Great Sermon! As Dr Walicord says, man does not fall into sin, but knowingly and willingly chooses to sin in rebellion against God.
The Lord himself enable us to choose what is good and pleasing in his sight.
Thank you brother.
Very helpful Paul, I was sorry to miss the meeting. Just listening now. Thankfully we are being sharpened by the Lord in his own time in a way that is good for us. He does not leave us comfortably in our sin. Bless his name! How we need him to lead us in the narrow way. We cannot do it without our father in heaven. We do owe Christ everything! "If God's people do not interest you then Christ does not interest you" How true. "If there is no chastisement then God has given you over to that sin". A fearful thought. "There is enough inside us to condemn us, just not enough to save us." Thankfully, he drives foolishness from our hearts. Oh it is slowly. But bless his name, surely! Romans 8:28 an excellent text to conclude the message with. May we never forget the blessings of our God to his people and to our own souls! Thank God for his mercy and patience in dealing with us.
Very Helpful and Encouraging!! Just listened to this sermon with some of the members of our church "Arann Reformed Baptist church". We are going through this series on the Lord's day after the evening service. What a blessing so far with the first three sermons.
Final response to Mr McCausland The Priesthood of believers does not "override" the OT priesthood. The Priesthood of Christ ALONE replaces the Old covenant rituals! Our "Priesthood" only has meaning in its relationship to His unique role! If you were right on this then not only would that mean all believers could use instruments in worship but also that no-one would have the right to stop them doing so! I believe you need to think this one over dear brother. On the point of Miriam, I don't think we she use her as an example or we might end up in trouble! May the Lord guide us all into His truth more and more for His own glory and honour. M.
Response Thank you Mr McCausland for your kind and clear response. Indeed there is as you refer to an antecedent of instrumental worship in the OT. But along with this are clear rules of who are to be the instrumentalists, the Priests and Levites. Also there is a clear connection with the Tabernacle and the sacrifices. There is silence with regard to instruments in the NT and the place to make melody is in the heart! Your position raises these obvious questions. Who are authorized to play? Who decides? What instruments etc? The Abolishing of the Temple, its sacrifice, worship and the Priesthood demands the ending of all their exclusive ministry which includes instruments in the worship of God. Sincerely, MF.
A question for Mr McCausland Would it be acceptable to add a third element to the Lord's Table like the Roman church in the adding of water? If not, Why not? Note, there is no prohibition in scripture to the adding of something else to the Lord's Table!