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Very good study. Very good presentation of Calvin's view on preaching. Preaching is the sign of God's presence among His people. It is the instrument through which Christ rules in His church. The Word preached comes through the instrumentality of human agents, but Christ is in the faithful preaching.
Great Sermon! Jesus Christ challenged the Pharisaical "conservative" and orthodox clergy (who justly opposed the "liberal"
Sadducees) by challenging and even **deliberately offending them to their hypocritical faces**, contrary to the laws of Political Correctness, as a guest at their own dinner party. This UK preacher proves how relevant this sermon is today and how similar reproofs and charges are met with by Today's modern pastors. "Reverend Pharisee...pastor Sadducee", he says! It applies best to the modern "organized religious establishment" who make "civility" and "politeness" their own guardians to prevent their being rebuked, and the truth preached.
Could it be that this message applies very broadly to many churches and pastors in America too, and explains the deplorable condition of modern Christianity? It is like Gilbert Tennant's sermon against "An Unconverted and Unregenerate Clergy".
Could it be that similar judgment is about to face the UK and America for apostasy, as it did the Jews in 70 A.D.? The preacher considers it.
Every historic revival has always challenged the present clergy and their political correctness and professed "orthodoxy" (traditions of men).
Great Sermon! great to listen to you on this vital subject with my friend John Gillies in your home city of Glasgow. I am here for a few days during the pagan festival and will be worshipping at Partick Free Church Continuing. The Lord bless you Jim !
Great Sermon! Found this a great encouragement June 1st. It is time for jacob to move on many years after God's original promise and God arranges the circumstances to bring such about. The sermon is wonderfully detailed and in seeking guidence shows that we too must not rely on providence 'alone 'but seek a fresh word.. today's word..to rubberstamp the original promise with a divine seal of approval. We must be prepared to obey in faith for God is the one who will enable us to go forward despite the many obstacles. Rev Hamilton shows how all was divinely orchestrated to enable Jacob to depart- God will keep His promises as it impossible for him to lie. If any are seeking guidence and especially desire a particular move, they will find Jacob's story here invaluable.
Great Sermon! Makes me aware of how any can fall and be given over. How great our Fathers grace and mercy toward us, as in the deliverance of Lot. Also to earnestly pray for loved ones, and for ourselves, that we will not fall away. Thank you and bless you for your fervent preaching.