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To Be a Pilgrim: A Novel Project

Sovereign Grace Baptist Church
pastor, publisher, paperback writer
A wrethed sinner saved by God\'s free and sovereign grace in 1985. He lives in Anniston, Alabama with his wife, Lisa and his mother-in-law, Virginia. He is the pastor at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston after having ministered as a missionary and as a missionary-pastor in the Philippines, California, and remote bush Alaska. He is the author of the bestseller, CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED, the CEO of Vayahiy Press, and the founder and overseer of Eclectic Cattle Productions. Jon has also held the office of vice-chairman of the national Sovereign Grace Baptist Fellowship (2009-11), as well as chairman (2011-2013). His Christianity has been shaped tremendously and influenced deeply by such redeemed sinners as John Bunyan (1628-1688), Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), John Newton (1725-1807), and Granville Gauldin (1929- ).
P.O. Box:
Anniston, Alabama
36201
United States
jjc@jonjcardwell.com
DOB: 08/25/1960

To Be a Pilgrim Novel ProjectJohn Bunyan’s famous allegory, The Pilgrim’s Progress, is one of the most read books in the English language, second only to the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

Today, however, there is a generation of Christians who have never read The Pilgrim’s Progress.  There are others who have attempted to read it, but seventeenth century puritanical English was much too difficult for the reader to grasp. With others still, who may have read a more updated and modern version of John Bunyan’s allegory, for them the book needed more explanation or commentary.

I am attempting to solve that problem with a slight twist by creating a book that goes beyond a mere modern translation, while providing particular insights into Bunyan’s famous story without diminishing the allegory with a great deal of doctrinal commentary thrown in here and there to disrupt the poetic beauty of the work… and I’ll do this by writing a novel entitled, To Be a Pilgrim: A Novel Based Upon The Pilgrim’s Progress and Other Works by John Bunyan of Bedford.

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Preacher’s Giveaway Extravaganza

Sovereign Grace Baptist Church
pastor, publisher, paperback writer
A wrethed sinner saved by God\'s free and sovereign grace in 1985. He lives in Anniston, Alabama with his wife, Lisa and his mother-in-law, Virginia. He is the pastor at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston after having ministered as a missionary and as a missionary-pastor in the Philippines, California, and remote bush Alaska. He is the author of the bestseller, CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED, the CEO of Vayahiy Press, and the founder and overseer of Eclectic Cattle Productions. Jon has also held the office of vice-chairman of the national Sovereign Grace Baptist Fellowship (2009-11), as well as chairman (2011-2013). His Christianity has been shaped tremendously and influenced deeply by such redeemed sinners as John Bunyan (1628-1688), Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), John Newton (1725-1807), and Granville Gauldin (1929- ).
P.O. Box:
Anniston, Alabama
36201
United States
jjc@jonjcardwell.com
DOB: 08/25/1960
Puritan Pastor, Author, Preacher of the Gospel
John Bunyan was an English Christian writer and preacher. He is the author of The Pilgrim\'s Progress, arguably the most famous published Christian allegory. In addition to The Pilgrim\'s Progress, Bunyan wrote nearly sixty titles, many of them expanded sermons. Bunyan faced legal challenges to fulfilling his calling but did not make any concessions to the authorities. As a dissenter who was not ordained in the Church of England he was unlicensed to preach. He preferred to face and endure twelve years of imprisonment at great sacrifice to himself and his family, rather than resign himself to giving up preaching. Although he has been described both as a Baptist and as a Puritan, he himself preferred to be described simply as a Christian. He is remembered in the Church of England with a Lesser Festival on 30 August, and on the liturgical calendar of the United States Episcopal Church on 29 August. Some other Churches of the Anglican Communion, such as the Anglican Church of Australia, honour him on the day of his death (31 August 1688) together with Aidan of Lindisfarne.
P.O. Box:
Bedford, England
United Kingdom
DOB: 11/28/1628
“…freely ye have received, freely give.”  Matthew 10:8

Christ and Him CrucifiedThe passage above is not about meeting people’s “felt needs” as that ridiculous The Purpose Drive Church would suggest (but we won’t get into that now— that will follow in a few articles to come). What is freely given is the gospel of the “kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 10:7); in other words, the good news of God’s salvation through His anointed One has come.

Let’s get the word out about the Word of God. I’ve prayerfully decided to make this year, 2014, the year of the giveaway… giving away books of preachers who preach Christ crucified: Spurgeon, Bunyan, and others, including yours truly. For the next two weeks, I will be giving away a PDF eBook of my best selling Christian apologetic, Christ and Him Crucified to anyone who comments on Preaching Christ Crucified that has this time counter.

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No signing up for my email. No jumping through hoops. As soon as you comment, you will receive an email from me with a link to download the book. No fuss no muss.

Pastor Charles SpurgeonBut that’s not all. For the next two weeks, while this giveaway is running, everyone who comments on this article, and also the subsequent article posts running with the same time counter, will be entered in a drawing to receive a 100+ year old copy of Spurgeon’s Sermons, Vol. 10. This book came from a Funk & Wagnall’s 20 Volume set that was published earlier than 1902 (I know this because one of the copies was inscribed with that year). It’s a hardbound edition in great condition. What better way to kick off a Preaching Christ Crucified giveaway than by giving away a volume of C. H. Spurgeon’s sermons? London’s “Prince of Preachers” truly preached Christ, and Him crucified.

Not only that, for those entering this giveaway, your names will be compiled as time goes on and we will have a huge giveaway in the summer and a final giveaway at the end of the year, with smaller giveaways in between.

And since this is all about getting the Gospel Word out, tell your friends and family so they can get a free copy of Christ and Him Crucified… oh yeah, and a paperback edition of Christ and Him Crucified will also be given away at the end of this month.

IMPORTANT NOTE: By the way, when you comment, please use a good email address where I can send you your digital copy of Christ and Him Crucified.

So what are you waiting for?

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My Reality: Hating My Actions

“Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”Romans 7:17, 18

Preaching Christ CrucifiedThis is a truth that reminds us that we must not forget from where it was we came, and also with what we have been previously taught. Although I am dead to the law and resurrected unto Christ, the law is unchanging as a standard of God, which is made even more visible and apparent through the perfect obedience and righteousness of Christ, wherein the law has been fulfilled. As my saved soul has been declared justified, having my sins imputed to Christ as the perfect sacrifice for sins, and having Christ’s righteousness accounted to me, I still have mortal flesh because I amsold under sin” (Romans 7:14, remember— present tense). Understanding this, the apostle reminds you and I, “Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”

Does that remove my culpability before God, my accountability with God, and responsibility to God? No. In fact, the use of the first person pronoun indicates quite the contrary; Paul does not want to remove from himself the responsibility, accountability or culpability. Furthermore, he absolutely cannot and neither can I; nor can any one who is saved by God’s grace through Jesus Christ.

Although I have been “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood” (Romans 3:24, 25), and have been “buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,” I should also “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4), so that I should no longer obey the sinful lusts of the flesh (Romans 6:12): and although I desire to walk pleasing to God (Romans 7:18), I fail miserably to even keep the least of His commandments (Romans 7:15-20). Why?

The reason why is because the righteousness of the law, which is revealed through Christ, fulfilled by Christ, and exemplified in Christ, can never be completely attained by me because of the soiled corruptions of my flesh, because of my mortal person as a descendent of fallen Adam. Through the illumination of the holy Son of God in human flesh, in His utter perfection as a man, even my humility is full of pride compared with His. Though I believe that no man is deserving of the least of God’s attentions or the smallest kindness in His affections, and that every man is deserving of only eternal death because “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23); and yet, having become a recipient of God’s grace, that truth should humble me to the dust, for I can do nothing to attain or maintain the humility of Christ.

Does this truth leave me in despair? It will not, as we will find as we continue through the scriptures presented in this blessed letter. Yet, alerting us to this truth, it will make the reality of clinging to the Cross, embracing grace, and cleaving to Christ a more firm foundation in the truths of scripture by the grace and mercy of God’s Spirit….

The apostle expresses his inability to act righteously in verse 18, “how to perform that which is good I find not,” as an obvious truth because he has just explained in verse 17 and previously that his own performance is sinful, “sin dwelleth in me.” As our righteousness rests wholly upon the holy, imputed righteousness of Christ, the good works that spring forth in actuality, must spring forth from gospel truth, by gospel grace, through gospel faith. The truth of this reality actually exalts and magnifies the Lord Jesus Christ while amplifying God’s grace. This truth will enfold more and more through this epistle.

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Listen to the sermon preached on this text, Romans 7:14-25,O Wretched Man!,” on December 6, 2009 at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church.

Read the previous article in this series,My Reality: Hating Sin.”

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Let Not Sin Reign

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”Romans 6:12-13 

Preaching Christ CrucifiedBecause we have been saved by grace, redeemed by Christ through the cost of His infinitely precious blood, we should not allow sin to reign, rule or have dominion in our lives. We must guard against this for there is a constant onslaught of desires and passions, to which our mortal flesh is not only susceptible to, but also has a tendency toward. 

The reinforcement of that commandment is given in Romans 6:13, which is that we should not yield our “members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin.” Literally, from the Greek, we are not to bring the members of our bodies near to sinful unrighteousness. The expression in Greek says that every part of our bodies, arms, legs, hands, tongues, &etc., should not be devoted to or under the direction of sinful passions or corrupt desires. 

The remedy against such unrighteousness is also given in Romans 6:13, which is to yield ourselves unto God; that is, to be devoted to and under the direction of God, as one made truly alive, as opposed to what we once were, dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:5). And being made alive in Christ should cause us to desire to yield our members as instruments of righteousness unto God, and not treat the commandment as a cold, heartless, lifeless duty that is carried out grudgingly.

Gospel good works spring forth from gospel truth because of the gospel reality of regeneration through redemption in Christ.

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Listen to the sermon preached on this text, Romans 6:12-23,Being Made Free from Sin,” on November 15, 2009 at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church.

Read the previous article in this series,Embracing the Process” (Romans 6:12-14).

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The Gospel of the Bondslave

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”Romans 6:12

As mentioned in an earlier article titledExperiential Sanctification,” a general outline beginning with our text in Romans 6:12 until the end of Romans 8 might be this:

Romans 6:12-23 Surrender as a Bond Slave Romans 7:1-25 Struggle of the Bond Slave Romans 8:1-39 Spiritual Victory for the Bond Slave

Perhaps you’re not as familiar with the term bond slave; and that’s okay, because we’re going to cover that in an article yet to come.

Preaching Christ CrucifiedThe Greek word translated “therefore” in Romans 6:12 means “accordingly” or “consequently” or “for this reason” and is sometimes translated in the King James New Testament as “then” or “so.” It is used forty-five times in this epistle to the Roman Christians; and in this letter it is used to reinforce or strengthen what was just previously taught. Yet, I believe, from this point on in the remainder of this letter, we should also consider that the word “therefore” is reminding us of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, just as the apostle proclaimed at the beginning of the letter: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). The Holy Spirit, in each section, sends us back to the truth of the Gospel of Christ; the power of God to save sinners. What is the gospel of which we are not ashamed?

The Simple, Yet Powerful Gospel of Christ

One divine look at the truth of the cross of Christ, by the quickening of the Holy Spirit, awakens the soul to the truth of our utter depravity apart from Christ; that we have no salvation in and of ourselves; and that only through trusting faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ are we saved unto everlasting life, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

What are the propositions one must believe of Christ in this simple, yet powerful gospel?

The Incarnation of Jesus Christ

No descendent of fallen Adam could ever live righteously enough to stand before a holy God on behalf of sinful men. God’s plan of salvation came by eternal decree of the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to send the Son to become a flesh and bone man, born of a virgin, made under the law, to fulfill the law completely in all righteousness as a man; yet, as a man, He never stopped being God: 100% man and 100% God;

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

…that at the appointed time, Jesus Christ suffered the penalty of God’s wrath upon the cross for the sins of His people given Him of the Father, shedding His blood for the forgiveness of sins, and being that sufficient and eternal Substitute for the elect; that He was pleasing to the heavenly Father in every way and died upon that tree of wood so that men could have eternal life who believed on Him. The penalty was paid completely by Christ at Calvary’s cross when He cried out, “It is finished.” Christ’s burial for three days and three nights revealed that He had truly died in His humanity and that He suffered an actual death.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Christ’s bodily resurrection after three days and nights in the grave revealed the certainty of God’s holy work in His Son. His resurrection proved that His claim to deity was true and sure; and that He was raised in the body He possessed through His birth, life and death proved that Jesus Christ was truly flesh and bone man.

The Ascension of Jesus Christ

After appearing forty days unto many disciples, Christ ascended to the right hand of Majesty on high, ruling and reigning His church through the abiding and indwelling Holy Spirit from His heavenly throne.

The Consummation of Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ has promised that He will return bodily, visibly and coming in the clouds unto the consummation of all things: in judgment unto life eternal with Christ for the redeemed to the praise of God’s glorious grace; and in judgment unto eternal condemnation of the wicked to the praise of God’s glorious justice.

In Conclusion

The entirety of God’s revelation of Christ, and Him crucified, buried, risen, ascended, and returning is revealed in these sixty-six books that we call the Bible; and no amount of words uttered expressing these truths will ever sufficiently explain its infinite glory. Why? It is because God is infinitely glorious. This is why the salvation of a soul is a miracle by God’s grace alone through the preaching of the gospel. Mankind is frail and fallen, and though restored, redeemed and reconciled to God, every word uttered for Christ’s sake must come by the infinite power of the Holy Spirit to raise that dead sinner unto life everlasting.

That’s the gospel folks. I could have made it shorter by merely reading 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; or I could have made it longer by reading Genesis 1:1 all the way through to Revelation 22:21, for the Lord Jesus Christ did say, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). Yet, without the Spirit of Christ upon me, empowering me to write these words, or the Spirit of Christ quickening you to read these words, all my words are vain and empty; incomprehensible at best and utter foolishness at worse.

Jesus Christ, in His person and work, cannot be separated one from another. The gospel, the good news, is who Jesus Christ is (His person) and what He has done (His work), and therefore, as Paul was a bond slave (a servant in the KJV) of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:1), Paul was also a bond slave of Christ’s gospel.

Because the gospel contains no less than the infinitely glorious truth of Jesus Christ, and Him crucified, therefore, by the gospel of Christ, my desire is to not let sin rule in my mortal body; because the gospel is that precious to me in its saving grace, my desire is to not obey the lusts of sin; and because the gospel is the power of God unto salvation, therefore, I rejoice that I am not left to my own frailty to overcome sin, but instead, lean victoriously on the grace of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What sayest thou to the gospel of Jesus Christ?

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Listen to the sermon preached on this text, Romans 6:12-23,Being Made Free from Sin,” on November 15, 2009 at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church.

Read the previous article in this series,Reckoned Dead” (Romans 6:11).

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