Is the New Testament Reliable?

“One of the favored tactics of the Atheistic Naturalist and other assorted Leftists is to attack the trustworthiness of the canonical Gospel accounts. Sadly, many Christians are left without adequate answers to the many misinformed objections to the veracity of Sacred Scripture. In answer to their truly empty challenges we must approach scripture like an historian.

It is a common misconception that we have to apply the Scientific Method. I have even witnessed critics of the Christian faith demand we apply it. This is fallacious, since we are dealing with an issue of history, not science, so we should apply the Historical Method.

The Scientific Method requires any proposition be proven in a controlled environment, by experimentation, and be repeatable and observable. One can hardly go back in time and prove anything historical using such criteria. The Historical Method, by contrast, relies on the following criteria:

  • Written Records
  • Oral Tradition
  • Physical Evidence…”

Read more: http://barbwire.com/2017/06/03/considering-historical-evidence-new-testament-trustworthy/

The Advantage Of Free Justification By Faith Alone

Robert Traill (Doctrine of Justification Vindicated), Works 1:269:

This doctrine of free justification by faith alone, hath this advantage, That it suits all men’s spirits and frame in their serious approaches to God in worship. Men may think and talk boldly of inherent righteousness, and of its worth and value; of good works, and frames, and dispositions: but when men present themselves before the Lord, and have any discoveries of his glory, all things in themselves will disappear, and be looked upon as nothing… No man can stand before this holy Lord God, with any peace and comfort, unless he have God himself to stay upon. His grace and mercy in Jesus Christ, can only preserve a man from being consumed; and the faith of it from being confounded.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/serious-approaches-to-god-in-worship.91132/, Comment 1

The Consequences of a Belief in Cheap Forgiveness

The statement made by a murderer after he shot eight people dead:

Godbolt also told a reporter that ‘death’ is next, saying: ‘My intentions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bullets.

‘Suicide by cop was my intention. I ain’t fit to live not after what I’ve done, not in your eyes, not in nobody else’s eyes.

‘But God, you know, he forgives you for everything.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4549852/Eight-people-killed-Mississippi-shooting.html

Nabeel Qureshi’s Conversion

I enjoyed reading how the Lord brought Nabeel Qureshi unto Himself:

Dear Seeker,

Nabeel qureshi bio (1)I thank God Almighty for your devotion to the truth and your desire to lay aside personal comfort for His sake, for He is Truth. Your struggle to get closer to the truth—and thereby closer to God—will be rewarded due to your sincerity and purity of heart. It is for you that I write my testimony.

I myself have always been dedicated to finding the truth, and many extraordinary events have transpired which led me there. I am certain that the miraculous occurrences in my life have all been due to that pure dedication which is readily available to all of us, and not in any way due to skill or accomplishment of my own. Praise be to God, for I asked, and He gave. I sought, and He helped me find. I knocked on the door of truth, and He opened it for me.

My name is Nabeel. Born as a U.S. Citizen in California, I was raised by devout Muslim parents. My mother and father are immigrants from Pakistan and among the most dedicated Muslims I have ever known. My father was an officer in the U.S. Navy, and because of his career I have lived up and down the Atlantic Coast in the United States, as well as in the U.K…

Read more: https://christianheritagenews.blogspot.ca/2017/02/crossing-over-intellectual-and.html

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

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/

At Your Own Hands Must Your Blood Be Required

“The non-elect are ordained of God, according to the unsearchable counsel of His will “to dishonour and wrath for their sin, to the praise of His glorious justice” (Confession of Faith, Chapter 3, section 7). It is not for their being passed by that they are punished, but for their sins. Their being passed by is a sovereign act: their condemnation is a judicial act of God in His capacity as a Judge. “Salvation is all of grace; damnation all of sin. Salvation of God from first to last—the Alpha and the Omega; but damnation of men not of God: and if you perish, at your own hands must your blood be required” (C. H. Spurgeon).”

~Rev. William MacLean, M.A., “Arminiamism: Another Gospel”

Source: http://www.truecovenanter.com/gospel/arminianism_another_gospel.html