Category Archives: The Expositor

Why Witches, Occultists and Satanists Celebrate Halloween and Why You Should Not | MICHAEL SNYDER

from Charisma News

On Oct. 31, most people will simply ignore the dark side of Halloween.

The vast majority of the population will dress up in costumes, go to parties and eat candy without ever even considering where the holiday came from or what certain people are doing behind closed doors.

But the truth is that Halloween night is one of the biggest nights of the year for witches, occultists and Satanists.

All over America, those who are deep into the dark arts will contact the dead, cast spells and conduct blood sacrifices. As you will see below, there is a reason why animal shelters across the country ban the adoption of black cats this time of the year.

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Are Christians in Sexual Sin Really Saved? | Steve Gallagher

from Pure Life Ministries

Perhaps this is why Martyn Lloyd-Jones, one of the great Reformed teachers of the 20th Century, asked what he considered to be the clarifying question: “The greatest desire of the true Christian is to draw nearer to God. Can you say, honestly, that the greatest thing you desire at this moment is to know God better, and to realize His presence? If you can, you are a Christian. If you cannot, you had better examine the foundations again; for when a man is in Christ he has a new nature, and this new nature cries out for God.”

Is a man bound by habitual sexual sin truly saved? If a person has truly been regenerated, sin will not hold him. It will only be a matter of time before his old habits of sin are gone and he is enjoying the liberty of Christ. If he has not been converted, though he possesses a form of godliness, it is unlikely that he will find freedom from sin’s malignant power. Ultimately, I suppose “The proof is in the pudding.”

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This would probably describe me as well (not that Im in the same league as MacArthur).

“MacArthur calls himself a “leaky dispensationalist”–meaning he rejects any and all “dispensational” soteriological innovations, holding to classic Reformed (i.e., Protestant, not “covenantal”) soteriology. MacArthur’s “dispensationalism” is eschatological and ecclesiological only. And given the fact that soteriology is central to our whole understanding of Christianity, whereas eschatology and ecclesiology deal primarily with secondary doctrines, it would be my assessment that MacArthur has far less in common with Ryrie than he would have with anyone who believes 1) that God’s grace is efficacious for regeneration and sanctification as well as for justification, and 2) that God graciously guarantees the perseverance of all true believers.” – Phil Johnson

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In the Last Days….

2 Timothy 3:3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

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JD Greear Criticizes the Way Churches Treat Depressed Christians; Explains What Believers Need

from ChristianPost.com

Megachurch Pastor J.D. Greear has criticized the positivity-only way some churches handle depressed Christians, explaining that believers need to know God is with them through their pain.

“Sometimes, I think we can be too quick with our answers in church: ‘Are you feeling sad? Life got you down? Well, that can’t be from God! Just pop on some K-love, ’cause everything in the Christian life should be positive and encouraging all the time,'” Greear wrote on his website Monday.

“But when you are experiencing depression, you don’t need a quick encouragement. You need a God who walks through pain with you,” he added.

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