​The Perseverance of the Saints



In chapter 17 of the confession, it speaks about how the true Christian will persevere to the end, “and be eternally saved.” How can we be certain that “whom He justified, these He also glorified” (Rom. 8:30)? It is because our perseverance is not based on us and what we do, rather it is based on: God’s election of a people to redeem, Christ’s atonement on behalf of His people and His intercession for them, “the oath of God, the abiding of his Spirit, and the seed of God within them, and the nature of the covenant of grace.”

Here is our session on chapter 17. I hope that this will be a blessing to you, your family, and your church as you are grounded in a biblical view of the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints!

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Kentucky Clerk Sent to Jail for Simple Christian Perspective

Kim Davis, a clerk in Kentucky was just sent to jail because she would not issue a marriage license to two homosexuals. I don’t believe anything like this has happened in American history, where such a simple matter of Christianity was cause for imprisonment.

For more information go to http://ift.tt/1QbC19V

Christians are now put on notice that their view of marriage is not welcome in the public square. In this regard, Kim stated what Christians must uphold – a Christian conscience in our nation. She stated the issue succinctly in the form of a testimony,

“My conscience will not allow it,” she said. “God’s moral law convicts me and conflicts with my duties.”1

1Mike Wynn and Chris Kenning, “Ky. clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses,” USA Today, September 3, 2015, http://ift.tt/1LXs7dg

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​Article XIX – Satan is a Deceiver

We affirm the warning of Holy Scripture that since the Garden of Eden, Satan, the father of lies and deceiver of the brethren, has used and continues to use his subtle trickery to question God’s Word: “Yea, hath God said…?” (Gen. 3:1Matt. 4:6John 8:442 Cor. 11:314Rev. 12:9). 

We deny/reject that God’s people, corporately or individually, should embrace and employ the unbiblical philosophies, goals, and methods of this fallen world in our churches and families, thus succumbing to Satan’s deception.

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A Proud Heart and a Humble Christ are an Oxymoron



Joel Beeke, in this video, comments on a quote from John Calvin where it talks about how it is an oxymoron to say that one can be a follower of a humble Christ, yet has a proud heart. He asks an important question, “How can you stand at the cross, think about what your Savior did for you, and be proud?” He goes on further to say that are actually acting like an atheist when we are filled with pride.

To hear more on holiness from Dr. Joel Beeke, come to the Highway of Holiness conference Oct. 29-31 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC. 

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Paul Washer on the Beauty and Power of the Gospel



Paul Washer does a wonderful job of explaining the biblical Gospel, and what happens in the lives of those who are truly saved.

What is the Gospel? Scripture clearly declares that God is just and holy, and that man is fallen and sinful. God must punish a sinner for His sin, he cannot go against His attributes. Then how can a man be made right with God? Paul Washer in this video explains the biblical Gospel, and what happens in the lives of those who are truly saved by the Lord.

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A People Who See the Beauty of the Lord



The most defining aspect of all of life is your view of God and His holiness. What is your view of the holiness of God? At this conference, we are going to be spending a lot of time explaining God’s holiness in all of his ways. Come and join us for the Highway of Holiness conference, October 29-31, at the Ridgecrest Conference Center. 

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What are Good Works?



It is important that we have a right understanding of good works. Good works are only what God has commanded in His Word, and it must be done from a pure heart and unto the right ends (the glory of God). The fruit and evidence of faith is that the true Christian, by the power of the Holy Spirit, will perform good works; and though the unregenerate may appear to do good works, they cannot please God because they do not do them out of a pure heart.

What is your view of good works? This week, we are giving away our session on chapter 16 of the confession titled, “Of Good Works.”

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The Eighth Video from the Center for Medical Progress



The Center for Medical Progress has released their eighth video, which is their interview with the CEO of StemExpress, Cate Dyer. This video exposes the illegal activities of selling aborted baby body parts, and how the clinics that partner with them, especially Planned Parenthood (their largest provider), receive financial benefits.

Proverbs 31:8 says, “Open your mouth for the speechless, / In the cause of all who are appointed to die.” What should be disturbing us the most of these videos is that they are killing children. The fact that they are selling the body parts is one of the abominable and illegal conclusions of our culture’s hatred and disdain towards life in the womb. The church has a responsibility to stand up and proclaim what the Word of God says about this issue, and we ought to be praying, for only the Lord can change one’s heart. 

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​The Law Drives Unbelievers to Christ



One of the purposes of the law for an unbeliever is to condemn them and drive them to God. Man cannot barter with God. It is impossible. There is no way we can appease the wrath of God through good works, and the law shows us that. It lays out God’s standard of holiness, and it isn’t just speaking of outward works, but it aims for the heart as well. There is no escape. 

It shows us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23), and there “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Rom. 3:9). It shows unbelievers that they are hopeless, and drives them to Christ, who is their only hope. Jason Dohm, in this video, talks about the use of the law for an unbeliever.

To hear more from Jason Dohm on the subject of holiness, come to the Highway of Holiness conference, Oct. 29-31 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC.

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Kerrville, TX Church Leaders’ Meeting



In just a couple of weeks, on Friday Sept. 11, we will be hosting a meeting in Kerrville, TX for church leaders. This will take place during the Love One Another conference hosted by FORGE.

It is my hope to see pastors in a region get to know one another, and then work together for the advancement of the Gospel and the beautification of the church. This luncheon will be a time of prayer, fellowship, mutual encouragement, and some exhortations will be given by myself and Stephen Hopkins.

The cost to register is $10.00, and this not only covers the luncheon, but it will get you and your family free admission to the FORGE conference! I hope that you will be able to join us! For more information, and to register, go to the events page for the NCFIC website.

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What Does Repentance Look Like?



 

Mark 1:15 – “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Acts 17:30 – “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.”

It is important that we understand repentance properly. It is clear in these verses that God commands men to repent and believe. In this session, we discuss chapter 15 of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith titled, “Of Repentance Unto Live and Salvation.” You can download this video here.

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Kentucky Prison Chaplains Banned from Preaching That Homosexuality Is a Sin



Here is an article from the persecution section of DefendingMarriage.com. To stay up to date on all the latest news articles, persecution stories, opinions, and the biblical view of sodomy, visit DefendingMarriage.com.

The Christian purge has begun: Chaplains banned from preaching that homosexuality is a sin

It wasn’t so much a choice as it was a demand.

Chaplain David Wells was told he could either sign a state-mandated document promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality is “sinful” or else the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice would revoke his credentials.

“We could not sign that paper,” Chaplain Wells told me in a telephone call from his home in Kentucky. “It broke my heart.”1

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1Todd Starnes, “The Christian purge has begun: Chaplains banned from preaching that homosexuality is a sin,” Fox News Opinion, accessed August 19, 2015, http://ift.tt/1L3zZH1

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Latest Planned Parenthood Video – Viewer Discretion is Advised



This is a horrific video. Proceed with caution. Observe the grisly underbelly of how Planned Parenthood, customizes the abortion for higher margins – intact cadavers – some of them with beating hearts.

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Holiness and Pragmatism



When we walk around in the culture we live in today, we find pragmatism everywhere. It influences many of our decisions and the way we do things. Geoff Botkin in this video encourages us to go to the Word of God and learn the true standard of holiness, and then to look at our lives and eradicate all forms of extra- and counter-biblical ideas and practices, and to replace them with things that are truly holy. 

To hear more from Geoff Botkin on the subject of holiness, come to the Highway of Holiness conference Oct. 29-31 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center.  

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7 Reasons Families Should Pray

Reason 1

Because we receive every day family-mercies from the hand of God. He loads us daily with His benefits (Ps. 68:19). When you wake in the morning and find your dwelling safe, not consumed with fire, not broken through by thieves, is not this a family-mercy? When you wake and find none dead in their beds, that news is not brought you in the morning, there is one child dead in one bed and another in another, and there is not a lodging-room in the house but the last night one or other died in it; but on the contrary you find all well in the morning and refreshed by the rest and sleep of the night— are not these and many more such mercies to the family, that when you rise you should call them all together jointly to bless God for? If it had been otherwise, [if] master or mistress [were] dead, children or servants dead, would not the rest say, “It would have been a mercy to us all, if God had spared him, her, or them?” If your house had been consumed by flames, and God had turned you all out of doors before morning, would you not have said, “It would have been a mercy, if God had safely preserved us and our dwellings and caused us to rest and sleep and rise in safety?” Why, Sirs, will you not acknowledge mercies to be mercies, till God hath taken them away from you? And if you do, should you not give the praise daily unto God? Was it not God Himself that watched over you while you did sleep, and could not, did not, watch yourselves? “Except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain…for so he giveth his beloved sleep” (Ps. 127:1-2).

And as you have had many family-mercies in the night to bless God for in the morning, so you have many family-mercies in the day to give thanks to God for at night before you go to bed. Methinks you should not quietly sleep till you have been together on your knees, lest God should say, “This family that hath not acknowledged My mercy to them this day, nor given Me the glory of those benefits of which to them I gave the comfort, shall never see the light of another day, nor have the mercies of one day more to bless Me for. What if God should say unto you when you are laid down in your beds, “This night your souls shall be required of you, you that went to bed before you had given Me the praise of the mercies that I had given unto you all the day, and before you had prayed for My protection over you in the night.” Take heed: though God be patient, do not provoke Him.

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