Tag Archive | Apostasy

When Unbelief Comes In, All Evil Things Follow

Fête de la Raison 1793

Man is now thinking out a Bible for himself; framing a religion in harmony with the development of liberal thought; constructing a worship on the principles of taste and culture; shaping a god to suit the expanding aspirations of the age. … The extent of the mischief no one can calculate. A soul without faith, a church without faith, a nation without faith, a world without faith – what is to be their future? What is their present? When faith goes, all good things go. When unbelief comes in, all evil things follow.

~Horatius Bonar, Our Ministry: How It Touches the Questions of the Age (Edinburgh: MacNiven, 1883), pp. 54-5.

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95 Theses To The Modern Evangelical Church

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95 Theses To The Modern Evangelical Church

They Preach Not a Crucified Christ

John Swanston, 1759:

Índice de Biografías - Esteban Murillo - Santo Tomás de Villanueva dando limosna“From what has been said we may learn one reason of the decay of religion at this day. Professed ministers preach not a crucified Christ. Morality, virtue, and good works, separate from Christ, were never so much preached up in Scotland as in our day; they are the darling theme of the majority of our ministers: yet strange to think wickedness abounds amongst us perhaps as much as ever it did, since Noah’s flood. To what can this be owing? Why, just to this, that minister’s neglect to preach Christ crucified. Ignorance of, and unbelief in Him, are the greatest springs of our apostasy and degeneracy.”

Read more: https://benjaminpglaser.wordpress.com/2015/06/06/christless-christianity-is-nothing-new/

Appalling Apostasy

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Herman C. Hoeksema (PRCA):

“Judged in the light of these marks, that ecclesiastical scene today is, negatively, one of appalling apostasy. One need not look far afield to notice this. Look at the Reformed scene, at those who are generally classified as belonging yet to the tradition of the Reformation. There is tremendous doctrinal apostasy, frequently under the guise of theological freedom: all kinds of error is increasingly tolerated and allowed to go unpunished and unrebuked, while what has always been the faith of our fathers is lightly set aside. There is apostasy as to the preaching: preaching as proclamation of the pure doctrine of the gospel, expository preaching, has largely become a rare article. Topical preaching, moralism, the social gospel are the replacements. Besides, people become tired of preaching and busy themselves with devising new and glamorous substitutes for the simple and pure preaching of the Word of God — hippy services, dialogues, dramas, modern, revisionistic liturgicalism, and every new and different thing imaginable. Then, too, there is the encroachment of the ecumenical movement, at the expense of true unity and at the expense of the truth of the gospel. Or there is the modern striving after the so-called ‘de-institutionalization’ of the church: the cry that the church must break out of its instituted form, the cry that the church must ‘be where the action is,’ the emphasis on ‘doing’ rather than ‘believing.’ In brief, there are all kinds of adjustments and adaptations today which have but one goal: to make the church according to man and pleasing to man.

Along with all this, there is decay and degradation as to the very standards of Christian living. The keys of the kingdom are no more employed, or they are totally corrupted. Regardless of the requirements of faith and repentance, of uprightness in doctrine and walk, anyone is welcomed into the membership of the churches. The table of the Lord is opened to all, and thereby profaned. The Sabbath is desecrated. The church pews become empty. Members of the church seek their enjoyment elsewhere. They become friends of the world, singing and dancing and carousing with the world, speaking and acting and looking like the world. Christian morality and sanctification according to the precepts of the Lord have become old-fashioned, and the devilishness of situation-ethics has found its way into the church. Church and world, believer and unbeliever, light and darkness, Christ and Belial, are made to walk hand in hand in almost every sphere of human life. For the most part, that which calls itself church today presents but a sad caricature of the holy, catholic church of Christ.”

Read more: http://www.prca.org/resources/publications/pamphlets/item/631-the-marks-of-the-true-church

Faithfulness To Christ, And To His Truth, Is Everything

1427667_31525848-praying hands-stdSmall may be our strength in these last days. The tide of error, and sin, and worldliness may be running very strong. It may not be easy to confess Christ, or to hold fast His truth.

But His grace is sufficient for us; and woe be to us if we give way to the errors of the age, or conform to its vanities, or seek to please its multitudes, either under the dread of public opinion, or the fear of not being reputed ‘men of progress,’ or the shrinking from more direct persecution and hatred!  Faithfulness to Christ, and to His truth, is everything, especially in days when iniquity shall abound, and the love of many shall wax cold.

Fear not!  the reward is glorious; the honour is beyond all earthly honours. The contempt and enmity are but for a day; the dignity and the blessedness are for ever and ever.

What though men call you narrow-minded for cleaving to the old truth,-now obsolete, as they say; for ‘worship of a book,’ or bibliolatry, as they call it; for the stern refusal to lower out testimony to our glorified Lord and the coming King?  Let us be content to bear reproach for Him and His word.  The glory to be given us at His appearing will more than compensate for all.

Horatius Bonar  “Light and Truth”  1883

HT and source: http://reformationpratum.com/2014/11/11/faithfulness-to-christ/

Adjust the Age

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We shall not adjust our Bible to the age; but before we have done with it, by God’s grace, we shall adjust the age to the Bible.

~Charles Haddon Spurgeon~

The Shallow and Compromising Christianity

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“Not corrupt judges, governors, congressmen, senators or even a bad president will be the cause of this nation’s death, but the existing shallow and compromising form of Christianity that prevails in our churches.”

– M.A. Williams

HT and source: https://shadeofthemoriahtree.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/cause-of-a-nations-death/