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Tell me what I want!!
Written by Josh Winslett   
Friday, 02 September 2011 19:13

 

 

During the reign of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah (funny name-hehe), Jehoshaphat sent messengers to Ahab the king of Israel so they may join forces to take Ramoth-gilead from the king of Syria (1 Kings 22). The nation of Israel and Judah would usually have their prophets inquire of God on whether or not God would bless them with victory. Ahab gathered four hundred prophets that spoke smoothly to him. They told him what he demanded to hear. Jehoshaphat then asked if there was yet one more prophet to inquire of the lord. Ahab knew of just one more prophet, Micaiah. Listen to the description Ahab gives of Micaiah; "I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil." Reluctantly they called for Micaiah. When he was called, the messengers told him to "declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good."

 

What would your answer be to such a command from the kings court? Pastors, what would your answer be to your congregation? Members, what would your answer be to your friends? How would you answer?

 

In the "cotton-candy-Christianity" that runs rampant in the ecumenical Christian pop culture, it has become increasingly difficult to proclaim God's truth without being considered a mean spirited fundamentalist. It becomes hard to answer the simplest questions. How did Micaiah answer? Micaiah said, "As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto me, that will I speak" (1 Kings 22:14). Micaiah did not fall to the idol and peer pressure of popularity. He stood firm in his resolution and in God's truth in spite of the personal loss that might occur. This should be the strong conviction of every believer. We should, in spite of ALL opposition, speak whatsoever God has said through his word.

 

"....let God be true, but every man a liar...." -Romans 3:4

 

 

 
It Is Finished
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 08:23

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. - John 19:30

Don't overlook these words. What was the intent behind Jesus' words, "it is finished," as He hung upon the cross? These words are significant and when properly understood teach us a phenomenal truth, indeed, the most important truth ever to be heard by human ears. "It is finished" means that whatever Christ came to do, it was completed as He died upon the cross.

So, what was finished? To answer the question "what is finished" you must first consider the purpose of Christ coming into the world. Why did Jesus come to earth?

According to the angel, the Heavenly Messenger, in Matthew 1:21, Jesus came to save HIS people from their sins. He did not come to die for anyone who would accept Him. This would have placed uncertainty and the unavoidable potential of some failure in His Work. You see, had He died for all, and all were not saved, then there would be a degree of failure to His work. God forbid! No, He laid down His life for the sheep, His chosen people.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. - Matthew 1:21

He laid down His life for His sheep. According to Ephesians 1 and Romans 8, these sheep were chosen by the Father before the foundation of the world. They were given to Christ as an espoused bride. He came to die for them, to redeem them, and redeem them He did. These people are described as being an innumerable host of people, chosen out of every nation, kindred, tribe and tongue. Christ was both their Great High Priest and also the Sacrifice (Hebrews 10) offered to take away their sin. He died upon the cross to pay their sin debt and secure their home in Heaven.

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love... - Ephesians 1:4

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.- Romans 8:29

So, was that work of redemption completed? Absolutely! Remember, our study passage is Jesus' victory pronunciation upon the cross! Jesus' own words were "IT IS FINISHED." The eternal redemption of the elect family of God was secured by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. They will join Him in Heaven and live as joint-heirs with Him for all of eternity. Why? Because IT IS FINISHED!

 
Repentance (Acts 2)
Written by Ben Winslett   
Saturday, 27 August 2011 09:17

 

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. - Acts 2:38

Notice in this text that Peter tells these Jewish brethren to repent. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? The gospel ministry is to call upon men to repent. However, there may be an element of this missing to our understanding.

Unlike many who have heard the command to repent of grievous sins such as drunkenness or fornication, these men were described earlier in this chapter as "Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven" (Acts 2:5). This word "devout" means holy and pious (faithful).

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Was Adam Made Spiritual?
Written by Sylvester Hassel   
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 16:18

Question. Was Adam made a spiritual man, and did he die a spiritual death when he ate the forbidden fruit?

 

No other man was ever like Adam, or even had his exact experience, and we can only know of him what the Scriptures teach us. It is worse than useless to speculate as to Adam or any other subject beyond the plain teachings of the Scriptures.

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Quotes from Elder John Leland
Written by Josh Winslett   
Thursday, 18 August 2011 20:13

In my evening studies, I came across two intriguing quotes from Elder John Leland.

 

"Government should protect every man in thinking and speaking freely, and see that one does not abuse another. The liberty I contend for is more than toleration. The very idea of toleration is despicable; it supposes that some have a pre-eminence above the rest to grant indulgence, whereas all should be equally free, Jews, Turks, Pagans and Christians." - A Chronicle of His Time in Virginia.


"Every man must give account of himself to God, and therefore every man ought to be at liberty to serve God in a way that he can best reconcile to his conscience. If government can answer for individuals at the day of judgment, let men be controlled by it in religious matters; otherwise, let men be free." - Right of Conscience Inalienable.

 

Wow!! What prolific words. John Leland was an amazing man and preacher. It is written that he was instrumental in gaining the freedom of religion in America. Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting some of his article in PDF format to the MTZ article library.

Here is a short bio of Elder John Leland: http://primitivebaptist.info/mambo//content/category/5/20/36/

 

~JW

 
Comment on the Very Elect
Written by David Pyles   
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 18:40

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. - Mt 24:24

The expression very elect in the above text is thought by some to refer to a special subset of the elect family of God. I do not believe such a conclusion can be drawn from this text. I concede that God does not deal with all of His elect the same. The same sovereignty whereby the elect were chosen over others is also of force in God's dealings with the elect themselves. For example, some elect have been shown extensive truth; others have been shown somewhat less, and yet others have been shown comparatively little.

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Ten Reasons Primitive Baptists Are Not Calvinists
Written by Michael Gowens and Lonnie Mozingo Jr.   
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:46

By Elders Michael Gowens and Lonnie Mozingo, Jr.

In the minds of most people, Christianity is divided into two major groups, Arminians (those who advocate the theology of James Arminius) and Calvinists (those who advocate the theology of John Calvin).

The distinction between Primitive Baptists and Arminians is so clear few would confuse the two.  However, when people hear Primitive Baptists proclaim the Doctrines of Grace (election, predestination, etc.) they sometimes assume that Primitive Baptists are some branch of the Calvinist family.  The fact is, Primitive Baptists have never been a part of either group, since they and their ancestors have maintained their identity since the days of Christ and the Apostles.

This article shows ten basic distinctions between Calvinists and Primitive Baptists.  It is the earnest desire of the authors that upon reading it, the Lord’s people will remember that “My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her.” Song of Solomon 6:9

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Am I therefore become your enemy?
Written by Josh Winslett   
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 19:38

 

Galatians 4:16 "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"

 

In Galatians, Paul had rightfully rebuked and exhorted the church at Galatia to return to the state of grace in which they had previously enjoyed. Was Paul mean? Was Paul their enemy? Paul greatly loved this church. Paul certianly meant for his exhortation to lead them to repentance. Even though his words were straight forward and to the point, he had their chief interest in mind. In today's "cotton candy" Christianity, ministers are neutered to a level that leaves them unable to proclaim almost any biblical truth. As a minister of the gospel, and a disciple of Christ, we are told to uphold truth even when it is not popular. Does this give us a licenses to act in a way that is offensives. No! God forbid. Paul exhorted Timothy to instruct in meekness with all long suffering (2Tim.2:25). Jesus pronounced woes to anyone that offended his little ones (Luke 17:2). The believer might answer, "I don't appreciate chastisement, nor do enjoy it." That is true for everyone. Yet Paul tells us that Chastisement  "yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." The gospel itself is for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (2Tim3:16).

 

Truth is unpopular more times then not. Truth can make the dearest friends treat you like an enemy. Yet truth should never be compromised. Truth should only clear the fog of a persons mind and wayward life. John Gill writes, "Telling the truth in such a manner often brings many enemies to the ministers of Christ; not only the men of the world, profane sinners, but professors of religion, and sometimes such who once loved and admired them." Dear reader, how do you handle truth? How do you handle correction? How do you take exhortation? Do you hate those whom you once admired? Whether it be your father, mother, brother, or pastor; we should thank God for these people. They are those who only wish to bring you into closer communion and fellowship with God.

 

Please take the time to read below; John Gill's commentary on this verse:

 

Am I therefore become your enemy,… Not that he was an enemy to them, he had the same cordial affection for them as ever; he had their true interest at heart, and was diligently pursuing it; but they, through the insinuations of the false teachers, had entertained an ill opinion of him, and an aversion to him, and treated him as if he had been an enemy to them, and as if they had a real hatred of him: and that for no other reason, as he observes, but


because I tell you the truth; the Gospel so called, because it comes from the God of truth, is concerned with Christ, who is truth itself, and is dictated, revealed, and blessed by the Spirit of truth; and is opposed unto, and is distinct from the law, which is only an image and shadow, and not truth itself: it chiefly respects the great truths of salvation alone by Christ, and justification by his righteousness; and may also regard what he had said concerning the abrogation of the law, blaming them for the observance of it, and calling its institutions weak and beggarly elements; all which he told or spoke publicly, plainly, honestly, fully, and faithfully, boldly, constantly, and with all assurance, consistently, and in pure love to their souls; and yet it brought on him their anger and resentment. Telling the truth in such a manner often brings many enemies to the ministers of Christ; not only the men of the world, profane sinners, but professors of religion, and sometimes such who once loved and admired them.

 

~JW

 
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