Many Will Say, ‘Lord, Lord!’
September 19, 2012, 10:14 pm
Filed under: Gospel, Law/Gospel Distinction, Works Righteousness

written by Christopher Macfarlane

For a long time, I had a particular testimony I would often give. It would go something like this:

“I used to live for myself. Although I would say Jesus died for my sins, I didn’t live like I believed it. One day I was driving home from college, when all of a sudden, the words of Jesus in Matthew 7 came to mind. They left me white-knuckled as I gripped the wheel of my car. They were the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone 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 will enter. “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.’ I thought about my life, and how riddled with sin it was. I was a worker of iniquity. I needed to do the will of God or I would go to hell.” Continue reading

The Gospel Is Not 1 Corinthians 15
August 7, 2012, 11:00 am
Filed under: 1 Corinthians 15, Gospel

by David Bishop

1 Corinthians 15:1-7  Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the world I preached to you – unless you believed in vain.   For I delivered to you as of first important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of who are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.

It is sometimes argued that 1 Corinthians 15 contains all the essential core doctrines of the gospel.  From this notion it is maintained that a believer is someone who agrees with the eyewitness account of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, while everything else is just icing on the cake. Continue reading

Are Some Christians Not “Gospel Wakeful”?
July 17, 2012, 4:05 pm
Filed under: Gospel, Tolerant Calvinism

by Mark Mcculley

I Corinthians 5:20—“we implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

As ambassadors FOR Christ, we command all who hear, “’be ye reconciled”.  Even though II Cor 5 is addressed to Christians only, the message taken by Christians to the lost is not for the elect only.  The “be ye reconciled” is for those who have not yet been already justified.

Some “high Calvinists” don’t have a category for lost elect people.   They would tell you that you were never lost, but that you only didn’t know you were already saved. Continue reading