The primary* means of grace in the church that give us faith, sustains faith and strengthens faith is the preaching of the word of God by a man lawfully called, faithfully proclaiming the true Gospel, the word of God, supported by the sacraments properly administered. Both preaching and sacraments point to Jesus Christ and it is he who speaks and signifies to us through them by his Holy Spirit.
*Prayer, Bible reading, study and memorisation, godly fellowship and faithful witness are secondary means.
Joshua Engelsma, Doon PR Church
The answer really covers what it means to be a true Biblical Christian.
If you are NOT a protestant then what are you? Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Muslim, Hindu, Bahai? If you do not believe and rely on the five solas are you a real Christian at all ? I doubt it!
Jerusalem sacked and genocide of Jews 70 AD.
Disobedience among God’s people, to the revealed word of God, will inevitably bring judgment. The Bible is proof. Time and again they were warned but they refused to listen. They were repeatedly overrun by their enemies in the time of the Judges, Jerusalem was sacked and they went into captivity in Babylon in 590 BC and after they rejected the Messiah their holy city was again destroyed and millions slain by the Roman Emperor Titus in 70 AD.
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” I Peter 4:17.
God chastises his disobedient children and will utterly destroy those who profess his name but are reprobate.
As necessary as in 1517
Why? Because as Jeremiah says, “Ye trust in lying words. My house is being abused. THERE ARE ABOMINATIONS in my worship. Jer. 7:8, 11, 30. Christ’s rare violence was seen when he saw the place of his worship being abused.
Millions steeped in tradions and superstition of false religion in Roman Catholicism*.
Millions more are members of or adhere to false and departing churches.
*Mary venerated. She is never portrayed as co-redemptrix or someone to pray to in all N.T. Scripture does not say she was sinless and taken miraculously into heaven. The infinite God cannot have a mother, only the incarnate Son of God.
*Idolatrous mass. The once-for-all sacrifice of Christ substituted by a daily ritual that is supposed to atone for sin.
*Priests and pope usurp the headship of Christ in his church.
*Justification (forgiveness) by faith and works substituted for true faith alone that leads to assurance hence no assurance for those seeking to merit.
The upshot of all these abominations will be to be driven from Christ out of his dwelling place into damnation.
False and departing churches that allow hymns and songs that are not God-breathed, shallow homilies take the place of doctrinal preaching, women and homosexuals given office, there is belief in universal atonement and free will, on-going miracles and miraculous spiritual gifts-these will inevitably join together under the false prophet of antichrist and worship him!
Come out from among them and seek the truth in Scripture and a true church.
Dr Julian Kennedy, Deacon, Covenant Protestant Reformed Church, Ballymena.
Josiah as King led the Reformation of God’s people in the 7th Century BC.
- The public reading of the word of God (reading and preaching)
- The consecration of the people to God by a covenant (confessing church membership in a true church)
- The removal of all practices and places built contrary to God’s word (i.e. idolatry, icons)
- The institution of pure worship according to the word of God at Passover. (regulative principle)
- The deposition and excommunication or death of all false teachers (Church discipline)
II Kings 23 gives the details.
How does your church measure up?
Isaiah 63:17 “O Lord, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear?…. These are the words, not of wicked men among the Jews, charging all their errors, hardness of heart, and wickedness they were guilty of, upon the Lord, as if he was the author and occasion of them, and led them into them; but of the truly godly, lamenting and confessing their wandering from the ways, commands, and ordinances of God, the hardness of their hearts; their want of devotion and affection for God; and their neglect of his worship; not blaming him for these things, or complaining of him as having done anything amiss or wrong; but expostulating with him, and wondering at it, that he, who was their loving and tender Father, that he should suffer them to err from his ways, and to wander from his worship, by withholding his grace and withdrawing his presence from them; by leaving them to the corruptions and hardness of their hearts; by chastising them sorely, and suffering the enemy to afflict them in such a severe manner as laid them under temptation to desert the worship of God, and cast off the fear of him.” John Gill Commentary.
Featured picture the broad and narrow ways of Pilgrim’s Progress.
You need the right tools for every job in D.I.Y. and building. It makes everything so much easier. In like manner, God, in building his church, needs to have prepared and deployed the right tools, his servants, for the jobs in his church, some are unique special tools for the few special jobs, some are commoner but none-the-less necessary tools for everyday use, and others multi-purpose tools for several ministries. We all are tools in his hands with which he accomplished his ends.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10.
THESE ARE WONDERFUL POWERFUL MESSAGES.
By Rev Carl Haak (Reformed Witness Hour)
“Of all the truths of the sufferings of Jesus Christ there are none so dear as the truth that He suffered voluntarily. He was not dragged to the cross against His will. He did not endure His suffering as a passive victim, reluctantly, with cold resignation. But He went to the cross and endured His suffering willingly, zealously, and voluntarily…
Scripture presents this truth to us in a figure of speech, in the figure of a cup which He willingly drank. All the sufferings necessary to make full payment for our sins were poured into a cup which the Father presented to His Son, the Son of God, who knew what was in that cup and who loved us, drank the cup, and then dashed the empty cup on the ground before the cross.”
Read to find out more of our Lord’s willing suffering for His people.
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Revelation 18:4-5.
“Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord. For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your reward.” Isaiah 52:11-12.
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