From Geneva Bible/Notes Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between (o) thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy (p) head, and thou shalt (q) bruise his heel.
(q) Satan shall sting Christ and his members, but not overcome them.
Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
Listening to a lecture here on sa, it was said the capital was a gift from the Jesuits from Mary-land to give property/gain a foot hold of control in the newly forming counter reformation nation, so formed with the assistance of the French Gen. who I've heard praised and eulogized on NPR.
It is not surprising that Rome true to form gives with one hand and takes with the other and men think putting a papist in the wh is commendable if they are conservative???
Did anyone notice the differentiation in news stories on man-instituted holi(y)days verses the God ordained Christian sabbath or Lord's Day? A weekend of rest? I'm myself am not guiltless in this matter. Exodus 20:9-11; 1 John 3:7
Mike wrote: Yet this is what the either/or people say over and over: "It's all done for you, you can do nothing." So when someone says they decided for Christ, that language understandably raises hackles and questions about the salvation of those who say a decision is made. But in reality it is a matter of "Once I was lost, now I am found. I believed and was saved by God's grace, through faith."
I've heard said God is 100% Sovereign and man is 100% responsible. You cannot however compare the two on equal footing if we are speaking of God. We see man's disability that came by the disobedience of the first man Adam and was removed by the second Adam, Jesus Christ the Lord of glory. If one is aware of the great debt owed to God who in mercy chooses a people known only to Himself infallibly from before the foundation of the world then man the mutable/changeable creature cannot for any obedience share the praise of the Infinite, Eternal, Immutable God to whom all praise and thanksgiving is due for so great a salvation . see James 1:12-20
Jim read Lincoln's Proclamation of Thanksgiving as a National Holiday. Interesting for he acknowledges in a timely fashion the Hand of an over-ruling Providence in national affairs. A clear demonstration of natural revelation, which would be more common in a nation not seeking the destruction of divine revelation by overthrowing Scripture in principal, practise and veracity. Denying creation ergo all man's duty owed to their Creator and Benefactor by subjection to His Law is removed.
The doctrine of original sin as taught in the Scripture assents to the words of Christ to Nicodemus 'ye must be born again'. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments give increasing clarity to God's plan of redemption, the ordinary means of which is the Gospel preached by men sent of God. Ephes 4:11-16
In S. Charnock's Lecture 'The Removal of the Gospel' I noted two things. 1. Sometimes in judgment God leaves us a shell of it but it is as the carcass of a dead man. 2. That Reformation is going back to the beginning, the example he gave was Christ's when addressing marriage in answer to the Pharisee's query, he was reforming it when he stated 'in the Beginning it was not so' It is a comely thing to publically thank God, and he has appointed a day of which both Cain and A
This day is to me as any other. Thankfulness and praise should mark the daily acts of piety (which does not necessarily make one a pietist) in the life of a Christian whose prayers, praises and prophesies of Scripture sung in private worship morning and evening consists of the Psalms of David in Metre.
Although it is normally the place of the Church yet in the case of special national deliverences then on that occasion the Government, the called day when set by the Church would be a day for praise and thanksgiving that ordinarily begins with fasting and prayer together with confession of sin. How could such a time be set aside by the Government of any present day nation as a national holi(y)day? In the case of this nation of religious plualism it is then made a day of national praise to the deity of your choice or a day of fulfillment of personal desires if one sees themselves as their own god.
*It is never wrong to be thankful*, but to do so on a day that gives itself to a rest (except for the cooks) from all our labors and centers around parades, football games and feasts; though possibly given at some point to a list of God's kindnesses and mercies, it is still a violation of the 4th Commandment and it is written: 1 John 2:3-5
Joh 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Joh 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. Joh 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. Joh 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
It would seem that idolatry has unseemly ends. In love for his elect, he drew them out of darkness into His marvelous light, exposing their sin; and covering them having nailed hem to the cross, while others he gave over to their lusts. As long as sin is exposed, the Spirit is striving with men and the Gospel is preached, there is hope.
The downward spiral of Rom. 1:24 began with first table violations by men that had the law of God written on their heart (at creation v.21). Innocency was lost in Adam and the life God offered them due to the violations of the first covenant (of works-obey and live, disobey and die)
The Promise of the Gospel was first extended to Adam in Gen.3:15 and embellished from promise to promise in the OT to be more perfectly revealed in the NT. Yes, God must be the initiator of love toward man in Adam and the sustainer of love between men in Christ, the second Adam. 1Jn 1:7-10; 1 Jn 5:21
Get Real wrote: ...you are of the crowd that i pray for ..God to rescue .. i can't subscribe to calvinism ... i still pray for you, ..pray for me
I confronted you sometime ago with the question you now choose to answer after dancing around it for sometime now.
Why fault Duane L. for a non answer since he is clearly a Calvinist, of some flavor? Becausing you're looking for answers you don't subscribe to?
Why ask prayer if as you say I need to be rescued? for the Scripture says Job 35:13 and Psalm 4:3. In either case your PC statement falters. Ecumenicism and pluralism are not the same thing, though both wink at error and distort truth.
End of "awesome moments of witty repartee" on an open forum. You have others to volley with and cheerful naturopathic counselors willing to address your concerns. Proverbs 27:5,6
@Get Real, I am familiar with Stephen Charnock's writings. I often on the Lord's Day would read from his 'The Existence and Attributes of God'. The man you mention, I do not know. It appears he is the reader of the sermon I recommended. For that reason I listened to the first of the only two comments he made here on sa. I disagree with him on some points. He encouraged people after the Supreme Court decision to political action, that I cannot take. The decision called for heart searching and prayer. 1 Pe 5:6 He bears some resemblance to things I'm familiar with. But he is not the same.
For example he encouraged people to read things that I would not have them to begin with. A better knowledge of the Puritan Historical backdrop must begin in the UK, it is only confusing to read American History exclusively.
If someone want a better historical source, I'd suggest starting with 'The Act, Declaration and Testimony of the Reformed Presbytery of Scotland' with notes relative to this nation added by the RP in the US, towards the end. It will make better sense of much of what is happening today. I find comfort in David Steele's 'Notes on the Apocalypse' and James Durham's Commentary on Revelation. First 2 mentioned are available online.
Get Real wrote: i was wondering if you have any knowledge of such a condition?
I read your post this morning. I do not have any knowledge of such a condition. I have been out of the loop for 9 years now.
This Scripture came to mind: "Php 3:7-9 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
I believe it would be advantageous for you to be under a sound ministry, but that is not always as accessible as one might hope. That does not however limit God.
I received an e-mail this morning from a family member who is suffering great loss - of most of her immediate family through death, but the Lord is using it to show Himself mighty on her behalf.
Consider listening to this lecture read by a man from your state by a Minister of the 1700's http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=1018151649468
Get Real wrote: Hello Mourner, i hope you are doing well, i haven't seen you on for a while, may God bless you and yours may god bless all with knowledge and understanding, and may the people missing family and friends this winter season find solace in Jesus who will never leave us or forsake us~!
Thank you Get Real for your words of kindness. Are you feeling better? I think of you often. When the Lord sets us aside for a time we need take advantage of the solitude for life is changeable and then we are better prepared for the unknown future having been quietly resting on Christ's all sufficiency, who always goes before us as our Way.
Found this timely from the daily reading from Spurgeon's Checkbook of Promises. " We are not to seek popularity but to wage unceasing war with iniquity. Infidelity, popery, drink (drunkenness), impurity, oppression, worldliness, error; these are all to be "put out." The LORD our God can alone accomplish this. He works by His faithful servants, and blessed be His name. He promises that He will so work. "Jehovah thy God will put out those nations before thee."
I remember reading that around the time of Luther there was an uprising of numerous diversionary sects that each held something to attract someone.
The Scripture that came to mind to prove the consistency of Christ as the centrality of all human history was 1Co 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 1Co 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 1Co 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 1Co 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 1Co 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
The whole chapter is a good commentary as to what to avoid that is common to man's fallen nature.
One of my weekend reads 'The Higher Law or The Law of the Most High a Discourse 1851 by William.L. Roberts, D.D. stated: "The duties which are enjoined upon man in the revealed law to be performed to his Creator and Redeemer, are the claims of God upon man as the subject of his moral government-the rights of God in relation to his creature man, "Render to God the things that are God's. These rights are summarily comprehended in the *first table of the decalogue*; and to the nations, as to Israel of old, in their national capacity, as well as individual, is the decalogue directed." "I am the Lord that brought Thee (the nation) out of the house of bondage." The Gospel preached and lived is the deliverer of nations. Psalm 67
I would think a word study, of the word nation would be very helpful. I'm still working on the Discourse it has much to offer in consideration to the events affecting nations of both east and west. The article point out both the similarities and disimilarities of the strengths of the antichristian apostasy in both cultures and since the Roman empire's vast territory in by gone days covered both, it is not surprising to see both contending against the Christ of Scripture.
Christopher000 wrote: The wise men brought gifts celebrating the birth of the Savior and what was to come. They only had His birth to celebrate, but we have His physical death, His triumph over death and the grave, and His resurrection to life everlasting.
Appreciated both of your comments. I realized I shouldn't assume my reference to the sabbath was known by all to be the Christian sabbath or Lord's Day. Which was in the psalms concealed under types and shadows till revealed in the NT fulfillment; Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world. Remember his death/propitiation of God's just and due wrath and rejoice at his resurrection from the dead!
Rom 1:2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Rom 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; Rom 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
@ Gabriel I remember reading some time ago now that men's lives were as sign posts to the next generation. That state either 'Go this Way' or 'Don't go this way'. If both signs adorn a life it is confusing, is it not?
@ Ladybug Two Scriptures came to mind reading your posts for your consideration & edification: 1.Psalm 92:1,2 A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
I'd made appropriate preparations for family on Saturday in hope of drawing my family together to keep the sabbath of Thanksgiving and praise commanded. The feast never made it to the table, will probably share with neighbors this week.
2. Rev 11:9,10 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. See Stephen Charnock's Sermon from Rev.2:5 'The Removal of the Gospel (Candlestick) From the Church' for further clarification.
James Thomas wrote: H8420 "Tav" Only used 3 times. Ezekiel 9:4, 9:6 and Job 31:35
H 8420 mark by implication signature; desire as in Job
Gk G5432 mark scratch or etching that is stamp(as a badge of servitude)
Rev 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
Men desire to think on and serve one of two masters.
Many considerations Have been listening to your series and am in essential agreement. That being said, I'd encourage you to consider the following lecture that was read here on sa of Stephen Charnock's by a Reformed Church in WI. The text is from Rev. 2:5 the teaching entitled 'The Removal of the Gospel' his comments on the 7 Churches especially Laodicea's removal before John's exile per Charnock and his consideration of Dr. Moore's work was interesting. Charnock's thoughts on the 11th Chapter of Rev. should be noted and the pouring out of the dregs of the wrath of God by the vials would then be heightened by "Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to 'enter into the temple', till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled." the removal of the Gospel for 3 1/2 years not in its going forth to individuals but by the political powers that be (death of the witness). Durham on the closing of the temple interesting by comparison, note Charnock on the 10th part of the city being the weakened political empire of Rome, the 8th which is of the 7 that will be overthrown thus causing other political powers to fear. I found Charnock's teaching here very revelatory of sins to consider and avoid.
Appreciate your series.
Reading through the comments here one can hardly think that the commentators are doing the same. One man makes a statement, another man quotes it, the man quoting it is then is blamed for the statement and another man adds words to a statement that was not made in totality.
I might suggest that the original statements began with the title of the article "Should Churches Remove Crosses to Make Muslim Migrants Feel at Home?"
Reading the article, it seemed to me that Churches who were once professed Churches had so left their moorings that all that remained was a man-made symbol. The Church in the article was becoming a refugee shelter and the article made a contention about removing the last visible symbol of what had been a Church. Then presented disagreeing parties, male, & female but seemed to miss the point altogether.
The thread was instead used to consider visible representations in the worship of God. Rutherford introduced the concept of fundamentals of doctrine when a Church was reforming under God's gifts. Bearing patiently, as John suggests, but with those reforming. Is this a time of reformation? Is patience as commendable in a time of apostasy? Our love to God is superlative and man's good is relative to God's glory and the good of his elect/peace on eart
The Law of Commandments concerning God #1-4 teaches us: 1. Object of our worship - God has made himself known (a.) in creation and (b.) by revelation through the Scriptures and the Gospel preached. We are to know and acknowledge God as our God and worship and glorify him accordingly 2. Means of our worship - receiving, observing and keeping pure and entire all such religious ordinances as God has appointed in his Word â€“ will worship is adding to what is revealed or commanded or subtracting from it; worshiping God with visible representation of any kind is forbidden it is idolatry and all idolatry is forbidden whether of feigned or false gods, or worshiping the true God with a visible representation of any kind Why? It is forbidden. It tends to lessen our esteem of God who is superlatively excellent beyond human comprehension and is infinitely removed above any created thing (made by men's hands) 3. Manner of our worship - holy and reverent use of God's names, titles, attributes, ordinances, word and works. God has been pleased to make himself known to us by these and to misuse them is a serious affront to God. This command forbids the profaning or abusing of anythin whereby God makes himself known. 4. Time appointed by God for his worship one whole day in seven to be ke