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, November 02, 2008

The Providence of God and the Ignorance of Unbelief

It really does not surprise me that the news media these days hate conservative Christianity. We stand against the immorality of murdering the unborn, even those who are viable outside the mother's womb. We stand against gay marriage and against the licentious abuse of civil and religious freedoms paid for with the lives of American soldiers. Of course, this is not a Christian nation and never has been. However, a nation stands or falls based on its overall worldview and its protection of morality and basic human rights.

Unfortunately, this nation is more and more siding against Christianity and with ungodliness and wickedness. It's now ok to murder you own child in the womb. It's ok to be an adulterer, a fornicator, or a homosexual. And if anyone dares to suggest that God is sovereign and providentially guides human history and even controls natural disasters, famines, earthquakes, storms, and even nations rising against nation in war, that person is labeled a religious "fundamentalist" or a "fanatic." The truth is, however, that Christianity in general, and Reformed/Calvinist Christians in particular, believes that God is not just up in heaven somewhere with no control over nature or historical events. That would be deism. Rather, God is in control of all that happens. This is called "providence."

Calvinists in particular should have no problem saying that the 9/11 terrorist attack was God's providence in action. And it should be no surprise that this attack could also be said to be a part of God's judgment against an increasingly ungodly nation. In the Old Testament when the nation of Israel rebelled and worshipped other gods, God continually judged Israel. In fact, the Northern Kingdom fell to the Assyrians in 722 B.C. as a result of God's judgment. Judah, the Southern Kingdom, fell to Babylon in 586 B.C. as a result of their unfaithfulness to God.

The Bible also mentions that God judges ungodly nations like Babylon and Assyria and Egypt by having other nations attack and conquer them. We are also aware of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire and prior to that, the fall of the empire of Alexander the Great.

In opposition to Abraham Lincoln, nations on earth do cease to exist. They cease because of the judgment of a Holy God against the sinfulness and wickedness of nations which refuse to repent or to accept the moral law of God. And the Apostle Paul says that even people who have not heard the Gospel are without excuse because God is revealed to them in creation and in their own conscience (See Romans 1:18-32; Romans 3:1-27).

I find it particularly disturbing when so-called Christians or Evangelicals openly endorse and vote for political candidates who openly and loudly proclaim their immoral stands in favor of homosexuality, the murder of the unborn, and the restriction of rights of conservative Christians to free speech and freedom of religion from government interference.

Already we see Canada and European nations passing laws that make it a hate crime to preach the biblical message that homosexuality is a sin and should be repented of. We see those in the media openly and vehemently spouting hate speech against conservative Christianity while other religions that are liberal or less exclusivist on the matter of salvation are openly supported as "tolerant." Apparently, the only religion they cannot tolerate is a religion which actually believes that Jesus Christ is literally God and man and literally and physically rose from the dead. They cannot tolerate a religion that actually believes there is theological and revelational truth from God which is morally binding upon all humankind.

If morality is not rooted in the nature of God, then it is ephemeral, shifting and about as definite as jello pinned to the wall. Whatever man decides is right will become right no matter how perverted, twisted or wicked it may be from the biblical perspective. Those who call themselves Christians should be voting for those who will most uphold the biblical worldview, not theological liberals who believe almost nothing the Bible says or teaches. How any Christian could vote for a pro-choice candidate or a pro-gay rights candidate is beyond me.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A most hearty "Amen", Charlie!

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