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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Faith’s Review and Expectation

“And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that Thou hast brought me hitherto? And yet this was a small thing in Thine eyes, O God; for Thou hast also spoken of Thy servant’s house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O LORD God.” —1 Chronicles 17:16, 17

“Faith’s Review and Expectation” is a hymn that is more commonly known today as “Amazing Grace.” Penned by John Newton (1725-1807), this hymn first appeared in Olney Hymns published in 1779. 1 Chronicles 17:16-17 was the inspirational text that prompted Mr. Newton’s hymn.

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The Wednesday Word: Be Not Deceived!

Beginning today, Justification by Grace will be presenting “The Wednesday Word,” a weekly article from pastor, missionary and itinerant preacher, Miles McKee. Brother Miles is currently raising support to return to Ireland, where the truth of Jesus Christ and Him crucified has been very sadly forgotten, neglected or ignored. We are very grateful to Brother Miles for making “The Wednesday Word” available to anyone that would care to post them on their blogs and websites, as well as publish them in their church bulletins. If the Lord should bring him to remembrance, please pray for Miles McKee and his family as they heed the Lord’s call to return to Ireland to advance the kingdom and the cause of Christ.

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Manhattan Declaration for the Record

If I align myself with those who believe these truths, yet they believe them apart from the saving grace that comes by faith in Christ alone according to Scripture alone, I make the gospel subordinate to the works. By aligning myself with those who preach another gospel suggests that the precious blood spilled upon Calvary’s tree is less than supremely and infinitely glorious; and that, my friends, cannot be. “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Galatians 6:14).

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