This article shows how the heretical teaching of open theism helps man conceal the idolatry of his soul, since it claims that God has no sanctifying purpose for our experiences of pain and suffering.
The author brings forth important lessons from the Christian life of J. Gresham Machen. The godly values identified in Machen's life include honesty, building Christian institutions to preserve the heritage of the gospel, and unashamed confrontations with the ungodly teachings of our age.
If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7
Our focus is verse 7, "If you abide (accept, observe, follow) in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you." The verse has two halves, a condition and a result. The condition — the if clause — is, "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you…" The result — the then clause — "then ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you."
Hitherto you have asked nothing in my name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24
Prayer as the Pursuit of God's Glory