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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pope Francis got the memo two thousand years late…

Posted by Gary on November 22, 2016

“Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.” (Matthew 12:31)

The Vatican announced yesterday that Pope Francis, “extended indefinitely to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a right previously reserved for bishops or special confessors in most parts of the world.” So, we are to understand that in 2016, some two thousand years after Christ declared that “any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people”, that Francis has extended the power to all priests to forgive abortion? Apparently Francis and many popes before him did not get the memo that Jesus had already declared that any sin and blasphemy (save the blasphemy against the Spirit) shall be forgiven. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Justified now, forgiven now, saved now, saved with a certainty (The Bible’s condemnation of the Roman Catholic view of Justification)

Posted by Gary on May 17, 2012

John 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

1 John 5:13 “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.”

John 10:28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”

I spent some time today reading the sixth section of The Council of Trent, the Roman Catholic Church’s response to the Protestant Reformation. The sixth section outlines Rome’s position on “Justification” or what the layman might call, “forgiveness”. I was formerly a Catholic and have many family and friends who are. I love them and believe that some of them have a genuine faith in the Lord Jesus. But if they are saved it must be said that it is in spite of what Rome has taught them, not because of it.

The Bible teaches us that at the moment a person receives Christ as their Savior with genuine repentance and faith, their sins are forgiven and they have eternal life never to perish. Jesus has said it above in John 5:24, please notice the tense… “has eternal life” and “has passed out of death into life”. Not, “might have eternal life” or “can hope he has eternal life”. Notice also, not, “will have eternal life” or, “will pass out of death into life”. But, “has”, now!

On what does Jesus make these wonderful assurances contingent? Believing. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me”…But Rome says something different:

Section 6: Canon 12.
If anyone says that justifying faith is nothing else than confidence in divine mercy, which remits sins for Christ’s sake, or that it is this confidence alone that justifies us, let him be anathema.

Section 6: Canon 14.
If anyone says that man is absolved from his sins and justified because he firmly believes that he is absolved and justified, or that no one is truly justified except him who believes himself justified, and that by this faith alone absolution and justification are effected, let him be anathema.

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Understanding Rob Bell

Posted by Gary on April 19, 2011

Isaiah 53:10 “But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.”

One must understand when listening to Rob Bell and others like him that when they just seem to be asking something, they are really saying something. Questions do not always mean inquiry, questions can actually be a subtle way of declaring. This is Rob Bell, ask, ask, just asking when all the while he is sowing falsehood and lies about God and the gospel (see this serious parody of Rob Bell and his method).

Here is an excerpt from Bell’s promotional video for his latest book, “Love Wins”:

“And so, what gets, subtlety, sort of caught and taught is that Jesus rescues you from God. But what kind of God is that; that we would need to be rescued from this God? How could that God ever be good; how could that God ever be trusted? And how could that ever be good news?”

What does Jesus rescue us from? God’s wrath against evil and sin. It’s not good that God hates evil and sin? A God who hates evil can’t be trusted? Would someone please explain the logic of this question? A God who holds men accountable for their actions in accord with absolute truth and righteousness can’t be trusted?

What Rob Bell is really asking (saying) is, “Don’t you dislike the idea of a just, righteous God?” This is the danger of Bell’s questions, he is posing them to idolatrous hearts (yes, like mine), knowing that in our falleness we hate God’s justice. “Yeah” the devil sneers into our ears, “What kind of God is this who punishes?” “Doesn’t He know you mean well and that that deep down you are really a good person?”

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Rest for the conscience

Posted by Gary on February 5, 2011

“But suppose the conscience becomes restless, what are we to do with it? Brothers and Sisters, there is no purging the conscience from dead works except by drawing near to Christ, again! Have any of you Christian people slipped with your feet? Have you dishonored the sacred name you bear? Be ashamed and be confused. Who among us has not much to make him ashamed?

But remember that the Christ who invites the erring sinner before conversion, invites the erring Believer after conversion. Come, all you that labor within your spirits and are heavy laden under a sense of your imperfections—come to Christ, again, today! Where you once found rest in the atoning Sacrifice, you shall find it again!

…You with your intellectual brilliance, come to my Lord, today, and see Him on the tree, and look your doubts away! You with the troubled conscience because of your unworthy walk, come to the Fountain and be washed anew—and let your conscience find rest.”—Charles Spurgeon from “The Christ Given Rest”

Need some good news?

Posted by Gary on September 16, 2010

I hope you are reading Charles Spurgeon’s devotional “Morning and Evening”. If you aren’t you are depriving your soul food, help and strength. It is available along with a daily reading from “Faith’s Checkbook” online free here.

I read this the other evening and was comforted by it knowing that I am a sinner. Do you know that you are? Are you concerned about your standing with God? Do you ever wonder if God will receive you because of your sin? Read on.

Luke 15:2 “This Man receives sinners.”

Observe the condescension of this fact. This Man, who towers above all other men, holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners—this Man receives sinners. This Man, who is no other than the eternal God, before whom angels veil their faces—this Man receives sinners. It needs an angel’s tongue to describe such a mighty stoop of love. That any of us should be willing to seek after the lost is nothing wonderful—they are of our own race; but that He, the offended God, against whom the transgression has been committed, should take upon himself the form of a servant, and bear the sin of many, and should then be willing to receive the vilest of the vile, this is marvelous.

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Would you attend Chuck’s church?

Posted by Gary on May 13, 2010

What do you expect to hear when you go to church? Just below is a quote from a sermon entitled “Forgiveness” by Charles Spurgeon. You can know you are in the right church if it preaches the Bible which will always humble us first and show us the truth before it offers us hope.

Some of you may say, “You seem to think us a bad lot”—and so I do. Others exclaim, “How can you talk to us in this way? We are a honest, moral, and upright people.” If so, then I have no gospel to preach to you. You may go elsewhere if you will, for you may get moral sermons in scores of chapels if you want them; but I am come in my Master’s name to preach to sinners, and so I will not say a word to you Pharisees except this—By so much as you think yourself righteous and holy, by so much shall you be cast out of God’s presence at last. Your sentence will be eternal banishment from the presence of Him who hath said to every repenting sinner, “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions, and will not remember thy sins.”

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