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Gaining Others To Christ. We all subscribe to this statement. It is another question whether we are very conscious of this doctrine and whether we diligently practice it. In our Catechism the question is asked why we must still do good works, since we are delivered by grace. The Catechism cites three reasons. One of these reasons or purposes is expressed in the title given above.

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One is sometimes astounded by the outward walk of those who hold to false doctrines. It is not at all a rare thing to find those who hold to Arminian doctrines to all appearances literally bubbling over with spiritual enthusiasm and denying themselves severely the things of the world. Those who peddle the heresy of the Russelites show a peculiar boldness to confess and testify before all others their belief. They dare to meet you in your own home and there to try to sell you their literature and doctrine.

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That, as we stated in our closing remark last time, the fear of the Lord never produces false doctrines ought to be self-evident. It is the lack of filial reverence and fear that produces the lie. The child who loves his father will never speak evil of him. The child who loves his father will not deny him the honor and respect that is due unto him. Neither will the elect child of God as he lives in the fear of the Lord invent and produce doctrines which deny Him the honor and glory due His matchless name.

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The day of the Lord cometh as a thief in the night. The heavens shall pass away with a great noise. The elements shall melt with a fervent heat. The earth also and all the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be? Did you ever set yourself squarely before this question which Peter presents in II Peter 3:11? And what kind of person did you find yourself to be?

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