Hullo my name is Michael. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ, affirm the Biblical and Christ-exalting truths of the Reformation such as the five Solas, the Doctrines of Grace, Monergistic Regeneration, and the Redemptive Historical approach to interpreting the Scriptures. That is me in a nut shell.
This blog is an ever changing fly on the wall diary chronicling a pilgrim’s journey into exploring the gracious love and sovereignty of God in a wretched sinner’s life. This blog keeper features articles that span from modern culture to church history and the humor in life with a Christian world view. If I had my way I would blog the whole day but most of my blogging is done after all the children are tucked up in bed and before sleep ambushes my tired head like an armed robber. Although due to my busy schedule the kids get to tuck me into bed before I even reach the dinner table.
Some of my friends keep asking, “Why has Michael become a Reformed Christian after several years in prosperity driven and seeker sensitive churches?” Well, this blog is a progressive answer. But what exactly does it mean that I have become “Reformed“?
I have come to believe that Salvation begins with an unfailing work of God in the hearts of all those who will believe. While most churches in our current day believe that you “believe to be born again”, like the Reformers and Puritans I have come to believe the opposite about that; my belief is that you are “born again to believe” (see the change in order?).
Here’s a simple quiz for bible believing Christians. Click the link below and see whether you truly believe that God is sovereign over the salvation of souls. When you say, “God saved me”, do you mean that? Or do you (at least somewhat) feel that you caused yourself to be saved by making a “decision to follow Him”? Do you believe as one modern crusade evangelist said, that “salvation is 99% God, and 1% man”, or instead, is salvation 100% the work of God? How much power does God exercise over our lives and future versus how much does He “leave up to us”? It seems like a minor issue to some, but you’d be surprised to know how many things this effects in the way you live out the Christian life.
Take the quiz, and feel free to leave a comment here afterwards. But make sure you’ve got your bible handy. Here we go:
“If I cannot bend the knees of my body because I am so weak, my prayers from my bed shall be on their knees—my heart shall be on its knees and pray as acceptably as before…If we are so faint that we can only lie still and breathe, let every breath be a prayer!”—C.H Spurgeon