In connection with this month’s article on real and false faith, I reread this 1919 classic by Chafer. As with Machen’s book last month, if you didn’t know it, you would think this was written in the 90’s. I knew that Chafer questioned early evangelistic methods in this book and in it spoke against false professions and evangelists who produce them. As with Strong, Buswell and others, Chafer was a theologian who applied his doctrine to his ministry of evangelism. If men like these saw gross misuse of the gospel of grace in their day, think of what they would see today! May God raise up more like them in our day whose Bible and lost souls are more precious to them than the praise of men.
- When God Closes the Door — The foremost belief of a sinner who refuses God’s grace is that the consequences of that refusal will never come. Surely anyone who truly understood and believed in what the Bible teaches about heaven and hell would not take such a chance as this. But, of course, the fact is that such a person does [...]
- Good News & Bad News About Human... — There are some things about which the Bible speaks clearly and one of those is the makeup of human beings. Yet it is amazing how far away from the plain language of the Bible our society has moved within one generation. In my youth it was risky enough to refer to homosexuals or lesbians rather [...]
- The God Who Speaks — “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds” Hebrews 1:1-2 America is quickly leaving a word-based society [...]
- A Castle of Cards? — Are you ever discouraged because of your circumstances and have turned really pessimistic? I am not talking about having a “glass half-empty” but more of a “glass bone dry” kind of attitude. What do we do at that point? How do we wade through those difficult times? How do we get out of such pessimism? [...]
- New Testament Heralds — Perhaps the most seldom used title in the Bible for the minister is “Preacher.” Though the English word “Preacher” appears four times, one time (Rom. 10:14) is actually a verb, and another (2 Pet. 2:5) refers to Noah, an Old Testament character. So the title “Preacher,” referring to the New Testament minister is only used [...]