Great Sermon! Christian, thanks for sharing your own experience re: the homosexual lifestyle and your own struggle with it. I, too, have struggled with homosexuality and still do. I pray that God will give me a true hatred for this sin. I can't help my feelings but I do know the Bible calls this lifestyle sin. Perhaps many more men struggle with this and just do not open up like you and I have done.
While I respect where you are coming from, I do not think you can argue from silence, as this would mean that God has to repeat Himself. You mention Rom 13:9-10, but this does not refer to commandments 1-3, should we stop keeping those as well.
As for the texts Col 2:16; Gal. 4:9-11; Rom. 14:5-6; these refer to ceremonial holy days, which we are not to keep today; however, the Sabbath is a creation ordinance which is part of God's moral law.
There is no Biblical warrant for uninspired hymns. That is the only argument I need. Are you seriously telling me that the New Testament writers were not quoting from the Septuagint, when the fact of the matter is that the verses they quote differ from the Masoretic Text?
Note: I don't run down women who wear hats, I only criticise those who make it a term of communion.
I think you are going too far in describing exclusive psalm-singers as pharisees; I myslef believe in total psalmody but recognise that others see it differently. Currently on my blog I am doing a series on psalmody, in response to something written by another brother which even he has enjoyed reading; see http://reformedcovenanter.wordpress.com/tag/worship/ for more information.
I am afraid that you have failed to distinguish between orthodox partial preterism as held by Greg Bahnsen, RC Sproul and Ken Gentry, which believes that, although Matt 24:1-34 and most of Revelation was fulfilled in 70AD, the final judgement and bodily resurrection are future events.
I am reading a good book at the minute called 'When Shall These Things Be' (edited by Keith Mathison, published by P&R) which refutes the damnable heresy of hyper-preterism. The contributors include both partial preterists and idealists. As a partial preterist myself I ABSOLUTELY HATE hyper-preterism, and anyone who believes it cannot be saved because he has denied the resurrection of the body (1 Cor. 15)
Yes Barbara, I noticed that someone complained to you that the term 'regulative principle' was not in the Bible. To people who use such arguments let me ask this question, where in the Bible do we find the term 'the Bible'?
For anyone interested in the regulative principle I have just put a post on my blog 'Cain, Abel and the Regulative Principle' at http://reformedcovenanter.blogspot.com/
I have been looking at some of these comments regarding exclusive psalmody; I think a few things need to be considered more carefully:
1. In relation to the 'song of Mary' there is no Biblical evidence that this is a song, the actual text of Scripture says 'And Mary said' (Luke 1:46), it does not say 'and Mary sang'.
2. The 'hymn' of Matt. 26:30 is universally admitted to be the great Hallel Psalms, which were sung by the Jews after the passover. Moreover, the term 'hymn' is used on numerous occasions in the Septuagint(the Greek translation used in the 1st century and quoted by the NT writers); hence, we have no reason to assume that this refers to anything outside the Biblical Psalter.
3. No translation of the Psalter, in any of our English versions, or any of the various Psalm books for singing used by exclusive psalmody denominations is perfect. The answer is not to invent hymns of our own but to produce the best psalm-book we can. Until then we should use the best psalter available.
4. Note also(in relation to the first point)that the psalter took nearly 1000 years to be gathered together, Psalm 90 being the earliest,Psalm 126 the latest. No hymns were sung outside the psalter during intertestament period which there should've been if ex.psalmody is wrong
No Barbara, the denominations mentioned in the first post on the issue do excommunicate people for not being hat-wearers, and they make this perfectly plain. As for exclusive psalmody, one thing at a time, I have written a chapter of a book on it and I don't want to repeat the same material (otherwise sales may fall).
Sorry that should be for being hat-wearers, and if anyone takes the time to read the posts they will realise the author is not attacking those who sincerely believe they should wear hats but only those who make it a test of orthodoxy and excommunicate those who disagree with them. Don't let the negative comments below prejudice your mind.