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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](


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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.*


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!


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!

Gospel Assurance vs the Swiss Cheese Assurance of Works-Righteousness

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


*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

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.


*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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Holiness and Hebrews 12:14

Hebrews 12:14 is another “proof” text that is used for the peculiar and mystical doctrine known as progressive sanctification. What is wrong with this doctrine? It’s quite simple. It attempts to take ones eyes off of LORD Jesus and was accomplished redemption and puts them onto self, a recipe for doubt in the manner in which they do it.

Don’t get me wrong. We are to make our calling and election sure but this is an admonishment for evaluation of gospel doctrine, not calling for an examination of your behavior patterns as if they would affirm or deny whether one is truly a Christian. Even the false religionists have what can be observed as “good” patterns of conduct but the basis thereof is not from God-given faith but self-righteousness. These are dead works and from the outside they make look as genuine and as authentic as works produced from God-given faith. That is why believers ought to judge by the gospel and not deeds of the flesh.

In any case, the following is the aforementioned verse and interpretation thereof.

Hebrews 12:14 KJVS
Follow peace with all men , and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Saints are striving for the holiness (positional) that they already possess via imputation. We follow that holiness that others may have the same via that they too will see God if, peradventure, they be granted repentance. We follow it for the sake of others to be converted, not to prove our own. Here is another text that uses follow in that manner.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 KJVS
See that none render evil for evil unto any man ; but ever FOLLOW that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men .

It’s not suggesting that one must examine the deeds they do for assurance of conversion. This is not saying for a gospel believer to use their striving or lack thereof as a metric. It is not a Scriptural basis for fruit inspection in a progressive sanctification “Lordship” salvationist sense. The WCF and 1689 both don’t really seem to have a leg to stand on for this issue. Nevertheless, may God be true and every man a liar.

May our faith be in Christ and Him alone. Not the deeds of our hands is some supposed mystical work of the Holy Spirit. Remember the Holy Spirit testifies not of Himself but of Christ. If you believe you have the Spirit and it is producing “works” that take the spotlight off of Him, you may want to check your spirit.

Picture of a sacrifice unacceptable to God. Deeds of our hands produced not in faith. Dirty filthy dead works!

Picture of the sacrifice acceptable to God. Sacrifices offered up through faith in Christ and His ultimate sacrifice

Romans 12:1-2 KJVS
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


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