To Will Ill, of a Corrupt Nature; to Will Well, of Grace

by John Calvin”Because of the bondage of sin by which the will is held bound, it cannot move toward good, much less apply itself thereto; for a movement of this sort is the beginning of conversion to God, which in Scripture is ascribed entirely to God’…

Does God Only Hear and Answer our Prayers Based Upon our Victory Over Sin?

Answer: No. definitely not. He answers our prayers THAT WE MAY have victory over sin.  It is by the grace of God in Jesus Christ that we overcome sin. We come to Jesus empty handed.  We have nothing to offer but our sin.  Any good in us us purely the mercy and grace of God.  Christ is the Savior so He does not come to tell us how to save ourselves by overcoming sin first and then asking for help later..  We need grace not only to come to Him but also the daily grace to overcome sin.  No one overcomes sin in the power of the flesh.  So when we first come to Jesus we appeal to him to rescue us from the guilt AND power of sin  We do not pray “Lord deliver me from the guilt, but not the power of sin .. I got that part on my own…”  no, no, no … so even as Christians we come to him daily in prayer for the wisdom, strength and power to live for him, for, left to ourselves, we have NO HOPE to overcome sin (or do any good in the world) whatsoever.  It is mercy alone that saves us and mercy alone that preserves us. 

So I would say, rather, that God answers our prayer when we confess our sin and acknowledge our utter impotence to obey him apart from grace. That is where God meets us. And that way, when we do good, or overcome sin, God get’s all the glory.  If he only answered prayer based on our victory over sin it would be transactional … based on works of the flesh rather than grace alone.  But we owe everything we have to Him so our lives ought to be one of ceaseless dependence (1 Cor 1:29-31, Phil 3:3). 

If You Saw What Was in My Heart, You Would Spit in My Face

Why did God become flesh? Was it to teach us to be good to each other? No! That would be putting the cart before the horse. We humans have proven repeatedly that we cannot do good to others as we ought. Even when we know what is right and wrong we some…

Can You Be Reformed and Deny that the 10 Commandments Apply to the Christian?

Question: If I deny the transfer of the ten commandments from the old covenant into the new covenant, am I considered Reformed? I’m still covenantal? Answer: What parts of this do you disagree with? Q. 95. Of what use is the moral law to all men?A. The…

The World in the Church

by J. Gresham Machen

“There are congregations, even in the present age of conflict, that are really gathered around the table of the crucified Lord; there are pastors that are pastors indeed. But such congregations, in many cities, are difficult to find. Weary with the conflicts of the world, one goes into the Church to seek refreshment for the soul. And what does one find? Alas, too often, one finds only the turmoil of the world. The preacher comes forward, not out of a secret place of meditation and power, not with the authority of God’s Word permeating his message, not with human wisdom pushed far into the background by the glory of the Cross, but with human opinions about the social problems of the hour or easy solutions of the vast problem of sin. Such is the sermon…
 
Thus the warfare of the world has entered even into the house of God, And sad indeed is the heart of the man who has come seeking peace. Is there no refuge from strife? Is there no place of refreshing where a man can prepare for the battle of life? Is there no place where two or three can gather in Jesus’ name, to forget for the moment all those things that divide nation from nation and race from race, to forget human pride, to forget the passions of war, to forget the puzzling problems of industrial strife, and to unite in overflowing gratitude at the foot of the Cross? If there be such a place, then that is the house of God and that the gate of heaven. And from under the threshold of that house will go forth a river that will revive the weary world.”
 
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Excerpt Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen (Free ebook)
 

16 Free eBooks by B. B. Warfield

The following free eBooks by Benjamin Warfield are available in ePub,.mobi and .pdf formats, accessible for your eReading device. These are classic works which are all highly recommended.  We believe no one should be held back from having a significant…

God Does Not Depend on Politics

“As Christians, we don’t need to ‘win’ when it comes to politics. We don’t need to tie our hopes to one party or react with fury when the other guy gets in, as though some mere human might thwart God’s plans – as though God sits in heaven and says, ‘Oh…

God’s Goodness is His Glory

by Stephen CharnockThe goodness of God is the most pleasant perfection of the Divine nature.His creating power amazes us. His conducting wisdom astonisheth us. His goodness, as furnishing us with all conveniences, delights us and renders both His amazi…

A Humble Soul Overlooks His Own Righteousness

by Thomas BrooksA second property of an humble soul is this, He overlooks his own righteousness, and lives upon the righteousness of another, to wit, the Lord Jesus. So the apostle, (Philip. 3:8–10), overlooks his own righteousness, and lives wholly up…

Rome Vs. Augustine on Free Will

Roman Catholics proclaim a curse (anathema) on anyone who affirms the loss of free will after the fall in the decrees of the (Roman Catholic) Council of Trent: Canons on Justification. it declares:”If any one should affirm that since the fall of Adam m…