Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The first, foremost, chief and principal things in Christianity

1. The Absolute Supremacy of Holy Scripture
Show us anything, plainly written in that Book--and we will receive it, believe it, and submit to it! Show us anything contrary to that Book, and however sophisticated, plausible, beautiful and apparently desirable--and we will not have it at any price!
2. The Doctrine of Human Sinfulness and Corruption
Man is radically diseased and dead in sin. I believe that ignorance of the extent of the Fall, and of the whole doctrine of original sin, is one grand reason why many can neither understand, appreciate, nor receive Evangelical Religion.
3. The Work and Office of our Lord Jesus Christ
The eternal Son of God is our Representative and Substitute. We hold that nothing whatever is needed between the sinner, and Christ the Savior, but simple child-like faith.
4. The Inward Work of the Holy Spirit
We maintain that the things which need most to be pressed on men's attention are those mighty works of the Holy Spirit--inward repentance, faith, hope, hatred of sin, and love to God's Word. We say that to tell men to take comfort in their baptism or church membership, when these all-important graces are unknown--is not merely a grave mistake, but positive cruelty!
5. The Outward and Visible Work of the Holy Spirit in the Life of Man
We maintain that to tell a man he is "born of God" or regenerated, while living in carelessness or sin, is a dangerous delusion!
We say boldly that the above five points are the first, foremost, chief and principal things in Christianity.

What the church needs

The Church of Christ does not need a new Bible, nor 
new apostles, nor new faith-healers, nor new 
charismatic movements, nor self-styled miracle 
workers. What the Church needs is to return to the 
Word of God and proclaim the whole counsel of God 
in the power and love of the Holy Spirit.

Lehman Strauss

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What is the Gospel?

1 - It is good news - not good advice, and falls on the ears of the children of God as such. This is saying that regeneration precedes response. It is not the flesh which can receive, but the born again man, who becomes spiritual by the indwelling Spirit. The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness unto, neither can he know them for they are spiritual discerned. (1 Cor 2:14)

2 - It is the basis for God's judgment when one is said to either accuse or excuse one another, In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my Gospel (Rom 2:16)

3 - It is a proclaimed message to be obeyed: (Rom 10:15:16) (1 Pet 4:17) (2 Thess 1:8). The Gospel is not an option for man, but a command.

4 - It is hid to the lost by Satan's blinding: 2 Cor 4:3-4
If our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost, in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them who believe not (2 Cor 4:3-4)

5 - It is a message which is not well received by religion: (John 16:2)
If what we preach is NOT offense to the religionist and to the worldling, then it is NOT THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. I repeat, it is not the Gospel! (Pastor Henry Mahan)
When those blind sought healing - what was the good news? Receive thy sight! When the lame was healed - what was the good news? Take up thy bed and walk! When the dumb could not speak - what was the good news? Thou dumb spirit come out of him! When the leper sought to be healed - what was the good news? Be thou clean! When the publican prayed, God be merciful to me a sinner - what was the good news? This man went down to his house justified. When the woman taken in adultery was brought to Jesus, and her accusers sought to condemn her by stoning - what was the good news? Neither do I condemn thee. When the woman who was diseased with an issue of blood and touched His garment only - what was the good news? Be of good comfort, thy faith hath made thee whole. When the woman with a vexed daughter sought the Lord - what was the good news? Her daughter was made whole from that very hour. When the thief on the cross ask the dying Lord to remember him when He came into His kingdom - what was the good news? Today shalt thou be with in paradise. When one comes to the Lord who labors and is heavy laden - what is the good news? I will give you rest. When one given to Christ believes - what is the good news? Thou shalt be saved.