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 Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Sermon of the week: “Dangers of Calvinism – The Danger of Pride” by John Scheffer. | Defending. Contending.

Another closet Arminian confuses secondary causes with God's decree to reprobation. It's odd that more people do not see through the smoke. As if "caustic" and "proud" Calvinists are the cause of Arminian irrationalism? Have these folks never read the Bible?

Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 ESV)

and "A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense." They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. (1 Peter 2:8 ESV)
You know to confront Arminians with Scripture is unloving. You have to tiptoe around the TULIPs like Tiny Tim! And even more to the point, being a consistent Calvinist is dangerous while coddling Arminianism is not.  I guess Arminianism isn't so bad after all?  But doesn't a little poison poison the whole cup?

Click here to see the aberrational teaching: Sermon of the week: “Dangers of Calvinism – The Danger of Pride” by John Scheffer. | Defending. Contending.

Addendum: The speaker in the sermon says that one Calvinist offers the excuse that if he had rejected the doctrines of grace it would have been because of the lack of godliness and humility on the part of the men advocating those doctrines. As if that is an excuse for the reprobate when they stand before God? "Lord, Lord! I would have been saved if you had just made those men more humble when they preached the Word!" The fact is the truth stands independently of those who proclaim it. The sinfulness of the minister preaching or teaching the Gospel has nothing to do with what Scripture says in and of itself. Scripture is true. Even if the minister runs off with the pianist and becomes an atheist that would be no excuse for those who refuse to believe the Bible and the doctrines of grace which are taught in the Bible. This sort of message above reveals that these men do not really believe that God's Word is powerful or that God regenerates the elect by His sovereign will. Instead these closet Arminians rely on the powers of persuasion and subjective love rather than trusting God's Word to accomplish what He wills through the sermon. (Jeremiah 23:29; Isaiah 55:10-12).

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