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.


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Jerusalem is a shameless slut; cause her to know it!

"Thou hast opened thy feet to every one that passed by,
and multiplied thy whoredoms."

Jerusalem is a shameless slut; cause her to know it! Are many churches behaving just like Jerusalem of old, a slut selling herself, seeking the friendship and love of the world? 

"Cause Jerusalem to know her abominations," saith the LORD God to Ezekiel.

Read Ezekiel 16 to see the necessary bluntness, graphicness and blushing details of the message in order to get Jerusalem to see her detestable abominations, i.e. to own, to confess, and to repent of them.

Maybe such plain speaking to the churches of Christ is needed in this age.

Eze 16:1-2
Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations...

v3-5: A vivid description of her helpless and contemptible origin; abandoned and left to perish. "Thou wast naked and bare, and wast polluted in thy blood."

v6-14: how the LORD God took pity on her, and commanded her to live, and flourish. "Live... yea, live." The LORD lavished upon her the very best, in abundance. As a result, she became exceedingly gorgeous! "And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD."

v15-30: She trusted in her own beauty, and squandered all the abundant blessings of the LORD God on her harlotries and whoredom. See the horrid details. A great queen has turned herself into a cheap shameless slut, peddling herself to one and all.

"Thou hast opened thy feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms... the work of an imperious whorish woman." 

v31-34: She is a contrary whore. They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them. She pays others to commit whoredom with her.

v35-43: She shall be judged, and be destroyed by her many hired lovers.

v44-59: She is far worse than the sisters she despised, i.e. Sodom and Samaria. They could boast, "we weren't so bad. She is far worse!" She was far worse than them, "thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways...But thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done." Also, she is not unlike the godless heathens. "Your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite."

But behold! The amazing and incredible "nevertheless" conclusion:

60 Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.
61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant.
62 And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD:
63 That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord GOD.

O the depth, and the height, and the breadth of the grace and mercy of God.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

An inquiry towards understanding "salvation by grace alone."

This is a traditional "foochow" birthday dish
 - a bowl of red rice wine long-life noodle
with two goose eggs and a pair of rooster drumsticks!


An inquiry towards understanding "salvation by grace alone."

Bell asked:
Can a man actually be saved without hearing the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ?

Sing
That's a good question. “Can a man actually be saved” IN WHAT SENSE “without hearing the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ?”
Tell me, what is your question inquiring about, then I may be able to attempt an answer?
The preaching and hearing of the gospel is very necessary, but only necessary for the specific purpose for which it was divinely ordained. We need to get that right.

Bell
Thanks for responding. In the sense of knowing and understanding how we obtain the gift of eternal life. Is it possible for someone to die and end up in heaven without actually knowing how it happened?

Sing
"In the sense of knowing and understanding how we obtain the gift of eternal life."
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Eternal life/salvation is bestowed, a completed act, freely by the sovereign grace of God. A man DOES NOTHING to obtain it. Eternal life/salvation is bestowed to a man when he is INCAPABLE of knowing and understanding spiritual truth of the gospel, being dead in trespasses and sins. [The sad truth is even more disheartening: a man by nature is in enmity and hostility against God. Incapability is bad enough! To be in enmity against God is far worse.]
The gospel is absolutely necessary to inform and enlighten him (one already bestowed eternal salvation) how the eternal salvation has been freely bestowed him by God's free and sovereign grace.
A man does not need to know or understand about his conception and birth in order to obtain the life he has. His conception and birth are PRIOR, and makes possible [sic] his knowing and understanding of the life he has, of which he did ABSOLUTELY nothing to obtain. The biological gospel is very useful for him to understand his life, who his parents are, and how to live that life wisely.
Does this help?

Bell
Perfect. Yes, it confirms my thoughts on salvation. So, it's true that a man could be saved for years, like Abram, before he came to the knowledge, or understanding of it?

Sing
Yes. Like a whole lot of people who never had the opportunity to know the deep mysteries of their conception and birth before they leave this world. Some have no idea who their parents are. That ignorance doesn’t make them any less human than the most loved and brought up children.
Their ignorance does not make them any less human than those who may be greatly enlightened on the matter. But ignorance is no bliss. It leaves men in grievous lies, errors and superstitions. And instead of living as a man made in the image of God, he may live his life as a beast, thinking he is a beast!

Bell
Amen, Thank you for your time and effort. May God bless

p/s
Now enjoy this delicious birthday dish about conception and birth.


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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