Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
No one has ever been saved by feeling sorry for their sins.

More information is given concerning the details of the Cross in the Old Testament then there is in the entire New Testament.

Aorist active indicative of the Greek verb lambano = to snatch; to take hold of; to grab violently, or to do something in a hostile way.

The hypocritical religious hateful rulers snatched our Lord violently, in a hostile way.

His scars and wounds, which are now in heaven with Him in His human body as He is seated at the right hand of God the Father, are a memorial to His unfailing and unconditional love.

Read our book on The Cross which is guaranteed to increase your love and honor and respect for the Lord and His people.

Two thousand years of separation from the cross has sanitized the cross and have made it look like something glorious.

Most of the images of Jesus are pretty clean and non-offensive, as He looks like a skinny little hippie with sad eyes – it’s pathetic and pitiful.

The cross does not look like what appears today with a man who has long hair, a weak physical body, looking like a hippy from the 60’s, it was far worse than that.

No one has ever been saved by feeling sorry for their sins or doing anything at all to be saved except to “repent” or change their mind about who the Lord is.

2CO 7:10   For the sorrow that is according to {the will of} God produces a repentance without regret, {leading} to salvation; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

Prin: Feeling sorry for your sins does not mean you are saved just like  feeling sorry for your sins does not mean you are forgiven for those sins.

Judas felt sorry for his sins, not because of what He did to the Lord,  but what he did to himself as all his plans came tumbling down over and over again.

King Saul felt sorry for his sins, especially against David, but that didn’t put King Saul back in fellowship with our Lord.

Noah got drunk.

Abraham willfully lied.

Sarah was impatient.

Isaac was afraid.

Jacob was a cheater.

Moses lacked confidence and stuttered.

Miriam was a gossiper.

Gideon was insecure.

Samson was an adulterer.

Elijah was moody.

Zacchaeus had the Napoleon syndrome (insecurity of being short).

King David had affairs.

David seduced and practically raped Bathsheba.

David committed adultery many times (seven wives, hundreds of mistresses called concubines.

David had more than one wife which was forbidden in the Torah.

David got a faithful soldier drunk to deceive him.

David committed murder.

David willfully lied to deceive others while covering himself.

David purposely disobeyed God’s command about the ark.

David ignored the word of God and men were killed as a result.

David rejected the promises of God and questioned God.

Solomon lived an excessive luxurious lifestyle.

Solomon married all kinds of ungodly women.

Solomon lived in excessive sensuality.

Solomon even sanctioned idolatry.

Jonah tried to run from God

Thomas was a doubter.

Martha was a worrier (not warrior)

Paul was a murderer.

Peter had a Temper

John had inordinate competition.

KI 14:8  “You have not been like My servant David, who kept My commandments and who followed Me with all his heart, to do only that which was right in My sight”


1KI 15:5  because David did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.

ACT 13:22  “And after He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’

ACT 13:36  “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation.

ROM 15:4  For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

1CO 10:11  Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

David was known as a man after God’s own heart and fulfilled all of God’s will.

They are all extremely important because they were all given a prophecy concerning the Cross hundreds of years before the cross was even invented as a torture for criminals.

I could point to Gen 3:15 which is the first prophecy dedicated to the Cross by revealing our need for salvation.

I could point to the book of Leviticus which is dedicated to the Cross by revealing the different offerings that are found throughout the entire book.

I could point to Psa 22, which is known as the Psalm of the Crucifixion, because it gives to us what our Lord was thinking, saying, and doing while on the cross.

I could also point to Isa 53, the book which is dedicated to the Cross by revealing the whole life of Christ and what He had to endure in the realm of prophecy in such bold alleviation as in Isaiah 53.

Had Isaiah stood at the foot of the cross, he could not have given us  a more accurate account of what took place.

The Old Testament is where we find out the details concerning the Cross and the mental attitude of our Lord during those three hours of darkness while he hung on the cross.

MAT 27:37  And they put up above His head the charge against Him which read, “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

MAT 27:39  And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads, = Psa 22

PSA 22:7 All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying,

PSA 22:8  “Commit yourself to the Lord; let Him deliver him; Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”

MAT 27:39-40;  And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads,  and saying, “You who {are going to} destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

Please notice who is mocking our Lord Jesus Christ and what they are doing which is accusing other believers of sin and evil while they are ignoring their own sins and failures =  Transference arrogance.

This is sarcasm, whether from Satan and the kingdom of darkness made up of the Fallen angels or the depraved human beings.

MAT 27:50  And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up {His} spirit.

The first passage – JOH 6:60-71, our Lord says to the twelve disciples that there is one among them who is a traitor.

The second passage is found in JOH 13:7-22, where He also tells us that He knew who the traitor was.

The third passage is Psa 41:9, where we are told that the betrayal would come from someone close to Him.
The exact amount that Judas would receive for his betrayal of our Lord and His disciples is prophesied and fulfilled ; Zec 11:12-13; Mat 26:15-16 = That exact amount was 30 pieces of silver.

In Zec 11:12-13, the prophecy is given that Judas would betray our Lord for thirty pieces of silver.

The Lord is rebuking the shepherds for betraying the people of God by denying them doctrinal teaching and therefore, the Lord uses a prophecy that points to the ultimate betrayer, Judas Iscariot.

Because of the prophecies concerning our Lord’s betrayal,  there is always a danger that we may think that Judas Iscariot was ordained by God to betray our Lord.

HyperCalvinism refers to the theology, which is the study of God that denies the universal duty of human beings to believe in Christ for the salvation of their souls.

The Hyper-Calvinist doesn’t take into account the free will of man. All they really take into account is the sovereignty of God.

In our Term Book, the definition and description of the sovereignty of God is His eternal, infinite, and perfect divine volition by which He can do whatever He desires whenever He wants to.

The sovereignty of God is His eternal and infinite will be expressed in the divine decrees, manifest in the comprehensive divine interpretation of history called dispensations, and the mystery doctrine of the Church-age.

Hyper-Calvinism says that no individual can become born-again or saved by their own choice.

HyperCalvinism also denies the freedom that comes from Bible doctrine to the apostate theology that man has no right to question God because of Rom 9 and the sovereignty of God.

ROM 9:20  On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it?

The danger behind Hyper-Calvinism is that those who believe it and live in it become apathetic, careless, indifferent, uncaring, or irresponsible when it comes to the PPOG and PSD’s.

We have to remember, that for the Hyper-Calvinist, all they can see in Scripture is God’s sovereignty to the exclusion of man’s volition and  responsibility.

To call on all sinners to believe on Christ and repent of their sins is, for the Hyper-Calvinist, an outright denial of God’s sovereignty in salvation. Hence, they scorn Gospel preaching!

In their erroneous thinking, they have cut out the imperative and necessity for sinners to hear the Gospel if they would be saved (cf. Rom. 10:13-17.

Since God has already chosen who will be saved (Rom 9:6-24; Eph 1:4; 2Th 2:13, then God’s elect, the Hyper-Calvinist reasons, do not need to hear the call of the Gospel unto salvation.

To believe this, not only misrepresents the doctrine of election, it denies the fact that God has ordained Gospel preaching as the divine means to bring His elect to saving faith (cf. 1Co 1:18-25).

In the second place, Hyper-Calvinism kills prayer. As the Hyper-Calvinist muses on God’s sovereign decree, he concludes: “Well, if I pray, it won’t change things; if I don’t pray it won’t change things.”


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