Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Dispensationalism, Social Justice & Race

Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics 2019 Conference papers available HERE

Share the Gospel with Atheists: Sye Ten Bruggencate


Saturday, November 16, 2019

Banner of Truth 2019 Christmas Specials

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Sovereignty of God

Some resources on God's Sovereignty provided by the Monergism Website.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

More on God's Sovereignty...

Recall that God initially chose Saul as the first King of Israel. Yet we find some time later...

Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him. Saul's servants then said to him, "Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you. 1 Sam 16:14-15

John Calvin noted:
Moreover, that the ministry of Satan is employed to instigate the reprobate, whenever the Lord, in the course of his providence, has any purpose to accomplish in them, will sufficiently appear from a single passage. It is repeatedly said in the First Book of Samuel, that an evil spirit from the Lord came upon Saul, and troubled him (1 Sam. 16:14; 18:10; 19:9).  (Emphasis mine)
Terry Johnson writes:
We have another striking example of God using or acting concurrently through Satan in 2 Samuel 24 and its parallel in 1 Chronicles 21. Note that 2 Samuel 24:1 says, 'The anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, "Go number Israel and Judah."' It was wrong for David to number the people, yet this passage says, 'the LORD...incited David against them.' However, 1 Chronicles 21:1 records the very same incident this way, 'Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel." ~ The Identity and Attributes of God (page 127)
Johnson cites other instances. The above examples also challenge the notion that one can clearly separate God's purpose (anger/wrath) with Satan's activities (wrath etc) in an eschatological scenario. The future Antichrist and his ministry are governed by God for the purpose of judgment on unbelievers (2 Thess 2:11).

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Revival

In 1947, writing a foreword for his friend Philip Hughes, Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, “There is no subject which is of greater importance to the Christian church at the present time than that of revival. It should be the theme of our constant meditation, preaching and prayers.”[1] He described his daily prayer for revival as “an unusual and single manifestation of God’s power through the Holy Spirit.”[2]

Throughout Lloyd-Jones’ life and ministry, his conviction regarding the crucial importance of revival––and of preaching about it––never wavered.[3] He recognized that the only source of authentic and enduring hope for the church, in experiencing the reality of revival, was deeply rooted in the model and method of the New Testament church...keep reading

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Freely By His Grace - Review by Gary Gilley

Freely By His Grace - Classical Free Grace Theology is one of my primary sources from the non-Lordship Salvation Camp. It's a 600 page book and monster of a subject, often over my head. I picked it up a few years ago and plodded along for a while. The problem with these Big Subjects is that you have to look at the other side as well. It takes an enormous amount of time to do the topic justice. It is very easy to drown in complexity of details and fact-checking accusations. I eventually ran out of steam and set the books aside.

However, I did come away with certain impressions which have since been vindicated in a review of FBHG by Gary Gilley. He singles out Bing, Lybrand and Stallard, and I agree with his comments. My impression is that Mike Stallard tried to bring some balance to FBHG.

My interest was re-ignited some time ago when friends began sharing anti-LS video presentations. So I posted an article HERE and updated it recently. Presentations like these are often the only source of information they access. I'm not convinced that videos and podcasts, on their own, are the best information resources. And I know that many people won't fact-check because they trust the source.

Of course there are always good points made by the non-LS people. There are also some canards. Anyway, I think Gary Gilley's review of FBHG is helpful. I find him balanced in his approach. Read it HERE.