Daily Archives: June 9, 2018

Justitification and original sin

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. Romans 5:12-14 (NASB) 

I am a Monergist, that is, I firmly believe that our salvation is God’s work from beginning to end, totally undeserved by all. There is not one person derserves it nor can they do anthing to earn it because of the fall of man from Gensis 3, therefore, it is a gracious gift from God and, these things being Biblically true, those who hold to them…

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June 9: When God Doesn’t Act

2 Chronicles 21:1–23:21; 1 John 1:1–4; Psalm 102:1–28

“When Jehoram ascended to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself and murdered all his brothers with the sword, and even some of the princes of Israel.… And he did evil in the sight of Yahweh. But Yahweh was not willing to destroy the house of David on account of the covenant that he had made with David and since he had promised to give a lamp to him and to his descendants forever” (2 Chr 21:4, 6–7).

Biblical stories like this teach us not only about God’s actions, but also about His decisions not to act. It must have been difficult for those suffering under Jehoram’s ruthless reign to understand why God would allow him to stay in power over them, His people. Yet God knew there was something even larger at stake: long-term, righteous reign over His people—and salvation itself. The people’s suffering could not outweigh the importance of preserving the line of David, which held the hope of God’s people. Salvation comes through David’s line, as Jesus, the great Savior of the world, is David’s heir (Matt 1:1).

Eventually, John the evangelist was able to testify, “What was from the beginning [and thus existed even during the times of suffering we endured], what we have heard [being all that has been promised], what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and our hands have touched [because John actually knew Jesus and met Him in His resurrected form], concerning the word of life [being Jesus—God as both His Word and as His personhood].… [Now] our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:1, 3). John saw the day when God would ultimately lift the suffering of His people and place it on His Son so that His Son could die as the ultimate sufferer for us (compare Isa 53:10–12; Psa 22).

God does not cause suffering, but there are moments when—as much as it hurts Him—He allows it. If He has a saving act at work among us in the midst of these moments, they’re worth it. God will always make good on His promises, and He will always far exceed our expectations.

What do you think can be accomplished through your current sufferings? Is there a hurting person in your life you could come alongside to offer them the hope of Christ?

John D. Barry[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

June 9 Avoiding Spiritual Delusion

“Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves” (James 1:22).

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It’s a delusion to think you can hear God’s Word, then disobey it without cost.

Matthew 7:21–23 records the tragic results of spiritual delusion. Jesus says, “Not every one who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father, who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’”

Jesus made a clear distinction between those who merely claim to be Christians and those who truly are. The difference is, true believers do the will of the Father. In the words of James, they are doers of the Word, not merely hearers who delude themselves.

“Hearers” in James 1:22 translates a Greek word that speaks of auditing a class. Auditing students attend class and listen to the instructor but don’t do any work. Consequently, they don’t receive credit for the course. The phrase “delude themselves” speaks of being victimized by one’s own faulty reasoning.

People who listen to God’s Word but never obey it are spiritual auditors who delude themselves by thinking that hearing the Word is all God requires of them. Unfortunately, many churches are full of such people. They attend services and hear the sermons, but their lives never seem to change. They’re content to hear the Word but never apply it. Like those whom Jesus condemned in Matthew 7, they’ve chosen religious activities over true faith in Christ.

How tragic to think you’re saved, only to hear, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matt. 7:23). That will never happen if you’re a doer of the Word.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Take advantage of every opportunity to respond to the Word in specific ways. Ask God for His grace to keep you faithful to that goal.

For Further Study: Read Matthew 7:13–29. ✧ How did Jesus describe false prophets? ✧ How can you discern a false from a true prophet? ✧ To what did Jesus liken those who hear His words and act on them? Why?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 173). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Christian feminism coming home to roost: Retrospective from 6 years ago

The End Time

Today in evangelical circles we are dealing with an unthinkable situation: serious discussions of the possibility of a female President of the Southern Baptist Convention, and it’s Beth Moore of all people. I don’t think it will actually happen, but the trail has been blazed. The tweets have been sent. News articles have been written. The discussions have been significant. The possibility has been raised and not rejected. Next time the discussions will go further. That is the nature of sin.

We are reading news articles like this:
The Case for Electing Beth Moore President of the SBC

and seeing tweets like this:

russell moore

And we wonder, how did we get here? Slowly, incrementally, just as all sin happens. Sin has been tolerated, and once the camel has his nose under the tent, soon he enters fully.

Back in 2012 I wrote about how this creeping feminism would affect and harm…

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George Soros is Now Whining: “Everything That Could Go Wrong – Has Gone Wrong”

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Though the years, I have written numerous articles about George Soros.  I have called him the most evil man on our planet.

In a mini tantrum, Soros is now whining and saying these words:

“What Could go wrong, has gone wrong.”  Are we to believe him? Or is it a ploy to catch us off balance?   I’m not quite sure.

Soros’s dream of the One World Government coming to fruition in his lifetime was interrupted  by the election of Donald Trump.  Soros counted on a Hillary victory.

I will place my articles about this man for those who have not read them:

George Soros: The EU Must Regulate the Social Media to Crush Populism

ISIS, Antifa, George Soros and Hitler

George Soros, A College Student, A College Professor and Political Correctness Gone Wild

The People of Europe Rise up Against George Soros

The Beginning of the End for George…

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Democratic Party Accused of Illegally Funneling Millions of Dollars to Clinton Campaign

State parties may or may not have had a role in the plan – because all the transfers were made by the Clinton campaign or DNC.

Up to 40 state Democratic Party operations may have colluded with the Clinton campaign in the most recent presidential election to attempt an end run around campaign finance laws, according to a new lawsuit. As a result, up to $84 million may have been funneled to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign,

— Read on www.westernjournal.com/funneling-millions-clinton-campaign/amp/

JUNE 9 WHY SETTLE DOWN?

That ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Ephesians 3:19

Why should a Christian “settle down” as soon as he has come to know the Lord?

I blame faulty exposition of the New Testament for stopping many Christians dead in their tracks, causing them to shrug off any suggestion that there is still spiritual advance and progress beckoning them on.

It is the position of some would-be teachers that everyone who comes into the kingdom of God by faith immediately obtains all there is of God’s spiritual provision.

I believe that such a teaching is as deadly as cyanide to the individual Christian life. It kills all hope of spiritual advance and causes many believers to adopt what I call “the creed of contentment.”

I am sure you agree with me that there is always real joy in the heart of the person who has become a child of God. Sound teaching of the Word will then hold out the goal of moving forward, emulating the Apostle Paul’s desire to become a special kind of Christian!

Lord, there are several areas in my spiritual life in which I would like to move forward. Guide me in this process through Your Word and through Your Church.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 06/09/2018

Convicted Felon and Admitted Pedophile Running for Congress Wants to Legalize Incest   Jun 05, 2018 08:12 am
CATLETT, Va. (WUSA9) — A Northern Virginia candidate running for Congress has some shocking, and dangerous views about children and women. Nathan Larson, an accountant who lives in Fauquier County, thinks it’s okay for adults to have sex with children. He is running as an Independent for Virginia’s 10 Congressional District. And he wants to make it…

Teacher Fighting for Job After Refusing District’s Demands to Call Students by ‘Transgender’ Names   Jun 06, 2018 01:27 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (USA Today) — A teacher is fighting for his job after he says the district forced him to resign over its so-called transgender student policy. John Kluge, the former orchestra teacher at Brownsburg High School in Indiana, said the school district’s requirement that teachers call transgender students by their preferred names, rather than those given…

Supreme Court Rules for Colorado Baker Who Refused to Make Same-Sex Wedding Cake   Jun 04, 2018 11:32 am

WASHINGTON — While not completely solving the issue at large, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who was at the center of a case involving his right to decline to decorate cakes for events such as same-sex celebrations when doing so would violate his religious convictions, finding that he was wrongfully subjected to hostility by…

Supreme Court Throws Out Immigrant Teen Abortion Ruling as Moot as Baby No Longer Alive   Jun 04, 2018 01:27 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling that let a pregnant illegal immigrant minor held in federal immigration custody to obtain an abortion last year at age 17 over the objections of President Donald Trump’s administration. The action by the justices provided a legal victory to Trump’s administration even…

Appeals Court Rejects Atheist’s Attempt to Remove ‘In God We Trust’ From American Currency   Jun 04, 2018 10:55 am

CINCINNATI, Ohio — A federal appeals court has rejected an atheist’s continued attempts to have the motto “In God We Trust” removed from American currency, concluding that the printed phrase is not compelled speech and agreeing with a lower court ruling that the complainants in the case have ample alternatives to cash if the motto bothers them that…

Pew Research Shows Most Nominal ‘Christians’ in Western Europe Do Not Practice Their Profession   Jun 04, 2018 07:54 am

(Evangelical Focus) — Most self-identified Christians in Western Europe do not practice their profession. This is one of the main conclusions of the newest Pew Research report on religion entitled “Being Christian in Western Europe.” According to the research conducted in 15 European countries, about 18% of the population are church-attending Christians. 46%…

Ministry Sends Shipping Container of Bibles, Books to Zambia, Belize   Jun 04, 2018 09:40 am

Photo Credit: Mission Cry (Mission News Network) — Mission Cry just sent one shipping container to Belize and another to Zambia. But what makes these massive crates so special? “Those are filled with about a half million dollars worth of used Bibles and Christian books ranging anywhere from Bibles to seminary books by Christian authors for Christian…

RenewAmerica Newsletter for 06/08/2018

June 7, 2018
WES VERNON — In this century, as our nation appears on the verge of a (mostly so far) non-shooting civil war brought about by cultural battles and an attempt to overthrow a sitting president, Americans wonder: How did we get into this mess? It’s axiomatic that one of the best ways to find one’s way out of a bad predicament is to understand how we got there in the first place. Herewith comes an information-loaded analysis titled Betrayal At Bethesda…. (more)

June 6, 2018
SIENA HOEFLING — It was a decision that tossed a crumb to religious liberty with one hand, while it took the whole cake away with the other. The “cake-baker case,” properly called Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, convinced conservatives they had won a battle in the culture war…. (more)

June 6, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — I must respectfully disagree with the editors regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop. Professor Steve Vladek is right: The decision is “remarkably narrow.” One cannot help but be struck by the majority’s reticence from the outset: “Whatever the outcome of some future controversy involving facts similar to these, the Commission’s actions here violated the Free Exercise Clause.” Mind you, this is from the pen of Anthony Kennedy, a judicial supremacist who ordinarily interrupts his liberty bender only to scold the People – – formerly known as the sovereign – – to pipe down and quit grousing once the Robed Nine have spoken…. (more)

June 6, 2018

NEWSMAX — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators are reportedly asking witnesses to turn over their personal phones so agents can examine private conversations on messaging programs like WhatsApp, Confide, Signal, and Dust. Fearing a subpoena, the witnesses have complied with the request, CNBC reported, citing unnamed sources…. (more)


June 6, 2018
NEWSMAX — White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow predicts that the U.S. economy, the fastest growing among industrialized nations, is on the path to even greater prosperity under President Donald Trump. “The United States now has the fastest growing economy in the world, according to the OECD, or at least the fasting growing economy among the industrialized nations,” Kudlow told reporters at a White House press conference…. (more)

June 6, 2018
And Congress says? ‘No. Nothing. No response. That’s what’s stunning’
GREG COROMBOS — Social Security and Medicare are on the path to insolvency sooner than previously thought, and Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., is frustrated that Congress won’t act to stave off fiscal disaster when the solution seems obvious to him…. (more)

June 6, 2018

NATIONAL REVIEW — The Obama administration helped Iran utilize sanctioned oil revenue stranded in a foreign bank account in 2016 while actively misleading Congress about the cooperation, according to the results of a Republican led Senate investigation released Wednesday night…. (more)


June 6, 2018
NEWSMAX — New York billionaire George Soros and other wealthy donors appeared to come up short in California’s primary races Tuesday, as voters appeared to reject liberal candidates they backed in three local races for district attorney…. (more)

June 6, 2018
Town would have no problem with a library or museum
WORLDNETDAILY — A city has banned a Christian church and now is facing a court fight over its decisions. The action was filed this week by the Alliance Defending Freedom over the action by the city of Monroe, North Carolina, to not allow a church to have worship services at its newly rented and renovated building. That’s even though another church had been in that space previously…. (more)

June 6, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Watchdog groups say the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in China is at its most intense since the Cultural Revolution, as churches are shuttered, Bibles confiscated and believers arrested at rates not seen in decades…. (more)

June 6, 2018

NEWSMAX — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., suited up and returned to the baseball field – – a year after he was seriously wounded while practicing for a congressional charity baseball game, CBS News is reporting…. (more)


June 6, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Thursday marks the beginning of a pivotal 72 hours in the nation’s capital for the Faith & Freedom Coalition, the 1.8 million-member grass-roots nonprofit that will stage its annual “Road to Majority” gathering. The three-day event features a startling number of lawmakers and power players, including coalition chairman Ralph Reed and Vice President Mike Pence – – the keynote speaker for a Saturday night “Patriot’s Gala” at a historic hotel north of the White House…. (more)

June 6, 2018

CNBC — Facebook has data-sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese electronics companies, including a manufacturing giant that has a close relationship with China’s government, the social media company said on Tuesday…. (more)


June 5, 2018

NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Tuesday announced a new website, titled “Promises Kept,” where voters can log on and see “each and every promise” the president has made in his tenure so far…. (more)


June 5, 2018

NEWSMAX — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is seeking immunity from the Senate Judiciary Committee for his upcoming testimony on the Hillary Clinton email probe, CNN reported Tuesday…. (more)


June 5, 2018

NEWSMAX — A shocking new book has torn away the curtain from the secret, subversive “Deep State” and exposed the plotting and tactics of those trying to destroy the Trump Presidency. “The Plot to Destroy Trump: How the Deep State Fabricated the Russian Dossier to Subvert the President,” written by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, CEO of The Roosevelt Group, with a forward by leading Republican political consultant Roger Stone, is a hard-hitting book that rips the lid off of how the Deep State tried to use a phony dossier to spy on Donald Trump’s campaign, smear him and block his election…. (more)


June 5, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Veteran Democrat political operative Patrick Caddell finds the idea that the FBI had informants and electronic surveillance operating within the Trump campaign is “incredible and unheard of and frightening.” He also said the actions of the Justice Department would have been noted int he articles of impeachment if they had occurred under Richard Nixon…. (more)

June 5, 2018

WASHINGTON TIMES — The Trump campaign unveiled Tuesday night an online platform to chronicle President Trump’s accomplishments and “counter the errors” of the mainstream media. Campaign manager Brad Parscale said the web site, PromisesKept.com, will serve to tell a different story from the mainstream media “which distort, underreport, and lie about the president’s remarkable record since taking office.”… (more)


June 5, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — MSNBC host Chris Matthews said on Tuesday’s Morning Joe that the Democratic party’s level of elitism is “outrageous.” “There’s too many elitists. There is so much elitism in the Democrat party, it’s so outrageous,” Matthews said. “Too many galas. People are tired of it.”… (more)

June 5, 2018
PHILIP KLEIN — The U.S. is now closer to the insolvency of the Social Security than to the attacks of Sept. 11. Trustees for the retirement and disability program revealed on Tuesday that Social Security will no longer be able to meet its obligations to beneficiaries starting in in 2034, or 16 years from now – – which is less time than has elapsed since terrorists slammed airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001…. (more)

June 4, 2018
ALAN KEYES — In an article last week, I lament the ongoing elitist faction assault on the presidency. To write it, I revisited, as I often do, good arguments from America’s founding generation. Its leading lights often proved to be deeply thoughtful individuals. This thoughtfulness showed itself in a reliable “reverence for the laws…inculcated by the voice of enlightened reason” (James Madison, Federalist 49)…. (more)

June 4, 2018

NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE — Disability rights activist Karen Gaffney has swum the English Channel, holds an honorary doctorate, and is a nationally acclaimed speaker. In short, Karen, who has Down syndrome, has an amazing list of accomplishments on her resume…. (more)


June 4, 2018

THE HILL — A Democratic congressman hammered Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, following a report that the company is sharing large amounts of its users’ data with other companies. “Sure looks like Zuckerberg lied to Congress about whether users have ‘complete control’ over who sees our data on Facebook,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) tweeted on Sunday…. (more)


June 4, 2018
In 7-2 decision, Supremes scold Colorado for hostility to ‘deep and sincere religious beliefs’

BOB UNRUH — The U.S. Supreme Court Monday ruled in favor of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to lend his artistry to a wedding cake for a same-sex duo, scolding state officials for violating the U.S. Constitution by showing hostility to religion…. (more)


June 4, 2018
EDITORS OF NATIONAL REVIEW — The word of the day, according to the media, is “narrow.” Describing the Supreme Court’s 7–2 holding that the state of Colorado violated baker Jack Phillips’s right to free exercise of religion by ruling that he violated the state’s public-accommodation law when he refused to bake a custom cake for a gay wedding, the New York Times said that the majority “relied on narrow grounds.” CNN legal analyst Steve Vladeck called the decision “remarkably narrow.” NPR’s Nina Totenberg wrote a story headlined “In Narrow Decision, Supreme Court Decides In Favor Of Baker Over Same-Sex Couple.”… (more)

Bombshell report reveals Iran finally admits to facilitating 9/11 terror attacks. Here’s how.

For the first time in public history, Iranian officials admit to facilitating the 9/11 terrorist attacks by aiding Al Qaeda operatives traveling to the United States to carry out the attacks.

What are the details?

Mohammad-Javad Larijani, an international affairs assistant in the Iran’s judiciary, admitted in an interview broadcasted on Iranian state TV on May 30 that Iranian intelligence officials facilitated the terrorists’ travel to the U.S.

“Our government agreed not to stamp the passports of some of them because they were on transit flights for two hours, and they were resuming their flights without having their passports stamped. However their movements were under the complete supervision of the Iranian intelligence,” Larijani said, according to Al Arabiya.

Larijani added “that al-Qaeda members were in permanent contact with Iran’s intelligence ministry and that they used Iran in their flights to Afghanistan and other countries,” Al Arabiya reported.

Iranian officials did not stamp terrorists’ passports, Larijani said, in order to obscure the terrorists’ movements and confuse opposing foreign governments, like Saudi Arabia, which Larijani said would have prosecuted the terrorists for having an Iranian stamp in their passport book.

As the Washington Free Beacon noted, the U.S. government has yet to comment on the admission, but did post about Larijani’s comments in a tweet on the State Department’s Arabic-only Twitter.

A federal judge ordered Iran to pay billions of dollars to families of 9/11 victims last month after determining the Iranian government, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran are partially culpable for the attacks.

Source: Bombshell report reveals Iran finally admits to facilitating 9/11 terror attacks. Here’s how.

Weekend Snapshot — Top Stories This Week for 06/09/2018

Supreme Court Sides With Religious Liberty

The baker who refused to bake a customized cake for a same-sex wedding couple is vindicated.

Crying ‘Wolf’ on Entitlements?

Social Security and Medicare really are in big trouble, but most Americans just don’t care.

Illegal Immigration Is a Major Crime Problem

A new DOJ report reveals that one out of five individuals in federal prisons is an illegal alien.

Bill Clinton Defends Himself Against #MeToo

He insisted it was right not to resign because he was defending the Constitution.

How the Obama EPA Fudged Regulatory Evaluation

Estimating “social costs” and “social benefits,” the EPA put a big price tag on doing nothing.

Pelosi and the ‘Soaring Costs’ of Democrat Policy

Not a single Democrat voted for the Republican tax cuts, which they continue to deride.

Many Factors Drive the Rise in Homeschooling

The long list includes mass shootings, sexual indoctrination, and poor academic performance.

What’s Up With College Dropouts?

In 2016, more than 40% of students who started a four-year program in 2010 had not completed it.

Student Loan Debt Soars

The debt college graduates carry is now higher than Americans’ credit card debt.

Obama’s Iran Lie Was Even Bigger

His ultimate legacy goal was to see Iran empowered in the Middle East.

Planned Parenthood Profits Off of Child Sexual Abuse

A new report indicates the abortion giant is ignoring reporting requirements for some rapes.

Legal Plunder as Law Enforcement

Tell that to the American citizen stripped of $58k seven months ago with no crime.

Quote Of The Week

“The problem with discourse in our society is not that it is hostile or partisan or divisive. The problem is that it is so fantastically stupid. Willful, gleeful stupidity is the primary thing preventing us from having any kind of fruitful dialogue.” —Matt Walsh

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Tips on How to Silence Your Dog or a Person –

“Silence a Dog” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

All of these methods have been used on me, and all of these methods are being used today to silence people.

Don’t be silent! Speak out on behalf of yourself as well as others.
— Read on nakedpastor.com/2018/06/tips-on-how-to-silence-your-dog-or-a-person/

June 9, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Principles for Powerful Living (16:13–14)

Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. (16:13–14)

The greater part of 1 Corinthians is in the form of rebuke and correction. The first fourteen chapters deal primarily with errant behavior, and chapter 15 deals with errant theology. Even chapter 13, the beautiful treatise on love, was given to correct the lovelessness that so characterized the Corinthian church. But the rebuke and correction were themselves given out of deep love. Paul was steeped in the love of God, and his rebuke, like the Lord’s own rebuke of His children, was always given in love. “Those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives” (Heb. 12:6).

In 1 Corinthians 16:13–14 Paul gives five final imperatives, five last commands, to the Corinthians. They are to be alert, firm, mature, strong, and loving. These commands are, in many ways, the positive side of what in earlier chapters the apostle had told the Corinthians not to be. Each command can serve as a point of departure for reviewing the epistle.

Be Alert

Paul’s first command to the Corinthians was be on the alert, which comes from one word, grēgoreō, which can mean “to watch,” “be awake,” “be vigilant,” and, figuratively, “be alive” (as in 1 Thess. 5:10, where “awake or asleep” refers to being alive or dead). The term is used some 22 times in the New Testament, often in reference to Christians’ being spiritually awake and alert, as opposed to being spiritually indifferent and listless.

The Corinthians seemed normally to be in a spiritual and moral stupor, and sometimes even were in a physical stupor—as when they became drunk at the Lord’s Table (1 Cor. 11:21). They were not alert in any worthwhile way. They allowed their previous pagan ideas and habits to come back into their lives and destroy their faithfulness to the Lord and their fellowship with each other. They substituted human wisdom for God’s Word (1:18–2:16); they were factious (1:10–17; 3:9; etc.), immoral (5:1–13), litigious (6:1–8); they had confused and perverted ideas about marriage, divorce, and celibacy (7:1–40); they were self-indulgent (10:1–13) and indifferent to the welfare of others (10:23–33); they misunderstood and misused their spiritual gifts (12–14); and, above all, they were unloving, exemplifying all the things that love is not (13:1–6).

In the New Testament we are told of at least six important things we are to watch out for, to be on the alert for. First, we are to be on the alert against Satan. “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith” (1 Pet. 5:8–9). We should learn Satan’s strategies, which though subtle are basically identifiable in three areas: “the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life” (1 John 2:16).

Second, we must be on the alert for temptation. “Keep watching and praying,” Jesus said, “that you may not come into temptation” (Mark 14:38). If we are not watching and seeking the Lord’s help in prayer, we often will not even notice temptation when it comes. When our spiritual eyes are shut or sleepy, we can fall more easily into sin.

Third, we must watch for apathy and indifference. The very nature of those sins makes them hard to notice. By definition, a person who is apathetic and indifferent is insensitive and therefore cannot be alert. The church at Sardis assumed that it had spiritual life because it had “a name that [it was] alive,” but it was so indifferent to the Lord’s will that it did not realize it was “dead.” “Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die,” the Lord told them, “for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. Remember therefore what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. If therefore you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you” (Rev. 3:1–3).

Christians cannot disregard the Lord’s Word with impunity. To neglect Scripture is to disregard it and treat it as if it means nothing. Before long we cannot remember what we have received and heard, and the Lord’s way becomes more and more vague and indefinite. When His Word is indefinite to us we become indifferent to it, and we need to begin to “keep it, and repent.” If we do not, God will chasten us in love—at a time, and perhaps in a way, that we do not expect.

Fourth, Christians should be alert for false teachers, about whom the New Testament gives many warnings. “There will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them” (2 Pet. 2:1). Many people, even in the church, actually will invite false teachers into their midst. “They will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,” because they become dissatisfied with “the truth, and will turn aside to myths.” We are therefore to “be sober in all things,” Paul warns, being on the alert for any teaching that does not square with Scripture (2 Tim. 4:3–5).

The first four alerts are negative, indicating things we are continually to watch for in order to avoid, because they will harm us. But the New Testament also gives us some positive things to watch for, some things that will strengthen and help us. As already mentioned above, Jesus tells us to watch and pray in order to escape temptation (Mark 14:38). Prayer strengthens us in God’s way just as it protects us against Satan’s way. Prayer is not simply a random ritual in which faithful Christians are to participate dutifully. It is the heartbeat of spiritual life. “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance” (Eph. 6:18).

Christians should also be watching for the Lord’s return. The two great motives we have for living faithfully for Christ are remembering what He did for us on the cross and looking forward to His coming again. “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming” (Matt. 24:42; cf. 25:13). “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief,” Peter says; therefore “what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God” (2 Pet. 3:10–12).

Be Firm

Another principle for powerful living is standing firm in the faith. As the great theologian Charles Hodge reminded us, we should not consider every point of doctrine an open question. The Corinthians, like many of the Ephesians, were being “carried about by every wind of doctrine” (Eph. 4:14). They would not take a firm stand on many things. Little was certain and absolute; much was relative and tentative.

The faith of which Paul speaks here is not the faith of trusting but the faith of truth, the content of the gospel. It is “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3), “the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand” (1 Cor. 15:1). It is the faith in which we are to “fight the good fight” (1 Tim. 6:12). Paul told the Philippians that he expected to hear that they were “standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Phil. 1:27). Doctrine is in view here.

Satan cannot take saving faith away from us, but he can, and often does, obscure the content of our faith, the sound doctrines of God’s Word. If we do not hold fast to right interpretations of Scripture, we are certain to slip into wrong thinking, wrong belief, and wrong behavior. Many of the Corinthians apparently had come to look on the truth of God itself as foolishness, being corrupted by the influence of their unbelieving friends and neighbors (1 Cor. 1:18–21). Human philosophy and wisdom had all but obliterated their view of God’s Word. By trying to combine human wisdom and God’s wisdom they had undermined the uniqueness and the authority of God’s revealed truth. Paul warned them, “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God” (1 Cor. 3:18–19). Like many professed Christians today, they considered Scripture to be but a human commentary on views of God that existed at the time of writing. If God’s truth can be known at all, they believed, it is only through the filter of man’s knowledge and wisdom.

The Corinthians not only were not standing firm in their view of Scripture but also had slipped terribly in their view of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paganism had so strongly reentered their thinking that some of them, claiming to speak “by the Spirit of God,” were calling Jesus “accursed” (12:3). Because they had not stood firm in God’s Word, they were corrupted and perverted to the extent of attacking the gospel at its heart, by renouncing Christ and calling Him accursed. They were “denying the Master who bought them” (2 Pet. 2:1).

The apostle therefore commands that they muststand firm in the faith. They must, as he commanded the Thessalonians, “stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught” (2 Thess. 2:15). If we are to be firm in the faith, we must be well taught in the Word, looking at everything and judging everything by God’s truth and standards. We should pray for ourselves and for the church today as Epaphras prayed for the Colossians, that we “may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God” (Col. 4:12).

Be Mature

A third principle for powerful Christian living is being mature, which Paul expresses here as act like men. The basic idea is that of mature courage. The mature person has a sense of control, confidence, and courage that the immature or childish person does not have. Again we see that Paul’s command is for the Corinthians to be the opposite of what they normally were. They were characterized by anything but maturity.

Paul already had pleaded with them, “Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be babes, but in your thinking be mature” (14:20). The Corinthians needed to grow up. Even when he pastored among them the apostle was not able to talk to them “as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it.” Since he had left Corinth they still had not matured. “Indeed, even now,” he continues, “you are not yet able” (1 Cor. 3:1–2). He has to threaten them with discipline, just as a parent must do with a stubborn child. “What do you desire? Shall I come to you with a rod …?” (4:21).

Maturity is one of the marks of love (1 Cor. 13:11), a virtue in which the Corinthians were especially deficient. Love strives for maturity in all good things—in doctrine, in spiritual insight, in emotional stability and control, in personal relationships, in moral purity, and in all the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22–23). Above all we should “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18), “until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ.… But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ” (Eph. 4:13, 15).

How does a believer grow and mature? By longing “for the pure milk of the word, that by it [we] grow in respect to salvation” (1 Pet. 2:2). The Bible provides spiritual and moral nourishment. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16–17).

Be Strong

Be strong is Paul’s fourth imperative for Christian living. As here, the Greek term (krataioō) is frequently used in the New Testament to denote inner, spiritual growth. The verb is in the passive voice, and literally means “be strengthened.” We cannot strengthen ourselves; that is the Lord’s work. Our part is to submit ourselves to Him in order that He can strengthen us. We can only “be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might” (Eph. 6:10), and “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 2:1).

Only a strong spirit can successfully battle and overcome the flesh. Again, that is where the Corinthians were weak. “For you are still fleshly,” Paul told them. “For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?” (1 Cor. 3:3). Yet they had deceived themselves into thinking they were wise and strong. “If any man among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become foolish that he may become wise” (3:18). The apostle says of them sarcastically, “We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong” (4:10). Because of their spiritual weakness they even despised and profaned the most sacred of things, including the Lord’s Supper—for which desecration many of them became “weak and sick, and a number sleep,” that is, had died (11:30).

The person who thinks he is strong in himself is in the greatest danger of falling (10:12). At one time in his ministry Paul faced that very danger. He had been “caught up into Paradise, and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.… And because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me—to keep me from exalting myself!” The lesson the apostle learned directly from the Lord was, “ ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Cor. 12:4, 7, 9).

We can no more be spiritually strong than we can be physically strong without self-discipline. “Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable” (1 Cor. 9:25). Spiritual strength comes from self-sacrifice, self-denial, and self-discipline.

We grow in strength as we use our strength. As we “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God,” we thereby become “strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might” (Col. 1:10–11).

The supreme source of all spiritual strength, of course, is Christ Himself. “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me,” Paul declared (Phil. 4:13). “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service” (1 Tim. 1:12). I can imagine that Paul often remembered Psalm 27:14—“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.”

As we wait for the Lord, yielding our spirits to His Spirit, we become “strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man” (Eph. 3:16).

Be Loving

The fifth principle for powerful living is the most comprehensive, and without it the others could make us crusty, militant, and hard. So Paul says, Let all that you do be done in love. Love complements and balances everything else. It is the beautiful, softening principle. It keeps our firmness from becoming hardness and our strength from becoming domineering. It keeps our maturity gentle and considerate. It keeps our right doctrine from becoming obstinate dogmatism and our right living from becoming smug self-righteousness.

Love is what the Corinthians needed most, and is what believers of all ages have needed most. “Above all,” Peter says, “keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Pet. 4:8). Love, like spiritual strength, comes from the Lord. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and every one who loves is born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7). We are able to love one another “because He first loved us” (v. 19).[1]


13–14 In these two verses, Paul writes five general moral exhortations to the Corinthians. It is probably best to see these as general encouragements rather than specific responses to the earlier content of this letter. The command to “be on your guard” (grēgoreō, GK 1213) is often used in the NT in an eschatological context (e.g., Mt 24:42–43; 25:13; 1 Th 5:6, 10; Rev 3:2–3). Believers should expect the return of the Lord at any time, and our behavior in the meantime should reflect the values of the Lord and should not be characterized by deeds of darkness (cf. Ro 13:11–14; 1 Th 5:1–11).

To “stand firm [stēkō, GK 5112] in the faith” is always appropriate for believers. There are many temptations out there that can cause us to depart from the faith. “The faith” here probably denotes both the body of Christian teachings (e.g., 15:3–5; cf. 2 Co 1:24; 2 Th 2:15) and our own personal relationship with the Lord (1 Co 2:5; 13:13 [see comments]; 15:14, 17).

The next two exhortations (“be men of courage” and “be strong”), while infrequent in the NT (the first verb occurs only here; the second verb occurs only four times), are frequently used in the OT to exhort God’s people to have courage in the face of danger, especially from one’s enemies (e.g., Jos 1:6–9; 2 Sa 10:12; Ps 31:24). In Greco-Roman society there were always people around who were ready to ridicule believers for their faith and even to persecute them (as Paul experienced [2 Co 11:23–29] and was soon to experience in Ephesus). Thus believers needed continual encouragement to stand firm.

Paul’s last exhortation here is to “do everything in love.” This message is essentially the same as the exhortation to exercise that first aspect of the fruit of the Spirit (1 Co 13; see esp. comments at 12:31b). This love involves both love for the Lord (16:22) and love for one another (16:24).[2]


How to be spiritually fit (v. 13)

SPIRITUALLY WE NEED TO BE ON OUR TOES. We have an active enemy who is always on the prowl. Therefore, we must be on our guard and watchful so that we do not give him any opportunity of gaining an advantage over us.

THE VERB ‘BE STRONG’ (v. 13) means strong in the sense of holding fast to Christ and faith in him (2 Thes. 2:15; Heb. 4:14). We are to know what we believe, why we believe and, most of all, whom we have believed.

ALL THE BUFFETINGS OF SATAN must be met with faith and with the exercise of faith comes strength—strength in the Lord and in the power of his might (Eph. 6:10). Our strength is not something inherent in our human nature but something we derive from the Lord.

SPIRITUAL FITNESS requires watchfulness, firmness of faith, courage and the daily experience of the Lord Jesus’ strength and power in our lives.[3]


16:13–14 / The Corinthians are admonished to “watch” (Gk. gregored; niv: be on guard). They are told “to stand courageously in the faith” (Gk. stēkete en tē pistei; niv: stand firm in the faith), the foundation of their existence; they are exhorted quite literally to “be manly” (Gk. andrizomai; niv: be men of courage)—an ancient euphemistic idiom for displaying courage; and they are urged to be strong (Gk. krataioomai), an admonition to firmness or steadfastness. Above all, they are to “do everything in love” (Gk. en agapēginomai; niv: do … in love)—the chief criterion for all Christian living (see ch. 13).[4]


16:13. From a logical point of view, this verse stands without much connection to its context. Paul appeared about to close the section with some final exhortations. But he decided to say more in 16:14–18. Such non-sequiturs appear in Paul’s epistles from time to time (Rom. 16:1, 17).

As a proleptic ending to this section, 16:13 gave five central Christian exhortations. First, Paul told the Corinthians to be on … guard. In the New Testament, this terminology frequently describes the expectation of Christ’s return (Mark 13:35; 1 Thess. 5:6). Paul may have wanted the Corinthians to remain expectant of Christ’s second coming. Looking vigilantly for the return of Christ implies a readiness that includes a lifestyle of holiness and service to Christ. Those who disbelieve give up hope of the return of Christ, but those who believe keep their eyes fixed on his return and live with that end in mind. On the other hand, Luke quoted Paul as using this language to exhort the Ephesian elders to guard against false teachers (Acts 20:31), and Paul himself used it to encourage alertness in prayer (Col. 4:2).

Second, Paul encouraged the Corinthians to stand firm in the faith. Paul frequently used this terminology to indicate the constancy with which believers should hold their commitments in the face of adversity and strife (Phil. 1:27; 4:1; 2 Thess. 2:15). The early church faced many challenges that tested believers’ faithfulness to Christ. So Paul encouraged the Corinthians to persevere in their faith.

The third and fourth exhortations are closely related. Paul told the Corinthians to be men of courage and to be strong. These expressions derive from several Old Testament passages in which people were encouraged to be strong and courageous as they faced opposition (Josh. 1:6–7; 2 Sam. 10:12). God calls Christians to a way of life that incites opposition from the world. He calls his people to enter a spiritual war in which opponents seek believers’ destruction and fight against believers’ goals. In this hostile world, it is essential that followers of Christ be courageous and strong. Christians can do this in the face of strong opposition because their victory is sure in Christ, who has already overcome the world (John 16:33).[5]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (pp. 471–476). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 411). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Prime, D. (2005). Opening up 1 Corinthians (pp. 146–147). Leominister: Day One Publications.

[4] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (p. 364). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Pratt, R. L., Jr. (2000). I & II Corinthians (Vol. 7, p. 286). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

June 9 Reasons to Be Content

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?—Matt. 6:25

Worry is the opposite of contentment, which should be a believer’s normal and consistent state of mind. You should be able to say with Paul, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need” (Phil. 4:11–12).

A Christian’s contentment is found only in God—in His ownership, control, and provision of everything we possess and will ever need. Since God owns everything, what we now have and what we will ever have belongs to Him.

Daniel understood the Lord’s control of everything: “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding” (Dan. 2:20–21).

And if we hadn’t heard it from Daniel, we should know it from one of the ancient names of God—Jehovah-Jireh, which means, “the Lord who provides.”

Whatever the Lord gives us belongs to Him. Therefore, it is our responsibility to thank Him for it and to use it wisely and unselfishly for as long as He entrusts us with it.

ASK YOURSELF

What keeps “enough” from being enough for us? How do we define the level of property or possessions we need in order to feel satisfied with our supply? Why are these measurements so often faulty and skewed away from sound biblical understanding?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 169). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

JUNE 9 WE ALL STAND DAILY IN THE MERCY OF GOD

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

HEBREWS 4:16

Although God wants His people to be holy as He is holy, He does not deal with us according to the degree of our holiness but according to the abundance of His mercy.

Honesty requires us to admit this!

We do believe in justice and we do believe in judgment. We believe the only reason mercy triumphs over judgment is that God, by a divine, omniscient act of redemption, fixed it so man could escape justice and live in the sea of mercy! The justified man, the man who believes in Jesus Christ, born anew and now a redeemed child of God, lives in that mercy always!

The unjust man, however—the unrepentant sinner lives in it now in a lesser degree, but the time will come when he will face the judgment of God. Though he had been kept by the mercy of God from death, from insanity, from disease, he can violate that mercy, turn his back on it and walk into judgment. Then it is too late!

Let us pray with humility and repentance for we stand in the mercy of God. What an example we have set for us by the life and faith and spirit of the old Puritan saint, Thomas Hooker, as his death approached.

Those around his bedside said, “Brother Hooker, you are going to receive your reward.”

“No, no!” he breathed. “I go to receive mercy!”[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

June 9 Unrecognized Temptation

And lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11:4b)

This part of the Lord’s prayer deals with the realm of the spirit. In the unseen war of the spirit, the greatest needs of our life are deliverance and protection. But an immediate problem arises here, for Scripture reveals that temptation is necessary to us, a very real part of our life in this fallen, flawed world. No one escapes it in the Christian life. Furthermore, though God himself never tempts us to sin, yet he does test us in these difficult and discouraging circumstances, and these things become the instruments of God to strengthen us, to build us up and thus to give us victory. When we read this prayer, then we are confronted with this question: “Are we really expected to pray that God will not do what he must do to accomplish his work within us?” After all, even Jesus, we are told, was led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. What then does he mean?

I confess I have puzzled and prayed and read about this, and I am convinced that what he means here is that this is a prayer to be kept from unrecognized temptation. When temptation is recognized as such, it can be resisted, and when we resist, it is always a source of strength and growth in our life. If I am filling out my income tax and I find that some income has come to me through other than ordinary channels and there is no way of anyone checking it, I am confronted with a temptation to omit it, but I know it is wrong. No one has to tell me; I know it is wrong. When I resist that, I find I am stronger the next time when a larger amount is involved. You see, when we recognize lust as lust and hate as hate and cowardice as a temptation to be a coward, this is one thing. It is a rather simple matter to resist obvious evil, if we really mean to walk with God. But temptation is not always so simple. There are times when I think I am right, and with utmost sincerity and integrity of heart I do what I believe is the right thing, and, later, look back upon it and see that I was tragically wrong.

Peter is an example on this. In the Upper Room, with brashness and confidence and utter naiveté, Peter said to the Lord, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will” (Matthew 26:33). They walked out of the Upper Room with the words of our Lord ringing in his ears, “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times” (Matthew 26:34). Still confident, Jesus said to him there in the Garden, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation” (Matthew 26:41). But Peter did not heed that word. Instead he slept, and our Lord came and woke him again and asked him to pray. But Peter did not pray, and when he came into the court of the High Priest and was standing before the fire, Satan took him and wrung his courage out like a dish rag and hung him up limp, to dry in the presence of a little girl. There, with cursing and swearing, he found himself trapped, denying his Lord, and in the awful realization of what he had done he went out into the blackness of the night and wept bitterly.

This is what our Lord refers to in this phrase. This prayer is the recognition of our foolish weakness and our tendency to stumble on into blind folly. It is what we desperately need to pray.

Lord, I confess my utter helplessness apart from you. Lead me not into unrecognized temptation.

Life Application

Are we self-confident about our own ability to recognize the subtleties of temptation? Do we follow our own instincts or do we honestly, consistently pray for the discernment of God’s Holy Spirit?

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June 9 A Renewed Mind

Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.

Ephesians 4:23

When you become a Christian, God gives you a new mind—but you must fill it with new thoughts. A baby is born with a fresh, new mind, and then impressions are made in the baby’s mind that determine the course of his or her life. The same thing is true of a Christian. When you enter into God’s kingdom, you’re given a fresh, new mind. You then need to build the right thoughts into your new mind. That’s why Philippians 4:8 says, “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” We have a renewed mind, not a reprobate mind.

Instead of having a reprobate, vile, lascivious, greedy, unclean mind, we have a mind filled with righteousness and holiness. And that should naturally characterize the way we live.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 178). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

2018 West Coast Conference: Day 1 — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Yesterday marked the beginning of our 2018 West Coast Conference in Seattle. Thousands of attendees from around world joined us for two days of teaching and fellowship. Our speakers included W. Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, Stephen Nichols, Burk Parsons, and Ravi Zacharias.

You can join the conversation by following #ligcon on Twitter and Instagram. Watch live or go back and watch sessions you may have missed on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. And stay tuned for an announcement on the blog next week when the messages are available to stream for free on Ligonier.org and in the Ligonier app.

See below for a summary from yesterday:

2018 West Coast Conference

The Faith Once for All Delivered from Burk Parsons

Dr. Burk Parsons opened our West Coast Conference by considering the challenges of our post-Christian culture. From the Epistle of Jude, he discussed the threats inside and outside the church that make it necessary for us to know and contend for the faith.

Always Ready from Stephen Nichols

Dr. Stephen Nichols then turned to Peter 3:15–16 and reflected on the call to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us. He looked at some of the most pressing issues facing Christian apologists today.

You can watch these sessions below

The Unknown God from W. Robert Godfrey

After dinner, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey discussed how the Apostle Paul responded to objections to the Christian faith on Mars Hill. Looking back to Paul’s example, he described how Christians today must answer the claims of atheists, agnostics, and those who think that there are many ways to God.

Is Truth Dead? from Ravi Zacharias

In our final session for the day, Ravi Zacharias considered how our postmodern culture strives to convince us that no religious truth claim is better than any other. He explained that objective truth is foundational to the Christian message—and all of life.

You can watch these sessions below.

via 2018 West Coast Conference: Day 1 — Ligonier Ministries Blog

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Courage and Godspeed,

Chad

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