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

RC Sproul: Works Will Make You Believe More
June 19, 2012, 10:45 am
Filed under: Galatian Heresy, Law/Gospel Distinction, Lordship Salvation

by David Bishop

In his book, Essential Truths of Christian Faith, RC Sproul argues that believers grow in faith by keeping God’s law.

“We are justified by faith alone apart from works.  However, all believers grow in faith by keeping God’s holy commands – not to gain God’s favor, but out of loving gratitude for the grace already bestowed on them through the work of Christ.” – pg. 254

In the very same book, he argues that some people are saved but do not know they are saved, because they have not assured themselves of their election by ridding themselves of sins that trouble their conscience. Continue reading

Does God See The Sins of His People?
March 30, 2012, 2:32 pm
Filed under: Law/Gospel Distinction, Lordship Salvation, Universal Atonement

written by Scott Price

The Sins of God’s people have been put away. They are hid in the value of the effectual merit of the blood and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. Is that enough? The value of His effectual work starts with God’s promise in the Covenant made before time. The God who cannot lie promised eternal life based on Christ in this Covenant. He swore to this by His Name. This shows the faith and confidence that the Father had in Christ. This part of salvation is no small thing. All the conditions and duties were on the holy shoulders of the Lord Jesus as He performed the gospel in every step, fulfilling the terms of the Covenant. Continue reading

Thorns, Thistles and Withered Plants
March 28, 2012, 1:44 pm
Filed under: Law/Gospel Distinction, Lordship Salvation

written by David Bishop

Hebrews 6:1
Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and 
holding him up to contempt.  Continue reading

J I Packer Thinks He Is More Prudent Than God

written by Mark McCulley

When J. I Packer claims that election is not part of the gospel message (“Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God”), he relegates the doctrine of election to the “hidden God” who we need not know.  Besides the God who has already elected a sinner in Christ or not, there is a false god offering Christ to sinners. Continue reading

Joe: Portrait of an American Christian
March 6, 2012, 3:33 pm
Filed under: Law/Gospel Distinction, Lordship Salvation

by David Bishop

Joe is of the opinion that Christ’s death did more than secure eternal salvation and faith for His people.   Joe is of the opinion that Christ’s death also delivered His people from the influence of sin in their behavior.  As Joe explains it:  “our old sin-loving nature was buried with Christ, and in His resurrection we were raised with Christ, new creatures with the Spirit-powered ability to not sin.”  Continue reading

A Practical Gospel of Self-Righteousness
March 2, 2012, 12:33 pm
Filed under: Law/Gospel Distinction, Repentance

written by David Bishop

I once believed that I stood before God accepted according to my own righteousness.  I believed that His demand for absolute obedience from the moment of my conception to the moment of my death could be satisfied by my attempts to change my behavior, to conduct myself in a certain way.  And this wasn’t the average, formal religious way either.  It wasn’t that I didn’t cuss, didn’t drink, didn’t smoke, didn’t watch certain movies or listen to certain music, because the truth is that I continued to do all those things and much more.  Nor was it that I carefully kept to a schedule of bible study, prayer and church attendance, though I did indeed do these things and much more.   No, it was that I thought that if I expressed what I believed to be the heart of God for the people I lived, worked and interacted with on a daily basis, then I would be demonstrating that I was in tune with God’s heart. Continue reading