Tag Archives: Jim McClarty

Because He’s Lord!

Can a person receive Jesus as his Savior without receiving Him as his Lord? Do people make Jesus their Savior or does Jesus make a person saved? Pastor Jim McClarty of GCA reflects back on the lordship salvation controversy. HT:RV

Jim McClarty talked in this video about a book John MacArthur wrote, He was referring to The Gospel According to Jesus… Here is a few quotes from that book with pages in parentheses. Could be a great gift for Christmas too!

We do not “make” Christ Lord; He is Lord! Those who will not receive Him as Lord are guilty of rejecting Him. “Faith” that rejects His sovereign authority is really unbelief. Conversely, acknowledging His lordship is no more a human work than repentance (cf. 2 Timothy 2:26) or faith itself (cf. Ephesians 2:8-9). In fact, it is an important element of divinely produced saving faith, not something added to faith. (pg 28)

A Christian is not one who simply buys “fire insurance,” who signs up just to avoid an unpleasant after life. A Christian…repeatedly, is one whose faith expresses itself in submission and obedience. A Christian is one who follows Christ, one who is committed unquestionably to Christ as Lord and Savior, one who desires to please God. His basic aim is to be in every way a disciple of Jesus Christ. When he fails, he seeks forgiveness and wants to move forward. This is his spirit and his direction. (pg 197)

Acknowledging [Jesus] as Lord by obeying Him…in no way establishes a gospel of human works. Notice that it is the Holy Spirit who enables a person to confess Jesus as Lord: “No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:3). (pg 209)

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

3 Comments

Filed under Lenny's Post, Video

What was God’s purpose with Satan?

In Sunday school we had a Hugh rabbit trial, was Satan and sin in God’s very plan from before the foundation of the world so Jesus would have a people of God’s own choosing to saved and God and Christ would get all the glory.

John Piper has rightly said “The evil Satan causes is only by the permission of God… It would be unbiblical and irrelevant to attribute to Satan (or sinful man) the power to frustrate the designs of God.”

This is brief from Pastor Jim McClarty, but I think it helps….

The Role of the Devil in God’s Plan

Lest we be “terrified by our adversaries,” it is well to remember that Satan’s power is not inherent but permitted (Rom. 13:1). It is not unlimited, but controlled (Job 1:12; 2:6). It is not invincible, but broken (Luke 11:21-11). It is not assured of success, but is surely doomed (Rev. 20:2-3). Satan knows well that there is no ultimate victory for him. The pronounced sentence has only been postponed. But he works to hinder and postpone Christ’s final triumph. We can rejoice in the certainty of John’s assurance: “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).~ Oswald Sanders

Greater is he that is in you,
than he that is in the world

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

Leave a Comment

Filed under Lenny's Post

The Irresistibility of God

Working as the agent of God in our lives, the Holy Spirit beckons us to be reconciled to our lord. But, it is not the desperate cry of a beggar. It is the efficacious call of authority, based on an eternal plan, made sure by everlasting love. And when God calls, His people most certainly and willingly respond, drawn by His infinite power and unalterable decree. God is a personal God. He “calls out” His people by name. He wrote their names in the lamb’s Book of life. He has predetermined a time in each of their lives when they would recognize His voice and respond. In fact, the very name by which His assembly of believers is identified speaks to this same fact. The word church, sometimes rendered assembly, is the Greek word ekklesia. It is a combination of the Greek terms ek, or out of, and klesis, or a calling. The church is a gathering of individual people called out. They are the out-called ones. By Grace Alone, a doctrinal study by Jim McClarty

“Divine sovereignty is not the sovereignty of a tyrannical Despot, but the exercised pleasure of One who is infinitely wise and good! Because God is infinitely wise He cannot err, and because He is infinitely righteous He will not do wrong. Here then is the preciousness of this truth. The mere fact itself that God’s will is irresistible and irreversible fills me with fear, but once I realize that God wills only that which is good, my heart is made to rejoice.” A.W. Pink

“A man is not saved against his will, but he is made willing by the operation of the Holy Ghost.  A mighty grace which he does not wish to resist enters into the man, disarms him, makes a new creature of him, and he is saved.” C.H. Spurgeon

God is a personal God.
He “calls out” His people by name.
He wrote their names in the lamb’s Book of life.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

Leave a Comment

Filed under Lenny's Post, Video

Monergistic Soteriology

Pastor Jim McClarty talks a bit about our increasingly short attention spans, reads Ephesians 1, and explains how to pay attention to the topic of monergistic soteriology — or, how people get saved.

Monergistic (the work of God alone), Not Synergistic (a cooperation between man and God)

Soteriology (the study of salvation)

(Hebrew) – Yasha (Joshua, Jesus)

(Greek) – Sodzo; Soteria; Suter (Savior)

Ephesians 1 The Blessings of Redemption

“There can be no grace when there is no sovereignty. Deny God’s right to choose whom He will and you deny His right to save whom He will. Deny His right to save whom He will and you deny that salvation is of grace. If salvation is made to hinge upon any merit or fitness in man, seen or foreseen, grace is at an end.” Horatius Bonar~ The Reign of Grace, Preface

“I believe the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never have chosen Him; and I am sure He chose me before I was born, or else He never would have chosen me afterwards; and He must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for I never could find any reason in myself why He should have looked upon me with special love.”  Spurgeon

Augustine said “God chooses us, not because we believe, but that we may believe.”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

Leave a Comment

Filed under Lenny's Post, Video

The Valley of Dry Bones

Pastor Jim McClarty talks about the necessity of letting the words of the Bible speak for themselves — especially when God interprets His own actions. Here he talks about Ezekiel 37:1-10 and the valley of dry bones and lets God interpret it for Himself starting in Ezekiel 37:11 where the vision is explained.

The Vision Explained

11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. 14 I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,” declares the LORD.’” Ezekiel 37:11-14

Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

1 Comment

Filed under Lenny's Post, Video

Sovereign, efficacious and irresistible Grace

I believe, that the work of regeneration, conversion, sanctification and faith, is not an act of man’s free will and power, but of the mighty, efficacious and irresistible grace of God. We declare, upon Scriptural authority, that the human will is so desperately set on mischief, so depraved, and so inclined to everything that is evil, and so disinclined to everything that is good, that without the powerful, supernatural, irresistible influence of the Holy Spirit, no human will ever be constrained towards Christ. If grace does not make us differ from other men, it is not the grace which God gives His elect. C.H. Spurgeon

Pastor Jim McClarty explains why he is convinced of, and committed to, the theology of Sovereign Grace — also known as Reformed Theology or Calvinism — and provides a bit of background on how he came to understand and embrace it.

 

Soli Deo Gloria

Lenny

Leave a Comment

Filed under Lenny's Post, Video

How People Get Saved

Pastor Jim McClarty discusses what the Bible actually says about how people are saved. Along the way he contrasts synergism and monergism, points out the power of facts, and reviews some of the pertinent texts concerning salvation.

“So which of these two, synergism or monergism is biblical? We really need to settle that because if you think God works synergistically, you’re going to view God differently than the people who say God works monergically. You’re going to have very different concepts of God.”

Check out this video below for answers.

Soli Deo Gloria

Lenny

Leave a Comment

Filed under Lenny's Post, Video

Pride Goes Before A Fall

I have thought lately how difficult it is to be thankful for anything when we are prideful about everything… Then Paul says this to the church at Corinth Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12 Back in Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (King James Version)  Peter says in 1 Peter 5:5 clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.

 Christian Humility

Jonathan Edwards writes:

Pride is a person having too high an opinion of himself. Pride is the first sin that ever entered into the universe, and the last sin that is rooted out. Pride is the worst sin. It is the most secret of all sins. There is no other matter in which the heart is more deceitful and unsearchable. Alas, how much pride the best have in their hearts! Pride is God’s most stubborn enemy! There is no sin so much like the devil as pride. It is a secret and subtle sin, and appears in a great many shapes which are undetected and unsuspected.

 

 

Soli Deo Gloria

Lenny

Leave a Comment

Filed under Lenny's Post, Video

Faith Is A Gift From God

 ”God is in the enterprise of glorifying Himself” Jim McClarty

This is a really great video explaining in detail where faith comes from. What is a neuter demonstrative pronoun you ask?

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8, 9

“Is faith an ability that all people can exercise freely, or is it a gift given from God?”


Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

1 Comment

Filed under Lenny's Post, Video

Implications Of The Notion Of Free Will

If any man ascribes anything of salvation, even the very least thing, to the free will of man, he knows nothing of grace, and he has not learned Jesus Christ rightly. Martin Luther

Jim McClarty thinks through a few implications of the notion of free will.


Freewillism is that doctrine that says, “God loves you, Christ died for you, and the Holy Spirit is calling you; but it will all be vain unless you choose to be saved.” Freewillism makes the determining factor in salvation to be the will of man. It makes the work of the Triune God and the grace of God to be impotent without the consent of man’s “freewill.” Freewill religion is in direct opposition to the gospel of the free grace of God. The Bible declares that salvation is not accomplished, determined by, or dependent upon the will of man, but by the will of God (John 1:12-13; Rom. 9:16). The word “freewill”, when used with reference to salvation is a blasphemous obscenity!
Don Fortner

3 Comments

Filed under Lenny's Post, Video