Seeker Friendliness and Idolatry in Worship

Michael W. Pursley:

Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name;
Bring an offering and come into His courts.
Worship the LORD in holy attire;
Tremble before Him, all the earth.
Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns;
Indeed, the world is firmly established,
it will not be moved;
He will judge the peoples with equity.”
Psalms 96: 8-10

Flip flops - just pick one upDo you realize just how outdated that verse is in today’s Seeker-friendly churches? Today, we live in a world where we go to church in flip-flops. We politely(?) sip water from plastic bottles, or our coffee Lattes during the church services. Sometimes we show up with our hair looking like we just rolled out of bed. In fact, we sometimes dress up better to watch television than we do for church. And then, to justify the egregiousness of our attitudes, we tell ourselves that God is just happy that we even decided to get out of bed to show up and to worship Him…. Really? Says who?

Read more: https://regenerationandrepentance.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/losing-salt-seeker-friendliness-and-our-idolatry-in-worship/

The Human Body and Lower Creation

Dankworth August Bomann-Museum Fam. Jacobs

 

Concerning the question as to why the Scriptures do not expressly prohibit contraception, the Rev. Matthew Winzer answers:

“First, birth control and contraception are two different things. According to the Bible abstinence is permitted in certain contexts. That amounts to birth control.

Secondly, the use of specific procedures to prevent conception requires the adoption of a philosophy which is contrary to the Bible. As noted, the human body is equated to the life of the lower creation as something which is to be regulated in stewardship. Then sexual relations are reinterpreted as if they possess some unitive benefit apart from being fruitful and multiplying, thus ignoring what the Bible specifically calls “blessing.”

Thirdly, to move the discussion beyond questions of “immorality,” which are only going to muddy the waters, a more positive approach would ask what the Bible sets forth as an ideal. An open view of children as God’s heritage accords with the whole biblical scheme in both its creation and new creation teaching. Temporal family life is always regarded as being enriched by the multitude of offspring. As far as the redeemed family of God is concerned, the statement of our Elder Brother sums up the positive biblical teaching: “Behold I and the children which God hath given me.””

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/f32/contraception-bible-61208/, Comment #17

You Cannot “Decide” For Christ

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D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981):

Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Saviour, or I die.

No man truly comes to Christ unless he flies to Him as his only refuge and hope, his only way of escape from the accusations of conscience and the condemnation of God’s holy law. Nothing else is satisfactory. If a man says that having thought about the matter and having considered all sides he has on the whole decided for Christ, and if he has done so without any emotion or feeling, I cannot regard him as a man who has been regenerated. The convicted sinner no more ‘decides’ for Christ than the poor drowning man ‘decides’ to take hold of that rope that is thrown to him and suddenly provides him with the only means of escape. The term is entirely inappropriate.”

Preaching and Preachers, Zondervan, 1972, pp. 279-280.

Source: http://www.erictyoung.com/2012/06/28/a-sinner-does-not-decide-for-christ-martyn-lloyd-jones/

Has God Indeed Said?

An excellent article on textual criticism and the preservation of the New Testament:

1631 KJV New Testament titlepage 2Has God Indeed Said? The Preservation of the Text of the New Testament

by Phillip G. Kayser, Ph.D. and Wilbur N. Pickering, Ph.D., Biblical Blueprints, Omaha

http://biblicalblueprints.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/HasGodIndeedSaid.pdf

HT: http://www.puritanboard.com/f63/why-should-i-use-kjv-86624/, Comment #2

The Natural Element of Fish

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Thomas Boston, Works, 5:9 (The Art of Man-Fishing):

As the water is the natural element of fish, so sin is the proper and natural element for an unconverted soul. Take the fish out of the water, it cannot live; and take from a natural man his idols, he is ready to say with Micah, Ye have taken away my gods, and what have I more? The young man in the gospel could not be persuaded to seek after treasure in heaven, and lay by the world. It is in sin that the only delight of natural men is; but in holiness they have no more delight than a fish upon the earth, or a sow in a palace. Oh, the woeful case of a natural man! Bless the Lord, O my soul, that when that was thy element as well as that of others, yet Christ took thee in his net, held thee, and would not let thee go, and put another principle in thee, so that now it is heavy for thee to wade, far more to swim in these waters.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/f25/christ-took-thee-his-net-84272/, Comment #1

Psalms Have Dominated God’s Worship for 3000 Years

Warren Peel:

Worship003As Edward Donnelly has expressed it, ‘the Psalms are part of the spiritual inheritance of all the people of God.’ It is a simple historical fact that the psalms have dominated the praise of the Christian church for 3000 years. Reformed Presbyterians today share gladly in that rich inheritance. Whatever else Christians believe they should sing in worship, one thing is absolutely certain – they should sing the psalms. One of the great tragedies of the modern church is its almost total neglect of these wonderful songs of praise. How many Christians, if asked which book of the Bible is their favourite, would reply ‘the Psalms’? Is it not a pity they have so few opportunities to sing them in worship – to use them as they were designed to be used?

Read more: http://gentlereformation.com/2015/02/20/a-brief-history-of-psalm-singing/

The Right Kind of Faith Clings to Divine Love

Job and his friends

Franz Delitzsch on Job:

“But the comfort which this theologically and artistically incomparable book presents to us is substantially none other than that of the New Testament. For the final consolation of every sufferer is not dependent upon the working of good genii in the heavens, but has its seat in God’s love, without which even heaven would become a very hell. Therefore the book of Job is also a book of consolation for the New Testament church. From it we learn that we have not only to fight with flesh and blood, but with the prince of this world, and to accomplish our part in the conquest of evil, to which, from Gen 3:15 onwards, the history of the world tends; that faith and avenging justice are absolutely distinct opposites; that the right kind of faith clings to divine love in the midst of the feeling of wrath; that the incomprehensible ways of God always lead to a glorious issue; and that the suffering of the present time is far outweighed by the future glory–a glory not always revealed in this life and visibly future, but the final glory above. The nature of faith, the mystery of the cross, the right practice of the care of souls–this, and much besides, the church learns from this book, the whole teaching of which can never be thoroughly learned and completely exhausted.”

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/f36/heaven-would-become-very-hell-86691/, Comment #1