Hosea (4)

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Sung  Psalm 73:23-28 (note whoring).

Reading  Hosea 4:10-19

Israel’s spiritual adultery/whoredom is spoken of in v12, physical adultery v11 where both drunkenness and fornication make them lose their sense and morals. Both spiritual and physical adultery are spoken of in v13 as cause and effect. The clear connection between the two is shown in v14. In Israel’s history Baalpeor was the site of their spiritual and physical adultery to which bravely Phinehas put a stop (Numbers 25).

Unfaithfulness to spouse and to God characterises adultery and whoredom in both realms. Sexual sin and perversion is a judgment of God upon idolatry (Romans 1:19-32).

So as we progress through this book we see Israel’s clients─ the idols, Israel’s service─ incense, sacrifices and prayer, and the reward being “not enough”. Further aspects of harlotry are the fact most like to keep it hidden (5:3) but obviously not from God, it’s defiling nature (v3), the fact it enslaves and as a perverse spirit it pervades all of society (v4). Our society cannot bear one final reaction to it which is God’s (and our) revulsion (6:10).

As judgment God will send famine (9:1-2), although at other times and with individuals he may allow prosperity (Luke 12:16-20). The leaders and royalty were all involved (7:4) and political adultery was another form of it (8:9).

The payback for all was terrible─Gomer became a slave, the wives and daughters of Israel were defiled and the whole country plundered by the Assyrians.

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Household Baptism (Baptism of infants)

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Who should be baptised? Well every denomination agrees that adults who confess their faith should. Fine, but when it comes to the children of believing parents we separate into credobaptist and paedobaptist. The credobaptist says children, especially infants, can’t profess faith so they must not be baptised. The paedobaptist says God makes his covenant with believers and their seed (children). The O.T. people of God gave their young children the covenant sign and since there is only ONE people of God in all time, the N.T. believer has the same command to obey. Paul calls the children of at least one believing parent “holy” in first Corinthians. While we acknowledge only the elect children are included in the covenant, the fact remains ALL were to be given the sign. Witness Jacob and Esau. Jacob was elect and Esau was not. But wasn’t circumcision given to the Jews only and a sign of their incorporation into the physical seed of Abraham? It had nothing to do with believing! No! Listen to this quote, “Herman Hanko: “Baptism and circumcision are identical in every respect except in their outward form, and their outward form is in keeping with the different dispensation in which they were given as signs of the covenant. The Scriptures are very clear on the point that circumcision and baptism both signify essentially the same thing. Both refer to the inward cleansing of the hearts of God’s people through regeneration and sanctification; both are signs and seals of the righteousness which is by faith; both refer to the work of sanctification through Jesus Christ” (We Are Our Children, p. 54).

Further reading

Pursuit of Holiness Lesson 11

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Chapter 16    Scheduled  May 16th 8pm

Holiness in an Unholy World.

Suggested reading: The Antithesis booklet (available on CPRC pamphlet shelves).

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1. Read the chapter and note down parts that stand out or lead to questions.

2. Write down how these verses teach us to relate to an ungodly world:

Matthew 5:13-14

John 17:14-16

I Peter 3:15-16

3. From these verses how should we respond to abuse for living a holy life.

Matthew 5:11-12

John 15:19

II Timothy 3:12

I Peter 2:12

I Peter 4:12-13

4. What example does Christ show in his dealing with the ungodly while remaining godly? (Luke 5:29-32, Hebrews 7:26). Think of some difficult situations.

5. How does the promise of I Corinthians 10:13 help us?

6. Say what these verses teach about holiness in an unholy world and the joy of holiness.

Verses Holy among unholy Joy of holiness
       Psalm 51:10-12
I Corinthians 5:9-10
Ephesians 5:5-12
Philippians 2:14-15
I Peter 4:3-4
II Peter 2:7-9
Hebrews 12:1-2

Pursuit of Holiness Lesson 10. Holiness and Faith. Answers.

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Chapter 15   Holiness and faith

  1. Holiness equals obedience equals faith (Romans 1:5 and Hebrews 11:8). The greatest act of faith was Christ going to the cross (Hebrews 12:2). He had an eye on the future glory and he is ultimately the source of our faith which we derive like sap through branches from the vine to whom we are joined. No-one can be holy apart from faith which is derived from our union with him. Faith is not a condition of salvation (As Bridges almost suggests) but a gift of salvation. Faith looks to the unseen God and pleasing him, the day of judgment and like Noah it is based on God’s word and may be contrary to sight and reason. Examples of this would be Daniel and his three friends, the promises given to Abraham/Sarah, Zacharias /Elizabeth, Mary/Joseph concerning their firstborn. Their answers were supernatural but all faith is supernatural, having its origin in Christ. Having said that, much of scripture and God’s commands make perfect sense and are reasonable e.g. creation, concerning lifestyle, sex etc.

2. Obedience is the evidence of faith and regeneration (Hebrews 3:17-19 and 4:2, 6). Contrariwise disobedience characterizes the reprobate wicked and believers who are either ignorant or wilfully stubborn, backslidden and unrepentant-God must chastise such. The unbelieving ultimately will be damned (Revelation 21:8).

3. Five things which were believed in Hebrews 11 were:

PAST-Creation v3

PRESENT-God rewards seekers v6 The need to move home v8

FUTURE-Heaven and reward vv10,26. Resurrection v19

4. Five ways in which the “heroes of the faith” in Hebrews 11 obeyed God were:

Offering sacrifice (x2), building the ark, moving home, suffering for Christ, fighting battles (x3). The most challenging is their willingness to suffer vv36-38.

5.

Verses Faith required Circumstances making it difficult to believe
Matthew 20:26-27 Serving others Used to being served, natural leader
Luke 6:30-31 Forget self, go out to others Selfish heart
Romans 12:19 God will avenge (in his time) Vengeful anger if you or family are attacked or killed
I Timothy 6:17-18 Give generously If riches are your god or security
Hebrews 3:13 Confronting other believers.Confessing publicly what you believe. Faith trusts God to act and vindicate us. Anticipating or having experienced bad reaction. Fearing peers, colleagues or family.

6. In lesson one I wrote a definition of God’s holiness but now define holiness in a believer as: A life conformed in motive and action to the admonitions of the word of God.

What Calvinism is NOT!

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“Calvinists are not motivated by
horror that some may go lost for
whom Christ died—Arminianism;
but by the eagerness to be used by
God to gather His elect. It’s not
the drive to save as many as possibly
can be saved by appealing to their
free wills—Arminianism; but the
commitment to be what God wills
believers to be—the witnesses whom
the Holy Spirit uses irresistibly to
draw His elect.”

Prof.Barry Gritters in Strandard Bearer  May 1st 2015

Ultimate bliss and ultimate destruction.

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The warmth of the sun verses the destructiveness of fire…

“Joy and peace and bliss are found in him alone”, states Hoeksema in his Reformed Dogmatics. God dwells in totally unperturbed blessedness, unaffected by the sin of his creatures, because he is outside of time and creation which he made, and all that is in them will ultimately glorify him, though in no way ADD to his infinite perfections. When we are glorified we will partake of this blessedness of mind.

Why does Satan tremble when we pray? Because in answer to our prayers Christ judges the wicked on earth, who are his slaves and will ultimately return to destroy them, the antichrist, the beast, death, hell and he himself in the lake of fire. No wonder the Spirit intercedes within us.

 

Darwin, the caste system and the health and wealth gospel.

A MUST READ from Daniel Courney, missionary in India.

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The ‘prosperity gospel’, the Hindu caste system (‘karma’ and ‘samsara’), and ‘survival of the fittest’ (evolution theory) are three popular ideologies that are seemingly unrelated but which are actually synonyms for the same nefarious notion, different takes on the same idea – that the weak suffer for their own faults. It is a devilish doctrine as old as Job’s three friends and spurious rabbinical dogma and it is a miserable comforter and worthless physician indeed. It has been and continues to be an attempt at a theological, philosophical, and scientific justification for slavery, genocide, abortion, racism, euthanasia, ethnic discrimination, apartheid, casteism and other ineffable iniquities that occur all around the globe (‘iniquity’ connoting unjust inequality and unfairness). “Survival of the fittest” (evolution theory) is the polar opposite to the aims of mercy ministries and altruistic humanitarian endeavours. According to this wicked, misanthropic theory, the weak are (and should be) eliminated to make room for the more genetically advanced. Logically it follows then that we should not aid the weak, poor, and suffering, because they are afflicted for their own inherent biological inadequacies, and by perpetuating their existence we thus endanger the future development of the human race. The full title of Charles Darwin’s book is “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life”. Did you catch that last part? ‘Favoured Races in the Struggle for life’? Only the strong survive, Chuck? How does nature ‘select’ who is to live on and who is to die? Violence. That’s right folks – Darwinism implicitly promotes murder, rape, adultery, conquest, polygamy, oppression, war, genocide, invasion, tyranny, ad nauseam. Darwinism was introduced at a critical juncture in human history — mid 19th century, Industrial Revolution, Colonialism– to attempt to rationalize racism, exploitation of indigenous peoples across the British Empire, ‘Manifest Destiny’ in the States or forced relocation of native Americans (e.g. the infamous “Trail of Tears”), and the enslaving of Africans by both Britain and America at the time. It was this notion of ‘survival of the fittest’ that motivated Hitler’s and the Nazi’s elimination of and horrible eugenics experiments on the ‘mentally insane’, autistics, and other handicaps. It was this racially driven biological evolutionism that was the incentive for the Holocaust, as Hitler believed Germans to be the true “Aryans” (Sanskrit, “noble” or “of noble birth”) and all other races, especially Jews – to be grossly inferior and obstructions to racial purity. As the humanistic godless Georgia Guidestones dictate, the world population should not exceed five hundred million – and five hundred million of the best. Thus the quote by Jacques Cousteau, famous oceanographer, French naval officer, and nature conservationist: “What should we do to eliminate suffering and disease? It’s a wonderful idea but perhaps not altogether a beneficial one in the long run. If we try to implement it we may jeopardize the future of our species…It’s terrible to have to say this. World population must be stabilized and to do that we must eliminate 350,000 people per day” (we’ll start with you, Jacques). Philanthropy and humanitarian missions are entirely counterintuitive to ‘survival of the fittest’ and only serve to impede humanity’s evolution to the ‘next level’.

Hinduism, a religious tradition almost as old as human civilization, also promotes the oppression of the weak. The Hindu caste system is based on the related yogic doctrines of ‘karma’ (action) and ‘samsara’ (reincarnation). The ‘feet’ of Brahman (the creator deity of the Hindu triad) represent the ‘Dalits’ (lit. ‘oppressed’) or ‘Shudras’, the lowest caste (Gandhi called them ‘Harijan’ or ‘children of God’, though he did nothing to help them but only encouraged caste bigotry). Caste is ‘varna’ in Sanskrit – the ancient, liturgical language of India and Hinduism — and literally means ‘colour’, as in skin colour, with the higher castes being fairer skinned. The ancient Aryan invaders from the Iranian Plateau who stratified Indian society were much lighter than the black Dravidian peoples of the Indian peninsula and wanted to prevent the pollution of their ‘superior’ gene pool and lighter skin colour and created the caste system to that end. What determines, or rather predetermines, which caste an Indian will be born into according to Hindu Brahmins, or those of the highest priestly caste – the ‘head’ of Brahman? The quality and moral character of his ‘atman’ (soul or self) in previous iterations (whether they be incarnations as a dog, monkey, or merchant). Ergo, those who are born into lower castes, with physical handicaps, or into utterly destitute socio-economic conditions were born thus due to sins they had committed in some past life out of memory. Don’t help the poor and weak – the universe is giving them just sentence for their past sins. Instead, exploit them for cheap labour.

The ‘prosperity gospel’ that so many nominal Christians espouse today perpetuates this same infernal and barbarously insensitive philosophy. According to this convenient and popular theology, a person only suffers because of their lack of faith. Your degree of health and wealth is indicative of your measure of faith – faith and fortune are directly proportionate. Hence, if you are poor, lame, or sick it is because of your lack of faith. Many who are indigent, lame, or diseased with permanent and incurable ailments are callously counselled that they suffer for their sin of faithlessness. I have personally witnessed this scandal of the name of God and pure religion. There is nothing new under the sun, ladies and gentlemen. Ancient heresies just recycled and branded with new labels and different terminology to try to dupe us.

Amazing grace-the reason for hope!

This is a KEY message relating to suffering and persecution!

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Via The Olive Branch by Marianne Bernard

With all the bad news and crisis situations in the news, believers need to pause and reflect on the truth that we are being made ready for a heavenly kingdom that will have no end. All of our troubles and struggles are working out a divine heritage for us as joint heirs with Jesus Christ. This world is not our end. It has no power to defeat a true child of God. What God allows (decrees-JK), he does so for an eternal purpose. We are being moulded and shaped into the image of Christ. We are being trained to be royalty.  Most importantly, our light and momentary troubles are working out a far greater good.

This is what I read this morning: “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:5-8)

God, faithful and true, will certainly cause all these things to come to pass. He shall make a different new heaven and earth and constantly supply to all his people all that is necessary to have and enjoy eternal life (the water). Christ, is that fount of living water by his Spirit. His word is true and faithful. His counsel shall stand and he will do all his good pleasure. Being alpha and omega he made all things with a view to the end. He controls all things in such a way that his counsel is accomplished.* Everything in your life and mine is PURPOSEFUL! Praise Him!

* Adapted from “Behold He Cometh” by Herman Hoeksema.

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