WWI – Baptist Pastor on the Somme Front

The diary and letters of Pastor James Rowell.

Salvation By Grace Alone

When we speak of Salvation by grace alone, we mean that the Bible says this; every man is a sinner before God. Now we have got to take that seriously. People say well, I am really not a bad person, I don’t drink, I don’t gamble, I don’t steel, I have never committed adultery, I have never murdered etc. etc. These are all good things in a relative sense; I would rather have a neighbor who was kind and decent and good and upright and honest than have some lying rascal next door to me, that I couldn’t turn my back upon. We applaud those social virtues, but before God we are all sinners, we have broken the first and great commandment of the Law of God, which is to love god with all our soul strength and mind. We are all sinners, and not small sinners, but big sinners. We are dead in sin and corrupted in sin, we are self-centered and not God-centered.

Those who boast how good they are have lived their life in rebellion against God and in rejection of His son, trampling the blood of Christ beneath their feet. They live as if the Bible didn’t say the things that it says; that is big time sin.

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It is too often overlooked in this age of information that the gospel of Christ is beautiful in its simplicity. At thinkGOSPEL.com we focus on this simplicity, first in the evangelistic presentation of the gospel and then to encourage Christians to think biblically for devotion and direction in life. We believe this is the emphasis of the New Testament writers.

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Fundamentalism, Conviction, Courage and Biblical Authority

January 23rd, 2016|7 Comments

At the end of December of 2000 I arrived in Albertville, France, with just enough French to identify myself and be courteous—bonjour, s'il vous plaît, et merci. I had enrolled for a twelve-month language course [...]

A. W. Pink: The Pioneer of a Modern Reformation (Pt. 2: The Fruit of Faithful Study)

January 18th, 2016|0 Comments

A. W. Pink (1886-1952) By all accounts the life of A. W. Pink is a phenomenon. John MacLeod, in his spiritual history of the Ilse of Lewis (Banner of the West, 2010), where [...]

A. W. Pink: The Pioneer of a Modern Reformation (Pt. 1: A String of Failures)

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

The past sixty years in the evangelical church has witnessed a deepening interest in reformed literature and a resurgence of reformed theology; it is, in some respects, a modern Reformation. Much of this has been [...]

Fundamentalism and the New Conservative Evangelical Identity

January 1st, 2016|21 Comments

In previous articles I have tried to address some of the problems with fundamentalism. I have not been—nor should anyone be—afraid to face these hard issues head-on, to admit the difficulties, and to attempt to [...]

Understanding the Powerful Personalities of Fundamentalism

September 18th, 2015|0 Comments

On Easter Sunday evening in 1990 when I was a zealous seventeen year old, a few friends and I made the fifteen-minute drive to a more informal after-meeting for the youth in Dr. Paisley’s church [...]

Fundamentalism’s Silent Moderate Majority

September 18th, 2015|1 Comment

In the first article in this series I spoke of the legacy that the early fundamentalist movement has left to the evangelical church and suggested that conservative evangelicals enjoy better days today because [...]

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