Tuesday, December 06, 2011

TO DENY AN EFFECTUAL AND PARTICULAR REDEMPTION IS TO DENY THE GOSPEL

A pastor once declared to a friend, "I want you to know that I no longer believe in particular redemption."

When I heard this, I was shocked, but I was not surprised. I am always shocked when a man turns from the Gospel of grace to something else, especially when that person has studied the Scriptures, the character of God, the nature of sinners, and the covenant mercies of God in Christ.

To deny effectual and particular redemption is to deny the very sum and substance of the Gospel — SUBSTITUTION.

Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness are my beauty and my glorious dress.


I am not surprised when certain preachers decide they will no longer preach particular redemption, for it is without question the most hated truth in Scripture.

Universal love and universal atonement are universally accepted by all of Adam's sons except those who, by the grace of God, have seen the Lord Jesus Christ as Isaiah saw His glory and spoke of Him.

The preacher who denies particular redemption will have little opposition, for he has taken the offense from the cross.

All cults, sects, denominations, and religious promoters have this in common — they believe there is a sense in which God loves all men and Christ died for the sins of all men.

If Christ died for all the sins of all men, then all men will be saved.

If Christ died for some of the sins of all men, no one will be saved.

However, if Christ died (as the Scripture teaches) for all the sins of His elect, then His elect will be saved.

By Henry Mahan

Friday, December 02, 2011

"CAUSE THY FACE TO SHINE UPON US"

The apostles and early believers were despised by the religious Jews because of the gospel which they preached. It was not because they were covetous or proud men. They were persecuted because the gospel of God's grace, which they preached, was offensive to humans pride.

They preached (as I trust we do, also) that salvation, even for the most moral person on earth, is only possible because of the grace and mercy of God, given to us in Christ Jesus. These people of God knew nothing of free-will, decisionism, and giving God a chance. They knew only one way of salvation, that of God's being gracious and showing sovereign mercy to sinners in Christ.

The gospel of grace and glory does not appear OCCASIONALY in their preaching and writings, nor was it a deeper truth or doctrine which they discussed PRIVATELY; it reigns, shines, and dominated all that they said, wrote, and did.

It is the ONLY THING that they preached!

To them, any word of human worthiness, works, or rights was totally wrong, and counted for nothing in the matter of acceptance before God. They addressed all men (even themselves) as guilty, condemned, and perishing justly unless God is pleased to come in mercy and lift the beggar from his dunghill, sanctify and justify him through Christ Jesus, and accept him in the Beloved.

"God be merciful to us, and bless us; and cause Thy face to shine upon us" (Psalms 67:1).

By Henry Mahan