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March 30 bulletin

Altogether Vanity

Psalm 39: 5

     It is the assumption of most that sin is something that comes into their lives at moments of weakness.  Anger, jealousy, and pride, finding an occasion, cause their feet to slip and sin enter the door.  If they could somehow get rid of these things that have ruined their reputations, their lives would stand as a good testimony to God.  The truth about sin is that the part of our lives that we are the proudest of gives the greatest evidence against us.  “…Verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity.”  “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags;…(Isaiah 64: 6)  Sin is what we are; it is the leprosy into which we are born and infects the whole or our nature.  While we may attain a good name and high honor in this world, we are like Naaman of old, still a leper and forbidden to come into the camp of Israel. (II Kings 5: 1)                                                                                                                     Darvin Pruitt

 

“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”

Isaiah 45:22

 

Eat, Don’t Argue! (S&T Tract #4)

TWO learned doctors are angrily discussing the nature of food, and allowing their meal to lie untasted, while a simple countryman is eating as heartily as he can of that which is set before him. The religious world is full of quibblers, critics, and sceptics, who, like the doctors, fight over Christianity without profit either to themselves or others; those are far happier who imitate the farmer and feed upon the Word of God, which is the true food of the soul. Luther’s prayer was, “From nice questions the Lord deliver us.” Questioning with honesty and candour is not to be condemned, when the object is to “prove all things, and hold fast that which is good;” but to treat revelation as if it were a football to be kicked from man to man is irreverence, if not worse. Seek the true faith, by all manner of means, but do not spend a whole life in finding it, lest you be like a workman who wastes the whole day in looking for his tools. Hear the true Word of God; lay hold upon it, and spend your days not in raising hard questions, but in feasting upon precious truth.

It is, no doubt, very important to settle the point of General or Particular Redemption; but for unconverted men, the chief matter is to look to the Redeemer on the cross with the eye of faith. Election is a doctrine about which there is much discussion, but he who has made his election sure, finds it a very sweet morsel. Final perseverance has been fought about in all time; but he who by grace continues to rest in Jesus to the end, knows the true enjoyment of it. Reader, argue, if you please, but remember that believing in the Lord Jesus gives infinitely more enjoyment than disputing can ever afford you. If you are unsaved, your only business is with the great command, “Believe!” and even if you have passed from death unto life, it is better to commune with Jesus than to discuss doubtful questions. When Melancthon’s mother asked him what she must believe amidst so many disputes, he, knowing her to be trusting to Jesus in a simple-hearted manner, replied, “Go on, mother, to believe and pray as you have done, and do not trouble yourself about controversy.” So say we to all troubled souls, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him.”

Published in the Sword and the Trowel                                                          by: Charles Spurgeon

Having religion is one thing, but knowing and walking with Christ is different! Having religion – the world understands and tolerates. But free grace – the world neither understands, nor tolerates! Any two religious errors can walk together, and permit them both to exist! But the truth of God’s grace cannot exist with error – for one always must go!                                                                                                   – Henry Mahan

 

ON TRUE DOCTRINE RESTS THE WORSHIP OF THE TRUE AND LIVING GOD

     From error in doctrine springs the worship of a false god.  There is a tendency among many religious people to undervalue true doctrine, to exalt morality at the expense of the character of God and the teachings of our Lord, and to deny the importance of a sound creed.  I do not doubt that a sound creed has often covered an unsound life.  But when I hear it said, “Such and such do not believe the doctrines of grace and substitution, but they love the Lord and are saved,” I wonder and ask, “What then was the Bible written for?”  Is it no infallible expression of the mind of God?  Is it no standard of truth?  Are we to believe what appeals to us and deny the rest?  God forbid!

God’s word declares the oneness of truth and condemns every departure from the truth as a direct attack on God Himself!  Do not tell me that a man’s heart is right with God when his head contains a creed of error and denies the Person and work of the Redeemer.

–Horatius Bonar

 

A KING LIKE DAVID

         “God promised to David that his seed should always sit upon his throne, but if Jesus dies, then is that Covenant broken? That Jesus’ reign may endure forever,  He must live. Though He bows His head in death, yet must He live.  He must rise again, otherwise the King is gone, the throne is vacant, the Covenant has failed. Jesus must rise from the dead, else how can He save His people? Can a dead Christ save us? The Church of Rome continually sets before us Christ either as a Baby in His mother’s arms, or else as a Man dead on the Cross. Neither of these is a true portrait of Christ! He is no more a Baby and He is no more dead! He sits on the Throne of God, reigning and ruling, and He will come, the second time, without sin, unto salvation! The living Christ is our hope! It is witnessed of Him that He lives at the right hand of God and, as I quoted to you just now, it is for this reason that

‘He is able, also, to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them.”

—C.H. Spurgeon

 

I question today’s easy believism which obligates God but does not glorify God, which designates Jesus Christ as Saviour and denies His Lordship.  Rolfe Barnard used to say, “Don’t talk to me so much about your Saviour, but tell me who your Lord is.  SOMEBODY IS YOUR LORD!  Whoever your Lord is, his servant you are!”  What do we say to our generation?  “Accept Jesus as your Saviour.”  It’s hard to find anyone who HAS NOT ALREADY DONE THAT.  Or do we say, “Cease from self and bow to the claims of the Lord Jesus Christ?”  It is hard to find anyone who HAS done that!  Christ will be LORD OF ALL!                                                                                             –Pastor Henry Mahan