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Man's Utter Inability to Recover Himself

by Thomas Boston

Updated English

For when we were still without strength, at the appointed time Christ died for the ungodly.—Romans 5:6. 

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.—John 5:44.

How Faith Helps Against the Fear of Man: Explored in Fifteen Aspects

by Jeremiah Burroughs

First, let us discuss where the power of faith lies in helping us overcome the fear of man.

Much has been said about the power of faith in assisting us through sufferings. However, we now have several points to address regarding the power of faith in combating the fear of man.

A Gospel Primer

How may a sinful man approach God? (Exodus 3:5) Does God require perfect obedience to His law in order to achieve the righteousness He demands of us?

Practical Ways to Honor Others

Honour encompasses various aspects and actions:

1) Charitable constructions of men's actions: This involves giving others the benefit of the doubt and interpreting their actions in the best possible light. It prevents us from hastily judging others as wicked, false, or graceless based on little information. Instead, it encourages us to refrain from harsh conclusions about others and to withhold negative judgments unless we have sufficient knowledge.

The Benefit of Confession

While tending to my workday duties this past week I found my mind wandering down a familiar path. I had been thinking about significant people that have contributed, in one way or another, to my well being as a person. As I continued to ruminate several people came to mind that I need to reach out to. There is some important and unfinished business that needs to be recognized and tended to, and that will only happen if I initiate it. 

Salvation Perspectives: Contrasting Legalism, Antinomianism, and the Biblical Gospel through Prayer

The theological discourse surrounding the doctrines of legalism, antinomianism, and the Gospel is of utmost importance. This short essay aims to clarify the distinctions between these three concepts by examining the underlying attitudes of individuals belonging to each category during the process of salvation, using prayers as a means to convey their respective dispositions. Here are three illustrations using prayer to contrast two false understandings of the gospel with a true one:

1) Lord, I have forsaken my sin, committed my life to you, now accept me. (legalism)

Church Discipline: A Theological Exposition on the Necessity and Practice within the Reformed Tradition

In the sacred sphere of Christian community, the pursuit of holiness is of paramount importance, as it reflects the image and character of the divine. The visible Church, as a collective body of believers, is entrusted with the solemn responsibility of nurturing and maintaining the spiritual well-being of its members. This duty entails the practice of church discipline, a vital aspect of ecclesiastical life rooted in the Reformed theological tradition. 

What is the Calvinistic interpretation of salvation in Luke 8:12?


I have a new question and I have not found an answer so I ask you for help.

The question is from an Arminian perspective and I have difficulty defending my Calvinistic interpretation of salvation in LUKE 8:12:

If un-regenerated men are utterly, totally, and completely unable to respond to the gospel presented in any fashion until first being born-again, then why would Satan steal the word from their heart to prevent them from believing and being saved (like Jesus said) if they are totally unable to do so?