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1 Samuel 8:10
...    Sister Blake, of South Carolina, desires our views on the passage referred to, which reads thus: "And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house," &c.     It seems to be a hard matter with many to comprehend how God can govern, restrain and direct the evil spirits which are abroad in the earth, without being in some way, or to some extent, associated in his nature with them. How an evil spirit from God could operate on a wicked king, unless that wicked spirit had first existed in the being of God, and had emanated from him.     Whatever difficulty we may have in comprehending the Scriptures of truth, two things are certain. First, that no por...
Gilbert Beebe
2006 Eager Avenue Grace Church Conference Review
...This basic understanding of the cross being the entire focal point of history and the purpose of God from eternity by which the elect are constituted as righteous is something that has been absent from preaching for much too long.  It is time that all of us who claim to love the Gospel of an accomplished salvation openly submit to and rejoice in this plain truth.  If we do not understand the issue then we must be willing to examine our doctrine and even be willing to change for the sake of the truth.  If men and women are to be experientially united in Christ then we must be clear on our understanding of justification for there is not a more important doctrine in the entire bible!...
Brandan Kraft
A Blow Struck at the Root of Fullerism : In a Letter to a Friend
...A BLOW STRUCK AT THE ROOT OF FULLERISM  IN A LETTER TO A FRIEND  BY JOB HUPTON  PASTOR OF THE BAPTIST CHURCH, AT CLAXTON,  NORFOLK  “Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.” {Job 32:11}  “I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.”  {Job 32:17}  LONDON:  PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR  And sold by L. J. HIGHAM, No. 6, Chiswell-Street  Price 3d  PREFACE       The following letter originated in a conversation upon Mr. Fuller’s sentiment, viz. “faith the duty of the unconverted,” between the writer and the gentleman to whom it is addressed, in which th...
Job Hupton
A Brief Response to the Popular Tract : "God's Simple Plan of Salvation"
...    As a servant of the only true and living God I must rise to the occasion to defend his holy character, his holy Bible, and his glorious gospel of grace. It is my duty and my pleasure to do these things. We live in a day when truth is evil spoken of and defense of truth is looked upon as hatefulness. The old phrase 'the truth hurts' is often the case, in that it hurts the pride of those who hold to a lie no matter how gently the truth is delivered in love and patience.     One Sunday morning a fellow church member asked what I thought about the tract entitled 'God's Simple Plan of Salvation.' My answer was, that it was full of errors. He wanted more detail, so I told him I would write a detailed response to the tract. Noticing that First Baptist Church of ...
Scott Price
A Comparison of Sovereign Grace and Federal Vision Teaching
...The history of Protestant dogma is full of paradoxical notions, many of which when taken in isolation can be used to justify Federal Vision teaching. Sovereign Grace Calvinism in this chart is represented in its mature, best, and consistent expression over time....
Bob Higby
A Defense of Particular Redemption : Against Fullerism
...A DEFENCE OF  PARTICULAR REDEMPTION WHEREIN THE DOCTRINE OF THE LATE MR. FULLER RELATIVE TO THE ATONEMENT OF CHRIST, IS TRIED BY THE WORD OF GOD.  BY WILLIAM RUSHTON,  LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, 1831  Zion’s Advocate Print, Luray, Virginia 1904.   PREFACE   Actuated by a desire to benefit the cause of truth, I publish and send forth this edition of Rushton’s “Defence of Particular Redemption,” believing that the scarcity of former editions and the recurrence of questions therein discussed, render its republication needful.  Among the many who have risen in the Old Baptist church, who became dissatisfied with its doctrine and practice and sought to change them to suit the notions of the world and rend...
William Rushton
A Defense of Robert Sandeman
...Editor's Note: This article was originally titled Antinomian Propositions or No Faith? Dr Alderson’s Confusion from David Bishop's blog.  I am reposting it because it has a good defense of the Gospel preacher and writer Robert Sandeman, a man who has been unfairly maligned and purposefully misrepresented by conditional calvinists throughout history. - Brandan      I recently came across a book entitled, “No Holiness, No Heaven: Antinomianism Today”.  It was written by the late Dr Richard Alderson, former Senior Lecturer in English as a Foreign Language, Southwerk College, London (Banner of Truth, 1986).      In his book, Dr Alderson sought to briefly examine the history of and explain the current practice of Antin...
David Bishop
A Defense of the Doctrine of Eternal Justification
...     The doctrine of Eternal Justification has been lately objected to by Mr. [Robert] Bragge in some sermons of his on that subject, published with some other sermons preached at Limestreet [Lime Street Lecture, London, 17321, by several ministers wherein they propose according to the general title, to state and defend the great doctrines of the gospel, and to answer such objections as are usually advanced against them.       As I have reason to believe Justification from Eternity to be a scriptural doctrine, I think myself under obligation to appear in its defense; and therefore have determined to communicate my thoughts on that subject in this public manner.       I hope that my attempt to establish what I apprehend ...
John Brine
A Discourse on the Cleansing Value of Christ's Blood
...And the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanseth us from all sin. - 1 John 1:7     The apostle, in the beginning of the chapter, puts the saints to whom he writes in mind of the Gospel he had writ, wherein he had declared to them that Word of life which had been with the Father, and was manifested to the world, and which he now declares again, that they might have a fellowship with the apostles in the truth, and not with the false teachers in their errors; and for an incentive, assures them that the fellowship of those that kept the truth as it is in Jesus was with the Father and with the Son: ver. 3, 1 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Chr...
Stephen Charnock
A Fresh Examination of Bible Truth on Christ's Final Advent
...There is no unfulfilled prophecy in the Bible except the final appearance of Jesus Christ. In the very hour that man thinks the Lord cannot come, he will descend from heaven with all his saints and angels. History will suddenly come to its predestined climax! The kingdoms of both light and darkness will continue to grow and bear additional fruit until that moment. How much further each will grow none can tell. The world today looks very much like the situation that Christ describes will exist on the day of his coming....
Bob Higby
A History of Hypo-Calvinism
...In the preface to the 1853 edition of The Works of Arminius, Methodist Episcopal minister W. R. Bagnall, who stated that he had "admiration of the character and theological system of Arminius,"1 sought to document the widespread influence of his hero's teaching on most of Christendom. In addition to noting the myriad denominations that were overtly Arminian, Bagnall noted that "Arminianism had exerted a very manifest influence, particularly within the last century, in modifying the views of professed Calvinists, or, if not their views, certainly their modes of presenting them, so that the doctrine of absolute decrees has lost prominence in their teaching, and many of the ablest divines among them have advocated the Arminian views of the atonement."2 What has been embraced and promulga...
Marc Carpenter
A Holy Calling : 2 Timothy 1:9
...“Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” - 2 Tim 1:9      HERE we find salvation stated before calling by grace; and, indeed, if we take a proper view of the subject, it was so in the mind and purpose of God. God the Father saved, or secured, the elect in Christ before the foundation of the world. Hence Jude says, “Sanctified by God the Father;” that is, set apart by God the Father, as the people of his holy choice, and so made the special care and charge of Christ. “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame befo...
William Gadsby
A Perfect Righteousness Required and Imputed
...    We must have a righteousness in which Jehovah Himself cannot find a flaw, a righteousness which Jehovah cannot mend, a righteousness which neither sin nor Satan can mar; and unless we have on a righteousness of this nature, we can never enter into the blessedness of the world to come.     Where, then, are we to find it?     Eternal praises to the matchless mercy of a covenant God, we have it in the blessed Person, glorious work, and spotless obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ!     And, therefore, as it was essential for Him to fulfill all righteousness for His people, He loved the Lord His God with all His heart, with all His mind, and with all His strength.  He began at the beginning, and went through holily, righteously, and stead...
William Gadsby
A Personal and Progressive Holiness?
...“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” - John 3:6        There is no promise made that we shall be set free in this life from the in-being and the in-working of sin. Many think that they are to become progressively holier and holier, that sin after sin is to be removed gradually out of the heart, until at last they are almost made perfect in the flesh. But this is an idle dream, and one which, sooner or later in the case of God’s people, will be rudely and roughly broken to pieces.        Nature will ever remain the same; and we shall ever find that the flesh will lust against the spirit. Our Adam nature is corrupt to the very core. It cannot be mended, it cannot be san...
J.C. Philpot
A Riddle
...NEW VERNON, N. Y., March 1, 1811.       WE have for many years been partially acquainted with the inmates of a house, whose history, if we were able to do jus­tice to the work, would be interesting, and perhaps profit­able to some portion of our readers. The house itself is fearfully and wonderfully made, and has stood in its present form a little more than forty years. The materials of which the house is made were originally very good, but now appear to be in rather a dilapidated and decaying state. It has been thought by good judges that there is contagion in the build­ing; and this conclusion has been confirmed, by the appearance of "spots of leprosy in the walls, like fretting sores. Now what we wish to relate, is in reference to the tenant...
Gilbert Beebe
A Running Sore
...In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted. - Psalm 77:2    There are few things that are more repulsive to contemplate than a festering and oozing sore that does not respond to treatment.  This is an exact illustration of the innate sin nature of all men, out of which and because of which all of man’s troubles, self centered attitudes, and wicked actions stem.  All men without exception inherit this mortifying disease and there is no remedy that a man can find or devise to actually cure it.     This is a malady which causes a certain level of pain in all men, yet its true insidious and incurable nature goes undetected in the vast multitude of men.  Most ...
Mike McInnis
A Short History of the Rise and Progress of Arminianism
...Note: I read this preface to the book The Doctrine of Absolute Predestination by Zanchius Translated From Latin  by Toplady and ended with a Letter to Wesley and liked it so much that I typed it by hand into this website..  You can download this from our books section.      Of all the devices formed by Satan, and employed to sully the glory of divine truth, that which is now commonly called ARMINIANISM, is the most ancient, the most dangerous, and the most successful.  Since the fall of man, it has existed in the world, in every age and in every country.  It may be called the Religion of our fallen nature; and will never want friends and advocates on earth, so long as the spirit of error and the corrupt heart are permitted to exert thei...
Alexander Pringle
A Shut-door Methodist Sage Enters the Lord's Presence
...The revelation of the true gospel was given in its fullness only to Paul, God's chosen apostle of Grace. As a sign of this unique revelation, he was baptized in suffering more than other men (2 Cor. 12:6-10). Readers are encouraged to prayerfully study HIS testimony (the real Spirit of Prophecy) and the gospel of John until the eternal prize of knowing the true God and his only Son (John 17:3) is obtained....
Bob Higby
Absolute Predestination
...The Old School or Primitive Baptists in former years have been very definitely identified and distinguished from all other religious or ecclesiastical organizations as Predestinarian Baptists, and as such have borne reproach and vituperation from those who hold more limited views of what we regard as the absolute and all pervading government of God over all beings, all events, and all worlds. With deep solicitude and painful concern we have witnessed in the preaching and writings of some of our brethren a disposition to so yield or modify the doctrine as to limit its application to such things as the carnal mind of man can comprehend or the wisdom of this world can approve. While some will concede that all things that they regard as pure and holy are ordained or predestinated of God, they ...
Gilbert Beebe
Absolute Predestination : A Dialogue
...Mr. Beebe:-In a former letter I requested your views on the absolute predestination of all things. I asked for information, and for nothing else; but I will excuse you for not answering me, for I know that I am not worthy of notice, but I am a poor unworthy worm of the dust.Your unworthy friend.R.S.      Reply.-We assure our friend R.S. that our apparent ne­glect of this request was not owing to any want of respect for him, nor to any unwillingness to give him such views as we have on the important subject of his inquiry. Those who truly feel sensible that they are poor unworthy worms of the dust, and yet have a desire to be informed in regard to the universal government of the supreme God, of his prescience and ir­revocable decrees, are the very persons above ...
Gilbert Beebe
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