The Spiritual Bondage Of Christmas, Easter, Etc. Well said Asa! The following quote is interesting and sadly demonstrates how far our generation of Protestant and Reformed churches have fallen into the spiritual bondage of keeping Pagan and Roman Catholic holy days, which are not authorized by God in the Bible:
In 1899, the General Assembly of the PCUS was overtured to give a "pronounced and explicit deliverance" against the recognition of "Christmas and Easter as religious days." Even at this late date, the answer came back in a solid manner: "There is no warrant in Scripture for the observance of Christmas and Easter as holydays, rather the contrary (see Gal. 4:9-11; Col. 2:16-21), and such observance is contrary to the principles of the Reformed faith, conducive to will-worship, and not in harmony with the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ." - Kevin Reed, Christmas: An Historical Survey Regarding Its Origins and Opposition to It (Free Online Book at http://ow.ly/yacpW).
John Calvin On Musical Instruments In Worship Great quote Iain! John Calvin also wrote, "We are to remember that the worship of God was never understood to consist in such outward services, which were only necessary to help forward a people as yet weak and rude in knowledge in the spiritual worship of God. A difference is to be observed in this respect between his people under the Old and under the New Testament; for now that Christ has appeared, and the church has reached full age, it were only to bury the light of the gospel should we introduce the shadows of a departed dispensation.
From this it appears that the Papists, as I shall have occasion to show elsewhere, in employing instrumental music cannot be said so much to imitate the practice of God's ancient people as to ape it in a senseless and absurd manner, exhibiting a silly delight in that worship of the Old Testament which was figurative and terminated with the gospel."
More by John Calvin and others about why musical instruments are not for use in worship in the church, since Christ (the Light)) came and did away with all those ceremonial "shadows", can be found at http://tinysa.com/144645, in the blog "JOHN CALVIN ON MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN CHURCH PUBLIC WORSHIP, EDWARDS, SPURGEON, KNOX, OWEN, et al.".
Great Sermon! While many who employ [the organ] consider themselves the very champions of Protestantism, it will be long, long indeed, before they uproot Popery by this regulator of choirs; and while nothing has ever proved more annoying to Papists than the singing of Psalms in a congregational manner, the playing of all the heretical organs in Christendom causes to them comparatively little sorrow. On the contrary, the cross surmounting a Protestant meeting house, and the swelling tones of the organ within, give to her sons the hope that â€śholy motherâ€ť may yet receive these errorists, who are, at least, so far rejoicing under her shadow, and becoming familiar with her â€śimage and superscription. â€”Alexander Blaikie, The Philosophy of Sectarianism
Great Sermon! Thank you Mr. Bennett for this message in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus..... I grew up as a Roman Catholic also. Baptised at 3 weeks and going to catechism & making my Holy Communion at age 9....... first time I went into a confessional and the last...... I was horrified though I told no one at the time...... My parents divorced when I was age 5.....and now that I look back, only my grandma ( on my father's side) didn't live like the world, though she was a Roman Catholic also..... I would visit her every summer when growing up and she took me to Mass every week...... I could pick Sat. night or Sunday....... I have so much to say about what happened in my life up to now at 44 yrs......I was saved at 39 yrs. And I have learned more about God and have a personal relationship by grace through faith in Christ alone and not of works lest any man should boast.......I go to a Free Presbyterian Church of NA. and I am grateful for our High Priest, The King of kings and Lord of lords.... Jesus Christ full of Grace and Truth.......All Praise and Glory to Him who sits on the Throne. Worthy of Worship to Him alone..... HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is the Lamb of God who is the only One who takes away the sins of the world..... FOREVER and EVER AMEN.
Great Sermon! Some one will therefore ask me what counsel I would like to give to a believer who thus dwells in some Egypt or Babylon where he may not worship God purely, but is forced by the common practice to accommodate himself to bad things. The first advice would be to leave [i.e. relocate] if he could.... If someone has no way to depart, I would counsel him to consider whether it would be possible for him to abstain from all idolatry in order to preserve himself pure and spotless toward God in both body and soul. Then let him worship God in private (at home), praying him to restore his poor church to its right estate.
- John Calvin, Come Out From Among Them, The Anti-Nicodemite Writings of John Calvin, Protestant Heritage Press, "A Short Treatise," pp. 93-94
Terrific series! Here are four messages on the atonement that are very helpful because they explain Christ's saving work in the context of Scripture's paradigms and vocabulary (such as OT types and shadows, and corresponding NT fulfillments). This is very important. Most of us tend to overlay our modern-day impressions and ideas onto many Bible topics and passages.
"The whole counsel [or 'resolved plan'] of God" (Acts 20:27) must be considered when weighing, comparing and interpreting one passage in light of another. God's word and the larger matrix of His saving work is the best interpreter of Scripture. These presentations do a good job of recognizing and applying this principle.
There are a couple of places where the speaker gets into a bit of a 'rant' that makes me cringe -- of course, we all have our flaws -- but, overall, this is one of the most helpful series of presentations on the atonement I have found to share with anyone. I really do hope many people will make time to listen to this series carefully.
Great Sermon! Thank you, very clear, courageous and convicting. There are no churches in South Africa that sing Psalms only with no instruments. My family and I have no where to worship with clear conscience. Should we attend a church anyway to hear the Word preached ?
Great Sermon! I really enjoyed listening to this sermon.
This is something I knew in my subconscious
mind, but I couldn't put in words. One of the reasons I pulled my boys out of public school.
Great Sermon! Am thankful god loves the forgotten and broken.
The pastor words might have reach that boy then. It's still in the air, for it has reach me today 2014.
What a God...there's none other.
Great Sermon! Q. 35. How much of the Sabbath is to be spent in the public and private exercises of Godâ€™s worship? A. The WHOLE of it, from the ordinary time of rising on other days, to the ordinary time of going to rest; â€śexcept so much as is to be taken up in the works of necessity and mercy.â€ť - James Fisher, The Assemblyâ€™s Shorter Catechism Explained, p 262
Great Sermon! If they will still cry that we are schismatics and apostates, because we refuse to defile ourselves with their abominations, we cannot but appeal from their corrupt sentence to the uncorrupt Judge, of whose favors we are assuredly persuaded in that point; because he has said, 'Follow not the multitude in evil doing. Ex. 23:2 - John Knox, Works, VI:493.
Great Sermon! Many families in the RPCNA have a very low standard for sabbath keeping. The Lord's Day afternoon is engaged in unlawful recreations and pastimes while neglecting mediation and religious conference on the things heard during public worship.(Lev 23:3)