I Needed To Hear This Today, we who are members of so-called Reformed churches often have to walk a fine line between being zealous for, and being desirous of, biblical worship and the upholding of the Regulative Principle (for example, exclusive Psalm singing and the church's solemn duty to carry out Christ's Great Commission)... while at the same time maintaining a helpful, charitable attitude toward the church's leadership, who often fail to maintain adherence to biblical worship. Moreover, it seems to me that most Reformed churches are extremely insular. As a church member, you sometimes find yourself being put into the dubious position of having to fight city hall. This can be very frustrating, and it sometimes causes you to question your own stock of Christian love. This two-part series by Pastor Schwertley has certainly caused me to question my own.
Excellent Biblical Law Message As I listened to this, especially the part about how infrastructures erode due to socialist policies, I later was reminded about the Oroville Dam in socialist California.
Thank you for your reference to Gary DeMar's work, 'God and Government." I'm placing that on my 'must read' list.
Ultimate Reality Check This is a message that every Bible-believing disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ needs to hear. Unfortunately, it is a message rarely heard in Reformed circles today. Moreover, this kind of preaching would serve as a catalyst for Reformed church elders, deacons, and members to GET OFF THEIR DUFFS and start being obedient to Christ's Great Commission. Most Reformed churches today are extremely insular. All men apart from the work of the Holy Spirit applying the blood atonement of Christ to their souls are on their way to Hell. But we in today's Reformed churches barely lift a finger to help save the lost ... we who have been blessed with the knowledge of the Doctrines of Grace. Presbyterianism today is in a sad state of affairs. In addition to no longer worshiping God with Psalms, they do not evangelize their communities - a perfect recipe for dead orthodoxy. Whenever we look up at a clear blue sky ... or take in the beauty of a starry night ... we ought to think of Hell as being the invisible backdrop, for Hell is what awaits every man not justified by faith. Presbyterian seminaries have failed in instilling a sense of duty in all new pastors to reach the lost in their communities. The more frequent preaching of the doctrine of Hell is the anecdote to our wicked insularity.
Roman Catholics Going To Hell? In all my years of attending Reformed churches, have never, ever heard a pastor say the Roman Catholics will - no, must -- go to Hell believing ... holding to ... false doctrines. Brian Schwertley's sermons should be carefully listened to by all aspiring pastors and seminarians. No one speaks and preaches like Brian Schwertley. Could it be that Brian is America's Martin Luther?
A Message For The Times ... And For the West This message should be heard from every Bible-Believing civil magistrate across America and most especially state governors. of course, it should also be heard, and acted upon, by both individuals and heads of households. Finally, liberal pastors need to repent of their liberalism and the singing of effeminate, non-inspired "worship" songs. No repentance, no revival. No revival, then more death and destruction. Thank you, Pastor Schwertley! I often think of you as being America' Martin Luther. Have never heard such fearless preaching. Much needed in today's so-called "Reformed" churches.
Great Sermon! Good job on the series, Brian. I shared all 6 in my Facebook group and will get them out publicly as well.
My condolences on your recent loss. I tried to get in touch with you, but failed.
More research needed He touches on material that many people don't cite. However, he draws some wrong conclusions. For example, katastole' is mentioned to be attire, but ignores the possibility that it can conjure a particular type of attire to the mind. He states that dresses were not invented until later, but failed to note that they fit within a particular boundary or style of attire. Our use of the word dress can also mean attire in general but can also denote a certain type of attire meant for women. He also mentioned that the attire was let down, but failed to mention that pants are pulled up.
He correctly noted that noted the Jewish High Priest as wearing linen britches, but incorrectly state that only the priest wore them. It was only the high priest that was specifically required to wear them. The priest was also required to wear a bonnet, but that does not mean other men never wore one.
He correctly cited that certain women wore trousers in the ancient past. This is something feminist ignore when they make trousers a recent invention. However, he failed to state that most of these women wore them under other attire. Those only wearing trousers, ie. Celts, were considered barbarians by the Romans and others, and went back to dresses as Christianity influenced them.
Excellent Exposition! This sermon is jam-packed with solid, reformed, covenantal theology that exalts the Lord Jesus Christ as the one Mediator between God and man in both Testaments. The continuity of the covenant of grace in its various administrations is clearly explained according to Scripture. Glory to God.
Strong Sermon! This sermon gives us great insight into the belief and behavior of Paul as he looked to Jesus Christ to live his life as the great Apostle. If we could follow how Paul depended on Jesus Christ, our life would be more fulfilled.
Great insight here.
Great Sermon! You have to ask the question: Are there sodomites on the "Supreme" Court. The answer is, yes, of course; right now, there are 5 sodomites on the "Supreme" Court. How can I say that? Simple. These wicked civil magistrates, by their decision, have demonstrated that they would be perfectly happy living in Sodom. But, as God's Word teaches, they too are destined to suffer the same doom as those who lived in Sodom before it was obliterated by Jehovah. For these wicked "Supreme" Court justices will also "Suffer the vengeance of eternal fire," (Jude, 7) as will every other civil magistrate that validates such wickedness by upholding this demonic, anti-Christian decision in their policies. There are very few pastors and preachers with the moral courage of Brian Schwertley. I often think of Brian as being "America's Martin Luther." May our great God and Savior continue to bless him, and strengthen him, in his ministry.
Great resource I greatly appreciated the reading of this classic. This is a good, clear systematic theology that covers the important doctrines of the Christian faith: the nature of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, the sacraments, etc. It's an old book but still very practical and applicable. Highly recommended.
Mention When facing frustration about other's disregard on the matter, it is fitting to recollect that there is always a price to pay when one loves truth and purity more than things, people, or self. Philippians 1:29 testifies to this: â€˜unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sakeâ€™.
Great Sermon! Yes, B. McCausland
This was indeed a great message. You seem always prepared to recommend timely sermons. How do you tell your fellow congregants
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, (Jude 11)? Without being isolated or ostracized.
What I see happening among my circle of fellow believers is that they feel comfortably nostalgic with man-made celebrations. We are to consider those weak in the faith. But how can you strengthen those who don't want to grow or to see the salvation of the Lord in their midst.
One can mistakenly personalize the opposition and withdraw without healthy fellowship.
But often I forget where in Luke 4, after the wilderness temptation, Jesus went into the temple. The hearers rejected the man, the method, and the message of the God of all grace. How can I tell them that God will not bless those rejecting truth?
Great Sermon! B. McCausland
Perhaps you can assist me. I listened to Mr. Schwertley. I grow from his portions.
Just short of two minutes into his message he is saying, "We don;t want to mix pagan elements or . . . ??? Is he saying popery (from Pope) or potpourri?
It is ironic I can't make out the word being used, when the point is made with both usages.
I want to encourage bloggers to pray that God opens the eyes of those who have been blinded by false teachers. Only God can open the eyes of a man.