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Saying "Peace" when there is no Peace : Jer.6:14 - Published on July 12, 2004
..."from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace." Jer.6:14 Nothing has changed. The false prophets are still declaring peace when there is no peace. Notice they heal the hurt of the people `slightly'. Can you think of one time the Lord Jesus performed a miracle of healing that was anything less than total? No. When Christ speaks peace there is reason for rejoici...
Greg Elmquist
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Not Even an Accusation - Published on July 12, 2004
..."Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth."-Romans 8:33 Believers know and understand that by Christ they are justified firom ALL things, from which they could not be justified by the law, (Acts 13:39). Justification is that act whereby God declares His elect righteous, by the perfect obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ as their Representative. Because of Him, their sins are forgiven, and God the Father looks on them as if they had always obeyed. All this...
Greg Elmquist
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Unconditional Love? - Published on July 12, 2004
..."God is love" I John 4:8. He defines love. He is the source of all true love. Any 'love' that is inconsistent with His love is no love at all. So, where did man get the notion of "unconditional love"? Well, obviously from his perverted view of God. For the God that is, knows nothing of unconditional love. Our God loves Righteousness and hates iniquity, Heb. 1:9. The Lord loves The Righteous, Ps. 147:8. There is one huge condition on God's love...Absolute Perfect Righteousness. To say God loves a...
Greg Elmquist
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Don't Believe it, He's Not There - Published on July 12, 2004
...The twenty-forth Chapter of Matthew has been the source of much speculation by men trying to predict the time of the Lord's return. The tragic irony is that most of the discussion and debate has been by the very ones our Lord was warning us to avoid. Right in the middle of this glorious prophecy is a description of the "false christs" and "false prophets". In verse twenty-six, the Lord said, "if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth, behold he is in the secret chambe...
Greg Elmquist
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God's High Priest - Published on July 12, 2004
...Some time ago I spoke to a man who told me he was a member of the "Order of Melchizedek". He seemed to be very proud of the fact that his group had discovered some deep mystery that was known only to themselves. Their leaders had written some books that gave them insight into these lost ancient secrets. It was clear to me that this man was infatuated with a hard to pronounce name that had the sound of profundity. However, it was also clear that though he thought he understood all mysteries, he w...
Greg Elmquist
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Blood and Water : John 19:33-34 - Published on July 12, 2004
...But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.-John 19:33-34 God in His providence, would not allow any of the bones of His sinless Son to be broken. It was pictured in the Pascal Lamb (Num. 9:12) and prophesied in the Psalms (Ps. 34:20). There must be no doubt among us that Christ is not divided; nor can He be, or will He be, received in part. Our only...
Greg Elmquist
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Grace or Works? - Published on July 12, 2004
...And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.-Rom 11:6 Is the whole of our salvation accomplished by the finished work of our Holy Substitute? Or, is there something else that man can do to make himself more fit, qualified, holy, or otherwise more acceptable in the sight of God? Can man establish his righteousness more securely by his supposed performance of the law? Or, is the r...
Greg Elmquist
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Come... But you Can't - Published on July 12, 2004
...Is it contradictory to tell someone to come and drink from the River of Life freely, but then tell them they are unable? Should we just tell men to come to Christ and leave out the part about God's sovereign election and man's total inability? Many would say we are just confusing the message and restricting the free offer of salvation by telling men they can't come unless the Father makes them willing by His irresistible grace which is according to His will and good pleasure. Why is it necessary...
Greg Elmquist
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What DO we believe? - Published on July 12, 2004
...In times past some of us have recited what has been known as the "Apostles Creed" as a declaration of our faith. I have no interest in reviving this practice or writing an addendum to this document. But, I do want you to see that the very heart of the gospel is no where to be found in the content of this popular creed. The reason that everyone from Roman Catholics to reformed Presbyterians can agree with the statements contained in it is because the offense of the gospel is completely absent. So...
Greg Elmquist
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Where Does Grace Lead? - Published on July 12, 2004
...Some people would have us believe that if we preach pure grace it will lead people to licentious living. They say if we remove the law as a guide or motivation for Christian living, people will have nothing to keep them holy. They say to tell a person to just follow Christ doesn't provide enough structure and will lead people to careless living. Is that where the gospel of God's free and sovereign grace in Christ Jesus leads? Grace preachers have always been, and always will be, falsely accused ...
Greg Elmquist
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The Words of a Dishonest Man - Published on July 12, 2004
...If what you are saying is true, then many of my family and friends are not saved. Worse yet, I could not have been saved when I thought I was. If the truth be known, the thing that really disturbs me about your gospel is, I may not be saved now. I am unwilling to consider any of those possibilities. I can not refute your position from scripture. The only way to prove that you are wrong and I am right, which I must do in order to shore up my shaky assurance, is to attack your motive and character...
Greg Elmquist
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Can God use Me? - Published on July 12, 2004
..."But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me ..." Acts 1:8 Why did God choose to use human instruments as His witnesses? Is it a denial of His power or His glory to say He always uses one man to communicate the gospel to another? Would He not be more glorified by using a more miraculous and unaided means to accomplish His purpose? Is God dependent on men to perform His will? Let me try to illustrate the answer to these questions. I...
Greg Elmquist
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In The Way : A Parable - Published on July 12, 2004
...A testimony to his exprience of a pastor who found his way. Suppose that you were planning to take your family on the trip of a lifetime. This particular excursion was a package deal you were going to enjoy with several other families you loved and delighted in spending time with. You knew, or at least thought, that the destination of your journey was to the south. Everyone joyfully secured their ticket, proceeded to the airport, and greeted the pilot while boarding the plane. Relaxing with ...
Greg Elmquist
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Exclusive and Inclusive - Published on July 12, 2004
...The gospel of God's grace in Christ Jesus is both exclusive and inclusive. It is a double-edged sword. It cuts people out and it cuts people in. The exclusivity of God's gospel will not allow a person to be saved while believing another gospel. One's complete hope and trust must be in THE Christ revealed according to the Scriptures. He is The Way and He Is God's Way. To deny Him is to be excluded by the sword of the gospel. Just as the door of your home is used to keep out unwelcome guest, so Ch...
Greg Elmquist
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Four Unanswerable Questions - Published on July 12, 2004
...There are four lies being told in Orlando today. Modern, man-centered, Christ dethroning religionist would have us believe; God loves everyone; it is God's will for everyone to be saved; Christ died for everyone; and the Holy Spirit draws the saved and condemned alike. These are well established suppositions, rarely questioned for their truthfulness. To call them into question is to unmask the faulty foundation of a false gospel and kindle the wrath of those desperate to protect their tradit...
Greg Elmquist
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Twelve and Seven? : Mark 8:13 - Published on July 12, 2004
...And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side. Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread. And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye...
Greg Elmquist
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Should we Mention the Doctrine of Election to the Unbeliever? - Published on July 12, 2004
...Some have told us that this great Biblical truth is an "in-house debate" and should not be brought up to the unbeliever. We should meet them at the place of their responsibility and never mention their inability, we are told. First, let me say with no uncertainty, the doctrine of election is not a "debate". It is a biblical truth that is essential to the marvelous gospel of God's free and sovereign grace. To deny election is to dethrone God. The gospel of "man's free will" is another gospel. Re...
Greg Elmquist
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The True Gospel - Published on July 12, 2004
...Preached in Norwalk Calif. on Lord's Day Afternoon, September 7th, 2003 1 Timothy 1:11 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed GOD, which was committed to my trust. "According to the glorious gospel of the blessed GOD," The title of my message is The True Gospel. And many preach the gospel. Arminians preach gospel messages, Reformed Arminians preach gospel messages, and even people in the so-called Christ righteousness movement which I call them nowadays. They denounce Arminianism a...
Robert Erridge
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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 ...
J.C. Philpot
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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 t...
J.C. Philpot
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