Daily Archives: July 14, 2016

Are You Questioning Your Salvation?

Mountain climbing is one of the most dangerous things a person can do.

Yet, each year thousands of thrill-seekers attempt to scale the largest mountains in the world for a few precious minutes at the summit. Climbers face many obstacles for their 15 minutes of fame, from altitude sickness to avalanches to snow storms. When things go bad on an 8000-meter mountain, rescue isn’t a given, it is a miracle.

The highest-ever rescue took place on Nepal’s 26,545-foot Annapurna, the world’s tenth-highest peak. During the climbing season of 2010, three Spanish climbers were stranded at 22,900 feet due to a fierce snowstorm. Enter courageous and resourceful Swiss pilot, Capt. Daniel Aufdenblatten, who had no place to land on the mountainous terrain. With resourceful thinking, and an assist from his co-pilot, they dropped a long line and carefully extracted each climber off the mountain.

This act of bravery was a rescue against all odds.

God is also in the rescue business and, just like the heroic helicopter pilot, he miraculously saves sinners. My life has been transformed through the power of the gospel, and I now live to glorify, worship, and serve God. However, in my 13-plus years of walking with the Lord I have experienced the mountain tops where the view is glorious and the deep, dark valleys where sadness, confusion, and frustration were my constant companions. I have wandered through endless deserts for weeks on end, wondering why I hadn’t found the oasis.

During those challenging days I wondered whether I was saved. All of this brought me to the question: How does a person know they are saved?

The Object of Our Salvation

God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son, Jesus Christ. 1 John 5:11-13 states:

And this is the testimony; that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.

This was written by John, one of the 12 apostles, to believers who needed assurance that their salvation was real. Charles Spurgeon once said,

Saving faith is an immediate relation to Christ, accepting, receiving, resting upon Him alone, for justification, sanctification, and eternal life by virtue of God’s grace.

So assurance of our salvation starts with the Object of our salvation: Jesus Christ. Whoever has the Son has life, John says. He writes these things to Christians “who believe in the name of the ­Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.”

The Fruit of our Salvation

As believers, many of us have prayed some sort of “Sinner’s Prayer,” inviting Christ to be Lord and Savior of our souls. Most of us have a salvation story that details who we were before Christ, how we met Christ, and how Christ has changed and is changing us. Our testimonies, which range from the simplistic to the dramatic, are a way for us to witness to others who do not have hope in Jesus Christ, while remembering what he has done for our souls.

While our testimonies are important, they do not tell the whole story, especially when we question if we are truly saved. Our assurance of salvation must rest on the Object of our salvation, and this assurance will show itself through the bearing of spiritual fruit. A saved person bears fruit for the Lord.

In 1 John, we see several fruits of our salvation that a saved person will yield if they truly have the Son.

We will love God (1 John 2:5).

There are many ways to love God, but perhaps none is greater than to glorify him whenever we can through our words, thoughts, and actions.

We will love one another (1 John 3:1-24).

As soon as we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become children of God. We join an ever-growing family of true believers who love and care for their siblings. Therefore, we should demonstrate love and affection toward the body of Christ, his church, whenever possible. This is a way that we show our love for God.

We will desire to keep his commandments (1 John 5:2).

Because we love God, we will want to keep his commandments. Our posture should be reverence and humility, that what God commands, we will strive to obey because we love him.

We will overcome the world by our faith in Christ (1 John 5:4).

We live in the world, but we are not of the world. Our faith in Christ and his finished work will be on full display for all to see as we wrestle with worldly things and triumph over the darkness.

We will abide in him (1 John 2:28).

To abide in him means that we persevere in the faith, clinging to its Object all the way.

We will practice righteousness (1 John 2:29).

As believers, we will pursue a holy and righteous life through abstaining from sin and participating in repentance. Our goal should be to live a righteous life by displaying the Lord’s righteous nature, which is proof that he lives in us by his Spirit and is changing us.

The Outcome of our Salvation

Are you questioning your salvation? It is sometimes challenging to know if we have eternal life with Jesus because we sin, we are weak, and we change. So we wonder if God will be angry enough that he will rescind his free grace and the gracious gift of heaven.

But Jesus Christ never changes. What we must realize is that God’s love is unconditional, and the Object of our assurance is immovable. What God has started, he will complete! David Jeremiah says, “Saving us is the greatest and most concrete demonstration of God’s love, the definitive display of His grace throughout time and eternity.”

God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the one who miraculously saves, and he is the one who bears fruit in us. He is our assurance!

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John MacArthur: The Two Greatest Acts of Terror in the U.S. Were Not Done By Muslims

In this bold and controversial sermon clip, Pastor John MacArthur calls out a greater terrorism than Muslim extremists—our own U.S. Supreme Court.

What are the acts of terror perpetrated by the U.S. Supreme Court according to MacArthur?

1. The legalization of abortion.

Since then, millions of babies have been slaughtered inside their mothers’ wombs. “The blood of those lives cries out from the ground for divine vengeance on this nation,” MacArthur says.

2. The legalization of same-sex marriage.

First came the destruction of motherhood and now the very family itself, MacArthur states. No bomb, no explosion, no attack and no assault on people physically can come anywhere near that kind of terrorism. “Our country is being terrorized by the people most responsible to protect it,” MacArthur says.

Do you agree with MacArthur? Are these two decisions by the Supreme Court more devastating than any other act of terror?

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Together 2016 – A Mega Ecumenical Gathering

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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It seems that the apostasy within the Church has led up to a gathering of deceived individuals, scheduled to meet on Saturday, July 16th, on the Mall in Washington, D.C.  They are calling the themselves  ‘Together 2016.’

Many churches have been “returning to Rome.”  I have written quite a few articles on this.  I am convinced that the people involved in this movement do not have the Holy Spirit living within them. I come to this conclusion mainly from reading this passage of Scripture:

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:24)   (Emphasis mine)

Do you see that, brethren?  IF IT WERE POSSIBLE.  This Scripture shows us that the Elect – those who truly belong to Christ, cannot be deceived!

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Answering Objections about the Problem of Evil and Suffering, Part 2

Apologetics for the Church

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The Problem Stated

Those who see an irreconcilable conflict between an all-powerful, all-loving God and evil and suffering in the world do so with several arguments. Some ask the thought-provoking question, “Couldn’t God have made a world in which evil and suffering don’t exist?” This is a troubling question, because the answer is certainly, “Yes.” As we will see later, this doesn’t mean that God is unjust, but this question does have a strong emotional impact.

Others argue, “I would never hurt my children needlessly, so why does God? If God is not even better than me, why should I worship him?” This is an argument by analogy. By comparing human parenting to the Creator God’s relation to the world, these people use a well-known experience to a deeply spiritual and philosophical problem. Certainly, a parent-child relationship ought to be marked by gentleness, kindness, and protection from harm. If God…

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How to avoid letting false teachers mislead you

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

17 Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. 18 For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. 19 For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. (Romans 16:17-19 NASB)

The visible church is overrun with false teachers and their doctrines. There is a mindset in the Church right now that is actually part of the problem in that it ostracizes and attempts to isolate and silence those who, in their obedience to the discernment God has given them, reveal the truth…

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Putin crosses a line — bans Russians from preaching the Gospel outside churches. Here’s the latest.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has just crossed a very dangerous line. He has just signed a law making it illegal for Russian followers of Jesus Christ to share or preach the Gospel anywhere outside the walls of their church, or even email their family and friends to invite them to church. What’s more, he has done so under the guise of preventing “terrorism.”

As I have been warning for a decade (see here, here, hereand in my 2006 book, Epicenter), Putin — who is fashioning himself as a rising Czar — is an increasingly dangerous despot. He continues to centralize government power and control to himself. He is trampling over human rights, the media, and NGOs. He is rebuilding the Russian military. He has invaded neighboring Georgia and Ukraine. He is arming and building alliances with Radical Islamic countries, particularly Iran.

Now, Putin is positioning himself as an enemy of Christ and His Church. If he doesn’t not…

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Ascribe to the Lord the Glory Due His Name

Unfathomable Grace

What most interests God?

The answer is God’s glory. Angels and cherubim have been created by him to consistently give him praise. He has constructed the universe so that the heavens and earth shout forth his glory. He has created men and women in his image and likeness with this purpose in mind. Everything that has been, is, or will be is for his glory. Max Lucado writes, “God’s staff meetings, if he had them, would revolve around one question: ‘How can we reveal my glory today?’ God’s to-do list consists of one item: ‘Reveal my glory.’ Heaven’s framed and mounted purpose statement hangs in the angels’ break room just above the angel food cake. It reads: ‘Declare God’s glory.’ (Isaiah 6; Psalm 19; Psalm 8:5)

What most interests the enemies of God?

The answer is not God’s glory, but their own. Lucifer leads the way, and 100% of men and women follow. All are born self-centered, and as they advance in years they…

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Perry Noble’s Problems Are Just Beginning: An Analysis


Titus 1:7  “As God’s steward, an overseer must be above reproach–not self-absorbed, not quick tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not greedy for money.”

Matthew Henry says the character and qualification of pastors, here called elders and bishops, agree with what the apostle wrote to Timothy. Being such bishops and overseers of the flock, to be examples to them, and God’s stewards to take care of the affairs of his household, there is great reason that they should be blameless. What they are not to be, is plainly shown, as well as what they are to be, as servants of Christ, and able ministers of the letter and practice of the gospel. And here are described the spirit and practice becoming such as should be examples of good works.

In response to the latest scandal impacting on the Christian community today, ‘The Wartburg Watch’ has addressed the…

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Answering Objections about the Problem of Evil and Suffering

Apologetics for the Church

Losing_faithOne of the most difficult objections to the Christian faith to answer is the question of how there can be a good, loving, powerful God when there is so much evil and suffering in the world. The challenge with this objection is that unbelievers borrow Christian views of the brokenness of the world and deep, human depravity, while simultaneously rejecting the God who tells us how those things came to be and acted so that these two things would be overcome. The sense of justice and desire for mercy and restoration that so many unbelievers long for shows that intuitively we know the world is not as it should be. Only Christianity can provide an answer for these deep questions that keep so many from believing.

In Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel, The Brothers Karamazov, Ivan is asking his brother Alyosha how he can believe in a good God when he has…

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