Dead in Sin?
T - Total Depravity
That means simply: MAN IS DEAD. The Bible
says that you and I are dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians
2:1-6) unless we are born again. DEAD!!! More than that,
the man or woman who is dead in sin hates God, and his "carnal
mind" is "enmity against God" (Romans
8:7) His will is stubbornly steeled against God. This Biblical idea
changes a lot of modern talk about salvation.
Consider what that means:
- Can a man do good works then, if he is not a Christian who is born
again? No. "Whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Romans
- Can a man want to be born again and follow instructions on
"how to do it"? No, for that would be like saying that a
man in a grave can desire to come out of the grave, or follow instructions
on how to be made alive. It would be like trying to lure him out of
the grave. "It is the Spirit that quickeneth: the flesh profiteth
- Can any man "accept Christ" as his personal Savior, so
that he becomes saved after that? Of course not. Accepting Christ
is a good work done only by a Christian. Only AFTER God makes a person
alive, can he and will he accept Christ. "No man
can come unto me, except the Father which hath sent me draw
- Can you "offer salvation" to anyone? That is surely impossible.
One might as well offer food to a dead man than salvation to a dead
ONLY GOD CAN MAKE US ALIVE. AND GOD DOES THAT SOVEREIGNLY
- WITHOUT OUR AID, WITHOUT OUR ASKING. From the beginning to the end,
"Salvation is of the Lord" (Jonah
2:9) This is the faith that we preach, because it is Biblical,
because it is the FAITH of our fathers, which we love, still living
in our hearts, and because it gives God all the glory!
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Not My Choice
U - Unconditional Election
This means simply; God chooses to give some
people eternal lift, without looking for anything good in them,
as a condition for loving and saving them.
Before any man or woman is born - in fact, before
the world was made - God decided who would go to heaven and who would
not. Before they did anything good or bad, God chose some to be His
people and rejected others.
"CONDITIONAL election" would mean that
God chooses to be His those who first love and choose Him. But
the Bible says: "You have not chosen me, I have chosen you"
(Please also look at Romans
13:48 says that "as many as were ordained to eternal life believed."
Only when we speak this language is the horse before the cart. CONDITIONAL
election puts the cart before the horse, because it says that man believes
and THEN is ordained to eternal life. Read carefully John
10:26 for another plain "horse before the cart" passage.
Can one imagine what the denial of this doctrine would mean?
If we remember that before we are saved, we can do nothing good
the only conclusion is that we could never choose God. And never
would. And never would be saved.
But God is sovereign and chooses whom He will choose.
And after He chooses us, we choose Him daily. All we are and all we
have is given us by God.
Again, this is the faith that we preach, because
it is Biblical, because it is the faith of our fathers, living still
in our hearts, and because it gives God all the glory!!!
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For All Men?
L - Limited Atonement
The great gospel message that so many today are
urgently carrying to distant lands is that Christ made atonement
with His death. But there are two critical points at which this
message is so severely distorted that it no longer carries the gospel
THE FIRST DISTORTION concerns what Christ's death
did. The Biblical truth of Atonement is that His death
paid for sins. Yet so many today teach that Christ's death was
only an example for us to follow, and if one merely follows His example
he will be saved. Or it is taught that Christ's death did not actually
pay for any specific sins, but made it possible for all sins
to be paid for.
But the Bible says that Christ's death on the cross
actually paid for sins. Acts 20:28 says that God bought the church with
His own blood. See also Matthew
THE SECOND DISTORTION of this biblical truth is
that Christ died for all men. Some teach that Christ made it possible
for all men to be saved. But the questions that must be asked are: "If
Christ died for all men, why are not all men saved?" "Cannot
God do what He desires to do?" "Is there something defective
in Christ's death?" "Must man desire to be saved first?"
But a man who is totally depraved cannot will to be saved. He hates
God and wants nothing to do with Christ's death. So it must not be said
that Christ died for all men.
The Bible says that Christ laid down His life for
his sheep, and only them. John
10:11. The ATONEMENT is LIMITED to the elect of God.
Every sin of every one of Christ's sheep is paid for. Those sins and
those alone have been paid for. That is the only gospel because that
is the Bible.
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Dragged Kicking & Screaming
I - Irresistible Grace
The fourth Biblical truth in the five points of
Calvinism teaches that God's grace to save a person cannot be resisted.
Grace is God's free and unmerited power to save a person from
his sins which would otherwise lead us to hell. Grace brings him to
heaven who naturally would end in eternal hell.
That grace is irresistible. That means that is God
gives grace to you, there is nothing in the world that you can do to
resist it and thwart God's intention to take you to heaven. The certainty
of salvation for God's elect is seen in John
6:37 where Jesus says: "All that the Father hath given me shall
come to me..." There is no doubt that they will be saved. Verse
44 says that those who come to God come because God draws them.
Not our will, but God's will is first and powerful.
Now, some ridicule this truth of the Bible and say
that it makes man go to heaven against his will. "He kicks and
screams all the way to heaven." But that is not how the Bible presents
God's grace. God makes his people "willing in the day of
His power" Psalm
110:3. For a wonderful illustration of that truth, just consider
the converted Apostle Paul. "By the grace of God" he
was what he was. I
Corinthians 15:10. And immediately after his conversion he said
willingly, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" Acts
9:6. That surely was not against his will.
God's grace is sweet and irresistible. He makes
us love it and want nothing else. He is irresistible to us as a husband
to his newlywed bride. Come with us and hear God's wonderful grace proclaimed
in Christ any Lord's Day.
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Living Like The Devil?
P - Preservation of the Saints
The last of the five points of Calvinism teaches
that God preserves His people so they can never be lost. To put
it simply, it means this: "Once you are saved, you are always saved."
God's Word is full of proof for this beautiful truth.
And though many deny it, and tell you that you can be lost and saved
many, many times, and therefore can never be sure of your salvation,
the Bible says otherwise. Talking about His elect sheep, Jesus said:
"And I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." John
10:28. See John
11, 12; Romans 8:37-39;
Some object to this doctrine because it supposedly
makes men "carnally secure" in their salvation. That is, if
I know nothing can make me go to hell once God has saved me, I will
"live like the devil." There have been some who have used
this beautiful truth as an excuse to live like the devil. But they are
not Christians. Nor do they understand this truth. Because this truth
also implies "PERSERVERENCE OF THE SAINTS." Those who never
fall away are saints. They are holy. And they are given
power to live holy lives. They "continue in well-doing". Anyone
who says he can "live like the devil" has not experienced
the saving power of Christ and does not know the meaning of Philippians
1:6: "He that hath begun a good work in you will perform it
until the day of Jesus Christ." God will continue working good
works in us until Christ returns. Don't think otherwise.
Is there any hope for Christians without this doctrine?
We don't need to be "scared to heaven." We need comfort. Because
we know that if it were up to the Christian to remain saved, he would
never be able to do it. You know yourself!!!! There is no power in me
apart from God's grace.
Come and magnify God's grace with us in worship,
each Lord's Day.
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