Addressing Apostate Pulpits In America

When a nation plummets into gross immorality and apostasy, God will use the most unlikely of sources to expose the current form of anemic “Christianity” in America.  The following article is what one might call a “Wake Up Call”: 

 

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A Secular Rapper Calls American Pastors To Account

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You know we’re in trouble when a secular rapper urges pastors to get back to preaching that the Lord is a jealous God of “discipline and obedience.”
As a recent article declared, “Chart-Topping Rapper Kendrick Lamar Is Preaching More Spiritual Truth Than Most of the Dead Churches In America.” So sad, but so true.
Lamar is a 29-year-old, Grammy Award-winning rapper, and his lyrics are typical, hardcore rap: filled with content, packed with protest, laced with profanity.
Suffice it to say that he is not a pristine pure, born-again, Christian rapper. Yet he sees a gaping hole in many churches today, and it mirrors his experience as a boy.
In an email to Hip Hop website DJ Booth he wrote, “I went to a local church some time ago, and it appalled me that the same program was in practice.
A program that I seen as a kid the few times I was in service. Praise, dance. Worship. (Which is beautiful.) Pastor spewing the idea of someone’s season is approaching. The idea of hope.”
He continued, “After being heavily in my studies these past few years, I’ve finally figured out why I left those services feeling spiritually unsatisfied as a child.
I discovered more truth. But simple truth. Our God is a loving God. Yes. He’s a merciful God. Yes. But he’s even more so a God of DISCIPLE. OBEDIENCE. A JEALOUS God. . . .”
And in words that mirror the words of Paul in Romans 11:22, which urge us to consider both the goodness and severity of God, he wrote, “So in conclusion, I feel it’s my calling to share the joy of God, but with exclamation, more so, the FEAR OF GOD. The balance. Knowing the power in what he can build, and also what he can destroy. At any given moment.”
How ironic that a worldly rapper is more concerned to balance out his message than many a preacher in America. How ironic that someone whom the churches would damn in a moment (in fact, “Damn” is the name of his latest project) sees the imbalance in so many of our contemporary churches.
Today, in many of our churches, it’s all about making people feel good about themselves, all about the coming breakthrough (probably financial!), all about fulfilling our personal dreams.
But what about the biblical gospel? What about the fact that one day we’ll have to give account to God for our lives? What about the judgment that will come on the whole world?
What about the reality that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)? What about the fact that Jesus saves us from our sins so that we will live the rest of our lives for Him?
I’m all for preaching hope and encouragement and love, but that is not the whole message. What happened to the rest of God’s holy Word?
In my forthcoming book Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Reformation, I devoted one chapter to the subject of “Restoring Thunder to Our Pulpits.”
In that chapter, I wrote, “Let the truth be told. There is very little thunder from our pulpits, very little preaching that creates an atmosphere of holy reverence (what the Bible calls ‘the fear of the Lord’), very little that challenges us and confronts us and stirs us and awakens us, very little that equips us to endure hardship or to be courageous or to confront the culture or to live a sacrificial life out of love for our neighbor.
“Many of our leaders preach a toothless, pep-talk gospel that fits in perfectly with our convenience store, quick-fix Christianity, promising all kinds of benefits without any requirements. What a deal! Who could refuse it?
No wonder we are producing consumers rather than disciples. What else can we expect when we so studiously bypass the cross in so much of our preaching? What else can we expect when we preach God the Genie rather than God the Judge?”
Do you affirm these words?
At the beginning of the chapter, I quoted from an 1873 sermon from Charles Finney. He said, “Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest,

the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it.
If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.”
Although the pulpit was more influential in his day than in ours, I believe that what he said remains largely true. If America is in serious moral and spiritual decline, many of our preachers are partly to blame.
I say it’s time that we restore thunder to our pulpits. A chart-topping, secular rapper says, “Please do!”
Originally published at AskDrBrown.org – reposted with permission.



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The Only Savior In The World ~ Holy Week 5

And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues.   Luke 7:21

 

What if a doctor examined you and gave you the news that you were terminally ill?  You are, spiritually!  You were born with the congenital disease of sin, and it is fatal (Romans 6:23).  No doctor, medicine, diet, philosophy, or religion can cure this plague.  The Lord Jesus Christ is your only hope.  If you repent and call on Him in faith, He will save you in that same hour.  He alone has the power to cure you of sin and its deadly effect.  Come out of denial, recognize your condition and need, and call upon the Lord.  Time is running out.  Do it now!  -Carl Knott

Time is gliding swiftly by, death and judgment draweth nigh, To the arms of Jesus fly, be in time.  -Charles H. Mason

A 21st Century Spiritual Resurrection / David Lane

 

When they come to write the story of the spiritual resurrection of 21st Century America, a new type of shepherd will likely have come forward.

These forerunners will have stood in flat contradiction to everything that the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton types holds dear.

***   Baby Butcher For President 2016   ***

How would you like to be aborted Hillary, just before you would have been born?  You are a murderer.

 

They will contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God what Secularism has done to America. They “will love Christ and the souls of men to the point of willingness to die for the glory of the one and the salvation of the other. But they will fear nothing that breathes with mortal breath.*

With a Hillary Clinton presidency America is about to learn something that can be learned in no other way, the ethical path is the only safe one. “When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I”, cried the sweet Psalmist of Israel.** ” Tribulation brings us to God and God to us.”***

The anointed eye recognizes that what is needed today are those with the ability to “appraise the religious scene as viewed from God’s position, and to tell us what is actually going on.”**** Most desperately needed is not another market research firm specializing in the study of religious beliefs and behavior of the American pews, but thermostats who impact and regulate the spiritual climate of the nation.

Evangelical pastors and pews must take our game to the next level. Fundamentally we must begin to comprehend that Religious Liberty will be won by organizing and notSunday sermons. A Sunday sermon is not a denomination of political currency; mustering and marshaling parishioners to the public square is. But be not mistaken, the teaching of the whole counsel of God in America’s pulpits, and the resurrection of prayer in America’s churches — led by the senior pastor — will determine if America remains free.

The disciples of godless Secularism are not cowed by sermons, marches, or prayer rallies. Those doing this to our country must be removed from the public stage, that’s the initial stopgap. Following secularists removal from office — if America is to be saved — Secularism will have to be demolished, eliminating its choke-hold on the media, public education, higher learning, Big Business, the Supreme Court, Federal Courts, and Hollywood.

What Secularism is doing to America is gambling with the very life of the nation; most Americans are unalarmed and clueless. What is the matter with the people of America?

If America is to receive a 21st Century spiritual resurrection, it will likely be by other means than deployed in the last three-quarters century. If the church in the 21st Century is to recover from the injuries suffered in the 20th Century, there must appear a new model in the public square. The “Inside the Beltway” and “Family Policy Boys” approach will never do. Running a bus across a state the week before an election, when 50% of the vote is already in from early voting, is political suicide…and naiveté.
We need a Gideon or Rahab to make a stand.

DL

* A.W. Tozer
** Psalm 61:2
*** Phillip Bennett Power
****Tozer

II Chronicles 7:14

Lord Help This Sin Sick Nation.  This Prayer Focuses On The Democratic National Convention (DNC) Meeting This Week In Philadelphia:

WILL YOU PRAY WITH ME BEFORE THE OPENING OF THE DNC?

Dear Friend,

A week ago, thousands of people prayed with me live before the start of the Republican Convention. Join me again tomorrow at 2 p.m. (Eastern time) on Facebook as we pray before the opening of the Democratic National Convention.

Join Franklin GrahamThis is an opportunity to intercede before God on behalf of our troubled nation. We will pray together that the Lord will bring healing, repentance, and revival across our land. We need to ask Almighty God to humble the hearts of America’s leaders—both Democrats and Republicans, change their lives, and turn their eyes toward Him.

Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and others in your church about this special event. We need the whole country praying for our broken political process and the future of our nation.May God richly bless you—and I look forward to praying with youtomorrow.

Sincerely,

Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham

“The Lord was moved by prayer for the land.” —2 Samuel, 24:25, NASB

2 Chronicles 7:14  King James Version (KJV)

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Pray For Revival In America!

The Pastor’s Conference And Southern Baptist Convention ~ June 12-15, 2016 ~ Part 4

Monday Morning, June 13, 2016

Pastor’s Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis

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David Platt  International Mission Board (IMB) President    Theme Of Conference   II Timothy 4:5

David’s Text  Ephesians 2:1-10

Ephesians 2:1-10  King James Version (KJV)

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

King James Version (KJV)Public Domain

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  • David Platt goes straight to the message and ignores small talk, jokes, etc.

GOSPEL

God’s character    Ephesians 2:4  Never preach Gos as a means to an end.  (Name it, claim it.  Blab it, grab it).

Offense of sin    Ephesians 2:5  We are dead in our sins.  Everything obeys God except for man.  We must emphasize the severity of sin.  Ex.  Lot’s wife, the man picking up sticks in the Old Testament on the Sabbath, Ananias and Saphira.

Sufficiency of Christ   Ephesians 2:5-6  How can God justify us without condemning us?  Through the cross!

Personal response   Faith   Ephesians 2:8-9  Salvation is a gift we receive.  It cannot be earned.

Eternal urgency   We do not emphasize hell.  Ephesians 2:7   Hell is a burning fire and smoking sulfur.  “Forever and ever.”  There is a real wrath for those outside of Christ.

Life transformation  Ephesians 2:10  New life!

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This aforementioned outline used by David Platt is used to share the Gospel one on one with people.  It was developed by a pastor in Texas and is taught by a ministry called “One Conversation.”  They commence by using the phrase “Can we talk?”  Their history and ministry is as follows:

“Can We Talk?” is a six-week emphasis to equip church members to share the Gospel conversationally. Pastor John Meador of FBC Euless, Texas, began this program in 2013, and since then we’ve seen hundreds of members become equipped and confident in sharing their faith. It equips church members through 20-minute pastor-led teaching sessions, and provides hands on experience by going on visits to share the Gospel in the community.
In response to increasing interest from other churches, Pastor Meador launched a non-profit organization called “One Conversation” to host conferences for pastors and other church leaders to learn how “Can We Talk?” can work in their church. In this short amount of time thousands have heard the Gospel and hundreds have come to faith in Christ. The renewed emphasis on sharing the Gospel is transforming communities and church cultures. “Can We Talk?” is easy to learn, easy to teach, sustainable, and it’s working.

Massive Full-Scale Version of Noah’s Ark Comes to Life in Kentucky

 

 

There might not be a flood of biblical proportions in the forecast, but Noah’s Ark is coming to Williamstown, Kentucky, this summer.

Massive Full-Size Version of Noah's Ark Comes to Life in Kentucky

A full-size version of Noah’s Ark is expected to be completed before Ark Encounter, a Bible-themed park, opens July 7.

Ken Ham had the massive ship built to match the dimensions set out in the Bible. The entire project is expected to cost $100 million.

“The message that we have — it’s making the Bible come alive, really. By building Noah’s Ark, we’re saying, ‘This really happened. This is plausible,'” Ham told “Nightline.”

According to Ham, his ark is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high. “It gets bigger and bigger. When you get inside, it gets bigger again,” he said.

Ark Encounter is just a few miles from Ham’s Creation Museum, which attracts nearly half a million visitors a year and teaches a young Earth theory of creation. Ham calls his ministry Answers in Genesis.

“We have a lot of people who are not Christians who come here, and they appreciate the way it’s presented. It’s presented very tastefully,” said Ham. “It’s educational.”

Visitors to the Creation Museum can find exhibits like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, which is next to one showing dinosaurs playfully eating fruit.

One of Ham’s biggest critics is Bill Nye, an evolutionist who is known as the television personality the Science Guy. He dismissed Ham’s creationist exhibits as biblical propaganda. Nye said dinosaurs died out long before human beings ever came along.

“I can prove that beyond any reasonable doubt. That is what’s very troubling. Allosauruses and humans did not live at the same time. Teaching the earth is 6,000 years old is completely wrong and inappropriate,” he told “Nightline.”

“When they dig up dinosaur bones, they don’t dig them up with labels on saying, ‘Hi, I’m 70 million years old,’ or whatever it is,” Ham said. “We’re saying that most of those bones they dig up are actually from the flood of Noah’s day, not from millions of years ago.”

Ham rejected mainstream science institutions as evolutionary doctrinaires.

“Museums like the Natural History Museum inWashington, D.C., Smithsonian or Chicago Field Museum, mostly they teach that we supposedly evolved [from] apelike creatures. Why shouldn’t we be able to use the same technology and really challenge people to consider the Bible as the true history of the world?” he said.

Ham’s Noah’s Ark project took advantage of $18 million in tax benefits and tourism incentives.

The state of Kentucky attempted to block the project from receiving public funding, but Ham took his case to court and won. “Christians pay taxes in this world. We live in this world. We’re not second-class citizens. The federal judge rule in our favor,” he said.

“It’s just inappropriate. To me, [it’s] a clear violation of the First Amendment, for crying out loud,” Nye argued.

To work at Ark Encounter, job applicants must sign a statement of faith, professing a Christian belief in the creation story. For instance, they agree that the “great flood of Genesis was an actual historic event, worldwide in its extent and effect.”

Ham said this is necessary because “we are a Christian organization and we have a Christian message.”

Among the construction workers who have helped build the ark are Amish carpenters who said part of their faith included accepting the Bible as truth. The artists who created the ark’s exhibits are believers too.

“There’s a lot of people that scoff,” Ham said. “We get a lot of attacks by some of the aggressive secularists. Sometimes I feel a bit like Noah.”

Admission to Ark Encounter will be $40 for adults and $28 for children, and Ham said he expects that fascination with Noah and his ark will result in 1 million to 2 million visitors in the first year.

“We really do believe that if we build it, they will come. And they’re going to come,” Ham said.

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About 4,000 years ago, the people laughed at Noah because he built the ark on dry land.  Today, the people laugh at Ken Ham for building a replica of the ark on dry land.  Yes indeed, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Pagan evolutionists like Bill Nye, actually despise the replica of the ark being built because they hate the truth.  The Scopes’ Monkey Trial of 1925 asserted that evolutionists simply desired an equal voice.  That “equal” voice has snuffed God and prayer out of the classroom, and contributed to moral decadence throughout this once great nation.  Abortion, euphanasia, fornication, and every other form of debauchery find their roots in this godless philosophy.  A mere generation ago, Christianity ruled the land as we enjoyed a wonderful way of life.  We have “sown the wind, and we are reaping the whirlwind.”  Hosea 8:7    Maranatha, Pastor Steve

For comprehensive information on the ark to be displayed in Kentucky on 7/7/16, go to arkencounter.com

 

The Day The Lord Allowed A True Prophet Of God To Use The Pulpit Of “Name It Claim It, Blab It Grab It” Seeker Friendly Joel Osteen

Scheduling Error Causes Paul Washer To Preach At Lakewood Church; Thousands Dead

  

 Below are further articles from the Christian satire publication: The Babylon Bee: 

The Media And Press Are Full Of Lies, And Here Is Yet Another:

Proud supporters of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

This above sentence was simply a copy and paste, located where I obtained information from the search engine Google today.  It states that Google is a proud supporter of this day.  Where did this day come from?  Sounds like a United Nations decision, coming from a subcommittee chaired by Barack Hussein Obama.   We now have an “International Day” against the “fear” of homosexuals and transgenders.  I mean the word phobia is a synonym for the word fear, correct?  Earth to our international liberal press:  Christians who are born from above do NOT fear people living perverted lifestyles and claiming they were “born that way.”  We believe this lifestyle is what the Bible calls “sin.”  Yes, I know this is an antiquated word, but the Bible is full of verses in both the Old and New Testaments that not only call these lifestyles sinful, but they are also referred to as abominations in the sight of the Lord.  One must either repent of sin or suffer the eternal consequences just like the rest of us.  (Luke 13:3,5)

President Obama is busy, busy, busy endorsing sinful lifestyles as well.  He desires transgender bathrooms in the public school system across our nation.  He has bathed the White House in rainbow colors, endorsing the recent decisions for “Gay” Marriage from our apostate supreme court.  He just highlighted LGBT folks, rather than traditional mothers, on Mother’s Day, and has already declared June to be a month to recognize “Gay” marriages.  This, of course, was done in order to enhance the understanding of those narrow minded people who equate June with merely traditional marriages.

Whenever I see the president on the news (like many of you I turn him off but I cannot help but observe him striding across the lawn towards Air Force 1) he appears to be full of hubris, and enjoys trampling on Biblical morals.  Yet I see him on judgment day in my mind’s eye.  He shows no remorse for his actions.  He loves what he is doing to our Christian values.  I see an eternity filled with the “weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, where the worm never dies and the fire is never quenched.”  He has no fear of God whatsoever, and seemingly enjoys dragging entire nations down with him.  The same can be said for Satan.  He thinks he will have some kind of great legacy.  Whenever I observe him, all I see is worm food.  We will all reap what we sow.  [Whereas President Obama seems to believe he is “hot stuff,” on the other hand, I believe given the direction he is heading, without repentance, some day he indeed will be “hot stuff.”]

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Note:  All prominent internet providers are extremely liberal- Yahoo, Google, Facebook, etc., etc.  If you have spent any time at these sites, I am sure you have already realized this.  A great majority of Americans do not believe the press.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon And Others ~ Repentance

“For the believer, the true gateway to happiness, joy and peace is through repentance.  Repentance is when fallen man is given the ability to see himself as God sees him, and then he believes and acts upon it.”   Pastor Steve

I do not know when I am more perfectly happy than when I am weeping for sin at the foot of the cross.
Charles H. Spurgeon

A struggle with sin is in itself a sign of life. It is those who do not struggle with sin that have reason to worry.   Jim Ellis, Independent Bible Church, Dallas, Texas

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Enjoy The Following International Dialogue About What Repentance Is, And What It Is Not.  A Lot Of People Are Confused About This Very Important Doctrine.  A Correct Understanding Of Repentance Will Be A Wellspring Of Joy To Your Soul.  The Following Revelation Will Make Repentance Plainer:

 

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    The Nature of Repentance

    For the past few months, the Holy Spirit has been convicting me of a lot in my life. While I’ve heard a lot of sermons concerning repentance from the preachers of this day (Piper, Washer, MacArthur…), I still have yet to fully grasp the nature of genuine repentance (assuming it’s possible to fully grasp it).

    Suppose that there is a sin (among many other sins!) that has been plaguing me for a while. By the grace of God and His work of sanctification, I am able to repent of it and have victory over it. This freedom from this sin may last a week, a month, a year or even longer. However, at some point in the near or far future, suppose I fall back into this sin. What are the implications of this?

    Does this mean that my repentance was not genuine? In other words, can you fall back into a sin that you’ve genuinely repented of? Do I really have victory over sin if I fall back into it at a later time? Along similar lines, how can you tell if repentance is genuine? I realize that repentance is much more than a recognition of sin and an apology for that sin but I have many doubts about my own repentance because I’m not 100% sure what it should look like biblically.

    Note: While references to books would great for the future, I am a poor college student and currently unable to purchase any right now.

    Joel Lee
    New Hope Presbyterian Church (Glenside, PA)

    Student of Westminster (Philly Campus)
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    1. Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted’ does not just apply to the bereaved but for those who mourn for their own sin which can still entangle them and trip them up. In fact one of the marks of genuine repentance is lamenting the struggle with ongoing sin.

      Be sure that we all have our struggles with sin until the day we die. None of us are perfect and the Weslyen idea of sinless perfection in this life is erroneous. It is true that as Christians we are saved from the penalty of sin through Christ our penal substitute paying that penalty on the cross. With the help of the Holy Spirit we are freed from the power and grip sin had over us. However it is only in glory will we be free from the presence of sin. Until then it is part of the Christian struggle and the reality of Christian experience. So don’t beat yourself down with all this ‘Victorious Christian Living’ nonesense thatfills some of our Christian bookshops.

      Having said all that, this does not excuse sin nor to treat it lightly nor to brush it under the carpet either. There is the obligation to put to death the misdeeds of the body. But as we grow in sanctification we become increasingly aware of sinful attitudes, habits etc.

      We also need to be aware of taking care. Even older experienced Christians can, and do, still sin. We need to constantly be on the alert, to be watching out and to be depending upon the Lord to lead us.

      If there is a particular sin that troubles you then don’t put yourself in a position to fall into it.

      If you can imagine sin to be a big hole in the street that we keep falling into. Keep away from the hole don’t even look into it nor think we can walk around the edge. For it is guaranteed that we will fall into it. Walk down the other side of the street or better still, walk down another street.

      Stuart Finaghy Baptist, Belfast, UK

      In Him the fulness of the Godhead dwells in bodily form and in Him you are complete (Col 2.9-10)

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      Continual faith and repentance are evidence of God’s grace working in your life.

      Chapter XIII
      Of Sanctification

      I. They, who are once effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart, and a new spirit created in them, are further sanctified, really and personally, through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection,[1] by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them:[2] the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed,[3] and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified;[4] and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces,[5] to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.[6]

      II. This sanctification is throughout, in the whole man;[7] yet imperfect in this life, there abiding still some remnants of corruption in every part;[8] whence arises a continual and irreconcilable war, the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.[9]

      III. In which war, although the remaining corruption, for a time, may much prevail;[10] yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part does overcome;[11] and so, the saints grow in grace,[12] perfecting holiness in the fear of God.[13]

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      [1] 1CO 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. ACT 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. PHI 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; ROM 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

      [2] JOH 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. EPH 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. 2TH 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.

      [3] ROM 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

      [4] GAL 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. ROM 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

      [5] COL 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness. EPH 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

      [6] 2CO 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. HEB 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

      [7] 1TH 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

      [8] 1JO 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. ROM 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. PHI 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

      [9] GAL 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 1PE 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.

      [10] ROM 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

      [11] ROM 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 1JO 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. EPH 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

      [12] 2PE 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2CO 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

      [13] 2CO 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

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      Quote Originally Posted by WaywardNowHome View Post
      Does this mean that my repentance was not genuine?

      No, it just means that it is not perfect. This is one of the reasons why we are not justified on account of repentance, because even our repentance is mixed with sinful imperfection. As Augustus Toplady wrote, “Could my zeal no respite know, Could my tears forever flow, All for sin could not atone, Thou must save and Thou alone.” Hence, when we repent of known sin, we must also flee to Christ alone as providing the only sufficient and effective atonement for sin. As the Shorter Catechism teaches, Repentance unto life includes an apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ.

      Yours sincerely,
      Rev. Matthew Winzer
      Australian Free Church,
      Victoria, Australia”Illum oportet crescere me autem minui.”
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      I knew Pastor Winzer could find a good use for an uninspired hymn.

      Quote Originally Posted by DTK View Post

      I knew Pastor Winzer could find a good use for an uninspired hymn.

      You can’t beat those old hymns for devotional expressions of biblical truth.

      Yours sincerely,
      Rev. Matthew Winzer
      Australian Free Church,
      Victoria, Australia”Illum oportet crescere me autem minui.”
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      Wannabee is offline.Obi Wan Kenobi

      Repentance involves many things, which have been dealt with well here. Matthew’s quote of Toplady is wonderful. If I can add more:

      To repent is
      to agree with God that sin is sin.
      to see your sin as sin.
      to grieve over your sin and its implication in your relationship with God.
      to turn away (a literal meaning) from your sin.
      to turn to the only One who can restore your relationship.
      It is characterized by a heart that habitually strives to recognize sin, turn from it and flee to God. This doesn’t mean that the habit isn’t occasionally broken. It means that your walk is characterized by repentance from sin, rather than attempting to cover your own sin. A heart of repentance rejoices when sin is exposed because such illumination provides an opportunity to grow in Christ-likeness.

      For the Glory of our King,
      Joe Johnson
      Slave of Christ, husband, father, grandfather and TMS graduate. Personal website – SoundLife.org

      I do not know, and I do not say, that a person cannot believe in Revelation and in evolution, too, for a man may believe that which is infinitely wise and also that which is only asinine. ~ CHS
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      WaywardNowHome is offline.Puritanboard Freshman

      The responses in this thread have been phenomenally helpful for me. Thanks to everyone who gave their input. God bless you all.
      Joel Lee
      New Hope Presbyterian Church (Glenside, PA)

      Student of Westminster (Philly Campus)