Posted by: John Edwards | September 10, 2008

Just Like Whiskey

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Have you ever drank any whiskey? I have had my share. In case you have never had any of the hard stuff, then let me try to describe it to you. You get a shot glass and fill it with Tequila or bourbon. maybe some rum. Then you swallow it in one big gulp. It will burn all the way down. It might even choke you and bring tears to your eyes. It taste bad too. But, about three minutes later it feels real good. You get that warm fuzzy feeling.

That’s how it is with Reformed Theology. Some call it Calvinism. Some call it the Five Solas or T.U.L.I.P. It is the stuff the Apostle Paul and the Church Fathers believed and taught. It is the Gospel that Martin Luther and Jonathan Edwards taught. It is the doctrine of Charles Spurgeon.

You see I had always been a Kool-Aid drinker. It tastes really sweet and goes down real cool and soft and then it gives you a sugar high. It is really nothing nutritional and eventually it leads to obesity and heart disease. The Kool-Aid that I had drank was the Word of Faith message of Humanism. It taste real good and sweet. It goes down easy. But it does nothing for you.

On the other hand, when I started studying Reformed Theology a few months ago, it went down hard. It burned really bad and choked me up. I did not like it at all. It went 180 degrees from what I had believed and taught for fourteen years.

Word of Faith Mythology concentrates on money, faith, prosperity, good times, prestige, vision and all the fun blessings. It is cotton candy. It is heresey.

Reformed Theology is God centered. It is all about Grace, Providence, Divine Decrees, God’s Plans, God’s Choice, dying to ones self, living for the Glory of God.

When I first started reading Spurgeon and Edwards it burned. It choked me. It made me mad. It burned my stomach. But, after a few weeks it started to feel really good!

Reformed Theology is the Gospel truth. It will set you free from works. It will set you free from condemnation. It will set you free from yourself. It is what Paul preached. It is what Christ preached.

If you really want your faith in God and your love for God to explode, then get a hold of the Reformed Theology. The best place to hear it around here is in a Presbyterian Church. A lot of the Baptist teach it too. Or go buy some books by R.C Sproul and John Piper. It will be better than any whiskey you have ever had. I promise. You will learn more and grow more than you ever thought possible. Your image of God will expand to blow your mind. Your prayers will be 10 times as powerful. You will have tremendous peace and joy unspeakable, full of Glory. God is God and He is totally Sovereign in all that He does. I will be doing a lot of Reformed Teaching on this blog in the upcoming weeks. It will be fantastic!

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  1. Todd, Lori, JW., great stuff! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  2. Hi John,

    I am glad you guy’s could come Sunday night. Please come back whenever you want to Bob would love to have you back.
    Just a heads up; not every Presbyterian church in the area is a conservative gospel centered one. Oak Mountain, Briarwood, Red Mountain Church, Covenant and many others that are part of the PCA are all safe. The PCA was formed when the Presbyterian denomination that they used to belong to really began to spiral down into liberalism and for the most part rejected the inerrancy of scripture. You can read about it in Frank Barkers biography which gave you in that last bag of books.
    Not all of them are completey gone but a solid ones are few and far between.
    Jimmy

  3. John,

    That sounds familiar. When we first loaned A.W. Pink’s book, The Sovereignty of God, to our friends (David and Vonda Hooks), Vonda told me she felt like throwing it across the room several times. In fact, I think she may have actually done it! :O)

    The truth sometimes hurts when you first hear it because it is so contrary to our flesh, but indeed – the truth truly sets us free, and freedom feels indiscribably good!

    Abiding in His grace,
    Lori Mc.

  4. John,
    I know what you mean. I was raised a modern Southern Baptist, which a friend of mine says is a liberal one and seperated from good Bible teaching, but came to see the truth of God’s word about ten years after salvation. We had our verses too, the ones you hang onto to support your beliefs while ignoring all the rest. Then I met a man who began to show me the rest of the Bible and I didnt like it much either at first, mainly because it took me off the throne and put God there. The Bible teaches a central message, that God is sovereign, he does as he pleases and no one or no thing can thwart his plan, manipulate or obligate him. This puts us in a predicament we as humans dont like; helplessly, hopelessly and completely at the mercy of God.( Da 4:34 ¶ And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
    35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?)( Ro 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
    16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.)
    This is a glorious truth about the Lord God because it is in this truth that we can finally see the undiluted goodness and benevolence of God because he, of his own goodwill and pleasure, chose not to leave us in our helpless and hopeless state but instead he reconcilled us to himself through the atoning work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.(Ro 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.)( Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
    5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
    6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.)
    All glory, honor and praise be to the Lord our God!

    In Christ,
    Todd M


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