Things New & Old

Ancient truths revealed in the Scriptures are often forgotten, disbelieved or distorted, and therefore lost in the passage of time. Such ancient truths when rediscovered and relearned are 'new' additions to the treasury of ancient truths. Christ showed many new things to the disciples, things prophesied by the prophets of old but hijacked and perverted by the elders and their traditions, but which Christ reclaimed and returned to His people.

There are things both new and old here. "Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things"
2Ti 2:7.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Far worse slander lurking right behind you

Mr. Spurgeon, you are unaware of a far worse slander 
lurking right behind you. 

There is a far worse slander than the one cautioned by Mr. Spurgeon! This meme on the "Preach the Gospel" page has been shared 1201 times when I downloaded it to put it here.

"I do believe we slander Christ when we think we are to draw the people by something else but the preaching of Christ crucified." ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

Dear admirers and lovers of Mr. Spurgeon, 
May I say a few words of caution. It is a far greater and grievous slander, and near blasphemous, if you think the preaching of Christ crucified will draw the people who are still in their native state of sin and death.
 

At best such a view betrays a complete ignorance of the TWO distinct drawings spoken of in the Scriptures; at worst it robs God of His glory as the sole and sovereign agent in drawing spiritually dead sinners to Christ, and elevates preachers to be co-workers with God in eternal salvation. Then their grand "solas" are nothing more that shibboleths and empty slogans.

The first drawing is the direct and immediate activity of God, whereby He freely and sovereignly draws an elect out of his native state of sins and death to that of grace and eternal salvation in Christ Jesus.

The second drawing is by the instrumentality of the gospel ministry, whereby those already freely drawn by God to grace and eternal salvation are called to believe on the good news of their salvation.
The gospel ministry brings the good news of the salvation to them whom God Himself has accomplished in Christ at the cross, and has applied to individual elect, thus making them capable of  receiving the gospel message and be drawn to the gospel of their salvation.

John 6:37 "All that the Father GIVETH me SHALL COME to me; and him that COMETH to me I will in no wise cast out."
John 6: 39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he HATH GIVEN me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

John 6:37 has "Father GIVETH" - present tense. This speaks of the effectual calling of each elect unto eternal salvation at God's own appointed and approved time. These are irresistibly and soveriegnly drawn and united to Christ, therefore, SHALL COME to Christ. Only these God-drawn-to-Christ alone can be drawn to Christ through the preaching of the gospel. "Him that cometh" speaks of the coming to Christ in response to the hearing of the gospel.

The gospel can't draw those still dead in trespasses and sins. They must first be drawn out of that state; the new birth from above must happen first. Then they are capable of being drawn to Christ through the gospel ministry.

John 6:39 has "he HATH GIVEN" - perfect tense. This speaks of the completed giving of the elect to Christ before the foundation of the world.

The new school calvinists are gospel regenerationists. Spurgeon's words confirm them in their fable.

Spurgeon was a great admirer of John Gill and owned him as his mentor. But the lovers and admirers of Spurgeon despise Dr. Gill. Can you explain the irony???

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

These elders have set up idols in their heart

The glitter and glamour of outward forms of religion.

The LORD sees the invisible idols hidden in the innermost recesses of men hearts. Stop playing the fool with the LORD; nothing is hidden from Him.
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Elders had set up idols in their heart,
And they came to inquire the LORD.
What a show of religion without the heart!
Idolatry has estranged them from the LORD.


Ezekiel 14
1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.
2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?
4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols; 
5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

Friday, April 22, 2016

"Saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.”


 "Saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” 

To wit, the prophets of Israel 
which prophesy concerning Jerusalem,
 and which see visions of peace for her, 
and there is no peace, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 13:16

The LORD's diagnosis of the prophets of Israel...
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD;
3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!
4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. 


- They prophesy out of their own hearts.
- They are foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit.
- They are like foxes in the deserts (i.e. completely self-serving).
- They have seen nothing but vanity and lying divination.(v5)
- They "thus saith the LORD" even though the LORD neither sent nor spoke to them (v6). They speak lies and vanity in the name of the LORD (v7).

The essence of the prophetic ministry in the theocratic Israel has been repeated to Ezekiel earlier...

2:7 "And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious."
3:17 "Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me."

Exactly the same in the new covenant: read 2Timothy 4
 
1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

But many love fables. They love preachers who would tickle their itchy ears. They aren't even aware they are under such undershepherds.