How Much Faith Is Enough?
June 6, 2012, 11:12 am
Filed under: Assent, Lordship Salvation, Sanctification

by David Bishop

Faith, says Hebrews 11, “is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen . . . by faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible”.  

In other words, Godly assurance and conviction are not the subjects of empirical evidence.  They are not derived from sense experience.  They are not borne by feel of the wind on the skin, by the sight of trees, or by the methodical study of animal cells and stars.   Rather, Godly assurance and conviction are borne by the word of God.  The truth about trees, about the wind, about animal cells and stars are derived exclusively from the word of God.  Faith is the conviction, the assurance that this knowledge derived from the word of God is true. (John 3:32-33) Continue reading

Sanctification Is Not More and More
April 19, 2012, 10:50 am
Filed under: Lordship Salvation, Sanctification

from A W Pink’s, “The Doctrine of Sanctification”

In the Larger Catechism of the Westminster Assembly the question is asked, “What is sanctification?” To which the following answer is returned: “Sanctification is a work of God’s grace, whereby, they whom God hath before the foundation of the world chosen to be holy, are in time through the powerful operation of His Spirit, applying the death and resurrection of Christ unto them, renewed in their whole man after the image of God; having the seeds of repentance unto life and all other saving graces, put into their hearts, and those graces so stirred up, increased, and strengthened, as that they more and more die unto sin and rise unto newness of life.” Continue reading