Westminster Larger Catechism Study

Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way leading to destruction

Mike well said, and a good complement to your recent 2 Timothy 3 post!

Churchianity also has its milder forms.These can include club like friendship and fellowship, Emphasis on family parenting, marriage and community service and helping those who have great needs, all good things in themselves but they can become the focus of the church. Many are desiring a vital atmosphere focusing on music and excitement often with great sincerity, but doctrinally light at best. Unfortunately all this is encouraged by the seemingly endless stream of authors, pastors, conference speakers, television and YouTube experts spinning the latest new way to do church and/or society better.

Btw, I’m not an End Times proponent, but reading all this in full context with Chapter 3 is as appropriate today as it was 2,000 years ago.

2Ti 3:1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

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)

In the passage above (2 Timothy 4:1-4) the word “myths” translates the Greek noun μύθους (mythous), the Accusative, Plural of μῦθος (mythos). It is where we get the English words myth and mythology. In Classical Greek, this is a tale…

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The Five Benefits of the Inspiration of Sacred Scripture

Enjoying the conversation.

….” certain Christian leaders who preach “another gospel” while calling it the Gospel. They are totally wrong. Some if not all of these people have large ministries, but the #1 thing about their non-gospel message is that it does not contain the “offense of the Gospel,” that is, it never tells those who hear it that they are sinners who are bound for Hell unless they repent and turn to Jesus Christ as their Savior. No, their non-gospel is one that tickles men’s ears, telling them what they want to hear. It proclaims a “broadway” to God not the narrow way that Jesus proclaimed.”

2 Timothy 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NASB) 

If you pay close attention to the enemies of the truth, apostates, heretics, and pagans, they all attack the doctrine of the Inspiration of Scripture. In this post we will take a close look at the five things that, since Scripture is Inspired, for which it is profitable or useful or helpful. Of course, the enemies of God’s truth reject all of this because they insist on things being man-centered while the deeper we dig into these truths there is no way we can come away from what we find without the understanding that God is Sovereign and those who belong to Him do so for His glory not…

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The Natural Man and the Visible Church

So true….yet so difficult to address.

“ Do you see my brethren that the majority are not on the narrow and hard way that leads to life? No, the majority are on the easy way that leads to destruction. These are the ones who profess Christ, but are trusting in their own works. They are Christian on their own terms. They are enticed into this way of destruction by false prophets. Remember, this is a description of people who are IN the visible Church. These are not the atheists, muslims, buddhists, or pagans. No, these are people who believe they are Christians, but they don’t have the mind of Christ because they aren’t regenerate. Their fruit is bad and this is how we are to know them. Lastly, their judgment is not in our hands. Our role is to tell the truth, the Law and the Gospel, in the hope that some may hear it by the Holy Spirit then repent unto salvation.”

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NASB) 

A pernicious lie currently permeating the visible Church in our time says that all who profess Christ are genuine believers. This lie conveniently overlooks that even our Lord’s chosen 12 contained one devil. Another closely associated and equally detrimental lie says that Christians must never judge. If taken together, these two lies create an environment of deceit in which professing Christians who prove their disingenuousness by their words, their actions, and their doctrines, which is their “fruit,” cannot be brought before the ecclesiastical court of their church brethren for discipline. In fact, in this environment, to even address the issue is to be classed as a judgmental hypocrite.

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