The Gospel

An Exposition of Ephesians 2:1-10
Salvation is wrought entirely by God 

I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. John 10:11
A 21st Century 

Pur'-i-tan n.one who seeks a purer, more Biblical form of life, doctrine and worship.

Whereas modern religion often glorifies man, 
the religion of the Bible glorifies our sovereign God, 
who is most blessed and glorious in all His ways.

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Prayer Concerns
Trials - Pray that the Lord would give His people confidence in His power and Fatherly care, unquenchable inner peace, and the courage and wisdom to speak boldly for Christ through the trials He has appointed for us.
Government - "The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will." (Proverbs 21:1). Pray that God would cause our government leaders to exercise true mercy and justice and to maintain peace in our land.
Family - The salvation of your children lies in the hands of our sovereign and holy God who answers the fervent prayers of His people. Visit the Parental Rights website to support the proposed Parental Rights Amendment.
Revival & Reformation - The church today is in great need of God's mighty, transforming power.
Persecuted Church - Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ suffer persecution daily.
World Missions - Are you faithfully praying for missionaries and Bible translators?
Reflections on
the Love of God
by A. W. Pink

... One of the most popular beliefs of the day is that God loves everybody, and the very fact that it is so popular with all classes ought to be enough to arouse the suspicions of those who are subject to the Word of Truth. God's Love toward all His creatures is the fundamental and favorite tenet of Universalists, Unitarians, Theosophists, Christian Scientists, Spiritualists, Russellites, etc. No matter how a man may live--in open defiance of Heaven, with no concern whatever for His soul 's eternal interests, still less for God's glory, dying, perhaps with an oath on his lips--notwithstanding, God loves him, we are told. So widely has this dogma been proclaimed, and so comforting is it to the heart which is at enmity with God we have little hope of convincing many of their error. That God loves everybody, is, we may say, quite a modern belief. The writings of the church fathers, the Reformers or the Puritans will (we believe) be searched in vain for any such concept. ... (continued)
Introductory Essay
by J. I. Packer

... Thus, we appeal to men as if they all had the ability to receive Christ at any time; we speak of His redeeming work as if he had done no more by dying than make it possible for us to save ourselves by believing;  we speak of God's love as if it were no more than a general willingness to receive any who will turn and trust;  and we depict the Father and the Son, not as sovereignly active in drawing sinners to themselves, but as waiting in quiet impotence "at the door of our hearts" for us to let them in.  It is undeniable that this is how we preach; perhaps this is what we really believe.  But it needs to be said with emphasis that this set of twisted half-truths is something other than the biblical gospel.  The Bible is against us when we preach in this way; and the fact that such preaching has become almost standard practice among us only shows how urgent it is that we should review this matter. ... (continued)
How Does an Arminian Pray?
by C. H. Spurgeon

... You have heard a great many Arminian sermons, I dare say; but you never heard an Arminian prayer—for the saints in prayer appear as one in word, and deed and mind. An Arminian on his knees would pray desperately like a Calvinist. He cannot pray about free-will: there is no room for it. Fancy him praying...
Lord, I thank thee I am not like those poor presumptuous Calvinists. Lord, I was born with a glorious free-will; I was born with power by which I can turn to thee of myself; I have improved my grace. If everybody had done the same with their grace that I have, they might all have been saved. Lord, I know thou dost not make us willing if we are not willing ourselves. Thou givest grace to everybody; some do not improve it, but I do. There are many that will go to hell as much bought with the blood of Christ as I was; they had as much of the Holy Ghost given to them; they had as good a chance, and were as much blessed as I am. It was not thy grace that made us to differ; I know it did a great deal, still I turned the point; I made use of what was given me, and others did not—that is the difference between me and them.
That is a prayer for the devil, for nobody else would offer such a prayer as that. Ah! when they are preaching and talking very slowly, there may be wrong doctrine; but when they come to pray, the true thing slips out; they cannot help it. ... (continued)

What is "A 21st Century Puritanism?"

Puritanism is a movement that arose within the English Protestant church in the late 1500's and continued into the 1700's.  The Puritans were Christians who believed that the Bible ought to be the sole authority for the doctrine and practice of the church.  They were convinced that the Protestant Reformation had not gone far enough in eliminating unscriptural traditions from the Church, and so, in a very real sense, they were second-generation Reformers, seeking to finish the work begun by early Reformers like Luther and Tyndale. 

The reforming spirit of the Puritans ought to exemplify Christianity in every age.  The Latin phrase "Semper Reformanda"—"Always Reforming"—should be the continual watchword of the Church of Jesus Christ, as we diligently seek to root out every false teaching and to bring the church 's worship into full conformity with the apostolic teaching revealed in the Holy Scriptures. 

Reformation is a never-ending task for two reasons.  First, because the church has never achieved 100% perfection, and thus there is always room for improvement.  Secondly and more importantly, because human depravity makes us so prone to wander from the truth. God's people need to be constantly vigilant to identify and oppose the age-old errors that keep reappearing, sometimes in new disguises, that threaten the spiritual vitality and radical witness of the church. 

The great enemy of Biblical Christianity in the days of the Puritans was Roman Catholicism, both in its full manifestation as well as in the vestiges of Catholicism carried over into the Anglican Church.  Puritans were often decrying the form of Anglican worship—crucifixes, kneeling at communion, and especially the "Popish" attire of the Anglican "priests".  But Puritans were also on guard against a return to the Catholic doctrines of human free-will and personal merit—doctrines that militate against the free grace of God as revealed in the gospel. 

In our present day, the great enemy of Biblical Christianity is the arrogant pragmatism that measures success by counting noses rather than seriously assessing the spiritual condition and progress of its converts.  This pragmatic approach turns its back on what the Bible says about God's sovereignty, man 's depravity, and the manner of worship that is most pleasing to God.  Instead, modern Christianity is often guilty of seeking to please men rather than God, thereby repeating the error of the self-righteous Pharisees. 

With the Puritans of old, we confess the Biblical gospel that God saves rebellious, Christ-rejecting sinners—He doesn't wait until they trust in Christ of their own accord, for men are too rebellious to ever willingly submit themselves to God.  Instead, God does for men that which they never would nor could do for themselves:  He chooses certain ones to be saved, although no one, of himself, would ever have freely chosen to leave his sin and humbly submit himself to God's authority.  He purchases their forgiveness by giving up the life of His dearly-loved, only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, in payment for their sins, even though no one could ever have purchased his own forgiveness.  He quickens them by His Holy Spirit, changing their hearts, bringing forth genuine faith and lasting repentance, even though no one could ever have made such a change in his own heart—indeed, no one would even bother to try!  And God completes this work which He began, even though no one would ever be persistent enough by his own will to persevere very long in faith and repentance, even if he could savingly believe or repent. 

A "21st Century Puritanism", then, is the always-reforming spirit of 17th-century Puritanism applied to the challenges of the 21st century church.  In place of an Arminian "free-will" gospel that exalts human worth and ability, the 21st Century Puritan calls us back to the Biblical gospel that exalts the power and sovereignty of Almighty God.  In place of the "seeker-sensitive", man-pleasing paradigm for worship, the 21st Century Puritan points us back to the Biblical, God-ordained pattern of worship revealed in Scripture—emphasizing a Godward focus—preaching His glories, rejoicing in His mercy to hell-deserving sinners, falling at His feet in humble supplication, singing from joyful, forgiven, God-saturated hearts psalms and hymns that exalt His majesty and honor. 

It is my prayer that this website will help you gain a greater appreciation for the glory and splendor of our sovereign Creator, Provider and Redeemer. 

Soli Deo Gloria!  .. To God Alone be the glory!

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