MacArthur on ” TBN “

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John discusses TBN and so-called “Christian TV programming” The real Bible teachers are few and far between, unfortunately.
Unholy Trinity
Friday, Dec 11, 2009

(By John MacArthur)

I don’t watch much television, and when I do I generally avoid the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). For many years TBN has been dominated by faith-healers, full-time fund-raisers, and self-proclaimed prophets spewing heresy. I wrote about the false gospel they proclaim and the phony miracles they pretend to do almost two decades ago in Charismatic Chaos (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992. See especially chapter 12). I had my fill of charismatic televangelism while researching that book, and I can hardly bear to watch it any more.

Recently, however, while recovering from knee-replacement surgery, I decided to sample some of the current fare on TBN. From a therapeutic point of view it seemed a good choice: something more excruciating than the pain in…

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What Must I Do To Be Saved ?

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What must I do to be saved?

“What must I do to be saved?” is the question the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas. Paul and Silas answered with the Gospel: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:30, 31). The Gospel is all of God’s grace and simple, but many stumble on it, for it goes against our desire to do something ourselves to save ourselves. Rather it is Good News, because Jesus has done it all – it is His person and work a person must look to and believe. Jesus is the Son of God, perfect and without sin, who suffered the punishment due to his people on the cross and the wrath of God due to them that they might enter into direct communion with God once again. This substitutionary sacrifice for his people’s sin, foreshadowed in…

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Can A Christian Lose His Salvation ? …. God’s Word Says “NO “

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Good Theological Review

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A Brief Comparative Study of:
Arminianism and Calvinism
Arminianism Calvinism
Free-Will or Human Ability

Although human nature was seriously affected by the fall, man has not been left in a state of total spiritual helplessness. God graciously enables every sinner to repent and believe, but He does not interfere with man’s freedom. Each sinner possesses a free will, and his eternal destiny depends on how he uses it. Man’s freedom consists of his ability to choose good over evil in spiritual matters; his will is not enslaved to his sinful nature. The sinner has the power to either cooperate with God’s Spirit and be regenerated or resist God’s grace and perish. The lost sinner needs the Spirit’s assistance, but he does not have to be regenerated by the Spirit before he can believe, for faith is man’s act and precedes the new birth. Faith is the sinner’s gift…

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The REAL Issue in God’s Sovereignty

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If God is so powerful and so good, why do bad things happen?

Until you know how to ask the question, you will never understand the answer. This is  a valuable answer to an age-old question.

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Re-Thinking the ‘Altar Call’ courtesy of Old

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Altar Calls In The First 1800 Years Of The Church

One may read thousands of pages of the history of the Christian Church without finding a single reference to the ‘old-fashioned altar call’ before the 19th century. Most Christians are surprised to learn that history before the time of Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) knows nothing of this type of ‘invitation’.

The practice of urging men and women to make a physical movement at the conclusion of a meeting was introduced by Mr. Finney in the second decade of the nineteenth century. Dr. Albert B. Dod, a professor of theology at Princeton Seminary at the time of Mr. Finney’s ministry, pointed out the newness of the practice and showed that this method was without historical precedent.

The preceding words are from James E. Adams’ work entitled
“Decisional Regeneration”. Adam’s historical review continues . . .

In his review of Finney’s Lectures…

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The Plain Gospel is Simple yet So Important !

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What is the Gospel?

The gospel is not something man made up or a well-informed opinion, but is good news directly revealed from Almighty God regarding what He has done in Jesus Christ to rescue all those who have called on His name. The Gospel is the news that Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, the Righteous One, died for our sins and rose again for our justification, eternally triumphing over all his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe. It is a declaration about what He has done, not what what we are to do. It is a divine rescue, a complete deliverance … not advice, not a moral improvement program, nor a philosophy of life, since what we need is sovereign mercy, not assistance.

The whole frame of the house is rotten and corrupt and nothing of the old frame will serve…

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