Classical Arminianism: Imputed Sin and Total Inability

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I’ve been reading Classical Arminianism: A Theology of Salvation, by F. Leroy Forelines, professor emeritus of theology at Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville, TN and have really been encouraged by it.  As a Calvinist, I certainly disagree with some important aspects of this system, but there is a great deal of happy agreement…



Laying Hold of the Truth

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I love God’s Word and delight in its truth. Yet too often I find that after reading my Bible or hearing a sermon, the truth, so necessary to the wellbeing of my soul, can too easily slip away. The truth that had for a moment captured my attention and my affections can quietly fade amid…



Investing in the Next Generation

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“We are the next generation,” I recently commented to a friend after the graveside service for his father. While we admired and learned from our parents’ generation, many no longer remain to shape the “boomer” generation. Instead, we baby boomers are the next generation that now has responsibility for preparing those who follow after us…



Applying Application

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Sermons may be preached without application but not good sermons. I did not always think that to be the case. Recognizing the power and authority of God’s Word, I went through a time when I thought that just rightly preaching the Word and letting the Holy Spirit make application would be enough. And certainly the…



Abraham Cheare: the Bunyan of Plymouth

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An anxious member of the Particular Baptist Church in Plymouth in the mid-1660s wrote a letter to her pastor in which she chronicled Satan’s wiles in tempting her to reject the faith. The woman had plunged headlong into the boiling cauldron of affliction, but her pastor, Abraham Cheare, assured her in a letter that God…

 

The Positive Purity of the Original State of Man

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We can know something of the original state of man in his innocence by the descriptions given in the New Testament of the restoration of the image of God in man. For example Colossians 3:10 says that Christians have “put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which…

 

Do Believers Have a Free Will? Why it matters…

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She sat in front of me frustrated and afraid. “I can’t make my heart good enough,” she said. “I know Jesus says to trust Him and love Him, but I sin all the time.” I asked, “Do you trust Jesus to pay for all your sins on the cross?” “I don’t know,” the little girl answered….



Uses of the Law in Psalm 119

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As New Covenant believers, we are no longer under the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). Christ’s atoning work on the cross saves us from the burden of keeping the law perfectly (Philippians 3:12-16). However, does that mean we no longer need it? What good is the law for us today? Below are a few…