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The Neon GasLamp

It (a satisfactory, merit-based, substitutionary, propitiatory, offering to God) happened before me, so I can’t influence it or affect it in anyway. Never even had the chance. I can’t affect what George Washington did, because George Washington lived and died before I was born. Never even had the chance. George Washington is still dead.

I was guilty at conception, so even as God was knitting me together, His law demanded my life. (See Psalm 51; cf Romans 9) God’s desires are not divorced from the demands of His law. The fashioning of a human being in the womb does not imply divine love, though God had love for David.

I never had a chance. I never had an opportunity to choose. I was only ever guilty, until God freely (completely of Himself and uninfluenced/unaffected by me) justified me. But God cannot justify me because of me or anything that He…

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False Teachers Like James White Are Sure this Man is a Brother in Christ

Excellent engagement. Praying for that fellow

Cornbread & Bourbon

My recent discussion with a man who believes in universal atonement.   His name will remain anonymous.  I’ll call him, UA.

DAVE:   The Bible’s implied propositions regarding the extent of the atonement are not limited to those texts that speak directly about election and His death. Rather, they also include those texts which speak directly about His priesthood, the efficacy and nature of His priesthood, and His role as the representative headship of a new covenant. Those texts regarding election and the efficacy of His death in conjunction with these texts about the efficacy of His priesthood and new covenant federal headship prove the Bible teaches Christ died only for His elect.

By offering His body to God at the cross as a sacrifice for His people’s sins, Christ HAS (past tense) once and for all time redeemed His people from the just punishment for their sin. This is why God…

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There is no hope for any sinner apart from Christ’s death as a propitiation for His elect alone.

The Neon GasLamp

“For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.”Romans‬ ‭9:9-16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Now to the one…

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What Did the Thief on the Cross Know and Believe?

Cornbread & Bourbon

Luke 23:34-43
And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” 39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said…

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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. 

The Neon GasLamp

“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

“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his…

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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.

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.
*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!


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

**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


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…


Here is the sequence of imputation for NT saints.


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…


No offense, Fred!

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

All glory be to Him!


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