Into the White Hot Arms of Molech

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A quote on rock music to ponder as I continue developing a theology of music:

“To encourage children into Rock Music is to place them into the white hot arms of Molech and the beat and power behind the music will drown out the cries of your child as occultic powers consume him and drag him into the fires of hell!”

~ Ray Comfort, The Pit of Hell!: Unbelievable Satanic Deception Flooding the Earth! (1983)

Source: http://paultheslave.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/are-your-children-listening-to-rock-music/

Clever Arminius

1187339_85389071“Questions about Arminius’ doctrine arose as early as 1590… By 1596, after studying Romans chapter 9, he concluded that… God has willed to accept those who seek acceptance with Him by faith. This was a clever move. He appeared to be defending justification by faith all the while redefining the doctrine of election and the definition of faith… Confessional pastors and theologians in the Netherlands and elsewhere began to sound the alarm. Dialogues were conducted and Arminius said the right things… Despite swirling doubts, the regents of the University of Leiden appointed Arminius to professor of theology. Almost immediately, Arminius was controversial. He was reported to teach that God elects those whom he foreknows would believe. He also raised questions about the Reformed doctrine of the covenant of works. In public, however, Arminius went out of his way to agree with his orthodox colleagues.”

Read the complete quote and more: http://heidelblog.net/2014/04/the-canons-of-dordt/

Faith Finds all it Wants in God

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Thomas Boston, Works, 2:360:

Live by faith; that is the best preservative against discontent. Faith stays the soul in all events on the promises; gives a favourable view of all crosses and afflictions, as tending to the good of the party; lays hold upon things unseen as the great portion; and so lessens the care about things of the world; and, in a word, finds all it wants in God.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/f25/faith-finds-all-wants-god-83063/, Comment #1 (Thank You, Reverend Winzer!)

“We Are All Galileos Now”

From Handle’s Haus:

Galileo-sustermans“This is a placeholder website for the chronicling of … an inchoate abstraction that will, eventually, adequately describe the agglomeration.  ‘Inquisition’ isn’t too far off.

It is a list of prominent (mostly) leftist/progressive intimidation incidents, or profiles in preemptive cowardice in anticipation thereof, or firings because of ludicrous and exaggerated PC claims of ‘offensiveness’ (usually concerning mere jokes) that I wish had been deterred or handled differently.  Also taboo-witch-hunts (is there a good word for a person who is a ‘taboo-truth-witch’ that is better than ‘heretic’, ‘apostate’, or ‘blasphemer’?)”

Read more: http://handleshaus.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/bullied-and-badgered-pressured-and-purged/

Presuppositionalism Should Humble Us

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“Presuppositionalism is a powerful tool and glorifying to God if used rightly. But it can be abused just as one can hijack the beautiful truths of the towering doctrines of grace for their own promotion and belittling of others. The doctrine of election should be the most humbling truth of Scripture to any of us… Likewise, understanding presuppositionalism should give us greater understanding of the depravity of man and sovereignty of God, but we need to be careful not to abuse its power. It should humble us, not instigate fleshly pride.”

~ Justin Edwards

Read more: http://airocross.com/2014/02/07/dear-presuppositionalist/

The Best Prayers Are Short and Strong

Charles Spurgeon:

Praying_Hands016“A prayer should be the presentation of God’s promise endorsed by your personal faith. I hear of people praying for an hour together. I am very pleased that they can. But it is seldom that I can do so and I see no need for it. It is like a person going into a bank with a check and stopping an hour. The clerks would wonder. The common sense way is to go to the counter and show your check and take your money and go about your business. There is a style of prayer which is of this fine practical character. You so believe in God that you present the promise, obtain the blessing and go about your Master’s business.

Sometimes a flood of words only means excusing unbelief. The prayers of the Bible are nearly all short ones—they are short and strong. The exceptions are found in places of peculiar difficulty, like that of Jacob, when he cried—

“With you all night I mean to stay,
And wrestle till the break of day.”

As a general rule, faith presents its prayer, gets its answer and goes on its way rejoicing.”

Read more: http://www.erictyoung.com/2014/05/26/best-prayers-are-short-and-strong-charles-spurgeon/

Religion is the Cause of All Wars?

Timothy Egan acknowledges that religion doesn’t cause all wars, even in the midst of an article discussing religious wars and what he terms “fanatics of faith:”

Mural painting celebrating Pol Pot in Sundsvall“It’s not true that all wars are fought in the name of religion, as some atheists assert. Of 1,723 armed conflicts documented in the three-volume “Encyclopedia of Wars,” only 123, or less than 7 percent, involved a religious cause. Hitler’s genocide, Stalin’s bloody purges and Pol Pot’s mass murders certainly make the case that state-sanctioned killings do not need the invocation of a higher power to succeed.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/opinion/timothy-egan-faith-based-fanatics.html?_r=0

Their Own Depths of Depravity

RPCNA Covenanter:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Social Government has removed our foundations, the Love of God (Messiah the Prince) the Ten Commandments, and asked God to leave as it makes law. And now they expect evil to bow and be restrained to them as a foundation?  These men don’t understand evil nor do they know their own depths of depravity.”

Read more: http://rpcnacovenanter.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/we-have-asked-god-to-leave-us/

Sleepless Nights

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“Have you had any sleepless nights lately? Do you struggle to lay peacefully in bed because something, or someone, is consuming your thoughts?”

“…I’m deeply persuaded that in the midst of trial, we often abandon our theology. We quit believing that the Bible has the answers for life and we try to take the reins. With the weight of the world now on our self-appointed shoulders, we struggle to get a good night of sleep.”

~Paul Tripp, “Sleepless Nights,” July 8, 2014

Read more: http://reformationpratum.com/2014/07/13/sleepless-nights/

Spend Thy Strength In His Worship

Jeremiah Burroughs, Gospel Worship (spelling updated by Joshua on the Puritan Board):

425px-A_Covenanters'_Conventicle,_from_a_children's_history_bookWhat a riddle is this to most people, to tell them of spending the strength of their bodies in prayer, or hearing of the Word, or sanctifying a Sabbath; they think the Sabbath is a time of rest. I confess it is a time of rest from an outward labour, but it is a time of spending strength in a spiritual way; and those that shall worship God aright on the Sabbath, will find it a spending of a great deal of strength, and blessed is that strength that is spent in the worship of God rather than in the ways of sin, as most spend their strength. If God gives thee a heart to spend thy strength in his worship, thou mayest think thus, “Lord thou mightest have left me to have spent my strength in sin, how much better is it spent in the worshipping of thy Name.”

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/f25/spend-your-strength-aright-83009/, Comment #1

The Slanderer

(From Octavius Winslow’s, “The Power of the Tongue”)

Germany Singelfingen GossipsThe slanderer is not merely the idle gossip, he is more. He is the inventor, or, what is equally criminal, he is the propagator of calumny itself! Envious of a rival, resolved upon shading the luster, or bent upon the total extinguishment of a star circling in a wider and brighter orbit than his own, he either coins, or propagates a lie injurious to the character of some public servant of God, or the reputation and happiness of some private individual moving in the quiet and unobtrusive walks of usefulness.

Is there not death in this unhallowed use of the tongue? Is there not ‘slaying power’ in that false report, that base insinuation, that cruel surmise, that “Soft buzzing slander, that eats an honest name”? Most assuredly! The treacherous moth is not a more insidious and dangerous foe to the beautiful fabric it secretly and slowly destroys; nor the worm a more searching and wasting enemy of the costly vellum whose heart it pierces and devours, than he whose tongue is sharper than a sword, “Cutting honest throats by whispers.”

It has been remarked that against slander there is no effectual armor of defense. Nothing is easier than to invent a slander, and nothing more difficult than to annihilate it. It generally selects for its victims the most good and worthy, as the birds peck at and destroy the best and loveliest fruit. I do not think that Tophet boasts of a darker fiend, or man can deplore a fouler foe than he who deals in it. Like the Indian, it dips its arrows in deadly poison; like Judas, it betrays the innocent with the kiss of villainy. Assassination is its employment, the guiltless its victims, ruin its sport, and the loud laugh of hell its reward!

It is a moral pestilence veiled in darkness; a thousand fall beside it and ten thousand at its right hand, so unmercifully and deeply wounded as often never to recover the anguish of heart it has occasioned.

The backbiter is the destroyer of the absent one. Of all evil speaking this is, perhaps, the lowest, the most cruel and dastardly. Taking advantage of the defenseless position of his victim, asserting behind his back what he would not dare to utter before his face; by dark insinuations, by mysterious innuendoes, by a tragic tone; the backbiter will give affected importance and authenticity to what all the while he knows to be unfounded in truth; and by this despicable means do serious and, perhaps, irreparable injury to the character and good name of an innocent, and, it may be, useful servant of the Lord; who, by his absence, is precluded from either defending his innocence or confounding his calumniator.
How sad and unenviable the character of the slanderer, the whisperer, the backbiter, the talebearer, the gossip! What are all these but domestic pests; propagators of a social moral plague?

“Save me, O Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.” Psalm 120:2