08 July 2016

This 'n' That

He loves me. He loves me not.

He loves me. Wait, He loves me not.

Hooray! He loves me! Sigh...He loves me not.

This is the picture that is painted of God by those who would claim that, once saved, a man can lose his salvation. He is untrusting and untrustworthy. He is capricious. He is...not the God of the Bible.

This is the result of a works-salvation mindset. After all, when your salvation depends upon you, well, you're in trouble.

Yes, but who would actually believe such lies, especially in light of Scripture? Well, we could go into a lengthy discussion of the various groups that teach that man's salvation, from the first "decision for Christ" onward, is dependent on himself, his actions, and his continued obedience. Or, to save time and space, we could turn to the Scriptures and see what God has to say.
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation--having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)
All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:37-40)
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one. (John 10:27-30)
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24-25)
Consider this: the verses above are just a sampling of what the Word of God says about our Lord's promise to keep His own! What a blessing that beautiful Word is to us, and what a gracious, loving, merciful, kind God we serve!

Well, once God's Word has spoken, there's nothing left to say. So sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • An interesting, must-read, open letter in light of the society in which we live.
  • I love J.C. Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels. Now you can download it free!
  • Here's an update on the debacle that is and was created by Mark Driscoll.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable (thanks, Rick!).
  • This might be interesting: The New York Times discusses the theology of Donald Trump.
  • Dear Steven Furtick: No.
  • This is one of those headlines that you think is meant to be a joke until you realize there are Mormons involved and they're serious (fun fact: I've been at Dodger Stadium on Mormon night).
  • Are you one of Jesus' sheep?
  • Um, I don't see the problem here. The notion of dating/matchmaking websites is creepy. The idea that these are "Christian" is even creepier. So just shut it down and your problem is solved.
  • Here's John MacArthur's recent address at the Western Conservative Summit. And if you're wondering why he was even there as a speaker, check out this link to a Q&A with Mike Riccardi, where it is the second question addressed (but make sure you listen to the whole Q&A session because there are a lot of other great topics discussed).

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