Fer God, Honor the King | Jeremiah Johnson

from Grace to You blog:

Tomorrow is Election Day in America, and I don’t know anyone who is looking forward to it. In fact, most people I talk to are aghast that it has come down to these two execrable characters, and that one of them will soon ascend to power.

Christians in particular are dismayed and distraught by the choices in front of us. Even down-ballot issues seem to have morality and personal freedoms in the crosshairs.

So as the church in America sees what little cultural influence it has fading fast, what should believers do? How do we make sense of a world—and in particular, a government—that appears to be overtly aligned against us?

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Success God’s way!

from my Facebook posts:

Want to see more folks in the pews?….want to see more productivity in your church ministry?….want to sense the satisfaction of God and know as a church you are in His will?…most importantly, want to see the Father draw more of the lost to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ?…PREACH THE WORD! No where does Scripture tell us to have better music, different schemes, more programs or more fellowships. Being friendly and enjoying visiting with our neighbors is fine, but it isnt the Gospel. The Word of God says that all the things we would like to experience in our lives as the church, will come about and can only come about, by the foolishness of PREACHING. Get the preaching right; get the Gospel right and the Father will draw to Himself whom He chooses.

Calvinism Fuels Missions | John Divito-Founders.org

from Founders.org

“Calvinism kills missions!” many say. After all, if God has already chosen some to save before the foundation of the world, while leaving others to be damned, then why should we bother preaching the gospel to the nations? The elect are going to be saved and none of the rest will be. But when we pause to take a closer look at Calvinism, we find that it does not kill missions—it is actually fuel for missions! Let us consider the well-known five points of Calvinism to see how they relate to missions.

Total Depravity—The Need for Missions

As Calvinists, we believe that “through Adam sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned (Rom. 5:12). So all of humanity is born as sinners; we are all born in rebellion against God. No one is righteous, no one understands, no one seeks after God (Rom. 3:10-11). We are totally depraved by nature, which does not mean that we are as thoroughly wicked as possible, but that our sinfulness affects all areas of life. No aspect of our lives is free from the corruption of sin.

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The True Humility of Biblical Convictions | Cameron Buettel

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from Grace to You

At some point, whether in an argument or a debate, you’ve probably been shut down with the popular, dismissive response, “That’s just your opinion.”

That abrupt statement has become a handy tool in recent years, as postmodernity has gained a foothold in our regular discourse. It’s sometimes deployed as an exit ramp from confrontations and other uncomfortable conversations. And while it can be an effective way to deflect unnecessary conflict, it’s most often used as an offensive weapon, not a shield.

And while that argumentative tactic doesn’t work in every setting—criminals would be wise to avoid it with judges—it has a growing and problematic presence in the realm of theology.

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Top Five Books on the Five Solas: Sola Gratia | Keith Mathison

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from Ligonier Ministries

In the early fifth century, a theological controversy occurred that would forever shape the thinking of the church. In his Confessions, Augustine of Hippo wrote in the form of a prayer the words, “Give what Thou commandest and command what Thou will.” The British monk Pelagius was upset by these words, believing that they would give Christians an excuse for not obeying God. Pelagius believed that if God commanded something, man was naturally (apart from grace) able to do it. He believed that this was possible because he also believed that Adam’s sin had only affected Adam. All human beings are born in the same state in which Adam was born, capable of either obeying God or disobeying Him. If they obey, their good works merit salvation. If not, they deserve God’s punishment.

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