Saturday, January 31, 2009
This is just sickening. I'm thankful that the Lord delivered my girlfriend Susan and I from Perry's congregation.
About this blog:This site was not developed with the intention of drawing a large number of visitors using trivial methods and shallowness. There is rejoicing among the angels when even one sinner repents and believes in Jesus Christ. (Luke 15:10) If, for as long as this site exists, just one sinner is led to repentance and belief in Christ with the aid of the material presented here, the purpose of this site has been served.
This is just sickening. I'm thankful that the Lord delivered my girlfriend Susan and I from Perry's congregation.
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 2:10:00 PM
"Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up..."
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 8:50:00 AM
Several days ago, I posted a need for the Youtube ministry. The response I've received has been overwhelming. I don't mean this only in a monetary sense although it certainly was. The encouragement I've received from people in terms of emails alone has been enough to liven up this young man. I am sincerely humbled and thankful for it all. I'm going to post a few of those emails in the latter part of this post. For many other ones, you can read the comments left in the original post.
First, I'm happy to say that the monetary contribution was more than I was expecting. I literally received donations from around the world. Because of the generosity of you all, I'm able to get a computer that runs faster than the one I was going to get, has better means of cooling, etc. The computer is customizable so in four years or so, if a part becomes obsolete, I'll be able to replace that part singularly without having to replace the entire computer. This means that, Lord willing, the Youtube ministry will be here for years to come. I don't know if I could be more excited and relieved about that news. Thank you all sincerely.
As alluded to at the beginning of the post, many of you sent emails. To protect the identity of each author, I'll omit the names. Before I post those, though, a very encouraging bit of news came to me earlier today from my girlfriend, Susan Yenser. Many of you know that she plays basketball for the Florida Gators. After games, they go sign autographs for the fans. Today, after their game v. Ole Miss, a man came up to her with his daughters. It turns out that he had seen her testimony that I made and posted on Youtube and came to the game and brought his daughters. He also told her that the Youtube page and this blog has been a blessing to him, and both are the reasons he started looking into Reformed Theology. To know that something I can do on the other side of the country can have this effect on someone is humbling and encouraging to say the least.
Now, here are several of the emails I received.
"I personally know people who have been saved by the preaching of Paul Washer, specifically, videos that Lane has uploaded. You can't put a price on that."
"...in my case as with my other family members and friends, this youtube ministry has blessed us a lot given the fact that we are from Asia, not from US. Nowadays, more and more people have access to the internet and this is a wonderful ministry that entirely changed and transformed a lot of lives. Know what's my next mission? Go to my hometown which is a third world country and share this ministry to the people there, share the true Gospel of Jesus Christ which I only heard from the videos uploaded by Lane. So it is undeniable that God has used Lane's ministry once and for all. ...I will hook online (wifi) and show the videos uploaded by Lane here in youtube and his blogsite and then share my testimony as well. If it's quite difficult for them to understand, I will translate to the local dialect. So it is just my prayer that this youtube ministry started by Lane will continue and keep on growing. We are all disciples and we are set to go out and preach and support one another. "
"i am glad i could help out with a resource that has helped me so much over the year that i have been over seas serving the Lord."
"Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior! I have been so appreciative of the videos and resources you have provided to the web community. I have been saved for about 5 years now and just in the last month have been introduced to the doctrines of grace. My view of God has been completely blown away! I started listening to Paul Washer a couple of years ago and came across your Stage6 channel where I could watch entire sermons by him. I am so thankful for your dedication to getting the truth out on the internet and I have pointed many of my saved and unsaved friends to many of the videos you have posted. By God's sovereignty, He has prompted me to read more Piper, MacArthur, Spurgeon, and listen to Washer over the last two years. It was only a matter of time before my eyes were truly opened to His complete sovereignty in the salvation of lost souls. I don't yet completely understand the depths of the truths in the doctrines of grace, but just last night I found myself debating one of my best friends and brothers in Christ on election! He clearly believes in a semi-Pelagian/Arminian view of salvation. I even sent him links to a couple of Mark Kielar's videos you have posted on election and he was in almost complete disagreement with what Mark was teaching. Thank you so much for your help! "
"We pray for this need of yours to be provided as this is indeed part of expanding God's kingdom. We are so blessed with everything that you have shared and placed into this ministry and we know, God will always be faithful to His children."
"Lane I don't know if you remember me. Most likely you don't since have a large internet audience. But I wanted to tell you that I have been encourged by your recent articles on standing for theology and presenting the gospel in a clear fashion. Where I live there are not a lot of people who believe the doctrines of grace so if you bring up the subject folks brand you as a false prophet or something. However by Gods grace I continue and hold firm to the truth of the scriptures. I do believe with all my heart that Theology is very important and that ture theology is rooted in Life because it proceeds from the very scriptures we hold to John 6:63 Jesus said the words he spoke are spirit and life. With out doctrine where would we be how could we defend the faith or give a man and understanding of the hope we have in us. May God continue to bless you my friend continue to rebuke and exhort as I am listening to the truth you bring which encourges me to hold true to biblical doctrine."
"Lane, thanks for your youtube work. You turned me on to Mark Kielar, I really like his stuff. I just got off your blog after making a small donation. Thanks, keep up the good work."
"I almost left a comment to some of the people who left ridiculous comments on your request but decided against it. Your blog is a place I've found great joy, not a place I want to argue with people on. Even a small donation (like mine) is something that people shouldn't have a problem with if they look at the value you create. Some of the people that left comments almost seemed like they expected you to provide the information just because they want it. I've learned that even if a resource is "free" that I should always support it if I can. I've watched sermon after sermon on your youtube account and have received so much knowledge, peace, and understanding from the teachings you provide. I really appreciate your work and know that, even if it's a calling from the Lord, it's obviously a labor of love because of the quality of your content."
"Brother, I value your ministry greatly, and don't want it to end because of lack of resources. If, on the 5th of February, you still need the funds, I'll make up the difference at that time. I need to pay my rent and bills with the paycheck I just got, but I'll be in a position to help at that time.
Let me know, and many prayers to you in your ministry..." (FYI, I didn't accept this brother's generous offer, but I am still humbled by it and thought it would be wonderful to post here.)
"I love you for all that you are doing. When you were on with Chris Rosebud it was reallly great. I actually could not watch Kung Fu Panda after that."
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 10:54:00 PM
Many of us have had the following exchange. You ask someone why they are saved and their neighbor down the street isn't. They say "free-will". You say, "Ok, so do you believe that people go to hell?" They reply, "Yes." Then you ask, "Ok, well do you believe that everyone has free will?" They reply, "Yes." Then you reply, "Ok, so if you believe that people are going to hell, you believe that everyone has free will, and you believe that the reason someone is saved is because of free will, how can you reconcile your contradictory position? How can everyone have free will which saves someone and still there be people going to hell? At this point, they usually say, "Well, it's because they didn't choose." Then you ask, "Well, why did you choose?" 95% of my experiences at this point involve the other party saying, "Well, it's because of free will." accompanied by an ad hominem about being prideful or something because I'm a Calvinist.
Folks, if you believe in free will theology, you have no answer to the question 'Why do you believe and so and so doesn't?' other than you are somehow inherently better than someone else whether that be you are more spiritually sensitive than them, you were smarter, you were better looking, you sing better, you attend church more regularly, you wear nicer clothes to church, you drive a better car, you use better toothpaste, you speak in tongues, you help old ladies, you like the Cosby Show, etc. If everyone has the same amount of grace, then what makes a man differ from another in terms of salvation is that man himself. That, folks, leaves the door wide open for a man to boast. There is no reason at that point for the man not to boast himself and believe he is better than someone else, because if common grace is true, we're all on the same playing field, and what makes one man differ from another is something that man did, then believing that you are better than someone else, in that system, is required for salvation. How could it not be if that part of you that was better than someone who is supposedly on the same level as you is the reason you're saved and they are not.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
However, the person who believes in free-will by necessity has to say, "Nuh-uh-uh... the reason I'm saved is because of my work (whether that be their sinner's prayer, trip down the aisle, raising hand when every head is bowed and every eye is shut... name whatever act of faith you'd like at this point)." The notions of free-will and common grace throw grace on it's head and exalts the pride of the creature by saying that the reason someone is saved is because of something they did thus faith preceding regeneration is justification by a work.
"The doctrine of justification itself, as preached by an Arminian, is nothing but the doctrine of salvation by works...
I do not serve the god of the Arminians at all; I have nothing to do with him, and I do not bow down before the Baal they have set up; he is not my God, nor shall he ever be; I fear him not, nor tremble at his presence...The God that saith today and denieth tomorrow, that justifieth today and condemns the next...is no relation to my God in the least degree. He may be a relation of Ashtaroth or Baal, but Jehovah never was or can be his name."
- C.H. Spurgeon
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 10:23:00 AM
With so much emphasis these days on "evangelism" (which usually means a method that was adopted less than 200 years ago), it's amazing and freeing for many when they first hear the history of a method that we know today called "decisional regeneration" and it's founding father, Charles Grandison Finney. Maybe even more noteworthy is the fact that Finney, just before he died, renounced the very methods that he once founded and used and which many use today to gather unbelievers together in groups. If this video doesn't convince you of the dangers of decisional regeneration, I'm not sure if you truly do have a heart for the lost (as many of the proponents of this type of "evangelism" often self proclaim).
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 11:31:00 AM
"The criticism of other intellectuals is, after all, one of the most important functions of the intellectual, and he customarily performs it with vivacity. ... Because it is the business of intellectuals to be diverse and contrary-minded, we must accept the risk that at times they will be merely quarrelsome."
- Richard Hofstadter; Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (1964 Pulitzer Prize Winner); p. 8
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 7:08:00 PM
Later tonight, Lindsay Brooks will be the host, and I'll be a guest on a kind of "pre-game" debate show with guest Dr. James White regarding his upcoming debate with Bart Ehrman of "Misquoting Jesus" and "God's Problem" fame. The show is Apologetics.com and will be 2 hours long! Due to time constraints and other things, we'll be recording the show tomorrow immediately following the Dividing Line, and it will be broadcast on KKLA at midnight PST this Friday Night/Saturday Morning (1/9-1/10/09) [00:00 military time 1/10/00]. The mp3 will be available soon thereafter at the Apologetics.com Archive. Of course, I will keep you updated on that when it's available, too. In the comment section of this post, please post any questions you think would be good to ask Dr. White regarding this debate and/or textual criticism.
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 11:11:00 PM
I apologize for the lack of posts lately. I've been very busy finishing up exams for law school, traveling from coast to coast, and recovering from a minor surgery that I had last week. To keep the blog going and to introduce people who may not have read some of the past posts to those actual posts, I'm going to print some of the archives here for a bit. There are some exciting things happening that I'll keep you updated on accordingly. One is that I've been invited to cohost Apologetics.com with Lindsay Brooks, and our guest is going to be Dr. James White. The topic is going to be his upcoming debate with Bart Ehrman. Think of it as a "pre-game show" of sort. Also, the Crosstalk interview has been rescheduled, but it's still pending as to when that will be. On a final note, we've produced a new Youtube group for Reformed Brothers and Sisters on Youtube. You can access it by clicking here. When you get there, request to be added, and I'll let you through (given that you are, in fact, Reformed). Right now there are 28 members, and the discussion board stays pretty active.
Thanks everyone for your patience and support (who gives it). Here is a post from over a year ago about doctrine. I pray you find it edifying.
If a man also lies with a man, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine (didache or teaching) which you have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the innocent. For your obedience is well known unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and innocent concerning evil.
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 2:34:00 PM