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"Holding fast the Faithful Word as he hath
been taught, that he may be able by Sound Doctrine both to exhort and to convince
Sound Doctrine is more crucial to the health of
the True Saints and to the identification of the Antichrist than has been emphasized
by the shepherds of the Flock... Why the aversion to Sound Doctrine? Since doctrine
is the foundation and marching orders for all conduct, then Sound Doctrine must be
hated by those who are unwilling to change their conduct... It will not be possible to take
the professed people of God captive without their first departing from Sound Doctrine.
--excerpt from "Antichrist Shall Come" ---New Window.
"See that you preach a full gospel.
Do not satisfy yourselves, my brethren, with the mere conversion of sinners. Aim
at the entire and universal sanctification of saints. Preach a gospel suited to this
end. Show what is 'the length, and breadth, and height, and depth of the love of
God,' and that he 'is able and willing to do exceedingly abundantly above all that
we can ask or think.' Preach not justification merely, but sanctification, in all
its length and breadth.
You ought to understand, brethren, that the doctrine of justification by faith, as
it is now generally held by the orthodox churches, is a modern invention, and was
unknown to the ancient church. It is this, that men are justified by faith in Christ,
while they are not sanctified. In other words, that faith is so substituted for holiness,
that they are accounted as righteous, while in fact they are not so, but are living
in the daily and hourly practice of sin.
The doctrine of the primitive Church was, that men are made righteous by faith. In
other words, that they are sanctified, or made holy, by faith, and that they were
justified only so far as they were made just by the grace of God through faith. Now
this must be the truth. And take heed to the doctrine, brethren, that you do not
convey the idea, that men are justified while living in sin."
"Ordination" by C. G. Finney, "The Oberlin Evangelist" ---New Window, Lectures of
An Urgent Call to
Christian Perfection ---New Window
An Exposition of the Doctrine of Christian Perfection
by Tom Stewart
Call it perfection. Call it sanctification. Call it holiness.
The issue isn't what you call it.What's important is that you do it.
"Christ insists upon our perfection here and now.
After all, the only reason why we ought to insist upon any doctrine is because our
LORD and Teacher insists upon it. 'Be ye therefore perfect,
even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect' (Matthew 5:48). I am well aware
that our beloved brother Paul plainly warns us as he did Timothy:
'If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome
words, even the words of our LORD Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according
to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes
of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmising, perverse disputings
of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness;
from such withdraw thyself' (1Timothy
6:3-5). I, too, desire to consent to wholesome words
and to the doctrine which is according to Godliness. For this reason, I am writing
to you to set forth the doctrine of Christian perfection (or, entire sanctification).
Simply put, Christian perfection is to appropriate Christ by faith in all of His
offices, capacities, and relations to meet our every need in life... 'Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith' (Hebrews 12:20, Who 'shall supply all [our] need according to His riches
in glory by Christ Jesus' (Philippians
4:19), Who is our 'Jehovah
22:14) (literally, the LORD will provide)."
Must We Then Sin? ---New Window
Or, A Response to the Doctrine of Sin Nature or the Doctrine of Original Sin
Or, A Clarification of What is Sin, Why We Sin, and How Not to Sin
by Tom Stewart
"Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His Seed remaineth in him:
and he cannot sin, because he is born of God"
The present, woeful ignorance of the Laodicean Church
concerning the LORD Jesus Christ, has begotten a necessity to sin and to entertain
all the worst sins of the world, while professing themselves to be "rich,
and increased with goods, and have need of nothing"
This Doctrine of Sin Nature or Original Sin has become an indispensable article of
faith to the modern Church, but it has been, and still is, a refuge and excuse for
sin and sinning, an unbearable "yoke of bondage" (Galatians 5:1),
and an impediment to any attempt to live apart from sin. "For
it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness,
than, after they have known it, to turn from the Holy Commandment delivered
unto them" (2Peter 2:21).
"The dogma of constitutional moral depravity, is a part
and parcel of the doctrine of a necessitated will. It is a branch of a grossly false
and heathenish philosophy. How infinitely absurd, dangerous, and unjust, then, to
embody it in a standard of Christian doctrine, to give it the place of an indispensable
article of faith, and denounce all who will not swallow its absurdities, as heretics.
O, shame!" (from Charles G. Finney's "Lectures
on Systematic Theology", Lecture XLI (41) on "Moral Depravity" ---New Window).
May the Merciful God allow you to "adorn the doctrine
of God our Saviour in all things" (Titus 2:10).
Restraining Influence of the Holy Spirit ---New
by Tom Stewart
"Surely the wrath of man shall praise Thee: the remainder of wrath shalt Thou
restrain" (Psalm 76:10).
"Even if you feel comfortable with but few charitable organizations--
and of course, do not ever contribute contrary to your conscience or sensibilities--
obvious benefit will be gained by those who will receive donated canned goods, articles
of clothing, money, etc., when you obey the Scriptural directive: 'Do
good and to communicate [Greek, koinonia, share] forget
not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased' (Hebrews
of the Atonement of Jesus Christ ---New Window
Or, Christ's Humanity Provided an Atoning Sacrifice
for the Sins of Mankind
by Tom Stewart
"And not only so, but we also joy in God through
our LORD Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the Atonement" (Romans 5:11).
"At this moment, only a short time before the 'glorious
appearing of the Great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ'
(Titus 2:13), it is a retrospective of awe and wonder that we would consider again
the central, fundamental, and timeless theme of the atoning self-sacrifice of the
Creator for the well-being of rebellious and sinful man... he most majestic act of
God towards us was the Atonement of Jesus Christ on the Cross for all mankind. So
marvelous was this act of atonement, that the angels were quite eager to see how
the LORD would handle it. 'Unto whom it was revealed,
that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now
reported unto you by them that have preached the Gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost
sent down from Heaven; which things the angels desire to look into'
(1Peter 1:12). Eternity cannot exhaust our study of the love of God that was manifested
in His atonement for us."
Is The Highest Proof That Jesus Is The Messiah ---New Window
by Tom Stewart
"What evidence should satisfy the most inquisitive mind that Jesus is the Messiah?
All of humanity must be born into this world, and it will be by the hand of the Almighty
that He will take us out of this world, i.e., 'And as it is
appointed unto men once to die, but after this The Judgment' (Hebrews
9:27), so birth and death are common to man. However, who but God Alone has
the Power to resurrect from the dead? 'God hath spoken once;
twice have I heard this; that Power belongeth unto God' (Psalm
62:11). Even if a questioning mind could not settle whether Jesus resurrected
by His own Power or whether it was the Power of the Almighty to resurrect Jesus from
the dead, Why would Jehovah resurrect Jesus and thereby vindicate the claims of Jesus
of Nazareth that He would Rise again after three days, unless Jesus is
the Messiah? '3 Concerning
His Son Jesus Christ our LORD, which was made of the seed of David according to the
flesh; 4 and declared to be the
Son of God with Power, according to the Spirit of Holiness, by the Resurrection from
the dead' (Romans 1:3-4)."
That Ye May Know
That Ye Have Eternal Life ---New Window
Or, The Biblical Doctrine of the Assurance of Salvation
Or, Only Those Who Abide in Christ May Know That They Have Eternal Life
by Tom Stewart
"These things have I written unto you that believe on the Name of the Son of
God; that ye may know that ye have Eternal Life, and that ye may believe on the Name
of the Son of God"
Perhaps the plainest statement of Scripture that any
may use to determine their possession of Eternal Life, is the Apostle John's letter
to his Little Children. "3 And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His Commandments.
4 He that saith, I know
Him, and keepeth not His Commandments, is a liar, and the Truth is not in him" (1John 2:3-4). Present obedience means you truly possess Eternal
Life, while present disobedience means you are a liar. "And
all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:
which is the Second Death" (Revelation 21:8).
He That Endureth to
the End Shall Be Saved ---New Window
Or, The Biblical Doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints
Or, Endurance is Necessary for Eternal Salvation
by Tom Stewart
"And ye shall be hated of all men for My Name's
sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved"
In our enthusiasm to promote God's Simple Plan of Salvation, we have made anathema
any suggestion that the Scripture demands anything beyond the simple requirement
to believe... The desire to protect Gospel Salvation from the Judaizers, who wrongly
made the keeping of the Ceremonial Law of the Old Testament necessary for Salvation,
has caused the Gospel requirement of persevering in faith, continuing in Christ,
holding fast our confidence in Christ, or enduring to the end, to be laid aside from
the claims of the Primitive Gospel. "We
are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast
unto the end" (Hebrews
You may ask, "Don't you believe in the Eternal Security of the Believer?"
Most certainly, I do. "And I give unto them Eternal
Life; and they shall never perish" (John 10:28). But, we are
nowhere to confuse the Security of the Believer with the Insecurity that Rightfully
Belongs to ANY Sinner. "Whosoever abideth
in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him" (1John 3:6).
The self-deception of sin persuades the one who professes to know Jesus Christ that
they have already been saved, even though they presently continue in unrepented sin.
"In this the children of God are manifest,
and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not
of God" (1John 3:10)...
Persevering to the end is part of Saving Faith; and therefore, it is a condition
of Eternal Salvation. Holding fast our faith (or, "confidence") is the same as enduring. "But Christ as a Son over His own house; Whose house are we,
if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end" (Hebrews 3:6)...
The faith that believes that it is not necessary to endure to the end as a
condition of Eternal Salvation prepares the Church for the Apostasy or Falling
Away of the End Times... A cardinal tenet of faith is:
"According to your faith be it unto you" (Matthew 9:29). And, if we allow and prepare ourselves to fall away from the
faith-- ever so briefly-- we will fall away! "For
as he thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7)... Not only
is it necessary for the Saints to endure or persevere to the end; but at the same
time, both the Father and the Son have promised to preserve those who "continue in the faith". "...no man is able to pluck them out
of My Father's hand" (John
10:29). This relationship where the Saints Endure
While God Preserves was best expressed by the LORD Jesus:
"My Father worketh hitherto, and I work" (John 5:17)...
Love is the motivation to endure to the end, but faith is the means to carry it
out. "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision
availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by Love" (Galatians 5:6). Faith or confidence in the character of God is the only
thing we can do to please God. "But without
faith it is impossible to please Him..." (Hebrews 11:6). How can
we ever mature without an ever increasing confidence in the character of God? And,
how can we increase in confidence, if we do not persevere? "If
ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established"
Considering what the LORD Jesus did for us on the Cross, how can we justify sinning
against Him? "Against Thee, Thee only, have
I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight..." (Psalm 51:4). Further, if we
cannot bear to offend the Lamb of God, would it not be unreasonable for the LORD
to preserve us in holiness?
Significance of Charles G. Finney's Disinterested Benevolence
Or, God Loves All, But Only the Lovingly Obedient Go to Heaven
by Tom Stewart
"Love is the fulfilling of the Law"
"The great opportunity of properly understanding
the love of God, which Charles Grandison Finney faithfully expounded to the Church
with the terms 'disinterested benevolence' and the 'love of complacency', is that
individual Christians may enter into the covenant blessings of the New Testament
by knowledgeably embracing the Spirit of God, Who will work
'in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure' (Philippians 2:13). 'That the blessing of Abraham might
come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the Promise of the
Spirit through faith' (Galatians
3:14). Instead of waiting for the Hereafter to see the
Promises of God fulfilled, we can and ought to embrace them now. 'As
for Me, this is My Covenant with them, saith the LORD; My Spirit that is upon thee,
and My Words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor
out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the
LORD, from henceforth and for ever' (Isaiah
59:21). We ought to resist the impulse of misdirected
teachings that make the giving of the Holy Spirit only a past event to an Institutional
Church, but that the very purpose of the gift of the Holy Spirit, is that the God
of love will 'abide with [us]
for ever' (John 14:16).
of Moral Action ---New Window
FROM THE 1878 EDITION OF LECTURES ON SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY
"UNITY OF MORAL ACTION"
by Charles G. Finney
"Obedience cannot be partial in the sense
that the subject ever does, or can, partly obey and partly disobey at the same time.
That is, consecration, to be real, must be, for the time being, entire and universal... Can the will at the same time choose opposite
and conflicting ultimate ends? While one ultimate end is chosen, can the will choose
anything inconsistent with this end?... Sin is the supreme preference of self-gratification.
Holiness is the supreme preference of the good of being. Can then two supreme preferences
coexist in the same mind? It is plainly impossible to make opposite choices at the
same time, that is, to choose opposite and conflicting ultimate ends."
Is Faith the
Only Condition for Eternal Salvation? ---New Window
Or, The Biblical Doctrine of Justification by Faith
by Tom Stewart
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth
My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath Everlasting Life, and shall not
come into condemnation; but is passed from Death unto Life"
Faith is anything but passive, for
"by faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received
the Promises offered up his only begotten son"
Faith is so bound up in the Other Conditions for our Justification, that to knowingly
omit those other conditions, would declare our faith to be dead. "Faith without works is dead"
All the Other Conditions of our Justification are part of Evangelical Faith and
are conditions for Eternal Salvation. These conditions may properly be called
the Works of Faith, such as, perseverance (which is a description of those who follow
Jesus to Heaven). "Then said Jesus to those Jews
which believed on Him, If ye continue in My Word, then are ye My disciples
Your Faith ---New Window
Or, The Fundamental Rule of Conduct for the Kingdom of God
by Tom Stewart
"According to your faith be it unto you"
Like a Divine Cycle, faith in the Promises teach us to trust in God, because
"all the Promises of God in [Christ Jesus] are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us"
(2Corinthians 1:20). Building Christian Confidence is not a
humanistic confidence in self, but it is the confidence that God, "that
cannot lie" (Titus 1:2), will do as He said. "God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man,
that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and
shall He not make it good?" (Numbers 23:19). The
Apostle John wrote in his First Epistle that his purpose in writing, like a Divine
Cycle, was to those who had already believed on the LORD Jesus, that they may further
understand Him, that they would be encouraged to further trust Him.
"These things have I written unto you that believe on the Name of the
Son of God; that ye may know that ye have Eternal Life, and that ye may believe
on the Name of the Son of God" (1John 5:13)...
Faith is inescapably tied to the Promises. "That ye be
not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the Promises"
(Hebrews 6:12). The LORD will take us at whatever level of
Spiritual development that we possess, and He will give further revelations of Himself,
His Word, and His character. "He that hath My Commandments,
and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of
My Father, and I will love Him, and will manifest Myself to Him" (John 14:21).
Beauty of Holiness ---New Window
Or, Beautiful Holiness: The Fruit of Loving Obedience
by Katie Stewart
"O worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness"
"What Beauty is found in Holiness? The LORD. 'Let the Beauty of the LORD our God be upon us'
And what Beauty 'upon us'
does He work? 'Establish
Thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish Thou it' (90:17).
The beautiful 'work' of
Holy living God will 'establish...
upon us'... And Love? Well, Love is the 'greatest' (1Corinthians
13:13) of all spiritual assets, and without Love, we
are 'nothing' (13:2).
Love is the motive for Holy living. On Love, the whole Moral Law of God is suspended.
'37 Jesus said... Thou shalt LOVE the LORD
thy God with ALL thy heart, and with ALL thy soul, and with ALL thy mind. 38 This
is the first and Great Commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou
shalt LOVE thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two Commandments hang
ALL the Law and the prophets' (Matthew 22:37-40)... Of what value is law, if it is not
esteemed and obeyed? God obeys His Law, and He expects the same of us... Holiness is the state we're
in when we love God with our joyful obedience. 'For
this is the LOVE of God, that we KEEP His Commandments: and His Commandments
are not grievous' (1John
5:3). Holiness is beautiful because it is the fruit
Over Temptation ---New Window
by Tom Stewart
"For we have not an High Priest which cannot be
touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as
we are, yet without sin"
"The choices we make when faced with the temptation to not love God's
Word or to speak of ourselves, is the difference between holiness and sin. 'For we have not an High Priest [Jesus]
which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in ALL points
tempted like as we are, yet WITHOUT sin' (Hebrews 4:15).
That holy struggle to overcome the temptation to sin was fought by our Elder
Brother, the LORD Jesus. 'For both He that sanctifieth and
they who are sanctified are all of One: for which cause He is not ashamed to call
them brethren' (2:11). Our High Priest told His disciples
at the Last Supper, 'Ye are they which have continued with
Me in My temptations' (Luke 22:28)."
Faith ---New Window
by Charles G. Finney
LECTURE V. EXTRACTED FROM LECTURES TO PROFESSING
"Gospel Justification is not the imputed
righteousness of Jesus Christ. Under the gospel, sinners are not justified
by having the obedience of Jesus Christ set down to their account, as if He had obeyed
the law for them, or in their stead. It is not an uncommon mistake to suppose that
when sinners are justified under the gospel they are accounted righteous in the eye
of the law, by having the obedience or righteousness of Christ imputed to them. I
have not time to go into an examination of this subject now. I can only say that
this idea is absurd and impossible, for this reason, that Jesus Christ was bound
to obey the law for himself, and could no more perform works of supererogation, or
obey on our account, than anybody else. Was it not His duty to love the Lord his
God, with all His heart and soul and mind and strength, and to love His neighbor
as himself? Certainly; and if He had not done so, it would have been sin. The only
work of supererogation He could perform was to submit to sufferings that were not
deserved. This is called His obedience unto death, and this is set down to our account.
But if His obedience of the law is set down to our account, why are we called on
to repent and obey the law ourselves? Does God exact double service, yes, triple
service, first to have the law obeyed by the surety for us, then that He must suffer
the penalty for us, and then that we must repent and obey ourselves? No such thing
is demanded. It is not required that the obedience of another should be imputed to
us. All we owe is perpetual obedience to the law of benevolence. And for this there
can be no substitute. If we fail of this we must endure the penalty, or receive a
A Little Leaven ---New
by Tom Stewart
"Doctrine is important, because it is the encapsulation of our understanding
of the things "which are most surely believed among us"
(Luke 1:1). It is necessary to defend the doctrines that
ought to be believed. "Beloved, when I gave all diligence
to write unto you of the Common Salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you,
and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the Faith which was once delivered
unto the Saints" (Jude 3). Each generation is commissioned,
not only to "teach all nations" (Matthew
28:19), but to pass "Sound Doctrine"
(Titus 2:1) on to the succeeding generations, in its purest
form. "6 And
these Words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 and thou shalt teach them diligently unto
thy children, and shalt talk of them
when thou sittest in thine house,
and when thou walkest by the way,
and when thou liest down,
and when thou risest up"
The only true method of maintaining pure doctrine, is to live it
before our children; and ensure that they likewise live what they profess to have
received. "And the things that thou hast heard of me among
many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach
others also" (2Timothy 2:2).
In geometry, two lines on the same plane that do not intersect are said to be parallel.
When attempting to draw two parallel lines with a straightedge, the slightest amount
of error will eventually see the two lines intersect, if extended far enough. The
same is true of doctrine that is not backed by a "living-loving" faith,
i.e., hypocritical practice will collide with dead doctrine. "Be
ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ" (1Corinthians
11:1). In truth, we must guard ourselves from receiving or introducing the
slightest amount of error in the doctrine that we believe. "Beware
lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of
men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ" (Colossians
2:8). Only the Spirit of Truth can preserve us from the leaven of error.
"A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump"
(Galatians 5:9). We, then, should rest confident that the Holy
Spirit can address us from His Word, teaching us "Sound
Doctrine" (Titus 2:1), if we are willing. "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine,
whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself" (John
("From the Editor's Desktop"
Perfection ---New Window
by Katie Stewart
God's promise of victory over sin, and our responsibility regarding
that wonderful offer.
"For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the
to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is
PERFECT toward Him"
(2 Chronicles 16:9 ).
He Will Subdue Our Iniquities ---New Window
Or, How God Makes Normal Christians to Walk Without Sinning
Or, How Anyone Can Be Ready to Meet God at Any Time
by Tom Stewart
How can anyone speak of walking without sinning, without being completely out
of touch with the human condition? The Son of Man, the LORD Jesus Christ, did exactly
that. He said, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as
your Father which is in Heaven is perfect" (Matthew
1851 English edition
The only source for these lectures came from the printed
1851 English edition of SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY by Charles Finney. This is 100% Finney
with no deletions or additions. This version has been out of print for over 100 years.
This version is the pure standard. All other versions of SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY are
taken from this version.
"More than 20 years ago, shortly after Katie and
I were married, we Providentially stumbled across
the writings of Charles G. Finney.
First, the Revival Lectures, then his Autobiography.
But, the crowning jewel to Mr. Finney's writings is the Systematic Theology.
With great zeal and trepidation we tackled the puzzles of Mr. Finney's tight reasoning.
At times, it left us completely embarrassed and unable to come to grips with his
but, we were finally rewarded with greater understanding than we thought possible.
Only those willing to pay the price for a greater understanding
of the mind of God and His ways, will attempt to read this.
The price of understanding is willingness to put into practice whatever God teaches you.
"If any man will do His will, he shall know of
the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself" (John 7:17).
Of human writings, I cannot think of a book that has
had more profound of an effect upon Katie and I
than Finney's Systematic Theology."
"For the time will come when they will not endure
Sound Doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers,
having itching ears"
Excerpt from the "Systematic"
Lecture II. Moral Government:
"Moral law proposes but one ultimate end of pursuit
to God, and to all moral agents. All its requisitions, in their spirit, are summed
up and expressed in one word, love or benevolence. This I only announce here. It
will more fully appear hereafter. Moral law is a pure and simple idea of the reason.
It is the idea of perfect, universal, and constant consecration of the whole being,
to the highest good of being. Just this is, and nothing more nor less can be, moral
law; for just this, and nothing more nor less, is a state of heart and a course of
life exactly suited to the nature and relations of moral agents, which is the only
true definition of moral law."
PLAIN ACCOUNT OF CHRISTIAN PERFECTION ---New Window
by John Wesley
"I think it was in the latter end of the year 1740, that I had a conversation
with Dr. Gibson, then Bishop of London, at Whitehall. He asked me what I meant by
perfection. I told him without any disguise or reserve. When I ceased speaking, he
said, 'Mr. Wesley, if this be all you mean, publish it to all the world. If any one
then can confute what you say, lie may have free leave.' I answered, 'My Lord, I
will;' and accordingly wrote and published the sermon on Christian perfection."
"In this I endeavoured to show,
(1.) In what sense Christians are not,
(2.) In what sense they are, perfect."
Amazing Humanity of Jesus Christ ---New Window
Or, The Benefit of Christ's Birth
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory,
the glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father,) full of Grace and Truth"
by Tom Stewart
The Old Testament of the Scriptures is replete with
clues of God's purpose to redeem and govern mankind through the human advent of the
Divine Son of God. "6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government
and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom,
to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even
for ever. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will perform this"
(Isaiah 9:6-7). What astounds us is that the Son of God condescended to
become a man-- to suffer all the difficulties of the flesh and the human condition,
"yet without sin"
(Hebrews 4:15). Heaven will surely be filled with the Saints' praise and admiration
for so bold an act of love that the Son of Man would become human flesh and then
"lay down His life for His friends" (John 15:13). "Ye are My friends,
if ye do whatsoever I command you" (15:14).
What We Believe ---New Window
by Tom Stewart
How to Scripturally measure us.
"But speak thou the things which become Sound
"Carried about with
every wind of doctrine,
others only need to be blown upon
and away they go;
but those who
love the doctrines of grace,
because they possess
the grace of the doctrines,
stand like rocks in the midst of
Whence this stability?
'I am with thee, saith the LORD':
that is the true answer.
Jehovah will save and deliver
from all the assaults of the adversary.
Hosts are against us,
but the LORD of hosts is with us."
"Faith's Checkbook" ---New Window
A Daily Devotional by Spurgeon-
"Sin turns all God's grace
it is the dare of his justice,
the rape of his mercy,
the jeer of his patience,
the slight of his power,
and the contempt of his love."
John Bunyan's Dying Sayings ---New Window
by John Bunyan
(It is unknown who collected these.)
A collection of aphorisms
gathered and classified under headings.
They are his thoughts,
whether uttered in his last illness,
or expressed earlier in life.
Published in Offor's 1861 edition of
Abiding in Obedience, in Love
"If ye keep My Commandments, ye shall abide in My love"
"These things cannot be parted -- abiding in obedience and abiding in the love
of Jesus. A life under the rule of Christ can alone prove that we are the objects
of our LORD's delight. We must keep our LORD's command if we would bask in His love.
If we live in sin we cannot live in the love of Christ. Without the holiness
which pleases God we cannot please Jesus. He who cares nothing for holiness knows
nothing of the love of Jesus.
Conscious enjoyment of our LORD's love is a delicate thing. It is far more sensitive
to sin and holiness than mercury is to cold and heat. When we are tender of heart
and careful in thought, lip, and life to honor our LORD Jesus, then we receive tokens
of His love without number. If we desire to perpetuate such bliss we must
perpetuate holiness. The LORD Jesus will not hide His face from us unless we hide
our face from Him. Sin makes the cloud which darkens our Sun: if we will be
watchfully obedient and completely consecrated we may walk in the light, as God is
in the light, and have as sure an abiding in the love of Jesus as Jesus has in the
love of the Father. Here is a sweet promise with a solemn 'if,' LORD, let
me have this 'if' in my hand; for as a key it opens this casket."
"Faith's Checkbook" ---New Window
A Daily Devotional by Spurgeon- SEE TODAY'S ENTRY ---New
Or, A Compendium of Scriptural Knowledge
by Dr. Adam Clarke (1762-1832)
"As the grace that produces any of these
states may be lost through sin, or carelessness; hence the necessity that the
true penitent should continue to watch and pray till he is justified that, when justified,
he should continue to watch and pray, and deny himself, and take up his cross, till
he is sanctified; and, when sanctified, he should continue the same course, believing,
loving, and obeying, till he is glorified. As he will be in danger as long as he
lives of falling from grace, so he should continue to watch and pray, believe, and
maintain good works, as long as he breathes; for while thus employed, humbly trusting
in the Lord Jesus, he cannot fall."
A Series of Articles
in our "Fellowship" section.
In order to truly live, man needs to know what God thinks.
"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of
the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). For this reason, it is more than a passing
interest that we ought to ask, "What saith the Scripture?"
(Romans 4:3). Since "faith cometh
by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (10:17),
and "without faith it is impossible to please [God]" (Hebrews 11:6), then understanding,
believing, and obeying what God has said about anything, is the key to pleasing God.
Our "faith which worketh by love" (Galatians
5:6), indicates that we, like Abraham, can be called a "Friend
of God" (James 2:23). When our Saviour Jesus Christ
said, "Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command
you" (John 15:14), He indicated that Ultimate Friendship
with Him, is based upon the loving obedience, that began when we asked, "What
saith the Scripture?" (Romans 4:3). "He
that hath an ear, let him hear" (Revelation 2:7)
What the Bible Says About...
Luck and Gambling
Divorce and Remarriage
"I endeavored to show that a change of heart is not that in which a sinner is
passive, but that in which he is active. That the change is not physical, but moral.
That it is the sinner's own act. That it consists in changing his mind, or disposition,
in regard to the supreme object of pursuit. A change in the end at which he aims,
and not merely in the means of obtaining his end. A change in the governing choice
or preference of the mind. That it consists in preferring the glory of God, and the
interests of his kingdom, to one's own happiness, and to every thing else. That it
is a change from a state of selfishness in which a person prefers his own interest
above every thing else, to that disinterested benevolence that prefers God's happiness
and glory, and the interests of his kingdom, to his own private happiness."
-from "How to Change Your Heart",
by CHARLES G. FINNEY.
SERMON I. SINNERS
BOUND TO CHANGE THEIR OWN HEARTS. ---New Window
SERMON II. HOW
TO CHANGE YOUR HEART. ---New Window
SERMON III. TRADITIONS
OF THE ELDERS. ---New Window
SERMON IV. TOTAL
DEPRAVITY. ---New Window
SERMON V. TOTAL
DEPRAVITY. ---New Window
SERMON VI. WHY
SINNERS HATE GOD. ---New Window
SERMON VII. GOD
CANNOT PLEASE SINNERS. ---New Window
SERMON VIII. CHRISTIAN
AFFINITY. ---New Window
SERMON IX. STEWARDSHIP. ---New Window
SERMON X. DOCTRINE
OF ELECTION. ---New Window
SERMON XI. REPROBATION. ---New Window
SERMON XII. LOVE
OF THE WORLD. ---New Window
Sermons and Lectures by Charles G. Finney,
president of Oberlin College
Finney was masterful at presenting the intricacies of a "Systematic Theology" for the comprehensive study of the seminary student, the sermons
and lectures from "The Oberlin Evangelist" were written for the lay person,
as stated in Mr. Finney's own words,
"I will try to write as if I had you all before
me in one great congregation, as if I beheld your countenances and were addressing
you 'face to face.'"
Finney's Letter of January 1, 1839".
Lect XI./ XII
True and False Religion
The Law of God- No. 1
The Law of God- No. 2
True and False Peace
Dominion Over Sin
Carefulness A Sin
|Being In Debt
The Holy Spirit of Promise
The Rest of Faith- No. 1
The Rest of Faith- No. 2
Affections and Emotions of God
Legal and Gospel Experience
How to Prevent Our Employments
from Injuring Our Souls
Grieving the Holy Spirit- No. 1
Grieving the Holy Spirit- No. 2
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Read the following sample lecture:
True and False Religion
by Charles Grandison Finney
President of Oberlin College
"The Oberlin Evangelist" Publication of Oberlin College
February 13, 1839
Public Domain Text
Reformatted by Katie Stewart
Text.--Gal. 5:1: "Stand fast, therefore, in
the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the
yoke of bondage."
The observances of the ceremonial law were designedly
a typical representation of the gospel. The Jews had misunderstood them, and supposed
that their observance was the ground of justification and acceptance with God. After
the introduction of Christianity, many of the Christian Jews were exceedingly zealous
for their observance, and for uniting the ceremonial dispensation with Christianity.
On the contrary, Paul, "the great Apostle of the Gentiles," insisted upon
justification by faith alone, entirely irrespective of any legal observances and
conditions whatever. There were a set of teachers in the early days of Christianity
who were called Judaizers, from the fact, that they insisted upon uniting legal observances
with Christianity, as a ground of justification. Soon after the establishment of
the Galatian Churches, by St. Paul, these Judaizers succeeded in introducing this
corruption into the Christian Churches. To rebuke this error, and overthrow it, was
the design of this epistle. The yoke and bondage spoken of in the text, was the yoke
of legal observances. The liberty here mentioned is the liberty of love--of justification--and
of sanctification, by faith alone.
In discussing this subject, I design to show,
I. What it is to make a man a slave.
II. What it is to be a slave.
III. What true liberty is.
IV. That the religion of many persons is mere slavery.
V. That true religion is genuine liberty.
I. I am to show what it is to make a man a SLAVE.
To enslave a man is to treat a person as a thing--to set aside moral agency; and
to treat a moral agent as a mere piece of property.
II. I am to show, what it is to be a SLAVE.
It is not to be in a state of involuntary servitude, for, strictly speaking, such
a state is impossible. The slaves in the Southern States are not, strictly speaking,
in a state of involuntary servitude. Upon the whole, they choose to serve their masters,
rather than do worse. A man cannot act against his will, but his will may be influenced
by considerations that set aside his liberty. To be a slave, is to be under the necessity
of choosing between two evils. Thus the slaves in the Southern States prefer being
as they are, to being in a worse condition--to being imprisoned or whipped for attempting
to escape. But plainly, this is a choice between two evils, neither of which, if
left to themselves would they choose. So a wicked man may choose to obey human laws,
rather than suffer the consequences of disobedience; still he may abhor the laws,
and feel himself shut up to the necessity of choosing between two evils. So a wife
who does not love her husband, may choose, upon the whole, to live with him, rather
than break up her family--lose her character--and subject herself to poverty and
reproach. And yet, if she does not love her husband, she will consider living with
him, merely as the least of two calamities. She feels shut up to the necessity of
choosing between two courses, neither of which is agreeable to her. All that can
be said, is that she chooses that course which, upon the whole, is the least disagreeable.
To be obliged to choose against our feelings and inclinations--to be shut up to the
necessity of pursuing a course of life not chosen for its own sake, but as the least
of two evils--is the very essence of slavery.
III. I am to show what true liberty is.
- 1. True liberty does not consist in the unrestrained
indulgence of lust and selfishness.
- 2. Nor in freedom from all law, or rule of action.
- 3. But true liberty consists in the privilege
of choosing and pursuing that course of life in which our whole moral being will
harmonize--where violence is done to no law of the mind.
- 4. In other words, and more particularly, it consists
in pursuing that course which is preferred for its own sake--that course of life
which is not chosen as the least of two evils; but of all possible courses, is that
which the mind prefers; e.g. a wife who loves her husband, and prefers his society
to that of any other man, is free, in the proper sense of the term, in living with
him; whereas, if she preferred another man to him, and lived with her own husband,
from other considerations than love, she would be a slave, and not free.
A man who obeys wholesome laws, from love to virtue
and good order, is free in the highest sense; but when he obeys law from restraint,
not because he loves virtue, but from fear of punishment, he is a slave. Here it
is plain that his choice of obedience is, by him, considered as a choice of two evils,
and not that course of conduct which he prefers for its own sake.
IV. The Religion of many persons is mere Slavery.
- 1. Their religion is not that in which they are
most deeply interested. Their conduct shows that many other things interest them
more deeply than the subject of religion--upon which they are more excited and engaged.
Their religion seems to be like the labor of children. Children choose to play for
its own sake--in that they are deeply interested. Therein you see their engagedness
and zeal. But when put at work, it is manifest that this is submitted to as the least
of two evils. They don't love work for its own sake, but prefer it to punishment.
Just so it seems to be with the religion of many professors. Religion is not that
to which they naturally turn as the great central object of their affections, and
to which they return with the force of gravity, as soon as the pressure of any object
that has diverted their attention for a time, is removed. On the contrary, their
attention is somewhere else, even while they are outwardly, and languidly attending
to what they call religion.
- 2. Their religion is altogether a secondary business.
It is not the great, absorbing, commanding, prominent object of their lives; but
is so far huddled into a corner, that everyone may see that religion is not their
main business, that they have some other business, and that religion is a matter
by the bye.
Thus, what they call their religious duties--their
prayers--reading the scriptures, &c. are hurried over, or for slight causes wholly
omitted. While that which constitutes their main business, commands their time, and
thoughts, and hearts.
- 3. Religion, with them, is a matter rather of
conscience, than of the heart. They feel themselves driven by the remonstrances of
conscience, to the performance of their religious duties, rather than drawn by the
deep love of religion itself.
- 4. That their religion is slavery is evident from
the fact that it does not constitute their happiness. This demonstrates that it is
not a thing chosen for its own sake. True, they cannot be happy without it, nor can
they be happy with it. Conscience will not suffer them to rest without something
they can call religion. And yet they do not choose it for its own sake. The mind
is not satisfied with it, nor is it made happy by it.
- 5. They are religious upon the same principle
that men take medicine in time of sickness. It is submitted to for the benefits of
it. The medicine may be nauseous and offensive in itself, but is submitted to as
the least of two evils.
- 6. Just so religion is by many submitted to as
something they must attend to. Not that it is loved for its own sake. Nor that the
mind chooses it as that course which, on every account, is most desired and valued
by the mind; but as something that it will not do to neglect.
- 7. Religion is regarded by this class of persons
as the most important, yet not the most loved employment. Their reason affirms that
it is the one thing needful. But their hearts do not affirm that it is the one thing
most loved, and rejoiced in for its own sake.
- 8. The real state of mind in which this class
of persons are, may be learned from the fact, that in exhorting others to attend
to the subject of religion, they rather dwell on the danger of neglect, than on the
blessedness of the thing itself.
- 9. And that this does not arise merely out of
the fact that they expect such considerations to be most influential with those to
whom they speak--you will observe that in speaking about or considering their own
case, they are influenced mainly by the same reason they press upon others. Religion
is, with them, some thing that it will not do to neglect. The hazard of neglect--the
stings of conscience, and the misery that neglect brings with it, are the things
which most influence them.
- 10. They are under circumstances of constraint.
They must serve God--they must attend to their duty--they must prepare for death.
- 11. Their enjoyment consists mostly in their hope,
and not in the exercise of religion itself. Did they never expect to be more happy
in their religion than they are now, they would be "of all men the most miserable."
Hence they drag out their religion, in obedience to the dictates of conscience, knowing
that it does not constitute their happiness here--but somehow they hope it will be
more agreeable to them in heaven.
- 12. Their religion acts by way of restraint and
It serves as a bridle to rein in, and restrain their rampant, sinful propensities,
on the one hand, and a whip to urge them forward in their religious duties, on the
other. It is not that course of life which of all possible, or conceivable courses,
is the most agreeable to them for its own sake. But they have an existence, and there
is no alternative. They must be religious, or they must be damned. They must continually
be thrown upon the terrors of their conscience, or drag on in duty, however much
their heart may reluctate.
- 13. Consequently, you hear them calculating about
how much is their part, in any religious or benevolent enterprise; and they seem
to be glad when they think they have done what they suppose falls to their share.
Then they think they have done up their duty, and may rest awhile, or attend to their
own affairs. --Hence,
- 14. The inquiry, how little they can get along
with doing, and giving, and praying, and still maintain a hope? How little religion
is compatible with going to heaven?
In short, it is plain that their religion, instead
of being their happiness, as something chosen for its own sake, and pursued on its
own account, is their misery, as the least of two evils. Instead of making them happy,
enough of it would be hell.
V. I am to show, that true religion is genuine
- 1. Because it is that which is chosen for its
own sake--that course which the mind prefers to all other conceivable courses of
- 2. It is the highest good, in the estimation of
the mind that possesses it.
- 3. If left entirely unbiassed[sic.] by every other
consideration, and having all other possible and conceivable courses of life, and
conduct spread out before it, the religion of Christ would be its supreme, eternal
- 4. It is that in which the whole being, in all
its powers, unites and harmonizes. The reason--the conscience--the understanding--all
the affections and emotions--in short, the volitions, and all that makes up the moral
being, unite and sweetly harmonize, in the exercise of this divine religion.
- 5. Consequently it constitutes real, permanent
- 6. It casts out fear--fear of hell--fear of disgrace--fear
of man--and all fear that hath torment is annihilated, and the mind sweetly bathes
itself in an ocean of love and peace.
- 7. The soul yields obedience to all the requirements
of God joyfully. For the will of God marks out to it the very course, of all others,
which it delights to pursue. The affectionate wife obeys her husband, and his wish
is her law, not of constraint but willingly, because her happiness is wrapped up
in doing his will. She loves him, and to please him is her element and her life.
Just so it is with the true Christian. To please God is his supreme joy.
- 8. The true Christian never yields to the will
of God by constraint; but always prefers the will of God, whenever that will is known.
In other words he really wills what God wills, as soon, and as far as he knows what
that is. He may have desires for this and the other object, and may express those
desires to God in prayer. He may think this, or that course would be most for the
glory of God. But true religion always prefers that God's will should be done. His
will is controlled by infinite wisdom and love. It is impossible, therefore, that
true religion should ever be made miserable, by being obliged, or constrained to
submit to the will of God.
- 9. True religion is not submitted to, by him that
possesses it, as medicine, but is like food, that we eat for its own sake. We love
our food, and should eat it for the pleasure of eating, whether we expect to be benefited
by it or not. Just so in religion--The mind is not mainly influenced by the benefit
to be received; but it is the food of the mind--the natural aliment on which it lives.
- 10. The truly religious man does not inquire how
little religion he can get along with; but how much he may possess.
- 11. Not how much sin may be indulged in, and yet
he get to heaven; but how he can be rid of all sin, whether he goes to heaven or
not. Not how sinful he may be, and still be a child of God; but how holy he may and
- 12. His religion makes up his happiness. It is
the continual exercise of it that mainly makes him blest, and enough of the same
kind would make heaven.
1. From what has been said, it is manifest, that many professors of religion, in
reality, regard God as a great slaveholder. I do not mean that they would say this
in words. Nor that they understand that they do regard him in this light. The reason
is, that they do not understand themselves to be slaves. If they realized what slavery
is, and that they themselves have the spirit of slaves, and are, in their religion,
all that is meant by being slaves, they would then be shocked with the irresistible
inference that they do regard God as a Slaveholder.
2. What an abomination such a religion must be in the sight of God. Instead of seeing
his professed children engaged, heart and soul, in his service--finding it the essence
of true liberty, and their supreme joy--he beholds them groaning under it, as a severe
burden, submitted to only to escape his frown.
3. You see, in this discourse, the true distinction between the religion of law,
and that of the gospel. The religion of many professors seems to set as painfully
on them, as a straitjacket. It is evidently not their natural element. It is the
bondage of law, and not the religion of peace.
4. Many express indignation against Southern slavery, as they may well do, but who
are slaves themselves. They know full well, that if they would be honest with themselves,
their religion is to them a yoke of bondage. They are afraid of death--afraid of
the judgment--afraid of God.
They submit to religion as the only method of escaping "the wrath to come."
But yet, let it be known to them, that there is no hell--no solemn judgment--that
men will universally be saved, do what they will, and they will feel relieved of
a weighty burden. They will feel rid of the responsibilities of moral agents, and
cast off their religion as of no consequence.
5. This slavery is utterly inexcusable, and consists in the perverse state of the
6. Such religion is worse than no religion.
(1) It is not any more safe, than no religion.
(2) It is more hypocritical than none.
(3) It confirms self-righteousness.
(4) It begets, and perpetuates a delusion in the mind.
(5) It ruins the soul of the professor, and is a stumbling block to others. What
is a greater stumbling block, for example, than for an impenitent husband to see
his wife possessing this painful, legal religion? Instead of observing her happy,
humble, sweet, heavenly minded, and peaceful, like an angel, he perceives that her
religion makes her complaining, uneasy, and irritable; in short, that it is the lashings
of conscience, by which she is actuated, and not the constant flow, of the deep feelings
of her heart.
(6) This kind of religion is more dishonorable to God than none. It is really the
contrast of true religion. "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against which there is no law."
Now the religion of which I have been speaking, is the very opposite of all this.
To be sure, a man who is openly irreligious, dishonors God. But a man who professes
to be God's representative--to exhibit God's spirit--and to be the reflection of
his image; and then go about the duties of religion, as a task to be submitted to,
instead of pouring out the overflowings of His benevolence--to unclench His hard
hand, at the stern biddings of conscience--is to publish as gross a libel upon the
character of God, and the religion of the gospel, as is possible.
(7) It is worse than none, inasmuch as it prevents conviction, and true conversion.
Persons in this state suppose themselves to be truly religious, and seem not to dream
that this is the very opposite of true religion.
Now, while under this delusion, it is vain to expect their eyes to be opened, and
to anticipate a real and thorough conversion to God.
7. All who have left their first love, are again
entangled in the yoke of bondage. If any of you have known what it was to love God
with all your heart, you have known what it was to be free. You know, by your own
consciousness, that your religion was then the essence of true liberty. But if you
have laid aside your love, no matter by what other principles you are actuated, you
are "entangled again in the yoke of bondage." Your religion has ceased
to be liberty, and you have become a slave.--Now I ask you, "Where is the blessedness"
you once spoke of? Have you that great peace that they possess who love the law of
God? Does the peace of God rule in your hearts? Is Christ's joy fulfilled in you?
Or are you lashed along by your conscience, actuated by hope and fear, and any, and
every other principle than love?
And now, beloved, I ask you, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, whether you have
the religion of the gospel. I have, in this discourse, endeavored to set before you,
in as simple a form as is possible, the grand distinction between true saints and
hypocrites. To which of these classes do you belong? Remember the eye of God is upon
you. "Be ye not deceived, for God is not mocked." "If the Son hath
made you free, then are ye free indeed." And I exhort you in the words of the
text, "Stand fast therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made you free,
and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." But, on the other hand,
if the Holy Ghost sees you with the chains of slavery upon your soul, driven on by
conscience, as by a slave-holder, working out your painful religion, lest you should
lose your soul, I beseech you, in the name of Christ, get up out of this bondage--lay
aside these chains--"loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, 0 captive daughter
of Zion,"--lay aside this legal yoke, and come forth from slavery, and death,
that Christ may give you liberty and life.
From the book
by Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley
Seven Reasons Why I Believe
BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD ---New Window
by Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley
"The more I study the calamity which follows the rejection
of the Bible the more I am convinced that the Bible is the inbreathed Word of God.
In view of this impregnable fact, surely we need to get back to the Bible, back to
Bible preaching, back to Bible praying and back to Bible practicing. A revival of
Bible Christianity alone can save the situation. A rediscovery of the Word of God
brought about the glorious Reformation of four-hundred years ago and thank God the
Bible dynamite is just as potent today. Let us then let the Bible rule our hearts
and homes and refuse to support those who dare to trifle with it in the pulpit. Above
all things, let us seize the unfailing promises of the Book and never rest night
nor day from prayer until the God of the Bible visits us with a gracious revival."
Seven Reasons Why I Believe in
VIRGIN BIRTH OF CHRIST
by Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley
"When human impotence bows to that answer of divine
omnipotence the Miracle of the Virgin Birth can be whole-heartedly accepted. He who
questions the Virgin Birth challenges the almightiness of God. To discredit the Virgin
Birth is not only to strike at the nature of Christ but at the very power of God."
Seven Reasons Why I Believe in
ATONING BLOOD OF CHRIST
by Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley
"This vital consideration brings us to the
fulcrum of the great operation of the Divine Revelation, to the centre of the vast
circumference of Divine Redemption and to the very heart of the throbbing purpose
of Divine Reconciliation. We come from the shallows of human speculation to the depths
of divine revelation when we come to the Blood. We step at this juncture from the
shadows of Old Testament typology to the blazing sunshine of New Testament theology.
It is here we launch our souls from the shores of man's estimate into the boundless,
tideless, endless sea of God's ultimate."
Seven Reasons Why I Believe in
BODILY RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
by Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley
"The Resurrection is essential to Christianity,
for by it alone can Christianity be confirmed. The Resurrection is the great corroborator
of the Christian gospel. Remove this keystone and the goodly temple crashes into
ruin. As life is essential to living so the Resurrection is essential to a living
Christianity. Take away the Resurrection and Christianity becomes a dead letter,
but another contribution to the world's Pantheon."
"And if Christ be not raised, your Faith is vain; ye are
yet in your sins" (1Corinthians 15:17).
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