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
HISTORY THE HISTORY OF PROTESTANTISM VOL. 1 by Rev. J. A. Wylie

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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New Testament & Psalms 2019

Private Interpretation

Truth is these Private Interpretations are so common. They range from the full blown interpretations that are found in “new” revelations that become sacred books used by those who create new “religions” or “churches” or ways to “God”, or spirituality, or just those personal “words” from God or the Spirit which get repeated or proclaimed in churches of all types, small groups, books or conferences. We so easily reach for and grab hold of so many of these….everybody loves hearing about these personal spiritual journey experiences….or the latest new book, with new insights, but few want to read just the Bible, or even fewer the historic Reformed confessions and catechisms, which are based on the Biblical text.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. John 16:13-14 (NASB)

Even though it is discounted by many today, the Protestant Reformation was a wonderful work by God in that the Gospel was freed from the captivity of the apostate Roman Catholic Church. Over the centuries the Gospel had become obscured as the Bishop of Rome was declared perfect with authority over Scripture. Any resistance to his authority was dealt with through excommunication followed by being burned at the stake. The Reformation not only recovered the Gospel and Justification by Faith, the Bible became available…

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