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Martin Luther: Carnal Security, Part Two

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Posted at Sermon Audio : Details: A severe warning to those who murmur and have a half-hearted love of Christ. Look what happened to Israel! Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 10:6-13 (KJV) 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 13 There hath no temptation taken you but such

Martin Luther: Carnal Security, Part One

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Posted at Sermon Audio : Details: An unforgettable look at disobedient Israel in the wilderness and Paul's reminder to His New Covenant people, using Israel as a warning. Strong message. Part One of Two. Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 10:6-13 (KJV) 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take h

MARTIN LUTHER: EXHORTATION TO BROTHERLY LOVE, PART 2

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Posted at Sermon Audio : Details: An exhortation to brotherly love... showing us a side of Luther that is not much talked about. Link: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=5619135587815 Approximately 25 minutes. The First Mourning (Adam and Eve mourn the death of Abel); oil on canvas 1888 painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Martin Luther: Exhortation to Brotherly Love, part 1

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Posted at Sermon Audio : Details: Insightful look at "saint Cain" (Luther's term) and comparison of that evil-doer to his counterparts today. Spoken during the heat of the Reformation and the beginnings of the separation from Rome. Approximately 25 minutes Link: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=5119151410590

What Is Protestantism?

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By Rev. Aaron Dunlop - Posted at Sermon Audio : Details: Since Protestantism took root and spread through Europe and across the western world it is difficult to imagine that it ever was in a worse state than it presently finds itself. In many respects Protestant Christendom is on the road back to Medieval Romanism. The Charismatic Movement has abandoned the protestant principle of Sola Scriptura for the less than satisfactory ‘personal experience.' Modern evangelicalism has forsaken the Protestant principle of Solo Christo for a psychological conversion in place of the sound evangelical conversion called for in the Protestant Reformation. Modern methods of evangelism and the subsequent easy-believism has left the evangelical church with a Christless gospel and the only support available is a glut of pseudo-Christian self-help books. The ecumenical movement has encouraged a unity within Christendom that is a reversal of the Reformation. Liberalism has fostered such a free

One Church, One Grace, One God

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By Dr. R. Scott Clark - Posted at Sermon Audio: Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 10: 1-5 Details: I. One Church (10:1) II. One Grace (10:2-4a) III. One God (10:4b-5)

Posted, Predicted, and Prosecuted

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By Dr. R. Scott Clark - Posted at Sermon Audio : Scripture Text: Galatians 3: 1-14 Details: I. vv. 1-5; Posted: Keep In! II. vv. 6-9; Predicted: The New Covenant III. vv. 10-14; Prosecuted by the Law Link: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=122081659110

Recommended Sermon: The Lord Bless You and Keep You

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By Dr. Sinclair Ferguson - Posted at Sermon Audio : Scripture Text: Numbers 6:22-27 (KJV) 22 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, 24 The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: 25 The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 27 And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them.

Who's Afraid of Martin Luther?

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By Dr. R. Scott Clark - Posted at Sermon Audio : Details: I. Aggressive Ecumenists A. In the Mainline B. In the Borderline C. In the Sideline II. Pious Moralists A. Revising the Reformation 1. Theologically a) By a Two-Stage Doctrine of Justification b) By Substituting Union for Faith 2. Historically a) By Ignoring or Revising Luther's Relations to Calvin b) By Denying Our Lutheran Roots B. Fixing the Outcome 1. By Re-Casting Covenant Theology 2. By Confusing Sanctification with Justification III. Nervous Presbyterians A. Because of Luther's Character 1. Our Extensive Knowledge of Luther's Biography and Interior Life 2. Luther B. Because of Aspects of Luther's Theology 1. Baptism 2. The Supper 3. Christology C. Because of Sectarian Pride 1. The Appeal to Zwingli 2. In Reaction to Confessional Lutheranism Link: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=122081647218

Who Needs a Reformation?

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By Dr. R. Scott Clark - Posted at Sermon Audio: Details: I. The Roman Church A. The Formal Question: Authority 1. Who Formed Whom? Scripture and Tradition 2. Perspicuity vs. Skepticism B. The Material Question: Justification 1. Its Ground 2. Its Instrument II. The Modern “Evangelical Church” A. The Formal Question: Scripture 1. The Modern Evangelical Debt to Modernity a) Rationalism b) Subjectivism/Romanticism 2. Its Temporary Alliance with the Reformation a) Uneasy from the Start b) Machen Thrown Over for Schleiermacher and Kant 3. Its Uneasiness with Ecclesiastical Authority a) Ministerial b) Confessional B. The Material Question: Justification 1. Neo-Evangelicalism's Mixed Roots a) Reformation b) Pietism 2. Its Rejection of the Reformation III. The Reformed Churches A. Theology B. Piety C. Practice Link: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=122081653230

Was the Reformation a Mistake?

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By Dr. R. Scott Clark - Posted at Sermon Audio : Details: I. Introduction A. Luther as Devil (Trent) B. Luther as Half-Way Reformer (Anabaptists) C. Luther as Apostle of Autonomy (Classical Liberalism) D. Luther as Tragic Figure (Modern Ecumenism) E. Reformation as Obstacle to Social Progress 1. Evangelicals and Catholics Together 2. New Perspectives on Paul 3. Federal Vision/ “Reformed Catholicism” II. The Improbability of the Reformation A. The Medieval Consensus on Scripture and Authority 1. Old Law/New 2. Scripture and Tradition B. The Medieval Consensus on Grace 1. To Perfect Nature 2. Medicinal Substance Dispensed by the Church C. The Medieval Consensus on Justification 1. Justification as Sanctification 2. Progressive and Future III. The Necessity of the Reformation A. The Moral Crisis of the Late Medieval Church B. The Authority Crisis of the Late Medieval Church C. The Spiritual Crisis of the Late Medieval Church Link: https://www.sermonaudi

Soul-killing plots, devices, stratagems & machinations!

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Image Source: ExplorersWeb.com Choice excerpts from Thomas Brooks' Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices Soul-killing plots, devices, stratagems & machinations! "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." 2 Corinthians 2:11 Christ, the Scripture, your own hearts, and Satan's devices, are the four prime things that should be first and most studied and searched. If any cast off the study of these, they cannot be safe here, nor happy hereafter. It is my work as a Christian, but much more as I am a Watchman, to do my best to discover . . . the fullness of Christ, the emptiness of the creature, and the snares of the great deceiver. Satan being fallen . . . from light to darkness, from felicity to misery, from heaven to hell, from an angel to a devil, is so full of malice and envy that he will leave no means unattempted, whereby he may make all others eternally miserable with himself. He being shut out o

PRECIOUS REMEDIES AGAINST SATAN'S DEVICES: DEVICE 12. To choose wicked company, to keep wicked society.

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By Thomas Brooks, (1608 - 1680) SATAN'S DEVICES TO DRAW THE SOUL TO SIN [12 devices and their remedies] DEVICE 12. To choose wicked company, to keep wicked society. And oh! the horrid impieties and wickedness that Satan has drawn men to sin—by moving them to sit and associate themselves with vain people. Remedy (1). The first remedy against this device of Satan is, To dwell, until your hearts are affected, upon those commands of God which expressly require us to shun the society of the wicked (Eph. 5:11): 'And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness—but rather reprove them'; (Prov. 5:14-16): 'Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.' 1 Cor. 5:9-11, 2 Thess. 3:6, Prov. 1:10-15. Turn to these Scriptures, and let your souls dwell upon them, until a holy indignation be raised in your souls against fellowship with vain men. 'God will not take the wic

PRECIOUS REMEDIES AGAINST SATAN'S DEVICES: DEVICE 11. By polluting and defiling the souls and judgments of men with such dangerous errors, which in their proper tendency tend to carry the souls of men to all looseness and wickedness, as woeful experience does abundantly evidence.

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By Thomas Brooks, (1608 - 1680) SATAN'S DEVICES TO DRAW THE SOUL TO SIN [12 devices and their remedies] DEVICE 11. By polluting and defiling the souls and judgments of men with such dangerous errors, which in their proper tendency tend to carry the souls of men to all looseness and wickedness, as woeful experience does abundantly evidence. Ah, how many are there filled with these and suchlike Christ-dishonoring and soul-undoing opinions, that is—that the Scriptures are full of fallacies and uncertainties, and no further to be heeded, than they agree with their own carnal thoughts; that it is a poor, low thing, if not idolatry too, to worship God in a Mediator; that the resurrection is already past; that there was never any such man or person as Jesus Christ—but that all is an allegory; that there is no God nor devil, heaven nor hell—but what is within us; that sin and grace are equally good—with a hundred other horrid opinions, which have caused wickedness to break in a

PRECIOUS REMEDIES AGAINST SATAN'S DEVICES: DEVICE 10. By working them to be frequent in comparing themselves and their ways, with those who are reputed or reported to be worse than themselves.

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By Thomas Brooks, (1608 - 1680) SATAN'S DEVICES TO DRAW THE SOUL TO SIN [12 devices and their remedies] DEVICE 10. By working them to be frequent in comparing themselves and their ways, with those who are reputed or reported to be worse than themselves. By this device the devil drew the proud pharisee to bless himself in a cursed condition, 'God, I thank you that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax-collector' (Luke 18:11). Why, says Satan—you are now and then a little lustful—but such and such do daily defile and pollute themselves by actual immorality and filthiness; you deceive and take advantage your neighbors in things that are but as toys and trifles—but such and such deceive and take advantage of others in things of greatest concernment, even to their ruin and undoing; you do but sit, and chat, and sip with the drunkard—but such and such sit and drink and are drunk with the drunkard; you are only a little proud

PRECIOUS REMEDIES AGAINST SATAN'S DEVICES: DEVICE 9. By presenting to the soul the crosses, losses, reproaches, sorrows, and sufferings, which daily attend those who walk in the ways of holiness.

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By Thomas Brooks, (1608 - 1680) SATAN'S DEVICES TO DRAW THE SOUL TO SIN [12 devices and their remedies] DEVICE 9. By presenting to the soul the crosses, losses, reproaches, sorrows, and sufferings, which daily attend those who walk in the ways of holiness.  Says Satan, Do not you see that there are none in the world that are so vexed, afflicted, and tossed, as those who walk more circumspectly and holily than their neighbors? They are a byword at home, and a reproach abroad; their miseries come in upon them like Job's messengers, one upon the neck of another, and there is no end of their sorrows and troubles. Therefore, says Satan, you were better to walk in ways that are less troublesome, and less afflicted, though they be more sinful; for who but a madman would spend his days in sorrow, vexation, and affliction, when it may be prevented by walking in the ways that I set before him? Remedy (1). The first remedy against this device of Satan is, solemnly to con

PRECIOUS REMEDIES AGAINST SATAN'S DEVICES: DEVICE 8. By representing to the soul the outward mercies that vain men enjoy, and the outward miseries that they are freed from, while they have walked in the ways of sin.

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By Thomas Brooks, (1608 - 1680) SATAN'S DEVICES TO DRAW THE SOUL TO SIN [12 devices and their remedies] DEVICE 8. By representing to the soul the outward mercies that vain men enjoy, and the outward miseries that they are freed from, while they have walked in the ways of sin. Says Satan, Do you see, O soul, the many blessings that such and such enjoy, who walk in those very ways that your soul startles to think of, and the many crosses that they are delivered from, even such as makes other men, who say they dare not walk in such ways, to spend their days in sighing, weeping, groaning, and mourning? and therefore, says Satan, if ever you would be freed from the dark night of adversity, and enjoy the sunshine of prosperity—you must walk in their ways. By this stratagem the devil took those in Jer. 44:16-18, "We will not listen to your messages from the Lord! We will do whatever we want. We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and sacrifice to her just as much a

PRECIOUS REMEDIES AGAINST SATAN'S DEVICES: DEVICE 7. By making the soul bold to venture upon the occasions of sin.

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By Thomas Brooks, (1608 - 1680) SATAN'S DEVICES TO DRAW THE SOUL TO SIN [12 devices and their remedies] DEVICE 7. By making the soul bold to venture upon the occasions of sin. Says Satan, You may walk by the harlot's door though you won't go into the harlot's bed; you may sit and sup with the drunkard, though you won't be drunk with the drunkard; you may look upon Jezebel's beauty, and you may play and toy with Delilah, though you do not commit wickedness with the one or the other; you may with Achan handle the golden wedge, though you do not steal the golden wedge. Remedy (1). The first remedy is, solemnly to dwell upon those scriptures which expressly command us to avoid the occasions of sin, and the least appearance of evil (1 Thess. 5:22): 'Abstain from all appearance of evil.' Whatever is heterodox, unsound and unsavory, shun it, as you would do a serpent in your way, or poison in your food. Epiphanius says that in the old law, when an