Salvation

Agonizing to Enter It

by Jason Moore on November 11, 2010

I know this shocks some people, because we hear all the time that getting saved is easy. “Just sign this little card!” “Just raise your hand!” “Just walk down that aisle while the choir sings one more stanza!” “Just recite this prayer!” “Just ask Jesus into your heart.” It all sounds simple. The only problem is that none of those actions has anything to do with real salvation and getting through the narrow gate. That sort of invitationalism implies that Jesus is some poor pitiful Savior, waiting for us to make the first move to allow Him His way. It implies that salvation hinges on a human decision, as if the power that saves us were the power of human “free will.”

[MacArthur provides a few paragraphs explaining how this sort of invitational phenomenon started with Finney in the late nineteenth century, was carried on by Moody and soon became part of standard Christianity. He shows how it is, at its heart, anti-Calvinist. He then continues…]
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Every Christian must test the accuracy of the gospel he believes and preaches by Scripture alone. Since every true Christian is endowed with a fervent love for God’s word, we are all called to search the Scriptures together in love and in unity. All of God’s people are to do this through fervent prayer and with an openness to learn by careful inspection of their own approach and theology. Acts 17:11 tells us that the Bereans received the Word of God with all eagerness, and examined the Scriptures daily to see if the things concerning Christ were true, and many of them believed. Our goal as believers is to stir up in one another a fervent hunger for truth and wisdom. Unfortunately many in the church today conclude that searching the Scriptures together and arriving at differences of opinion promotes disunity and divisiveness. However, the only real foundation for Christian unity is the truth of Scripture. Charles Spurgeon once said “the best way to promote union is to promote truth. It will not do for us to be all united together by yielding to one another’s mistakes. We are to love each other in Christ; but we are not to be so united that we do not see each other’s faults; and especially not able to see our own. No, purge the house of God, and then shall grand and blessed times dawn on us.”

We at ethea pray that the Gospel would be of the utmost importance to every Christian soldier, because it alone is the power of God for salvation.

We also pray that by revealing the unscriptural tradition of human decisional regeneration we may by God’s grace rescue many from this deception which leads to eternal death. You have often heard it preached or said somewhere in the presentation of the Gospel, “It’s what you do with Christ that matters”, this is human decisional regeneration. The Scriptures teach no such doctrine, but rather we read of the tax collector who would not so much as lift his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, God be merciful to me, a sinner! Luke 18:13. He understood the wrath of God was upon him and it was what God would do with him that mattered. Divine supernatural regeneration is rooted in Christ alone, by God alone, to the glory of God alone. Biblical regeneration is a supernatural work of God and not a human work of man.
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by Paul Helm
Originally posted here:

The term Calvinism was first used by Lutheran theologians to refer to what they regarded as the peculiar views of Christ’s real presence at the Lord’s Supper held by John Calvin and his followers. It is not used in this way nowadays. What does it refer to now? In some cases, it denotes the entire theological system of Calvin himself as we find it in the four books of his Institutes of the Christian Religion. In other cases, and more usually, it refers to the understanding of the doctrine of salvation as we find it in the first three books. What’s the difference? Well, the fourth book of the Institutes contains what Calvin may have thought to be the climax of his system, his doctrine of the church (and sacraments) and its relation to the state. Briefly, he sets forth a Presbyterian system of church governance and a close connection between church and state, one in which the magistrate is regarded as the minister of God, whose duty it is to uphold the true worship of God — worship according to the principles of Reformed theology, and no other. READ MORE

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The following argument has not been sufficiently and consistently answered since it was first posed by John Owen over 300 years ago.
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How should we act toward those who profess to be Christians but seem indifferent to spiritual things?

May 8, 2010

Matthew 7:13-14; 1 Samuel 16:7; Matthew 18:15-20 How should we act toward those who profess to be Christians but seem indifferent to spiritual things? Your question reveals you realize just how truly narrow the way is (Matthew 7:13-14). It can be frightening to think that many people in the church (including many whom we love) […]

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J.I. Packer on Calvinism and Arminianism

March 22, 2010

“One proclaims a God who saves; the other speaks of a God who enables man to save himself. One view presents the three great acts of the Holy Trinity for the recovering of lost mankind—election by the Father, redemption by the Son, calling by the Spirit—as directed towards the same persons, and as securing their […]

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Paul Washer Sighting!

October 28, 2009

One of my most favorite (living) preachers ever, Paul Washer, recently found himself in San Antonio, TX preaching, and I stumbled across the video. Enjoy! I’ll put some notes below of where I got this. The sermon is entitled “He drank your hell”…Notes from the originating page. This is the sermon Paul Washer preached in […]

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