Soteriology (Salvation)

Conversion and Consecration

Both are Supernatural Experiences; Conversion by Harry A. Ironside. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself.......he called for a light and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.......and he took them the same hou...

Spurgeon's Approach

Arminianism, free will, free choice, Calvinism, and hyper-Calvinism, are terms we may hear discussed today. In more theological circles words such as; Pelegianism, semi-Pelegianism, election, predestination, total depravity, irresistible grace, and foreknowledge are also debated. Sadly, too often the discussion is merely an intellectual contest, with a “winner take all” mentality. Calm humility rarely characterizes those who discuss such areas of truth. I believe, like many...

Final Perseverance: What is it?

Final Perseverance: What is it? C. H. Mackintosh. Dear Friend, The question of final perseverance, though, in our judgment, a very simple one, has perplexed a great many; and the questions which you introduce to our notice, and the passages of scripture which you adduce, furnish abundant proof that your own mind is not quite clear or settled on the point. It may be, however, that the object of your communication is rather to superinduce such a discussion of the doctrine, in the light of hol...

Regeneration: What is it?

Regeneration: What is it? C. H. Mackintosh. There are few subjects which have given rise to more difficulty and perplexity than that of regeneration, or the new birth. Very many who are, themselves, the subjects of this new birth are at a loss to know what it is, and filled with doubt as to whether they have ever really experienced it. Many there are who, were they to clothe their desire in words, would say, "Oh! that I knew for certain, that I had passed from death unto life. If only I were...

Glad Tidings

  Glad Tidings C. H. Mackintosh. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3: 16. There are some passages in Holy Scripture which seem to contain in a line or two, an entire volume of most precious truth. The verse which we have just penned is one of such. It is part of our Lords memorable discourse with Nicodemus, and it embodies, in a condensed form, a very full statement of Gospe...

Conversion: What is it?

Conversion: What is it? C. H. Mackintosh. Part 1 1 Thessalonians 1 presents a very striking and beautiful picture of what we may truly call genuine conversion. We propose to study the picture in company with the reader. If we are not much mistaken, we shall find the study at once interesting and profitable. It will furnish an answer, distinct and clear, to the question which stands at the head of this article, namely, What is conversion? Nor is this by any means a small matter. It is well,...

Decision for Christ

Decision for Christ. C. H. Mackintosh. In approaching the subject of “Decision for Christ," there are two or three obstacles which lie in our way — two or three difficulties which hang around the question, which we would fain remove, if possible, in order that the reader may be able to view the matter on its own proper ground, and in its own proper bearings. In the first place, we encounter a serious difficulty in the fact that very few of us, comparatively, are in a condition ...

What is a Dead Faith? James 2

“Faith without works is dead.” So spoke James in the second chapter of his epistle. His statement has been appealed to many times to support the idea that works are necessary for eternal salvation.

Sometimes the claim is made that unless faith is followed by good works, the believer loses eternal life. At other times, a more subtle approach is taken. If a professing Christian does not manifest good works, he was never a true believer to begin with. Whatever James is saying, however, it can be neither of these ideas.


Dead Faith Is Like A Corpse:
It Was Once Alive

The second view, just mentioned, is so forced and artificial that if it were not maintained by obviously sincere men, it might be called dishonest. According to this view, a dead faith cannot save. Therefore, if a man lacks the crucial evidence of good works, it shows that this is all he has ever possessed - a dead faith.

This flies directly into the face of the text. In James 2:26 the writer affirms:

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

No one who encountered a dead body, whose life-giving spirit had departed, would ever conclude that the body had never been alive. Quite the contrary. The presence of a corpse is the clearest proof of a loss of life. If we allow this illustration to speak for itself, then the presence of a dead faith shows that this faith was once alive.

The Unanswerable Question

“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; how shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him.” (Hebrews 2:1-3) It is a recognized fact that one of the best hods of teaching is by...

God's Way of Salvation

“I Pray Thee Have Me Excused” A distinguished person in the East, at great expense, provided a sumptuous feast, and invited many. When the time came for the arrival of the guests, they all absented themselves, and sent excuses. The fact was, they did not wish to go, and, not having the courage to say, “We won’t,” they said, “We cannot.” Whatever mav have been their reasons for refusing to speak out their minds and attend the feast, their excuses were ext...
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