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Enough’s Enough!

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“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth, and turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:1-4

That time has arrived! Church-goers today will not endure “sound doctrine.” Those . . .
who preach the total depravity of man,
who insist upon the imperative necessity of the new birth,
who set forth the inflexible righteousness and holiness of God, and
who warn against the eternal and conscious torment awaiting every rejecter of Christ,
find it almost impossible to obtain a hearing! Such preachers are regarded as puritanic pessimists, and are not wanted.

In these degenerate times, the masses demand that which will soothe them in their sins–and amuse them while they journey down the Broad Road which leads to eternal destruction! The multitude is affected with “itching ears” which crave novelty and that which will amuse them.

Not only are many of our Seminaries cesspools of spiritual corruption,
not only are hundreds of our pulpits now filled by traitors to the cause they profess to champion,
not only is every cardinal doctrine of the faith attacked and denied by the very ones paid to defend them–
but the evil effects of such teaching from our religious leaders have influenced multitudes of souls committed to their care.

The man in the pew, following the lead of his teachers, has lost faith in the Bible as a Divine revelation, and in consequence, no longer submits to its authority.

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The Gravity of Unbelief

PProg_32_p71_OneOfTheWickedOnesUnbelief is not simply an infirmity of fallen human nature

(Arthur Pink)

“The one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony God has given about His Son.” 1 John 5:10

Unbelief is not simply an infirmity of fallen human nature
, it is a heinous crime against God! Scripture everywhere attributes it to . . .
love of sin,
obstinacy of will,
hardness of heart.

Unbelief has its root in a depraved nature–in a mind which is enmity against God.

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36

The Miracle of Grace

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(Arthur Pink)

Regeneration is that miracle of Divine grace wrought in the soul . . .
which enlists the affections Godward,
which brings the human will into subjection to the Divine,
and which produces a real and radical change in the life.
That change is from worldliness–to godliness; from disobedience–to obedience.

At the new birth, the love of God is shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and that love is manifested in a dominating longing and sincere purpose to please in all things, the One who has plucked me as a brand from the burning. There is a greater difference between the genuine Christian and the deceived professing Christian–than there is between a living man and a corpse. None need remain in doubt, if they will honestly measure themselves by the Holy Word of God.

Ah, dear readers, the test is fruit! Not knowledge, not boastings, not orthodoxy, not joy–but fruit; and such “fruit” as mere nature cannot produce. It is the fruit of the Vine–namely, likeness to Christ, being conformed to His image. May the Holy Spirit search each one of us.

The Two Ways To God: As His Child or His Enemy

Atlantic RoadDivine punishment–or divine chastisement?

(Arthur Pink)

There is a threefold distinction between divine punishment–and divine chastisement.

The first lies in the character in which God acts.
In the former, God acts as Judge.
In the latter, God acts as Father.

The second distinction lies in the recipients of each.
The objects of the former, are His enemies.
The objects of the latter, are His children.

A third distinction is seen in the design of each.
The one is retributive–the other remedial.
The one flows from His anger–the other flows from His love.

Unless…

Magnifying_glass_on_antique_tableUnless our study of Scripture . . .

“He who says he abides in Him, ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” 1 John 2:6

(Arthur Pink)

Unless our study of Scripture is conforming us, both inwardly and outwardly, to the image of Christ–it profits us not!

“Leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.” 1 Peter 2:21

Not YOUR God?

1024px-Logo_télescope.pngThey seek to banish such a God from their thoughts!

(Arthur Pink)

You have done these things, and I kept silent. You thought that I was just like you! But I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face.” Psalm 50:21

The only God against whom the natural man is not at enmity–is one of his own imagination! The deity whom he professes to worship, is not the living God–for He is truth and faithfulness, holinessand justice, as well as being gracious and merciful.

It is a god of their own devising–and not the God of Holy Writ, whom the ungodly believe in!

“They say: How can God know? Does the Most High even know what is happening?” Psalm 73:11
They would strip Deity of His omniscience if they could!
The wicked wish that there might be . . .
no Witness of their sins,
no Searcher of their hearts,
no Judge of their deeds!
They seek to banish such a God from their thoughts!

What a proof that “the carnal mind is enmity against God!”

Such is the portion awaiting the lost:
eternal separation from the fountain of all goodness;
everlasting punishment;
torment of soul and body;
endless existence in the Lake of Fire;
forever locked up with demons and the vilest of the vile;
every ray of hope excluded; and
utterly crushed and overwhelmed by the wrath of a sin-avenging God!
“Consider this, you who forget God–or I will tear you to pieces, with none to rescue!” Psalm 50:22

Follow the Scriptures–Not Man!

1024px-americana_wedding_the_preacher_2813852652429“Christian reader, if you value the health of your soul, cease hearing and quit reading all that is lifeless, unctionless, powerless, no matter what prominent or popular name be attached thereto. Life is too short to waste valuable time on that which does not profit. Ninety-nine out of every hundred of the religious books, booklets, and magazines now being published, are not worth the paper on which they are printed!

To turn away from the lifeless preachers and publishers of the day—may involve a real cross. Your motives will be misconstrued, your words perverted, and your actions misinterpreted. You will be dubbed narrow-minded and uncharitable, because you refuse to join in singing the praises of the “great” and “popular” men of the day.” A.W. Pink

Farcical False Converts Fooling The Sheep

800px-sennmicrophoneWhat a farce it all is!

(Arthur Pink)

The vast majority of the churches are in a sorry state! Those that are out-and-out worldly are at their wits end to invent new devices for drawing a crowd. Others which still preserve an outward form of godliness often provide nothing substantial for the soul; there is little ministering of Christ to the heart, and little preaching of sound doctrine without which souls cannot be built up and established in the faith.

The great majority of the pastors summon to their aid some professional speaker, who puts on a high-pressure campaign and secures sufficient new ‘converts’ to take the place of those who have ‘lapsed’ since he was last with them.

What a farce it all is!

The Gift of Sleep

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He gives His beloved sleep!

(Arthur Pink)

He gives His beloved sleep.” Psalm 127:2

How often is it lost sight of, that the Lord cares for the bodies of His saints–as well as for their souls. Sleep is a Divine gift—but the nightly recurrence of it blinds us to the fact. Sleep is as imperative for our physical well-being–as is food and drink. Sleep is as much the gift of our heavenly Father, as is the other.

When it so pleases Him, God withholds sleep–and then we have to say with the Psalmist, “You kept my eyes from closing.” Psalm 77:4. But that is the exception rather than the rule–and deeply thankful should we be that it is so. Day by day the Lord feeds us–and night by night, “He gives His beloved sleep.”

We should perceive the gracious hand of God ministering in tenderness to all of our daily needs. He is mindful of our frailty–and tempers His dealings with us accordingly. He is aware when our energies are spent, and graciously renews our strength and mercifully refreshes our bodies with sleep.

Alas, how little are we affected by the Lord’s goodness and grace unto us. The unfailing recurrence of His temporal and spiritual mercies–incline us to take them for granted. So dull of understanding are we, so cold our hearts Godward–it is to be feared that most of the time we fail to realize whose loving hand it is, which is ministering to us.

Is not this the very reason why we do not begin to really value our health–until it is taken from us? It is not until we spend night after night tossing upon a bed of pain–that we perceive the worth of regular sleep with which we were formerly favored. And such vile creatures are we, that when illness and insomnia come upon us, instead of improving the same by repenting of our former ingratitude–we murmur and complain at the hardness of our present lot, and wonder what we have done to deserve such treatment!

O let those of us who are still blessed with good health and regular sleep–not fail to daily return thanks for such privileges, and earnestly seek grace to use the strength from them to the glory of God!

“Let us thank God for common mercies–for they prove to be uncommonly precious, when they are once taken away!” Charles Spurgeon