Nathan wrote:This question reminds me of the time I was at a Bible Collage (a terrible apostate one that goes unnamed thus I left after 1 term.) The one decent lecturer who focused everything upon Christ asked the question as to what we thought required the greatest effort in the field of evangelism.People said "Ahh the 20/40 window" (round the equator and 20 degrees either side). Others said other things.I sat there my heart pumping knowing that I had to say it.Responding I said "Didn't Jesus say that narrow is the way to life and few that be who find it. And Wide is the way that lead to death and many travel on it." (My Paraphrase) There was agreement."So" I said ......
Nathan wrote:Responding I said "Didn't Jesus say that narrow is the way to life and few that be who find it. And Wide is the way that lead to death and many travel on it." (My Paraphrase) There was agreement."So" I said "Isn't Christendom the worlds largest religion?"It went unchallenged. The lecture looked concerned.I continued "Thus would not Christianity constitute the greatest field of evangelism since it is the widest road we can find in the world."You could have heard a pin drop.
Many will come saying Lord Lord and be sent away very very vexed.
"In spite of original sin and concupiscence man is still free, not only with reference to ethical good and evil in his natural actions, but also in his supernatural salutary works in which Divine grace co-operates with his will. Molinism escaped every suspicion of Pelagianism by laying down at the outset that the soul with its faculties (the intellect and will) must be first constituted by prevenient grace a supernatural principle of operation in actu primo, before it can, in conjunction with the help of the supernatural concursus of God, elicit a salutary act in actu secundo. Thus, the salutary act is itself an act of grace rather than of the will; it is the common work of God and man, because and in so far as the supernatural element of the act is due to God and its vitality and freedom to man. It must not be imagined, however, that the will has such an influence on grace that its consent conditions or strengthens the power of grace; the fact is rather that the supernatural power of grace is first transformed into the vital energy of the will, and then, as a supernatural concursus, excites and accompanies the free and salutary act."
1 Peter 1:6a, 76a) ...now for a little while you may be distressed *by* trials and suffer temptations,
7) So That [*THE GENUINENESS*] Of your FAITH May Be *TESTED*, [your FAITH] Which Is INFINITELY MORE PRECIOUS Than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This *PROVING* Of your FAITH Is Intended] To REDOUND To [your] PRAISE And GLORY When Jesus Christ, THE MASSIAH, THE ANOINTED ONE, IS REVEALED.
THE GENUINENESS Of our FAITH Will Be **TESTED** in this life, and we will experience distress through the course of our lives as a result of the diverse trials and temptations we will suffer.
GENUINE FAITH Is Revealed From Within The Heart Of man --- The Inner man Revealed And Exposed In The Outer man [In Words And Deeds].
When **TESTED**, Isnât The GENUINENESS Of our FAITH Founded When we Are Found To Be IMMOVABLY ROOTED In GOD'S LOVE, In All HUMILITY At The Foot Of THE CROSS, *IN* Christ --- Partaking Of THE DIVINE DELIVERANCE Of GOD'S SALVATION *BY* GRACE, *THROUGH* FAITH (*That Which Has Been Extended Toward us *BY* The Indwelling Presence Of GOD'S SPIRIT GUIDING us *Through* THE FAITH *BUILDING* *WORD Of GOD*) That we Might LIVE With A Clear Conscience Before our FATHER And our fellow man (*as much as is within our control*) ???
Excellent God is in complete control. It is always a realblessing to read such precious comments.God Bless
Lets hope and pray Yamil, one day is provided with the grace, to grasp the truth of Biblical Calvinism.
Profession does not automatically mean acceptance. Acceptance comes from God who knows the heart of the one who professes Him as "Lord" and means to serve Him with all his heart, mind, body and soul.By transformation and regeneration of the will formerly held in bondage to self pleasure the saints is now in bondage to the will of God to do righteousness. None of this is true for one who professes that Jesus is "Lord" but their heart is far from Him. They are more interested in morality, religiosity and praise from men that will advance them in the world...but have no vested interest in the King, His kingdom or His will. Their heart, mind, body and soul is still their own to command as they please.
a nature which isdefined by God as being completely, thoroughly, and indelibly corrupted by sin, which is, at its core, self-idolatry (Genesis 6:5; Romans 1:18-32, 3:10-19).
Thus, Adamâs sin was avoidable in thathe was not bound by a positive bondage to sin or compelled by any outside factor or influence; he was under no compulsion to rebel against God.
In this sense he and Eve were unique; none of his descendants has the same capacity (Psalm 51:5; John 8:31-44).
Nonetheless, what Adam did freely he did in complete accordance with the eternal decree of God.
To believe otherwise is to destroythe revealed nature and purpose of God as the One who has created and is ordering all things toward an eternallypredetermined goal (cf. Romans 8:18-25; Ephesians 1:3-10; also 2Timothy 1:9-10; Revelation 13:8, 17:8)." (Sov. Grace Church Littleton)
Therefore, this view cannot stand the weight of Godâs attribute of omniscience. While some argue that this seeming impossibility is resolved by the fact that God is âtimeless,â meaning that there is no past or future with Him but only an eternalâpresent,â so that the free acts of men are eternally before Him, thisargument still denies fundamental biblical truth.
Even if it were granted that everything that will ever freely occur is eternally set before His sight, under this scheme God would havenonetheless âlearned by observationâ and would not therefore beeternally perfect inasmuch as He has grown in knowledge throughHis eternal perception of what is yet to occur through the freeagency of men."(Sov. Grace Church Littleton)
While this view has a semblance of credibility, it fails at a minimum of three points.
- First, this view denies the biblical definition of the foreknowledge ofGod. In biblical use foreknowledge never refers to a mere cognitiveknowledge of future events. Throughout the Bible this concept is represented by the idea of Godâs knowledge, which is shown to embrace his eternal determination as well as His advanceknowledge of future occurrences.
- Secondly, and for the above reason, this argument involvescircular reasoning in that it places God in the position ofpredestining that which He âseesâ men doing of their own free will.
If God is merely observing beforehand what men determine to do,in what sense does He predestinate or predetermine anything?"(Sov. Grace Church Littleton)
You said: [VERY PrevalentFor Example
1]There are Millions of Roman Catholics.2]There are Millions of Liberals.AND3]There are Millions of Arminians. 4]There are millions of Free Willers.
Because of this False Profession is Very Prevalent in our societies._____________________________________
Thank God for the Remnant; - The True Protestant Reformed Church.]
While I agree with your bold statement, I must say that I believe there are a great number of fellow Christians, whom we would class as either Arminian or Free-Willer, who are nevertheless true believers and therefore children of God, as much beloved of God as others who hold to the truth of "why" we became Christian. In fact, I would say that because Arminians are so much the more evangelistically minded, it is likely that God will make use of these to draw in his elect.
When I was a CPC counselor, I almost never asked for a prayer of committment; rather presented the Gospel clearly & concisely, and asked her to go home and consider it privately and SOON. Also gave literature to accompany and refresh her memory.
Thank God for the Remnant; - The True Protestant Reformed Church.
1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Mark 13:21-23 âThen if anyone says to you, âLook, here is the Christ!â or, âLook, He is there!â do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.
Luke 6:26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false prophets.
2 Corinthians 11:12-14 But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
Matthew 10:16 âBehold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
Matthew 7:15 âBeware of false prophets, who come to you in sheepâs clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
Concerning Dr Alberto Rivera, I would like to say that my investigations proove his claims at least in regards to his much of what he said.In regards to him being and actual Jesuit Preist you may wish to read a book far from Rome Near to God (see Amazon.com). This book conatins 50 tesimonies by ex preists. A number of testimonies make it clear that many of their claims of being priests and education by the Catholic Univerities was aggresively denied.Let it be known the Vatican spent upwards of $80 milion dollars (in Europe alone)to combat Albertos claims back in the 1980's. That is a lot of money for some Charlatan.
But in regards to that One clear example that I remember was a Christian comedian called Mike Warnke. Does any one remember him?
An interesting study for interested parties.
This false jesuit pretender is championed by Jack chick in his tracts and comic books and especially promoted by many fundamental independant baptists. The links below should wet the appetite for a true spiritual discernment of truth or rathr deception?
As the title at commencement then contact the author Roy Livesey [email protected] and ask for a copy of his exposure of Alberto Rivera...and see if you discern a false brother-Mr Alberto...yet one championed by 'evangelicals'!
One of the great evangelical frauds of modern times...take heed that no man deceive you.