Grace Baptist Church of Danville
September 6, 2009
Sin cannot be imputed where sin is not; and justice cannot slay the righteous. So our blessed Savior was made sin for us that he might be justly condemned and satisfy justice as our Substitute in his death, and make us the righteousness of God in him (Proverbs 17:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
Welcome Friends! — We welcome our friends from so many places. It is our prayer that your time with us and the gospel preached to you during our Bible conference has been and will be blessed of God to your souls’ everlasting benefit.
· We extend our sympathy to Bro. Bill Rolley, whose father died last week.
· There will be no services here tonight or Tuesday night.
· College Grove Grace Church, College Grove, TN, will host its annual sovereign grace Bible conference October 16-18. Bro. Chris Cunningham is the host pastor (Telephone 615-368-7853 — Email: email@example.com).
HAPPY AnniversarY: David and Betty Burge-7th
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Klaus Peterson-8th Evelyn Clark-10th
NURSERY DUTY TODAY:
Shante’ Birchum, Emily Rice (10:00) Vicci Rolley, Mindy Peterson (11:00)
Sinners Saved by God’s Decree — Don Fortner
(Tune: #99 — Hark the Herald Angels Sing — 77.77D)
Souls redeemed, your voices raise, sing your great Redeemer’s praise!
Jesus, Savior, holy Lamb, we will praise Your worthy name!
You have washed us in Your blood, made us kings and priests to God
Grace and glory in Him shine, matchless mercy, love divine!
Wondrous love indeed is this — He made our transgressions His!
Christ, for sinners, sin was made; and our debt in full He paid!
Bow to worship at Your throne, bow to sing Your praise alone.
Righteous are Your ways and true. Endless praises are Your due!
Sinners saved by God’s decree, we will praise our Surety!
Five Slanderous Reports Confronted
Throughout the ages, God’s servants have been slandered by those who opposed them, just as our Savior was slandered by his accusers. Sometimes, for the benefit of God’s people, those slanders must be confronted plainly, as Paul had to confront them at Rome, Galatia and Corinth.
A slanderous report is a malicious, false defamatory statement. It is a report that is intended to discredit a person. Politicians commonly slander one another, hoping to steal favor from their opponents and win it to themselves. Sadly, preachers and religious leaders frequently act like politicians and play politics with people.
Like Diotrephes, loving to have preeminence, false prophets slander faithful men, hoping to exalt themselves. These slanderers are not merely men who have and relate a mistaken opinion about a man. Evil as such gossip is, that is an understandable error. Slanderers know full well that the thing they state is untrue when they state it.
When men who will not receive the Word of God cannot refute the gospel we preach, when the doctrine we teach cannot be gainsaid, because it is plainly stated in Holy Scripture, they attempt to discredit the message we declare and discredit us by making our doctrine appear horribly evil. They do this by avowing that we say things we never dreamed of, let alone stated. That is exactly what Paul confronted in Romans 3:8.
Here are five slanderous reports that have been made against the gospel we cherish and the men who preach it. These are not hearsay matters. All of the slanders I confront in this article are things I have either read with my own eyes or heard with my own ears.
1. When we declare, as the Scriptures clearly do, that all who are born of God are “not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14), we are accused of saying, “Let us sin that grace may abound.”
Those who make this accusation know that it is false. It is an accusation that legalists have been hurling at gospel preachers for two thousand years. Because they are mercenaries, they presume that all are. Jude describes these slanderers as “ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” They turn the grace of God into lasciviousness by daring to assert that the preaching of salvation by grace alone, without works, will open the flood gates of sin and teach people to live in licentiousness.
2. When we repeat the very words of Inspiration asserting that our Lord Jesus Christ was “made sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21), we are accused of saying that “sin was infused into Christ.”
I’ve never known anyone to suggest or in anyway imply such a monstrous thing, except those who simply refuse (whatever their reason may be) to bow to the revelation of God. Wishing to make a straw man they can beat with vigor and pretended indignation, they speak as though some blasphemous fool actually believed the invention of their own perverse brains. What a great pity it is that evil men will take the most
precious revelation of Holy Scripture and turn it into a theological football to kick around for their amusement!
Our blessed Savior had no sin of his own. He was born without original sin, being even from birth “that Holy One” (Luke 1:35). Throughout his life he “knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21) and “did no sin” (1 Peter 2:22); “and in him is no sin” (1 John 3:5). But on Calvary the holy Lord God “made him sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Just as in the incarnation “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14), in substitution the Word who was made flesh “was made sin for us.”
I do not know how God could be made flesh and never cease to be God; but he was. I do not know how the eternal God could die and yet never die; but he did (Acts 20:28). I do not know how all the fulness of the infinite, incomprehensible God can dwell in Christ bodily; but it does (Colossians 2:9). And I do not know how Christ who knew no sin could be made sin and yet never have sinned; but he was.
These things are mysteries beyond the reach of human comprehension. But they are facts of divine revelation to which we bow with adoration. Hard as it is for many to realize, our God is “slightly” bigger than our puny brains!
3. When we bring forth the glorious fact of the eternal justification of God’s elect, exactly as it is stated by the Spirit of God in Romans 8:30 and Ephesians 1:3-6, vain men brazenly declare that we “do not believe the blood of Christ is necessary for salvation.”
What fool ever imagined that the accomplishments of God’s purpose in eternity nullifies the sure performance of his work in time? Again, such an absurdity has never been written or stated (to my knowledge) by anyone, except the slanderer who is embarrassed by his open rebellion to the Word of God; and will not repent. But, when men seek to draw away disciples after themselves, craving preeminence, seeking “advantage” for themselves (Jude 16), open deceit becomes (in their eyes and for themselves) excusable.
4. When we assure believing sinners of their complete and perfect union with Christ, as John does in 1 John 4:17, declaring that “as he is so are we in this world,” we are denounced by men who assert that the repetition of John’s declaration is heretical, because “it makes men little gods.”
Let the accusations fly as they may, — All God’s elect are one with Christ, accepted in Christ, and in Christ well-pleasing to the Triune Jehovah, because, “as he is so are we in this world!”
5. When we assert that every regenerate person in this world is made a “new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17) in Christ, that we are “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4), having Christ who is our righteousness imparted to us, as the Holy Spirit declares, we are accused of denying justification by Christ and imputed righteousness.
The imparted righteousness bestowed upon the heaven born soul is not a denial of imputed righteousness, but the verification of it. That new man created in righteousness and true holiness is “Christ in you the hope of glory.” That new nature is not a new principle of life, but a new life, a new man, a new nature, that “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” Redeemed by the blood and born of the Spirit we are made “meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.”
September 6, 2009
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 236-8235 - E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald S. Fortner, Pastor
Schedule of Regular Services
10:00 A.M. Bible Classes
10:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service
6:30 P.M. Evening Worship Service
7:30 P.M. Mid-Week Worship Service
Television Broadcasts in Danville
Channel 6 - Sunday Morning 8:00 A.M.
Channel 6 - Wednesday Evening 6:00 P.M.
Channel 6 - Friday Evening 7:00 P.M.
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