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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

 
Unconditional Love
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:36

A thought for today:

Though God is not pleased with sin, He loves you no less when you are engaged in grievous sin. Though God is pleased with righteousness, He loves you no more when you are walking obediently. His love is everlasting and unconditional.

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:35-39

"The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee." - Jeremiah 31:3

Isn't that amazing?

 
Interesting Quote: Public Education and Humanism
Written by Admin   
Thursday, 04 August 2011 09:28

I found this quote very interesting. I stumbled upon it while reading the newly released 2nd Edition of Be Ready To Answer by Elder Michael Gowens. See if the words trouble you as they should.

‎"Education is thus a most powerful ally of Humanism, and every American public school is a school of Humanism." - Charles Francis Potter, a signer of the Humanist Manifesto


Troubling indeed. This is the primary reason our family chooses to home school and also the primary reason home schooling is so fervently opposed by the far left in America.

You can order Michael Gowens' Be Ready To Answer by following this link: http://sovgrace.net/books/175-be-ready-to-answer

 
No Pleasure in Wickedness
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 04 August 2011 09:23

 

For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. - Psalms 5:4

My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure... - Isaiah 46:1

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. - Philippians 2:13


Observe, God has no pleasure in wickedness, period. This includes your own personal sinfulness and the sinful actions of others.

Concerning the actions of God, He will do all His Will according to His good pleasure, but at no time is He pleased with wickedness. This means that God is never the cause of sin, ever.

In consideration of our daily activities and behavior, since God works in us to do His good pleasure, this CANNOT include sin because God has no pleasure with sin. The sinful actions we do are from the nature of the flesh, a product of the sin of Adam.

Again, God has no pleasure in wickedness, period.

 
My Soul Thirsteth
Written by Josh Winslett   
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 17:43

This evening I would like to share with you the 42 Psalm. No extra commentary is needed for this beautiful out pouring of the soul.

Psalms 42
1 To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?
11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

 
Sin Against The Holy Ghost
Written by C H Cayce   
Thursday, 07 July 2011 09:32

November 28, 1905

Brother C. H. Nicholas, of Arkansas, has requested us to give our views on ``sinning against the Holy Ghost." A great deal has been written on this subject. Our father, Elder S. F. Cayce, wrote some editorials on the subject, which appeared in our columns some time ago, and so we do not feel like writing much now on that line. We know, too, that there is some difference of opinion among the brethren as to who it is that sins against the Holy Ghost. Some brethren have argued that the child of God is in possession of the Holy Spirit, and that, therefore, the child of God, only, can sin against the Holy Ghost; that the unregenerate (or those who are finally lost) are not in possession of the Holy Spirit, and therefore cannot sin against the Holy Ghost. We do not think this position is correct. We might give more than one reason why we do not think so. We do not think it is correct because all the sins of all God's people were laid on Christ, and He bore their sins in His own body on the tree and put them away by the sacrifice of Himself. See Isa 53; 1Pe 2:24, and Heb 9:26. Hence every sin they commit was laid on Christ, and He bore every one of them; so their sins are all against the Son, or the second person in the Trinity, and shall all be forgiven, on account of what He has done for them.

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Sermon Notes From June 26, 2011
Written by Josh Winslett   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 12:47

 

Most Surely Believed: The Godhead

  • Reminder that articles of faith and confessions are not cannon.

  • Article 1. We believe in one true and living God, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and these three are one.

Waldensian 1120 2. We believe that there is one God - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Midland Confession 1st. We believe and profess, that there is only one true God, who is our God, who is eternal, almighty, unchangeable, infinite, and incomprehensible; who is a Spirit, having His being in Himself, and giveth being to all creatures; He doth what He will, in heaven and earth; working all things according to the counsel of His own will.

2nd. That this infinite Being is set forth to be the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three agree in one.

London Confession 1689 01.02 Chapter 2 Of God and of the Holy Trinity 3. In this divine and infinite Being there are three subsistences, the Father, the Word or Son, and Holy Spirit, (27) of one substance, power, and eternity, each having the whole divine essence, yet the essence undivided,(28) the Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father;(29) the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father and the Son;(30) all infinite, without beginning, therefore but one God, who is not to be divided in nature and being, but distinguished by several peculiar relative properties and personal relations; which doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and comfortable dependence upon Him.

 

  • First thing to remember- We can’t fully understand the Godhead -1 Timothy 3:16

 

  • What is the Godhead -1 John 5:7

    Deuteronomy 6:4 One God

    Genesis 1:26 Let US- not royal plural

    John 1:1-3 In beginning was Word, Word is God

    John 3:13 Jesus was from heaven, on earth, and in heaven

    John 14:11 I am in the Father, and the Father in me….. the very works' sake.

    John 10:30 I and my Father are one!

 

 

  • All powerful, ever present, omniscient, self sustaining

    Psalms 115:3 God does whatsoever he pleases

    Daniel 4:34-35 Power on earth inhabitants and heavens armies

    Psalms 139:1-24 God is omniscient and omnipresent

    Exodus 3:14 The great I AM; self sustaining

    Psalms 90:2 Everlasting to everlasting

    This God does not change –Malachi 3:6

 

 

  • Dumb idols? Our God Lives!!

    Psalms 115 Dumb Idiols

    Psalms 42:2 Living God

    Hebrews 4:15 He lives and feels our problems, Our God!!

 
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