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 First Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

O LORD, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

YouTube - Half a Gospel is no Gospel at all - Alistair Begg

YouTube - Half a Gospel is no Gospel at all - Alistair Begg

The purpose of the law is to reveal that Jew and Gentile are both alike condemned by their own violation of the law of God. Even the most saintly Christian deserves hell as much as any "good" atheist. This is the part that Reformed Christians, Wesleyans, Pentecostals, Arminians, and various other "self-righteous" humans do not get. The only assurance the Christian can have is in grace, not personal holiness since personal holiness always falls short of the mark (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8-9). Grace is not a license to sin. But the problem with legalism is that it looks for loopholes instead of admitting that no one keeps God's law well enough to deserve anything at all from God. All of the glory must go to God. All that is necessary to church membership is a credible profession of faith, not a super spiritual level of sanctification. All sanctification in comparison with God's holiness is merely a superficial righteousness that falls way short of God's absolute holiness. The sort of thinking that tends to exalt self is just semi-pelagianism masquerading as "Reformed" teaching. "We're not really that bad. After all, we don't fornicate, commit adultery, rob, steal or kill." But are you selfish? What is the disease? Are you focusing on the symptoms or on the disease? Listen to this sermon by Alistair Begg!

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