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)
Nero Is Not the Beast of Revelation or 666 A third reason why Nero Caesar is not a suitable identification for the number of the beast (666) is that for nearly 1700 years no one in the Church was known or recorded (to the best of my knowledge) to offer Nero‚Äôs name as the number of the beast (666). Moses Stuart (Commentary on the Apocalypse, pp. 457-458, 1845), himself a Preterist, identifies Professor Benary of Berlin (c. 1840) as the first recorded scholar to propose Nero Caesar (& particularly Nero Caesar in Hebrew letters) as the name of the beast. Although it is not impossible that the true meaning of the number of the beast (666) might be hidden from the whole Church until about 1840, it does seem very unlikely that such would be the case, especially when Nero Caesar is not known to have been even mentioned by any coming from the first century (prior to 70 a.d.) to whom (according to the Preterist) the Book of Revelation was intended. According to the Preterist, those to whom the apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation were suppose to understand that Nero Caesar was intended by the number of the beast, & yet there is not a trace or even the mention of Nero Caesar as the name of the beast prior to about 1840. That seems remarkable to me. - Greg Price, Preterism Refuted #6, http://tinysa.com/141537
Arminianism In Worship (Will Worship) Refuted RELATED QUOTE: "The Regulative Principle of Worship declares that God alone is sovereign in worship. The Regulative Principle of Worship simply applies the principles of Calvinism (i.e. God's sovereign Lordship) to worship, whereas the view that what God doesn't forbid in worship is permitted is applying the principles of Arminianism (i.e. man's sovereign lordship) to worship. Just as fallen man naturally seeks to impose his will in salvation (e.g. "I can cooperate with God in salvation", or "I have a natural freedom to choose Christ"), so fallen man naturally seeks to impose his will in worship ("I can cooperate with God in worship by adding what I desire so long as God doesn't specifically forbid it"). But just as God condemns a man-centered salvation, so God condemns a man-centered worship (Col. 2:23 specifically condemns all will-worship, i.e. all worship instituted by man)."
- Greg Price, Foundation for Reformation: The Regulative Principle of Worship, p. 10, free online at http://ow.ly/wBxUX [at swrb.com]
Oh, for a sight of this today An account by J Barbour Johnston, December 1859, scenes were seen there, I believe, during the height of the revival. So very numerous were the cases, that they found it necessary to have cars regularly in attendance to carry the stricken ones to their own homes. Thus, of a truth, hundreds of those who aforetime were enemies of the Lord fell wounded under the power of His word. Thus, in many cases, the deep inward conviction was accompanied by outward prostration and other physical symptoms. I was deeply anxious to have my mind resolved in reference to these features. I felt that there was a possibility of some such physical effects under a mere panic of a purely natural kind, altogether unallied to the operations of the Spirit of God. But during my visit my mind was entirely resolved; and if I had any lurking doubts, they were dispelled. I was much struck, the first day, with the remarks of one who had seen many of these cases. He said it was as if a man were stripped naked, and laid upon red-hot bars of iron. The stricken one seemed as if in hell, writhing in agony, blind to the outer world, and utterly helpless, until God granted deliverance. He said, "You could never forget such a sight, and could only stand by in silent awe, wondering at God's work."
Reformed Worship, Easter, Christmas and the RPW Thanks for the comment MS! This quote is also helpful: "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/vUGZ8.
2nd Only to Dr. Owen Listened to this at work today. Tonight I seek Christ as my only refuge...Charnock (1628-1680)wrote, "Do mortify. It notes a continued act. It must be a quick and an uninterrupted severity. The knife must still stick in the throat of sin, until it fall down perfectly dead. Sin must be kept down though it will rage the more, as a beast with the pangs of death is more desperate. 1. Mortification must be universal ; not one deed, but deeds, little and great, must fall under the edge, the brats must be dashed against the wall. Though the main battle be routed, yet the wings of an army may get the victory. There are evil dispositions, depraved habits, corrupt affections ; we should not spare a nest of vipers when we find them, being all equally injurious. All actual sins are but the sproutings of original. The body signifies corrupt nature, deeds are the products of it ; all the sparks issue from the furnace within ; the body gives nourishment to the members, and the members bring supplies to the body." If the Puritans were so diligent to express that restraining from sin is not the same as putting sin to death, where does that leave those who read one or two sentences and cry out, "legalism!"
How to Recover from a Backsliding State Sometimes I prefer to listen to narrations if done by another speaker, but because this particular chapter - written in 1755 - was presently the top downloaded title of all 250 books on my own podcast site, I listened to it while delivering the mail today. I must say the first thing that is notable is to hear a pastor from the 1750s say that our forefathers walked so much closer with the Lord and had far better devotional frames. Well, where does that leave us 250 years later? Next I thought to myself that few books are written like this anymore. The question is addressed, but often not with the warnings and thoroughness detailed here. The third reflection was a lament - that this book is not republished in a popular form, and for the most part is unknown. I am thankful for my friends at S W R B, because they have always made it available throughout the years as a print on demand. But, alas, there is so little such demand in our day. T M S www.puritanaudiobooks.com
Powerful View of Christ Crucified I have been listening to the series to and from work. This afternoon I was able to listen to the second half of the sermon after hearing the first half on the way to work this morning. I found myself shouting "Glory" and crying for joy as Dr. Martin described the active work of Christ the High Priest on the cross! What love He had for HIs Father's glory! What a tremendous sermon - I will listen again and again.
We need this kind of preaching today. A friend got me to looking through these Thomas Boston narrations because he said he was so fond of Thomas Boston that he sleeps with a volume of his works under his pillow. I told him I agreed, that this is what our country needs a Boston T. party. Back about 1985, I found my first copy of Fourfold State in a used book store in Alexandra, VA. I narrated from that book, which I suppose is about from 1850, on cassettes at least two times and parts of it a third time. Boston, calling natural man a spiritual monster wrote," his heels are lifted up against heaven--which his heart should be set on, Acts 9:5. His face is towards hell, his back towards heaven; and therefore God calls to him to turn. He loves what he should hate, and hates what he should love. He joys in what he ought to mourn for, and mourns for what he should rejoice in. He glories in his shame, and is ashamed of his glory."
Great Sermon! This is the most powerful and helpful material I have EVER heard on effectual preaching. I was never given this in seminary. After listening to the entire series, I feel as if a real pastor has walked me through the experiences of his own life in regards to preaching.