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The Forgotten Trinity: Grow in this bedrock doctrine and glorify your Triune God

The Forgotten Trinity:
Grow in this bedrock doctrine and glorify your Triune God

Click here to listen to sermon 5/16/10

Where do you think the cults get the majority of their members?

Some people might think that the bulk of their membership come from the un-churched masses. However, that is not the case. The cults get their people from members of mainline orthodox Christian churches. The cults know that Trinitarian churches are fertile soil for their proselytizing because the pastors in these churches have not taught their members the Biblical doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

Consequently, the people in these orthodox churches have no discernment they do not know that the One God of the Bible is Triune in nature. And that means that the One God of Scripture eternally exist in Three Persons.

The Trinity In You – For Life and Godliness

The Trinity in You

For Life and Godliness

Click Here for sermon 5/23/10 audio

W. Tozer begins his book The Knowledge of the Holy saying, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” This comment follows what he states in the preface, “It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound and our inward attitudes right while our idea of God is erroneous or inadequate. If we would bring back spiritual power to our lives, we must begin to think of God more nearly as He is.”

It is tragic that so few Christians have not learned the doctrine of the Trinity. Since God is the fountainhead of all life and reality then if a Christian does not learn the doctrine of God then they have missed the key to understanding everything.

One of the most important keys to understanding the Christian life is to learn that the Trinity is in every Christian.

Purpose: To learn from Scripture that each member of the Holy Trinity is in you for the purpose of life and godliness.

A Guide for Young Christians

A Guide for Young Christians

John W. Robbins

When God saves us sinners, he causes us to believe certain propositions about himself and about ourselves—ideas that we formerly thought were not true. In an instant, God resurrects us from the spiritual death of unbelief and makes us understand and believe the truth about both Jesus Christ and ourselves. Scripture refers to this event by using several figures of speech: being born again, being born from above, enlightening the mind, being resurrected from the dead, and giving us a heart of flesh for our heart of stone. What this figurative language literally means (and if you do not know what figurative language literally means, you do not know what it means) is that God affects our minds directly, causing us to accept as true, ideas we formerly thought were not true. He gives truth—figuratively called “light” in Scripture—directly to our minds.

One God and Three Persons

One God and Three Persons:
Believe it or goto Hell

Sermon Online – 5/2/10

There is nothing more basic to Christianity than the doctrine of the Holy trinity.

If you reject the Scriptural doctrine of the trinity then you are not a Christian and are in danger of burning in hell for all of eternity. Hence, that is why I chose the title of the sermon. Moreover, to deny the Biblical doctrine of the trinity is to blaspheme the very nature of God and to supplant His cogent, clear revelation about His tri-personal Being with deceptive, damnable, man-made imaginations about God. More specifically, to reject the trinity is to reject the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. And if Christ is not God Almighty from all of eternity as a distinct Person from God the Father then there can be no salvation for anyone.

Why? It is because the Scripture unequivocally states that the God/Man is the only mediator between God the Father and man.

1Ti 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,

Consequently, it is of the upmost importance that Christians be able to define and defend this touchstone doctrine of Christianity. Today tens of thousands of people are being led astray by false preachers who deny the doctrine of the trinity. Christians that are ignorant of the Scriptures concerning the doctrine of the trinity cannot recognize a false statement about the trinity because they have never learned what the Scripture truly says about this fundamental doctrine.

False Shepherds: A Clear and Present Danger

False Shepherds: A Clear and Present Danger

We said last week that we know that we are under God’s judgment in America because God has turned us over to wicked politicians. Similarly, we also know that we are under God’s judgment because God has turned the nation over to wicked pastors. We have a far greater problem than a political problem in America as grave as that problem is, we have a pulpit problem. False shepherds are leading the sheep to the slaughter. Israel went into captivity because the shepherds stopped feeding God’s people the truth.

Isa 5:13 Therefore my people have gone into captivity, Because they have no knowledge; Their honorable men are famished, And their multitude dried up with thirst.

Jer 23:1 “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says the LORD.

Jer 23:2 Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,” says the LORD.

Jer 23:4 I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the LORD.

Purpose: To learn from Scripture how to distinguish a false shepherd from a true shepherd and to develop discernment in choosing a church that represents historical, biblical Christianity.

God and Logic

God and Logic

Gordon H. Clark

In thinking about God, Calvinists almost immediately repeat the Shorter Catechism and say, “God is a spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable.” Perhaps we do not pause to clarify our ideas of spirit, but hurry on to the attributes of “wisdom, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.” But pause: Spirit, Wisdom, Truth. Psalm 31:5 addresses God as “O Lord God of truth.John 17:3 says,” This is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God….” 1 John 5:6 says, “the Spirit is truth.” Such verses as these indicate that God is a rational, thinking being whose thought exhibits the structure of Aristotelian logic.

If anyone objects to Aristotelian logic in this connection-and presumably he does not want to replace it with the Boolean-Russellian symbolic logic-let him ask and answer whether it is true for God that if all dogs have teeth, some dogs-spaniels-have teeth? Do those who contrast this “merely human logic” with a divine logic mean that for God all dogs may have teeth while spaniels do not? Similarly, with “merely human” arithmetic: two plus two is four for man, but is it eleven for God? Ever since Bernard distrusted Abelard, it has been a mark of piety in some quarters to disparage “mere human reason”; and at the present time existentialistic, neo-orthodox authors object to “straight-line” inference and insist that faith must “curb” logic. Thus they not only refuse to make logic an axiom, but reserve the right to repudiate it. In opposition to the latter view, the following argument will continue to insist on the necessity of logic; and with respect to the contention that Scripture cannot be axiomatic because logic must be, it will be necessary to spell out in greater detail the meaning of Scriptural revelation.

Now, since in this context verbal revelation is a revelation from God, the discussion will begin with the relation between God and logic. Afterward will come the relation between logic and the Scripture. And finally the discussion will turn to logic in man.

A Systematic Theology

We study theology systematically. This helps us to understand complete doctrines. It helps us to see scripture as a comprehensive text and not disjointed verses. God gave us scripture to understand who He is and to understand who we are. There are many ways to systematically study the bible. We look at all the verses of the bible that touch on the doctrine and study them all together.

The Attributes of God

Theology Proper is about learning more about who God really is. Studying the attributes of God is a way of honoring God. God wants us to know who He is. God is the manifestation of His attributes. God has told us everything He wants us to know about Him in His Word. The God of the bible is not a God we can fully know or understand comprehensively but He does not leave our knowledge of Him to our imagination either. There is a wonderful book writtern by Arthur W. Pink called The Attributes of God that explores who God is. I have included the preface below and the table of contents.

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