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Today's Predestination Paranoia is Unwarranted

Manipulated 'Decisions' Lead To Gospel-Hardening

The Benefits of Not Ignoring Election in Your Bible

Am I Guilty of Reformed Popery and should Christians Go To Church? A response to Lee.

New Health Concerns for Jim

False Doctrine Worse Than Division

Following DeWaay Out of Purpose Driven'ism

"They're Aware of Their Sin, Why Beat Them Up?"

Taking a Few Days Off - See You Next Week



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3 June, 2008   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

Taking a Few Days Off - See You Next Week

Some of our regular Old Truth readers, have been sending me emails this week such as this one from Joan: "Hello, I've noticed that no new subjects have been posted in a few days. I hope you are doing ok health-wise and otherwise. I have you in my prayers." Thank you Joan and everyone else who has expressed concern. Rest assured, it is in my plans to be back shortly (a week from today as a matter of fact) on June 10th. Here's a short post to let you know what's behind my absence this week. ... [Read More!]

26 May, 2008   Wonderful Plan?  


I'm not the world's biggest CCM fan by any stretch but who couldn't empathize with the tragedy that Steven Curtis Chapman's family is going through after having their 5 year old adopted daughter run over by an SUV driven by one of the family teenagers last week. Family friend Steve Camp attended the funeral and talks more here about what happened. It's a tragedy that the family and the teenager will never entirely get over in this life. I'm afraid that this is just one more reminder for wrong-headed pastors and all of us who are active in evangelism to ensure that we don't bait unbelievers to Jesus by telling them how much their earthly life will improve if they will only make a decision for Jesus. That's especially true in countries where there is persecution for allegiance to Christ; in such cases your earthly life is bound to get worse rather than better. True Christians indeed have the Holy Spirit living inside them (a truly priceless gift) and the hope of eternal life. But as the Chapman story vividly demonstrates, our time here on earth is often filled with hardships that are the same or worse than unbelievers. This is part of why our discipleship should tell people to count the costs. Here now is a special blog in memory of Maria Chapman. May the Lord of all comfort be with this family. ... [Read Link]

23 May, 2008   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

The Costs of Following Christ in Bangladesh

Set to be baptized in February, 70-year-old suffer burns on 70 percent of body. DHAKA, Bangladesh, Unknown attackers tried to burn a 70-year-old woman to death on January 7 after learning that she would be baptized as a Christian next month. Rahima Beoa, who was planning to be baptized on February 13 in Muslim-majority Rangpur district, 248 kilometers (154miles) northwest of the capital city of Dhaka, suffered burns on 70 percent of her body. "The unknown people wanted to burn alive the elderly woman because they came to [believe] that she would be a Christian in the next month," said Khaled Mintu, a regional supervisor of the Rangpur district of the Isha-E-Jamat Bangladesh denomination. "It was a devilish conspiracy to stop her being a Christian." Beoa is the mother-in-law of Ashraful Islam, who along with his wife became a Christian two years ago. Close relatives and neighbors were said to be angry with the couple for their conversion from Islam. ... [Read More!]

19 May, 2008   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

Caring For Afflicted Brethren

I'm happy to say that what you are about to read does NOT apply to the majority of my church. Not only through my own afflictions but also the afflictions of others, it's often too easy to forget about the sick and wounded amongst us. I've seen it where Christian brothers and sisters end up being ignored, because people at a church lack the empathy or knowledge of how to handle them. Sometimes, the afflicted person seems to be a "black hole" for your prayers, never seeming to improve. What do you do in these cases? How do you treat a brother or sister in Christ who is going through a long term affliction? ... [Read More!]

1 April, 2008   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

"I Have Counted The Costs of Following Christ"   Beeke, Spaans

In the year 1554, soon after the accession of (Bloody) Mary to the throne of England, there lived a lad about nineteen years of age, an apprentice to a silk weaver. His soul had been illumined by divine grace during the controversies of the preceding reign, and he had learned to abhor the falsities of the Papal Church. When the edict requiring the people to attend [Catholic] mass was published in the name of the bigoted Queen, William's master ordered him to comply, and to go with him to the church. But the boy replied that he dared not, for he believed that it would be a sin against God for him to countenance such idolatries. Consequently the master drove him from his house. ... [Read More!]

1 February, 2008   Wonderful Plan?  


"It is the night before Eric's memorial service. It still does not seem real but the flowers that are arriving and the preparations for tomorrow are making it harder for me to ignore what is the new reality of our lives. My husband will no longer walk through the front door and give me a kiss. My children's father will no longer tuck them in bed each night and pray over them. The rubber is definitely hitting the road right now. You can say all you want that you believe in God's sovereignty but when you face devastating circumstances like these you realize that all that hope and faith in your theology is real. As real as the air I breath. God IS sovereign. And, His promise to be my husband and the father to my [six] children is truth. I have seen His mighty hand throughout this whole week. It was only a week ago that God took Eric home to be with him." (Also hear the sermon in response to this family's tragedy)... [Read Link]

31 January, 2008   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

The Huguenot Galley Slave Story - Part 4 of 4

Years passed away, and M. Le Fevre was still the solitary tenant of the dungeon at Marseilles, France. While the companions of his youth and manhood, and those who had entered with him on an honorable career, were pursuing their course, amid the active scenes of life, surrounded by social and domestic comforts, he sat alone in his cell, unseen by all, by many unremembered; but surely not forgotten by Him "who heareth the prayer of the destitute," and suffereth the sighing of the prisoner to come up before him. ... [Read More!]

25 January, 2008   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

The Huguenot Galley Slave Story - Part 3 of 4

His trials were then only beginning. From the galley-hospital he was removed to a dungeon in the fort St. John, which he describes as a vault of an irregular figure, which had formerly been a stable; but, being too damp, was found unhealthy for horses; it was therefore abandoned for that purpose, and considered a suitable receptacle for such unfortunate inmates of the galleys as were no longer able to labor at the oar. The manager and rack still remained to show its original destination; and the light was only admitted through a grating in the door. As he entered the place, they searched him, and took away the only books he had been able to retain till that time. At first, he rested for some nights in the manger, and afterwards, for a month, on a short and narrow chest, which was rendered yet more inconvenient by having a seat of straw placed at each end, so that he could not lie in an easy posture. Nevertheless, he says he slept quietly enough; only that the cold sometimes awakened him, as he had no other covering than the prison garments they had given him in the galley. No fire was allowed him. "This hard entertainment," he observes, "caused me a defluxion on the teeth, great pain, rheumatism, and at length continual fever. But God made use of these means to wean my heart from the world, and to teach me to persevere in a faithful resignation to his will." ... [Read More!]

18 January, 2008   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

The Huguenot Galley Slave Story - Part 2 of 4

We may here observe, that the convicts in France then, as in the present day, were conducted to their place of destination, not only manacled and coupled together, as in England, but beside this, a chain passing through the ring on the fetters of each prisoner, linked the first couple to the second, and so on in the succession, so linking the whole party, however numerous, and rendering escape on the road impossible: hence the use of the phrase, "the chain," to express the body of prisoners sent off to the galleys. M. Le Fever was detained about two months at Dijon, and then conducted, with his companions in misery, to Chalons, where the chain that came from Paris also arrived about the same time; and to this was attached the devoted M. de Marolles, whose sufferings occupy another chapter of this book. He was, at that time, ill with fever; and the sickness of this good man seems to have been far more afflicting to M. Le Fevre than his own sufferings. ... [Read More!]

13 January, 2008   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

The Story of a Huguenot Galley Slave - Part 1

Last week I received a notice that an Emergent writer had mentioned me on his blog, protesting that my "list of essentials" is enormously long. I was being used as a springboard to support his minimalist views which would have us believe that the only thing that really matters are a handful of beliefs such as the divinity of Christ, the incarnation, the resurrection, and very few other doctrines. He went on to suggest that Christians might in fact have varying beliefs beyond those things, but only the bare "essentials" are worth fighting for. As we've pointed out numerous times before on Old Truth, there have been past generations of Christians who were willing to suffer tremendously for various Christian beliefs that would be considered non-essential by today's standards. The bar seems to have been lowered in our times in an effort prioritize unity above almost everything else. An example from church history that may serve to challenge today's minimalist agenda is the true story of the life of M. Le Fevre who was forced to be a galley slave for not agreeing to trade his form of Christianity for the brand of Christianity that was popular in his country at that time. ... [Read More!]

12 January, 2008   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

Prayer Request - UPDATE - (THANK YOU)!

This was originally intended as a temporary post that was going to stay up for a day, but I've decided to keep it around permanently. First of all, it reveals a side of Christianity that you would not hear talked about in many pulpits today, namely - that Christianity is not always "God has a wonderful plan for your life". On the contrary, sometimes life is hard for Christians, and as a previous post on John Bunyan talked about - many of today's happy-clappy churches (including the one I used to attend) offer very little for those who suffer (as we all eventually do). But secondly, I'm keeping this post around because of it's comments. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your well-wishes and especially your prayers. Your comments meant so much to me and recharged my batteries for many months more blogging. ... [Read More!]

24 August, 2007   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

'Your Best Life Now'? Not On This Day In History

It challenges the modern notion of "God has a wonderful plan for your life",
at least - so far as the supposed necessity of earthly fulfillment is concerned. Today we recall one of the bloodiest events in church history, yielding the death of as many as 100,000 Christians at the hands of those who sought the extermination of Christianity. It's an event that ecumenical emergents and ECT advocates would prefer to put aside. Still we remember. ... [Read More!]

13 July, 2007   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

Beliefs That Were More Important Than Life, Part 2   Beeke, Spaans

They were then marched off to prison to join the other "Gospellers," who also had been arrested. When Rose Allen was placed at the bar before her judges, she answered their questions not only with spirit but with true wisdom, positively turning their questions into ridicule. They asked her what she had to say about the Sacrifice of the Mass, and the answer she gave was more than emphatic, but in those rugged times it would be understood more than we perhaps do in these more polite days. She said, "I say it stinketh in the face of God! and I dare not have to do therewith for my life." ... [Read More!]

12 July, 2007   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

Beliefs That Were More Important Than Life, Part 1   Beeke, Spaans

We often speak of the "good old days" but there is little doubt that in many respects they might more truthfully be described as "bad old days," and when we compare our times of religious liberty with the days of persecution which many of our forefathers went through, we should indeed be thankful that our lot is cast in happier times, and show by following in the footsteps of the brave and true, that we love the same truths that were so precious to them. ... [Read More!]



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