He Remembers No More

“For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” – Jeremiah 31:34

When we know the Lord, we receive the forgiveness of sins. We know Him as the God of grace, passing by our transgressions. What a joyful discovery is this! But how divinely is this promise worded–the Lord promises no more to remember our sins! Can God forget? He says He will, and He means what He says. He will regard us as though we had never sinned. The great atonement so effectually removed all sin that it is, to the mind of God, no more in existence. The believer is now in Christ Jesus, as accepted as ADam in his innocence; yes, more so, for he wears a divine righteousness, and that of Adam was only human.

The great Lord will not remember our sins, so as to punish them or so as to love us one atom less because of them. As a debt when paid ceases to be a debt, even so does the Lord make a complete obliteration of the iniquity of His people.

When we are mourning over our transgressions and shortcomings, and this is our duty as long as we live, let us at the same time rejoice that they will never be mentioned against us. This makes us hate sin. God’s free pardon makes us anxious to never again grieve Him by disobedience.

– C. H. Spurgeon

Bob Jennings Finished the Race

I have mentioned Bob Jennings over the past months at different times, asking you to pray for him in his experience of pancreatic cancer. Yesterday, a few minutes before 12:00 noon, Bob finished his race and passed into the immediate presence of Christ–race run well, fight fought like a warrior, course finished with joy, and the faith kept courageously.

A godlier mana more humble and gracious brother-a deeper man of prayer–a more exemplary ChristianI’ve never known in all my years as a Christian. Bob has now gone on before us, and we, as his brethren, will soon follow. The memorial celebration will be this Saturday in Sedalia.

Here is the last of approximately 300 letters to the editor of the Sedalia, Mo. newspaper that Bob wrote over the three decades he pastored Highway M Chapel in Sedalia.
— Terri and I moved to Sedalia with one child in 1983 to pastor a new church which has met at Highway M Chapel since 1987. Alas, pancreatic cancer showed up two years ago. Apart from divine intervention, I’m near the end of the road. Permit a farewell to my dear
community.
In the almost 30 years we have raised our five children, lived our lives, gone inand out of the businesses, talked on the sidewalks, preached indoors and out, and I’ve written maybe 300 letters to the editor. This appears to be the last. The song writer says, “Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away.” Especially being a Christian, I’ve known that life is brief, death is certain, and an appearance before the judge of all the Earth is coming. Yet, my life is more of a “disappearing vapor” than I imagined. Indeed, the one great thing in life is to be ready to die. It is simple, but big.
Yes, I’d like to stay on with my family, with my church, and with the souls of men to try to serve. But God’s will is sovereign. And, I am ready to die, in that I was saved from my sins by the grace of Christ 41 years ago. Heaven is OK! This world is passing away, ruined by sin. There is no fix to all the misery. A new president cannot fix the land. Hospitals remain, law courts remain, the jail house remains, the military remains, and tears will continue to fall.
My closing exhortation to fellow Sedalians is that Christ is the only hope. Make sure you have Him. That’s all one can have, ultimately. All else is stripped away. He will fix you; He will fix it all. He conquered the grave. I go down with a glad shout, “O grave, where is your victory?” When the Lord Jesus returns I will rise again with all the Christians to a new heavens and new Earth. There is a heaven to gain; there is a hell to shun. Farewell to all. It has been a well-spent journey here in Sedalia.
Robert C. Jennings, co-pastor, Hwy. M Chapel, Sedalia
** I strongly encourage you to go to www.illbehonest.com, find the link to the Fellowship Conferences, and listen to Bob’s 2011 sermon on The Word of Christ Dwelling in You and his 2012 sermon, Behold the Lamb of God. He preached both of these messages after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. These are as good of messages as you will ever hear. – Mack T.

The Church’s Greatest Danger Today

Our greatest danger, I feel today, is to quench the Spirit. This is no age to advocate restraint; the church today does not need to be restrained, but to be aroused, to be awakened, to be filled with a spirit of glory, for she is failing in the modern world.

– Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Unpardonable Sin Follow-Up

The man who wrote me about the unpardonable sin came to church Sunday and then I had 1 1/2 hours with him Monday morning. Here is his follow-up Monday afternoon. – Mack T.

Thanks for talking to me, Mack. I really needed that. The message Sunday morning was very good. I sometimes wonder if it is some spirit that has vexed me all these years. Until recently, I always thought a man could pull himself up by his own bootstraps. I could not have been more mistaken. I did not have the opportunity to explain the depth of despair that I have found myself in. I knew than that God has to find me, not the other way around.

My soul started into a downward spiral into the depths of despair that I have never known, only to get worse when confronted with the warnings in the Book of Hebrews. I do not intend to pretend with God ever again that I am saved. I can see how all these years I have been building my own house on the sand. I pray that God will not forsake me because the most wonderful thing in existence to be sought more than the entire world is Christ.

How wonderful He is. He is the only thing that is of value to a man. Some say they put Him first, but he should be more than that–he is all. And how I wish he would let me have him as my all and everything. My whole world has been burned to the ground. Nothing has remained. All of this happenning to me was just symbolism before in my mind. Not now. This is real. My works have gone up in smoke. My secret sins have burned me. My only hope is that the Word says he is merciful; I am just a man and I have no idea how much mercy he has. I have no doubt that He will judge. That is certain. I just hope and pray that in spite of my grievious sins, he will have mercy and extend grace to me.

I have had this nagging feeling for a long time that I have been trusting in the wrong thing. It seemed as though there should have been victory a long time ago. I just kept doing the wrong thing, spiritually speaking. Making up ways of appeasing God in my own mind. Never wanting to admit that these sins have hounded me. In a sense I made up my own god, a god that could let me live in my sins and some day my prince would come and deliver me. I didn’t realize I was a hypocrite and a perverse man. I can’t stand to think of it. My past. I hate that guy. I am that man. I am the summer clouds that have no promise of rain. I am the spot in your love feast. It would seem that by now Jesus could walk in His garden an enjoy some fruit. By now I’m 48, and Jesus should be able to be refreshed by some fruitfulness from me. I have failed the only beautiful One. I have been a rogue and a ruffian. I wish I would have just cut out my tongue years ago.

But I guess it’s all evidence that a man is just sinful and without any ability to save himself. To even have the moral strength to resist temptation or to stand and not fall is impossible without wholly trusting in Jesus. It’s all so clear to me now. A man cannot live for one day or one minute without Christ or he will fall. The tough guy will fall.

He is a Wonderful Counselor that you have. I only hope that He will have me. I love that hymn that says, “Be Thou my vision, oh Lord of my heart. Not be all else to me save that Thou art. Thou and Thou only, first in my heart; High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art.” I now understand the worth of that Treasure. It is not some mysterious thing anymore. Jesus is everything and the only thing in the entire universe and beyond. HE IS EVERYTHING. I hope God will forgive me for my small thinking in the past. Mack, Jesus is the only worthy endeavor a man should ever seek. Tell the young men this. There is nothing else to seek. Nothing. I sought success in real estate and being a family man. I sought a lot of things. A man needs to seek only one thing — Jesus and His righteousness.

I really loved your sweet church with just a piano and singing from a hymnal. I tell you, there were either angels in the front row singing or you have a church full of opera singers. The only errant voice was mine. What a way to worship, without the rythmic booming of drums and railing electric guitars blasting through one’s brain. I am beside myself in awe of the beauty of it. I only hope that I didn’t bring anything foul with me to your assembling. I am not worthy to be accounted with the righteous. I would like to come again, but I do not want to be a blemish. I humbly submit to the leading of the Spirit through your leadership of your flock there. Knowing my situation and my soul being so vexed, I would expect you to protect your flock. I would like to talk with you more at any rate and visit if it is possible.

I started reading from John Bunyan’s testimony. His thinking is exactly like mine while he was in his despair. So I have some more hope. Thanks Mack; I’ll call this week or you can call me at your leisure anytime………. Thanks

[Doesn’t sound like one who has committed the unpardonable sin, does it?]

– Mack T.

Our Posture Before the Word of God, Part 1

Regarding the Bible–

1. If I find something with which I do not agree, I am wrong.

2. If I find something which I cannot understand, it is wrong of me to judge it on that account.

3. If I find something which contradicts the clear teaching of Scripture elsewhere, I cannot be right.

4. If I find something which would slander the revealed character of God, I am wrong; Caution: that which is “unworthy of God” is not decided by man.

5. If I find something in Scripture which brings up an apparent contradiction, I am wrong not to face it squarely.

– to be continued

– Tom Lyon

A Testimony from Malta

Dear Mack Tomlinson,

I am reading your book about the life of Leonard Ravenhill and would like to sincerely thank you for your work. I am being blessed and challenged by much of what
has been written. The book was providentially brought to my attention during this particular time in my life, and I thank our gracious God for this. Please received my
humble gratitude and appreciation for all your work and the effort which you put into it.

I know a little about this, since last February, after seven years of translatlion work, I have published the first edition of our Maltese language translation of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progess.

I hope and pray that your book is read by many and especially used to clarify and confirm those whom our blessed Lord, in spite of their limitations and weaknesses, might be called to be ‘prophets’ in these times we live in.

Once again, thank you.

Wishing you and your loved ones at home a most blessed day, and a closer walk with God.

Joseph Farrugia
Island of Malta
Europe

Hindrances to Prayer

1. Pretense in prayer – Mark 12:40
2. Inconsistency in prayer – Acts 2:42; Romans 1:9; Luke 11:8; Romans 12:12
3. Lack of fervency(zeal) in prayer – Romans 15:30; James 5:16; Colossians 4:12; Hebrews 5:7
4. Generality (lack of specificity) in prayer – 1 Thessalonians 1:2; Ephesians 6:19; Philemon 1:4
5. Lack of devotion to prayer – 2 Timothy 1:3; 1 Timothy 5:5; Mark 9:29; Luke 6:12; Eph 6:18
6. Lack of corporately gathering – Acts 1:14; Acts 12:5
7. Lack of self-control; lack – 1 Peter 4:7; 1 Cor 7:5
8. Failing to honor your wife -1 Peter 3:7
9. Failure to discern spiritual danger 1 Peter 4:7
10. Double-mindedness – James 1:6-8

– Bob Schembre

From D. A. Carson

All of us would be wiser if we would resolve never to put people down, except on our prayer lists.

– D. A. Carson

Does The False Prophecy of Harold Camping Damage the Cause of Christ?

I received this question yesterday from someone

“Does the false prophecy by Harold Camping about May 21st damage true Christianity? Of course, the liberal media took great delight in ridiculing the whole of evangelical Christianity over this, even though very few took part in it. Harold Camping’s false prophecy about the end of the world gave great cause for unbelievers to mock. But will there be any long-term effects? My mom said her whole office was laughing about it. I would be interested in your comments on this.”

My reply

Dear brother,

I do not agree that much harm comes to true Christianity from such false prophecies as Harold Camping has made. Such has always been the case and it has always occurred since the beginning of the Christian faith. False, counterfeit Christianity may be harmed, but never the true gospel and the true kingdom of Christ. How can needless harm come to His cause, when Jesus already told us it would happen? He said that many would come in His name with such claims, and that false prophets would arise and deceive many.

The Apostle Paul also said, in the clearest of terms, that “because men will not receive the love of the truth in order that they might be saved, that therefore God sends them strong delusion, that they might believe a lie.” (2 Thess. 2:11)

True Christians always discern and see through the scam and extremes of the religious idiot or deluded ones. Nothing has changed. Jesus said it was going to come and so it simply means the kingdom is right on schedule.

Let’s keep preaching the gospel, living holy lives, and looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. And let us ignore the Harold Campings of this world. There have always been religious kooks who speak in the name of the Lord and speak from the Bible. Leave them alone, for they are a part of the false religious world, and not a part of the true cause of God and truth.

Yours warmly in Him

– Mack Tomlinson

What God says to the Wicked

“But to the wicked God says, ‘What right do you have to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips?'” – Psalm 50:16

There are some things that God especially dislikes. He dislikes them so much that He directly speaks to them in certain places in Scripture. One of those things is when people who do not know him quote the Bible and claim to be Christians when they are not.

In Psalm 50:16, God says directly to any unbeliever, “What right do you have to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips?”

According to this Psalm, no unbeliever has the right–

1. To quote the Bible at all – “What right have you to recite my statutes?”

The Lord here says that a wicked person (an unbeliever) does not have the right even to quote the Bible; they don’t believe it or obey it, so according to God Himself, they have no right to even let Scripture come out of their mouth.

How wicked a thing it is, from God’s perspective, for wicked men, women, and children to in any way use the Bible, when all the time they despise in their hearts the very truths it teaches; to use and quote the Bible, for them, is grievous sin; they stand rebuked by God Himself, directly calling them out for this in vs. 16 of Psalm 50; the unbeliever, if they have any reverence for the things of God and true Christianity, ought to be very fearful to talk about the Bible or quote it, as if doing so somehow helps them or gains them something. The only thing it gains them is judgment and divine rebuke. It is as if God is saying, “You wicked person, how dare you take my words and put them in your dirty mouth? Don’t quote Me every again, for you have no right to take my precepts and statutes into your mouth and use them!”

What else does an unbeliever not have the right to do?

2. To profess to be a Christian when they are not a true Christian at all; vs. 16 continues: “To the wicked God says ‘What right have you . . . . . to take my covenant on your lips?'”

To say the same thing today would be, “What right do you have to claim to be a Christian when you are not?” God Himself here is speaking to the unbeliever, who professes the name of Jesus, but does not truly know, love, and obey Christ. It is easy believism that God rebukes here. How dare you name the name of Christ when you are yet wicked and dead in your sins! It is wicked and evil to say, “I know God, I know Jesus”, when your life’s evidence doesn’t match up to your profession.

Every unbeliever who knows they love their sin and knows they do not love Christ ought to renounce any Christian profession at all; just admit what you are– a wicked and unbelieving person; stop taking God’s covenant (true salvation) on your lips; quit claiming to be a Christian when you give no evidence of it at all.

What is true often of such people? The real proof is in their life style. The Psalm tells us:

1. They hate the discipline and correction of God (vs. 17) “For you hate discipline and cast my words behind you.”

Such people do not want God’s words or his correction at all; they profess to know God, but in works they deny him; if asked if they are a Christian, they will say, “Oh, yea, I did that when I was eight years old at a church camp.” But if ask if why they won’t put off their sin now and follow Christ, they will cry, “Oh, that’s just legalistic; I don’t need to obey all your religious rules; I love God in my own way; He and I have a good thing going, and I don’t need all that Bible stuff.” Such a person is exactly who is in view in vss. 16-17.

2. They like sin and approve of it (vs. 18) “If you see a thief, you are pleased with him and you keep company with adulterers.”

This is proof that one doesn’t know God at all; they love what God hates and they affirm what He rejects. You cannot love or like sin and love the Saviour at the same time. Whoever is a friend of this world is an enemy of God.

3. They use their mouth and their words continually, not for the glory of God, but as an instrument of evil. (vs. 19) “You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit; you sit and speak against your brother and slander your own mother’s son.”

How one talks, and how they use their tongue is proof of their true spiritual condition. Anyone who continually uses their words to criticize, slander, deceive and destroy others, is not a person who knows God at all. The fruit of the lips is proof of the root condition of the heart.

4. The final thing God says about such people– “You thought I was one like yourself.”

People claim to be Christians and yet live a wicked life because they think God is no different than them. They believe in their heart He is not much better than them; perhaps a little better, but not much different really; so they use the Bible at times and claim to know God, yet all the while continue in all the detestable things that are an offense to the God they profess to believe in, when in reality, He is not like them at all.

God says, “What right do you have to quote my Bible or claim to be a Christian?” No right at all, unless it is clearly true about you. Only those who know, love, reverence, and obey Jesus have the right to use the Bible or claim the name of Christian.

– Mack Tomlinson