Posts Tagged ‘Witness’

Top Ten Passages to know in the Qur’an

Have you ever encountered a follower of Islam? If so, then how did you respond when they raised objections against Christianity and promoted the doctrines of their religion?

In order to aide you in your witness and refutation of Islam, here are two links to give you more insight into the faith of Muslims and to help you be a better apologist against their religion.



Top Ten Passages to know in the Qur’an (Mp3’s)

Top Ten Passages in the Qur’an that Christians Must Know (.pdf)

Question 62-Puritan Catechism

Spurgeon 3Q. What is required in the ninth commandment?

A. The ninth commandment requires the maintaining and promoting of truth between man and man, (Zechariah 8:16) and of our own, (1 Peter 3:16; Acts 25:10) and our neighbor’s good name, (2 John 1:12) especially in witness-bearing (Proverbs 14:5,25)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon-A Puritan Catechism

The martyrdom of men whose hearts have become inflamed with the truth, prove that scripture is divine revelation

February 26, 2014 3 comments

calvin.jpg_7MA21605611-0015The constancy of the martyrs. Conclusion. Proofs of this description only of use after the certainty of Scripture has been established in the heart by the Holy Spirit.

13. Again, with what confidence does it become us to subscribe to a doctrine attested and confirmed by the blood of so many saints? They, when once they had embraced it, hesitated not boldly and intrepidly, and even with great alacrity, to meet death in its defense. Being transmitted to us with such an earnest, who of us shall not receive it with firm and unshaken conviction? It is therefore no small proof of the authority of Scripture, that it was sealed with the blood of so many witnesses, especially when it is considered that in bearing testimony to the faith, they met death not with fanatical enthusiasm, (as erring spirits are sometimes wont to do,) but with a firm and constant, yet sober godly zeal. There are other reasons, neither few nor feeble, by which the dignity and majesty of the Scriptures may be not only proved to the pious, but also completely vindicated against the cavils of slanderers. These, however, cannot of themselves produce a firm faith in Scripture until our heavenly Father manifest his presence in it, and thereby secure implicit reverence for it. Then only, therefore, does Scripture suffice to give a saving knowledge of God when its certainty is founded on the inward persuasion of the Holy Spirit. Still the human testimonies which go to confirm it will not be without effect, if they are used in subordination to that chief and highest proof, as secondary helps to our weakness. But it is foolish to attempt to prove to infidels that the Scripture is the Word of God. This it cannot be known to be, except by faith. Justly, therefore, does Augustine remind us, that every man who would have any understanding in such high matters must previously possess piety and mental peace.

John Calvin-Institutes of the Christian Religion-Book I-Chapter 8-Henry Beveridge Translation

Confession statement 49

Published in 1646

The Text used: There has been some updating of Old English words but otherwise no changes have been made to the original texts.

CONFESSION OF FAITH of seven congregations or churches of Christ in London. which are commonly, but unjustly, called Anabaptists; published for the vindication of the truth and information of the ignorant; likewise for the taking off those aspersions which are frequently, both in pulpit and print, unjustly cast upon them. Printed in London, Anno 1646.

XLIX BUT in case we find not the magistrate to favour us herein; yet we dare not suspend our practice, because we believe we ought to go in obedience to Christ, in professing the faith which was once delivered to the saints, which faith is declared in the holy Scriptures, and this our confession of faith a part of them, and that we are to witness to the truth of the Old and New Testament(s) unto the death, if necessity require, in the midst of all trials and afflictions, as His saints of old have done; not accounting our goods, lands, wives, children, fathers, mothers, brethren, sisters; yea, and our own lives dear unto us, so we may finish our course with joy; remembering always, that we ought to obey God rather than men, who will when we have finished our course, and kept the faith, give us the crown of righteousness; to whom we must give an account of all our actions, and no man being able to discharge us of the same.

Acts 2:40,41,4:19,5:28,29,20:23; 1 Thess.3:3; Phil.1:28,29; Dan. 3:16,17,6:7,10,22,23; 1 Tim.6:13,14; Rom.12:1.8; 1 Cor.14:37; Rev.2:20; 2 Tim.4:6,7,8; Rom.l4:10,12; 2 Cor.5:10; Ps.49:7, 50:22.

The First London Baptist Confession 1644/46 

The scriptures provide knowledge of God that will distinguish him from all false deities

October 9, 2013 1 comment

calvin.jpg_7MA21605611-0015First, By oracles and visions, and the ministry of the Patriarchs. Secondly, By the promulgation of the Law, and the preaching of the Prophets. Why the doctrines of religion are committed to writing.

2. Whether God revealed himself to the fathers by oracles and visions, or, by the instrumentality and ministry of men, suggested what they were to hand down to posterity, there cannot be a doubt that the certainty of what he taught them was firmly engraven on their hearts, so that they felt assured and knew that the things which they learnt came forth from God, who invariably accompanied his word with a sure testimony, infinitely superior to mere opinion. At length, in order that, while doctrine was continually enlarged, its truth might subsist in the world during all ages, it was his pleasure that the same oracles which he had deposited with the fathers should be consigned, as it were, to public records. With this view the law was promulgated, and prophets were afterwards added to be its interpreters. For though the uses of the law were manifold, (Book 2 c. 7 and 8,) and the special office assigned to Moses and all the prophets was to teach the method of reconciliation between God and man, (whence Paul calls Christ “the end of the law,” Romans 10:4;) still I repeat that, in addition to the proper doctrine of faith and repentance in which Christ is set forth as a Mediator, the Scriptures employ certain marks and tokens to distinguish the only wise and true God, considered as the Creator and Governor of the world, and thereby guard against his being confounded with the herd of false deities. Therefore, while it becomes man seriously to employ his eyes in considering the works of God, since a place has been assigned him in this most glorious theater that he may be a spectator of them, his special duty is to give ear to the Word, that he may the better profit. Hence it is not strange that those who are born in darkness become more and more hardened in their stupidity; because the vast majority instead of confining themselves within due bounds by listening with docility to the Word, exult in their own vanity. If true religion is to beam upon us, our principle must be, that it is necessary to begin with heavenly teaching, and that it is impossible for any man to obtain even the minutest portion of right and sound doctrine without being a disciple of Scripture. Hence, the first step in true knowledge is taken, when we reverently embrace the testimony which God has been pleased therein to give of himself. For not only does faith, full and perfect faith, but all correct knowledge of God, originate in obedience. And surely in this respect God has with singular Providence provided for mankind in all ages.

John Calvin-Institutes of the Christian Religion-Book I-Chapter 6-Henry Beveridge Translation 

Some persons have never done anything to aide the spread of the Gospel

Spurgeon 1

My fellow-Christians, you who have believed in Christ, it is time for us to bestir ourselves, for we have not preached the gospel to every creature yet by a very long way. Some persons have, never preached it to anybody; some, I mean, of the very persons who are commanded to preach it to every creature. A quaint preacher says that, if some of God’s people were paid ten dollars an hour for all that they have done fox their Lord, they have not earned enough yet to buy a cake of gingerbread; and I am afraid that statement is true. So very little have some persons done for the spread of the gospel, that the world is none the better for their being in it. Do I speak too severely? If I do, you can easily pass over what I say; but if not, if it be so that any here have never yet fairly and squarely told out the gospel of Jesus Christ, begin at once. When you get home to-night, tell out the gospel to your nearest relative; and go out to-morrow to your next door neighbor, or to the friend whom you can most easily reach, and tell the good news that your Lord has revealed to you, and so help to preach the gospel to every creature. An army chaplain once said to the Duke of Wellington, “Do you think that it is of any use our taking the gospel to the hill tribes in India? Will they ever receive it?” The duke replied, “What are your marching orders?” That was the only answer he gave. Stern disciplinarian as that great soldier was, he only wanted marching orders, and he obeyed; and he meant that every soldier of the cross must obey the marching orders of Christ, his great Commander. Go ye, therefore, as far as ever your position and capabilities allow you, and tell to every creature the word of the gospel as it is recorded in my text, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.”

Charles H. Spurgeon-Baptism Essential to Obedience-Metropolitan Tabernacle-Lord’s Evening-Oct. 13, 1889


The entire creation testifies of God

calvin.jpg_7MA21605611-0015The invisible and incomprehensible essence of God, to a certain extent, made visible in his works.

1. Since the perfection of blessedness consists in the knowledge of God, he has been pleased, in order that none might be excluded from the means of obtaining felicity, not only to deposit in our minds that seed of religion of which we have already spoken, but so to manifest his perfections in the whole structure of the universe, and daily place himself in our view, that we cannot open our eyes without being compelled to behold him. His essence, indeed, is incomprehensible, utterly transcending all human thought; but on each of his works his glory is engraven in characters so bright, so distinct, and so illustrious, that none, however dull and illiterate, can plead ignorance as their excuse. Hence, with perfect truth, the Psalmist exclaims, “He covereth himself with light as with a garment,” (Psalm 104:2;) as if he had said, that God for the first time was arrayed in visible attire when, in the creation of the world, he displayed those glorious banners, on which, to whatever side we turn, we behold his perfections visibly portrayed. In the same place, the Psalmist aptly compares the expanded heavens to his royal tent, and says, “He layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters, maketh the clouds his chariot, and walketh upon the wings of the wind,” sending forth the winds and lightnings as his swift messengers. And because the glory of his power and wisdom is more refulgent in the firmament, it is frequently designated as his palace. And, first, wherever you turn your eyes, there is no portion of the world, however minute, that does not exhibit at least some sparks of beauty; while it is impossible to contemplate the vast and beautiful fabric as it extends around, without being overwhelmed by the immense weight of glory. Hence, the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews elegantly describes the visible worlds as images of the invisible, (Hebrews 11:3,) the elegant structure of the world serving us as a kind of mirror, in which we may behold God, though otherwise invisible. For the same reason, the Psalmist attributes language to celestial objects, a language which all nations understand, (Psalm 19:1,) the manifestation of the Godhead being too clear to escape the notice of any people, however obtuse. The apostle Paul, stating this still more clearly, says, “That which may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead,” (Romans 1:20.)

John Calvin-Institutes of the Christian Religion-Book I-Chapter 5-Henry Beveridge Translation

Speaking out when God’s Word is Attacked

March 28, 2012 2 comments

A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent….

John Calvin (1509-1564)


We Must be about the Father’s Business

(And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? Luke 2:49)

“Tonight I’m going to party like its 1999”or so says Prince in a song from his 1982 album by the same name.

As a teenager growing up in the 80’s I used to listen to this snappy pop tune and think about 1999, but never really expecting that year to arrive. I mean think about it. When your young and you have your health, it seems like you have the whole world before you and like time is just standing still. 1999 seemed so distant, so futuristic. Certainly, I would never see that year.

However, Friday I just celebrated my forty second birthday. It is now the year 2012 and 1999 is just a bleep in the past. It seems as I get older that I can hardly remember what 1999 was all about. I know many times that I have been sitting around with my wife and discussing something that happened around ten years ago and we have to really think about what the year was when the events in the discussion actually took place.

Now I know that I am not the only one in this world that is aging. I certainly am not the only one suffering from memory loss. Time seems to stand still only when your young and then as you get older, it seems to evaporate rather quickly. But as I am reminded by James, in the book that bears his name, that life is like a vapour that appears for a little while, and then vanishes away. As I get older I began to understand this more intimately.

Now I know that you are probably thinking, “O brother. I have to sit here and read this little blog post and be reminded that I am aging. It’s not like I don’t have all the muscle aches, fatigue, and possibly hair, hearing, and eye loss to prove it. Now this writer of blogs is going to remind me. What a jerk.”

Well my intent in writing this is not particularly to remind you of your aging body. It is not to remind you of your or my graying head, arthritis, corns, or bunions. But yet again it is. I want to remind us all that when we pass this life and we are laid in the ground, that a marker will be placed over us. On that marker will be two dates. One date will mark our birth, while the other will mark our departure from this world. Right in the center of them two dates will be a dash. The purpose of this small article is to speak about that dash.

When the world walks by your grave, your whole life will be represented by that single dash. It doesn’t matter whether you lived twenty years or eighty, your life will still be represented the same way and that is by a single dash. That dash will not tell anyone whether you were faithful to the gospel or whether you lived the most corrupt life that anyone could ever live.

As Christians I am calling us to remember that our life is short and that while here we must be about the Father’s business. We must live a life that will be remembered, not by simply a dash, but by a life that was consistent about the things of God. Jesus calls us to “Let our light shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father in heaven.” This is a command and not simply a suggestion. We are to glorify God in all we do. Whether we eat or drink, Paul says, we are to do all to the glory of God.

I am thankful for the life that God has given me by being born into this world. I am also thankful for the new birth or second life that he has given me, by being born into the family of God. But this is what makes me want to leave something besides just a dash. I do not want people to know my life so that they can praise me. O no, I want them to know my life in order that they can praise my Father who gave it to me.

The writer of Ecclesiastes laments the fact that the fool and the wise go the same way at the end of their lives. He states that there is no more remembrance of a wise man, than there is of a fool, seeing that future generations will have forgotten either one of them Ecclesiastes 2:16. Some believe that Solomon wrote this book and if that be true, then certainly the things Solomon done were remembered because they were recorded in the Bible.

Now as I close this, I understand that all of what we do will not be written down in no earthly book, but nevertheless what we do will be remembered by those around us. They will remember it until they die. So my prayer is that we all live a life above reproach in order that our Father may be glorified. In order to do this………..we must be about the Father’s business.

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.

Concerning our walk in this Life

Let us not cease to do the utmost that we may incessantly go forward in the way of the Lord; and let us not despair of the smallness of our accomplishments.

John Calvin