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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
September 3, 2017
We believe in Limited Atonement. We believe that the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, came into this world with the intention of saving “a multitude which no man can number,” called “his elect” in the Book of God. We believe that, as the result of our blessed Savior’s finished work upon Calvary’s cursed tree, every person for whom he died must and shall be saved by his grace and stand, washed in his precious blood, holy and without blame, before the throne of God in heaven’s glory.
Š We are delighted to welcome our guests to our conference. — The dates for next year’s conference are August 31-September 2, 2018.
Š There will be no service here tonight or Tuesday night.
Happy Birthday! Klaus Peterson, Sr.-8th Samuel Torson-8th Evelyn Clark-10th
Nursery Duty — 10:00 Shirley Bain & Brittany Torson
11:00 Jayalita McCormack & Molly McCormack
Our Sovereign God Maintains His Universal Throne — Don Fortner
(Tune: #39 — This is My Father’s World — SMD)
1. Our sov’reign God maintains His universal throne;
In heav’n, and earth, and hell He reigns, and makes His wonders known!
His counsels and decrees, firmer than mountains stand;
He will perform whate’er He please; and none can stay his hand!
2. All things His will controls; and His all-wise decree
Has fixed the destinies of all in matchless sov’reignty. —
Jacob by grace He saved, and gives no reason why;
But Esau’s heart He left depraved. — And who shall dare reply?
3. What if the Potter takes part of a lump of clay,
And for Himself a vessel makes and casts the rest away?
Who shall resist His will, or say, “What doest Thou?”
Jehovah is the Sov’reign still; and all to Him must bow!
4. My soul, bow and adore the Lord in all His ways;
His sov’reignty none can explore; but I will trust His grace!
“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things:
To Whom be glory evermore! Amen! Amen! Amen!”
The Lord Jesus Christ died with a specific people in view, a people who had been set apart by the Triune God for salvation before the foundation of the world. Christ did not merely render them savable, but actually obtained eternal salvation for them.
“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.”
1 John 5:1
The Lord our God was pleased to reveal his Son in me just before I turned 17. I knew little then. Soon, I began to think I knew much. Today, after preaching the gospel for fifty years, I am fully convinced that I know very little. Yet, I have never imagined that anyone is born of God who depends in any way or to any degree upon something he does or has done or might yet do for acceptance with God. While I hope I have grace and wisdom sufficient to know that Don Fortner, above all mortals, has neither the right nor the ability to know tares from wheat, goats from sheep, or reprobate from elect, and neither the right nor the ability to discern another’s spiritual condition, I am certain that no one is saved believing a false gospel (Galatians 1:6-9). I do not suggest that one’s salvation depends upon how much he knows or how clearly he understands the gospel. I know that it does not. Salvation depends entirely upon the One we know — who we trust.
I know of no one who would say that a person is saved who denies the virgin birth, though the denier says he believes in Jesus. The denial of the virgin birth is an obvious denial of Christ’s eternal godhead. I know few believers who would say that papists are saved. Though the papist professes that he believes in Jesus, he trusts his works. “Mother” Theresa was (I presume) a woman of exemplary godliness in the eyes of those who knew her. But the Christ she trusted, clearly, is not the Christ. I know of no one who believes the gospel of God who would embrace a Mormon as a believer, though I know Mormons who are both devoted in their religious zeal and live what men might call “godly lives,” praying regularly and outperforming most in doing “good works.” And they say they believe in Jesus. Yet, all I know who believe the gospel will, without hesitation, say, “The Mormon is lost. The Christ he trusts is a false Christ,” and rightly so.
Yet, men who assert, and assert with boldness and fury, that Christ was a failure, that he died to redeem sinners who at last perish under the wrath of God, we are expected to embrace as believers. We are scorned if we refuse to do so as hard, divisive, and mean-spirited. Is not the denial of Christ’s effectual atonement as much a denial that he is God (Isaiah 42:4) as the denial of the virgin birth? Is this not a denial that he is the Christ, a denial that he accomplished all that the prophets said the Christ would accomplish (Daniel 9:24)? Is this not antichrist (1 John 2:18-23; 4:1-3)?
I am not saying that a person must be a Calvinist to be saved. I am saying that a person must trust the right God, the right Christ, the God and Christ revealed in Holy Scripture to be saved. He who is “the Christ of God” is not a failure (Isaiah 42:4). He who is “the Christ” fully accomplished, by his obedience unto death, everything the Scriptures of the Old Testament said he would accomplish (Daniel 9:24). Every denial of the effectual accomplished redemption of God’s elect by the death of Christ is antichrist. Universal atonement is useless atonement, trampling underfoot the blood of Christ (Hebrews 10:29).
Supporting Those Who Preach the Gospel
Pastor Henry Mahan
“Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.” (1 Corinthians 9:14)
The Apostle Paul has much to say about giving. He calls it a grace (2 Corinthians 8:7). He has much to say about liberality and generosity, saying that it proves the sincerity of your love for Christ and others (2 Corinthians 8:8). And he has a lot to say about the churches’ care of, and support of, those who preach the gospel.
I have had very little to say on this subject because this congregation is so generous and gracious to all, especially to God’s preachers, pastors, and missionaries. But the attitude and actions of some (who call themselves men and women of grace) toward young pastors and preachers has come to my attention; and to say the least, I am shocked!
Do you not know that they who preach the gospel are to live off the gospel? Do you not know that when a man studies, prepares messages, preaches the gospel to you, and ministers to you in spiritual matters, he is to share in your material gain (1 Corinthians 9:11)? Have you no gratitude for that young man who prays for you, teaches your children, and preaches God’s gospel?
I have been a preacher for over 35 years. I know all of the expenses of such a work — cars, tires, gasoline, repairs, books, shirts, shoes, suits, meals, family needs, and such. Even our pagan government does not require a man to go to war at his own expense. I am jealous for the welfare and comfort of my preacher brethren, especially the young ones.
Give them a generous gift, buy them a suit, a shirt, some tires for their cars. Share your garden, your freezer, speak an encouraging word to them. Treat them like servants of the Most High God ought to be treated!
“Inasmuch,” Christ said, “As ye have done it to the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it to me!”
Everyone Limits the Atonement
We believe, according to Holy Scripture, that the Lord Jesus Christ died for and redeemed God’s elect, all the elect, and only the elect. He shed his blood for those who are actually saved by his blood.
Without question, everyone believes in limited atonement, in one sense or another. The will-worship Arminian believes that the atonement is limited in power and efficacy, that its power and efficacy is limited by the will, choice, and decision of man, that man by his act of faith makes the blood of Christ effectual to himself. That is damning heresy.
We believe that our Lord’s atonement is limited not in merit, power, and efficacy (There is no limit to that!), but in its purpose, intention, design, and scope. — Christ died for God’s elect, made atonement for God’s elect, redeemed God’s elect, obtained eternal salvation for God’s elect, all God’s elect, and only God’s elect. That is the doctrine of the Bible (Isaiah 53:8; Hebrews 9:12).
The Grace Bulletin
September 3, 2017
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 576-3400 — E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald S. Fortner, Pastor
Schedule of Regular Services
10:00 A.M. Bible Classes
10:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service
6:30 P.M. Evening Worship Service
7:30 P.M. Mid-Week Worship Service