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What I Learned In Church This Week

The Sunday school class in Romans was really good this week, it was one of those bible studies that I will remember for a very long time. We continue to make our way through the book of Romans at a very slow pace, digging into all the nooks and crevices, all the twist and turns, so what often happens is I turn right down rabbit trail lane and we found ourselves into an apparent opposing principles… So let me explain! During this past week I was reading to prepare myself to teach on Romans 3:7-8 where Paul is continuing his diatribe with an imaginary opponent… Paul says in Romans 3:7 But if through my lie the truth of God abounded to His glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner? The objecting opponent “why does God punish me for lying if my lying brings glory to Him?” Romans 3:8 And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), “Let us do evil that good may come”? Their condemnation is just. Paul returns and says if anyone thinks that God should overlook his sinning because his sinning glorifies God, that person deserves condemnation. Paul is really saying this is so absurd it doesn’t deserve anymore of my time.

The apostle Paul’s gospel, the same gospel we believe who are saved by grace through faith alone had been perverted by his opponents who argued it provides a license to sin and encourages us to do so even more. Paul touches on that in Romans 5:20 and 6:1, 2. They are really accusing Paul of heretical teaching (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say). This is where the right turn down rabbit trail lane took place this past week as I was reading and preparing this study, I thought about Antinomianism and those who adhere to this theology would have loved the imaginary opponents argument… The Antinomians say they’re saved by grace but they live sinful lives, what we do doesn’t matter as long as we believe rightly. (more to say on that in part two of this post Thursday) What’s Legalism? Really it’s any self-effort to meet or keep up our justification before God. Galatians 3:1-5 It always denies that Christ is enough for salvation… Are you starting to see the apparent opposing principles of legalism and antinomianism. I will leave you with this quote I came across from A.W. Pink that describes Legalism and Antinomianism and the apparent opposing principles that are two sides of the same coin… We’ll take this back up on Thursday.

A.W. Pink writes the following about the similarities between Pharisees (legalists) and antinomians:

“It has been said that every unregenerate sinner has the heart of a Pharisee. This is true; and it is equally true that every unregenerate sinner has the heart of an Antinomian. This is the character which is expressly given to the carnal mind: it is “enmity against God”; and the proof of this is, that “it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7). “Should we be surprised, then, if we find the underlying principles of Phariseeism and Antinomianism uniting in the same mind? Surely not. There is no more real opposition between these apparently opposing principles, than there is between enmity and pride. Many a slothful servant has hated his master and his service, and yet had he pride and presumption enough to demand his wages. Phariseeism and Antinomianism unite, like Herod and Pilate did, against the Truth.” (Taken from The Law and The Saint)

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Who Celebrates Christmas?

Christmas is coming! Quite so; but what is “Christmas”? Does not the very term itself denote its source—”Christ-mass.” Thus it is of Romish origin, brought over from Paganism. But, says someone, Christmas is the time when we commemorate the Savior’s birth. It is? And who authorized such commemoration?  Certainly God did not. The Redeemer bade His disciples “remember” Him in His death, but there is not a word in Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation which tells us to celebrate His birth. Moreover, who knows when, in what month, He was born? The Bible is silent thereon. Is it without reason that the only “birthday” commemorations mentioned in God’s Word are Pharaoh’s (Gen. 40:20) and Herod’s (Matt. 14:6)? Is this recorded “for our learning”? If so, have we prayerfully taken it to heart?

And who is it that celebrates “Christmas”? The whole “civilized world.” Millions who make no profession of faith in the blood of the Lamb, who “despise and reject Him,” and millions more who while claiming to be His followers yet in works deny Him, join in merrymaking under the pretense of honoring the birth of the Lord Jesus. Putting it on its lowest ground, we would ask, Is it fitting that His friends should unite with His enemies in a worldly round of fleshly gratification? Does any truly born-again soul really think that He whom the world cast out is either pleased or glorified by such participation in the world’s joys? Verily, “the customs of the people are vain”; and it is written, “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil.”
(Ex. 23:2)

Some will argue for the “keeping of Christmas” on the ground of “giving the kiddies a good time.” But why do this under the cloak of honoring the Savior’s birth? Why is it necessary to drag in His holy name in connection with what takes place at that season of carnal jollification? Is this taking the little ones with you out of Egypt (Ex. 10:9, 10) a type of the world, or is it not plainly mingling with the present-day Egyptians in their “pleasures of sin for a season”? (Heb. 11:25) Scripture says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6) Scripture does command God’s people to bring up their children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4), but where does it stipulate that it is our duty to give the little ones a “good time”?  Do we ever give the children “a good time” when we engage in anything upon which we cannot fittingly ask the Lord’s blessing?

There are those who do abstain from some of the grosser carnalities of the “festive season,” yet are they nevertheless in cruel bondage to the prevailing custom of “Christmas” namely that of exchanging “gifts.” We say “exchanging” for that is what it really amounts to in many cases. A list is kept, either on paper or in memory, of those from whom gifts were received last year, and that for the purpose of returning the compliment this year.  Nor is this all: great care has to be taken that the “gift” made to the friend is worth as much in dollars and cents as the one they expect to receive from him or her. Thus, with many who can ill afford it, a considerable sum has to be set aside each year with which to purchase things simply to send them out in return for others which are likely to be received.  Thus a burden has been bound on them which not a few find hard to bear. Read the rest Here

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Present Day Evangelism

“The nature of Christ’s salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day “evangelist”. He announces a Savior from hell rather than a Savior from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of fire, who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness! The very first thing said of Christ in the New Testament is– “You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” (not from the wrath to come) Christ is a Savior for those realizing something of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, who feel the awful burden of it on their conscience, who loathe themselves for it, who long to be freed from its terrible dominion. And He is a Savior for no others. Were He to “save from hell” those still in love with sin, He would be a minister of sin, condoning their wickedness and siding with them against God. What an unspeakably horrible and blasphemous thing with which to charge the Holy One!” ( Present Day Evangelism by A. W. Pink)

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Grab a ticket and go to heaven?

“The writer has met many people who profess to be Christians, but whose daily lives differ in nothing from thousands of non-professors all around them. They are rarely, if ever, found at the prayer-meeting, they have no Family Worship, they seldom read the Scriptures, they will not talk with you about the things of God, their walk is thoroughly worldly; and yet they are quite sure they are bound for heaven! Inquire into the ground of their confidence, and they will tell you that so many years ago they accepted Christ as their Savior, and “once saved always saved” is now their comfort. There are thousands of such people on earth today, who are nevertheless, on the Broad Road, that leadeth to destruction, treading it with a false peace in their hearts and a vain profession on their lips.” A.W. Pink

Although a Christian should believe simply, he should not “simply believe.”

Os Guinness

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Why Do You Call Me Lord?

Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46)

“You call me the way and walk me not. You call me the life and live me not. You call me master and obey me not. If I condemn you, blame me not. You call me bread and eat me not. You call me truth and believe me not. You call me Lord and serve me not. If I condemn you, blame me not” (Geoffrey O’Hara)

“Thousands are deceived into supposing that they have “accepted Christ” as their “personal Saviour,” who have not first received Him as their Lord. The Son of God did not come here to save His people in their sin, but “from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). To he saved from sins, is to be saved from ignoring and despising the authority of God, it is to abandon the course of self-will and self-pleasing, it is to “forsake our way” (Isaiah 55:7). It is to surrender to God’s authority, to yield to His dominion, to give ourselves over to be ruled by Him.” A.W. Pink Another Gospel.

“Salvation apart from obedience is unknown in the sacred Scriptures… Apart from obedience there can be no salvation, for salvation without obedience is a self-contradictory impossibility.” A.W. Tozer

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What Then Is Grace?

First, it is evidently something very blessed and joyous, for our text speaks of the “good news of the grace of God.” Secondly, it is the opposite of Law: Law and grace are antithetical terms: “The law was given by Moses-but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). It is significant that the word “Gospel” is never found in the Old Testament. Consider a few contrasts between them: The Law manifested what was in man-sin; grace manifests what is in God-love, mercy. The Law speaks of what man must do for God; grace tells of what Christ has done for men. The Law demanded righteousness from men; grace brings righteousness to men. The Law brought out God to men; grace brings in men to God. The Law sentenced a living man to death; grace brings a dead man to life. The Law never had a missionary; the Gospel is to be preached to every creature. The Law makes known the will of God; grace reveals the heart of God!

In the third place, grace, then, is the very opposite of justice. Justice shows no favor and knows no mercy. Grace is the reverse of this. Justice requires that everyone should receive his due; grace bestows on sinners what they are not entitled to-pure charity. Grace is “something for nothing.” Now the Gospel is a revelation of this wondrous grace of God. It tells us that Christ has done for sinners what they could not do for themselves-it satisfied the demands of God’s Law. Christ has fully and perfectly met all the requirements of God’s holiness so that He can righteously receive every poor sinner who comes to Him. The Gospel tells us that Christ died not for good people, who never did anything very bad; but for lost and godless sinners who never did anything good. The Gospel reveals to every sinner, for his acceptance, a Savior all-sufficient, “able to save unto the uttermost those who come unto God by Him.” Arthur W. Pink. The Attributes of God.

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My Hope is Not in Myself but in Christ

The great mistake made by most of the Lord’s people is in hoping to discover in themselves that which is to be found in Christ alone. (The Doctrine of Sanctification)
A.W. Pink

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Christ’s presence and sin’s presence

There are two sides to a Christian’s life: a light side – and a dark one; an elevating side-and a depressing one. His experience is neither all joy – nor all grief; but a mingling of both. It was so with the apostle Paul: “As sorrowful – yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10). When a person is regenerated, he is not immediately taken to heaven. Nor is sin then eradicated from his being, though its dominion over him is broken. It is indwelling corruption which casts its dark shadow over his joy! The varied experiences of the believer, are occasioned by Christ’s presence – and sin’s presence. If, on the one hand, it is blessedly true that Christ is with him all his days, even unto the end; on the other hand, it is solemnly true that sin indwells him all his days, even unto the end of his earthly history! Said Paul, “evil is present with me”; and that, not only occasionally – but sin “dwells in me” (Romans 7:20-21). Thus, as God’s people feed upon the Lamb, it is “with bitter herbs that they eat it” (Exodus 12:8).

The Christian’s consciousness of indwelling sin, his mourning over its defiling influence, his sincere efforts to strive against its solicitations, his penitent confessions to God of his failure to master this inveterate foe-are among the unmistakable evidences that he is a regenerate person. For it is certain-that no one who is dead in trespasses and sins, realizes that there is a sea of iniquity within his heart, defiling his very thoughts and imagination; still less does he make conscience of the same and lament it! It is cause for fervent praise – if your eyes have been opened to see “the sinfulness of sin,” and your heart to feel its obnoxiousness. Since it was not always thus, a great change has taken place – you have been made the subject of a miracle of grace!

But the continuance of indwelling sin presents a sore and perplexing problem to the Christian. He is fully assured that nothing is too hard for the Lord. Why then, is evil allowed to remain present with him? Why is he not rid of this hideous thing – which he so much loathes and hates? Why should this horrible depravity be allowed to disturb his peace and mar his joy? Why does the God of all grace not rid him of this harassing tyrant?

God leaves sin in His people – to promote their humility. There is nothing which He abominates, so much as pride. In Proverbs 6, the Holy Spirit has listed seven things which the Lord hates, and they are headed with “A proud look!” God “gives grace unto the humble – but resists the proud” (James 4:6). Pride springs from inordinate self-love – which is odious to God, for it robs Him of His glory. Since God will be glorious unto His saints, He subdues their pride – by leaving that in them which humbles their hearts. Divine light exposes the filth within, causing them to cry with the leper, “Unclean, unclean!” They have such painful discoveries of indwelling sin as often makes them lament, “O wretched man that I am!” How thankful we should be if God makes us “abhor ourselves” – and thereby prize Christ all the more!

As God left some of the Canaanites in the land – to prove Israel, so He leaves sin in us – to humble us. Our consciousness of sin’s presence has, first, an emptying influence: it makes way for a pardoning and cleansing Christ, by convicting the soul of its deep need. Second, it has a continual abasing influence, bringing us to realize more and more our utter insufficiency and complete dependence upon God. Third, it has an evangelical influence, for it serves to make us more conscious of the perfect suitability of the great Physician for such lepers as we feel ourselves to be. Fourth, it has a God-honoring influence, for it brings the renewed soul to marvel increasingly at His “longsuffering to us” (2 Peter 3:9). Fifth, it should promote a spirit of forbearance to our fellows: we ought not to expect less failure in them – than we find in ourselves. (Arthur Pink, “Sin’s Presence” 1948)

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Holy Spirit first

“No sinner ever comes to Christ until the Holy Spirit first comes to him.” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

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How Do I Know I am Elect (chosen) by God

“How may I know I’m elect? First, by the Word of God having come in divine power to the soul so that my self-complacency is shattered and my self-righteousness is renounced. Second, by the Holy Spirit convicting me of my woeful, guilty, and lost condition. Third, by having had revealed to me the suitability and sufficiency of Christ to meet my desperate case and by a divinely given faith causing me to lay hold of and rest upon Him as my only hope. Fourth, by the marks of the new nature within me – a love for God; an appetite for spiritual things; a longing for holiness; a seeking after conformity to Christ. Fifth, by the resistance which the new nature makes to the old, causing me to hate sin and loathe myself for it. Sixth, by avoiding everything which is condemned by God’s Word and by sincerely repenting of and humbly confessing every transgression. Failure at this point will surely bring a dark cloud over our assurance causing the Spirit to withhold His witness. Seventh, by giving all diligence to cultivate the Christian graces and using all diligence to this end. Thus the knowledge of election is cumulative.”- A .W. Pink, The Doctrines of Election and Justification [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1974], pp. 140-41.

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