” Billy Graham Evangelical Association, “We believe…that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit.” Cart before horse-Arminian heresy! Read up the truth about Billy Graham in this incisive article in the PRCA Standard Bearer.
Why do professing Christians reject the word of God and hence resist the Holy Spirit? BECAUSE THEY WANT TO COMPROMISE WITH THE WORLD THAT THEY LOVE MORE THAN CHRIST and they don’t want to stand out from the crowd but rather save their reputation, job or whatever. They are also denying the antithesis, the enmity that God put between Satan and his seed (the world) and the seed of the woman namely Christ and all his people (Genesis 3:15). HENCE the widespread belief in “common” grace which is in fact always particular (for the elect only) and the idea that fallen man still has something of the image of God (he hasn’t!). This is why Nicodemus was a secret believer and why the Pharisees wanted to prop up and stay in their false church! Count the cost of discipleship and be prepared to pay it!
Great insights from the Reformed theologian Herman Hoeksema: “Unregenerate man is not really sorry for his sin. On the contrary, he has his delight in iniquity. If only there were no evil consequences connected with the service of sin, if only he could sin with impunity, he would not worry about sin at all. But he is afraid of the results. He dreads the punishment of sin. He would like to escape death and hell. He likes to feel safe and secure in the service of sin… Man loves sin, but he dreads hell. And so he makes an attempt to escape the one while continuing in the other… However, there is only one conceivable way in which this attempt to sin with impunity could possibly be successful; or rather that one imaginary way is really quite inconceivable: God must be changed! And the sinful heart and mind do indeed make the bold attempt to change the living God. It is thus that the sinner tries to entrench and fortify himself in his sin! He makes a god of his own imagination after his own sinful heart, before whose face he can sin and feel safe. He invents his own god, an idol that is wholly like himself. He deprives God of his sterner attributes of righteousness and justice, and speaks of a god of mercy and love that will wink at sin and make the ungodly the object of his blessing. And thus he tries to quiet the voice of his own conscience, and partly succeeds to create for himself a sense of safety in the way of sin, until he meets the living God in the day of the revelation of his righteous judgment, and discovers that he believed a lie, that he followed after a delusion, and that the eternal God cannot be mocked” (Triple Knowledge, pp. 199-200).
Jesus did say “Judge not, lest ye be judged” but he was there speaking of hypocritical judging, in another place he said this:
Jesus and His Word teach…
- You are saved by faith and not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- All who rely on observing the law (commandments) are under a curse (Galations 3:10).
- Salvation occurs at the moment you believe the Gospel (Ephesians 1:13).
- Jesus purifies sin (Hebrews 1:3).
- You can know for sure you are saved (1 John 5:13).
- The sacrifice of Jesus is finished (John 19:30).
- We pray to the Father through Christ.
The Pope and his church teach…
- You are saved by faith plus works.
- Obedience to the commandments is a condition for salvation.
- Salvation is a process from baptism through purgatory.
- Purgatory purifies sin.
- You are condemned if you claim to be saved.
- The sacrifice of Jesus continues in daily Mass.
- Mary is co-redemptrix with Christ
- You can pray to Mary and saints
As you can see these two teachings directly oppose one another. You must make the choice as to which is true and which is deception. Your choice will determine your eternal destiny.
Away with all ideas that Mary is a mediatrix between men and God!
“And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.” Luke 1:46-48.
God through Christ is her needed Saviour because she was a sinner. God, through Christ is her Lord and master. She is blessed as an adopted child of God by faith in Jesus Christ who died for her sins. He, Jesus, being God and man, is the ONLY mediator between us sinners and the holy God. Any other interposition robs him of his unique glory and is blasphemy!
As necessary as in 1517
Why? Because as Jeremiah says, “Ye trust in lying words. My house is being abused. THERE ARE ABOMINATIONS in my worship. Jer. 7:8, 11, 30. Christ’s rare violence was seen when he saw the place of his worship being abused.
Millions steeped in tradions and superstition of false religion in Roman Catholicism*.
Millions more are members of or adhere to false and departing churches.
*Mary venerated. She is never portrayed as co-redemptrix or someone to pray to in all N.T. Scripture does not say she was sinless and taken miraculously into heaven. The infinite God cannot have a mother, only the incarnate Son of God.
*Idolatrous mass. The once-for-all sacrifice of Christ substituted by a daily ritual that is supposed to atone for sin.
*Priests and pope usurp the headship of Christ in his church.
*Justification (forgiveness) by faith and works substituted for true faith alone that leads to assurance hence no assurance for those seeking to merit.
The upshot of all these abominations will be to be driven from Christ out of his dwelling place into damnation.
False and departing churches that allow hymns and songs that are not God-breathed, shallow homilies take the place of doctrinal preaching, women and homosexuals given office, there is belief in universal atonement and free will, on-going miracles and miraculous spiritual gifts-these will inevitably join together under the false prophet of antichrist and worship him!
Come out from among them and seek the truth in Scripture and a true church.
Dr Julian Kennedy, Deacon, Covenant Protestant Reformed Church, Ballymena.
Who or what governs the universe and our lives? Is it the stars?–then read your horoscope. Is it pure luck?–then good luck to you! Is it other gods?—then by all means bow down to them! The definition of luck (or chance) varies: for some it is “a purposeless, unpredictable and uncontrollable force that shapes events favourably or unfavourably for an individual, group or cause”. Others say it is “events that influence one’s life and are seemingly beyond one’s control”.
When thought of as a factor beyond one’s control, without regard to one’s will, intention, or desired result, there are at least two senses that people usually mean when they use the term, the prescriptive sense and the descriptive sense. In the prescriptive sense, luck is a supernatural and deterministic concept that there are forces (e.g. gods or spirits) that prescribe that certain events occur very much the way laws of physics will prescribe that certain events occur. It is the prescriptive sense that people mean when they say they “do not believe in luck“. In the descriptive sense, people speak of luck after events that they find to be fortunate or unfortunate, and maybe improbable.
Therefore, cultural views of luck vary from perceiving luck as a matter of random chance to attributing to such explanations of faith or superstition. For example, the Romans believed in the embodiment of luck as the goddess Fortuna, Carl Jung viewed luck as synchronicity, which he described as “a meaningful coincidence”.
Adapted from Wikipedia
As Christians we discount these notions which dethrone God and purposely rob him of his glory! We believe in the God of the Bible who rules over all and in his son who said “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Any Christian who believes in luck is not worthy of the name! Moreover our theology can be summarised thus:
Slides based on Ron Hanko’s “Doctrine according to godliness.”