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Belief in God Biblical doctrines

Weak in faith?

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 KJVER

glasses_on_bible_smWeak faith arises from a defect in our knowledge of God’s word. Many of the Lord’s people have an imperfect acquaintance with the gospel. They know but little of God’s real character, or of the nature and design of the Saviour’s work, or of what really constitutes Christian salvation, because they have not studied God’s word. Consequently they are full of fears, and are often assailed with doubts, whereas if well informed in the Scriptures, they would be rejoicing in hope of the glory of God. They think they must do something, besides believing in Christ, in order to gain acceptance with God; or they must feel something, more than they have, before they are entitled to peace with God. Such do not perceive that they are putting what they do or what they feel in the place of Christ; or they are adding these things to Christ, as if He alone were not sufficient. They are doing what the Galatians did, who made circumcision necessary to salvation; and to whom Paul said, “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law, ye are fallen from grace.” Beloved, grace alone must form the ground of our acceptance with God. Works only follow as the fruit of faith and grace.

Blest soul that can say, “Christ only I seek!”
Wait for Him alway, be constant though weak;
The Lord whom thou servest, will not tarry long,
To Him e’en the weakest is dear as the strong.

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Belief in God Biblical doctrines

What biblical repentance is not!

After watching Ray Comfort’s new film Audacity, I realised that he preaches Lordship salvation. If you are unaware of what that is, it is the need to add works to grace in order to obtain salvation. That is quite distinct from works as evidence of salvation. In the film when asked “… so all I need to do is believe?” Ray adds “… there is more to it than that!” He then says that you must stop sinning. It is subtle but it is in there.

I made that comment a post of FaceBook then a brother kindly alerted me to the following excellent video explaining this. Please watch it.

Where you find “repentance” in the Scriptures you find “penance” taught by the Church of Rome, as, for example, in

Ezekiel 18:30 Repent and turn yourselves from all your transgressions.

Luke 8:3  Except you repent you shall all likewise perish.

Acts 2:38: Repent and be baptized every one of you, for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

In all these passages the Council of Trent, Session 14:2, changed “repent,” into “do penance.”

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Belief in God

What does biblical repentance mean?

On Repentance

by John Calvin (abridged)1,2

1. Though we have shown how faith possesses Christ, and how by means of faith we enjoy His benefits, yet the subject would still be left in obscurity, unless we describe the effects which we experience. Faith must lead us to repentance.

2. The argument, that repentance rather goes before faith, is based on the preaching of Christ and John the Baptist, wherein they first exhort the people to repentance; and that the Apostles were commanded thus to preach (Acts 20:21).

Yet, when we speak of faith as the origin of repentance, we dream not of any space of time which it employs in producing it. Those who prescribe to their young converts certain days, to work out repentance before they could be admitted to the communion of evangelical grace, have erred. Anabaptists and Jesuits prescribe such a period for repentance which a Christian ought to extend throughout his whole life. These people also err in regarding repentance, merely as a product of terrors of conscience, without first having tasted a knowledge of grace. We say that a man cannot devote himself to repentance, unless he knows himself to be of God; and no man can know he is of God, until he has first received His grace.

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On faith of believers and apostates

Faith Defined, And Its Properties Described

by John Calvin (abridged)1,2

1. A great part of the world, when they hear the word faith, conceive it to be nothing more than a common assent to the evangelical history. And even those, who say God is the object of faith, tend to mislead miserable souls through their vain speculations. It is true, that faith relates to the one God; but there must be added a knowledge of Jesus Christ, whom He has sent. God Himself would be altogether concealed from us, if we were not illuminated by the brightness of Christ. Paul, when he speaks of faith in God, does not contradict his frequent inculcation of faith in Christ; and Peter most suitably connects them together, when he says, “by Him [we] do believe in God” (1 Peter 1:21).

2. The evil of concealing Christ must be attributed to the schoolmen [philosophers, theologians]. These schoolmen have not only concealed Christ, but fabricated the notion of implicit faith, that is, a blind faith of submitting their understanding to the Church. Implicit faith breeds ignorance and eradicates knowledge. But true faith is based on knowledge and understanding, yea, even explicit knowledge of the Divine goodness (Romans 10:10).

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Belief in God Creation/evolution History

The foundation of God stands sure

Sir David Attenborough
from Wikipedia

In an article1 discussing the irony of Sir David Attenborough’s crediting contemplation of nature for solace he has felt after his wife’s death, the author rightly criticizes Attenborough’s double standard. Attenborough has for many decades, in his atheism, used his television programs to present a godless view of nature as a mere product of evolution and blind chance. The process, which he believes that evolution takes, is the very antithesis of something that induces peace, calm and reassurance.

The author, correctly, speaks of the great damage that Attenborough has done to our civilization both individually and collectively through the promotion of the atheistic godless Darwinian evolutionary philosophy. He cites one young man who fell away from the faith after reading Darwin’s book The Origin of Species.