• Doctrine & Theology,  Quotes

    Repost: Lydia’s Conversion and God’s Irresistible Grace

    A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. (Acts 16:14, NASB) The manner of Lydia’s conversion is a fine illustration of how God always redeems lost souls. From our human perspective, we may think we are seeking Him, that trusting Christ is merely a “decision” that lies within the power of our own will to choose, or that we are sovereign over our own hearts and affections. In reality, wherever you see a soul like Lydia’s truly seeking God, you can be certain God…

  • Doctrine & Theology,  Quotes

    The Sovereignty of God Is the Most Comforting Doctrine

    The sovereignty of God is the most encouraging and comforting doctrine in all of Scripture. An understanding of it removes the anxiety from life. It also gives the man of God courage in spiritual duty and willingness to face any danger. God is never surprised, nor is His will ever frustrated. He says in Isaiah 46:11, “Truly I have spoken, truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.” Because He is in total control, there is no need to worry, to compromise, to equivocate, or to manipulate to achieve a goal. The man of God knows that the success of his ministry…

  • Quotes

    Lydia’s Conversion and God’s Irresistible Grace

    A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. (Acts 16:14, NASB) The manner of Lydia’s conversion is a fine illustration of how God always redeems lost souls. From our human perspective, we may think we are seeking Him, that trusting Christ is merely a “decision” that lies within the power of our own will to choose, or that we are sovereign over our own hearts and affections. In reality, wherever you see a soul like Lydia’s truly seeking God, you can be certain God…

  • Doctrine & Theology,  Quotes

    Today’s Christianity Has Emasculated the Message of Salvation

    Twentieth-century Christianity has tended to take a minimalist approach to the gospel. Unfortunately, the legitimate desire to express the heart of the gospel clearly has given way to a less wholesome endeavor. It is a campaign to distill the essentials of the message to the barest possible terms. The glorious gospel of Christ—which Paul called “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16)—includes all the truth about Christ. But American evangelicalism tends to regard the gospel as a “plan of salvation.” We have reduced the message to a list of facts stated in the fewest possible words—and getting fewer all the time. You’ve probably seen these prepackaged…

  • Quotes

    Repentance and Faith: The Two Cannot Be Separate

    The Bible is clear: Repentance is at the heart of the gospel call. Unless we are preaching repentance we are not preaching the gospel our Lord has charged us to preach. If we fail to call people to turn from their sins, we are not communicating the same gospel the apostles proclaimed. The Western church has subtly changed the thrust of the gospel. Instead of exhorting sinners to repent, evangelicalism in our society asks the unsaved to “accept Christ.” That makes sinners sovereign and puts Christ at their disposal. In effect it puts Christ on trial and hands the judge’s robes and gavel to the inquirer—precisely opposite of what should…

  • Quotes

    Only One Truth

    Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted. As many were astonished at you— his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind— so shall he sprinkle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand. (Isaiah 52:13-15) This speaks of Jesus Christ, seven hundred years before He was born. And so does chapter 53 and so does this entire section of Isaiah with many chapters directed at the person of the…

  • Quotes

    Our Weakness, God’s Power

    So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am…

  • Quotes

    Will the YRR Listen?

    John MacArthur shares three additional concerns regarding some in the Young, Restless and Reformed movement. Yet, after the reaction to his summer blog posts, one can’t help but wonder: will the YRR listen? I pray that this time they will. http://player.ooyala.com/player.js?embedCode=BiMTB5MjrwPRGvEDR7NrY46krGeBkNxw&deepLinkEmbedCode=BiMTB5MjrwPRGvEDR7NrY46krGeBkNxw&video_pcode=xlazk6UqCy_TlVTmRBn0SbGNefYu&width=700&autoplay=0&height=393

  • Discernment

    The Modern Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

    This past Sunday, John MacArthur delivered a stellar sermon at his home church. I know, I know, what else is new? But this is one that you’ll want to hear. Deviating a bit from his usual verse-by-verse exposition, MacArthur took the time to expose some of today’s dangerous, deceptive teachings that are infiltrating the church and Christian circles. These are movements that find themselves blaspheming the Holy Spirit by the very nature of their false teaching. MacArthur then demonstrated the true doctrine of the Holy Spirit as taught to us in God’s Word. This was an introductory sermon, as Dr. MacArthur intends to continue teaching on the Holy Spirit in…

  • Doctrine & Theology,  Quotes

    How Did Jesus Do Evangelism?

    “Never did Jesus call for a short, easy prayer to receive eternal life. Never did He call on people to make an emotional decision induced by some pleadings by someone or some music or some environment. Never did Jesus offer an easy forgiveness and an easy way to Heaven. The door was always narrow, hard to find and there were always distractions to lead people away. […] In fact, if you look at the evangelism of Jesus it’s amazingly contrary to what we are used to. The Lord did everything He could, said everything He could to stop would-be, shallow, superficial followers…to literally stop them dead in their tracks. He…