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 Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Bill O'Reilly Denies That Jesus Was Crucified for the Sins of God's Elect

“I’m researching Killing Jesus, do you know why Jesus was killed, by the Romans? … You don’t know and you shouldn’t know because it was about taxes, taxes!” – Bill O’Reilly, The O’Reilly Factor, March 2013 (see here: Jesus killed over taxes)

Talk about confusing politics with the Gospel?  Bill O'Reilly has a new theory.  He thinks Jesus was crucified by Roman socialists and Jewish Pharisees who wanted to overtax people.  I already knew Billy was a papist and an heretic.  But now he's crossed another line into a liberalism that deifies capitalism at the expense of the Gospel itself.

The real reason for the crucifixion of Jesus was for our sins:

44. How doth Christ execute the office of a priest? Answer: Christ executeth the office of a priest, in his once offering himself a sacrifice without spot to God,1 to be a reconciliation for the sins of his people;2 and in making continual intercession for them.3

See also: WCF 8.5 | WSC 25
1 Heb. 9:14,28.
2 Heb. 2:17. 3 Heb. 7:25.

I might agree with smaller government and less taxes, but what does that have to do with the substitutionary atonement of Christ?  Absolutely nothing!   I believe the Bible teaches a view of economics and politics that favors small government, less taxes, and less government interference in private matters such as religion.  Socialism and secularism threatens religious freedom.  Unfortunately, unbridled conservative secularism like that being marketed by Bill O'Reilly is no less a threat to democracy than the liberal politics of the left.  Worse, O'Reilly is claiming to have divine illumination in what can only be called an outright denial of the authority of Scripture and God's purpose for the atonement.  (Acts 2:23; 4:27-28).

Click here to read the article:  Bill O'Reilly is Killing Jesus.

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