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Pawns on a Chess Board
by Pilgrim. Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:29 PM
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Lordship Salvation Why So Controversial?
by Tom. Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:49 AM
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Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:13 PM Pawns on a Chess Board [by Tom]
When talking about God's sovereignty, should Reformed Christians use an analogy like "we are like pawns on a chessboard".
Is it a good analogy?
I read that analogy on a Reformed board.

Tom
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Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:49 AM This is the most bitter of all persecutions [by chestnutmare]
This is the most bitter of all persecutions, when we see wicked men, with their sacrilegious hardihood, with their blasphemies and errors, gathering strength. Thus Paul says elsewhere, that Ishmael persecuted Isaac, not by the sword, but by mockery (Galatians 4:29.) Hence also we may conclude, that in the preceding verse, it was not merely one kind of persecution that was described, but that the Apostle spoke, in general terms, of those distresses which the children of God are compelled to endure, when they contend for the glory of their Father.

~ John Calvin Commentary 2 Tim 3
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Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:21 PM What is a True Disciple of Christ? [by Pilgrim]
‘Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophecy in your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” And I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

The people Jesus mentions are sincere and orthodox in their view of Christ but they are lost. Jesus says the reason is that they practice lawlessness. 1 John 3:4 says, ‘Sin is lawlessness.’ Lawlessness is a heart of rebellion against God. A heart of self-will and self-rule. These people profess Christ as Lord but they do not submit to him as Lord to do his will. In preaching the gospel we must call men to Christ, but in doing so, we must impress upon them what that will mean. If we minimize Christ’s demands for repentance and faith we will in effect be wolves in sheep’s clothing—false prophets declaring to men a wide gate and a broad way of salvation. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives this warning about the false prophets of Matthew 7:

Originally Posted by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
We are told at the very outset of this way of life, before we start on it that if we would walk along it there are certain things which must be left outside, behind us. There is no room for them because we have to start by passing through a strait and narrow gate...The first thing we leave behind us is what is called worldliness. We leave behind the crowd and the way of the world...Our Lord is warning us against the danger of an easy salvation, against the tendency to say—Just come to Christ as you are and all is going to be well. No, the gospel tells us at the outset that it is going to be difficult. It means a radical break with the world...Yes, but still narrower and still straiter, if we really want to come into this way of life, we have to leave our ‘self’ outside. And it is there of course that we come to the greatest stumbling-block of all. It is one thing to leave the world, and the way of the world, but the most important thing in a sense is to leave our self outside. Have no illusion about this...for he who would enter by this gate must say goodbye to self. It is a life of self-abasement, self humiliation. ‘If any man will come after Me’—what happens? Let him deny himself (the first thing always), and take up his cross and follow Me. But self denial, denial of self, does not mean refraining from various pleasures and things that we may like. It means to deny our very right to our self. We leave our self outside and go through the gate saying, ‘Yet not I but Christ liveth in Me.’

In the same way it (the false prophet’s teaching) does not emphasize repentance in any real sense. It has a very wide gate leading to salvation and a very broad way leading to heaven. You need not feel much of your own sinfulness; you need not be aware of the blackness of your own heart. You just decide for Christ and rush in with the crowd and your name is put down and is one of the large number of decisions reported by the press.
Repentance means that you realize that you are a guilty vile sinner in the presence of God; that you deserve the wrath and punishment of God, that you are hell-bound. It means that you begin to realize that this thing called sin is in you; that you long to get rid of it, and that you turn your back on it in every shape and form. You renounce the world whatever the cost, the world in its mind and outlook as well as its practice, and you deny yourself, and take up the cross and go after Christ. Your nearest and dearest and the whole world may call you a fool, or say you have religious mania. You may have to suffer financially, but it makes no difference. That is repentance. The false prophet does not put it like that. He heals ‘the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, simply saying that it is all right and that you have but to come to Christ, ‘follow Christ,’ or ‘become a Christian’ (D. M. Lloyd-Jones, Sermon on the Mount, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1981, Vol. 2, pp. 221, 224-225, 248-249).
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Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:10 AM Lordship Salvation Why So Controversial? [by Tom]
I am finding a another huge hot button that seems to be able to seperate Reformed Christians who usually agree with each other is "Lordship Salvation".
Rarely is it profitable even discussing the issue with those who think it is heretical.
I have even used a few articles from the Highway on this issue. Such as an excellent one written by William Webster to no avail.
They even went a step further and told me that there is no.such thing as "easy believism."
This issue seems to me like a no brainer, yet it is so controversial in the Reformed Community. Sigh...

Any thoughts?
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:54 PM Vows [by chestnutmare]
We take God's name in vain, when we make rash and unlawful vows. It is a good vow, when a man binds himself to do that which the word binds him to; as, if he is sick, he vows if God restores him, he will live a more holy life. "I will pay you my vows which my lips have uttered when I was in trouble." Psalm 66:13, 14. But "such a vow should not be made, as is displeasing to God;" as to vow voluntary poverty, as friars; or to vow to live in nunneries. Jephthah's vow was rash and unlawful; he vowed to the Lord to sacrifice that which he met with next—and it was his own daughter! Judges 11:31. He did bad to make the vow, and worse to keep it; he became guilty of the breach of the third and sixth commandments.

~ J.C. RYLE
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