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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Top Ten Ways to Spot a False Gospel of Works

10.  If the minister preaches a full year on the doctrine of sanctification and never mentions justification by faith alone, he might be a false prophet.

  9.  If the minister preaches sermons on God's law, but never mentions that the ability to keep the law is always imperfect and relative in this life, he might be a false prophet.

  8.  If the minister is constantly preaching against antinomianism but never mentions the dangers of works righteousness, he might be a false prophet.

  7.  If the minister has never been accused of antinomianism by anyone in the Arminian camp, he might be a false prophet.

  6.  If the minister is constantly talking about "lordship" salvation but never acknowledges that God's law demands absolute and perfect obedience and the impossibility of keeping God's law perfectly, he might be a false prophet.

  5.  If the minister thinks that the blessings of God can be merited, earned or otherwise deserved on the basis of obedience, he might be a false prophet.

  4.  If the minister makes extravagant promises of material rewards for obedience or the keeping of tithing laws, he might be a false prophet.

  3.  If the minister thinks the deciding factor in salvation is human choice, free will, or responsibility, he might be a false prophet.

  2.  If the minister says that justification is by faith alone but sanctification is necessary for future vindication at the judgment, he might be a false prophet.

  1.  If the minister adds anything whatsoever to Christ's active obedience, sinless life, and suffering on the cross--including sanctification or lordship salvation--he might be a false prophet.

Charlie

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Reasonable Christian Blog Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost; Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen. 1662 Book of Common Prayer

2 comments:

Dan Nieman said...

Thank you for such a blessed post. Works Righteousness is so deadly to the gospel of grace.

Charlie J. Ray said...

Salvation by grace alone is difficult for Americans to accept because we have been taught since birth that our personal worth depends on how well we perform our duties in life. Not so with the Gospel. We inherit all the riches of Christ free of charge!

Peace,

Charlie

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