God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Responsibility

The Scriptures clearly state that God is sovereign (1 Tim 6:15) and that He rules over the Earth (Isa 40:23-24; Rev 1:5). Isaiah says “’It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed, And there was no strange god among you; So you are My witnesses,’ declares the LORD, ‘And I am God. Even from eternity I am He; And there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?’” (Isa 43:12-13, emphasis mine). God is sovereign over all the earth and everything that happens in and on it. When God acts or decrees who can stand or act against it.

We also see in Scripture that man is responsible for his sin. We are responsible for our own actions and condemned by our sin. Because of the actions of Adam and the sin he committed God cursed the ground. God did not say to Adam “Well I know that you are not responsible for what you did since I ordained it to happen.” No, God held Adam responsible for his actions. This does not by any means denote that God did not ordain Adam’s actions. As the Westminster Confession of Faith Continue Reading…

God’s Revelation – General or Special?

To understand the doctrine of Revelation it is important to first define what General Revelation and Special Revelation are and the difference between them.

General Revelation – Revelation which God has given to all people everywhere from every generation. This revelation comes through creation (Psa 19:1-6; Rom 1:19-20), through the law written in the heart of man (Rom 2:15), and through history (Dan 2:20-22). God’s General Revelation is not enough to bring man to a salvific knowledge of God, it is however enough to condemn all men everywhere. God revealed Himself to all men of every generation through creation, but men have suppressed the truth and rejected God.

Special Revelation – Revelation which God chooses to reveal to His elect, those who believe that Jesus Christ came in human flesh to perfectly fulfill the law and die a substitutionary and vicarious death on our behalf (1 Cor 2:9-10, 14-16).

It is important to understand that God has revealed Himself both generally and specifically. Scripture makes this clear and to deny either form of revelation is to deny Scripture. If we deny Special Revelation, then the entirety of Scripture can either be questioned or completely dismissed. This can clearly be seen Continue Reading…

We do not Need to Return

This morning while listening to a chapel message from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, I was reminded of our proper response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The pastor told the story of William Borden, a young man called to the mission field in China.

William was born to a world of wealth in Chicago in 1887. His grandfather had started a very successful dairy business and William was expected to run the family business after his father. Early in his life he came to faith in Christ and determined to live for Him. After graduating high school, William was given a gift of traveling around the world. While on this trip he felt the conviction to become a missionary to the lost. Upon returning home he enrolled in Yale University. While at Yale, William became disturbed with the lack of Christian calling among the faculty and students. As a freshmen, he started a Bible study and by the end of the year 150 students were attending. By the time William was a senior approximately 1000 of the 1300 students were attending studies across the campus. After graduating Yale, William was offered many lucrative job offers and turned them all down. Continue Reading…

Should We Ask “Why” of God?

As many already know, Steve Saint was injured in an accident on June 13. Steve is the son of Nate Saint who was martyred along with Jim Elliot and three other men while serving as a missionary. Steve is also the founder of I-TEC, an organization that tests experimental technology to assist missionaries in their endeavors to proclaim the Gospel of Christ.

On June 19, Steve gave a message from his hospital bed. In that message, he talked about asking God “why.” He said that it has not occurred to him to ask why this accident had happened to him. This is a very important point that should not be passed over quickly. In the Scripture we are never instructed to question God, in fact God reproves Job for his questions in Job 38:1-4 “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now gird up your loins like a man, and I will ask you, and you instruct Me! Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.”

Many people have the question “why do bad things happen to Continue Reading…

Paul Washer on the Gospel

Paul Washer on the Gospel.



“The old truth that Calvin preached, that Augustine preached, that Paul preached, is the truth that I must preach to-day, or else be false to my conscience and my God. I cannot shape the truth; I know of no such thing as paring off the rough edges of a doctrine. John Knox’s gospel is my gospel. That which thundered through Scotland must thunder through England again.”—C. H. Spurgeon

IT IS A GREAT THING to begin the Christian life by believing good solid doctrine. Some people have received twenty different “gospels” in as many years; how many more they will accept before they get to their journey’s end, it would be difficult to predict. I thank God that He early taught me the gospel, and I have been so perfectly satisfied with it, that I do not want to know any other. Constant change of creed is sure loss. If a tree has to be taken up two or three times a year, you will not need to build a very large loft in which to store the apples. When people are always shifting their doctrinal principles, they are not likely to bring forth much fruit to the glory of Continue Reading…