Heartless worship. This was a blessed message, a good warning against the danger of heartless worship. I think that if Isaia 43:21 would be a reality in my life, my entire life would change. God help me!
Great study. Studying this text I came to the same conclusion. I am glad to find in this message the same interpretation. The passage applies today, bot oil is changed with today's medicine. Plus a good answer to Catholic and Charismatic wrong interpretations of the text.
What is Preparationism? I believe the misunderstanding here is that the term preparationism is supposed that conviction of sin is the cause, and regeneration is the effect. But this is not what the Puritans taught. They taught that the law work was just what God does antecedently to regeneration to show a person his innate inability to believe, to repent, and act. He may suppose he knows this, but God allows him to struggle in his self righteous efforts to come to Christ out of MERCENARY motives so that he will learn that if God does not mercifully interpose he will inevitably perish. It is the act of God to convince natively obdurate and asleep sinners that they are sick and then the Physician becomes precious. It is objected that it is a discouragement to thirsting sinners who want to come. They would argue that real thirst and real desire is already a sign of regeneration. A sinner dead in sin can only hate God, he cannot thirst after him. His desires for sin therefore can only be a selfish desire to escape punishment, not to have Christ rule over him. see SermonAudio SID=5101012463110 and SID=51010131775
Confusing. I still find this teaching on the Law abolished as confusing. In Jeremiah 31:33 it is written that God writes, in the New Covenant, His Law, on our hearts, not a moral law of nature. In the old covenant, the moral aspects of the Law of Moses was external, now it is written on the hearts of believers. Not a natural law is written on the hearts, but the Law given through Moses.