Cymro on the Puritan Board:
The Bible and history show fluctuations in the state of the church. Winter inevitability follows summer, and declension follows spiritual prosperity. Generations grow up not knowing the God of their fathers. There are many factors to consider, but two in particular are foremost. The first is to evaluate or rather discern whether God has a controversy with His people, and that the present dearth is His judgment upon us. Indeed we wonder if His judgments are on the nations when we consider the terrible wickedness that abounds. But in it all there is a remnant according to the election of Grace, and faith is still found in the earth.
The other reason to consider is whether we pay lip service to the reality of the person of the Holy Spirit. “When He is come,”are words that afford me encouragement and comfort in this benighted scenario. I truly believe that we have grieved and quenched the blessed dove, and consequently though there is much preaching, there is very little fruit on the vine. When one reads the Acts of the Apostles, or Acts of the Spirit, we read of of steadfastness to the Apostolic doctrine and the profusion of converts that were “added to the Lord,” and “added to the church.” Three thousand through one sermon, five thousand men through another sermon, but also there were “multitudes” frequently converted, and the Lord “added daily to the church such as should be saved.” When He is come, that’s what follows!
In the church of Kirk o Shotts on Monday morning, June 21st 1630, John Livingstone a probationer preached a two and a half hour sermon, and 500 traced their conversion to that service. Just last night I read of a service in the past in my own country lasting 9hrs, and the congregation had to be sent home otherwise they would have stayed.
When He is come He will convict of sin, righteousness and judgment, come then Holy One, and lift up Christ crucified and placard Him before the eyes of sinners.
Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/why-are-reformed-churches-the-minority.95265/page-2, Comment 36
Is it any wonder that people are leaving the churches in droves when this is what is being done in God’s name?:
The congregation then began a series of chants, (20:35) with all congregants chanting in unison while physically turning their bodies to face East. While facing and singing to the East, the members used a series of interpretive motions. Then, everyone turned 90 degrees, and faced South, and repeated the incantations and motions…until they had repeated the process while facing each of the four directions. “You are sacred…and looking at me…I praise you…you are sacred” was the theme of the chanting.
The Priestess of Music then appeared (24:30) in front, and began banging on a drum and singing/chanting...
Read more: https://www.elcatoday.com/note-to-all-elca-bishopsincluding-presiding-bishop-eaton.html
Several years ago, my husband and I began attending a local Evangelical, non-denominational church, and we loved it. We cherished the sense of community we found among the loving and authentic people we met there, and the intelligent, “outside the box” pastor who led our flock with thought-provoking and insightful sermons. Sadly, the church started going off the rails theologically, and after about a year and a half, we made the difficult decision to leave. Today that church is a self-titled “Progressive Christian Community.”
Back then I had never heard of “Progressive Christianity,” and even now it is difficult to pin down what actually qualifies someone as a Progressive Christian, due to the diversity of beliefs that fall under that designation. However, there are signs—certain phrases and ideas—that seem to be consistent in Progressive circles. Here are 5 danger signs to watch for in your church:
Read more: https://www.crosswalk.com/slideshows/5-signs-your-church-might-be-heading-toward-progressive-christianity.html?utm_source=naytev&utm_campaign=ab&utm_medium=cwpg&utm_term=paid
The beginning of true liberty is Jesus Christ. And therefore the first and last target of all subversion is biblical faith. Hence it is that the Church has been the first target of infiltration and subversion; and is the most subverted institution in the United States today.
— Dr. R. J. Rushdoony, Reformed Theology
Robert Traill (Stedfast Adherence to the Profession of our Faith), Works 3:19-20:
It is greatly for the honour of Jesus Christ, that men should knit themselves visibly under his standard and banner. Our Lord Jesus Christ is no such master, that people should be ashamed to wear his livery, and give themselves to him. Again, it is greatly for the advantage of people too. You know there are two great plagues the church of Christ has been distressed by, and it will never be quite free from them; a multitude of hypocrites in a fair day, and a multitude of apostates in a foul day. When summer-weather is, hypocrites increase to a multitude; when a storm comes, they are blown away as chaff by the wind. What is likely to be the only way that can prevent the abounding of these dreadful scandals? If there were strictness in calling for the truth of people’s faith, for the making of them give a true profession of it, if they had it, truly they would be found to adhere to the Lord far more closely in a day of trial.
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-advantages-of-a-visible-profession.91887/, Comment 1
An article that sums up my sentiment with respect to liberal, politically correct churches:
“The story is familiar to anyone who has been paying attention. These churches made the decision to chase the latest social fads in the 70’s and 80’s, hoping to make themselves more appealing to the young. The only thing they did was make themselves less attractive to people interested in being part of a traditional Christian sect. It was not just in the pews, but in the clergy as well. Those feeling the call found that the church in which they were raised was not interested in defending and maintaining the faith.
The result is the clergy slowly radicalized. First came the women and then the feminist women. Soon they invited in the homosexuals and the clergy started looking like the faculty of a liberal arts college. That’s when the pews started to empty out. Why bother going to church, when you can get the same liberal lecture from television? That’s what started the decline in church attendance. Instead of offering a shelter from the storm, they decided to chase an over-served market – radical Progressives.”
Source and read more: http://voxday.blogspot.ca/2017/07/expel-your-sjws.html