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From the New Testament,

Mark 4:11-12, “And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God; but those who are outside get everything in parables, 12in order that while seeing, they may see and not perceive; and while hearing, they may hear and not understand lest they return and be forgiven.”

John 1:12-13, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

John 6:44, “No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.”

John 6:65, “And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me, unless it has been granted him from the Father.”

Acts 16:14, “And a certain woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.”

Romans 9:18, “So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.”

Romans 11:8, “just as it is written, ‘God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes to see not and ears to hear not, down to this very day.'”

Romans 12:3, “For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.”

2 Thessalonians 2:11, “And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false.”

1 Peter 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

From the Old Testament,

Genesis 45:8, “Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt

Exodus 4:21, “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘When you go back to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in your power; but I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.”

Exodus 14:17, “And as for Me, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen.”

Deuteronomy 2:30, “But Sihon king of Heshbon was not willing for us to pass through his land; for the Lord your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, in order to deliver him into your hand, as he is today.”

Deuteronomy 29:4, “Yet to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear.”

1 Samuel. 10:9, “Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart; and all those signs came about on that day.”

2 Chronicles 25:20, “But Amaziah would not listen, for it was from God, that He might deliver them into the hand of Joash because they had sought the gods of Edom.”

Jeremiah 10:23, “I know, O Lord, that a man’s way is not in himself; nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.”

Jeremiah 24:7, “‘And I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.”

Psalm 105:24-25, “And He caused His people to be very fruitful, and made them stronger than their adversaries. 25He turned their heart to hate His people, to deal craftily with His servants.

Proverbs 16:9, “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

Proverbs 21:1, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord. He turns it wherever He wishes.”

Isaiah 44:28, “It is I who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd! and he will perform all My desire.’ And he declares of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built,’ and of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.'”

 

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I have withheld any comments of this conference until its over. The John 3:16 Conference is partly the labor of Jerry Vines, a preacher that I have met and enjoyed listening to. He is obviously a man of integrity and had served the Lord well. Unfortunately, his growing resentment towards the Doctrines of Grace has marred his otherwise good legacy as a Bible expositor.

When they first announced about this conference I had thoughts running in my head that it will be a time where people gather together to trash other Christians and to trash the Holy Bible and ultimately God Himself.

One speaker caught my attention. He said, “Should the Southern Baptist Convention move toward 5-point Calvinism, such a move would be away from, and not toward, the gospel.” According to this blogger, this was met with a standing ovation.

The same speaker also said that, “According to Phil Johnson, James White is a hyper-Calvinist” which prompted Phil Johnson to respond.

James White responds from the UK, I have a feeling that when he returns, he will be challenging Dr. Allen to a debate.

Has Dr. Allen forgotten about George Whitefield (the evangelist that God used to bring many to Christ), Jonathan Edwards (where revival broke out) and Charles Spurgeon (the preacher who preach too much Gospel)?

By the way, we (me and everyone else who blogs here) and our church believe passionately in evangelizing the lost. We preach the Gospel and evangelize the lost weekly. We do so because of our beliefs in the Doctrines of Grace.

From the critiqued of these bloggers (Andrew Lindsey, John Mark, Timmy Brister, and Justin Taylor), one has to doubt the scholarship of the John 3:16 Conference speakers. I wonder what their students learn from them in class?

One seminary student in attendance wrote, “On a side note, I also think it speaks volumes that the conference costs $50 for audio and $70 for Video while Together 4 the Gospel, Desiring God, IX Marks and other Reformed outlets make their audio available for free. It almost appears that the reason behind the conference is not because Reformed Theology is destroying the convention, but that it is destroying the revenue generated during revivals.

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t4a

I have been thinking about attending this conference (T4A) but knowing that with technology the audios will be provided. I was hoping to hear from Russell Moore but due to voice problem he could not make it.

Here are the audios,

HT: Jason Kovacs/ABBA fund

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