A Nickle’s Worth of Opinion on the Piper/Warren Kerfuffle – Part Three

If you haven’t read it yet, you’ll want to read Part One and Part Two of this article, and watch the 4-1/2 minute YouTube video of John Piper explaining why he invited Purpose-Driven® pastor, Rick Warren to the 2010 Desiring God National Conference.

The final reason I would not invite Dr. Warren to speak in my pulpit may seem like a reiteration of the first reason, that his theology is fundamentally and foundationally different from mine; and to an extent it is a reiteration, however, it is more than that. Our theologies are so diverse that I would call the Purpose-Driven® gospel gospel-less, or more accurately and Biblically, “another gospel” (Galatians 1:6-8).

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My Two Cents Concerning the Piper/Warren Kerfuffle – Part One

Except for an article written by my friend, Mike Ratliff, I haven’t read any other articles concerning John Piper’s inviting Rick Warren as one of the speakers for the 2010 Desiring God National Conference. There has been much said and much written about this on the information superhighway, and it’s not as if I didn’t have an opportunity to read the other articles; I had plenty of opportunities but for some reason, I passed them by. I realize now why I haven’t read them. I was recently asked my take on the topic, and the saint who queried wanted my opinion and not what others were saying: “I want to know what you think about this?”

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If Christ Be Not Raised

The resurrection of Christ was not only the evidence that everything the Scriptures said about Christ is true: who He was and what He has done; it’s not only evidence of that all Christ did, and all He was, and all He said about Himself is true; it’s not only evidence that Christ’s righteous and holy life, His sufficient and substitutionary and atoning sacrifice is true; but Christ’s resurrection from the dead is also evidence that the heavenly Father has accepted the sacrifice of His one and only, beloved Son as the perfect and complete atonement for sinful men who repent and believe. Trusting in the merits of man, such as church attendance, not only denies the resurrection of Christ, it blasphemes the resurrection of Christ. Salvation is found in Christ alone; and trusting in anything else or anyone else removes salvation from you as far as the east is from the west.

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Psalm 2

“Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.” —Psalm 2:11, 12

William Goode (1762-1816), born in Buckingham, England, was a minister in the Church of England. He was the author of several books and penned many hymns, including a book containing the Biblical psalms published in 1811 titled, An Entire New Version of the Book of Psalms (it’s full title being, An Entire New Version of the Book of Psalms: in which an attempt is made to accommodate them to the worship of the Christian Church: in a variety of measures now in general use: with original prefaces and notes, critical and explanatory).

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A Puritan Family Devotional in KJV

A Puritan Family Devotional is now available with Scriptures from the King James Version (KJV). This book was created for family and individual meditations, containing, Robert Murray McCheyne’s DAILY BREAD, Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s A PURITAN CATECHISM, the 1689 LONDON BAPTIST CONFESSION of FAITH, and selected hymns and psalms.

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Walking with God

“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” —Genesis 5:24

“Walking with God” is a hymn penned by William Cowper (1731-1800), first appearing in Olney Hymns published in 1779. Genesis 5:24 was the inspirational text that prompted Mr. Cowper’s hymn. It is often more commonly listed in more modern hymnals by the words of its first line, “Oh! for a closer walk with God.”

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A Puritan Family Devotional in NASB

A Puritan Family Devotional is now available with Scriptures from the New American Standard Bible (NASB). This book was created for family and individual meditations, containing, Robert Murray McCheyne’s DAILY BREAD, Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s A PURITAN CATECHISM, the 1689 LONDON BAPTIST CONFESSION of FAITH, and selected hymns and psalms. Scriptures used in this volume are from the New American Standard Bible.

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Psalm 1

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” —Psalm 1:1

The Scottish Psalter was written anonymously in 1635 and published and appointed for use in worship by the Church of Scotland in 1650. Scripture paraphrases were added in 1781. The Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases was the primary hymnal used by the Church of Scotland through the 19th century. The Scottish Psalter was originally contained in one volume. When the Scripture paraphrases were added in the 18th century, its addition expanded the singular volume.

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Particular Election

Forty years ago a special meeting was called at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Lake Charles, Louisiana, because the pastor of that congregation, Donald McKinney, had embraced the doctrine of God’s sovereign grace and began preaching those Biblical truths from the pulpit.

On Tuesday morning, March 3, 1970, with the district superintendant in attendance, Brother Don McKinney used the text of 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 to preach a sermon titled, “Particular Election.” After the message was preached, it was put to the congregation that all those who had believed what Brother Mac had preached to please stand. All those who stood were asked to leave the church.

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