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Reblogging Reformation Article

Please note his comment.  Today, at this moment, there is not one person in heaven due to having embraced Rome’s gospel, and there never will be. This is not to say that no person who professed to be Roman Catholic will be in heaven. If they read the Bible and embraced the biblical gospel, they would. However, such… Continue reading Reblogging Reformation Article

New Testament & Psalms 2019

Justification by Faith

Heard a very similar sermon preached at the small United Reformed Church near my home by pastor Ganger. These messages need to be shared widely.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2 (NASB) 

Justification by Faith is a doctrine that was the storm center of the Reformation. It was also a major concern of the Apostle Paul. As we study his epistles we can plainly see that he considered this doctrine to be the heart of the gospel. (Romans 1:17; 3:21-5:21; Galatians 2:15-5:1) It also shaped both his message (Acts 13:38-39) and his devotion and spiritual life (2 Corinthians 5:13-21; Philippians 3:4-14)

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New Testament & Psalms 2019

The necessity of preaching the Word

Timeless words. From centuries ago. How few times we hear them today. I can’t recall anyone ever quoting from the Directory! But today how often do our pastors need to endlessly quote the modern mega-preachers or authors… instead of “sparingly citing sentences of ecclesiastical or other human writers, ancient or modern, be they never so elegant.“

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:1-4 (NASB) 

25 “And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will no longer see my face. 26 Therefore, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27 For I…

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New Testament & Psalms 2019

False Religion

Well stated Mike. There is a lot in this article. Just touching on a few things: 1) as to good works, the old WCF has a section about that, … https://www.opc.org/wcf.html#Chapter_16 which is useful to read; 2) as to fully teaching God’s word, we often miss that Jesus words in Matthew 28 end this way: Matthew 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. We should not miss the including of: πᾶς
pas rendered “all things”, not somethings in the KJV.; 3) and finally, our pastors and elders and churches have failed to adequately fully teach God’s word by selective topical studies for sermons, repeatedly teach the same doctrines and verses that appeal to the modern culture, rather than the whole counsel of the Bible. When is the last time a church has preached through the confessions of faith or catechisms? I know of one small reformed church that makes it their practice to regularly work systematically through all those in their evening service.

God’s people have been exhorted to keep this from the beginning.
Deuteronomy 6:17  Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.

Jeremiah 6:16  Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

16 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Wait, and let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.” And he said to him, “Speak!”
17 Samuel said, “Is it not true, though you were little in your own eyes, you were made the head of the tribes of Israel? And the Lord anointed you king over Israel, 18 and the Lord sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are exterminated.’ 19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord, but rushed upon the spoil and did what was evil in the sight of the Lord?”
20 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I did obey the voice of the Lord, and went on the mission on which the Lord sent me, and have brought back Agag the king of…

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