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If you still believe salvation is conditioned on the sinner, then God has not yet taught you His gospel, which means you are still unconverted. 

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“It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me—”‭‭John‬ ‭6:45‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:12-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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“The Gospel According to John MacArthur” Reading of John W. Robbins

Good morning Steemit brethren,

I present to you today a reading of “The Gospel According to John MacArthur” by John W. Robbins which is a critique of “The Gospel According to Jesus” by John MacArthur. The reading was recorded by my brother Duane Linn. One of the most important points I would like to make is that faith that saves does so because God grants that faith with its proper object. It is not due to some subjective quality of faith that Neo-Calvinists seem to assert.

When it comes to being a Christian, it is not “if one walks like a duck and talks a duck, they must be a duck” as in “If one walks like a Christian, they must be a Christian”. Even goats may wax religious and perform meritorious works in the sight of men but we know if these works have not their basis being in God-given faith that they are useless like chaff in the wind.

It is only sheep that hear His voice and believe the gospel. It is only sheep that submit to the righteous of Christ revealed therein. It is only sheep that repent of dead works. We will know them by their fruit. Fruit of believing and resting in the gospel of Christ, who is the LORD of the Sabbath.

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What gospel do they confess? Is it one solely conditioned of Christ, is it conditioned the sinner, or is it some abominable permutation of the two?

Concerning the gospel, we don’t get to put our ducks in more than one barrel. Our hope either lies in Christ, the Rock of our salvation, in His death as satisfaction for the righteous requirement of the law or it is lost within the sands of self with the wrath of God abiding. This isn’t Burger King. With salvation, you cannot have it your way!

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Since God is Sovereign, Does It Even Matter how precise you are about the Gospel?

For the Elect Alone

Tolerant Calvinists i tell us that, while Arminians may THINK that their salvation is conditioned on them, those Arminians are still saved and that this their salvation is not conditioned on them. After all, they say, they are not “stingy with the love of God”.

Does this mean that God loved the elder brother in spite of his legalism? Since most of those tolerant Calvinists claim that God has an universal “non-saving love” for all sinners, I am sure they would say that God does love “in some way” that elder brother.

But is that elder brother justified before God? Must the one who came home from the hog pen confess that the elder brother is his brother? Back in the days when I became an universalist, I said yes: all are brothers.

What do you say? I do not ask if you think the elder brother was non-elect in…

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The Spirit is LIFE because of Righteousness Romans 8:8-10

It’s not rocket surgery, folks. It’s CLEAR to they that are HIS.

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*Romans 8:8-10 KJVS
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. [9] But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. [10] And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.*

We ONLY have spiritual life to believe the gospel in truth because righteousness had been imputed to us!

Contrary to the SNAP! hit “I got the power”, we verily do not have the power to choose life or death. Yeah, God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy, and compassion on whom He will have compassion.

It is fully within His authority to do as He will with His things. Oh, thank God for those of us that are saved to render unto Him praises of GLORY!

NOT AS PARTICIPANTS BUT RECIPIENTS!

Christ is the REST of the SAINTS. Those caught up in the religious rat race have yet to or will not be enlightened but everyone that is His will have theie eyes opened to the truth proclaimed in the Scriptures.

Not by the power of men, but by the sovereign grace of God. AMEN!

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Fleeting Thoughts of a Humbled Mind

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**Fleeting thoughts of a humbled mind.
Observing greater features of design.
We think we know. Not as we ought.
We tell our other stories as we are taught.**

**The tales we speak mirror a thing unseen.
Known not by eyes of the flesh, by Spirit we glean.
When the wisdom of men fails, then we see,
Growing but smaller, Made servants yet free.**

**The Cross is a symbol of Glory for the One.
The Only Begotten, Preeminent Son.**

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Gospel for Dummies and Triple Imputation

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The gospel is not complicated or difficult contrary to what the fancy theologians would have you believe. (It’s their job security, after all!)

The gospel is, at it’s core, a simple message of not what Jesus could (in potentiality) do for you but what Jesus has done (in actuality) for His Elect.

One of the most defining aspects of the gospel of sovereign grace is a definite transaction taking place at the cross rather than a possible one that is contingent on men “doing their part” that is presented in false religion.

The notion of God requiring sinners to fulfill a condition in order to receive salvation stands in opposition to God’s justice. Why you ask? Here is a breakdown.

1. False religion says Jesus died for everyone’s sins

2. In a courtroom, it would be unjust for a judge to enact a penalty for a crime that has been paid.

3. There will be sinners who face judgment for sins their Jesus paid for in blood under this system.

This is not justice and the Scriptures are perfectly clear that God is just.

>Revelation 15:3 KJVS
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

>Proverbs 11:1 KJVS
A false balance is abomination to the Lord : but a just weight is his delight.

And he justifies the UNGODLY apart from works!

>Romans 4:5-8 KJVS
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. [6] Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, [7] Saying , Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. [8] Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

A common emphasis you may note in sovereign grace circles is that of imputed righteousness. Imputed means to “reckon”. It is an accounting term. The righteousness of Christ is imputed to the elect sinners account just as Adam’s sin is imputed to the entirety of the human race.

>Romans 5:10-15 KJVS
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. [11] And not only so , but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. [12] Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: [13] (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not IMPUTED when there is no law. [14] Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. [15] But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if THROUGH THE OFFENCE OF ONE many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

All men are born under this curse and remain spiritually dead until righteousness is imputed when they are born again of the Spirit.The direct result is faith in the biblical gospel, faith authored by the LORD Jesus Christ.

>Romans 8:8-10 KJVS
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. [9] But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. [10] And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is LIFE BECAUSE of RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Hebrews 12:2 KJVS
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

So, far we have covered, 2 of 3 imputations. The imputation of Adam’s sin to his posterity, and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to sinners. But there is another and it occurred at the cross of Christ. This is the imputation of the sins of the elect to Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:21 KJVS
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

1 Peter 2:24 KJVS
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

This is crucial as it requires that certain sins having been imputed to Christ on the cross or else we face the double jeopardy dilemma above. The logical conclusion is that ONLY the sins of those who WILL receive eternal life, that is those predestined before the foundation, had been imputed to Christ at the cross and he has paid them in FULL!

Let’s break it down Barney style…

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Here is the sequence of imputation for NT saints.

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Adam’s sin imputed to mankind > the elect’s sins imputed to Christ > Christ’s righteousness imputed to the saints

It’s as simple as that while at the same time it remains a mystery spare they to whom God reveals it.

>Matthew 11:25 KJVS
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

The gospel so simple…

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No offense, Fred!

ONLY via divine revelation by the power of God, of course!

All glory be to Him!

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An Open Letter To R.C. Sproul by John M. Platanitis

>In “Getting The GOSPEL Right’, R.C. Sproul does a superb job of showing why and how attempts in the late 90’s between a few notable Protestant scholars, among whom was Anglican J.I. Packer, and some Roman Catholic Clergy to try and achieve “unity” on a joint-statement of faith, for all of its lofty intents, failed! Appealing to both history, the Reformation, and the unwavering position of Rome through the centuries, Sproul correctly reasons “IF ‘Sola Fide’ is essential to the gospel (meaning that without the SOLA, we don’t actually have THE gospel, regardless of how many other parts of agreement and similar language we use), then to reject Sola Fide (which is the short form for the Reformation teaching that we are justified through Faith ALONE, By Grace ALONE, in Christ ALONE, to the t glory of God ALONE), is to reject the gospel.” (My paraphrase of the summation of his argument).
Sproul correctly argues that having many points of agreement with Rome, does not in fact equal true unity with Rome, concerning the gospel. Because while Rome does not reject the truth that grace, Christ, and faith are all necessary, Rome does deny the “Sola” of each! So while Rome affirms grace, Christ and faith are necessary for salvation/justification, they are not sufficient! Hence, “Sola Fide” is denied by Rome, and thus, whatever else we do have mutual agreement about – the dual-nature of Christ being Divine and human, together in one person the unique Son of a God, the only begotten of the Father, the Trinity, the Virgin-Birth, the historical facts of the life, death, resurrection of Christ; for all of this, we nevertheless do not agree on “THE GOSPEL”. In the intended scope of his context, I believe Sproul did a superlative job! For what it was written to clarify, it excels! I highly recommend it as a valuable resource in that regard and for that specific purpose.

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An Open Letter To R.C. Sproul

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An Open Letter To R.C. Sproul

In “Getting The GOSPEL Right’, R.C. Sproul does a superb job of showing why and how attempts in the late 90’s between a few notable Protestant scholars, among whom was Anglican J.I. Packer, and some Roman Catholic Clergy to try and achieve “unity” on a joint-statement of faith, for all of its lofty intents, failed! Appealing to both history, the Reformation, and the unwavering position of Rome through the centuries, Sproul correctly reasons “IF ‘Sola Fide’ is essential to the gospel (meaning that without the SOLA, we don’t actually have THE gospel, regardless of how many other parts of agreement and similar language we use), then to reject Sola Fide (which is the short form for the Reformation teaching that we are justified through Faith ALONE, By Grace ALONE, in Christ ALONE, to the t glory of God ALONE), is to reject the gospel.”…

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“God only helps those that help themselves” Fairy Tale of False Religion

Whether it be from your self-righteousness uncle Joe or your Holy Roller Aunt Beatrice (who both happen to watch a LOT of TBN), this phrase is all too common in the dialogue of Evangelical Churchianity rivaling the likes of “God hates the sin, loves the sinner”
(That’ll be an article for another day 😉)

>”God only helps those that help themselves”

Are you trying to help yourself to salvation as if it were an item on a buffet line? Well, I have a piece of advice for you.

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The God of the Bible is the one that helps the powerless.

*2 Chronicles 14:11 KJVS
And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord , it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord , thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.*

*Job 26:2 KJVS
How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?*

But one may protest:

>”But He gave us free will to decide whether we want to give God permission to help us!”

Is that true? What exactly does it mean for one to be a “servant of sin”? Does it entail capability?

*Romans 6:20-23 KJVS
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. [21] What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. [22] But now BEING MADE free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. [23] For the wages of sin is death; but the GIFT OF GOD is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.*

*Ephesians 2:1-5 KJVS
And you hath he quickened , who were dead in trespasses and sins; [2] 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: [3] 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. [4] But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, [5] Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)*

*1 Corinthians 2:7-15 KJVS
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the HIDDEN wisdom , which God ORDAINED before the world unto our glory: [8] Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it , they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. [9] But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. [10] But God hath REVEALED THEM UNTO US BY HIS SPIRIT: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. [11] For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God KNOWETH NO MAN, but the Spirit of God. [12] Now we have RECEIVED, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are FREELY GIVEN to us of God. [13] Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. [14] But the NATURAL MAN RECEIVETH NOT the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: NEITHER CAN HE KNOW THEM , because they are spiritually discerned. [15] But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.*

Being under the curse of Adam, no man has no power in himself to receive and believe the spiritual truths of the gospel. God is the one that frees us from from being under bondage through the regenerative work of His Spirit that we may know the truth and experience FREEDOM.

*Romans 8:15 KJVS
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.*

We cannot bring about their own salvation. It is God that converts the disposition of lost depraved sinners that they come to know and trust the gospel of Christ unto eternal life.

This is the truth, GLORIOUS truth, which renders ALL GLORY to the LORD, exalting His OMNIPOTENCE, and humbling elect sinners, who in fear and trembling, render to Him all the praise that is due for HIS MIGHTY WORK in quickening their souls. We know we believe the truth ONLY because He has made it so.

*John 14:17 KJVS
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.*

*John 5:21-23 KJVS
For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them ; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. [22] For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: [23] That all (collectively,some of all type) men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.*

*Ephesians 1:17-20 KJVS
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: [18] The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, [19] And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, [20] Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places*

In summation, God doesn’t need a consent form in order to open our eyes. The LORD does whatsoever it pleases Him to do showing compassion and mercy to whomever He wills being both the help and righteousness of the saints. May His name be praised above ALL names!

*Psalm 33:18-22 KJVS
Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; [19] To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. [20] Our soul waiteth for the Lord : he is our help and our shield. [21] For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. [22] Let thy mercy, O Lord , be upon us, according as we hope in thee.*

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The Necessity of The Word in Preaching the Gospel

“Preach the gospel and, if necessary, use words” is pure foolishness when the true gospel of Christ is comprised of propositional truths that must be conveyed through… (You guessed it) WORDS. Preach Christ and Him crucified. His death saves and NOT YOUR MORALITY!

1 Corinthians 2:2-5 KJVS
For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. [3] And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. [4] And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: [5] That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Furthermore, He is the Word made flesh and He was sent.

John 1:14 KJVS
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.

Matthew 10:40 KJVS
He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

The Word of the LORD will not return void but ACCOMPLISH the matter for which it was sent.

Isaiah 55:11 KJVS
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

He accomplished redemption for His Elect. This is the truth. They will all come to saving faith through the mechanism of imputed righteousness and it is FREE and by Sovereign Grace apart from works.

Ephesians 1:14 KJVS
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Romans 4:6 KJVS
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

How glorious a salvation this is! One that confounds those that are wise and prudent seeking to establish their own self-righteousness in false religion but is revealed to babes. Do not be deceived. God will not be mocked. You cannot hope to put your dung ball on the top of the Excellency of Christ and suppose you will be accepted. It doesn’t work like that.

Philippians 3:8 KJVS
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

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