Archive | June 20, 2017

The Question Is, Are You A Sinner Who Needs A Savior?

“Let no sinner exclude himself from the benefit of the gospel, by saying either I know not if I be elect, or I know not if I be a believer and so I know not if Christ died for me and gave Himself for me in particular. This is to mistake the ground and object of faith: for as salvation in God’s purpose to the elect is not the ground of faith, and salvation in possession of the believer is not the ground of faith, but salvation in the Word of grace and in the gospel offer: this is the glad news that comes to the sinner’s ears, upon which he may build his faith and hope of salvation.

“The question then is not, are you an elect person or not? nor is it are you a believer or not? But the question is, are you a sinner that needs a Saviour? It is not Christ in the decree of election that you are to look to, while you know not that you are elected, that is to go too far back; nor is it Christ in the heart or in possession you are to look to, while you are not a believer, this is to go too far forward; but it is Christ in the Word. You know that you are a sinner, and Christ a Saviour held forth to you there, saying, “Look unto Me and be ye saved all ends of the earth, for I am God and beside Me there is none else.”

(Ralph Erskine).

Source: Rev. William MacLean, M.A., “Arminiamism: Another Gospel,” under “The Sinner’s Warrant to Believe in Christ,” http://www.truecovenanter.com/gospel/arminianism_another_gospel.html

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Worse Company Than The Devil’s

Robert Traill (The Throne of Grace), Works 1:230:

There is no worse company in an evil day than an evil conscience. It is worse company than the devil’s. His company is that of a tempter and accuser; but an evil conscience is a judge condemning, and an executioner tormenting a man. Therefore herein exercise yourselves, to have a conscience void of offence toward God and toward men, Acts 24:16. It is usually seen, that times of great trials do dart in some light into men’s consciences, and do make men look into their hearts and ways more narrowly, and spy small faults that they could not see at other times; for they are days of darkness in one sense, and days of light in another. Study therefore to keep thy conscience clean and pure, by holy and tender walking, and by daily believing; for it is the blood of Christ that only can purge the conscience from dead works to serve the living God, Heb. 9:14.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/worse-company-than-the-devil%E2%80%99s.91087/