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Here are some thoughts from Albert Mohler on the Prosperity Gospel which is so prevalent among so many today…

“Prosperity theology is now preached by a wide assortment of televangelists and local figures who assure congregations that God promises to make them healthy and wealthy, if only they will possess and demonstrate adequate faith. A significant number of these preachers have departed from Christian orthodoxy altogether, adopting Trinitarian and Christological heresies. The entire movement presents the Gospel as a message that is primarily about earthly rewards — a theology that turns God into a heavenly banker who is obligated to invest His people with material riches if they possess adequate faith and claim these blessings for their own.

Sincere believers in Christ are found among both the impoverished and the wealthy, but the vast multitude of Christian believers throughout the ages have experienced nothing that can be described as material wealth. Their hope was and is established in Christ, who accomplished their salvation from sin and secures their hopes for eternal life through His death and resurrection.

Prosperity theology is a False Gospel. Its message is unbiblical and its promises fail. God never assures his people of material abundance or physical health. Instead, Christians are promised the riches of Christ, the gift of eternal life, and the assurance of glory in the eternal presence of the living God.

In the end, the biggest problem with prosperity theology is not that it promises too much, but that it promises far too little. The Gospel of Jesus Christ offers salvation from sin, not a platform for earthly prosperity. While we should seek to understand what drives so many into this movement, we must never for a moment fail to see its message for what it is — a false and failed gospel.”

You can read the rest of the article on his blog (found here http://www.albertmohler.com/blog_read.php?id=4248 .)

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Chris Braun has a thoughtful post over at the Reformation 21 blog on the issue of forgiveness from a biblical perspective.  This is a topic which I have wrestled with for the past few years from time to time and, although I in no way pretend to be an expert on this issue, I think he gets it right.  Whether you agree with him or not, this brief article is worth reading.  You can find it here http://www.reformation21.org/articles/unpacking-forgiveness.php .

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I recently came across this brief video of John MacArthur reflecting on the legacy of Charles Spurgeon and the essential nature of faithful preaching.  Its only about five minutes long and worth watching…

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Andy Nasselli has an excellent post on the issue of free will over at the Reformation 21 blog.  For those who are new to this age-old debate, he uses some technical theolgical/philosophical terms, but does a great job explaining them.  You can find this article here http://www.reformation21.org/articles/do-we-have-free-will.php .

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