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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,

He is the LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. In Christ alone, we stand and to Him be ALL THE GLORY. ![image](http://ift.tt/2s6MWyp)

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A Federal Vision or Just the Same Old Nonsense

Cornbread & Bourbon

A controversy arose in 2002 after an annual pastor’s conference held at the Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church in Monroe, Louisiana.  The controversy centered around the subjects of baptism, justification and salvation.  The men who were invited to speak at this conference included Steve Wilkins, pastor of Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church; Douglas Wilson; R C Sproul, Jr; Carl Robbins; John Barach; and Steve Schlissel.  The theological views presented by these men soon came to be known as Federal Vision Theology.  In September of the same year, under pressure to defend the views they presented, the Auburn session approved a 13-point summary statement of their views.

I wish I could say these 13 points represented a new threat to the gospel, but they didn’t. Sadly, most have been present and even cherished in reformed/Calvinistic/Presbyterian circles for decades and sometimes even centuries.  The only thing new about them is the way they were…

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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: The Deceptive Nature of Outward Morality

*John 7:24 KJVS
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.*

*Matthew 7:15 KJVS
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.*

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When we say our works, whether appearing good or bad, can be evidences of our salvation, we make ourselves susceptible to false brethren creeping in unawares. It is akin to sheep telling other sheep that the wolf is ok because he is wearing sheep’s skin. No, we need to use more surefire criteria of who we may call brethren.

We therefore judge rightly when we judge based on one’s confession of true gospel propositions, ALL of them! It is not outward morality nor should it ever be as it has the potential to be VERY deceptive. Just as our assurance is in Christ, not works, likewise our evidences should be in that he immutably and miraculously CAUSED us to believe a gospel of which our minds were formerly blind.

*John 6:29-40 KJVS Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. [30] They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? [31] Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. [32] Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. [33] For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. [34] Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. [35] And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. [36] But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. [37] All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. [38] For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. [39] And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. [40] And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.*

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Effectual Grace: The Love that WILL Save!

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The grace of God cannot be frustrated, thwarted or in any way averted. The Word of God, the LORD Jesus, has accomplished the matter for which He was sent. That is the redemption of His people chosen before the foundation

John 6:37-40 KJVS All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. [38] For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. [39] And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. [40] And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Numbers 23:19 KJVS God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it ? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

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.

God’s grace is 💯 percent effectual everytime and all the time.

Have a great day love, folks!

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Effectual Grace: The Love that WILL Save!

https://steemit.com/sovereigngrace/@anthonyadavisii/effectual-grace-the-love-that-will-save-201758t72510702z

Gospel Assurance vs the Swiss Cheese Assurance of Works-Righteousness

https://steemit.com/sovereigngrace/@anthonyadavisii/gospel-assurance-vs-the-swiss-cheese-assurance-of-works-righteousness-201753t11010265z

Sovereign Grace Objection from a LSist – Part 1

>”Works salvation can consistently interpret this single passage (referring to Hebrews 12:14). So can Lordship Salvation. Non-Lordship cannot. Lordship is the only position that can handle both Ephesians 2 and Hebrews 12, both John 3 and 1 John 3, both Romans 4 and James 2. That’s why it was the standard defense for Calvin, Luther, Zwingli and the Puritans against the papists”

I’m going to deal with the apparent Ephesians 2 / Hebrews 12 dichotomy first. First, we need to hone in on the portion of the passage the objector is most likely referring. Let’s take a look.

Must be your typical 2:8-9 as a case against works in which case I agree. Might as well include 10 as a case against those Antinomians that would suppose gospel believers cannot have good works. (I prefer possess as such were assigned. Not as though we produced them by “cooperating” if it were.) He have them only as God ordains. May we praise Him as we walk in them.

*Ephesians 2King James Version (KJV)
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.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.*

Moving on, let’s take a look at the significant portion of Hebrews 12. Yea, the passage championed by the “Lordship” Salvationists throughout the lands. I use quotes because I believe they deny the LORD by not submitting to His righteousness as revealed in the gospel. May God open the eyes of His lost sheep in their midst.

*Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord*

They suppose this holiness is another type of holiness other than is positional in Christ. I assert they are wrong for that is the only holiness by which one will see that LORD and see this verse to have evangelical implications for the saints. We possess the holiness afforded us in Christ. The inevitable result of possessing this holiness is seeing the LORD no “ifs”, “ands”, or “buts”. It is not conditioned on the sinner but God’s eternal decree in election.

Having possessed this holiness, having passing from death to life, we are to follow peace that others may receive the same through preaching Christ and Him crucified. I have said in another place “The offense should be in the cross, not in your person”.

May we not be needlessly abrasive with folks getting snared into our own vanity by what we suppose to be clever wit. I have fallen into this snare and been humbled accordingly. It is not following peace and, when we do that, we care not for others knowing the holiness that is unto life eternal.

I touched on Hebrews 12:14 a bit with the following blog post:

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The Law Fulfilled in Love Galatians 5:13-14

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*Galatians 5:13-14 KJVS
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. [14] For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.*

May we be reminded that all the law for is fulfilled in love. Both believers and unbelievers produce works but only those of which have a basis in the Cross are accepted. Only the works that spring forth from the faith that God grants are good. From the surface, we cannot tell the difference but know the intentions of the heart.

Yes, this is why we do not judge based on works but we judge based on the gospel. Therefore, may we been keen to examine doctrine, even that which we hold, according to the Scriptures. May we exhort and instruct the fellow brethren in love. May we likewise receive sound counsel from our brothers and sisters with rejoicing.

May we grow in grace and knowledge and not look to our hands for assurance but may we look to the hand of God for each and every provision He makes which verily was ordained before the world began. Our may we watch as our salvation is worked out before our very eyes by God that is sovereign. We know that I our workings in faith it is Him that works in us both to will and to do.

*Philippians 2:12-13 KJVS
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. [13] For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.*

If our love is true, may we know it is because He first loved us. May His name be magnified in the gospel of His sovereign grace shown towards His saints who are perfected by ONE offering. Amen!

*1 John 4:19-21 KJVS
We love him, because he first loved us. [20] If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? [21] And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.*

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The Faith and Forgiveness of Matthew 9:2

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If we have been granted faith in Christ alone, our sins have been forgiven. This is past tense. The sick man could do nothing to heal himself, he knew it, had faith in the LORD, and was informed of the present reality of his sins being forgiven. This is a excellent picture of the gospel of grace.

If we think our sins require further repentence for justification, is their faith truly in Christ alone? Is this trusting in the cross of Christ satisfying the laws just requirement on it’s own or are we trusting in our merit to finish the job? Only one is the truth. May God give light.

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*Matthew 9:2 KJVS
And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.*

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