Download Caught Up: 1 Thessalonians 4 and the Truth About the Rapture by Danny Hyde

“We…will be caught up” (1 Thes. 4:17) 

Will you be “left behind?” Evangelical Christianity knows this question well. It has been inundated with the pre-tribulational, pre-millennial, secret rapture of the church for the last century. In fact, just last week Dallas Theological Seminary advertised a free ebook on social media, The Truth and Timing of the Rapture by Mark Hitchcock. In response, the Alliance is pleased to offer the free E-book Caught Up: 1 Thessalonians 4 and the Truth About the Rapture by MeetthePuritans.org editor Danny Hyde.

Tolle Lege! Take up and read!

When you shop, Amazon gives

By Robert Brady

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Alliance every time you shop on Amazon, at no cost to you. Bookmark and visit smile.amazon.com, designate the Alliance as your charitable organization. It’s that simple!

On Thursday, March 16, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate!) of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Get started at smile.amazon.com/ch/23-1352120.


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Old Error for a New Generation

By Robert Brady

This important conversation was originally posted at Todd Pruitt’s blog 1517 hosted at MortificationofSpin.org


Last evening I was made aware of a new podcast called Truth’s Table. The particular episode I was linked to is entitled “Gender Apartheid.” Among the hosts and guests are members of PCA and OPC churches; women and men with leadership responsibilities. The content of the discussion is shocking to anyone who actually believes and upholds the doctrinal standards of the PCA and OPC.

You can listen to the episode HERE.

If you listen to the podcast what you will hear is typical boilerplate liberation theology which is fundamentally unbiblical and incompatible with the gospel and the church’s mission. Sadly this has been allowed a foothold in the PCA. Some of us have been warning about it, apparently to no avail. It is nothing more than the latest incarnation of the social gospel which ironically destroys the gospel by replacing it with something else.

During the discussion the hosts dismiss the biblical pattern of male leadership within the church as nothing more than a manmade rule. They also mock those who uphold that biblical pattern and join that mockery with crude language. Keep in mind that these men and women are members of and serve in churches whose standards uphold those biblical patterns of leadership.

Near the very end of the podcast one of the hosts gives a brief nod of legitimacy to transgenderism. This is not surprising given the radical roots of their categories.

I will not labor over every problem with the content of this podcast. You will be able to hear for yourself if you choose. But be warned. It is very tedious. It is something that would be warmly received in the PC(USA) for sure. What is so troubling is that it is being received by some within the PCA. This will not end well. Experiments in the social gospel never end well.

If you are a member of a PCA church you have a voice. I would encourage you to make the pastor and session of your church aware of this and encourage them to take action by contacting the appropriate churches and presbyteries. You will also want to pass it along to the clerk of your presbytery.

Let us do all we can to keep these unbiblical ideas from spreading any further in the PCA and corrupting our Lord’s church.


Express your concerns to your local church, presbytery, and denominational leaders.

Presbyterian Church in America

Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Evangelical Presbyterian Church

Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America

 


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Trinity audio featuring the teaching of Liam Goligher now available

By Robert Brady

In the summer of 2016 the subject of the Trinity was brought to the forefront on MortificationofSpin.org, particular through blog posts by Liam Goligher and Carl Trueman. The discussion ran like wildfire across the evangelical blogosphere throughout 2016, bringing the doctrine of the Trinity to national attention.

In response, Dr. Goligher preached a series of sermons on the Trinity from Hebrews 1. This doctrine is not easy to understand or to preach.  Yet the Trinity is the most foundational of all Christian beliefs, because it speaks of the God we worship as he revealed himself to finite minds.

These sermons are now available on CD and MP3 at ReformedResources.org thanks to a partnership between the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and Tenth Presbyterian Church. Listening to them several times, one still finds new angles, new insights into the shape of this battle; new understandings of the implications for every aspect of our faith. The trumpet call has sounded. Time to polish swords and put on helmets, to empty the armory of God of all its state-of-the-art equipment for this battle.

Contemplation of the Trinity opens fresh vistas of spiritual knowledge as Christians read Scripture for themselves. They will find TRINITY ideal for their own devotional study.  Also consider a set as an Easter gift to your favorite young pastor or pastor-to-be. 

MP3 Audio Set of All 8 Sermons:  $8.00

CD Audio Set of All 8 Sermons:  $12.00 (75% off regular price)

Discounted Price good until May 1, 2017 on ReformedResources.org.

 


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Luther, and the Creative Power of the Word

By Robert Brady

The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and WFIL 560 AM have had a long partnership. In addition to broadcasting The Bible Study Hour with James Boice and No Falling Word with Liam Goligher, they are one of the sponsors of this year’s Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology taking place in Bryn Mawr April 28-30. Advance registration ends on April 23, we encourage you to attend. 

WFIL’s most recent issue of their magazine FaithTalk features articles on the Reformation including “Luther, and the Creative Power of the Word” by Carl Trueman. Carl, co-host on Mortification of Spin, will be joining us as a conference speaker at PCRT. His article is shared here with permission. 


The importance of Luther to the Christian faith cannot be overstated. For many today, he is probably a figure who looks larger as a symbol of defiance or a heroic rebel against a corrupt church and decadent theology.There is much truth in such images. His stand at the Diet of Worms was a remarkable act of courageous defiance. And his theology represented nothing less than a self-conscious attempt to overthrow the medieval thought which he had been taught and replace it with a comprehensive understanding of God and the gospel as refracted the incarnate and crucified Christ.

Yet there is more to Luther. Indeed, perhaps his greatest contribution to the faith, and one that we can still learn from today, is his understanding of God’s Word. When we hear this term, our modern evangelical minds typically go to the contemporary debates about inerrancy, infallibility, interpretation and the like. Certainly such questions are legitimate. But for Luther the central point about the Word of God was its creative power. God’s speech is the means by which he does things – makes, destroys, blesses, curses.

The idea of the Word as creative is particularly evident in Luther’s Lectures on Genesis.  In reflecting upon Genesis 1, Luther is constantly mesmerized by the fact that God’s Word is what brings creation into being, what makes one type of creature out of material which cannot naturally do such – as in birds emerging from the waters on the fifth day. God says and it comes to be. The Word is a powerful, creative force.

This, of course, underlies his most famous of doctrines: justification by grace through faith. Unlike medieval notions of justification, where God’s declaration that the believer is righteous is rooted in some quality intrinsic in the believer, Luther famously makes this a matter of extrinsic declaration. Sinners are righteous because God has externally declared them to be so, no matter what their actual, real outward condition might appear to indicate. I may be a thief and a liar but, if I turn and put my trust in Christ, I am clothed in his righteousness and God’s Word will declare me innocent.  And this ties in with his understanding of the love of God. As he said in the last theological thesis of the Heidelberg Disputation in 1518, the love of God does not find but creates that which is lovely to it. How does it do so? By the Word.

I would suggest that this is one aspect of Luther’s theology which both pastors and congregations can benefit from meditating upon. For the pastor who preaches, the idea that when he declares God’s Word he is not simply describing a state of affairs but is actually confronting people with God’s Word in a manner that can and must transform them should surely be an awe-inspiring, exciting, and humbling thing. In the pulpit, Luther did not think he was simply explaining the Bible. He was blessing those who turned to Christ and cursing those who turned away from him, carrying some to heaven and shutting the gates of paradise to those who simply hardened their hearts. And congregants should go to church with a sense of expectation. They go to church not simply to learn the Bible better – they can do that by sitting at home and reading good commentaries. No, they go to hear God’s Word in all of its powerful, untamable creativity.   

The Word of God preached for blessing and for cursing – that is the heart of Luther’s practical and theological Reformation. 


Carl Trueman is a co-host on the Mortification of Spin podcast, professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, and pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. He has an M.A. in Classics from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Church History from the University of Aberdeen and has taught on the faculties of theology at both the University of Nottingham and the University of Aberdeen. He has authored a number of books, including The Creedal Imperative and Luther on the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom.


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Knowing the Trinity, the latest book from the Alliance and Ryan McGraw

By Robert Brady

Knowing the Trinity: Practical Thoughts for Daily Lifeby Meet the Puritans contributor Ryan McGraw, is the latest book from the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.

The Gospel is primarily about God. Part of the glory of the New Testament is that it explains the Gospel to us in terms of the glorious work of the three persons of the Trinity.

‘The Trinity is the central doctrine of the Christian faith because it involves the very identity of God.  Yet many Christians are unsure as to how this is supposed to shape their Christian lives.  In the tradition of John Owen, Dr McGraw here offers a lively and accessible account of the doctrine and its practical and doxological implications for every Christian.  I think this will prove to be a very helpful volume.’ – Carl R. Trueman

Each chapter of Knowing the Trinity leads readers to meditate on God’s work and how they relate to Him in light of passages of Scripture that appeal to all three divine Persons. The study questions included in are designed to promote personal devotion or group discussion. 

This book aims to show that the Trinity is the foundation of all biblical doctrines, the lifeblood of the church, and the heart of Christian experience.

Knowing the Trinity is available at our store ReformedResources.org in paperback. Also available as an eBook. Be sure to get a copy.

‘John Owen’s Communion with God stands out as the classic exploration of the devotional dimensions of the doctrine, and Ryan McGraw seeks to do the same more briefly and on a more popular level. McGraw begins by pointing us to Ephesians 2:18—“Through him we both have access to the Father, by one Spirit”—and then spends the rest of his time unpacking the related implications. A worthy introduction to a theme often overlooked.’ – Fred Zaspel


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