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

Saturday, June 25, 2011

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If anyone doubts that Christianity is on the way out in the United States, just keep watching the news headlines. There will come a time when Christians will be persecuted for their faith. This is just more evidence that tolerance for "fundamentalist" Christians is waining. Speaking out against homosexual sin will become a "hate" crime and preaching the moral law of God against such sins will be censored and silenced. How long before the wrath of God falls on the United States of America?

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. (2 Timothy 3:1 ESV)

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:12-15 ESV)

In the Bible God sometimes uses pagan nations to punish the wayward Israel.

And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to the city while his servants were besieging it, 12 and Jehoiachin the king of Judah gave himself up to the king of Babylon, himself and his mother and his servants and his officials and his palace officials. The king of Babylon took him prisoner in the eighth year of his reign 13 and carried off all the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king's house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold in the temple of the LORD, which Solomon king of Israel had made, as the LORD had foretold. (2 Kings 24:11-13 ESV)

It is true that the United States is not a theocracy led by a prophet of God. But that does not remove the fact that God can and does render justice against even nations today. I view the 9/11 attack as God demonstrating His justice even though it was executed by radical Muslims who are not saved. Earthquakes, tsunamis, famines and even wars are all examples of God's judgment against humankind. God is in absolute control of all that happens (Isaiah 45:7). The modern aversion to the providence of God is simply another example of the apostasy of most so-called Christians into the false religion of man-centered theology. Most modern "Christians" view God as some sort of heavenly bellhop whom they think will jump at their command.

The truth, however, is that God is the Sovereign King and LORD of all creation and the entire universe. He will do as He pleases with sinners, having mercy on whom He will have mercy and hardening whom He will harden. This hardening effect is evident in the state of New York since the gay rights agenda is now the civil law there. But it is not a sign of democracy and God's blessing on the United States. Instead it is a sign of God's judgment against America. God has hardened the hearts of the New York legislators just as He hardened the heart of Pharaoh (Romans 9:11-22). Since Adam's rebellion in the garden of Eden all mankind has been justly under a curse from God and all mankind has become the enemy of God subject to His wrath against sin and rebellion (Romans 3:10-23; Romans 5:12-21). How foolish to rebel against the Creator of the universe!

The Christian who believes in the sovereign grace of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ will not reject the Reformed understanding of Scripture expressed in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion/1662 Book of Common Prayer, the Westminister Standards, and the Three Forms of Unity. The Christian who believes in the final authority of Holy Scripture above man's opinion will stand firm against the onslaught of atheist humanism, religious pluralism, and modern socialism.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:18-21 ESV)

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. (Romans 1:26-28 ESV)

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22 ESV)

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. (Leviticus 20:13 ESV)

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV)

. . . understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, (1 Timothy 1:9-10 ESV)

Scripture is clear that homosexuality is an abomination. At one time this was not an issue even in the nation at large, although the United States has never been a "Christian nation" per se. The United States was, however, influenced by the Christian faith from its inception. With the advent of the liberal left, atheism, and socialism in the Democratic Party, however, there has been a vicious effort to marginalize Christianity and Christian morality. Make no mistake about it. The Democratic Party has declared war on Christianity. Apparently even some in the Republican Party are out to join the godless assault of the socialists and communists. It would seem that conservative Christians have no choice except to continue to preach the Gospel at the risk of their own life, liberty and religious freedom.

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time--he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:11-16 ESV)

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