Tag Archive | Church

The Most Subverted Institution

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

Source: http://christianobserver.net/the-national-council-of-churches-ncc-communist-agenda/

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The Advantages Of A Visible Profession

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

Why Not Just Watch Television?

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

9 Marks of a Declining Church

Ruinas de Iglesia antigua en Trzęsacz, Polonia (2015)

http://www.freechurchcontinuing.org/publications/articles/item/nine-marks-of-a-declining-church

The Uniting, Cementing Principle

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 292:

If we were once enrolled in this blessed fellowship with the Father and the Son, then it follows, as a fruit and result of this, that we should have fellowship one with another. And truly the more unity with God, the more unity among ourselves: for he is the uniting, cementing principle, he is the centre of all Christians; and as lines, the farther they are from the centre, the farther distant they are from one another, so the distance and elongation of souls from God sets them at further distance amongst themselves. The nearer we come every one to Jesus Christ, the nearer we join in affection one to another; and this is imported in that of Christ’s prayer, “That they may be one in us,” John 17:21, 22. No unity but in that one Lord, and no perfect unity but in a perfect union with him. I would exhort to study this more, – to have fellowship one with another, as members of the same body, by sympathy, by mutual helping one another in spiritual and temporal things.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/he-is-the-cementing-principle.89425/

Giving Opportunity to Evil

Thomas Hodges on  ministers who refuse to fight against heresy:

Tares“…alas, here is the sad root of this misery, that either the ministers are ignorant,[1] and unable to maintain the truth, confute and stop the mouths of gainsayers; or they are wicked and scandalous, like Eli’s sons, whose profane and ungodly courses lose all repute to the truth, making the things of God, (by those who measure truth by the lives and carriages of them that maintain it), to be abandoned and abhorred.[2] If neither of these, yet perhaps they are careless, negligent, and inadvertent, not heeding how truth thrives, or how error spreads,[3] as if to them it were of very small or no concern. In point of benefit they are greedy dogs, zealous enough for their profit,[4] looking after that from every quarter; but in point of duty they lack heart,[5] the fire of zeal for God’s glory is not in them, therefore they love their ease, to sleep, slumber, and take their rest; by which they give not only an opportunity to the evil one to sow his tares, but to those tares to take root and prosper.”

[1] Isaiah 56:10.

[2] 1 Samuel 2:13.

[3] Revelation 2:20.

[4] Isaiah 56:11.

[5] Revelation 3:15.

“The Growth and Spreading of Heresy, (54).”

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/ministers-must-fight-against-the-growth-and-spreading-of-heresy.92328/, Comment 1

Note: no endorsement of Ellen G. White intended by the use of the above image

7 False Teachers in the Church Today

Oudry wolf & lamb

Challies:

The history of Christ’s church is inseparable from the history of Satan’s attempts to destroy her. While difficult challenges have arisen from outside the church, the most dangerous have always been from within. For from within arise the false teachers, the peddlers of error who masquerade as teachers of truth. False teachers take on many forms, custom-crafted to times, cultures, and contexts. Here are seven of them you will find carrying out their deceptive, destructive work in the church today. Please note that while I have followed the biblical texts in describing them in masculine terms, each of these false teachers can as easily be female..

Read more: https://www.challies.com/articles/7-false-teachers-in-the-church-today