Collect of the Day
GOD, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Calls for Jail Time for Conservative Christians Who Disagree with the Homosexual Agenda
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse the presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church reveals her satanic inquisition against orthodox Christianity. It is becoming increasingly clear that both political and theological liberals intend to use the totalitarian power of the state to remove religious freedom and institute a regime that will not tolerate religious freedom. And why would anyone be surprised by this? Here is an excerpt of Schori's sermon where she reveals the sinister nature of her agenda. It would appear that she not only thinks the Apostle Paul deserved to go to jail but that modern and orthodox Christians who oppose homosexuality also deserve to go to jail:
To illustrate her point presiding bishop turned to the book of Acts, noting “There are some remarkable examples of that kind of blindness in the readings we heard this morning, and slavery is wrapped up in a lot of it. Paul is annoyed at the slave girl who keeps pursuing him, telling the world that he and his companions are slaves of God. She is quite right. She’s telling the same truth Paul and others claim for themselves,” Bishop Jefferts Schori said, referencing the first chapter of the Epistle to the Romans.
Click here to read the entire article posted at Anglican Ink: Diversity, not Jesus, saves says Presiding Bishop“But Paul is annoyed, perhaps for being put in his place, and he responds by depriving her of her gift of spiritual awareness. Paul can’t abide something he won’t see as beautiful or holy, so he tries to destroy it. It gets him thrown in prison. That’s pretty much where he’s put himself by his own refusal to recognize that she, too, shares in God’s nature, just as much as he does – maybe more so!,” the presiding bishop said.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
What is justification?
What is justification?
Justification is an act of God’ s free grace unto sinners, (Rom. 3:22,24–25, Rom. 4:5) in which he pardoneth all their sins, accepteth and accounteth their persons righteous in his sight; (2 Cor. 5:19,21, Rom. 3:22,24,25,27,28) not for any thing wrought in them, or done by them, (Tit. 3:5,7, Eph. 1:7) but only for the perfect obedience and full satisfaction of Christ, by God imputed to them, (Rom. 5:17–19, Rom. 4:6–8) and received by faith alone. (Acts 10:43, Gal. 2:16, Phil. 3:9)
The Westminster Larger Catechism: With Scripture Proofs. (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1996).
Perseverance does not mean uninterrupted progress at the same or an ever increasing rate. In ordinary affairs we speak of a man persevering who falls, blunders, receives set-backs, but who recovers and struggles on. This is why Calvinists use and prefer the term perseverance rather than the Arminian deceptive phrase “eternal security.” The latter in itself gives no hint of struggle; the former does. -- Gordon H. Clark
The following is a comment I sent by e-mail to an online friend. I highly recommend Gordon H. Clark's book, What Is the Christian Life? In this book he discusses the reasons why there is a tendency for giving people false assurance based on walking an aisle or making a one time "decision." He also discusses the eternal insecurity of the Arminian view, which really can give no assurance. Clark also devastates the idea proposed by the late Louis Berkhof that someone can have a "temporary" faith that lasts a lifetime. Clark further repudiates Berkhof's view in his book, What Is Saving Faith?
I particularly find Paul Washer's semi-Pentecostal style of preaching offensive to the Gospel, since Washer's chief approach is the Charles Finney, Billy Sunday style of emotionally manipulating crowds, rather than preaching the propositional truths revealed rationally and logically in the plenary-verbally inspired holy writings we call the Scriptures. (See: Paul Washer on YouTube). The Lordship view of saving faith is essentially another way of undermining the doctrines of assurance and perseverance as they are outlined in Scripture and in the Westminster Confession. (See: Chapter XVII, Of the Perseverance of the Saints, and Chapter XVIII, Of Assurance of Grace and Salvation).
Here is the e-mail I sent to my friend:
I recommend that you read the e-book, What Is the Christian Life, by Gordon H. Clark. I got my copy for $5.00. Clark is not an advocate of "easy believism." That's the idea that Baptists have about their view of eternal security where a person walks the aisle and shakes the minister's hand and makes a decision. That one "work" makes that person eternally secure no matter what else they do? I don't think so. But on the other hand, Paul Washer and the Lordship people are really teaching eternal insecurity like the Arminians. How do you know if you know enough of the Bible or obey the moral law enough to be saved? That is the issue. Clark definitely teaches that our assurance is grounded in justification by faith alone. He does, however, advocate obedience as "contributing" to our assurance since that appears to be what 1 John is about.
Here's his view of the doctrine of perseverance:
Here's his view of the doctrine of perseverance:
Perseverance does not mean uninterrupted progress at the same or an ever increasing rate. In ordinary affairs we speak of a man persevering who falls, blunders, receives set-backs, but who recovers and struggles on. This is why Calvinists use and prefer the term perseverance rather than the Arminian deceptive phrase “eternal security.” The latter in itself gives no hint of struggle; the former does.
If the Old Testament is so clear on this matter, it is really not necessary to quote the New Testament also. But as such an omission would surely be misunderstood by the Arminians, and since in any case we wish to know what the New Testament says, here are some verses.
John 10:28, 29: “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
It must be a most elementary student and immature Christian who is unfamiliar with John 10:28-29. And it must be a most confused mentality that cannot understand it correctly. “They shall never perish.” Could anything be easier or plainer? Who are the “they”? They are Christ’s sheep; Christ knows them all by name; he gives them eternal life, a life that is everlasting. Clearly a life that lasts only a year or two is not eternal. “They shall never perish” is written with a double negative, and double negatives in Greek do not make an affirmative, but an emphatic negative. As if that were not enough Christ adds, “Neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” Relative to this phrase I either read or heard an Arminian say that although no man can pluck a Christian out of God’s hand, the word man means “no other man;” but the man himself can pluck himself out of God’s hand. I have no documentation for this, and it may not be typical of all Wesleyans. But at any rate, the word in the New Testament is tis, anyone, including the man himself as well as Satan. Then to pile emphasis upon emphasis Jesus continues, “My Father is greater than all, and no one is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
To escape such utterly unambiguous verses the Arminians are forced to invent utterly ridiculous misinterpretations, for otherwise they would have to repudiate their beloved free will and become Calvinists – a disaster not to be contemplated.
Gordon H. Clark (2013-03-04T05:00:00+00:00). What Is The Christian Life? (Kindle Locations 818-838). The Trinity Foundation. Kindle Edition.
Paul Washer is closer to Arminianism and Pentecostalism than anything else. Gordon H. Clark utterly rejected emotionalism as a way to persuade people to be saved. Emotions have no logical or propositional content. Without knowledge of the information recorded in the Bible there is no possibility of salvation. Working the crowd into a lather means absolutely nothing. The Bible makes it clear:
Clark's book, What Is the Christian Life? (E-Book), is well worth the $5.00 investment. Believe me. I'm posting an edited version of this on the blog, too.Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. 34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. (Acts 16:29-34 KJV)
Sincerely in Christ,
Addendum: The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion also teach the doctrines of unconditional election, perseverance of the saints, and assurance of salvation in Article XVII:
Of Predestination and Election
Predestination to life is the everlasting purpose of God, whereby, before the foundations of the world were laid, He hath constantly decreed by His counsel secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation those whom He hath chosen in Christ out of mankind, and to bring them by Christ to everlasting salvation as vessels made to honour. Wherefore they which be endued with so excellent a benefit of God be called according to God's purpose by His Spirit working in due season; they through grace obey the calling; they be justified freely; they be made sons of God by adoption; they be made like the image of His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ; they walk religiously in good works; and at length by God's mercy they attain to everlasting felicity.
As the godly consideration of Predestination and our Election in Christ is full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to godly persons and such as feel in themselves the working of the Spirit of Christ, mortifying the works of the flesh and their earthly members and drawing up their mind to high and heavenly things, as well because it doth greatly establish and confirm their faith of eternal salvation to be enjoyed through Christ, as because it doth fervently kindle their love towards God: so for curious and carnal persons, lacking the Spirit of Christ, to have continually before their eyes the sentence of God's Predestination is a most dangerous downfall, whereby the devil doth thrust them either into desperation or into wretchlessness of most unclean living no less perilous than desperation.
Furthermore, we must receive God's promises in such wise as they be generally set forth in Holy Scripture; and in our doings that will of God is to be followed which we have expressly declared unto us in the word of God.