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Philpot on Huntington - Published on July 12, 2004
...HUNTINGTON closely and faithfully discriminated between taking the mere lamp of profession in the hand and the vital necessity, upon which he insisted, of possessing the oil of God's grace in the heart if ever we are to enter heaven. (Matt. xxv. 1-13.) "This it was," says J. C. Philpot, "which especially made him obnoxious to the professing world as well as to the profane. You may take away almost anything from a man but his religion. To pronounce his faith a delusion, his hope a falsehood, and his love a lie ; to sift his profession till nothing is left but presumption or hypocrisy; to withstand his false confidence, and declare it to be worse than the faith of devils; to analyse his religion, beginning, middle, and end, as thoroughly and unreservedly as a chemist analyses a case of suspe...
J.C. Philpot
To Everything There is a Season - Published on July 12, 2004
..."To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) These words are true taken literally. Naturally we know that there is a season for this...
J.C. Philpot
What Souls are Perishing? - Published on July 12, 2004
...The following article is taken from a free publication called "Content for the Faith," by Providence Strict Baptist Assembly in Canada. It is somewhat controverisal but we believe it is a message that needs to be sounded in Christiandom today. With all the carnal flesh pleasing methods of evangelism used today, this message is ever so important. Anyone wishing to get on their mailing list can do so by contacting Gery or Mike Schmidt at 104-1138 Yates Street Victoria British Columbia Canada V8V 3M8. MK One day as I was meditating upon God's greatness and mercy, I started pondering on the subjects of evangelism and missionary endeavour. I got to thinking about what the main objective of the majority of professing Christians who claim to be evangelical was in these things. I myself, as well ...
Mike Schmidt
Burning Bridges : Part 4 - Published on July 12, 2004
...        When the elect turn from idols to serve the Living God they repent from and forsake their false religion. They are not interested in their old religious seniority. Like Paul, they agree that they count all those false things loss and dung (Phil 3:8-9) so he may have Christ and His righteousness instead. A vivid testimony to the church and the world that you have repented of your old religion of self justification is shown in the believer's baptism. Baptism pictures many things, mainly the death, burial, resurrection of Christ. One other thing it shows is the believer is dying to his old religion, and self righteous ways. He is burning his bridges with his old religion when he is baptized. He plunges under and raises up out of the water t...
Scott Price
Burning Bridges : Part 3 - Published on July 12, 2004
..."And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked." I Kings 18:27     It is the duty of those who preach, defend, and promote the gospel to expose false prophets, false gospels, and false gods. God's glory and His character is at stake. The truth must be upheld and defended. It is not enough just to declare truth but lies must be exposed. Many professional preachers compromise when it comes to these issues because they must keep the money coming in. If they offend with the truth they fear financial ruin. The ecumenical movement is fueled by this compromise along with the spirit of antichrist.     The prophe...
Scott Price
Burning Bridges : Part 2 - Published on July 12, 2004
...    Are we dogmatic about the gospel or are we in doubt? Are we hot, cold, or lukewarm? Are we sure about the truth and have burned our bridges with false religion or do we want to "cover all the bases" by "leaving our options opened"?     Consider the following excerpt from a letter, one of many, I wrote to this person who believed in a universal atonement: "The Christ I love is the One you hate. The christ you love is the one I hate. We do not have two different views of the same God, I have a different God than you. He is precious to me and you despise Him. The christ that died for all and most are in Hell, I despise. As a matter of fact I spit on his grave because that is where a failed christ would still be (Romans 4:25). The bridges of false religion ...
Scott Price
Burning Bridges : Part 1 - Published on July 12, 2004
..."But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe unto the saving of the soul." Hebrews 10:39     When a person is given spiritual life and is converted to the truth of the gospel he has a great change of mind. Things he used to hold dear to himself such as his religious seniority and his boasting of those years of service are not looked upon as something to be cherished but rather to be thrown out forever. Paul called his religious service before conversion "dung" (Phil 3:8).     We should not view our conversion as coming into a higher knowledge of doctrine, in that we are just a little smarter than the person who still holds to his self righteous works but we should have the biblical view that we were serving idols and no...
Scott Price
Old Testament New Birth - Published on July 12, 2004
..."...Except a man be born again He cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3    Many have say that there was no such thing as regeneration by the Holy Spirit (or the new birth, quickening) in the Old Testament times. How can this be? How could a person in the Old Testament dispensation who is void of spiritual life have the ability to exercise true faith? Does man have a potential to be able to work up true faith from within himself, then or now? Is man wise enough in his totally depraved state to do that, then or now? Is the idea of sinful man needing the new birth only a New Testament idea, as if the Old Testament folks were not quite in such a need of it? Were the people in the Old Testament times in a better spiritual condition when they came out of the womb? It is obvious...
Scott Price
Consider the Intention of His Call - Published on July 12, 2004
...".....He (Jesus Christ) cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth." John 11:43    Some say if Jesus Christ would have just commanded "come forth" without it being to anyone in particular, that everybody in the cemetery would raise from the dead. Is that really true? Is the effectiveness of His call only based on the sufficiency of His power? What about the Savior's purpose, intent, and will? Does God intend or purpose eternal life for all without exception and then hope for them to respond to a universal offer? Obviously not because God cannot fail in His purpose.     Christ commanded Lazarus specifically to "come forth". The power of God's call to salvation is not only that it is particular but is also in the purpose, intent, and will that backs His parti...
Scott Price
He is Made Unto Us : Part 3 - Published on July 12, 2004
..."But of Him are you in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption: that according as it is written, He that glorys, let him glory in the Lord." 1st Corinthians 1:30-31    The basic gospel principle of Representation does not get the attention it deserves among those claiming to preach the true gospel. If the basic essence of this doctrine is dropped from the gospel it leaves salvation conditional on the part of the sinner, turning the message into a "another gospel" or false gospel. The primary focus of the doctrine of Representation is on Who does the representing. That Who, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the object of our faith. The word of God says in 2nd Timothy 1:12, "... I know Whom I believed and am persuaded that He is a...
Scott Price
He is Made Unto Us : Part 2 - Published on July 12, 2004
..."But of Him are you in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption: that according as it is written, He that glorys, let him glory in the Lord." I Corinthians 1:30-31     Our last installment focused on the phrase "But of Him are you in Christ" showing us that salvation was a work of the grace of God alone, without works. We need to look further here at yet another phrase that follows which further proves that salvation is a work of grace. Paul, through the inspiration of the Spirit of God adds layers of foundational, redundant arguments concerning the clear fact that salvation is totally out of the hands of any and all sinners. This, we should be very thankful for, both this salvation and the gospel arguments Paul gives, w...
Scott Price
He is Made Unto Us : Part 1 - Published on July 12, 2004
..."But of Him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption: that according as it is written, He that glorys, let him glory in the Lord." I Corinthians 1:30-31    Right from the beginning we notice in the text the loud and clear declaration of salvation by sovereign grace. "BUT OF HIM" speaking of the God the Father, are you in Christ. This shows us as many other verses in God's word does that salvation is only and always of the Lord. The word here "but" is used as an argument, showing that what he is about to say is against the way we all think naturally. He states this as if he was saying, "Not of you BUT RATHER of Him". In other words he is proving that you have nothing to take credit for or brag about in reference...
Scott Price
The Law of the LORD : Part 3 - Published on July 12, 2004
..."Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law." Romans 3:31     The LORD is pleased when faith is placed in a proper object. God demands faith in His Son without any mixture or competition with any other gods or idols, even if they be imaginary. His law states that "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3). He associates this command with is His name when His word says; "Thou shalt worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God" (Exodus 34:14).     The self righteous are always trying to please God by the deeds of the law. This idea of works for salvation is what is called "living after the flesh". The twisted idea that we can keep the law, even after salvation, to satisfy, e...
Scott Price
The Law of the LORD : Part 2 - Published on July 12, 2004
...    The law of the LORD is holy. The LORD God's name is also holy, so much so that He has related His name to the law; "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain" (Exodus 20:7). The law is a reflection of His holy character in showing He requires and demands justice if His law is broken. The scripture also says there is salvation in His name. This is one of many connections we see between the law and salvation.     The law is used in the preaching of the gospel in at least two ways;     1) The law shows us our sin (Romans 3:20 & 5:20, Galatians 3:19 & 24). The law also written on the heart, which is our conscience will expose our law breaking. The sin...
Scott Price
The Law of the LORD : Part 1 - Published on July 12, 2004
..."Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled" Matthew 5:17-18     The law of the LORD is perfectly holy, strict, and inflexible. Jehovah will not compromise His standard of holiness. He will not lower the standard for ANYBODY. When I say anybody I mean not even Himself. The LORD must be faithful to Himself. He must act in accordance with the harmony of His attributes. He will not and cannot act sovereignly through His omnipotence to dishonor His own law. He is not above the law. His law is a mirror reflection of His own holy character.     The Father sent Christ ...
Scott Price
Who is the Glory of God? - Published on July 12, 2004
..."For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23     When I was a young boy lost in false religion, Romans 3:23 was my first memory verse. We have heard it many times quoted and referred to in the so-called Romans road. Reading the verse over the years only confirmed what I already knew by my natural conscience that God has given all men. The verse pointed out my guilt over and over. The work I put forth just kept getting harder.     One day God revealed to me WHO was the end of the law. Not just to be the end of the law period, but for the sake of RIGHTEOUSNESS. Jesus Christ the righteous was the end of the law for me because He honored, kept, fulfilled, and magnified the law. He performed the glorious work of propitiation which res...
Scott Price
Death in Adam Life in Christ - Published on July 12, 2004
...    The result of Adam's sin is very devastating. We not only receive a sin nature which is spiritual death but worse than that, we are legally dead which is our condemnation. We all were legally declared dead in the garden and get the sin nature at conception because of our federal representative Adam (Romans 5:12-21). The Elect have legal life which is justification by the imputed righteousness of Christ. The effect of that righteousness established is spiritual life or regeneration, so that we may have the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is our Life, glorified in our hearts.     The best evidence of the death we have in Adam is self righteousness.  By nature this is what we highly esteem (Luke 16:15). This is the way that seems right unto man, but i...
Scott Price
The Person of Jesus Christ Apart from His Work? - Published on July 12, 2004
..."But we preach Christ and Him crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God." I Corth 1:23-24     Many people in false religion have a mystical, romantic view of the person of Christ that is apart from His work of obedience and death on the cross. They think they can have fellowship and communion with Him in this way. This view leaves them ignorant of both His Person and His work. The only creatures that can fellowship acceptably with Christ apart from His work are the holy, sinless, unfallen angels. All human beings are sinners and in need of the work of Christ crucified. This work is the very thing that these holy angels, who do not need t...
Scott Price
Debt Free! - Published on July 12, 2004
...    There are many articles, books, and radio programs on how to get out and stay out of debt. It is not fun going through life with bills piling up and bill collectors calling you asking where the money is. The bumper sticker that says "You owe so off to work you go" is very true in that case. When a person finally gets out of debt by managing their money properly or attaining a large sum of money somehow and applying that money to pay off their debt, the feeling of being debt free is a very welcomed feeling.     There is a more important debt that needs to be paid off. Spiritaully speaking, we are born into this world in debt to God. Romans chapter 5:12-21 explains that the original sin and guilt of Adam was transferred to our account. Now we owe that debt ...
Scott Price
Justice and Injustice - Published on July 12, 2004
...    The self righteousness and injustice of Man was portrayed in the most extreme form when Christ Jesus was arrested, beaten, stripped, spit on, mocked, and nailed to the cross. Christ, Who was holy and knew no sin, was looked upon by Man as a common criminal. Of course the religious leaders conspired against Him and lied concerning His character so they could have a reason to prosecute and sentence Him. All this was the most unjust event that ever happened in history and done out of the most vile, hateful, self righteousness that flows from the heart of Man.     At this same time God the Father was actively engaging Himself in the work of Christ on the cross the whole way through. He had purposed and decreed it before the world began. God through His wisdom...
Scott Price
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