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

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Reed DePace: Deja Vu and Liberalism All Over Again

"LORD, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life "? 4 But what does the divine response say to him? "I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal." 5 Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. (Romans 11:3-5 NKJ)

Reed DePace over at the Green Baggins blog has finally saw the light.  Denominational politics, church synods, and church councils do not guarantee that truth and the authority of Scripture will prevail.  The Reformed confessions affirm the principle that church councils and creeds can and do err.  Unfortunately, in this case the Presbyterian Church in America has erred egregiously.  For all practical purposes the PCA General Assembly voted to reject Calvinism and affirm Arminianism, and worse, the Federal Vision heresy.  

I firmly agree with DePace's conclusion about the whole matter:

Lastly, wasn’t one of the reasons for leaving the PCUS (UPC, PCUSA for some of us) because the other side had secured all the political (committee) power – and then used that to squash the ability of “our” side to even debate matters!? I can’t help but wonder, how was the behavior at this GA from the one side any different than that which drove our fathers all out to form the PCA in the first place? One side, rather clumsily, tried to follow the procedures to at least be heard. The other side, much more effectively (think pro-football team playing against a beer-belly team), used the same procedures to squash any reasonable discussion whatsoever.

So, given how this all went down, given the rather across the board effectiveness of one side squashing the debate from the other side, how is this any different than the political manipulation used in the PCUS? And if the rank political manipulation used there lacked any integrity, then why should we not be concerned about the sense of déjà vu now?
It would appear to me that another denominational split is in the works because I do not see how any genuine Calvinist would want to stay in an Arminian or Federal Visionist denomination.  God's judgment against the Presbyterian Church in America seems to have been finalized by this decision to affirm what can only be called "apostasy".    

To read Reed DePace's comments click here:   

GA Debate Squashing– a PCUS Déjà Vu?



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