Daily Archives: April 22, 2014

The greatest evidence of salvation…

The greatest evidence of salvation…

Ask John Wesley – “What do you think the pre-regenerated person is like,” and he will answer in his sermon entitled “Original Sin” by saying (among other things)…

And having no knowledge, we can have no love of God: We cannot love him we know not.

Most men talk indeed of loving God, and perhaps imagine they do; at least, few will acknowledge they do not love him: But the fact is too plain to be denied.

No man loves God by nature, any more than he does a stone, or the earth he treads upon. What we love we delight in: But no man has naturally any delight in God. In our natural state we cannot conceive how any one should delight in him. We take no pleasure in him at all; he is utterly tasteless to us.

To love God! it is far above, out of our sight. We cannot, naturally, attain unto it.

We have by nature, not only no love, but no fear of God. It is allowed, indeed, that most men have, sooner or later, a kind of senseless, irrational fear, properly called superstition; though the blundering Epicureans gave it the name of religion. Yet even this is not natural, but acquired; chiefly by conversation or from example.

By nature “God is not in all our thoughts:” We leave him to manage his own affairs, to sit quietly, as we imagine, in heaven, and leave us on earth to manage ours; so that we have no more of the fear of God before our eyes, than of the love of God in our hearts.

Thus are all men “Atheists in the world.” But Atheism itself does not screen us from idolatry.

In his natural state, every man born into the world is a rank idolater. Perhaps, indeed, we may not be such in the vulgar sense of the word. We do not, like the idolatrous Heathens, worship molten or graven images. We do not bow down to the stock of a tree, to the work of our own hands. We do not pray to the angels or saints in heaven, any more than to the saints that are upon the earth.

But what then? We have set up our idols in our hearts; and to these we bow down and worship them: We worship ourselves, when we pay that honor to our selves, which is due to God only. Therefore all pride is idolatry; it is ascribing to our selves what is due to God alone.

And although pride was not made for man, yet where is the man that is born without it? But hereby we rob God of his unalienable right, and idolatrously usurp his glory. [1]

This insight from Wesley helps me when I think about what must happen in the unconverted heart once God’s Spirit regenerates us.

The greatest proof of my regeneration is… Love for God!

I can pause even now and ask – looking in the mirror – “Do you love God?”

Loving God will be how a regenerated person talks about God.

And a regenerated person will think of God often rather than going hours, days, weeks, months, or even years without a thought of God. That person will love God with the heart and with the mind.

And a regenerated person will take joy in the Lord – loving God with the soul (the emotions and the heart).

Where the fallen person does not love God, takes no thought of God, no joy in God, and exalts self as god in the world, the person born of God’s Spirit loves God with his/her whole self, and is primarily concerned with the glory of God above all things.

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Notes

[1] Wesley, J. (1872). The Works of John Wesley (Third Edition., Vol. 6, pp. 59–60). London: Wesleyan Methodist Book Room.

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Patriarchy is not the Problem

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My wife saw this article posted on Facebook. She sent me the link and asked my thoughts.

Patriarchy Has Got to Go

It may be helpful to provide a bit of background to the article so as to bring everyone up to speed.

VFAnyone who homeschools recognizes the name Doug Phillips.This is especially true if you are a Reformed homeschooling family.

Phillips founded a ministry called Vision Forum that published and sold Christian books and homeschool curriculum, as well as an array of really cool politically incorrect toys like Nerf swords, cap guns, bows and arrows, zip lines, and k-bar knives with compasses in the handle.

Somehow my wife and I got on their mailing list and at least twice a year we would receive their latest catalog. We both were amused by the catalog because along with the products Vision Forum sold, they seemed to romanticize the idea of…

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How can I know if I’m saved? 5 Key Principles – R.C. Sproul Jr.

 

There is no greater personal issue than our relationship with the living God. There are no greater stakes imaginable than the difference between eternal torment and eternal bliss. As such it is no wonder that so many struggle with issues of assurance of salvation. I cannot, of course cover the gamut of the issues in a brief piece, but can give some basic principles that I pray will help.

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What the ‘Day of Silence’ is Costing American Youth

Where are the hearts of the fathers as children are deceived?

“This is a test. This is only a test. Had this been a real child-endangering emergency, where children are taught to hate Christians, embrace sodomy and praise sexual anarchy, you would be alerted through the Emergency Broadcast System for Responsible Parents. Then you could act to save your kids!”

And of course, America’s conservative parents would do that…wouldn’t they?

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God’s Promises of Victory: The Rapture By Dr. Dave Reagan

Our first promise of victory is the Rapture of the Church. This is an event that is often confused with the Second Coming, but they are not the same. A careful study of the Scriptures reveals that the return of Jesus is going to be in two stages: first the Rapture, and then the Second Coming.

The fact that these two are separate events can easily be demonstrated.

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Ray Comfort’s Alternative ‘Noah’ Movie Gets 1 Million YouTube Views in 23 Days

Ray Comfort’s 30-minute Noah—And the Last Days, produced to coincide with Hollywood’s controversial Noah, reached 1 million YouTube views in 23 days, this week won a Telly Award and is being aired on 14 major TV networks.

Comfort says, “When I saw that Hollywood had originally listed their version as fantasy, I felt compelled to produce something that would show that the story of Noah is an historical fact, despite what the mockers believe. So we placed it for free viewing on [YouTube] and the reaction has been extremely positive.”

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Today Is Earth Day—So?

But at the root of all the false thinking associated with Earth Day—and environmentalism generally—is a fundamental error.

It’s the error of thinking of human beings more as consumers than as producers, more as exploiters than as stewards, more as animals than as the crown of creation, made in the image of God.

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Albert Mohler Blog: “God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge — A Response to Matthew Vines”

In his recent Blog Essay, “God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge — A Response to Matthew Vines,” Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. responds to Matthew Vines’s God and the Gay Christian — a new book that argues that “Christians who affirm the full authority of Scripture can also affirm committed, monogamous same-sex relationships.”

“Readers of his book who are looking for an off-ramp from the current cultural predicament will no doubt try to accept his argument. But the real question is whether what Vines claims is true and faithful to the Bible as the Word of God. But his argument is neither true nor faithful to Scripture. It is, nonetheless, a prototype of the kind of argument we can now expect.”

This essay also links to a new free e-book edited by Dr. Mohler with articles from faculty members of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce college. This e-book, God and the Gay Christian? A Response to Matthew Vines, addresses the biblical, theological, historical, and pastoral issues raised by Vines’s new book. To download a copy, go to sbts.me/ebook.

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Private interpretation and subjectivism

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (John 16:13-14 ESV)

Even though it is discounted by many today, the Protestant Reformation was a wonderful work by God in that the Gospel was freed from the captivity of the apostate Roman Catholic Church. Over the centuries the Gospel had become obscured as the Bishop of Rome was declared perfect with authority over Scripture. Any resistance to his authority was dealt with through excommunication followed by being burned at the stake. The Reformation not only recovered the Gospel and Justification by Faith, the Bible became available to the…

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