Six Reasons Reformed Christians Should Embrace Six-Day Creation

I don’t accept the interpretation of 6 24-hour days, but good reading anyway.

https://www.challies.com/sponsored/six-reasons-reformed-christians-should-embrace-six-day-creation/

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The Five Key Factors in Every Christian’s Sanctification

Growth in Christlikeness is a lifelong, active progression. We are holier on the day we die than we were on the day we came to Christ. We are holier on the day we die than we are on the day before we die. Yet this long progression is peppered with seasonal lulls, drudgery, and complacency. We know we are never as Christlike as we ought to be or even as we want to be. Yet while our lack of holiness ought to motivate greater effort in godliness, we often allow it to contribute to discouragement, laziness and apathy. Sanctification is a tricky business.

How does God go about this work of sanctification? David Powlison helpfully narrows it down to five means or five streams through which God pours out his sanctifying grace. These factors work in tandem, each one contributing to our lifelong gain in godliness.

Continue:

https://www.challies.com/articles/the-five-key-factors-in-every-christians-sanctification/

5 Marks of a Good Funeral

https://www.challies.com/articles/5-marks-of-a-good-funeral/

7 Marks of a False Teacher

7 Marks of a False Teacher

No one enriches hell more than false teachers. No one finds greater joy in drawing people away from truth and leading them into error. False teachers have been present in every era of human history, they have always been a plague and have always been in the business of providing counterfeit truth. While their circumstances may change, their methods remain consistent.

Here are seven marks of false teachers.

1False teachers are man pleasers. What they teach is meant to please the ear more than profit the heart. They tickle the ears of their followers with flattery and all the while they treat holy things with wit and carelessness rather than reverence and awe. This contrasts sharply with a true teacher of the Word who knows that he is answerable to God and who is therefore far more eager to please God than men. As Paul would say, “But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts” (1 Thes. 2:4).

There is more at: http://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/306425-7-marks-false-teacher.html

Tim Challies discusses biblical literacy – podcast

https://erlc.com/resource-library/erlc-podcast-episodes/tim-challies-discusses-biblical-literacy

It’s Time To Take Your Medicine

~ Tim Challies

The gospel has a kind of logic to it. According to Sinclair Ferguson, it always holds to one important rule: Divine indicatives (statements about what God has done, is doing, or will do) logically precede and ground divine imperatives (statements about what we are to do in response). Any actions God requires us to take are grounded in his own actions.

Simple, right? The trouble is that we are prone to reverse this order into a formula that says “If I do this then God will do that” or “If I do my part then God will respond to me and do his part.” This, of course, is how many unbelievers think of their salvation and, sadly, how many believers think of their sanctification. As Sinclair Ferguson says, “Christians often seem to fall back into bad spiritual grammar.”

As we read the letters of Paul we find he always frames things this way: “God has done this for you in Christ, therefore you should respond in the following ways.” “Thus the motivation, energy, and drive for holiness are all found in the reality and power of God’s grace in Christ. And so if I am to make any progress in sanctification, the place where I must always begin is the gospel of the mercy of God to me in Jesus Christ.”

Knowing our tendency to reverse the order of gospel logic, we are wise to study God’s Word until we are utterly convinced that indicatives always precede imperatives. What we do is grounded in what God does or has done. To grow in our conviction of gospel logic, Sinclair Ferguson proposes we take a little “indicative medicine.” Here, from his book Devoted to God, is how you can take your dose:

  1. Take an old Bible or download the text of Paul’s letter to the Romans.
  2. Have a pen or marker handy. For the medicine to work properly it is essentially for you to note the occurrence of a single feature of Paul’s letter to the Romans.

The rest is at: https://www.challies.com/articles/its-time-to-take-your-medicine/

7 Sure marks of a false teacher

https://www.challies.com/vlog/7-sure-marks-of-a-false-teacher/