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 Urgent call to prayer  and  action.

 


    A Christian 
Perspective of History

Steve Wilkins observes...

“...Without a knowledge of history, we are subject to the twin errors of faithless timidity and unenlightened zeal. We are either too afraid to go forth in obedience or we jump into projects and support policies with presumptuous ignorance. We act like children. We are either too easily intimidated or all too easily discouraged. As one has said, “To be ignorant of history is always to remain a child...” “...The children of this nation are being made into revolutionaries by the history books they are reading. We cannot continue to allow theological Canaanites to teach us our past. For the last two generations in this country we have been told that Christianity is irrelevant and that Christians are dangerous. We have been told that our faith is good for comforting us emotionally and soothing us psychologically but it is of no use in tackling real problems in the “real world.” And we have believed it...” “...This is our glorious task in this generation. We must not shirk it. For the glory and honor of God and the future of our culture, let us give ourselves to knowing and telling the great things He has done. To do otherwise is to surrender future generations to the slavery that always follows unholy forgetfulness...”

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Reformation Radio Special Announcement

National Conference 
on Law and Gospel

You are cordially invited to attend the National Conference on Law and Gospel (“Trust and Obey: An Examination of Law and Gospel  in Covenantal Perspective”), co-sponsored by

 Reformation and Revival Ministries

and the

Center for Cultural Leadership.

It will be held March 11-13 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Warrenville, Illinois.

      Speakers and (tentative) topics:


“The Gospel is Good News”:                                       Dr. John H. Armstrong

Trust and Obey: An Examination of Gospel and Law in Covenantal Perspective:                                    P. Andrew Sandlin  

“The Gospel: A Roman Catholic Perspective”:                 Fr. Thomas Baima

“The Historia Salutis versus the Ordo Salutis”:                                                                  Dr. John Frame

“The Contribution of the New Perspective on Paul”:                                                                                        Dr. Don Garlington

“Righteousness in Biblical Perspective”:                          Dr. Doug Green

“John Calvin & Karl Barth: Implications of the Law/Gospel Distinction”:                                                 Dr. I. John Hesselink

“Law & Gospel in Protestant Confessions: A Survey & Comparison”:                                                        Dr. Nelson Kloosterman

“Justification by Grace: The Perspective of   Jonathan Edwards”:                                                              Dr. Gerald McDermott

“The Gospel: An Orthodox Perspective”:                      Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon

“The Grace of Law and the Obligations of the  Gospel”:                                                                       Rev. P. Andrew Sandlin

“Gospel & Law: The Unity of the Testaments”:      Rev. Steve Schlissel

“Law & Gospel in Covenantal Perspective”:            Rev. Norman Shepherd

“Preaching Gospel and Law Christocentrically”:                        Rev. Thomas N. Smith

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The Gnostic

            Creep into the Church

How the age-old battle between Gnosticism and Christianity still rages.
P. Andrew Sandlin

One of the earliest and deadliest enemies of the Christian faith was Gnosticism. Had Gnosticism prevailed in its great battle with our forefathers, biblical Christianity would have disappeared. Gnosticism had several leading features, but one that stands out is hostility to history. Gnostics saw religion in exclusively “spiritual-intellectual” terms, a secret, esoteric knowledge for a select few lusting for escape from this world. It was an entirely vertical, rather than horizontal, religion.

Christianity was — and is — at war with Gnosticism on all fronts. Why? Because Christianity is both vertical and horizontal. It is a faith not only from God to man, but from God to man across the plane of human history. Jesus
Christ was not a “secret savior,” suffering and dying in private for an elite few. He was visibly and publicly crucified, and he visibly and publicly showed himself after his resurrection. His gospel is not a gospel for the few, but is for the many, across the entire spectrum of the world and human history (Mt. 28:18-20).

The Bible’s message is to all. Similarly, the Bible is not a private codebook covertly smuggled down from Heaven for the benefit of a few pious souls. It is God’s inspired and infallible Word, written by godly but frail men amid the exigencies and urgencies of the present life. Not coincidentally is the message in the Old Testament sometimes referred to as a “burden” in the Bible (Is. 13:1; Nah 1:1; Zech 12:1). It speaks to real people in a real history in real triumphs and tragedies. The message in the Old Testament was deposited to an actual, historical, covenant people — Israel (Rom. 3-2). The message of both the New and the Old Testaments is deposited among the multi-racial, multi-national Church of Jesus Christ, an actual, historical, covenant people.

The message of the Bible is the message given to the Church, but not only for the Church — it is a message to the entire world. As N.T. Wright observes, the great presupposition of the Bible is that Israel’s Messiah must be the Messiah of the entire earth! This is a catholicity of the faith that cannot be limited to the Church. It is the faith itself that is catholic, and not only the Church, though the Church is the custodian and guardian of the faith (1 Tim. 3:15). Jesus Christ is Lord of the entire world, and the entire world is called to submit to him in salvation and obedience (Eph. 1:20-23).

Gnosticism Today From almost the very first, the Church has been obliged to fight Gnosticism, or its stepchild, a mild, Gnosicized Christianity. Today we encounter this Gnosis religion in attempts to reduce the gospel to an existential “escape hatch,” a mere anticipation of the any-moment “rapture” for a select few. We see it in a highly intellectualized theology at conservative Protestant seminaries, which radically separate gospel from law, natural revelation from special revelation, faith from works, and Christianity from history. We see it in Christians who trumpet the secularist lie of hermetically separating Christianity into “public” and “private” spheres, as though the faith may exist between our two ears and perhaps within the four walls of the church sanctuary, but no where else, lest we offend the modern pluralistic religion. We see it in mystical devotionalism, which lusts for an escape from this world as a means to an intimate relationship with a far-away deity. We see it even among those Calvinists who so emphasize God’s eternal decrees that they overshadow and neglect the temporal covenant — faithful, Christ-centered law-keeping within history. We see it among those who say the Bible is insufficient to address such pressing issues as human cloning, the environment, abortion, cyber-terrorism, fetal-tissue research, diversified investment strategies, architecture, and so forth. These are all examples of the inroads that the Gnosis religion has made into the Christian Church.

To remain true to the Bible and true to the faith, we must counter all forms of the Gnosis religion. The extent to which the Gnosis religion makes progress in the Christian faith is the extent to which the Christian faith collapses.

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To a Thousand Generations
  
Dr. R. C. Sproul, Jr.


"...He tells the children of Israel in Exodus 20 that if they will refrain from idolatrous worship, he will bless them to a thousand generations. The pious, literalist dispensationalists, of course, do not think that a thousand means a thousand. It is a symbolic number. And they may be right. But it symbolizes a large number, not a small one. He may return after more than a thousand generations. It could even be fewer, only 951 generations. Either way, if a generation is roughly 40 years, that means he'll be back somewhere around 39,000 A.D.—two millennia down, 37 to go. If, on the other hand, he comes tomorrow, a thousand symbolizes roughly 75 generations.

Will the Son of Man find faith on the earth when he returns? He will if I can help it. Here is where the eschatological rubber meets the application road. Because I believe that he will not come tomorrow, I labor to prepare for his distant coming not by making scary movies about what could happen tomorrow, but by raising up godly seed. I am raising my children to participate in victory, not to snatch escape from the jaws of defeat.

A Reformed perspective is a transgenerational one, a view of the future that moves forward with each generation not only witnessing the growth of the kingdom but taking part in bringing the growth to pass. Their children are in Sunday school dreaming about airplanes with raptured pilots; our children are in constant training for the spiritual warfare to which they have been called.

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Christian Denominations and World Religions

By Kenneth Gentry

"...religions of the world either deny a personal God (Buddhism) or affirm many gods (Hinduism). Other monotheistic religions (Islam and Judaism) are moralistic, holding that man can earn God’s favor by doing the best he can. Judaism as a religion failed of its own original redemptive purpose (shown in its sacrificial system which pointed forward to the coming of the Messiah Jesus Christ). Islam mimics Christianity and Judaism even accepting Moses as the lawgiver and Christ as a Prophet of God. But it radically distorts its professed relation to Christ, ending up as a Christian heresy...Fundamental Distinctions within Christendom (are)"
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First, just what is church reformation?

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, to reform means"...to improve by alteration, correction of error..." Throughout the history of the Christian Church, the need for reform has been a constant force leading Christ's followers in many directions with many goals. In the twenty-first century, true church reformation is the sincere desire of many within the church "to improve by alteration," to turn away from beliefs and doctrines that would cloud the eyes of the faithful and to return to a commitment to the Christian faith as authoritatively revealed in the written Word of God, which is historically and morally communicated from Holy Scripture to man. By its very nature, true reformation cannot include doctrinal neutrality, but must champion commitment to a balanced and consistent Bible teaching.  Reformation, as it is correctly set forth among orthodox churches, is organized in the texts of the notable Reformed confessions and catechisms of faith:

Augsburg of 1530

Heidelberg of 1559

Westminster of 1648

Reformation becomes the basis of the denunciation of heresy.

"It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher."
George Whitefield  Bio

"For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think. But think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith." Romans 12:3

Why is Reformation necessary?

In a time filled with so many conflicting beliefs, one priority of reformation is to reclaim the church's devotion to scriptural truth. A crucial warning must be sent to all who may be detoured with religious sounding slogans and platitudes, or the twisting of God's word to make it " politically correct." Many contemporary church leaders shamelessly promote themselves above the Gospel, consecrate unnatural affections, and prohibit authority. Some even teach bizarre, uncontrolled theatrical outbursts as a form of revival. These and many others will stand exposed in the light of God's Word.

A sustained, straightforward criticism against all false teachers and desecrated doctrine is always to be expected from true church reformation. Some believe that reformation is not only unnecessary, but deem it to be negative and mean-spirited. Those who condemn reformation as negative either do not understand the gravity of the crisis or are themselves advocates of a human-centered faith. Scripture is extremely "negative" when it deals with man's sinful, self-willed hypocrisy and apostasy! Therefore honest reformation is unalterably opposed to the fashionable "theological" systems, which sacrifice the supernatural mysteries of the Christian faith to the common prejudices that stem from modern man's mechanical, metaphysical, and relative mentality.

Reformation holds that the continued use of Christian words, phrases and "lip-service" paid to the Holy Scriptures and confessions of faith by the practitioners of this "new anti-Christian theology" are totally dishonest and hypocritical.

"These are murmurers, complainers, leading lives according to their lusts. And their mouth speaks proud things, admiring faces for the sake of gain. But you, beloved, remember the words spoken before by the apostles of our Loud Jesus Christ, because they told you that at the last time there will be mockers according to their lusts, leading ungodly lives. These are those setting themselves apart, animal-like ones, not having the Spirit."     Jude 16-19

"Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in fine gay colors, that are but skin-deep."
                           
Matthew Henry  Bio

A few notes concerning Church Reformation

"In the beginning" when nothing plus chance and time equaled nothing and always equal nothing, the Sovereign God SPOKE according to His own good pleasure. This God, that no man's conscience can deny, originated an intimate and particular plan for a personal interaction with Him and His creation.
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"And God said, Let there be light. And there was light. And God saw the light that it was good..."
Genesis 1:3,4

"A sense of deity is inscribed on every heart."
John Calvin  Bio

"The Lord knows how to deliver the Godly out of temptation, and to reserve the unjust for a day of judgment, to be punished, and especially those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise dominion. They are darers, self-pleasing; not trembling at glories, speaking evil... Having eyes full of adultery and never ceasing from sin, alluring unstable soul, having a heart exercised with covetousness. They are cursed children...For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they lure through the lusts of the flesh, by unbridled lust, the ones who were escaping from those who live in error, promising them liberty, they themselves are the slaves of corruption. For by whom anyone has been overcome, even to this one he has been enslaved." 2 Peter 2:9,10,14,18,19

"He who prays as he ought, will endeavor to live as he prays."                                                                   
John Owen  Bio

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try the spirits to see if they are of God. Because many false prophets have gone out into the world."
1 John 4:1

"The best evidence of the Bible's being the Word of God is found between its covers."
Charles Hodge  Bio

"Who has believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?" Isaiah 53:1

"The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety."
George Müller  Bio
                                
"But to every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ."
Ephesians 4:7     

Don Hicks (Radio Bible Guy) Christian Commentator.

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Heresy of Hearsay:

Making Sense:                                                   Sincerely Wrong

By Patch Blakey

Have you ever heard anyone say, "It doesn't matter what you believe as long as you're sincere"?... But, someone may argue, a lot of people in the Church have correct doctrine, but dead hearts. Yes, we must sadly agree.  But then again, we must also acknowledge that truth, in and of itself, does not save; God does.  However, does God, Who cannot lie, save through the preaching of falsehood or through the preaching of the truth?  We may all know someone who became a Christian after they joined some cult, but their coming to salvation was in spite of their belief in heresy, not because of it.  The gospel is what we are to proclaim, not error (Gal. 1:8, 9). Continue ...Credenda Agenda

“...bad treatment, (and) bad words have been overruled by the Sovereign Grace of God...”

George Whitefield's last sermon in London,1769,

before his final departure to America.

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“…Islam's success, however, comes from its false simplicity, which makes recent American Christianity's easy-believism look like deep theology. There is nothing more dangerous than violent, self-willed men who think they are called to some divine mission.”

 What My Armenian Father Taught Me About Islam

 

“HISTORICAL AMNESIA”

“...There is another way in which we have been robbed of our past however: Our history has simply not been taught. As a result, most people are like newborn babes, unaware of anything that has happened prior to their birth. Modern “education” has only exacerbated the problem. Textbooks not only contain many (and sometimes quite laughable) errors, but they also ignore vast portions of the content of the past. More space is given to “pop heroes” (Marilyn Monroe and Elvis) than to the true heroes of our nation. Terribly abbreviated (and horribly perverted) explanations for past events are given. As a consequence, what most American think happened in this country never did -- at least not in the way we have been told...”

“THE MYTH OF NEUTRALITY”

“...Wendell Phillips, the famed abolitionist of the nineteenth century, once stated, One half of history is loose conjecture and much of the rest is the writer's opinion...Most men see facts not with their eyes, but with their prejudices.” In other words, there is no such thing as neutrality No one is “neutral” philosophically or religiously. Everyone, including “objective” historians, look at the facts in terms of their faith -- be that faith Biblical or non-Biblical. The facts do not speak for themselves (as we have so often heard), they are mute without an interpreter...”

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The Passing Away 
of Heaven & Earth  

By Gary DeMar

When Jesus' disciples heard His frightening prediction about the destruction of the temple and the judgment of Jerusalem in their generation (Matthew 23:3639), they asked when the destruction would take place, what signs would precede the event, and what sign would signify His coming "and of the end of the age" (Matthew 24:3). It is quite obvious that the disciples connected Jesus' "coming" with the "end of the age." The "coming" of Matthew 24:3 refers to the coming of Jesus in judgment upon Jerusalem in A.D. 70. James, as well as other New Testament writers, is clear about the nearness of Jesus' coming: "the coming of the Lord is at hand" (James 5:8), at hand for those who first read the epistle.

The destruction of the temple, and with it the priesthood and sacrificial system, inaugurated a new era in which "the blood of Christ" cleanses our "conscience from dead works to serve the living God" (Hebrews 9:14). Therefore, the expression "end of the age" refers "to the end of the 'Jewish age,' i.e., the time of transference from a national to an international people of God,"(1) what the Apostle Paul describes as the "ends of the ages." The "end" had come upon the first-century church (1 Corinthians 10:11)...

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