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July 12, 2013

DOMA and the Rock

by Dr. Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

PROLOGUE:  In a world of shifting moral standards, this timely exposition gives the discerning reader a new appreciation for all of God's people. We are not sinners because we sin, but rather we sin because we are innately sinners due to our fallen nature. We are all born as rebels against God. The real truth is that we love to sin in our carnal nature. However, since regeneration precedes faith, sin no longer reigns in God's wonderful family. Although we don't completely stop sinning due to our original sin condition, God miraculously changes our "wanter" in the conversion process (i. e., Paul no longer had a desire to persecute Christians after his stunning conversion on the road to Damascus). God's elect are an entirely new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). It's not your grip on God that keeps you safe, but rather it's God's grip on you (John 10:27-29). A gigantic difference!

"None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one" (Romans 3:11-12 ESV).  We (all of us) are in desperate need of a Savior and Substitute. We have absolutely nothing to contribute to our salvation. Neither collectively nor individually, fallen mankind does not possess even the tiniest island of righteousness. Consequently, we are not the captains of our eternal destiny. We are saved solely by God's sovereign grace (foreordained, undeserved mercy). Both our physical and spiritual births are done for us. Indeed, the provisions of our merciful God far outweigh the stranglehold of our darkest and vilest sins. It's all about Him! Click here to read this inspiring, must-read article by Dr. Butterfield.

Dennis Fischer
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