Archive for April 2015

Boundless Confidence in God

April 10, 2015

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The doctrine of universal salvation is the expression of the boundless confidence in God: what God wants to do He can and will do.

The great turning point from disaster to salvation took place on Golgotha. It is not my faith that creates salvation for me; salvation creates for me faith.

Jurgen MoltmannJürgen Moltmann
The Coming of God (1996), page 244

The “Sinner’s Prayer”

April 10, 2015

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The “Sinner’s Prayer” is not Biblical. Because no such prayer or conversion is found in the Bible, some Biblical scholars have even labeled the sinner’s prayer a “cataract of nonsense” and an “apostasy.”

The Sinner’s Prayer, as popularly known today, has roots in Protestant Christianity. Some affirm that it evolved, in some form or another, in the early days of the Protestant Reformation movement, as a reaction against the Roman Catholic dogma of justification by means of meritorious works. Others believe it originated as early as the eighteenth century revival movement. However, Paul Harrison Chitwood, in his doctoral dissertation on the history of the Sinner’s Prayer, provides strong evidence that the Sinner’s Prayer originated in the early twentieth century.

An early proponent of the sinner’s prayer was the well-known American evangelist D.L. Moody.

Evangelists such as Billy Graham and evangelistic organizations such as Campus Crusade for Christ brought the concept to prominence in the 20th century.

When Christians “accept Christ as their personal savior,” it’s because they don’t accept the fact that Christ is the Savior of ALL mankind. I believe that Christ is the Savior of all mankind – myself included.

J.D. Fine

Special Salvation

April 9, 2015

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We trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe (I Timothy 4:10).

It is often remarked by those who oppose the doctrine of universal salvation that, if God is the Savior of all men, then there is no difference between the saint and the sinner, the believer and unbeliever. Those who make this remark seem to forget that, while God is declared to be the Savior of all men, He is also said to be ESPECIALLY the Savior of the believer.

Though it is true that God is the Savior of all, yet a little more attention would teach you that all along in Scripture there is a salvation held forth as the SPECIAL PROPERTY of the believer, in which the unbeliever can have no part or lot. Though all shall be saved with an everlasting salvation, yet the believer ALONE can enjoy this special salvation.

Isaac Dowd Williamson (1807-1876)
The Nature of Salvation (1840)

An available Williamson book reprint available:
An Examination of the Doctrine of Endless Punishment: It’s Claims to Divine Origin Refuted

The Littles

April 5, 2015

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Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows! (Matthew 10:29-31).

I would, with special earnestness, beg you to believe that God is in little things.

It is the little troubles of life that annoy us the most. Believe that God arranges the littles. Take the little troubles as they come and bring them to your God, because they come from God. Believe that nothing is little to God.

The very hairs of your head are all numbered; you may, therefore, pray to Him about your smallest grief. If not a sparrow falls to the ground without your Father – you have reason to see that the smallest events in your life are arranged by Him, and it should be your joy to accept them as they come, and not make them causes of irritation, either to others or to yourselves.

Everything in the future is appointed by God. All is in the hand of the great King; rejoice!

CH SpurgeonCharles H. Spurgeon (1834–1892)
A Safe Prospective (1869)

God’s Love Can’t Be Turned Away

April 5, 2015

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I suppose all human affection can be worn out by constant failure to evoke a response from cold hearts. I suppose that it can be so nipped by frosts, so constantly checked in blossoming, that it shrivels and dies. I suppose that constant ingratitude, constant indifference can turn the warmest springs of our love to a river of ice. “Can a mother forget her child?” Yes, she may forget; but we have to do with a God Whose love is His very being, Whose love is not for reasons in us but in Himself, Whose love is eternal and boundless as all of His nature – Whose love, therefore, cannot be turned away by our sin, but abides with us forever and is granted to every soul of man.

Alexander MaclarenAlexander Maclaren (1826-1910)
The Last Pleadings of Love

Psalm 90:3

April 5, 2015

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SERIES NOTE: Paul was entrusted with the glorious revelation concerning the details of Christ’s finished work at Calvary and all of the richness that it entails – even the salvation of all of God’s creation. Still, throughout all of the Hebrew Scriptures God has left us powerful hints of, and sure foundations for, the grand truth of His real nature. Although often shadowed in precedents of types and patterns, these are yet unmistakable to those who are fully acquainted with the letters of Paul. Today we will begin an extended series, looking at such fertile instances found throughout the “Old Testament.”

Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, “Return, ye children of men.”

It is God Who gives man his experience with evil, for it is He Who turns them to destruction. God acquaints humanity with brokenness, with vanity, with ruin; and He does so to bring them back to Himself.

Adam had it all in the garden: health, beauty, paradise – all goodness from the hand of God; but the one thing he lacked was appreciation. He could not be thankful for health, for he never had experienced sickness. He could not be thankful for the provision of food, for he had never been hungry. Men learn the truths of God by their contrasts with evil.

According to Psalm 90:3 it is God Himself Who turns mankind to destruction. He does so, so that He can say to them “Return,” and bring them back to Himself. Who’s He bringing back to Himself? Well, the King James Version translates this exact same phrase, “children of men,” as “sons of Adam” in Deuteronomy 32:8. All of the offspring of Adam – every last one of his descendants – belong to God and will be returned to Him.

This is the wise and grand plan of “the God of love” (II Corinthians 13:11).

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

Protest Against a False View of God

April 3, 2015

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I protest against all such teaching that gives the impression that the exceeding goodness of God towards man is not the natural and necessary outcome of His being.

The idea that God would be God all the same, as glorious as He needed to be, had He not taken upon Himself the divine toil of bringing home His wandered children, had He done nothing to seek and save the lost, is false as hell.

It will be answered that we have fallen, and God is thereby freed from any obligation, if any ever were. It is but another lie. No amount of wrong-doing in a child can ever free a parent from the divine necessity of doing all he can to deliver his child; the bond between them cannot be broken.

George MacDonaldGeorge MacDonald (1825-1905
Unspoken Sermons, Series Two

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