The Victory Is Near At Hand

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:247:

MimamayanomemimaThe devil hath many things to say against us; some too true, that we cannot deny; and some things false, which we may justly deny, and yet do not through our weakness. But when Satan chargeth us with sin truly, which we cannot deny, I would not have believers reason and parley with him (he is too cunning a sophister for us); but only tell him something of Christ, that we too often forget, and that the devil can neither bear nor answer. “If the devil speak against me as a sinner in myself, I say Amen to all that is true; but if he say any thing against Christ the Saviour, I dare say he is a liar.” If the tempted believer can but say, “I am in Christ, and therefore I shall prevail; Christ hath overcome the devil, and therefore I will resist him;” the victory is near at hand.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-victory-is-near-at-hand.91689/, Comment 1

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The Reason for the Recent Blog Slowdown

You may have noticed that posting has slowed down significantly on this blog over the past several weeks.  The reason for this is that I have been dealing with the end of a difficult hyperemesis gravidarum pregnancy and with welcoming my new little daughter into this world.   She is now two weeks old and is a delightful little bundle of joy and welcome addition to our family.  I hope to post more regularly again when I have both hands free at the same time and can prepare posts.  Hopefully, I will be back with you all again soon!

You Have Greater Things To Look To

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:298:

Prince Lazar Renounces All Worldly EmpiresYour path is as the shining light
, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day, Prov. 4:18. Pass through this world, believers in Jesus, liking nothing in it, caring for nothing in it, content and satisfied with nothing it can give, moved with nothing in it; neither much taken up with the much evil or the little good of it; neither cast down with the frowns nor lifted up with the smiles of this vain deceitful world. Pass on, and press forward for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, Phil. 3:14. You have greater things to look to, greater things to fix your hearts and hopes upon, than all this world: even to that blessed state, when we shall be with Christ where he is, and shall behold his glory which his Father hath given him: for the Father loved his Son and our Saviour before the foundation of the world.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/you-have-greater-things-to-look-to.91835/, Comment 1

This is Proper Believing

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:235-236:

Faith is a large comprehensive grace, much spoken of in the word, more talked of than acted by many; and least known, and most mistaken by them that have it not. This faith I speak of, is not a bare believing, or giving an assent unto divine truth, upon the evidence of a divine testimony; nor is it believing and expecting of good from God, upon the ground of his faithful promise; though these are acts of true faith. But faith in Jesus Christ, in its closest, nearest nature, acts thus. The self-condemned sinner, loathsome in his own sight, and persuaded that as he is in himself he is far more loathsome in God’s sight, doth, on the gospel-call and promise, try, and trust Jesus Christ for making him accepted with God. This is proper believing, Gal. 2:16.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/this-is-proper-believing.91644/, Comment 1

The Thinnest of Soups

I thought this was a fitting description of what most evangelical churches have turned into:
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“And I should also add that, as one EO poet has put it, Evangelical Christianity often serves “the thinnest of soups”. There are many, many churches who preach a vapid gospel, if such can be called the gospel at all. No wonder some search in other places, perhaps having had their minds poisoned against Reformed doctrine, and so excluding oases where the water of life runs freely.”

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/hanegraaff-to-constantinople.92569/page-2, Comment 50

Why Not Just Watch Television?

An article that sums up my sentiment with respect to liberal, politically correct churches:

“The story is familiar to anyone who has been paying attention. These churches made the decision to chase the latest social fads in the 70’s and 80’s, hoping to make themselves more appealing to the young. The only thing they did was make themselves less attractive to people interested in being part of a traditional Christian sect. It was not just in the pews, but in the clergy as well. Those feeling the call found that the church in which they were raised was not interested in defending and maintaining the faith.

The result is the clergy slowly radicalized. First came the women and then the feminist women. Soon they invited in the homosexuals and the clergy started looking like the faculty of a liberal arts college. That’s when the pews started to empty out. Why bother going to church, when you can get the same liberal lecture from television? That’s what started the decline in church attendance. Instead of offering a shelter from the storm, they decided to chase an over-served market – radical Progressives.”

Source and read more: http://voxday.blogspot.ca/2017/07/expel-your-sjws.html

What is True Conversion?

Steve Lawson:

6.3.1 (Road sign)Jesus said, “Unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3). Jesus is clear that if a person of this world is to be accepted into this other kingdom—the kingdom of heaven—he must be converted. Put very simply, to be converted is absolutely necessary to enter the kingdom of God.

What does the word conversion mean? In the biblical sense, conversion means a turning—a spiritual turning away from sin in repentance and to Christ in faith. It is a dramatic turning away from one path in order to pursue an entirely new one. It involves turning one’s back to the system of the world and its anti-God values. It involves a turning away from dead religion and self-righteousness. It involves a complete pivot, an about-face, in order to enter through the narrow gate that leads to life.

Conversion also involves the idea of changing direction. A true spiritual conversion radically alters the direction of one’s life. It is not a partial change wherein one is able to straddle the fence between two worlds. It is not a superficial turning, a mere rearranging of the outward facade of a person’s life. Conversion is not a gradual change that occurs over a period of time, like sanctification. Instead, a genuine conversion occurs much deeper within the soul of a person. It is a decisive break with old patterns of sin and the world and the embracing of new life in Christ by faith.

This spiritual conversion is so profound that it involves many changes in a person. It involves a change of mind, which is an intellectual change; and a change of view, a new recognition of God, self, sin, and Christ. It involves a change of affections, which is an emotional change, a change of feeling, a sorrow for sin committed against a holy and just God. It involves a change of will, which is a volitional change, an intentional turning away from sin and a turning to God through Christ to seek forgiveness. The entire person—mind, affections, and will—is radically, completely, and fully changed in conversion.

Theologically speaking, regeneration and conversion are two sides of the same coin. Regeneration is God’s sovereign activity by the Holy Spirit in the soul of one who is spiritually dead in sin. Regeneration is the implantation of new life in the soul. Regeneration gives the gifts of repentance and faith. On the other side of the coin, conversion is the response of the one who is regenerated. Esteemed British pastor D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said: “Conversion is the first exercise of the new nature in ceasing from old forms of life and starting a new life. It is the first action of the regenerate soul in moving from something to something.” Regeneration precedes and produces conversion. There is a cause-and-effect relationship between these two. Regeneration is the cause, and conversion is the effect. Put another way, regeneration is the root and conversion is the fruit.

To affirm true conversion implies that there is also false conversion. Put simply, there is such a thing as non-saving faith. Not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord” has entered the narrow gate (Matt. 7:21). People may know the truth and may have felt grief regarding their sin, but it is a selfish sorrow over what their sin has caused them to suffer, not how it has offended a holy God. The most stark example of a false conversion we have in Scripture is that of Judas Iscariot. In a counterfeit conversion, there is no death to self, no submission to the lordship of Christ, no taking up a cross, no obedience in following Christ, no fruit of repentance–only empty words, shallow feelings, and barren religious activities. On the contrary, with a true conversion sin is abhorred, the world renounced, pride crushed, self surrendered, faith exercised, Christ seen as precious, and the cross embraced as one’s only saving hope.

The whole purpose of conversion is to bring men and women into a right relationship with God. This is why Christ came, and it is the reason for which He died. It was God who was “in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself ” (2 Cor. 5:19). Conversion is the crying need of the soul. Until one’s life is turned from sin to Christ, nothing else matters.

This post was originally published in Tabletalk magazine.

~What is True Conversiom?, http://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-true-conversion/, Copyright 2017 by Steven Lawson, Ligonier Ministries, http://www.ligonier.org

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