“Can Christians Lose Their Salvation” James White vs Trent Horn Debate Online [VIDEOS]

Watch as Trent Horn of Catholic Answers and Dr. James R. White of Alpha and Omega Ministries debate the theology surrounding the topic: “Can A Christian Lose Their Salvation?” This debate was moderated by Michael O’Fallon on January 18, 2017. Sovereign Alliance sponsored the event at the 2017 G3 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia with over 1,300 audience members in attendance.

VIDEOS:

Round Table on Racism & the Gospel [AUDIO | 3 Reformed Baptist Podcasts]

racism and the gospel copyCovenant Legacy Podcast writes on this joint episode:

Eric Ayala and Nathan Barber [Covenant Legacy Podcast] are joined by Michael J. Griffin Jr. of the Black Reformed Baptist Podcast and LA Jones of The Particular Guys Podcast for a frank and open discussion about racism.

How should the current state of racism be understood and how does the Gospel speak to the situation? This round table cuts past both the hype and the ignorance regarding racism to help form a Biblical Christian understanding.

Listen to Round Table – Racism and the Gospel [54 min. mp3]:

Reformed Baptists Interviewed on Iron Sharpens Iron Radio includes Walt Chantry, James White, Mike Gaydosh, John Samson + More

One of the reasons we started The Confessing Baptist Podcast wasn’t because we were pros (as you can easily guess) or for the money (wait, people don’t lose money off this kind of stuff!?) but because we simply wanted to interview Reformed Baptist pastors or those who could inform us more about our Particular Baptist history since no one else was doing something like that.

Christopher Arnzen
Christopher Arnzen

This is why we previously showed our excitement for Iron Sharpens Iron Radio with Chris Arnzen coming back June 1, 2015. We knew he’d conduct many great interviews that would help fill that niche (plus he is a pro and even has sponsors!).

Of course, his interviewee scope is much broader than ours, but he does get some Reformed Baptists on, and those are the shows we’ll be highlighting below:

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AUDIO

June 1, 2015 ISI Radio Show with James White on Same Sex Marriage [mp3]:

June 4, 2015 Radio Show with Pastor John Samson discussing his journey out of the Word of Faith movement [mp3]:

June 15, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Pastor John Samson on “God’s Sovereignty in Election” [mp3]:

June 17, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Mike Gaydosh of Solid Ground Christian Books on “The Providence of God” [mp3]:

June 23, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Pastor Marc Grimaldi on “The Loving Act of Church Discipline” [mp3]:

June 25, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Steve Schultz on “Classical Christian Education” [mp3]:

July 6, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Mike Gaydosh on “The Providence of God” Part 2 [mp3]:

July 7, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Pastor John Samson on “God’s Sovereignty in Election” Part 2 [mp3]:

July 8, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Pastor Mack Tomlinson on “Marks of Biblically Faithful Preaching” [mp3]:

July 13, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Pastor Walt Chantry on his book “Today’s Gospel: Authentic or Synthetic?” [mp3]:


Keep an eye out on the upcoming interview schedule for more great content and look for book giveaways during his live-stream.

40 min. Reformation Preaching Conf. 2015 promo video explains the Doctrines of Grace feat. Waldron, Brown Jr., Hernandez, Zachariades + more

James Brown Jr.:

Pastor James Brown Jr.
Pastor James Brown Jr.

We are pleased to announce the release of RP15’s promotional video for the conference this October 9-10. RP15 is a free conference on the Doctrines of Grace with many of the leader pastors and scholars of our day. Registration is required so we can be better prepared to serve you this October. Please register today!

Here is the 40 minute video:

It covers the following:

  • 00:00 Short RP15 Promotional Video
  • 05:37 The Sovereignty of God / Doctrines of Grace
  • 07:40 The Fall of Man / Total Depravity
  • 11:53 The Value of the Doctrines of Grace
  • 17:50 What is Calvinism?
  • 21:58 The Theology of Calvinism
  • 28:08 Practical Calvinism / Perseverance of the Saints
  • 32:14 Calvinism and Worship
  • 33:05 Calvinism and Evangelism
  • 35:42 Calvinism and the Consummation

Speakers | Schedule | Location | Registration

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www.reformedconference.com

Evan Burns interviewed on reading, missions, Adoniram Judson, suffering + more [AUDIO | NoCo Radio]

Evan Burns
Evan Burns

On the Apr. 29, 2015 episode of  No Compromise Radio,  Evan Burns “discusses overseas missions, the gospel, Adoniram Judson and suffering.” Other topics:

25 Minute MP3:

Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of Quebec 2015 General Assembly “Challenges of the Next Generation” [English/French Audio & Video] feat. Sam Renihan [L’AERBQ]

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Pastor Sam Renihan
Pastor Sam Renihan

Audio and video from the 2015 The General Assembly of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of Quebec [’Association d’Églises réformées baptistes du Québec à Lac-Mégantic | L’AERBQ] is now online.

Sam Renihan was invited to preach on “The challenges of the next generation.”

Audio:

1. Preaching the Gospel in the 21st Century [Prêcher l’Évangile au 21e siècle]:

2. Preaching the Law in the 21st Century [Prêcher la Loi au 21e siècle]:

3. Applying God’s wisdom in the 21st Century [Appliquer la sagesse de Dieu au 21e siècle]:

Video:

[source: Un Héraut dans le net]

To Assume the Gospel is to Lose it [Tom Ascol]

Pastor Tom Ascol
Pastor Tom Ascol

Tom Ascol:

For well over a decade I have expressed concerns that many conservative, Bible believing churches have in important ways lost the gospel. This concern has been met with varying degrees of incredulity by certain sectors of the evangelical world, most notably, some of the very ones that provoked my evaluation.

Though things have improved from fifteen years ago to today, there is still ample evidence that my concerns remain well-founded.

For the sake of clarity let me reiterate the essence of my concern. The gospel is all about Jesus Christ—who He is, what He has done and why that matters. As Jesus Himself said, the Scriptures bear witness to Him (John 5:39) and that the Prophets and Moses wrote about Him (Luke 24:44; cf. v. 27). The whole Bible—not just the New Testament—is a Christian book and unless every part of it is read as revealing Jesus Christ then it has been misread.

haretortoise_1_lgToo often, Scripture is treated more along the lines of an inspired version of Aesop’s Fables than the revelation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When this happens the Bible becomes little more than a source for tips on success and happiness. Rather than recognizing it as the revelation of Christ it is treated as the basis of moralistic principles. When that happens, the gospel is lost…

Read “To Assume the Gospel is to Lose it”.

Earl Blackburn interviewed on + more [AUDIO| NoCo Radio]

Earl Blackburn
Earl Blackburn

On the Feb. 25, 2015 episode of  No Compromise Radio,  Earl Blackburn “offers his pastoral wisdom and gives some biblical hints for a godly marriage.” Before that they get into:

25 Minute MP3:

Is the evangelical church really glorifying God? [Conrad Mbewe]

Conrad Mbewe
Conrad Mbewe

Conrad Mbewe asks 10 questions towards “evangelical Christianity in Africa”, but these same questions could/should be asked worldwide:

As 2014 draws to an end, my heart aches. I am deeply burdened about what has become the dominant characteristic of evangelical Christianity in Africa. I have tried to wrap my mind around this by simply asking an honest question “Is this Christianity that has become pervasive across the African continent really glorifying God?”

 

1. Are we glorifying God when we claim that we are experiencing miracles that are actually not happening? […]

 

2. Are we glorifying God when we speak in “tongues” that cannot be interpreted? […]

 

3. Are we glorifying God when we reduce the benefits of salvation to more wealth and better health? […]

 

4. Are we glorifying God when we abandon the preaching of repentance for motivational speaking? […]

 

5. Are we glorifying God when we hide the rot of spiritual wolves preying on vulnerable souls? […]

 

6. Are we glorifying God when we reduce truth to a minimum for the sake of Christian unity? […]

 

7. Are we glorifying God when we reduce worship to senseless dancing to sensual music? […]

 

8. Are we glorifying God when commanding, declaring and decreeing replace humble petitions in prayer? […]

 

9. Are we glorifying God when we fill our church membership rolls with goats and kick out church discipline? […]

 

10. Are we glorifying God when we have women preachers while men sit in pews and listen to them? […]

Read “Is the evangelical church in Africa really glorifying God?”

Of What Use Is The Law? Jeff Robinson Answers

Threefold-Use-of-Law_620“Of What Use is the Law? Three purposes”

by Jeff Robinson:

Recently, after our family had completed its daily devotional time together, my oldest son asked me a very insightful question: How do the Ten Commandments apply to us today if they were given so long ago in the Old Testament?

 

It is a basic theological question that many Christians have asked throughout the history of the church and it is an important query. Many answers have been given to that, not all of them good. Obviously, there are two answers that are dead wrong and lead to two opposite ditches that the follower of Christ must avoid: Antinomianism (the law of God has no place in the life of the believer and he/she is free to live however they please) and legalism (I am saved by how closely I adhere to God’s commands—works righteousness).

 

One of the best and most helpful answers, in my opinion, that has been given was set forth by the Genevan reformer, John Calvin. In his venerable systematic theology, the Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin set forth three “uses” for the moral law of God. {Book 2, Chapter 7, edj}

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Calvin’s is a helpful paradigm, I think. But perhaps best of all, Calvin reminded his readers, in speaking of the first use of the law, that the law—like a schoolmaster—prepares one to receive the good news of the gospel. The law of God demonstrates that man has no righteousness in himself that is pleasing to God. Sinful man must be given a righteousness that is extra nos—outside of himself. As the Puritans, Calvin’s theological ancestors, famously put it, the law wounds and then the gospel arrives and heals.

 

As followers of Christ, we are a people of grace and not law. But it is God’s law that demonstrates his spotless character and shows our need of grace. Calvin saw this clearly. As Paul admonished young Timothy, may God teach us how to use the law lawfully (1 Tim. 1:8).

For the full article please read, “Of What Use Is The Law? Three Purposes” by Jeff Robinson at The Blog: The Voice of Founders.org

{see also 2nd London Particular Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 19, Of The Law of God, edj}

James White on Holiness, Repentance & the Lordship of Christ [Audio|Video]

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James White:

Tackled a tough, challenging section of Hebrews at PRBC on Sunday.  NOTE TO ALL ANTI-LORDSHIP, CHEAP-GRACE, NON-REPENTANCE FOLKS: Please note both sermons, but especially the evening sermon.  I really tried to give you all the evidence you could possibly need that I am firmly, unalterably OPPOSED to your position and identify it as a fundamental denial of the Gospel. I hope I’m really clear on that…

Here are the sermons:

The Peaceful Fruit of Righteousness (Heb. 12:10-11) [mp3]

Pursue Peace and Holiness (evening) (Heb. 12:12-17) [mp3]

He followed up with a short eight-minute “Screenflow” video the next day:

Easter – Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing [J. Stephen Yuille]

Stephen Yuille @ Deus Pro Nobis writes:

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of the blatantly obvious—even at Easter. Why do I say that? We’re easily sidetracked. To put it another way, we’re easily amused and distracted, meaning we often fill our lives with things that—while seemingly harmless—are detrimental if we don’t keep them in their proper place. I’m thinking about things like tweeting, blogging (not this blog, of course…), shopping, watching movies, playing sports, purchasing another gadget or gizmo, and the list goes on and on. There’s nothing wrong with any of these things unless, of course, they take the place of the main thing. Consider the following story (borrowed from another preacher):

 

On Monday, Alice bought a parrot. It didn’t talk, so the next day she returned to the pet store. “He needs a ladder,” she was told. She bought a ladder, but another day passed and the parrot still didn’t say a word. “How about a swing?” the clerk suggested. So Alice bought a swing; the next day, a mirror; the next day, a miniature plastic tree; the next day, a shiny parrot toy.

 

On Sunday morning, Alice was standing outside the pet store when it opened. She had the parrot cage in her hand and tears in her eyes. Her parrot was dead. “Did it ever say a word?” the store owner asked. “Yes,” Alice said through her sobs. “Right before he died, he looked at me and asked, ‘Don’t they sell any food at that pet store?’”

 

When we try to fill our lives with anything but the main thing (the gospel), we’re just like Alice’s bird—starving in a crowded cage. When the gospel is no longer at the center, we soon feel the effects in every facet of our lives—from the home to the church to the workplace and at all points in between. For this reason, we must constantly orient our lives around the gospel: the good news that God saves sinners from His wrath for His glory through Christ’s substitutionary death.

Read the rest here.

Implications of the Empty Tomb [Jim Savastio & Tom Hicks]

Jim Savastio
Jim Savastio

Jim Savastio:

It has been said by some that all preaching consists of two elements–the ‘what’ of the text and the ‘so what’ of the text. Millions of professing Christians take one Lord’s Day a year to celebrate the wondrous reality of the empty tomb of Jesus. Jesus had power to lay down His life and to take it up again. I trust we all realize the tremendous theological and eternal implications of our Lord’s glorious resurrection. But what difference will it make between the time I am converted and the time I reach heaven? I may sing of it on Sunday but what help is it to me on Monday or Tuesday? For our churches facing so many different practical and spiritual issues, what difference does the empty tomb make?

 

We must realize that we are dealing with more than an empty tomb. We are also dealing with an occupied throne. Jesus did not rise from the dead only to wander the earth for two thousand years. He ascended to heaven and sat down at the Father’s right hand…

Read the rest of his post “Three Implications of the Empty Tomb”


 

Tom Hicks
Tom Hicks

Tom Hicks:

I’ve heard people say that Christ accomplished redemption by His resurrection. But that’s not quite right. It’s more accurate to say that Christ’s righteous life and death accomplished redemption. Christ’s resurrection, however, is the application of redemption. Redemption means “to be bought out of bondage and set free.” Christ’s resurrection was His own redemption. His righteous life and death bought Him out of bondage to the curse of death and freed Him to resurrection and eternal life. That’s because Christ’s life and death fulfilled God’s law, satisfied God’s justice, and therefore deserved to be rewarded with resurrection to eternal life…

 

What’s the significance of this? There’s a good deal of theological and practical significance here.

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  1. Some Theological Implications of the Resurrection
    1. Definite Atonement.
    2. No Universal Atonement.
    3. Irresistible Grace and Preservation of the Saints.
    4. No Apostasy of Genuine Believers.
    5. New Heaven and New Earth.
  2. Some Practical Implications of the Resurrection
    1. Assurance of Salvation.
    2. Strength to Persevere.
    3. Perseverance in Trial.
    4. Missions and Evangelism.

Believer, when you celebrate Christ’s resurrection this weekend, remember that it proves the efficacy of His death for you. Christ’s resurrection means that when He bore your sins in His body on the tree, He completely satisfied God’s justice, and you are not guilty. His resurrection proves that you will live forever with Christ. His resurrection is evidence that Christ’s death greatly pleased and glorified God. So, when you think on Christ’s resurrection, give glory to God for the power of Christ’s death and for all the saving blessings it purchased.

Read “What is the Theological and Practical Significance of Christ’s Resurrection?” [8 min. readout]