Why Be Concerned About T. B. Joshua & His Heresies?


T. B. Joshua’s so called “Holy Water”

I still fail to understand why so many so called Christians (including pastors) are enamored by T. B. Joshua and his teachings.

In this post, I want to speak to my fellow pastors – especially those of you who are closer to the situation than I am – please dear brothers, remember the words of Titus 1:9 where the Apostle Paul in talking about the qualifications and responsibilities of church elders/overseers writes, “He must hold firm to the trustworthy Word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”

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Only One Gospel

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed (Galatians 1:6-9 ESV).”

In the verses quoted above, the Apostle Paul lays down a very important doctrine regarding the Christian faith and gospel.  He does this to press upon the Galatians a proper sense of guilt in rejecting the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  More specifically, he sharply rebukes them for not embracing the doctrine of justification by faith in Jesus Christ alone (see Galatians 2:15-16, 21; 3:10-14).  The Galatians had fallen prey to the Judaizers who were going around teaching that a false gospel based on good works which totally discounted the grace of God through Jesus Christ.  But as a good pastor, Paul does this with great care and tenderness.  He had only one goal in mind as expressed by himself in Galatians 4:19 where he passionately writes, “my little children, for whom I am in anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!”  That was Paul’s goal!  And he teaches us a very important lesson.  As Matthew Henry puts it, “In reproving others, we should be faithful, and yet endeavour to restore them in the spirit of meekness.”  We all need to pay attention to that, especially pastors like me.  We need to make sure that in rebuking and correcting people, we are not stepping over their heads and leaving so many casualties behind us unnecessarily.  We must proclaim Christ and Him alone, “admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ” (Colossians 1:28).  We must therefore speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).  But reproving we must especially on matters that have to do with the faithful teaching and communication of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In my Open Letter to the North American Churches, published in the Modern Reformation magazine I wrote, “The pure and unadulterated gospel of God’s grace is a nonnegotiable priority for the church of the Lord Jesus Christ” (March/April 2011, Vol. 20, No. 2, Pages 31-35, emphasis added).  The Apostle Paul sought to drive this truth home to the believers in Galatia without any equivocation, fear or compromise.  He was overwhelmingly fearless and sharply confrontational when it came to gospel matters demonstrated by the fact that he “opposed Peter to his face” for his compromise and hypocrisy with respect to this gospel (Galatians 2:11-14).  He suffered no one (even Peter, a fellow apostle) to tamper with the life saving truth of God’s free and justifying grace based on the merits of Jesus Christ alone.  In all of his life and ministry, Paul consistently maintained and taught the doctrine of justification by faith in Jesus Christ alone (see Romans 1:17; 3:21-22; 9:30-33; 10:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9).

Paul was of course only echoing the teaching of the Old Testament Scriptures taught (see Genesis 15:16; Habakkuk 2:4, etc).  Nowhere else do we see the unity and the apex of redemptive revelation more clearly than in the doctrine of justification by faith!   The Old Testament saints were saved by the same gospel as the saints in the New Testament era.  And that gospel is the gospel of God’s grace through His Son Jesus Christ!  Although Abraham and all the other saints lived before the coming of Christ into this world, they believed in the promise of the Messiah which God had made to them beginning with Genesis 3:15, Exodus and Leviticus, all the way to Isaiah 53 and thereafter.  All of the Old Testament sacrifices and rituals, as well as the Law and the prophets pointed to Christ as He Himself makes plain in Luke 24:25-27, 44-48.

There are two important aspects to this gospel which every Christ must know and seek to understand:  1). Christ’s active obedience, and 2). Christ’s passive obedience.  The former has to do with Christ’s perfect righteousness.  The latter has to do with His sacrificial, substitutionary/atoning death on the cross of Calvary.  Both of these were offered to the LORD God by Christ on behalf of His people.  In other words, this gospel necessitates a divine exchange between God and sinners through Christ.  Christ’s perfect record of righteousness, His faithful law-keeping before God, is imputed (transferred) to sinners and the imperfect record of sinners (their unrighteousness before God) is imputed to Him.  The Apostle Paul distils this for us when he writes in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake, He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf in order that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  This is what the Prophet Isaiah prophesied 500-700 years before Christ came when he wrote, “All we like sheep astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).

He was despised and rejected by men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.  Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But He was pierced for our transgressions;  He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed.  Isaiah 53:3-5

Although this Man was righteous and sinless in every way, He “was numbered among with the transgressors; yet He bore the sins of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12).  And thereby, Christ fulfilled His office as the Great High Priest for God’s people (Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-10).  This is the gospel that Paul was unwilling to give up.  For this gospel he was willing to die and in this gospel lay his boast (Galatians 6:14).  Let us then see to it that we heed Paul’s warning to the Galatians.  He stresses his point by repeating it in these short verses, “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8-9).

Any other “gospel” which does not point sinners to the merits of Christ’s righteousness and His atoning death on the cross of Calvary on their behalf must be passionately repudiated and clearly exposed without fear or compromise.  It is of the devil!  It is no gospel at all!  Any “gospel” that tells sinners that they can be saved and reconciled to God by being good or doing good is lethal and must be rejected without question and vehemently opposed.  Furthermore, anyone who preaches that kind of “gospel” must be “accursed” according to the Word of God.

And while we declare that to reject the moral law as a rule of life, tends to dishonour Christ, and destroy true religion, we must also declare, that all dependence for justification on good works, whether real or supposed, is as fatal to those who persist in it.  While we are zealous for good works, let us be careful not to put them in the place of Christ’s righteousness, and not to advance anything which may betray others into so dreadful a delusion (see Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary)

I can’t say it any better than that.  On the one hand, that leaves me flat on my face confessing my sins especially my self-righteous tendencies.  And I hear myself singing with Augustus M. Toplady:

Rock of ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in thee;
Let the water and the blood
From thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Cleanse me from its guilt and power.

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to thee for dress;
Helpless look to thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

On the other hand, that puts a spring in my step and I find myself leaping and shouting with Philip P. Bliss:

Man of Sorrows! What a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Indeed it is right for all who are in Christ to shout and sing:  HALLELUJAH!  WHAT A SAVIOR!

Dealing with Demonic Forces as You Follow Christ

This article has come out of a personal desire to understand the demons and the power of Satan in relation to the Christian. I have to say here at the outset that I am writing mainly for Christians (those who have put their faith and trust in God alone for their salvation). I am not addressing exorcism in this article because I do not believe that Christians can be possessed by demons.

My goal is very simple: to encourage Christians to live their lives in freedom which Christ purchased for His people on the cross of Calvary. I don’t intend to provide all the answers on this subject. I have much to learn about this subject, but what I simply intend to do is to put down my thoughts and reflections on this matter in light of what I believe Scripture teaches.

First of all, it is good to remind ourselves that Scripture teaches us that we have “an adversary, the devil” who “prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). He is the king of all demons. It is important for us to acknowledge the presence of demons and demonic forces. They operate in a realm that is inherently foreign or unfamiliar to us. Even though man is both a spiritual and a physical being, by God’s divine design, he naturally functions and operates in the physical realm.

Demons are fallen spiritual beings (angels). When Satan (also called Lucifer in Isaiah 14:12) rebelled against God and introduced sin into a universe that was once sinless, he drew with him a great number of lower celestial beings (Mat. 25:41; Rev. 12:4). These demons roam freely in the heavenly (spiritual) realm under the leadership of Beelzebub, the prince of demons (another name for Satan according to Mat. 12:24).

Demons operate as Satan’s subjects (or helpers) carrying out his evil schemes against God and His people.Their great number allows Satan to operate in multiple geographical locations at the same time even though he (Satan) himself is not omnipresent. God is omnipresent but Satan is not. Satan’s army of demons is not only large, but also very strategic in the way it goes about its activities against Christians.

This is why the Bible in Ephesians 6:11 urges Christians to “put on the whole armor of God…” in order that they may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. The Bible goes further to say, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).

It is not very clear when Satan was cast out of heaven. However, it seems that Christ’s ascension (Rev. 12:5-13) cast him out of heaven where he had been up to that time as the accuser of the brethren (see Job 1:6-11 and Rev. 12:10). Jesus Christ conquered Satan by His death and resurrection. He now sits at God’s right hand “in the heavenly places far above all rule and authority and power and dominion…” (Eph. 1:21). Christ came to “destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). Satan is defeated and there is no reason for you to live in fear of him and demons. .

Why then should we even discuss this subject? Simply because the power of evil is still real and present in this world and is constantly working against the people of God. There is a battle going on between the forces of light and the forces of evil. There is a battle between God (the Source of all good and life itself); and the Devil (the source of all evil).

Tragically, the idea of demons and the spiritual realm is regarded by many in our day (even Christians) as fiction and not reality. This is very common among the elite of society all around the globe. The devil’s cleverest trick is to make men believe that he does not exist. Christians however, need to understand that denying the existence of the devil is in essence denying the very existence of God and our need for Him. Donald Grey Barnhouse put it so well when he wrote in his book entitled, The Invisible War,

“To deny the existence of Satan leads to the denial of the existence of God as He presents Himself in the Word. To deny the existence of the true God is to deny the existence of pardon and to leave the sinner in the midst of his sin. It can readily be seen, therefore, when the enemy does not want men to think he exists. If there is no enemy, there is no preparation for defense. If there is no preparation for defense, the enemy can attack wherever he will. Conversely, of course, the denial of the existence of God carries with it a denial of the existence of Satan. The result is the same by whichever avenue the question is approached.”[1]

Every Christian needs to be well equipped with enough knowledge about this vicious dragon but also of his tactics and thereby prepare to face him when he comes with his tricks and temptations.

Just a word of caution here: I don’t think that Christians should be so obsessed in trying to understand the devil and studying his ways and in order to get an upper hand on him. He is vicious indeed. He is dangerous and will tear down those who do not take him seriously. Nevertheless, Christians should not get too obsessed with him or be too afraid of him. Yes, he is cunning and very deceptive, but he has no victory or claim upon our lives.Barnhouse writes:

“Although he is the wisest of all the creatures that ever came from the creative word of God, Satan is strictly limited in wisdom. It does not appear that Satan has originated any new ideas, plans, or methods since the time the Scripture unveiled his portrait and showed all his lineaments. It was Tertullian who wrote, about the end of the second century, Diabolus est Dei simian – the devil is God’s monkey. Certainly all that Satan can do is to imitate and copy or ape the things which he has seen God do or which he finds in the Bible as a part of the plan of God.”[2]

This reminds me of an illustration that I heard a preacher use in a sermon one time. He said that those who are being trained to detect fake money do not spend a lot of time studying all the different kinds of fake bank notes that are out there. Instead, they spend a lot of time and discipline themselves to know and study all the different features of the real ones.

Once they have all the features of the real bank notes down, it’s very easy for them to detect what is fake and identify what’s real. I think that fits in very well here. In as much as we need to be aware of the devil and arm ourselves accordingly for battle against him, we don’t need to spend too much time trying to figure out what the devil looks like, his tricks, etc. Instead, we need to spend a lot of time with God and discipline ourselves to really get to know Him. Those who know God well and have been trained by the Word to know His ways and acts will not have a hard time detecting Satan and his works when he comes to attack and tempt them.

One of the greatest ways through which the devil has affected the church of Jesus Christ today and led many believers astray is through doctrinal errors. This is a very powerful tool that the devil has used in very vicious ways time and time again in the history of the church. Through the spreading of false doctrine about God, man, salvation, etc, he has advanced and continues to advance his wicked agenda in this world which is “…steal, kill and destroy…” (John 10:10).

Merrill F. Unger, in his book entitled, Demons in the World Today writes,

“Every believer should realize that Satan can use doctrinal errors to his advantage, but he cannot overcome the Christian’s defenses in God’s Holy Word!…In the measure that we neglect or abandon the Word of God, demonism flourishes. Ignorance of biblical truth breeds gullibility. Deception is easy when the Word of God is not taught accurately. We are ready to believe anything when we cannot evaluate it in the light of biblical truth (1 John 4:1-6).”[3]

Thus it is very important that every Christian guards him/herself from false doctrine and that the appointed leaders in the church of Jesus Christ (pastors, elders, etc) be very diligent in making sure that the spirit of the antichrist does not invade the church and spread false doctrine to the detriment of the people of God.

[1] Barnhouse, Donald Grey, The Invisible War, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1965 p. 157

[2] Barnhouse, p. 144

[3] Unger, Merrill F., Demons in the World Today, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, IL, May 1972, p. 18

The Importance of Sound Doctrine, Part 3

Deuteronomy 6:4-9,

Hear, O Israel:  The LORD our God, the LORD is One.  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

This week, I would like to address the importance of doctrine with respect to parents.  If we are going to sufficiently and effectively address the lack of doctrine in our churches, we have to start with children.  Parents are to be concerned about leaving a spiritual legacy to their children for the continuation and expansion of the Church of Jesus Christ that is biblically faithful.  Christian parents must embrace their God-given responsibility to raise their children up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).  God expects Christian parents to be their children’s primary (main) teachers in all things especially when it comes to the things of God.  Sadly, many parents in the church today have abrogated this divinely-sanctioned responsibility.  They have handed their children over to Sunday school teachers at church or worse still, to their school teachers.  This is not God’s way of raising children.

When you study the history of the Jews, you will notice that the LORD God gave them very clear and strict commands regarding the ways in which they were to raise their children.  Every Jewish parent knew that his/her greatest responsibility before God with respect to the raising of his/her children was to teach them about the LORD.  In Deuteronomy 6:4, we find the Jewish creedal statement (statement or declaration of faith), “Hear, O Israel:  The LORD our God, the LORD is One.”  Every Jewish child was supposed to learn this among other things.  But this was probably one of the first things they learned about God.  Besides learning that LORD (YHWY) is the God of Israel, they also learned that there is no other God but YHWY (“…the LORD is One”).  Thus children in every Jewish family would be taught this very basic and yet very profound truth.  While the children where young, they learned to love, fear and worship God alone and they knew Him to be a personal God (their God and the God of Israel).

God expects nothing less of Christian parents today especially with the coming of Christ.  In fact, Christian parents should be even more diligent in teaching their children about the wonderful news of Christ’s salvation for sinners through His Cross.  Christ came into this world in order that He might bring all of His people (Jews and Gentiles) to the Father (YHWH).  He is the LORD our God.  He is our Savior and He expects Christian parents to communicate the wonderful truths of the gospel to their children and declare to them and with them, “Jesus is LORD.”  According to Romans 10:9-13, this is the basic statement of faith for Christians everywhere.  The LORD God spoken of in Deuteronomy 6:4, has come to us in the Person of Jesus Christ.  He is the LORD Whom we worship.

God commanded the Jews to keep their religion both in the heart as well as in their households.  They were to love God with all their heart, soul, and might.  Their love was to be sincere coming from the heart and manifested in action.  They were to love YHWH above all creatures.  They were to exercise their minds in this love by learning the deep things of God and teaching their children the same.  In Deuteronomy 6, YHWH gave them very specific ways of doing this.  Firstly, they were to meditate on these things constantly.  In other words, they were to hide God’s Word in their hearts (Psalm 119:9, 11).  Secondly, they were to carefully and accurately teach their children these things.  Thirdly, they were to talk about these things all the time amongst themselves in their families.  They would spend time in serious discussion of the truths of God’s laws as revealed to them in the Scriptures.  Fourthly, they were to read the Word of God constantly together.  The walls of their houses would be painted with verses from the Word of God.  They would wear it upon their wrists and that without shame because they knew that this was God’s way of guarding them and their children from sin and to direct and remind them in the ways of His truth and righteousness.

I want to encourage you Christian parents to begin taking seriously the responsibility of raising the children whom God has entrusted to you.  If you are one of those parents who have abandoned this responsibility and handed it over to the Sunday school teachers at your church or to the teachers at your children’s school, you need to repent.  Ask the Lord God to forgive you and give you the grace to reclaim the responsibility to raise the children that He has given you in His ways.

More specifically, I would like to talk to the fathers out there.  God expects you men (not your wives) to be the spiritual leaders in your families.  However, it is sad to note that in many families, the men have abandoned this God-given role.  Instead, the women are struggling to raise the children on their own without the personal involvement of their husbands.  Men, remember, your wives need you and so do your children.  You are to set the standard/example of godliness in your homes.  Not only are you required to pray for your family (wife and children) but you are to pray with them, read the Word of God to them and teach them the deep things of God, the wonderful riches that are found in Christ, our Lord.  I therefore would like to challenge all of you men reading this article, to begin today if you haven’t been doing this already.  It may be hard at the beginning, but ask the Lord to help you and you will see what a blessing this will be for you and your entire family.  Here are some suggestions for how you can start:

In the mornings:

1.    When you get up in the morning, gather your children together (I suggest soon after breakfast), before you dash off to work or they to school, etc.

2.    Offer a brief prayer and read a brief portion of Scripture (I recommend the Gospels if you are just starting)

3.    Take a minute or two to comment on the passage you read

4.    Close in prayer asking the Lord to establish His Word in your hearts

In the evenings:

1.    Gather your family together (I suggest soon after supper), or just before you all go off to bed

2.    Sing some spiritual songs with your children (Psalms, Hymns or Praise Choruses)

3.    Pray the Lord’s Prayer with your family – all of you together

4.    Read a portion of God’s Word (I recommend from the Gospels if you are just starting)

5.    Sing another song or two

6.    Close in prayer – praying for the entire family with their specific individual (spiritual and physical) needs – committing each one of your family members to the Lord

7.    Then you can all go to bed peacefully

As a husband and now a father, I take this responsibility very seriously.  It is no longer a duty but it has, over time, become a great delight.  I thank the Lord for my own father and mother who modeled this for me and my siblings.  I am now seeking with God’s help to do the same for my wife and daughter.  TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!

The Importance of Sound Doctrine, Part 2

In last week’s post, I highlighted and stressed the absolute necessity of doctrine in relation to the Christian faith and life.  Every Christian has a responsibility to study the deep things of God in order to gain a more solid foundation for his faith.  The reason many Christians are so shallow and unstable is because they have not taken the time to sink their spiritual roots deep into the Word of God and all that He has revealed to us through His Son Jesus Christ.  It is thus not surprising that many of such Christians are easily carried away by every wind of doctrine.  This is a great tragedy that has plagued many churches across the country.  We need to pray for the awakening of holy desires for the deep things of God in our churches by the work of the His Holy Spirit.

This week, I would like to address the need for pastors to diligently study the Scriptures and Christian doctrine in order to feed their own souls and the souls of the people whom God has put under their charge.  Every pastor must discipline himself to diligently study Christian doctrine not only for academic purposes but rather for ministerial purposes – in other words for the sake of his own soul and the souls of those entrusted to him.  The best thing that any pastor can do for himself and his congregation is to diligently pursue and strive for purity of doctrine and purity of conduct (character).  These two things are absolutely indispensable and inseparable in a faithful pastoral ministry.  Purity of doctrine (doctrinal purity) is the basis for purity of conduct (moral purity).  Moral purity flows from doctrinal purity.  If you believe the right things you (by way of consequence) will do the right thing.  We must always start with doctrine.  Doctrinal soundness always precedes moral uprightness.

The apostle Paul, admonished Timothy his young protégé with these words, “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching (doctrine).  Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers (1 Timothy 4:16 – the words in parenthesis mine).  That’s how important purity of doctrine and purity of life are!  Paul says to Timothy, “…by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”  This does not mean that pastors or preachers have the power to save anyone in and of themselves.  Salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9).   Rather, it means that the Lord God has chosen to use preachers to save His people because “faith comes by hearing and hearing through the Word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).  God is pleased to save the lost through what the Bible calls “the foolishness of what is preached” (1 Corinthians 1:21).

God has appointed pastors to serve as instruments in His hands for the salvation of sinners and for the sanctification[1] of the saints.[2]  This is surely a very high calling.  No wonder James says, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (James 3:1).  God has entrusted to pastors His Word which is a means of condemnation to some and a means of salvation to others.  What an awesome responsibility!  The Apostle Paul reflecting on this very thing writes in 2 Corinthians 2, “For we are the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life…” (vv. 15-16a).  Then he asks, “Who is sufficient for these things?” (verse 16b).  And of course the answer is “No one!  Except of course, by the grace of God!”  However, the Apostle Paul goes on to say in verse 17, “…We are not, like so many peddlers of God’s Word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.”

Tragically, there are many pastors today who are peddling and trifling with the Word of God to their own and their congregation’s loss and detriment.  These pastors have not cultivated the discipline of prayerful, careful and diligent study of God’s Word for the growth and nourishment of their own souls and for the benefit of the people to whom they preach week after week.  What a tragedy!

To my fellow pastors, I would like to offer this humble exhortation from the Apostle Paul, “Study to show yourself approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).  Do your best and depend on the grace of God to help you in this area.

In closing, I would like to offer three suggestions of where you can begin to cultivate the discipline of prayerful, careful and diligence study of Christian doctrine in your own life and ministry:

1.    Begin with a prayerful and careful study of the Bible – saturate your heart and mind with the Word of God and go deep with Him.

2.    Study Systematic Theology – you can find a lot of helpful resources online for free.  You can start with this website: http://www.monergism.com/directory/link_category/Systematic-Theology/

3.    Listen to doctrinally sound preachers and learn from them – I recommend the following:

a.    John Piper:  www.desiringgod.org

b.    R. C. Sproul:  www.ligonier.org

c.    Alistair Begg:  www.truthforlife.org

If you are not a pastor, I encourage you to share this with your pastor(s) and pray for them as they carry out the formidable task of preaching God’s Word in your congregation.  Do not despise them – empathize with them and pray for God’s grace to help them grow and develop a strong appetite for doctrinal faithfulness to the glory of God, the honor of His Word and the good of His Church.


[1]“Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness” (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q & A 35).

[2]“And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Ephesians 4:11-14).