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by chestnutmare. Thu May 23, 2019 5:21 PM
Sinless Perfectionism
by Pilgrim. Tue May 21, 2019 5:47 AM
Matthew 12:40
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The Reformed Doctrine of Election
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Yesterday at 09:16 PM Calumny [by chestnutmare]
Many of us may sometime become the innocent victim of calumny. Pure in our heart and life—we may have to endure suspicion of evil. As Christians, what should we do? In some cases vindication may be possible, and it may be our duty to seek it in the right way. But there may be instances when we cannot free ourselves, without bringing dishonor upon others. Then we must be silent and bear our load. We are not likely to err in the direction of too great patience and silence under wrong; our danger lies the other way. So let us beware lest, when others injure us or defame us—we sin against God in trying to vindicate ourselves. Let us rather suffer—and leave our vindication with God—committing ourselves to him who judges righteously.

~ J. R. Miller, In Green Pastures

1 : a misrepresentation intended to blacken another's reputation
2 : the act of uttering false charges or misrepresentations maliciously calculated to damage another's reputation
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Wed May 22, 2019 9:56 AM Regeneration [by chestnutmare]
....Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:5

“........If then the words of Christ “born of water’ have no reference to the waters of baptism, what do they signify? Before replying directly to this question, we must observe how the word “water” is used in other passages in this Gospel. To the woman at the well Christ said, “Whoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14) Was this literal water? One has but to ask the question to answer it. Clearly, “water” is here used emblematically. Again, in John 7:37, 38 we are told, “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Here, too, the word “water” is not to be understood literally, but emblematically. These passages in John’s Gospel are sufficient to warrant us in giving the word “water” in John 3:5 a figurative meaning.

If then the Lord Jesus used the word “water” emblematically in John 3:5, to what was He referring? We answer, the Word of God. This is ever the instrument used by God in regeneration. In every other passage where the instrument of the new birth is described, it is always the Word of God that is mentioned. In Psa. 119:50 we read, “For Thy word hath quickened me.” Again, in I Cor. 4:15 we find the apostle saying, “I have begotten you through the gospel.” Again, we are told “Of his own will he begat he us with (what?--baptism? no but with) the word of truth.” (James 1:18) Peter declares, being born again, not of corruptible seed, but with incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” (I Peter 1:23)..............”

~ Arthur W. Pink [The Gospel of John,]
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Wed May 22, 2019 9:49 AM There Is No Christianity Without a Change of Mind [by Pilgrim]
A regenerated mind is a changed mind - changed by the power of God. No one is saved unless he exhibits that change of mind - more and more forsaking sin and the thinking of this present evil world, and more and more focused on "things above."

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)

The Gospel In Its Fullness

In proclaiming the preeminence of Christ in Colossians chapter one, and in defending the preeminence of Christ in chapter two, the Apostle Paul by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit defines and proclaims the Gospel in all of its fullness: Deliverance from the power of darkness into the kingdom of God's dear Son; forgiveness of sins; restoration of fellowship with God for sinners who were alienated and enemies in our minds through wicked works; and, a radical change of mind, away from the thinking of this present world, away from the thinking of those who remain under the bondage of Satan, toward "things above."

You see, Christianity is nothing without a change of mind. Regeneration - being brought out of spiritual death and into spiritual life in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit - does not happen apart from a change of mind. A regenerated mind is a changed mind, changed by the power of God. No one is saved unless he exhibits that change of mind - more and more forsaking sin, and forsaking the thinking of this present evil world, and more and more embracing the heaven-oriented way of thinking in which God's Word instructs us.

A Striking Example of a Changed Mind

Even the dying thief, hanging on a cross next to Jesus, exhibited a radical change of mind when he acknowledged that Jesus was innocent of all wrongdoing, and said, "Lord remember me when You come into Your Kingdom" (Luke 23:42). In those few words, the dying thief acknowledged that this life is not the end, that there is an eternity to come.

Furthermore, the dying thief acknowledged that Jesus Christ is Lord. He understood that Jesus was to have a kingdom. He understood that this kingdom was not a kingdom of this present world. He acknowledged his sin, and he acknowledged Christ's ability to save him from his sin, and to admit even a dying thief into His kingdom, on the basis of repentance and faith.

And so even this dying thief, even in the last moments of life on earth, even in a sentence of just nine words, gave the strongest possible evidence of a change from having his mind set on things on earth, to having his mind set on things above, where Christ would soon be seated, and where he himself would soon be.

Have you had this change of mind? Do you understand that there is Biblical reason to question whether you are saved if you have not had it?

Paul M. Elliott
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Fri May 17, 2019 3:19 AM Sinless Perfectionism [by Tom]
First of all, I know I run into a lot of strange people. whistle
How would you deal with someone who advocates both ‘Open Theism’ and “sinless perfectionism.”
He is trying also to say that there is not one Scripture that says Christ paid for our sins after we are saved. He also claims the following:
Justin Martyr and all the early fathers agreed with "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin" (I John 3:9). So did Wesley and Oswald Chambers. Justin Martyr, our most famous Christian martyr (100-165AD) wrote to the emperor, "Christians do no wrong." (First Apology).

I think this faith is based on Deut 30:11-14 which says obeying the law of the lord is so easy we need no one to teach us because God has written it on our hearts and minds so we can obey. In Rom 10:6-8 Paul calls it faith and says "this is the word of faith we are proclaiming to you." He contrasts it to Lev (vs. 5).

I quoted 1 John 2:1-2 to him and he disagrees that is saying what I think it is saying. Yet, in his explanation he comes very close, but I am about ready to give up conversing with him; but thought I would ask this first.

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Thu May 16, 2019 10:06 AM Regeneration [by chestnutmare]
In regeneration nature is not ruined, but rectified. The convert is the same man, but new made. The faculties of his soul are not destroyed, but they are refined; the same violin, but newly tuned. Christ gave not the blind man new eyes, but a new sight to the old ones. Christ did not give Lazarus a new body, but enlivened his old body. So God in conversion doth not bestow a new understanding, but a new light to the old; not a new soul, but a new life to the old one.

~ George Swinnock
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