repenting of his former unbelief. But as a norm, if after one, two or three discussion sessions or debates a man still insists that he came to Christ of his own ‘free-will’ then it is most wise to heed Christ’s admonition and “let them alone!” [Matt 15:14]

Facebook (just like the the blogs we own) is like a ‘mini pulpit’ and is given to us by God to proclaim the truth which He has taught us! It is like an ‘open door’ for the Word. But as it was with Paul, so it is with us – “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are MANY ADVERSARIES”! [1Cor 16:9]

But just as we would not open our pulpits to those who preach error, even so we must take heed what comments we allow on any given article. In my opinion only two sorts of comments will bear fruit to any truth which we are proclaiming through our posts – One, comments which reinforce and reiterate the truth proclaimed and comments of those who are sincerely asking questions which may have risen in their hearts.

We may have written that Christ died only for the elect, but someone may sincerely ask – “But does not the scripture say, that He died for the sins of the whole world” etc. Such a question must be prayerfully answered, that not only the one asking the question but even others in whom that question may have risen may be taught and edified. As the Apostle said – “How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done UNTO EDIFYING”. [1Cor 14:6] Note, that the Apostle is not against everyone contributing in the Church what God has taught them, but that it should be done ‘unto EDIFYING’ and decently and in order!

The comments on our facebook posts and blogs should not be a ‘free for all’ platform for every heretic and reprobate to spew forth his (or her) venom! Such heretics are not asking sincere questions but are already established in their heresy. The Apostle warned his flock saying – “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]

My study of the Scriptures along with my experience has taught me that much of this ‘discussing the Scriptures’ is for the most part unprofitable and vain. The same Paul, concerning whom it is written – “And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures” [Acts 17:2], later wrote to Titus – “But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for THEY ARE UNPROFITABLE AND VAIN. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject” etc [Titus 3:10]

I guess all those years of arguing and trying to reason with the carnal Jews had taught Paul a much need lesson, i.e. “you cannot pour new wine into old bottles” [Mark 2:22]. And one of the cardinal laws in any kind of Gospel preaching is to “avoid the devoid”! i.e. those devoid of the Spirit!

As every child of God knows, that it takes ‘grace from above’ to receive what we hold and preach. And if we think that we can talk someone into these truths by either our eloquence or debating skills, we can be sure that someone more eloquent than us can talk them out of it. Only GOD can convince anyone of the truth of divine Predestination!

Dearly beloved I am saying all this because if you are going to post articles on Facebook you should be aware that there will be men and women who are ‘devoid of faith’ who will attack you by commenting things contrary to what you have posted.

PLEASE DO NOT GET INTO DEBATES WITH SUCH PEOPLE!

You will only be wasting your time! Just delete such comments and if the person persists on posting such comments just click on their name and go to their Timeline (their main Facebook page) and right on the top where you see their “header image” you will notice three dots. Just click on the dots and you will find an option to ‘Block’ that person. Just block them! I have lost count of how many such trouble makers I have personally ‘blocked’ in order to continue preaching the Truth.

Trust me I would block my own mother if she came against God’s Truth!

“And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 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 14:25,26]

TWO RELIGIONS

TWO RELIGIONS

by John G. Reisinger

There are basically only two religions in the world. One says, “IF YOU WILL do such and such, God will graciously bestow His blessing upon you.” The thousand and one varieties of this religion differ only on what the “such and such” is that you must be willing to do. One variety says bathe in a sacred river, another bids you kiss the sacred rock located in the holy city, still another says be baptized or some similar rite, and in distinctly evangelical circles this religion emphasizes, “IF YOU WILL OPEN YOUR HEART, THEN GOD . . .”

Notice carefully the three key words IF YOU WILL.
(1) God’s forgiveness is possible IF …..
(2) God’s forgiveness is possible if YOU…
(3) God’s forgiveness is possible if you WILL. . . .

The ultimate success or failure of this religion is determined solely by the will of man. Everything depends on an “if,” and on “you,” and on “your willingness” to do your part. Redemption is always CONDITIONAL since it depends on man’s cooperation for success. The great work of salvation is not actually accomplished until God can find someone who is willing to “cooperate with Him.” Our forefathers called this “if you will” system the “religion of works.” It was also called “Arminianism” and “semi-Pelagianism” since these were the men who originally caused division in the church by introducing this error of free will. Regardless of the name attached to it by friend or foe, the distinguishing marks are always the same — the IF, the YOU, and YOUR WILL are the decisive factors that make the plan of salvation work.

This religion offers a wonderful plan of salvation that is able to do mighty things if YOU WILL ONLY LET IT. The God of this free will religion can only desire and offer to save sinners. He is helpless to secure, by His own power, what He longs to do. The goal of redemption cannot be reached unless man, of his own free will, chooses to permit God to accomplish His purposes.

The false religion of free will, or works, is based upon several unbiblical doctrines. The most basic of these is THE UNIVERSAL AND INDISCRIMINATE REDEMPTIVE LOVE OF GOD. God is said to love all men in the same way and to the same degree. He loved Judas the same as Peter, Esau like Jacob, and the goats as much as the sheep. Since His love is universal then the greatest gift of His love, Jesus Christ His Son, must have been given to provide a universal atonement, meaning for every individual without exception, in His death. The objects of the Son’s atonement must be equal to the objects of the Father’s love, so both must include every man. If the Father loves all men equally, and the Son redeemed every man without exception, it follows that the Holy Spirit must convict every man or else the Trinity is not working together toward the same end in the task of redeeming lost men.

It should be amply clear that this religion of works, or free will, based on a universal love and universal atonement, makes God’s whole scheme of redemption depend on man for its success. God’s love will prevail IF MAN will let it. Christ’s atonement will actually redeem only IF MAN will let it. The Holy Spirit will apply redemption’s purchased benefits IF MAN will allow Him. No wonder C. H. Spurgeon, that great soul winner, called free will “utter nonsense,” and universal atonement a “monstrous doctrine akin to blasphemy.”

Now the second religion is the message of the Bible. It is the gospel of FREE GRACE. It does not look to God for the PROVISION and then turn to man for the POWER, but it boldly proclaims that the same sovereign grace that planned salvation for helpless sinners also furnishes them with the ability to desire and receive it. This second religion not only starts at a different place, it works on a different principle, and moves toward a different goal. In short, it is a totally different religion. The religion based on free will (Arminianism – If you will …), and that based of free grace (Calvinism — God makes us willing …) are two very distinct and opposite religions that differ on every theological point at which they meet.

Any individual who piously says, “It is really not important, it is merely a question of EMPHASIS,” is either deliberately dishonest or completely ignorant of Bible doctrine in church history. The Synod of Dort and the Council of Trent clarified forever the vital importance of the issue once and for all time. I challenge any man to read Dr. J. I. Packer’s introduction to the DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST by John Owen, and then talk about emphasis. Packer clearly shows that free will and free grace are totally different religions, and furthermore, that they are irreconcilable enemies.

WHO WEARS THE CROWN?

As you can see, the real battle ground is the nature of man, and the prize to be won is the Crown of Credit for making redemption’s plan actually work. Is free grace, given sovereignly by the Father, the decisive factor that causes the elect to believe in the first place, or is man’s will, exercised sovereignly by the individual, the decisive factor that causes God to choose these whom He “foresees” are willing to believe? Who wins the right to wear the crown of glory, God or man? And by what power was that right won — free will or free grace?

The basic difference between these two opposing religions can also be summed up by asking another question, a question vitally related to the first one. Instead of asking how any man can perish, and being told that, “the man would not do his part which was to simply believe,” we now ask, “Why are SOME men saved?” How is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit’s work able to succeed in some cases but not in others? The religion of free will humbly (?) answers that “MAN MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE BY BEING WILLING TO OPEN HIS HEART AND GIVE GOD A CHANCE!” It does not matter if we are speaking of those who perish or those who are saved, we always come back to that IF YOU WILL.

Actually, the gospel based on free will can never be more than a gospel of mere POSSIBILITY. It is a plan of redemption that cannot truly redeem by its own power, but can only effect real salvation when it finds someone who make themselves willing to do “their part.” It is not a question of whether a man must, or does, become willing before he can be saved, we all believe that, but WHO AND WHAT POWER makes the sinner willing? Does man, of himself, choose to become willing, or does God, by His sovereign power, make His elect willing “in the day of His power” (Ps. 110:3)? It seems both logical and judicially necessary to crown with glory the individual who made the plan of salvation actually work, and the free willer does not hesitate to reach for the crown and place it on the head of the sovereign and free will of man.

Some folks may feel we are laboring this point to an extreme, but actually this is the heart of the matter. Who really deserves all the glory for man’s salvation? It cannot be both God and man, nor can it be, as many would imply, half and half. Either God saves sinners by “making them willing in the day of His power,” or they save themselves by making themselves willing in the “day of their free will decision.”

Read the full sermon –
http://www.the-highway.com/2religions.html

LIKE THE WRITINGS OF A.W. PINK? VISIT OUR BLOG AND SUBSCRIBE TO READ SOME OF HIS STRONG MEAT – IT’S FREE AS ALWAYS

LIKE THE WRITINGS OF A.W. PINK? VISIT OUR BLOG AND SUBSCRIBE TO READ SOME OF HIS STRONG MEAT – IT’S FREE AS ALWAYS

Pink was born in Nottingham, England on April 1, 1886 and became a Christian in his early 20’s. Though born to Christian parents, prior to conversion he migrated into a Theosophical society (an occult gnostic group popular in England during that time), and quickly rose in prominence within their ranks. His conversion came from his father’s patient admonitions from Scripture. It was the verse, Proverbs 14:12, ‘there is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death,’ which particularly struck his heart and compelled him to renounce Theosophy and follow Jesus.

Desiring to grow in knowledge of the Bible, Pink immigrated to the United States to study at Moody Bible Institute. In 1916 he married Vera E. Russell, who was from Kentucky. However, he left after just two months for Colorado, then California, then Britain. From 1925 to 1928 he served in Australia, including as pastor of two congregations from 1926 to 1928, when he returned to England, and to the United States the following year. He eventually pastored churches Colorado, California, Kentucky and South Carolina.

In 1922 he started a monthly magazine entitled Studies in Scriptures which circulated among English-speaking Christians worldwide, though only to a relatively small circulation list of around 1,000.

In 1934 Pink returned to England, and within a few years turned his Christian service to writing books and pamphlets. Pink died in Stornoway, Scotland on July 15, 1952. The cause of death was anemia.

After Pink’s death, his works were republished by the Banner of Truth Trust and reached a much wider audience as a result. Biographer Iain Murray observes of Pink, “the widespread circulation of his writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.” His writing sparked a revival of expository preaching and focused readers’ hearts on biblical living.

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 have always had a burden to publish on the web the so called ‘controversial’ and ‘offensive’ things he said. So here it is!

The purpose of this site is not to present what is generally available on the Net by Arthur Walkington Pink. There are many websites which have made available the works of A.W.Pink and we praise God for them. But this is a site aimed at making available the strong meat and controversial things he said. We are in agreement with everything he said which is quoted here and we trust all God’s elect would agree!

I came to understand the Reformed Faith twenty four years ago. 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!

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