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, … 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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New Testament & Psalms 2019

Liberalism or Christianity?

Most useful. A fairly lengthy but still short introduction to Machen.
Would be useful to correct the scanning OCR errors, but they are obvious, tree for true, troth for truth, girl for gift. Hopefully they don’t defeat the message. I found his reference to 75 years before which would have been in the mid 1800’s noteworthy, as well as final references to John Bunyan and the call for ruling elders of the church to stand up.

What’s most discomforting is that we have progressed now almost another 100 years down the path of liberalism…..

Read at your own risk. But the message is clear.

Possessing the Treasure

There are really only two groups of people. There are those who are in Christ and those who are in their sins. These are Jesus’ own words, “I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24 ESV) Any form of Christianity that seeks to subvert the clear message of the Gospel is not Christianity, but instead, is some heresy. Any form of Christianity that is bound in relativism has its roots in liberal philosophy not the Word of God nor is it a product of the pure light of God’s truth.

The article below was written in 1922 by J. Greshem Machen a full year before he wrote Christianity and Liberalism, which is his book against liberalism. It is an excellent introduction against the liberal apostasy of our own times, and may…

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New Testament & Psalms 2019

The Spirit of the Antichrist

Mike, a hard topic to write upon. Thanks for spelling this out.
BTW. J A Wylie’s work tells in great length what has happened from the early church until his own day. Online copies can be from for free. One example is: THE AGES DIGITAL LIBRARY

Three volumes total, Tyndale is only one of many.

As to the 1 John passage, it tells about the extent in that early church, and like you said this applies through the ages, even today. I love the way old John Gill comments upon it. V2:19….. “but the sense is, that there were some persons in the Apostle John’s time, who had made a profession of religion, were members of the church, and some of them perhaps preachers, and yet they departed from the faith, and dropped their profession of it, and withdrew themselves from the church, or churches to which they belonged, and set up separate assemblies of their own: “

…”but they were not truly regenerated by the grace of God, and so apparently were not of the number, of God’s elect: notwithstanding their profession and communion with the church, they were of the world, and not of God; they were not true believers; they had not that anointing which abides, and from which persons are truly denominated Christians, or anointed ones:”

…”The defection and apostasy of these persons were permitted by God, that it might appear they had never received the grace of God in truth; and their going out was in such a manner, that it was a certain argument that they were not of the elect; since they became antichrists, denied the deity or sonship of Christ, or that he was come in the flesh, or that he was the Christ, and therefore are said to be of the world, and not of God, 1Jn 2:22, so that this passage furnishes out no argument against the saints’ perseverance, which is confirmed in 1Jn 2:20. “

Just as true today as it was almost 300 years ago.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it…

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