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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Friday, April 13, 2012

Unconfessional Reformed Anathemas

I've been thinking lately about the state of Christ's church on earth.  The Roman Catholic Church is a synagogue of satan and the pope is an antichrist.  The Eastern churches are synergistic and semi-pelagian.  The Arminians teach a form of semi-pelagian synergism that is essentially a works based religion where election and perseverance are conditional on man and not on God's mighty power and sovereignty.

Even worse the so-called "Reformed" churches these days are to one degree or another liberal.  Most have either deleted or added to the classical confessions of faith which are supposed to provide a catholic or universal basis for Christian doctrine and fellowship.  Most modern Reformed churches have either caved to a form of semi-neo-orthodoxy or semi-Arminianism (read three points of common grace, God's unfulfilled desire to save the reprobate, the well meant offer).

So-called "calvinistic" Baptists or "particular" Baptists are unconfessional and essentially Anabaptist since they place as much emphasis on personal revelations and leadings of the "spirit" as they do on Scripture.  Basically, Baptists have more in common with Pentecostals than with Presbyterians or Anglican Reformed believers.  Any emphasis on "believers" baptism is an outright denial of unconditional election since this ignores the fact that God elects prior to the foundation of the world, not at the moment someone receives Christ by faith.  Credo-baptism has more in common with decisional conversion or the altar call conversion of Charles Finney than with the paedo-baptism taught by the foreshadow of infant circumcision in the Old Testament.  The overemphasis on individual conversion ignores that God works through the church as His normative appointed instrument or means of saving His elect.  The OT church was the nation of Israel and the NT church was established at the day of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  (Acts 2:1-4; 38-39).

Anglicans are no better.  The vast majority of them are either Arminian or Anglo-Catholic or liberal.  The odds of finding a biblical Anglican congregation is about nil.  

Although I greatly admire the Primitive Baptists, they think that God's elect can remain in false churches or religions and that the elect do not need conversion.  This makes about as much sense as universalism.  All roads lead to God?   (Acts 4:10, 12; John 14:6; John 5:24-25; John 6:37-44, 65).  God has appointed preaching as the normative means for saving His elect.  (Romans 10:7-17).  How this escapes the Primitive Baptists I do not know.  But again, Baptists are closer to the Anabaptists than to truly Reformed theology.

And when I point out the Reformed confessions in a theological discussion on Facebook I am indirectly called "impatient" and "intolerant" by those who claim to be intolerant of heresy and Arminianism.  It seems to me that "belonging" to a social club is more important than biblical truth for most "Reformed" believers.

As I have said before, if I have to stand alone for the truth expressed in Scripture and the Reformed confessions, so be it.  If the semi-Arminian "Calvinists" wish to condemn traditional and classical Calvinism as "hyper-Calvinism" so be it.  Unfortunately, not one of the Reformed confessions makes common grace or the free offer of the Gospel a doctrinal standard.  Those are Arminian doctrines, not Reformed doctrines.

 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 "Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." (Matthew 9:36-38 NKJ)

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