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Letter to the Editor: Response to the Last Editorial

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Letter to the Editor: The Murder of Sir David Amess

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Reformation Sunday Advert

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Leicester Diocese Illogical

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Barnabas Fund Reports: Turkey Escalates Airstrikes Against Christians in Syria & Iraq

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Gospel-Driven Anglicanism Part 4

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466th Anniversary of the Martyrdoms of Latimer & Ridley

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Clive West Memorial Trust Lecture: John Yates III to Speak

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Book Review: Bleeding for Jesus

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School Pupils Across the Country Memorise Passages from BCP for £1,000 Prize

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Letter to the Editor: Objection to Sanlon’s Column

Objection to Sanlon’s Column

Dear Editor,

 I write this letter because I have objections to the article “ Common Grace” by Revd Dr Peter Sanlon.

Revd Dr Peter Sanlon has confused common grace with the providence of God. Some would say my civilised neighbour is common grace, rain and sunshine is common grace and musical ability such as the composer J. S. Bach is common grace, but where do the scriptures  teach common grace? This is not so called common grace but providence.

Confusion of grace and providence is inexcusable for a trained ordained church leader. The consequences of such confusion is unsound teaching and preaching and poor leadership and confusion in the pew. The Reformed Creeds and Confessions, 39 Articles of Religion, the Westminister Confession of Faith and The Belgic Confession of Faith  plainly and clearly teach the biblical doctrine of Providence and Particular Grace.

Providence follows God’s work of creation, in the governing of the world according to His will. Proverbs 16:4. Psalm 139:2. Nothing befalls us not by luck, fate or chance, not a sparrow can fall to the ground without the will of the Father. Mathew 10:29, 30. God  the great Creator of all things, doth uphold and govern all creatures, actions and things from the greatest to the least. Proverbs 15:3. The doctrine of Providence gives the believer great comfort and peace in a hostile world.

The Grace of God to the believer is Particular, Ephesians 2:8, The word grace frequently is used in scripture to denote the power of God whereby a sinner is actually saved and delivered from bondage of sin and corruption, whereby he  is regenerated and sanctified , and thus made pleasant in the sight of God. It also incudes all the spiritual blessings and virtues that are bestowed upon the objects of God’s favour.

The grace of God is something so special, priceless, undeserved and valuable, theirs nothing common at all about God’s grace.

Yours In Christ

Alistair Turner

Boston

Lincolnshire

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