Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
"Beloved, cling to the great truth of electing love and divine sovereignty, but let not these bind you in fetters when, in the power of the Holy Ghost, you become fishers of men.‚ÄĚ. CH Spurgeon
....N.C. down south quote 'Those verses in the Gospel friend, are speaking to the the Jews.' John 10:16 'And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.' There is only one Shepherd of the Church being Christ. The one fold is all God's people in the world who have been redeemed by Christ's shed blood, including¬† both Jew and Gentile. Being Jewish doesn't make one saved¬†but trusting in their Messiah does. Jesus did not lay down His life for Judas, nor for any other unbelieving person. Those who can't be plucked out of His hand are blood bought and the promise is sure because of the covenant of grace. 'The covenant of grace, which is the bond of this relation, is founded in the covenant of redemption between the Father and the Son, which, we may be sure, stands firm;' Matthew Henry. Acts 13:48 - And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
It's the Gospel of¬†the Lord Jesus Christ,¬†2 Thess 1:8., not the Gospel of election or freewill, Practically speaking I think where hyper Calvinists go wrong is they don't go out with the Gospel persuading people to repent and trust the Savior as they may encounter the non-elect. Also maybe a belief that there is no good will intended if presented to a potential non elect, God's motive being fattening them for the slaughter. Everything or too much seen through the lens of election which becomes unhealthy, leaving aside other important doctrines/ attributes of God. God's election is a Biblical truth but can be mishandled just like the law of God can be mishandled e.g the Pharisees. Scripture can't be isolated to establish sound doctrine but must be in sync with other Scripture. Saying that Christ died for every person doesn't go with many verses. Jhn 10:11 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. The Bible says people are Spiritually dead and only by God's quickening Spirit can new life be given. If it was up to man's freewill there wouldn't be a chance as there is none righteous or that seeketh after God Rom 3:11 Romans 9:16 - So then [it is] not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
MH, I'd say AW Pink's stand on the proclamation of the Good news of Salvation offered to all men is compassionate and certainly not hateful. His belief/opinion on John 3:16 may be similar to John Gills. The point at hand is who's to know which hell deserving sinner God will save? Its God's business, He knows who are His, but the Gospel is to be preached graciously to all and those who have ears to hear will believe. God who is sovereign will have mercy on whom He will have mercy. God's judgements are his alone and I respect His providential dealings. Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong unto the Lord our God..' 'O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! Romans 11:33 Thanks for the referral, will read through. Spurgeon's writing 'Free will a slave' is good too. https://www.spurgeon.org/resource-library/sermons/free-will-a-slave/#flipbook/
John 3:18, "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." LB, this verse and other verses show God does hold man personally responsible for not responding with belief, even taking vengeance on them who obey not the Gospel. Thess 1:8. Isaiah 40:13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him? AW Pink believed that the Gospel was a proclamation and the duty of all men to repent. As he quotes "The Gospel, in brief, is this: Christ died for sinners, you are a sinner, believe in Christ, and you shall be saved. In the Gospel, God simply announces the terms upon which men may be saved (namely, repentance and faith) and, indiscriminately, all are commanded to fulfill them.‚ÄĚ....‚ÄúNow the question arises again, why are we to preach the gospel to every creature?‚ÄĒif God has only elected a certain number to be saved? The reason is, because God commands us to do so. Well, but, you say, it does not seem reasonable to me That has got nothing to do with it; your business is to obey God and not to argue with Him. God commands us to preach the gospel to every creature and it means what it says."
The late Pastor David Silversides has much balanced teachings on the free offer of the Gospel keeping faithful to Scripture, being in agreement with Protestant catechisms concerning this subject.. quotes 'The hyper-Calvinist, of course, denies man's responsibility to repent and believe. He usually shares with the Arminian the assumption that God cannot command men to do what their sin has rendered them unable to do, that is repent and believe the Gospel. The former denies that God does so command, the latter denies man's natural inability to respond. The Biblical Calvinist insists that man's obligation to submit to God's authority is not diminished by his dependence on God's sovereign grace and power for enabling.' https://www.loughbrickland.org/articles/freeoffer.shtml Pastor John MacArthur also has a helpful teaching answering the question of how to reconcile two truths found in Scripture of God's sovereignty and man's responsibility. https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/43-15/twin-truths-gods-sovereignty-and-mans-responsibility
Floodgates have been opened and nightmarish things like this would have been unimaginable in our growing up world which is gone. Christians should plead to God to put a stop to this woman's attempt to subvert the foundations. Her Catholicism has made her crazy. Ps 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
Thanks for that Ladybug,answers some questions about the flu's vanishing act. In the mean time prospering China celebrates new year together.. no dodgy vaccine needed. https://www.businessinsider.com/china-wuhan-celebrates-new-year-in-style-covid-19-outbreak-2021-1?r=US&IR=T
Where did the flu go? Maybe crafty Covid swallowed it up. Reports are coming out that flu is historically low this year with some countries reporting zero cases so far. Usually flu vaccines are offered to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions because of higher fatality risks, the point being there was never a call made to shut down a country and put the entire population under house arrest because of flu. The ends justify the means they say but is it worth giving up essential liberty for temporary safety? If you answer yes then according to Benjamin Franklin you don't deserve liberty or safety.
True Mike, they have to keep the lie going to bring the change that's taking place so would mean those dying of actual Covid would be even less than .0022%. I'd like to know the world fatality rate because of China style covid restrictions for suicide, drug overdose, elderly people giving up will to live/neglect, undiagnosed illnesses, famine:Madagascar are having to mix white clay with tamarind for food because of drought plus covid travel restrictions. Livelihoods lost, late cancer screenings, mental health deterioration.. what is the long-term mortality rate going to be for these? There are GP's all over the world with same worry that they not seeing patients for necessary lifesaving treatments/diagnosis because of fear/travel and transport restrictions in rural areas. Is anybody recording these things? It's a fallen world and people die of natural causes but when there are man made causes it becomes more concerning and evil. Yes B. McCausland, sadly part of that salt is being truthful and the savour is lost when pastors even "reformed" convince their flock that all is justified with the church restrictions/closures and all better put on the mask and stay home/ separate from one another so can be safe. Luke18:8..Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find fait
Ariel¬† 'Quote::- ‚ÄúCOVID-19: There have been approximately 1,792,786 deaths reported worldwide.'
Lets work that out...the World population is around 7.8 billion and the fatality rate would then be 0.022%. Doesn't make sense , except that a Godless cultural revolution is taking place leading up to the Fascist totalitarian beast system described in Revelation 13. With the above calculation and pastors still calling this a pandemic and not warning their flock /making a stand are believing a lie.
Sen.Rand Paul is right to see and state the agenda behind the mask/covid restrictions. When Governments cross lines, wielding so much over our lives and we surrender our liberties, it really is the death of a Nation. 'Temporary' can very well become 'permanent' as how many more strains to come? As the saying goes 'we all in this together' meaning we all communists now. Forceful new restrictive laws that break the old constitution laws violate and opens the door to whatever else they think up for "our safety." Surveys in below links proving the harmful side effects of suffering mask use demand open public debate. Perilous times. 'Prolonged use of N95 and surgical masks causes physical adverse effects such as headaches, difficulty breathing, acne, skin breakdown, rashes, and impaired cognition. It also interferes with vision, communication, and thermal equilibrium.' https://clinmedjournals.org/articles/jide/journal-of-infectious-diseases-and-epidemiology-jide-6-130.php?jid=jide 'Face masks make breathing more difficult. Moreover, a fraction of carbon dioxide previously exhaled is inhaled at each respiratory cycle. https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m2003
What a sweet aroma of Jesus the Pastors consoling poem has and brings to mind Christ's caring promises that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:35-39) and being with us always, even to the end of the world. (Matt 28:20).
AB 'Please read Dr. Albert Mohler Jr s WHOLE ARTICAL' Am tempted to say ok then you go first with the shot as he believes is the moral thing to do,even though it is unapproved for preventing the virus, comes with possible harmful immediate/ unknown longterm side effects i.e .autoimmune disease, seizures, death, who knows what else.....but would rather urge to give more careful consideration before consenting. Just because people don't want to act in haste with this vaccine,it doesn't mean they are against vaccines in general or immoral. Does Mohler also applaud operation Warp Speed's production of a pre filled syringe that will deliver an electronically traceable vaccine? Christians can see where this is going. Those who are Roman Catholics or compromised with them don't believe/obey the Gospel and need to come to faith in Christ alone. The full article you pointed to just confirms that he is singing from the same hymn sheet as RC's social teachings... https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/13354/common-good-must-motivate-search-for-vaccine-says-pope Catechism of the Catholic Church 1927 It is the role of the state to defend and promote the common good of civil society. The common good of the whole human family calls for an organization of society on the international level
Mohler doesn't have the greatest track record in the discernment department and have avoided him like the plague since yoking himself with papal Rome signing the Manhattan declaration,advancing Romes social and political agenda which was for the "common good". Now promoting the vaccine also for "the common good" which is really an attack on individual liberty, allowing civil governments to enforce where they ought not. The great reset is becoming the great apostasy.
Great Sermon! Much needed message today,thank you and may we have the persevering grace to hear and do the Word from the heart being salt and light in this Godless Society, therefore not isolating ourselves to the extent our witness be hid. Praise God for the perfect righteousness of Christ. Sadly though even in "Reformed" churches today there is private interpretation on what defines worldliness. The Sabbath was mentioned and believe this command still to stand that one day in seven is for rest/worship of the one true God but have sadly witnessed some religious being very zealous for the 2nd part of this commandment but ignoring the 1st part of the commandment,to work. This is happening in lazy culture with a welfare state not helping matters, men becoming freeloaders,entertaining themselves with video games/sport watching but no work ethic as the Apostle Paul wrote in 2nd Thessalonians. Just thought to mention this as not many Pastors touch on this side of the 4th commandment being the other 6 days which can be very hypocritical.
He's certainly revealing himself more as he takes his place on the stage of the world. (2 Thess 2:3) even admitting himself 'he is the devil'.. in 2018. WCF 25:5 states, ‚ÄúThere is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ: nor can the Pope of Rome in any sense be the head thereof; but is that antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the church against Christ, and all that is called God.‚ÄĚ Why don't evangelical Protestant churches believe and teach this anymore? Jesuit invented counter Reformation preterist and futurist views on Antichrist are deceptive and designed for a reason. Richard Bennett , former RC priest describes well here who this man of sin is and it may be soon that Christians won't be able to access these vital sources of information... would urge Christians to personally save and record while there is still opportunity. https://www.sermonaudio.com/solo/swrb/sermons/81703213440/
The book's title should rather be called ' a nightmare becomes us, path to tyranny' Grievous to say, the system and organizations that make up the new world order listen to/herald him as he pushes devilish global communist agendas under the guise of 'social justice', saving the environment' etc. This world is becoming exceedingly dangerous as Governments of the world are becoming more Jesuit controlled especially now with Biden. Christians need to pray against this man as CH Spurgeon once quoted... "It is the bounden duty of every Christian to pray against Antichrist, and as to what Antichrist is no sane man ought to raise a question. If it be not the popery in the Church of Rome there is nothing in the world that can be called by that name"
‚ÄúResistance to tyranny is obedience to God.‚ÄĚ Disobedience to any government when it contradicts God‚Äôs Word is obedience to God." John Knox Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.