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June 1, 2014 Bulletin

CHRIST’S ATONEMENT

Some people love the doctrine of universal atonement because, they say, “It is so beautiful. It is a lovely idea that Christ should die for all people on the earth.” They say, “Universal atonement commends itself to the instincts of human nature; there is something in it that is beautiful.” I admit there are some times when beauty may be associated with error; but while natural men admire the doctrine of universal atonement, I will show you what such supposition involves.   

If Christ on the cross intended to save every person by His death, then He intended to save people who were already dead and in eternal condemnation; for there were myriads already cast away because of their sins for which (you say) He died.

If it were our Lord’s intention to save all people, how deplorably has He been disappointed; for we have His own testimony, “Broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and MANY THERE BE 

WHICH GO IN THERE AT.”

To imagine for a moment that our Lord was the substitute for the sins of all men and that God, the Father, having poured out His wrath on their substitute, afterwards will punish the sinners themselves for the same sins for which Christ died, seems to conflict with ideas of divine justice. In fact, to hold that Christ offered an atonement and satisfaction for the sins of all men, and that some of those people will be condemned for those same sins, appears to be monstrous inequity! God forbid that we should attribute such conduct to our just and wise God!                                                                                  —C.H. Spurgeon

Who cares about Gods Love?

           Men have been told over and over again that God loves them, I would ask you what good does the love of God do you? Does it make you desire to live to His glory, or cause you to call on Him daily, or attend a place where the gospel is preached? Do you ever even think about the love of God? Does God enter your thoughts at all? When God loves a sinner He does something effectual for that sinner; “ In the time of love I passed by thee and said unto thee live I said live” (Ezek.16: 5-8). He loved Jacob before he was born; he had not done any good or evil that the purpose of God according to election might stand. The same thing will happen to Gods elect that happened to Paul, hear his words; “When it pleased God who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace to reveal His Son in me” (Gal. 1:15). “ In love having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will” (Eph.1: 4-5) The average person absolutely doesn’t care at all about the love of God, and to be told over and over again that God loves them is obscene. God loves his elect and he will manifest his love to them in time. If you would take a close look into Gods word you would see that no one told men indiscriminately that God loves them. Those to whom the love of God was manifested were overwhelmed by the truth that God loved them, and had always loved them, with an everlasting love (Jer. 31:30). Men today are not enthralled with the love of God, it is just ho-hum, so what else is new.                                                                      Pastor Donnie Bell

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             Some good men who, in grievous error, would impose the law as a rule of life for the believer mean very well by it (for they strive to be pious); but the whole principle is false.  The law, instead of being a rule of life, is necessarily a rule of death to one who has a sin nature.  Far from being a delivering power, it can only condemn such.  Far from being a means of holiness, it is, in fact, and according to Paul, “the strength of sin” (I Cor. 15:56).

                                                                                                                        –William Kelly

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“Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.”                                                     Psalm 116:5

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THE POWER OF THE WORD

     Things will make us moral, but they will not last.  If man’s wisdom, learning, eloquence, or religious persuasion could reform, we would be a reformed people.  But, in spite of all the churches and religion we have today, wickedness abounds on every hand.  Religion has very little influence on our life.  Napoleon said, “Religion is to keep the poor from murdering the rich.”  Things cannot change the heart.  They cannot put into the heart the love and peace of God.  They will not cause the heart to bow to His will.  The only thing that will do this is the Gospel, the Word which the Lord has given.  The Gospel alone shows sin in its true light, and gives us hope of mercy.  When the Gospel is preached in the power of the Spirit of God, and it is received and believed, an immediate and wonderful change takes place.  The sinner leaves all his other false hopes; he is freed from the slavery to this world, and becomes the willing servant to Him who redeemed him.                                                                      Pastor Milton Howard

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No King, No Rule, No Right, No Wrong

“In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” — Judges 21:25

This scripture clearly describes the day in which we live. These days there is no absolute Sovereign God being preached; no Judge; no Lord on the throne; no fear of God; so there is no right or wrong, no sin, no punishment for sin; so everyone is free to do anything they like. Blame it on the pulpit. Blame our sick society on the many false preachers who have told everyone for so long now, how much God loves them all, no matter who they are or what they are doing; no matter that they live like hell and hate God in Heaven . . . he loves you anyway (they say). So men and women believe these liars and live as they please, with no fear of God, and no fear of any consequences for sin. O’ the great and terrible surprise people are in for when they face the true and living God; the God of the Bible; the Holy and Righteous Lord and King of the universe Who hates sin. May the same Lord unite our hearts to fear His Name, and call upon Him to have mercy on us all.                     Pastor Paul Mahan

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Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.                                                                                                     Psalms 2:12