WE KNOW NOT THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

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“The greatest need in the evangelical community today is to learn the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because in simply surveying the sermons and the witnessing techniques and the methodology of Church growth and everything else that I see, I can only come to one conclusion: we know not the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
-Paul Washer

ALTAR CALL SALVATION & SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER

I have heard men tell the story of their conversion, and of their spiritual life, in such a way that my heart hath loathed them and their story, too, for they have told of their sins as if they did boast in the greatness of their crime, and they have mentioned the love of God, not with a tear of gratitude, not with the simple thanksgiving of the really humble heart, but as if they as much exalted themselves as they exalted God. Oh! when we tell the story of our own conversion, I would have it done with great sorrow, remembering what we used to be, and with great joy and gratitude, remembering how little we deserve these things. I was once preaching upon conversion and salvation, and I felt within myself, as preachers often do, that it was but dry work to tell this story, and a dull, dull tale it was to me; but, on a sudden, the thought crossed my mind, “Why, you are a poor, lost, ruined sinner yourself; tell it, tell it as you received it; begin to tell of the grace of God as you trust you feel it yourself.” Why, then, my eyes began to be fountains of tears; those hearers who had nodded their heads began to brighten up, and they listened, because they were hearing something which the speaker himself felt, and which they recognized as being true to him if it was not true to them.
Can you not remember, dearly-beloved, that day of days, that best and brightest of hours, when first you saw the Lord, lost your burden, received the roll of promise, rejoiced in full salvation, and went on your way in peace? My soul can never forget that day. Dying, all but dead, diseased, pained, chained, scourged, bound in fetters of iron, in darkness and the shadow of death, Jesus appeared unto me. My eyes looked to Him; the disease was healed, the pains removed, chains were snapped, prison doors were opened, darkness gave place to light. What delight filled my soul!—what mirth, what ecstasy, what sound of music and dancing, what soarings towards Heaven, what heights and depths of ineffable delight! Scarcely ever since then have I known joys which surpassed the rapture of that first hour. C.H.Spurgeon

REGENERATION AND SELF DENIAL

“God absolutely interposes in the salvation of every man to make him regenerate. In the salvation of every person there is an actual putting forth of divine power, where by the dead sinner is quickened, the unwilling sinner is made willing, the desperately hard sinner has his conscience made tender; and he who rejected God and despised Christ, is brought to cast himself down at the feet of Jesus. There must be a divine interposition, a divine working, a divine influence, or else, do what you may, without that you perish, and are undone; “for except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”This change is radical–it gives us new natures, it makes us love what we hated and hate what we loved, it sets us on a new road; it makes our habits different, it makes our thoughts different, it makes us different in private, and different in public. “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature;old things are passed away, behold all things are become new.” (Spurgeon’s sermon, “Regeneration”)

SERMON IN VIDEO BY: PAUL WASHER

HOW CAN A LOVING GOD SEND PEOPLE TO HELL?

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How can such serious truths as the holiness and justice of God be so lightly taken by we people? We obviously are largely blinded to our sinfulness and accountability before a Holy God who will judge this sinful world and with it all mankind in justice and righteousness. We do not realize the extent of the awful heinousness and total repulsiveness of our sin before God Almighty, and the penalty of judgement it will cost us (if we are not born again in the Spirit.)

Father, please open our eyes to understand our need for the blood atonement of Jesus Christ your Son who paid the penalty for our sins, Amen. May the Lord God open our eyes to understand our need for His grace. God bless you all.

TEST YOURSELF!!! TAKE A TEST!!!


SERMON BY: PAUL WASHER

(2 Cor 13:5) Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? The book of 1st John was written that we may know we are indeed in Christ. Read 1st John and apply it to your own walk with the Lord and come to your own conclusion if you truly walk with God.

THE HOLINESS OF GOD


This was a video I made that I thought was very important for people to hear, there is a second part to it that can be found on my You Tube page in which there is a link under the Blogroll. I hope this video blesses you as much as it did me to make it, God bless. Speaker: Paul Washer

WHAT IS THE GOSPEL AND REGENERATION ? PAUL WASHER

Regeneration – Spurgeon…Taken from sermon # 130

And now we must say, that regeneration consists in this. God the Holy Spirit, in a supernatural manner—mark, by the word supernatural I mean just what it strictly means; supernatural, more than natural—works upon the hearts of men, and they by the operations of the divine Spirit become regenerate men; but without the Spirit they never can be regenerated. And unless God the Holy Spirit, who “worketh in us to will and to do,” should operate upon the will and the conscience, regeneration is an absolute impossibility, and therefore so is salvation. “What!” says one, “do you mean to say that God absolutely interposes in the salvation of every man to make him regenerate?” I do indeed; in the salvation of every person there is an actual putting forth of the divine power, whereby the dead sinner is quickened, the unwilling sinner is made willing, the desperately hard sinner has his conscience made tender; and he who rejected God and despised Christ, is brought to cast himself down at the feet of Jesus. This is called fanatical doctrine, mayhap; that we can not help; it is scriptural doctrine, that is enough for us. “Except a man be born of the Spirit he can not see the kingdom of God; that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” If you like it not, quarrel with my Master, not with me; I do but simply declare his own revelation, that there must be in your heart something more than you can ever work there. There must be a divine operation; call it a miraculous operation, if you please; it is in some sense so. There must be a divine interposition, a divine working, a divine influence, or else, do what you may, without that you perish, and are undone; “for except a man be born again, be can not see the kingdom of God.” The change is radical; it gives us new natures, makes us love what we hated and hate what we loved, sets us in a new road; makes our habits different, our thoughts different, makes us different in private, and different in public. So that being in Christ it is fulfilled: “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold all things are become new.”

CAN YOU LOSE YOUR SALVATION? NO YOU CANNOT!!!

There are abundant passages that speak of the believer receiving eternal and everlasting life. If you could “lose” it, then the word eternal has lost its meaning.

Jesus Himself said that those who come to Him, He “will in no wise cast out.” (Jn. 6:37). He will not cast you out of his family no matter what comes to pass or under any circumstances.

John 10:27-29 makes it clear that no “man” can cause you to lose your salvation, because God your Father is greater than all men.

No man can lose his salvation on his own, because no man earned his salvation on his own (Eph. 2:8-9).

2 Tim. 1:12 assures us that it is Jesus Christ who keeps us, not we ourselves.

Take a moment and read Romans 8:38-39. Paul says that he was persuaded (convinced by argument) that none of the extremes of existence could cause him to lose his salvation.

Paul stated that the Holy Spirit, who comes to reside in the true believer at the moment of conversion, will remain in the believer until the rapture occurs (Phil. 1:6).

Once you transfer your trust from yourself to what Jesus already did for you, you become a child of God by relationship (Jn. 12-13). As with your physical father, you are his “son/daughter” for life. You may strain the relationship, and you may lose the fellowship; you may disown your father and perhaps even “divorce” him, but that does not change the fact that you are his child by birth. The relationship, once established remains forever.

Eph. 1:13 teaches us that once we are saved, we are “sealed” by the Holy Spirit. In the symbolism of the Scripture a seal carries with it the meaning of a) a finished transaction (your salvation is done, nothing can be added to it), b) ownership (you are “marked” as belonging to God) and c) security (you can count on the “package” being delivered to its intended destination).

If Eternal security is really Biblical then,
1. The Bible would have to say clearly that a believer has everlasting life right now, in this life – perhaps as Jesus said in John 5:24.
2. The Bible would have to say clearly that salvation is not attained or retained by works of the believer – perhaps as Paul said in Ro. 4:5, Eph. 2:8-9 and Titus 3:5.
3. The Bible would have to say clearly that the believer is completely safe and can never be taken away from God – perhaps as Paul said it in Col. 3:3 and Rom. 8:38-39, and as Jesus Himself said it in John 10:27-30.
4. The Bible would have to say clearly that Someone is continually praying for the believer, Someone whom God would never fail to hear and answer – perhaps as Jesus said it in John 17:9-10, or as Paul said in Rom. 8:26, 27 and 34; or as the writer of the Hebrews said in Heb. 7:25.
5. The Bible would have to say clearly that the believer is totally different from the person he once was – perhaps as Jesus said it in John 3:5-6, or as Paul said in 2 Cor. 5:17.
6. The Bible would have to say clearly that the believer is not in danger of returning to condemnation – perhaps as Jesus said it in John 5:24, or as Paul said it in Rom. 8:1.
7. The Bible would have to say clearly that God Himself is for us and will give us all we need – perhaps as Paul said it in Rom. 8:31-33, and Phil. 2:12-13, and Eph. 2:10.
8. The Bible would have to say clearly that the restoration is of the “joy” and not of the “salvation” when we stray from the Lord, as David said it in Ps. 51:12-13.
9. The Bible would have to say clearly that the believer is a child of God “now” and God treats him as His child – perhaps as John said it in 1 Jn. 3:2, or as the writer of the Hebrews said it in Heb. 12:5-8.
10. The Bible would have to say clearly that salvation is a “gift” and it can only be received – perhaps as Jesus said it in John 1:12, or as Paul said it in Rom. 6:23.
11. The Bible would have to say clearly that the believer is supplied the very faith by which to live the Christian life in this world – perhaps as Paul said it in Gal. 2:20.
12. The Bible would have to say clearly that the believer can know for certain he is saved and what the One who saved him will surely do for him – perhaps as Paul said it in 2 Tim. 1:12 and as John said in 1 Jn. 5:13.
13. The Bible would have to say clearly that the believer still sins after he is a child of God and prescribe what he must do about it – perhaps as John said it in 1 Jn. 1:8-9.
14. The Bible would have to say clearly that the One who saved you promises to stay with you forever – perhaps as Jesus promised in Matt. 28:20, and in Hebrews 13:5, and as Paul said in Phil. 1:6.
15. The Bible would have to say clearly that there is in the believer a part of him that cannot sin – perhaps as John said it in 1 John 3:9.
16. The Bible would have to say clearly that Jesus knows His own — perhaps as He Himself said it in John 10:27. Let it be noted that if a person can be lost after he is saved, Jesus could “not” truthfully say in Matt. 7:23 what He said to those who depended on their own good works to save them.
17. The Bible would have to say clearly that Jesus Christ did all that was necessary for the believer to be forever saved – perhaps as the writer of Hebrews said it in Heb. 10:10-14.
18. The Bible would have to say clearly that boasting is excluded (in anyone or any church or creed or system, but Christ alone) – perhaps as Paul said it in Rom. 3:27
19. The Bible would have to say clearly that any basis for the believer’s return to lostness is gone – perhaps as the writer of the Hebrews said it in Heb. 10:17-18.
20. The Bible would have to say clearly that the believer is provided with Someone powerful enough to see him all the way through this life and raise him from the dead – perhaps as Jesus said it in John 14:16-17, or as Paul said it in Rom. 8:11 and again in Phil. 1:6 “All pagan religions keep their adherents in bondage, put them on probation and force them to live by strict rules and regulations if they are to remain in the good graces of superiors. Christianity offers no such paganism. Jesus Christ sets us free (Jn. 8:32, 36), free to thank and praise Him forever for His Gift, free to love Him for giving us His salvation and not putting us on probation.” God bless you.

A REAL AND LASTING REVIVAL

A REAL AND LASTING REVIVAL

I am glad of any signs of life, even if they should be feverish and transient, and I am slow to judge any well intended movement, but I am very fearful that many so called revivals in the long run wrought more harm than good. A species of religious gambling has fascinated many men, and given them a distaste for the sober business of true godliness.
But if I would nail down counterfeits upon the counter, I do not therefore undervalue true gold. Far from it. It is to be desired beyond measure that the Lord would send a real and lasting revival of spiritual life.
We need a work of the Holy Spirit of a supernatural kind, putting power into the preaching of the Word, inspiring all believers with heavenly energy, and solemnly affecting the hearts of the careless, so that they turn to God and live. We would not be drunk with the wine of carnal excitement, but we would be filled with the Spirit. We would behold the fire descending from heaven in answer to the effectual fervent prayers of righteous men. Can we not entreat the Lord our God to make bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the people in this day of declension and vanity? C.H.Spurgeon

C.H.Spurgeon – GRACE OF GOD

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

As dear Dr. Hawker said concerning this, there is a chapter in every word and a sermon in every letter. How it opens with a “Behold!” because it is such a striking portion of sacred Scripture, that the Holy Ghost would have us pay particular attention to it. “Behold!” says he, “read other Scriptures if you like, with a glance, but stop here. I have put up a way-mark to tell you there is something eminently worthy of attention buried beneath these words.” “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed on us.” Consider who we were, and who we are now; ay, and what we feel ourselves to be even when divine grace is powerful in us. And yet, beloved, we are called “the sons of God.” It is said that when one of the learned heathens was translating this, he stopped and said, “No; it cannot be; let it be written ‘Subjects,’ not ‘Sons,’ for it is impossible we should be called ‘the sons of God.’ ” What a high relationship is that of a son to his father! What privileges a son has from his father! What liberties a son may take with his father! and oh! what obedience the son owes to his father, and what love the father feels towards the son! But all that, and more than that, we now have through Christ. “Behold!” ye angels! stop, ye seraphs! here is a thing more wonderful than heaven with its walls of jasper. Behold, universe! open thine eyes, O world. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God; therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” Well, we are content to go with him in his humiliation, for we are to be exalted with him.
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God.” That is easy to read; but it is not so easy to feel. “Now are we the sons of God.” How is it with your heart this morning? Are you in the lowest depths of sorrow and suffering? “Now are you a son of God.” Does corruption rise within your spirit, and grace seem like a poor spark trampled under foot? “Beloved, now are you a son of God.” Does your faith almost fail you? and are your graces like a candle well nigh blown out by the wind! Fear not, beloved; it is not your graces, it is not your frames, it is not your feelings, on which you are to live: you must live simply by naked faith on Christ. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God.” With all these things against us, with the foot of the devil on our neck, and the sword in his hand ready to slay us—beloved now in the very depths of our sorrow, wherever we may be—now, as much in the valley as on the mountain, as much in the dungeon as in the palace, as much when broken on the wheel of suffering as when exalted on the wings of triumph—”beloved, now are we the sons of God.” “Ah!” but you say, “see how I am arrayed! my graces are not bright; my righteousness does not shine with apparent glory.” But read the next: “It doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him.” We are not so much like him now, but we have some more refining process to undergo, and death itself, that best of all friends, is yet to wash us clean. “We know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
“And every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law for sin is the transgression of the law.
“And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.”
Believer, read these words in two senses. He was manifested to take away thy sins that thou hast committed; and that he accomplished, when “the just for the unjust,” he sustained the penalties of them. And he was manifested to take away the power of thy sins; that is to say, to conquer thy reigning lusts, to take away thine evil imaginations, to purify thee, and make thee like himself. Well, beloved, what a mercy it is that some one was manifested to take away our sins from us! for some of us have been striving a long, long while, to conquer our sins, and we cannot do it. We thought we had driven them out, but they had “chariots of iron,” and we could not overcome them; they lived “in the hill country,” and we could not get near them. As often as we worsted them in one battle, they came upon us thick and strong, like an army of locusts; when heaps and heaps had been destroyed they seemed as thick as ever. Ah! but there is a thought—they shall all be taken away. “Ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins;” and so he will. The time will come when you and I shall stand without spot or blemish before the throne of God: for they are “without fault before the throne of God” at this moment, and so shall we be ere long.
“Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.”
This plain, simple verse, has been twisted by some who believe in the doctrine of perfection, and they have made it declare that it is possible for some to abide in Christ, and therefore not to sin. But you will remark that it does not say, that some that abide in Christ do not sin; but it says that none who abide in Christ sin. “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not.” Therefore this passage is not to be applied to a few who attain to what is called by our Arminian friends the fourth degree—perfection; but it appertains to all believers; and of every soul in Christ it may be said, that he sinneth not. In reading the Bible, we read it simply as we would read another book. We ought not to read it as a preacher his text, with the intention of making something out of every word; but we should read it as we find it written: “Whosoever abideth in Christ sinneth not.” Now we are sure that cannot mean that he does not sin at all, but it means that sins not habitually, he sins not designedly, he sins not finally, so as to perish. The Bible often calls a man righteous; but that does not mean that he is perfectly righteous. It calls a man a sinner, but it does not imply that he may not have done some good deeds in his life; it means that that is the man’s general character. So with the man who abides in Christ: his general character is not that he is a sinner, but that he is a saint—he sinneth not openly wilfully before men. In his own heart, he has much to confess, but his life before his fellow creatures is such a one that it can be said of him: “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not; but whosoever sinneth [the sins of this world. in which the multitude indulge] hath not seen him, neither known him.”
“Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.”
That is the sign of it. Works are the fruits of grace. “He is righteous,”—not in himself; for mark how graces come in here—”He is righteous, even as HE is righteous.” It will not allow our righteousness to be our own, but it brings us to Christ again. “He that doeth righteousness is righteous,” not according to his own works, but “even as HE is righteous.” Good works prove that I have perfect righteousness in Christ; they do not help the righteousness of Christ, nor yet in any way make me righteous. Good works are of no use whatever in the matter of justification: they only use they are, is, that they are for our comfort, for the benefit of others, and for the glory of God. “He that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil.”
“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
“In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil; whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.”
It were well if we always remembered that practical godliness is the soul of godliness; that it is not talking religion, but walking religion which proves a man to be sincere; it is not having a religious tongue, but a religious heart; it is not a religious mouth, but a religious foot. The best evidence is the salvation of the soul. Avaunt! talkative; go thy way, thou mere professing formalist! Your ways lead down to hell, and your end shall be destruction; for “He that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he mighty destroy the works of the devil.”