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Jesus Christ Really is Who He says He is!

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Jesus challenges those who are not completely convinced that He really is Who He says He is, for He confronts the skeptical with the scary truth that…

“If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” (Jn. 7:17, emphasis mine).

For only by an act of God’s sovereign free grace can one will and do according to God’s good pleasure (Phil. 2:13), because only those who have been granted true, saving faith in Jesus will be able to discern truth from fiction, and only they will be able to endure faithfully in Christ to the very end.

     Jesus had even previously revealed who it is that will do His will when He said:

“This is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (Jn. 6:40, emphasis mine).

And the immediate context (v. 39) also reveals that it is God’s will that none of those, whom He has given to the Son, will ever perish, because Jesus died on their behalf so that they will definitely be raised up with a glorified body. And only those, who have been given spiritual eyes to see, will savingly believe with the heart that Jesus is their only hope of being raised to everlasting life. Their ability to even be willing to trust in God’s merciful and divine intervention’s of saving faith, repentance and thanksgiving, comes from Him alone.

Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of Thee, and of Thine own have we given Thee” (2 Chron. 13-14, emphasis mine).

     But the unregenerate are willfully ignorant of the fact that it is clearly one’s duty to put complete trust in Jesus Christ no matter what, even before one knows for sure that He came specifically to save them or not. For only when one gives up their own futile attempts of trying to be chosen by God, in order to whole-heartedly be at God’s mercy and sovereign disposal, can one know for sure that Jesus is faithful in His promises to save such, and only then can one fully know that He is sovereign in salvation. 

     After Jesus challenged those who resisted putting their complete trust in Him and His righteousness alone as their only hope, they then began to falsely accuse Him, and they even began to plot sinister schemes to try to catch Him in His words so that they could twist them and turn Him in to the authorities.

Because those who refuse to renounce their own self-righteousness and self-will are those who still think they can come to God on their own terms.  And so, they will fight tooth and nail to try to retain their desperate delusion. They are those who think that God is somehow obligated to save them based on their own works, “positive confessions” and “sovereign freewill,” for they are not completely convinced….that the sovereign God of the Bible really is Who He says He is.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I Am” (Jn. 8:58, emphasis mine).

     Hebrews 11:6 says that, “he that cometh to God must believe that He is.” Again, the divine design of this grand truth reveals that only those who have true, God-given, saving faith will accept God’s written testimony of Himself. Those who don’t will end up worshipping a god of their own imagination, either a god that winks at sinful worldliness, and/or a god that appeals to human “freewill” and glorifies man’s natural abilities, because the natural, unregenerate man wants to believe that his own unaided will is the determining factor in salvation, rather than God’s sovereign free grace that must regenerate man’s fallen will to comply with His.

     So now we come to the fuller context of John 7:17, where in the very next verse Jesus addresses this very thing, for He says:

“He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory” (v. 18).

Self-righteous Pharisees seek their own glory and are ruled by their own emotions and their own self-will, whereas those who follow the true Jesus of the Bible seek to glorify Him and the One Who sent Him, while denying their own self-righteousness and inordinate affections (Col. 3:5).

     A parallel passage that stresses similar principles is where Jesus says:

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Mt. 6:33, emphasis mine).

Here again, He makes the point that only those who seek for a perfect righteousness outside of themselves, in the one true King of kings, Who rules and reigns in the hearts of His people, are the only ones who will find out that He is, indeed, faithful to all of His promises, and that He does, indeed,  manifest Who He really is to such people, through His Word and the witness of the Holy Spirit, evidenced in their radically changed lives that yield the fruits of righteousness, along with the persecution that inevitably follows.

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12).

     But these things are purposely hidden from those who would rather lean on their own understanding (Mt. 11:25). As a result, the true doctrine of Christ will anger them and will become like foolish parables to them (Lk. 8:10). For the mysteries of the kingdom are given only to God’s elect and to them only, not to those who’d rather serve a god that doesn’t really exist, a god that allows indulgence in a sinful and worldly lifestyle, a god that’s not sovereign in the salvation of a chosen people, a helpless god that waits on pins and needles to be chosen by a “sovereign people.”

     Amazingly, if it wasn’t for Jesus’ confrontations with such worldly, hypocritical Pharisees, we would have never been presented with such depths of truth. These are also in Scripture to encourage those who follow Jesus, to never back down on the truth no matter how many emotional manipulations, false accusations and cruel reproaches we receive when standing for His cause.

It is such a comfort to know that these are a true Christian’s badge of honor, for Jesus experienced the same.  And the worse the persecution gets, the heavier the weight of glory that awaits us in Heaven (2 Cor. 4:17). Truly, God works all things for good for those who love Him… those who are called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28).

Copyright ©2020 by Lee Anne Ferguson.

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Arminianism's Apostate Movements

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     There is no such thing as an “anonymous Christian”….someone that is supposedly saved without explicit faith in Christ. Yet, false prophets, such as Billy Graham (who had Jesuit connections), have tried to convince people that there are those that may be saved who have never even heard of Jesus.  Also, “Bible Study Fellowship” (BSF International) and other such “crusades” were formed by this apostate movement, in order to disciple all of the false converts being deceived by a false “altar call” experience. 

These so-called Bible studies and crusades (such as Cru, Campus Crusade for Christ) are centered on the idea that there are people in other religions who are being led by “God’s secret influence” to concentrate on those parts of their religion that are minimally in agreement with Christianity, and who thus belong to Christ without knowing it. Although Jesus clearly stated:

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn. 8:32, emphasis mine).

     This apostate movement has led many to believe that a person can be saved without knowing the central aspects of the doctrines of Christ and what He has actually accomplished on behalf of those He died for. As a result, there is now a rampant misunderstanding of the Spirit’s main objective, and a total rejection of John 14:6, where Jesus states,

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”

Although Romanism and other Arminian false religions will affirm some basic Christian doctrines (e.g. the Deity of Christ, His virgin birth, His incarnation, etc.), they still have a different gospel, which puts them completely at odds with biblical Christianity no matter how many other things they get right. 

     It is crucial to remember that the mission of the Holy Spirit is to bring glory to Christ, by taking what is His–His teaching, the truth about what He has actually accomplished to save sinners–and MAKING IT KNOWN!!! The Spirit does NOT work indiscriminately without the revelation of Christ in view!! The Holy Spirit’s most important work is to glorify Christ, and He does NOT do this apart from shining the spotlight on the true Christ of Scripture for His people to see and savor.

For Jesus said…

“When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you” (John 16:13-14, emphasis mine).

True salvation is NOT about having a so-called “Jesus encounter” of some sorts. It’s about saving faith in the true Jesus, NOT what can only be seen, heard or felt through the mere physical senses. It is about God opening His Word to the minds of His people, so that they can know the truth. They may not always know how to articulate their convictions with precision, but they have a true and saving faith in the one true Christ, Who really is Who He claims to be, and they trust in Him alone with all of their heart. As a result, they are kept from a false confession that blasphemes the true Christ.     

But false converts who continue in a perpetual pattern of sin and blasphemy against Christ, will continue to be Arminian to the core, with a refusal to submit to the complete sovereignty of God in salvation. They will continue to blaspheme Him with a confession that glorifies their own “freewill” rather than glorifying Him alone. They will continue to lean on their own fallen understanding instead of on the everlasting arms of the one true Christ Who saves all those He gave His life for.

Copyright ©2020 by Lee Anne Ferguson.

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Counterfeit Calvinism and its Pretended "Liberty of Conscience"

Scripture clearly sets limits on the conscience, but those who are desperate to excuse worldly lifestyles will often resort to exalting “liberty of conscience” to a ludicrous degree.  However, conscience is not the ultimate determiner of moral truth and how we should live out our Christian lives as pilgrims in this world, rather than feeling at home in it.  Though the testimony of conscience holds weight, it can never be completely free to determine what is right and wrong, which would be reverting back to the time of Judges when “every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). 

     When the conscience is given final authority, the door is opened for the justification of all sorts of compromise. Because such an unbiblical pretense of “liberty” degenerates into licentiousness when one deifies the conscience and de-emphasizes the authority of Scripture. And sadly, this is becoming rampant today, even among those who were once stewards of… the faith once delivered to the saints.

     Sadly, we live in a time where even those who claim to believe in the absolute sovereignty of God and who even renounce the false “freewill” doctrine of man, will now often put human conscience on par with God’s Word.  As a result, conscience becomes as authoritative as the Bible when one believes they have the unlimited right to act simply as their conscience dictates. Champions of the faith have often stood against the absolute freedom of man’s will (which would make man supersede God), yet they completely capitulate when they turn around and promote the absolute freedom of the conscience!

     Apostle Paul made it clear that our consciences are to be bound by the absolute verdict of God and His Word,  rather than becoming the final court of appeal, for he stated, “I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. It is the Lord who judges me” (1 Cor. 4:4).  Like the fallible, limited will of man, our fallible and limited conscience is not to be exalted above the absolute, unlimited freedom and authority of God. Human conscience is fallibly relative and may be overly-sensitive and over-reactive, or it may be under-sensitive and under-reactive, because according to Scripture, it may be seared, misguided, weak or defiled (1 Tim. 4:2, 1 Cor. 8:1-13, Titus 1:15).

   Today, even many so-called “faith-based” operations are using conscience-searing procedures that are often performed through sins of omission, such as failing to expose heresy and its promoters, or by leaving out the seriousness of sin and judgment, which shows that they are not working under the operation of the Holy Spirit, Who comes to reprove the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (Jn. 16:8).  Such systems leave people with no reason to turn whole-heartedly to Christ. Instead, they are led to a false christ that praises self-esteem, cultivates pride and allows them to indulge in a worldly lifestyle that desensitizes them to evil and creates a false sense of peace in their conscience.

     The motto of worldlings with a seared conscience is, “We are delivered to do all these abominations” (Jer. 7:10).  Some even try to compare apples to oranges by misusing Romans 14 or Colossians 2:21 as an excuse to indulge in illicit sins, or to be entertained by those who do, which makes them guilty of the same sins (Rom. 1:32). Abuse of God’s grace has nothing to do with “liberty of conscience.” But when warned, they’ll often try to use the excuse that it’s only God’s job to convict of sin, for they are willfully ignorant of the fact that God uses means…biblical correction, human accountability, warnings, etc. 

     Apostle Paul stated:

“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any” (1 Cor. 6:12).

Christians can do whatever they want, but their wants have been changed.  They no longer view conformity to Christ as restrictive, but rather view it as instructive on how to follow Him and not be conformed to this world. Paul even deepens this point…

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not” (1 Cor. 10:23).

Our focus is to now to be on what edifies our brothers and sisters in Christ, not on pridefully and unlovingly flaunting liberty in ways that could cause them to stumble in their faith of Christ (Rom. 14:15). Just because Christians have liberty in the sense that we are no longer in bondage to legalistic restrictions that have nothing to do with true obedience from a regenerated heart, it does NOT mean that worldly things still take a top priority in our lives.

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:11).

Christians are to be focused on redeeming the time. Paul made clear that we’ve wasted too much time already on worldly things, trying to please people and our own flesh….

“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” (Eph. 2:2-3). Also see Gal. 5:13).

     While it’s true that the testimony of conscience carries weight when it’s within the bounds of Scripture, its subjective nature prevents it from being biblically qualified as a final authority in determining right and wrong. For instance, though we are to always strive to have “a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men” (Acts 24:16), there are times when we must obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29), which offends man.

In such cases, one will have to be very familiar with God’s objective Word, in order to know the difference and to overcome the devils attempts to manipulate the Christian with false guilt for standing for the cause of Christ, which will always offend those who are conformed to the world and its false religious systems.   

     Another example, is where one’s conscience may be excessively exposed to false guilt trips from pulpits that repetitively blow one single Bible verse completely out of proportion, such as Hebrews 10:25, by constantly harping on the need for Christians to assemble in fellowship, while leaving out the fact that Scripture contains literally hundreds of verses warning about compromising with evil, false doctrines, teachers and missionaries that slip in, rip-off and corrupt many churches. If such pretenders really believed what they harped on, they would not restrict Christian fellowship to such a treasonous turf.

     There are times when one must obey a higher command of God, and only by being immersed in Scripture, rather than the mere dictates of conscience, can one know when those times are, due to the weaknesses and limitations of mere conscience that can be blinded by social and cultural conformity.

 In these last days, it is especially important for Christians to diligently study God’s Word in order to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord (2 Pet. 3:18), so that one will not be subverted by a false “church life.” It’s very easy to be taken captive by a corrupt system if one continues to try to work from within that system, which is why it is so crucial to obey God’s higher command to come out and be separate.

      “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (2 Cor. 6:16-18, emphasis mine).

     As a result, one will grow more and more in discernment, whereas, if one stays in compromised churches they will not be able to see the big picture in order to make the right decisions, due to being too close to the problem within the context of “church.” Worse yet, an unbiblical concept of “love” will likely be held in contention with spiritual knowledge and discernment when authoritarian, hierarchal systems try to appeal for tolerance of evil. But Apostle Paul never pitted love over and against knowledge, for the two are inseparable.

Saving knowledge of the true Lord and Savior is the foundation of true, spiritual and biblical love.  According to Scripture, all of these must precede true, biblical love:  saving grace, faith, knowledge of God, peace in Jesus, diligence, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, Christian kindness….. and THEN Christian love (2 Pet. 1:1-7).  The fruits of the Spirit begin with love…love unto the glory and praise of God through Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:11, Gal. 5:22-23). And this saving knowledge and love of God does not come by mans wisdom.

     “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace” (Jas. 3:13-18, emphasis mine).

     So it’s also important to beware of any who emphasize the love of God, more than His holiness. It is crucial to turn from those who say or imply that love is more important than knowledge, for it would be an unbiblical concept of love that would leave out the fact that true Christian love is predicated upon a solid foundation of a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is the only way one can escape the sinful pollutions of the world. 

And that initial God-given knowledge grows and deepens over time. However, it is still the same spiritual knowledge, not just a worldly, Arminian take on spiritual things, because saving knowledge concerns the heart, NOT mere speculative knowledge that involves only the intellect, which is all Arminianism really is.  True, spiritual knowledge grasps the truth of Scripture, while godly wisdom applies it.

     “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment [discernment]; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere [not hypocritical] and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Phil. 1:9-11, emphasis and brackets mine).

     Furthermore, if one ever hears from a pulpit, that those who stand for the particulars of what Jesus accomplished on the cross for His people are being “perfect knowledge advocates”….then RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN TO THE DOOR!! Because… the particulars of what Jesus accomplished at the cross are not to EVER be considered “secondary issues” that can be compromised on!!

       Sadly, the slander of true Calvinists being called “perfect knowledge advocates” is also becoming an all too common excuse for counterfeit Calvinists to capitulate when it comes to calling  Arminians to repentance.  If one ever hears from a pulpit about how everyone is at “a different level of knowledge” when it comes to the gospel, or how love is more important than knowledge anyway, or how we must be patient with those who don’t have “as much knowledge as we do”…run for the door as quick as you can, because this is the height of spiritual pride! Besides, true love rejoices in the knowledge of the truth (1 Cor. 13:6).

    True, historic Calvinists know better…that it’s not about “perfect knowledge”….it’s about the gospel!!  UGH!!  Arminianism is not simply a lack of “perfect knowledge,” WHICH NONE OF US HAVE!!  It’s a lack of repentance and belief in the true gospel!!  Jesus saves because He is perfect…NOT because our faith, repentance or knowledge of His truth is perfect! Arminians believe in an incomplete and imperfect savior that can’t save anyone! It is a different faith, a different spirit and a different gospel!!

True Christians do grow in grace and faith, but it is still the SAME GRACE AND FAITH!! Whereas, Arminianism represents a DIFFERENT KIND of grace and faith, the kind that cannot save anyone! There are differences in DEGREE when it comes to true Christian grace and faith, but there are NOT differences in KIND. God’s free gifts of saving grace and faith are of His divine power that actually accomplishes His purposes, rather than providing mere common aids for one to save themselves!!

It IS CRUCIAL TO REMEMBER the difference… there is only ONE FAITH that saves!! And it is God’s free gift of faith in the true Christ of Scripture and what He ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISHED at the cross.

To compromise on this is treason against Christ!

Copyright ©2020 by Lee Anne Ferguson.

Calvinist Charles Spurgeon once asked, “Do you not know that a person who is silent when a wrong thing is said or done may become a participator in the sin?”   WWi148

“It is well to understand that we are to be “first pure, then peaceable.” Our
peaceableness is never to be a compact with sin, or toleration of evil.”  ME155

 “I fear that, sometimes, in our endeavours to be sweet in disposition, we have not been strong in principle. “Charity” is a word that is greatly cried up nowadays; but, often, it means that, in trying to be courteous, we have also been traitorous.”   2826.170

“It is a wonderfully forgiving world if you will but quit your protest against it.”  1794.437

“Do not say of such-and-such an error, “Oh, it is a mere matter of opinion.” If it be a
matter of opinion to-day, it will be a matter of practice to-morrow. No man has an
error of judgment, without sooner or later having an error in practice.”  434.94

“To pursue union at the expense of truth is treason to the Lord Jesus.”  DG34

See: http://www.spurgeon.us/mind_and_heart/quotes/c3.htm#compromisers

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Arminianism is a Sin Because it Blasphemes God

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Without biblical evidences that true regeneration has taken place, there can be no blessed assurance, but only a superficial, false security that makes excuses for sin, rather than grieving over it, fighting it and pleading for mercy through Christ.  Christians can never reach sinless perfection this side of Heaven, but by God’s grace they will have a tender conscience that will cause them to wage war on sin, rather than rest easy in it. “Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Tim. 2:19).

      God leads His people in paths of righteousness for His name sake, which is why He leads them out of false religion (Ps. 23:3).

“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7:1).

The ability to truly “cleanse ourselves” is the fruit of the work God accomplishes in His people, for “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 Jn. 1:7). “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Eph. 2:10). So that true Chrsitians can draw near in full assurance of faith with a clean conscience, for He is faithful (Heb. 10:22).

     He transforms His people for His name sake and for the sake of godliness, so that they cannot continue in a perpetual pattern of sin. They can no longer in good conscience join a false religion or stay in one once they learn the truth.  They can no longer in good conscience sit through heretical Bible studies, for He calls them out.  Though it may take them a while to discern the leading of their Savior, once they do, they will not be led by another spirit (Jn.10).  They would rather suffer “without the camp, bearing His reproach” (Heb. 13:13).

     God is jealous for His worship, and commands that it not be mixed with lies:

“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, Whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Ex. 34:14). “Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than He” (1 Cor. 10:21-22)?

     According to God’s Word, Paul feared that his people might “put up with” false teachers who proclaim a false Jesus and a false gospel (2 Cor. 11:1-4), because it would indicate that their mind had been corrupted and subtly deceived by the devil, even if they had so much as simply tolerated such.  Paul grieved jealously for his people, for he knew that if they turned from the true gospel that he was giving them, they would turn to fatally deceived deceivers, and ultimately end up turning from God (2 Tim. 3:13).

     Jesus said we cannot serve two masters (Mt. 6:24). We’re either slaves to sin or slaves to righteousness (Rom. 6:19). There are no lukewarm in-betweens. This same warning is reiterated in 2 John vv. 9-11, which exclaims that we’re not even supposed to give deceivers a greeting (in a way that would be approving their false doctrine), or we’ll be “a partaker of their evil deeds.” That’s how serious God’s pure worship is.  Jesus revealed that those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (Jn. 4:23-24).

     So dear reader, if you are still sinfully involved in a false religion that blasphemes the true God of Scripture by teaching the lie that Jesus died for all (even those who are in Hell), sinfully counting His blood as a common thing, and teaches that you can be saved by exercising your own “freewill,” (which is a façade) rather than total dependence upon God’s sovereign free grace to give you faith in the true Christ Who saves all those He died for….

….then you need to fall on your face before God and cry to Him for mercy, clinging to THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST ALONE, and renouncing every ounce of your former life of self-righteous pride and indifference to the insurmountable, perfect righteousness and holiness of God.

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Have I become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? (Gal. 4:16)

“This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith” (Titus 1:13).

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Jesus did not come to judge the world during His incarnation, but He DID come to proclaim that there would come a time when He will judge the world (2 Tim. 4:1).  

This is why it is every Christian’s binding duty to love God and others enough to let them know that His judgment has already been determined, and that during this dispensation of grace He still offers escape from the penalty and judgment that sin is due (Jn. 3:18). 

Scripture is clear, that to truly love God and our own soul we must hate sin.  Those who love sin are actually hating God and their own souls (Prov. 15:32, 19:8).  So, to truly love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength, and to truly “love others as ourselves,” we MUST warn them about sin. 

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Prov. 27:5-6).

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The “Church” of Christ: A Prison of Performance

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Like most Arminian sects, the CoC put human logic on par with God’s divine decrees, which created a prison of performance, where our religious identity became heavily shackled to a man-made system. As a deadly consequence, disobeying the CoC system became equal to disobeying God; the same pit Romanism leads to, and what Paul warned about (Col. 2:22).

      No wonder Jesus described this kind of nonsense as “straining at a nat and swallowing a camel” (Mt. 23:24), for it leads to eating and drinking damnation to one’s own soul (1 Cor. 11:29-30).  One can only imagine just how guilty the CoC may be of the body and blood of Christ, by implementing a system that displaces and distorts the truth concerning Jesus’ body and blood, insults the Spirit of grace, and replaces His gospel with non-essential assumptions and commandments of men that are hostile to the gospel.

     The irony was that the most crucial aspect of salvation, which is saving faith (in the true Christ of Scripture) being a gift from God apart from any human effort, was replaced with disputable things, which dishonored the name of Christ, and eclipsed the biblical view of the gospel. No wonder Romans 14 strongly warns against making disputable things essential to salvation!  In Jesus Christ there are no “doubtful disputations.”

Copyright ©2019 by Lee Anne Ferguson.

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More Historical Proof of the Malicious Arminian Spirit of Persecution

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    Thanks to a very godly Christian friend of mine, I am once again able to share some of the research they have done concerning the malicious spirit behind Armnianism. Here goes–

“The saintly Samuel Rutherford who occupied a professor‘s chair at St. Andrew‘s University, made use of his scholarship to defend the faith by publishing a notable book against Arminianism. ―It was this malicious spirit of Arminianism, writes the editor of The Contender (Nova Scotia), that drove the Episcopal leaders (in conjunction with the civil power of the king) to persecute the Covenanters to prison and to death. As a direct result of his book against Arminianism, Rutherford was put through the form of a trial by a group of Arminian bishops who were led by Sydserff of Galloway, deprived of his pastoral charge at Anwoth and banished to the town of Aberdeen. In a letter Rutherford wrote to a minister in Ireland, Robert Cunningham, he says: The cause that ripened their hatred was my book against the Arminians, whereof they accused me, on those three days I  appeared before them. And in a letter from Aberdeen in 1637, to Mr. John Ferguson of Ochiltree, Rutherford refers to his trial, saying, I was judicially accused for my book against the Arminians, and commanded by the Chancellor to acknowledge I had done a fault in writing against Dr. Jackson, a wicked Arminian.

“In a footnote to this letter, the editor Dr. Bonar, says: Dr. Thomas Jackson, Dean of Peterborough, first held Calvinistic sentiments but afterwards became an Arminian, a change which recommended him to the favour and patronage of Archbishop Laud. The character of Laud may be seen in relation to his part in the trial, sentencing, imprisonment, and torturing of Dr. Alexander Leighton at London. A sketch of Leighton‘s history is given in the preface to a letter which Rutherford wrote him while in prison. The sketch says that Leighton, because of his zeal for Presbyterian principles and against the innovations of Laud, was arrested in 1629 and kept in an abominable cell sixteen weeks before his trial by the Star Chamber. Because of this ―severe distress that had brought skin and hair almost wholly off his body, he could not attend his trial. The Star Chamber condemned the afflicted and aged divine to be degraded as a minister, to have one of his ears cut off, and one side of his nose slit, to be branded on the face with a red-hot iron, to stand in the pillory, to be whipped at a post, to pay a fine of £1,000 and to suffer imprisonment until the fine was paid. When this inhuman sentence was pronounced, Laud took off his hat, and holding up his hands, gave thanks to God who had given the Church victory over her enemies! The sentence was executed without mercy, and Leighton lay in prison till upwards of ten years. When liberated he could hardly walk, see, or hear. He died in 1649” (The Contender—Nova Scotia, April, 1955).

“These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” (Jn 16: 1-2).

     “In 1631, five years before he was condemned and banished to Aberdeen, Rutherford wrote to Marion McNaught from his parish at Anwoth concerning Dr. Henry Burton, whose footsteps he was later to follow. Says Rutherford in this letter, Know that I am in great heaviness for the pitiful case of our Lord‘s Kirk. I hear the cause why Dr. Burton is committed to prison is his writing and preaching against Arminians. I therefore entreat the aid of your prayers for myself, and the Lord‘s captives of hope, and for Zion. The Lord hath let and daily lets me see how deep furrows Arminianism and the followers of it draw upon the back of God‘s Israel—but our Lord cut the cords of the wicked! Arminianism was not more rampant than it is now in England, Scotland, and our own North American continent.

Let us not think that the malignant spirit of persecution that moved the Arminians—led by Bishop Sydserff, Archbishop Laud and others—died at the end of the covenanting struggles of long ago.  The Arminians of today hold precisely the same false doctrines, and are just as relentlessly opposed to the absolute sovereignty of God and unconditional election as were the Arminians of old” (The Contender—Nova Scotia, April, 1955).

William MacLean, Arminianism – Another Gospel, Arminianism (Introduction), A Westminster Standard Publication, Gisborne, New Zealand, No. 29, 1965, pg. 6-8, available from Sermon Audio.