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Book Review: Why We’re Protestant by Nate Pickowicz

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u6zfemtWhen writing reviews, there are lots of thing you can say about a thick book. This is because a bulky volume can cover lots of grounds in a given topic. However in this new book of Nathan Pickowicz it’s not just an introduction to the 5 Solas we affirm. But it’s a mix bag of everything for everyone’s need done in a clear, understandable and orderly manner.  This book is for a.) A believer who is confused with what he believes b.) A Catholic who wants to know the difference doctrinally between a Protestant and Roman Catholic church c.) A believer who wants to know the historic background of the 5 solas d.) A believer who wants a concise biblical response to Roman Catholicism’s beliefs and e.) A seeker who wants to know how to get right with God. That’s why I love reading this short book of because every angle is covered to satisfy different readers.

Reading this as we celebrate the 500th of the Reformation will reinforce the biblical and historical belief that we hold as a Christian. And it’s a gentle reminder for us that we should not compromise what believe. I highly recommend this book.

My verdict:

5 out of 5

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The Quotable Round-Up # 67

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Hey people here’s your favorite post. Hot and fresh quotes from the book “Why We’re Protestant” by Nate Pickowicz . If you enjoyed these quotes, please buy the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon. Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“One of the most common practices of Catholics is to entreat the help of saints who have passed on, in hopes of obtaining grace through the benefits of their extra works. However, if we understand that “none are righteous” (Rom. 3:10; cf. Isa. 64:6), and the only righteousness available to the believer is the imputed righteousness of Christ, then all the “merit” possessed by the saints of church history is not their own; it all belongs to Christ, because the good deeds done are done in Christ (Eph. 2:10; cf. 1 Cor. 6:19-20).”

“The distinguishing mark of Martin Luther’s theology was what he called “the theology of the cross.” In short, it was a biblical worldview built on the notion that all of life, all of theology, all of existence, all of our knowledge of God, and all of salvation must be viewed through Christ’s work on the cross. Similarly, the apostle Paul declared, “For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified ” (1 Cor. 2:2).”

“Christians are those who are declared righteous by God, although they are not righteous themselves. “Sins remain in us, and God hates them very much,” said Luther. “Because of them it is necessary for us to have the imputation of righ teousness, which comes to us on account of Christ, who is given to us and grasped by our faith.” It is an astounding reality, and it is all of grace.”

“But people say, “That ’s not fair!” or “I don’t like that God chooses who will be saved”—as if it impugns the character of God. Erasmus used to say, “Let God be good.” But Luther replied, “Let God be God!” This doctrine is not from men, otherwise we could mutiny against it. Rather, it’s from the Lord.”

The heart of the battle over sola Scriptura is a battle over the issue of authority. Who has the right to tell people what to believe and what to do? If the Bible is inspired by God, and thereby, inerrant, then it is also authoritative. In other words, the revealed commands of God in Scripture are binding on the believer. When Scripture speaks, God speaks.”

“What was the message of the Reformation? In essence, the main question asked and answered was: How does a person get right with God? This was the central issue. For Rome, sinners are saved by faithfully adhering to the dogma of the Catholic Church. But when the Reformers began to examine the Bible, they saw that salvation came by God Himself through the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

 

The Quotable Round-Up #58

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paper_zpshrjhwlqw Here are some of the quotes from the booklet “A Primer on Free Will” by John Gerstner. If you enjoy these quotes, please buy the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon. Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“If you are born of His Spirit, you will naturally choose the goals of the Spirit. It will really be irresistible. It will be impossible for you to reject virtue utterly. It will be impossible for you to love vice utterly, if and when God pleases and gives you a new heart.” — John Gerstner, “A Primer on Free Will” #aprimeronfreewill #johngerstner #freewill #irresistiblegrace ##calvinism #sovereigntyofGod

“As a sinner you are free. In heaven or hell you are free, in the sense that you make choices according to what seems good to you. But when those choices are always the choices of evil, then of course you are in a bondage to the evil consequences of those evil choices.” — John Gerstner, “A Primer on Free Will” #aprimeronfreewill #johngerstner #freewill #irresistiblegrace ##calvinism #sovereigntyofGod

“But when you have a new heart from above, when you are born from above, when you are born by the Spirit, then you are, in a really wonderful sense, freed. Then you really choose the good because the good is naturally attractive to your new heart.” — John Gerstner, “A Primer on Free Will” #aprimeronfreewill #johngerstner #freewill #irresistiblegrace ##calvinism #sovereigntyofGod

“But, you see, the unregenerate person, as long as he is unregenerate, never will come because he hates Jesus Christ. He simply spurns and detests His invitation. The invitation is standing and any time his heart is changed, his attitude is different, he will want to claim the promises which the Savior offers, and he shall most certainly have them.” — John Gerstner, “A Primer on Free Will” #aprimeronfreewill #johngerstner #freewill #irresistiblegrace ##calvinism #sovereigntyofGod

“He is the one who does the choosing, and our response is the choosing of Him. We are conscious, of course, first of our choosing Him and only afterwards do we realize that we chose Him because He has first chosen us.” — John Gerstner, “A Primer on Free Will” #aprimeronfreewill #johngerstner #freewill #irresistiblegrace ##calvinism #sovereigntyofGod

“Spiritually dead people do not will to come to Christ. They must be given a new heart. These evangelists should continue to invite (as Christ does) without neglecting to teach the divine initiative!” — John Gerstner, “A Primer on Free Will” #aprimeronfreewill #johngerstner #freewill #irresistiblegrace ##calvinism #sovereigntyofGod

Quotables from Sufficiency of Scripture Conference

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picsart_06-21-02-10-09_zps7gxnnv9bBetween being starstruck and my eagerness to absorb all teachings in the conference, I still manage to jot down some quotes from the guest speaker, Dr. Steve Lawson. Last June 17 was a real treat for me as I enjoyed and be biblically equipped by this conference. Here’s a few which I was able to catch. You can check out Dr. Lawson over his website, http://www.onepassionministries.org and head over http://www.higherrockchurch.org to see future conferences by Higher Rock.
“Every book, every chapter, every verse, every word, every letter, every jot [in the Bible] is the breath of God.”—Dr. Steven J. Lawson, “Sufficiency of Scripture for Faith and Practice” #stevelawsoninmanila #scriptureissufficient #higherrockconference
“You don’t need a PhD to understand the Bible. God knows how to communicate.” —Dr. Steven J. Lawson, “Sufficiency of Scripture for Faith and Practice” #stevelawsoninmanila #scriptureissufficient #higherrockconference
“A worldly message, produce a worldly life.” —Dr. Steven J. Lawson, “Sufficiency of Scripture for Faith and Practice” #stevelawsoninmanila #scriptureissufficient #higherrockconference
“You will either be on fire for God or in fire of God in judgment.” —Dr. Steven J. Lawson on the Bible as a consuming fire, “Sufficiency of Scripture for Faith and Practice” #stevelawsoninmanila #scriptureissufficient #higherrockconference
“How can the Word of God dominate your life? Give [the Bible] preeminence in our life.” —Dr. Steven J. Lawson, “Sufficiency of Scripture for Faith and Practice” #stevelawsoninmanila #scriptureissufficient #higherrockconference
“The Bible is the highest arbitrator. The Bible is the supreme judge.” —Dr. Steven J. Lawson on the Authority of the Scripture, “Sufficiency of Scripture for Faith and Practice” #stevelawsoninmanila #scriptureissufficient #higherrockconference

The Quotable Round-Up #56

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paper_zpshrjhwlqwHere are some of the quotes from the book “The Ultimate Proof of Creation” by Dr. Jason Lisle. If you enjoy these quotes, please buy the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon. Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“Imagine an evolutionist responding to the Christian’s claim that God is the basis for morality by saying, “I say we don’t need God to know right from wrong. You have every right to follow your own standard! Don’t let others tell you what to do. It is your right as an American to think for yourself!” Such a speech might be followed by thunderous applause — even though it is logically absurd and self-refuting. (How could we possibly obey the instruction to not let others tell us what to do?) But by invoking powerful emotions like patriotism and the desire to feel autonomous, the arguer may sway many people with this fallacious speech.”

“Special pleading is the fallacy of applying a double standard. That is, the arguer has applied a standard to his opponent that he does not apply to himself. The duplicity may be subtle and due only to a choice of words: “I’m firm, but you are just stubborn.” Or it may be more obvious. “You can’t tell other people what not to do!” is a clear case of special pleading since the arguer obviously does not apply this standard to himself.”

“Fallacies of ambiguity are arguments that are faulty because they use words or phrases that are unclear or have more than one meaning. There are six common fallacies that are usually listed under this category: equivocation, amphiboly, accent, reification, composition, and division.”

“It should also be pointed out that the relativist cannot possibly live according to his own professed worldview. He may profess a fairy-tale land where truth is subjective and contradictions are acceptable, but he must live in God’s universe and must abide by God’s absolute objective truth if he is to function. Remember, even the most ardent relativist looks both ways before he crosses the street. Moreover, he expects the motorist to abide by the same laws he does — to stop at the stop sign, for example. Just like all of us, the relativist knows in his heart of hearts the biblical God.”

“Worldviews are a bit like kidneys. Everyone has them — you can’t live or function without them. Yet, most people are unaware of their own …until something goes wrong with them. To force the unbeliever to think through his worldview, we want to give him the intellectual equivalent of a kidney stone (for his own benefit!). We remind him of information that he already knows to be true but which he has not carefully considered — information that his worldview cannot process. Like a kidney stone, this procedure may be very painful for the evolutionist; he’s not going to be happy about it. But his erroneous worldview must be exposed for the folly it is if he is ever going to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

“If evolution were true, science and reasoning would not be possible: there would be no basis for logic, nor would there be any basis for uniformity in nature. So if evolutionists were consistent with their worldview, they would not be able to reason or do science. Yet evolutionists are able to reason and to do science. Thus it follows that evolutionists do not consistently rely upon their own worldview. They rely upon creationist presuppositions!”

“Presuppositions are assumed at the outset, before any investigation of evidence; they are pre-supposed and control our interpretation of evidence. We are often not aware of our presuppositions, but they are always present. Just as we are always breathing, even though we are not often conscious of it until we stop and think about it, likewise, our presuppositions are constantly guiding our understanding of our experiences.”

The Quotable Round-Up # 54

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Here are some of the quotes from the book “The Reason for God” by Tim Keller. If you enjoy these quotes, please buy the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon. Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“The Bible itself has taught us to expect the abuses of religion and it has also told us what to do about them. Because of this, Christian history gives us many remarkable examples of self-correction.” – Tim Keller, The Reason for God  #skeptics #atheist #God #bible

“What is the answer, then, to the very fair and devastating criticisms of the record of the Christian church? The answer is not to abandon the Christian faith, because that would leave us with neither the standards nor the resources to make correction. Instead we should move to a fuller and deeper grasp of what Christianity is.” – Tim Keller, The Reason for God  #skeptics #atheist #God #bible

“Extremism and fanaticism, which lead to injustice and oppression, are a constant danger within any body of religious believers. For Christians, however, the antidote is not to tone down and moderate their faith, but rather to grasp a fuller and truer faith in Christ.” – Tim Keller, The Reason for God  #skeptics #atheist #God #bible

“Think of people you consider fanatical. They’re overbearing, self-righteous, opinionated, insensitive, and harsh. Why? It’s not because they are too Christian but because they are not Christian enough. They are fanatically zealous and courageous, but they are not fanatically humble, sensitive, loving, empathetic, forgiving, or understanding—as Christ was.” – Tim Keller, The Reason for God  #skeptics #atheist #God #bible

”Violence done in the name of Christianity is a terrible reality and must be both addressed and redressed. There is no excusing it. In the twentieth century, however, violence has been inspired as much by secularism as by moral absolutism. Societies that have rid themselves of all religion have been just as oppressive as those steeped in it. We can only conclude that there is some violent impulse so deeply rooted in the human heart that it expresses itself regardless of what the beliefs of a particular society might be—whether socialist or capitalist, whether religious or irreligious, whether individualistic or hierarchical. Ultimately, then, the fact of violence and warfare in a society is no necessary refutation of the prevailing beliefs of that society.” – Tim Keller, The Reason for God  #skeptics #atheist #God #bible

“A central message of the Bible is that we can only have a relationship with God by sheer grace. Our moral efforts are too feeble and falsely motivated to ever merit salvation. Jesus, through his death and resurrection, has provided salvation for us, which we receive as a gift.” – Tim Keller, The Reason for God  #skeptics #atheist #God #bible

“In many areas of life, freedom is not so much the absence of restrictions as finding the right ones, the liberating restrictions. Those that fit with the reality of our nature and the world produce greater power and scope for our abilities and a deeper joy and fulfillment. Experimentation, risk, and making mistakes bring growth only if, over time, they show us our limits as well as our abilities. If we only grow intellectually, vocationally, and physically through judicious constraints—why would it not also be true for spiritual and moral growth? Instead of insisting on freedom to create spiritual reality, shouldn’t we be seeking to discover it and disciplining ourselves to live according to it?” – Tim Keller, The Reason for God  #skeptics #atheist #God #bible

Book Review: “Who Is Jesus According to the New Testament?” by Dr. Isabelo F. Magalit

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I was so happy that OMFLit published this very controversial book that addresses the Iglesia ni Cristo church. This is a very bold move not only from the publisher but also from the author, Dr. Isabelo F. Magalit. There are books already published about INC but this one is something that is very unique. Written by one of the sharpest mind in the evangelical scene, reading this booklet for me, will give a deer in the headlight for a INC member. This book didnt tackle all of that is need to tackled about this cult but it struck nerve in a few topics it has raised. Another thing its a short read and the price is very affordable that you will want to buy one to give to an INC member or to your congregations library.

“Who Is Jesus According to the New Testament?” in its few opening pages discuss salvation by faith alone. Then further Dr. Magalit allows it to mix with the main theme of the book, which is the the deity of Jesus. Read it twice to throughly absorb it and everytime I read it, my jaw drops. Dr. Magalit presented his case with precision. This may not be a silver bullet but it does penetrates.

“Who Is Jesus…?” I think should bag one of the best release of OMF in 2014! If you are one of those people who came to MIBF without taking this book home, I will tell you, You missed alot! Big time! But if you want not just to reach out our Iglesia ni Cristo friends (tip: buy multiple copies) also to equip yourself with biblical knowledge on the deity of Christ, go get it now. This short book by Dr. Magalit will be a staple to the local apologetics book scene for years to come. Highly recommended!

Marianito “Nitoy” Gonzales is a 30 something blogger who wears many hats. But his passion is to preach the gospel and make God know to all men. He blogs at Delighting Grace (https://delightinggrace.wordpress.com). You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.