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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Our assignment is to continue to read the pamphlet “What Does the Bible Say About Election” by Bro. Zack Guess. As we read this, let us answer the following questions: Questions 1. Is election a beautiful doctrine or is it a harsh doctrine? Give reasons for your answer. 2. What are the benefits that flow to God’s people through election? 3. How can you tell if you are one of God’s elect… Read More

Our assignment is to continue to read “What Does the Bible Say About Election?” As we read, let us answer the following questions: Questions 1. If someone said the doctrine of election causes men to be careless sinners, how should we answer him? 2. If someone said that election pertained only to the Jews, how should we answer him? 3. If someone said that election pertained only to the apostles, how should… Read More

We can see God manifesting His purpose of election down through the centuries. Even in the second generation of mankind, Abel was a man of faith and Cain was of the wicked one (Genesis 4:4-5; I John 3:12; Jude 11; Hebrews 11:4). Abraham was an idolator (Joshua 24:2; Acts 7:1) when God called him. Why did God choose Abraham and not someone else? Simply because it was His good pleasure to do… Read More

God does just exactly what He wants to do. This is plain from Daniel 4:35. So if God wanted to save all men it is certain that all men would be saved. But it is certain that not all men are saved (John 8:44), so it stands that God did not intend to save all men. He elected or chose to salvation all whom He intended to save. God is the supreme… Read More

We have been studying the doctrine of election. Election itself actually saved no one; it only marked out particular sinners (the elect) for salvation. Those chosen by the Father were given to the Son who must redeem them or purchase their salvation by His own blood. Redemption in the Scriptures carries with it the idea of a captive being set free on the payment of the proper ransom price. The ransom price… Read More

The simple fact is that Christ simply did not die for all men. He did not intend to save all men or He would have done so. He certainly has enough power to do what He wants to do. Many have the perverted idea that there will be persons in everlasting hell whom God loves. Would you let someone you love suffer such a fate? Some say that God’s love changes to… Read More

Redemption from sin was accomplished by the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus Christ. This happened nearly two thousand years ago. Therefore, when we talk about redemption, we are talking about an accomplished historical fact. We are not talking about something that remains to be accomplished or completed, but something that was completely finished over nineteen hundred years ago. The book of John points this out as follows: “When Jesus therefore… Read More

We have already stated that the doctrine of Particular Redemption teaches that Christ died for the elect and the elect only. Christ did not die for any that would perish in hell. Let us examine this teaching and see how reasonable and consistent it is. All those for whom Christ gave His life as a ransom are either ransomed or they are not. It is very evident, from Scripture and from observation,… Read More

There are some Scriptures which seem at first glance to support the idea of universal redemption. But the Bible doesn’t contradict itself and teach particular redemption in some places and universal redemption in others. On closer study, each of the Scriptures which might seem to support the idea of universal redemption in fact teach that Christ died for the elect and for none other. One of the most commonly used Scriptures to… Read More

In the following lesson, we will continue to examine some Scriptures which are used by some to teach the doctrine of universal redemption. I. “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (I John 2:2) First we must examine the word “propitiation.” The idea of propitiating is that of appeasing one who has been offended. The offended one… Read More

There are some passages of Scripture where the use of the words “all,” “every man” etc. are thought by some to teach universal redemption. But as was the case with the word “world,” an examination of such Scriptures in their contexts and in the light of the teaching of the Bible as a whole, will show clearly that these Scriptures actually teach particular redemption. First, we will show that the word “all”… Read More

In our previous studies, we have examined some Scriptures which, at first glance and isolated from other Scriptures, seem to some people to teach universal redemption. In each case, we have seen that these and all other Scriptures teach that the redemption of Jesus Christ is limited to the elect people of God. In this study sheet we will consider several other Scriptures which some use erroneously to teach universal redemption. I…. Read More

In this study, we will examine one passage of Scripture which Arminians, Universalists, and others use to teach the doctrine of General or Universal Atonement. We have not studied all such Scriptures, but we have studied a sufficient number to give us some experience in the correct interpretation and application of Scripture. With diligent, prayerful, study the student of the Scriptures who cares enough to find out what the Bible really teaches,… Read More

In this study we will examine II Peter 3:9 and endeavor to obtain the correct meaning:“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” This scripture is commonly used to teach that God desires the whole human race to be saved. He does not will that any human being should… Read More

This will be our final study on the subject of Particular Redemption. Most of the studies have been devoted to a defense of this doctrine against those who advocate Universal Redemption (the doctrine that Christ died for all men indiscriminately–for those that will be damned in hell as well as for those that will be saved in heaven.) We will end our study of Particular Redemption on a positive note. This study… Read More

Having considered the subjects Man Dead in Sins, Unconditional Election, and Particular Redemption, we now come to study the subject of Irresistible Grace. Long before we reached this point, we parted ways with the Arminians. They deny that man is totally dead in trespasses and in sins and thereby totally unable to help save himself. They deny that before the world began God chose His people in Christ entirely unconditionally of works… Read More

It needs to be pointed out that if the truths that we have previously studied be true, then the truth of irresistible grace must necessarily follow. For example, one cannot maintain that man is truly dead in sin and yet deny the necessity of irresistible grace in his salvation. If the sinner is totally depraved, dead in sins, unable to do any good, then he needs far more than mere assistance. Give… Read More

The great majority of Christians believe in gospel regeneration. They believe that a person must hear and believe the gospel (or at least read the Word of God) in order to be born again. However, they have a problem with what to do with those who die in infancy or with those who are mentally incapable of hearing and understanding the gospel. Invariably they try to come up with two ways of… Read More

When we speak of irresistible grace, we mean that when God moves in power to bring salvation to a sinner, that this power cannot be resisted–it is always effectual. Those who don’t believe this always turn to Acts 7. Stephen is preaching here and in verse fifty-one he says, “ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.” To… Read More

Our assignment this time is to read God’s Drawing Power by Zack Guess and to answer the following questions: 1. Give five examples from the New Testament of the use of the word translated “draw” in John 12:32. Confine those examples to usages concerning natural phenomena. 2. List four ways the word translated “draw” in John 12:32 is used in the Classical Greek. 3. Does God save a sinner against his will?… Read More

There is much misunderstanding in the religious world about “faith” or “belief.” Many preachers will say that salvation is by grace but that a person must “put his trust in Jesus Christ” or “believe in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior” or “have faith in Jesus Christ” before he can be saved. This act of faith, thus presented, is an act of the sinner’s free will. This conception of faith is not… Read More

In our last study sheet, we considered Scriptures which spoke of “faith,” “believe,” etc. In them we saw that faith is a gift of God, given in the new birth, and not a work of the creature to be performed in order to be born again. Let us now continue to consult the Scriptures. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not… Read More

In the last few study sheets, we have considered the subject of “saving faith.” In this sheet we will conclude our study of this subject with some very sound comments from the book, Reformed Dogmatics by Herman Hoeksema. “Faith is not another work on the part of man, by performing which he becomes worthy of salvation. All the work that makes us worthy of righteousness and eternal life and glory has been… Read More

We have studied the doctrine of “Irresistible Grace” for several study sheets now. We have seen that this means that God’s grace cannot be resisted when He operates by the Holy Spirit to bring the salvation treasured up in Jesus Christ to a sinner. There are several Scriptural terms that are used to describe God’s operations of grace. The reason, no doubt, that the Scriptures use several terms to describe this operation… Read More

We will consider now the question of the gospel. Many people who believe in the irresistible grace of God think this work is accomplished by the preaching of the gospel. In other words, they teach that the Holy Spirit uses the preached word or the written word to bring spiritual life to the sinner. This idea is sometimes referred to as “Gospel Regeneration.” The Primitive Baptists and some others do not believe… Read More

We have previously studied that regeneration is a direct work of the Holy Spirit while conversion is a work of the gospel (the preached or written word). Before we examine the Scriptures concerning these points let us note a few quotations from the book Regeneration and Conversion by W. E. Best: “The mission of the church is not to regenerate people; she is to preach the gospel whereby those whose hearts have… Read More

We come now to the final point in our study of the doctrine of the salvation of God’s people. We have studied the truths of Total Depravity (Mankind Dead in Sins), Unconditional Election, Particular Redemption (Limited Atonement), and Irresistible Grace. Now we conclude with the truth of the Preservation and Perseverance of all the saints unto eternal glory. Briefly stated, this truth means that all the elect will be preserved and will… Read More

In the last study sheet we examined article one of the chapter “Of Perseverance of the Saints” from the London Confession of Faith of 1689. In this study sheet we will consider the two remaining articles of this chapter: 2. “This perseverance of the saints depends not upon their own free will, but upon the immutability of the decree (Rom. 8:30; Rom. 9:11,16) of election, flowing from the free and unchangeable love… Read More

In the previous two study sheets we have examined the London Confession of Faith as it dealt with “Of the Perseverance of the Saints.” In this study sheet we will examine the London Confession section entitled “Of Assurance of Grace and Salvation.” This subject of assurance of salvation is intimately connected with the truth of perseverance. As a child of God perseveres in faith and holiness he becomes more and more assured… Read More

It is important to remember that the child of God will overcome the world by his God-given Faith: “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (I John 5:4). This does not mean that the saint will never commit sin. It means that the Spirit of God in him will not suffer him to always live in sin but… Read More

In the last lesson in our little book I would like to further study the relationship between Preservation and Perseverance. To state again the doctrine of Preservation, we say that this means that of all for whom Christ died, none shall finally fall away and be lost. Nothing can pluck them out of the hands of God. None of them can ever lose his salvation. Some Scriptures which prove this are John… Read More

Preservation and Perseverance as Sung by the Saints Introductory note: it is a very interesting phenomenon that in religion the songs that people sing usually reflect their beliefs. This is as it should be. To believe one thing and to sing another would be inconsistent. The Baptist forefathers believed, taught and sang the truths contained in the doctrine of Preservation/Perseverance. Following are a few examples from several standard, widely-used hymnals: “Lone Pilgrim,”… Read More

“…Come hither, and I will show you the Bride, the Lamb’s Wife.” (Revelation 21:9) We have presented the origin, characteristics, nature, and spirituality of the Bride, the Lamb’s wife. With each member of His body, a “spirit of adoption,” is given, and they each wait in hope for the resurrection of the dead, wherein they will fully realize the adoption, the redemption of their body. At some point in historical time, that… Read More

“And He said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) These words were directed from Jesus to the eleven apostles. Notice that this commission or command was given after Jesus had risen from the grave. (Judas had already hanged himself.) We have a prayer in our heart that God will bless us to rightly divide the word of truth. As the Lord… Read More

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) The righteousness intended here is not creature-righteousness. “All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field, which withereth and fadeth away when the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it.” (Isaiah 40:6-7) But the righteousness the dear Lord has in view in this text, is that blessed righteousness… Read More

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) The righteousness intended here is not creature-righteousness. “All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field, which withereth and fadeth away when the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it.” (Isaiah 40:6-7) But the righteousness the dear Lord has in view in this text, is that blessed righteousness… Read More

We have been called on for an expression of our views on the subject of washing the saints’ feet, but we confess our inability to do justice to the subject, especially when we find a discrepance in the views of those whom we have a right to esteem much better than ourself. Our brethren in the southern and south-western States, so far as we are informed, generally practice literally the service of… Read More

“But God hath called us to peace.” (I Corinthians 7:15) “And the way of peace have they not known.” (Romans 3:17) God has said of someone — I do not say He said it to me — that He “hath called us to peace.” There IS someone He has called to peace, and I do not say it was you. But, it is certain that God has called someone to peace. He… Read More

When we consider that, as David confessed, men are “shapened in iniquity; and in sin” did their “mother conceive” them (Psalm 51:5,) and that “the wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies” (Psalm 58:3,) it becomes certain that man is in no way able to save, or help to save, himself. He has always been depraved. Before the flood, God saw that… Read More

This, is a most precious doctrine! How great is the need for a feeling sinner to be at peace with God? And to ever be at peace with God, in some manner, he must be reconciled to Him. By nature he is born a rebel. In fact, his “natural mind,” or “carnal mind is enmity against God, it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Conditions of Prosperity” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 2nd Chronicles 26:5 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Manifestation of Christ” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 14:21 and the audio is 46 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Present Help” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Psalm 46:1 and the audio is 47 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Strange Doctrine” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Hebrews 13:9 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

“And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful (propitious) to me a sinner.” (Luke 18:13) The word propitiation means to appease divine wrath, and render satisfaction. To be propitious, or to be merciful. Our dear Lord, two thousand years ago, actually did appease the frowning Justice of God, and render satisfaction for His elect…. Read More

Usually most people know what is meant by a ransom when reading about a kidnapping in a daily newspaper. However, when they hear the word in the context of the Christian faith, they are as blind as if they never heard the word at all! It means what it means in both settings! The ransom price is paid, and the captive goes free! That is the Gospel! Again, that price was paid… Read More

This aspect of the Gospel is the most familiar of all those listed, and yet strangely, so little truly believed by most people. “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture.” (I Corinthians 15:3) Some people recognize what that passage says, and yet do not want to receive the force of it. So they modify it… Read More

It is both reasonable and Biblical that anyone going to heaven must be without sin. “The soul that sinneth it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4) Since sin is the “transgression of the law” and the “wages of sin is death” (1 John 3:4 and Romans 6:23) and “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” a poor feeling sinner cannot help but think: “Who, Lord, then can be saved?” And… Read More

We use the term begetting, for the implantation of natural life in Adam’s offspring, and quickening for the implantation of spiritual life of Christ in an elect by the Holy Spirit. The term birth is limited to one being delivered from his mother’s womb, and the term new birth for conversion or deliverance to the light of the Gospel. As you will see, these terms cover a period of time in natural… Read More

“And, behold, there talked with Him two men, which were Moses and Elias: who appeared in glory, and spake of His decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:30-31) Later, John would reference back to this most glorious event, saying, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” –… Read More