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08/01/2008 / Test All Things

Dead And Dark Seasons

All Christians, even the most eminent servants of God, have their dead and dark seasons—when the life of God seems sunk to so low an ebb as to be hardly visible—so hidden is the stream by the mud-banks of their fallen nature.

By these very dark and dead seasons, the people of God are instructed. They see and feel what ‘the flesh’ really is—how alienated from the life of God; they learn in whom all their strength and sufficiency lie; they are taught that in them, that is, in their flesh, dwells no good thing; that no exertions of their own can maintain in strength and vigor the life of God; and that all they are, and have—all they believe, know, feel, and enjoy—with all their ability, usefulness, gifts, and grace—flow from the pure, sovereign grace—the rich, free, undeserved, yet unceasing goodness and mercy of God!

They learn in this hard school of painful experience, their emptiness and nothingness—and that without Christ they can do nothing. They thus become clothed with humility, that rare, yet lovely garb; cease from their own strength and wisdom; and learn experimentally that Christ is, and ever must be, all in all to them, and all in all in them.

J. C. Philpot

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  1. Phil / Jul 13 2008 12:19 pm

    Hello Chris-

    First let me say that I would very much like to be included in your mailing list.

    I came across your website and blogs by way of a search on Andrew Wommack and I’m certainly glad that I did. Yours isn’t the first I’ve encountered that exposes false teachers, prophets (so-called) and doctrine but in the 1 1/2 years since I received salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit, it was time that I came across another one (yours) again. I really did not realize just how many there are out there and the only way I’ve had to know them is a disturbance that I get inside, in my gut when I hear something thats not quite right and doesn’t sit well.

    I’ve been all over your website topics and blog and maybe it would have been more suitable to put this in the False Teachers category but I’m also going thru a bit of dark season currently myself. A trial and difficult time, if you will, and going it almost entirely on my own.

    I will continue to peruse everything you have put together here as I have time. But not knowing the best way to ask a couple of questions, I’m going to ask right here:

    Is there a problem with the NIV bible? Do you recommend the KJV only?

    I was concerned on the False Teachers blog that RC Sproul was mentioned once because he recommended a Dobson book ( I believe it was Dobson). I’ve been a fan of Sprouls for a year. Is there a problem with him, do you see? What about Charles Stanley?

    Thank you for your time.

    Grace and peace from our Lord-Christ Jesus,


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