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19 June 2006

The Five Claws of Grizzly Theology

by Grizzly Ben of Grizzly Bible Institute


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reasuring the absolute and sweet sovereignty of God.

God is the decisive factor in all arenas of reality: from personal destinies to hole-in-ones; from childhood leukemia to devastating terrorist attacks; from the world-wide activity of Satan to the movement of a solitary ant; from answered prayers to the conversion of the lost; from deliverance from pride & anxiety to perseverance in holiness. God ordains all things: who can reverse it? While the sovereignty of God is absolute, it is ultimately sweet to the believer who humbly embraces it. As a result, God, the Infinite Giver, receives all the glory, and His people, who treasure His sweetness, get all the grace.

Uniting in the good fight of persevering faith in future grace through the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

A full & permanent justifying faith, based solely on the righteousness of Jesus Christ, is a persevering, future-oriented, Christ-embracing, heart-satisfying faith. Therefore, this kind of faith must be life-transforming leading to eternal life or it is a dead faith leading to eternal damnation. The lifelong fight of faith is fought mainly by meditating on the Scriptures, by praying to the all-sufficient God in Jesus’ name, and by uniting with others, who treasure Christ above all else, to nurture a superior satisfaction in Jesus Christ over the deceitfulness of sin.

Longing for satisfying and never-ending pleasure in the self-sufficient and exuberantly happy God.

True Christianity involves the affections. Emotions such as joy, delight, happiness, satisfaction, pleasure, gladness, exhilaration, exuberance, jubilation & exultation IN GOD are essential for authentic worship & virtue in the Christian life. These emotions are not merely the icing-on-the-cake or the caboose at the end of the train. They are part & parcel to real Christianity. Even when these feelings are languishing, a genuine longing for them (either individually or corporately) is an act of worship. Moreover, the believer is assured from Scripture that the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), whom they serve, is Himself joyful beyond our comprehension and will share that joy with the redeemed in increasing measure throughout eternity.

Imitating the radical God-centeredness and earnestness of the old paths.

Humanly speaking, the path to Christian maturity invariably comes through the help of others. In regard to books, the most lavish benefit surely is drawn from the godly men & women of past centuries (i.e. Augustine, Luther, Calvin, the Puritans, Edwards, Spurgeon, etc.). Their writings are certainly significantly more God-immersed and blood-earnest than the superficial fluff of most modern authors. Hence, the desire to imitate the Godward life of these saints is a worthy ambition even in these, so called, “postmodern” times. 

Proclaiming and boldly contending for the once-for-all delivered Word of God.

The once-for-all revealed and written Word of God, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old & New Testaments, is the supreme & sufficient authority in dealing with the most important realities in the universe. There is absolutely no need for further revelations, accumulated traditions or alternative remedies to be given equal status with Scripture. The Bible is gloriously suited to reveal the reality & beauty of the Triune God, to save individuals from the wrath of God & the deception of sin, and to provide the clear path to everlasting joy in God. Thus, it is the duty & delight of Christians to boldly proclaim this Book to all peoples of the world in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Please pray for Ben and his vision for Grizzly Bible Institute
Shane.

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