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“Yes, LORD, walking in the way of Your truth, we wait eagerly for You, for Your name and Your renown are the desire of our souls.”-Isaiah 26:8 NIV/NASB hybrid, The 268 Declaration

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??????”Legalism could be definied as any attempt to rely on self-effort to either attain or maintain our justification before God. In Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians he warned them sternly about such false understandings of the gospel when he asked the offenders: “After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?” (Gal.3:3). Legalism always seems to have one thing in common: it’s theology denies that Christ is sufficient for salvation.?? That some additional element of self-effort, merit or faithfulness on our part is necessary.??As an example, those who erroneously teach that a Christian can lose his or her salvation are, in essence, denying the sufficiency of Christ to save to the utmost. They believe sin to be greater than Christ’s grace. But Christ’s righteousness which he counts toward us is not only effecient for our salvation, but sufficient.?? His once for all sacrifice put away sin for all time in those He has united to Himself. His salvation also means that he not only saves at the beginning but preserves us to the end, sealing us in His perfect righteousness whose blood “reminds the covenant God” not to treat us as our sins deserve.Any attempt to add our covenant faithfulness as part of the price of redemption after regeneration is an “attempt to attain our goal by human effort” and thus a complete misapprehension of the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.?? We must, therefore, reject any and all attempts to maintain a judicial standing before God by any act on our part. Salvation is of the Lord.”

-Pastor John @ Reformation Theology??(emphasis mine)

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“I believe in the Bible, that it is clear, complete, sufficient, true and without error. It says what it means. I do not demand that God speaks to me apart from it. I’m not waiting for still, small voices in my head or trying desperately to find God’s will through random circumstances. I read, He speaks, I obey. Or I try anyways.I believe in the God of the Bible. I believe in a God who is one, yet three. I believe in a God who is loving, holy, just, kind and good. I believe in a God who knows all and has foreordained all that has come to pass or will come to pass.”Tim Challies

??”The most basic practical division among evangelical pastors today may be between those who pursue faithfulness and assume relevance, and those who pursue relevance and assume faithfulness.”Dr. Mark Dever

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