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"What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy." Romans 9:14-16


Extract:
"Unwarranted confidence in human ability is a product of fallen human nature ... God's grace in Christ is not merely necessary but is the sole efficient cause of salvation. We confess that human beings are born spiritually dead and are incapable even of cooperating with regenerating grace. We reaffirm that in salvation we are rescued from God's wrath by his grace alone. It is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that brings us to Christ by releasing us from our bondage to sin and raising us from spiritual death to spiritual life. We deny that salvation is in any sense a human work. Human methods, techniques or strategies by themselves cannot accomplish this transformation. Faith is not produced by our unregenerated human nature."

The Cambridge Declaration
http://gospelhour.info/pdf/The Cambridge Declaration.pdf


Extract:
"The authority of Scripture is a key issue for the Christian church in this and every age. Those who profess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are called to show the reality of their discipleship by humbly and faithfully obeying God's written Word. To stray from Scripture in faith or conduct is disloyalty to our Master. Recognition of the total truth and trustworthiness of Holy Scripture is essential to a full grasp and adequate confession of its authority."

The Chicago Statement
http://gospelhour.info/pdf/The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.pdf


Extract:
"We affirm the duty of making clear testimony to our Faith by separating from all error and therefore from all co-operation in religious activities with those who deny any cardinal truth of the Christian Faith 1. Under the old covenant, God’s people were solemnly warned against associating with those who had seriously deviated from the Truth, 2 and when they did not heed such warning they were sternly reproved, rebuked or judged 3. Under the new covenant, we are plainly told to withdraw from those who separate themselves from God’s inviolable Truth 4. It is also clear that we are to restrict fellowship – especially church, public fellowship – with those professing “evangelicals” who disregard the teaching of Scripture on separation, choosing to fraternize with those who question or repudiate Bible Truth 5. It is one of the greatest weaknesses of modern “evangelicalism” that it fails to take a separated stand from apostasy. Those representing true, conservative evangelicalism should stand together – and work together – for the Faith once delivered to the saints 6. We reject all Inter-Faith activities, even as we totally repudiate false Ecumenism which attempts to bring together those who cannot agree on the fundamentals of the Christian Faith, and Romanism which promotes an idolatry essentially and blasphemously heathen, and Modernism which violates the doctrine of the verbal and plenary inspiration of Holy Scripture, and New Evangelicalism which opts for a position of neutralism and appeasement, compromising distinctive and vital Biblical Truth.
1. Romans 16:17,18; Ephesians 5:11; Titus 3:10; 2 John 10,11 2. Exodus 23:32; 34:12,15; Joshua 23:7 3. Judges 2:2; 2 Chronicles 19:2 cf. 18:1; 20:35-37; Ezra 9:1,2,14 4. Matthew 7:15; 15:14; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Galatians 1:8,9; 2:4,5,11; 1 Timothy 6:3-5; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 5:21; Revelation 2:14-17; 18:4 5. 2 Thessalonians 3:6,14,15 6. Acts 2:42; 2 Corinthians 13:8; Philippians 1:27; 3 John 5-8; Jude 3"

Bible League Affirmation 2010
http://gospelhour.info/pdf/Bible_League_Affirmation_2010.pdf


Extract:
"Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men unexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of His will, which is necessary unto salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal Himself, and to declare His will unto His Church; and afterwards for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which makes the Holy Scripture to be most necessary; those former ways of God's revealing His will unto His people being now ceased."

Westminster Confession 1646
http://gospelhour.info/pdf/Westminster Confession 1646.pdf


Extract:
"The total sufficiency of Scripture is declared by the Apostle Paul, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works 2Tim.3:16" For final truth and authority, all that is needed is the Scripture. This is because the Word of God bears its own spiritual rule of historical-grammatical interpretation. Sections that initially appear obscure because of our lack of understanding, are clarified by other parts where meanings are made plain. The Holy Spirit Himself is given to the believer so that by prayer and diligent comparative study, knowledge of the Gospel and the will of God is made plain to him. It is this means alone, comparing Scripture with Scripture under the illuminating ministry of the Holy Spirit, that safeguards the renewed reader from the danger of imaginative self-centered mystical deceit and the errors propagated by religious fanaticism and cultic heresies. Natural men, those not made alive by the Holy Spirit and indwelt by Him, have only their darkened understandings to guide them, so, The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. Proverbs.4:19"

Certainty of the Written Word of Truth: Richard Bennett & Robert Nicholson
http://gospelhour.info/pdf/Certainty_of_the_Written_Word_of_Truth.pdf


"The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe."
Proverbs 29:25


Citation:
"Unless with all your hearts you abandon the Papacy, you cannot save your souls. The reign of the Pope is so opposed to the law of Christ and the life of the Christian, that it will be safer to roam the desert and never see the face of man, than abide under the rule of Antichrist. I warn every man to look to his soul's welfare, lest by submitting to the Pope he deny Christ. The time is come when Christians must choose between death here and death hereafter. For my own part, I choose death here. I cannot lay such a burden upon my soul as to hold my peace in this matter: I must look to the great reckoning. I abominate the Babylonian pest. As long as I live I will proclaim the truth. If the wholesale destruction of souls throughout Christendom cannot be prevented, at least I shall labour to the utmost of my power to rescue my own countrymen from the bottomless pit of perdition."
Martin Luther, December 11, 1520, Sermon at Wittenberg.
Wylie, James. History of Protestantism, Book 6, ch 2, p296
Cassell & Company, Limited. London


Citation:
"Therefore I pray and beseech you, in the name of Christ, Show yourselves to be men; "quit yourselves like men!" It doth not infer any reproach if you do show yourselves men: Christian men — which alone will make you "quit yourselves." I do not think that, to this work you have in hand, a neutral spirit will do! That is, a Laodicean spirit; and we know what God said of that Church: it was "lukewarm," and therefore He would "spew it out of His mouth!" It is not a neutral spirit that is incumbent upon you. And if not a neutral spirit, it is much less a stupified spirit, inclining you, in the least disposition, the wrong way! Men are, in their private consciences, every day making shipwreck; and it's no wonder if these can shake hands with persons of reprobate interests--such, give me leave to think, are the popish interests. It is not such a spirit that will carry this work on! It is men in a Christian state; who have works with faith; who know how to lay hold on Christ for remission of sins, till a man be brought to glory in hope. Such a hope kindled in men's spirits will actuate them to such ends as you are tending to do. If men, through scruple, be opposite, you cannot take them by the hand to carry them 'along with you' — it were absurd: if a man be scrupling the plain truth before him, it is vain to meddle with him! He hath placed another business in his mind. Doubting, hesitating men are not fit for your work. You must not expect that men of hesitating spirits under the bondage of scruples, will be able to carry on this work, much less such as are merely carnal, natural; such as, having an outward profession of godliness, whom the apostle speaks of so often "are enemies to the cross of Christ; whose God is their belly; whose glory is their shame; who mind earthly things.",,, No! I do not look the work should be done by these. But by men of honest hearts, engaged to God; strengthened by His Providence; enlightened in their words, to know His Word--to which He hath set His seal by the blood of His Son, and with the blood of His servants; that is such a spirit as will carry on this work!" If I have any peculiar interest which is personal to myself, which is not subservient to this public end--it were not an extravagant thing for me to curse myself: because I know God will curse me if I have. I have learned too much of God to dally with Him."
Oliver Cromwell, 17th September 1656, Speech to Parliament.
Carlyle, Thomas. Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches, Vol III, p120-1
George Routledge and Sons, London, 1888.


Citation:
“Of what consists actually the inner life of each individual Christian and of the whole Christian church? What is the actual heartbeat of the spiritual life of all those who are Christians? The faith that they have only through Christ, and not through their own works, have forgiveness of sins. This faith defines the actual nature of the spiritual life of a Christian. What water is for a fish and air is for the natural life of a person, that is the element of life, that, for a Christian, is the faith that he through Christ alone has forgiveness of all sins and is with God in grace. Whoever does not wish to leave this faith to a Christian attacks his life. Whoever most endangers and attacks this faith damages the church the most. Who is according to this the greatest enemy of the church, when we look around among the enemies of the same? Is it Nero, Decius and their like who slaughtered thousands of Christians gruesomely? Oh, no! In those cases Christians could remain in faith, sing songs of praise to Christ in the places of martyrdom and go to Heaven. But when someone takes Christ out of their heart, that goes truly to their life, namely the spiritual and eternal life. And that is what the papacy does.”
Franz August Otto Pieper 1852-1931. Our Position in Doctrine and Practice - 1893
Lecture delivered before the 1893 Synod of Delegates of the Synod of Missouri, Ohio and other States


Citation:
"Let us suppose an inhabitant of some remote and superior region, yet unskilled in the ways of men, having read and considered the precepts of the gospel, and the example of our Saviour, to come down in search of the true church. If he would not inquire after it among the cruel, the insolent, and the oppressive; among those who are continually grasping at dominion over souls as well as bodies; among those who are employed in procuring to themselves impunity for the most enormous villainies, and studying methods of destroying their fellow-creatures, not for their crimes, but their errors, if he would not expect to meet benevolence engaged in massacres, or to find mercy in a court of inquisition--he would not look for the true church in the church of Rome."
Samuel Johnson 1709-1784
Preface to Lobo: Works of Samuel Johnson: in twelve volumes, Volume 2, p315.
1809, Hastings, Etheridge and Bliss, Boston.


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