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Thursday, May 14 @ 21:45:23 CDT by (6397 reads)
|joseph writes "We are expecting a baby boy in September and I am faced with a question, not whether or not to have him circumcised, but when. Is there a clear command to have this done at a certain time or is whenever fine? Actually, since it is the topic, what is expected of today's follower's with this, from a Biblical standpoint. And how is this addressed on the ranch or at homebirths? Since I have 2 girls, I have never delved into this issue. Thanks for any info. and Bible references are as always much appreciated.|
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|A QUEST FOR GODLINESS|
Saturday, April 25 @ 13:03:25 CDT by (3520 reads)
|truthseeker3 writes "The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life by J. I.
Why We Need the Puritans
Horse Racing is said to be the sport of kings. The sport of slinging mud
has, however, a wider following. Pillorying the Puritans, in particular, has
long been a popular pastime both sides of the Atlantic, and most people's image
of Puritanism still has on it much disfiguring dirt that needs to be scraped
off. 'Puritan' as a name was, in fact, mud from the start. Coined in the early
1560's, it was always a satirical smear word implying peevishness,
censoriousness, conceit, and a measure of hypocrisy, over and above its basic
implication of religiously motivated discontent with what was seen as
Elizabeth's Laodicean and compromising Church of England.
word gained the further, political connotation of being against the Stuart
monarchy and for some sort of republicanism; its primary reference, however,
was still to what was seen as an odd, furious, and ugly form of Protestant
religion. In England, anti-Puritan feeling was let loose at the time of the
Restoration and has flowed freely ever since. In North America it built up
slowly after the days of Jonathan Edwards to reach its zenith a hundred years
ago in post-Puritan New England.
For the past half-century, however,
scholars have been meticulously wiping away the mud, and as Michelangelo's
frescoes in the Sistine Chapel have unfamiliar colours today now that restorers
have removed the dark varnish, so the conventional image of the Puritans has
been radically revamped, at least for those in the know. (Knowledge, alas,
travels slowly in some quarters.) Taught by Perry Miller, William Haller,
Marshall Knappen, Percy Scholes, Edmund Morgan, and a host of more recent
researchers, informed folk now acknowledge that the typical Puritans were not
wild men, fierce and freaky, religious fanatics and social extremists, but
sober, conscientious, and cultured citizens: persons of principle, devoted,
determined, and disciplined, excelling in the domestic virtues, and with no
obvious shortcomings save a tendency to run to works when saying anything
important, whether to God or to man. "
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|Are You Sure You Like Spurgeon? |
Monday, March 30 @ 19:02:08 CDT by (719 reads)
|sandman writes "|
"The doctrine of justification itself, as preached by an Arminian, is nothing but the doctrine of salvation by works..." -- C.H. Spurgeon
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|A letter from George Whitefield to John Wesley|
Monday, March 23 @ 09:01:50 CDT by (598 reads)
|truthseeker3 writes "IN ANSWER TO MR. WESLEY'S SERMON ENTITLED|
"But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face,
because he was to be blamed" (Gal. 2:11).
(Iain Murray has written an excellent article explaining
the historical background of this exchange between Whitefield and Wesley.)
am very well aware
what different effects publishing this letter against the dear Mr.
Wesley's Sermon will produce. Many of my friends who are strenuous
advocates for universal redemption will immediately be offended.
Many who are zealous on the other side will be much rejoiced. They who
are lukewarm on both sides and are carried away with carnal reasoning
will wish this matter had never been brought under debate.
The reasons I have given at the beginning
of the letter, I think are sufficient to satisfy all of my conduct
herein. I desire therefore that they who hold election would not
triumph, or make a party on one hand (for I detest any such thing)—and
that they who are prejudiced against that doctrine be not too much
concerned or offended on the other.
Known unto God are all his ways from the
beginning of the world. The great day will discover why the Lord
permits dear Mr. Wesley and me to be of a different way of thinking.
At present, I shall make no enquiry into that matter, beyond the account
which he has given of it himself in the following letter, which I lately
received from his own dear hands:
London, August 9, 1740
My dear Brother,
I thank you for yours, May the 24th. The
case is quite plain. There are bigots both for predestination and
against it. God is sending a message to those on either side. But
neither will receive it, unless from one who is of their own opinion.
Therefore, for a time you are suffered to be of one opinion, and I of
another. But when his time is come, God will do what man cannot,
namely, make us both of one mind. Then persecution will flame out, and
it will be seen whether we count our lives dear unto ourselves, so that
we may finish our course with joy. I am, my dearest brother,
Thus my honoured friend, I heartily pray
God to hasten the time, for his being clearly enlightened into all the
doctrines of divine revelation, that we may thus be closely united in
principle and judgment as well as heart and affection. And then if the
Lord should call us to it, I care not if I go with him to prison, or to
death. For like Paul and Silas, I hope we shall sing praises to God,
and count it our highest honour to suffer for Christ's sake, and to lay
down our lives for the brethren."
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Wednesday, March 11 @ 10:27:10 CDT by (411 reads)
|truthseeker3 writes "|
of PRACTICAL Divinity
Book 1—Chapter 14
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|The Difference Between Legal and Gospel Mortification|
Tuesday, March 03 @ 07:18:45 CST by (454 reads)
|truthseeker3 writes "|
by Ralph Erskine
1. Gospel and legal mortification differ in their principles
from which they proceed. Gospel mortification is from gospel
principles, viz. the Spirit of God [Rom. 8. 13], 'If ye through
the Spirit mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live'; Faith
in Christ [Acts 15. 9], 'Purifying their hearts by faith'; The
love of Christ constraining [2 Cor. 5. 14], 'The love of Christ
constraineth us.' But legal mortification is from legal principles
such as, from the applause and praise of men, as in the Pharisees;
from pride of self-righteousness, as in Paul before his conversion;
from the fear of hell; from a natural conscience; from the example
of others; from some common motions of the Spirit; and many times
from the power of sin itself, while one sin is set up to wrestle
with another, as when sensuality and self-righteousness wrestle
with one another. The man, perhaps, will not drink and swear.
Why? Because he is setting up and establishing a righteousness
of his own, whereby to obtain the favour of God here is but one
sin wrestling with another.
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|Mans Will: Free Yet Bound|
Saturday, February 07 @ 14:44:10 CST by (686 reads)
|truthseeker3 writes "by Walter J. Chantry |
For more than fifteen hundred years the Church has engaged in a heated debate over the freedom of man's will. The major issues came to general attention in the early fifth century when Augustine and Pelagius did battle on the subject. Through medieval times the nature of man's freedom received a great deal of attention. As they studied the Scriptures, Bernard and Anselm made significant contributions to the doctrine of the human will.
In the sixteenth century the freedom or bondage of the will was one of the chief issues dividing Reformers and Roman Catholics. To the mind of Martin Luther, it was the key to his dispute with Rome. In the seventeenth century the nature of man's freedom was at the heart of the debate between Arminians and Calvinists. The conflict surfaced again in the eighteenth century during the Great Awakening. Finney's approach to revival in the nineteenth century led the church astray through a misunderstanding of the human will. So too the nature of man's will continues to bring intense disagreement between Reformed and Fundamentalist believers.
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|The Down-Grade Controversy|
Monday, January 26 @ 07:48:33 CST by (546 reads)
|debylin writes "|
Controversy is never a very happy element for the child of God: he would far rather be in communion with his Lord than be engaged in defending the faith, or in attacking error. But the soldier of Christ knows no choice in his Master's commands. He may feel it to be better for him to lie upon the bed of rest than to stand covered with the sweat and dust of battle; but, as a soldier, he has learned to obey, and the rule of his obedience is not his personal comfort, but his Lord's absolute command. The servant of God must endeavour to maintain all the truth which his Master has revealed to him, because, as a Christian soldier, this is part of his duty. But while he does so, he accords to others the liberty which he himself enjoys.—C. H. S., in address at the Tabernacle, 1861."
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|The Puddle Of Their Own Merit|
Saturday, December 27 @ 05:29:46 CST by (773 reads)
|Cathy writes "The puddle of their own merit!|
(William Secker, "The Consistent Christian" 1660)
Many have passed the rocks of gross sins--who have suffered shipwreck upon the sands of self-righteousness.
It was the saying of one, that he "would swim through a sea of brimstone--if he might but arrive safely at heaven." Ah, how would natural men soar to heaven--upon the pinions of their own merit! The sunbeams of Divine justice--will soon melt such weak and wax wings!
He who has no better righteousness than what is of his own providing, shall meet with no higher happiness than what is of his own deserving. "They disregarded the righteousness from God--and attempted to establish their own righteousness." They are determined to sail in their own ship--though they sink in the ocean!
We are so far from paying the utmost farthing, that at our utmost--we have not even a farthing to pay! That man will be a miserable spectacle of vanity--who stands upon the lame feet of his own ability!
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|The Lord's Garden|
Friday, December 19 @ 00:19:42 CST by (731 reads)
|Brenda writes ""A garden enclosed is My sister, My spouse." Song
of Solomon 4:12
The Lord Jesus Christ has a garden. It is the company of
all who are true believers in Him. They are His garden.
Viewed in one light, believers are Jesus Christ's
SPOUSE. They are all joined to Him by an everlasting covenant that
cannot be broken; wedded to Him by the marriage of faith—taken by Him to be
His forever, with all their debts and liabilities, with all their faults and
imperfections. Their old name is gone—they have no name but that of their
Bridegroom. God the Father regards them as one with His dear Son. Satan can
lay no charge against them. They are the Lamb's wife—"My Beloved is mine,
and I am His" (Song. 2:16)."
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