This is a marvellous book and so relevant because what was true for the OT church prior to Christ’s first coming is relevant to the NT church prior to his second coming.
“The lesson for all who hear Zechariah’s words, therefore, is this: those who do not turn to God with all their hearts will come under his wrath and judgments. Coming from the Old Testament the lesson is especially forceful, for the whole nation went into captivity, though not all were guilty of idolatry. There is in the church of God a certain corporate responsibility as well as personal responsibility. We cannot sit comfortably in a church or denomination that is unfaithful, saying and doing nothing, and escape responsibility for what happens when that church or denomination departs from the living God. Not only we but also our children will certainly go into spiritual captivity with those who are guilty of leading the church astray.” And according to Jude that is most likely to be perdition-JK
“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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What Isaiah said millennia ago applies today!
9The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
What should we learn from this episode in the fiery prophet’s life? One thing Rev. Bleyenberg makes clear is that Israel (Northern Kingdom) has grievously apostatised from true religion and as a result God withdraws his word (Amos 8:11). When churches like the Church of Scotland AND Church of England apostatise, which they have as denominations Christ withdraws his presence and grace and it is the calling of his elect people to come out, be separate and raise their voices against the wicked compromises with the world. For Elijah it meant safety, separation and provision. Following Christ faithfully will never leave us needy (Romans 8:32).
Paul writes to Timothy to contend for the faith.
The blessing of the Reformed, Apostolic and Biblical faith and that which makes it unique among all apostate and heretical churches lies in three key beliefs:
This is doctrine that accords with godliness.
It is our responsibility to contend for the faith, this faith, in seeking the conversion of sinners, the correction of ignorant and deceived believers, and the Reformation of the church.
Many Arminians and other gainsayers point to Hebrews 6:4-8 as an example of believers who fall away and are lost. You only have to read verse 9 to see the writer contrasts them with true believers who exhibit the things that accompany salvation. But John Gill’s commentary is helpful, “and have tasted of the heavenly gift:.. there are others who taste, but dislike what they taste; have no true love to Christ, and faith in him; or have only a carnal taste of him, know him only after the flesh, or externally, not inwardly and experimentally; or they have only a superficial taste, such as is opposed to eating the flesh, and drinking the blood of Christ, by faith, which is proper to true believers; the gust they have is but temporary, and arises from selfish principles. And were made partakers of the Holy Ghost; not his person, nor his special grace; there are some who so partake of him, as to be united to him, in whom he becomes the principle of spiritual life, and motion: such have the fruits of the Spirit, and communion with him; they enjoy his personal presence and inhabitation in them; they have received him as a spirit of illumination and conviction, of regeneration and sanctification, as the spirit of faith, and as a comforter; and as a spirit of adoption, and the earnest and seal of future glory; but then such can never so fall away as to perish: a believer indeed may be without the sensible presence of the Spirit; the graces of the Spirit may be very low, as to their exercise; and they may not enjoy his comforts, gracious influences, and divine assistance; but the Spirit of God never is, in the above sense, in a castaway; where he takes up his dwelling, he never quits it; if such could perish, not only his own glory, but the glory of the Father, and of the Son, would be lost likewise: but by the Holy Ghost is sometimes meant the gifts of the Spirit, ordinary or extraordinary, ( 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 ) and so here; and men may be said to be partakers of the Holy Ghost, to whom he gives wisdom and prudence in things natural and civil; the knowledge of things divine and evangelical, in an external way; the power of working miracles, of prophesying, of speaking with tongues, and of the interpretation of tongues; for the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost seem chiefly designed, which some, in the first times of the Gospel, were partakers of, who had no share in special grace, ( Matthew 7:22 Matthew 7:23 ) ( 1 Corinthians 13:2 1 Corinthians 13:3 ).” Gifts are no proof of grace!!
Peter wrote (II Peter 3:15 and 16) about Paul that some people that are unstable wrest or wrestle (his words), as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Paul wrote some things “hard to be understood,” to be sure. But that does not take away from the fact that what he has written, he has written “according to the wisdom given unto him” by God, with the result that “all his epistles” are included in the Bible along with “the other scriptures.” All in all, there can be no doubt that like the Lord Jesus, the apostles regarded both the Old Testament Scriptures and the New Testament Scriptures as the Word of God—the Word of God in the words of men. Paul writes in II Thessalonians
3:14 and 15, “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him,hat he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.” Clearly, the apostle’s instruction to the church here is based on Paul’s conviction that the words that came from his pen were the very Word of God.
Hence “I suffer not a woman to teach” (I Timothy 2:12) stands for all time, it was not just chauvinistic Paul writing for the first century….AND homosexuality practiced is a gross sin and judgment upon men and women that excludes them from the kingdom of God (I Cor.6:9).
Wake up Church of Scotland and other apostatising denominations!
Posted April 02, 2015 by
The PC-USA (Presbyterian Church) made the news recently because of its decision to approve of gay marriage, defining marriage as “a unique commitment between two people,” rather than a union of one man and one woman. What does this mean for the PC-USA?
First, it means that the PC-USA has aligned itself with spirit of the age in approving homosexuality. The Rob Bells of the world will applaud the denomination for deciding to be “relevant.” And even secular people will applaud the denomination for no longer “discriminating” against LGBT people. Approving gay marriage will make things go easier for the denomination from an earthly point of view. The burden of bearing the reproach of Jesus Christ has been lifted from the PC-USA.
Second, it means that the PC-USA has had much deeper problems for many years. Tolerance of homosexuality is a symptom of the fact that a denomination no longer requires belief in the divine inspiration of scripture. Inevitably all of the central truths of the Christian faith are rejected when the Bible is no longer believed to be God’s Word. The recent reports that the PC-USA approves homosexuality are appalling. But much more appalling are the things written by a PC-USA minister in this article entitled, “I’m a Presbyterian Minister Who Doesn’t Believe in God.” This article is the reason I decided to write this post about the PC-USA’s decision to approve gay marriage. Here are some of the things this “minister” in the PC-USA professes to believe (these are his own words):
Third, it means that God’s fierce wrath has fallen upon the PC-USA in judgment for its other serious sins. Many Christians seem to take homosexuality seriously while they fail to recognize the seriousness of other sins. Reports are out that an alliance of churches representing 15 denominations and thousands of congregations is threatening to sever ties to the PC-USA because of its decision to approve gay marriage. Apparently this alliance did not and does not condemn the denomination for its toleration of the denial of the central truths of the Christian faith. This is the opposite of God’s attitude. God is angry with the PC-USA for tolerating those who deny His very existence, who deny that the Bible is his word, and who deny the truth of who Jesus is as set forth in the Bible. God has expressed his intense hatred for these things by giving the denomination over to the abominable sin of homosexuality.
Fourth, it means Jesus is coming! What we see in the PC-USA is a fulfillment of scripture. 2 Thess. 2 speaks of the “falling away” (vs. 3) from Christ that we see today in the PC-USA and many other denominations. The chapter also speaks of the coming of “that man of sin” who will seek to replace God, “so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” Perhaps the individual “man of sin,” the personal antichrist, has not yet appeared in the PC-USA to be worshipped. But the spirit of antichrist is at work in the PC-USA, replacing the worship of God with the worship of Satan. We are saddened. But not shaken! For we know this is a sign “that the day of Christ is at hand” (2 Thess. 2:2).
Finally, it means that those whom “God hath from the beginning chosen … to salvation through the sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” need to heed the admonition to “stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught” (2 Thess. 2:13, 15). When we behold the judgment of God ravaging the PC-USA we need to see it as a reminder not only to maintain the Bible’s teaching about the sin of homosexuality, but even more a reminder to maintain all of the teachings of scripture that have been handed down to us, as they are summarized in our Reformed confessions.
Rev. Clayton Spronk
In basic terms this church is apostate and it’s candlestick has been removed by Christ-it is a synagogue of Satan-JK
This also applies to the Church of Scotland, one of whose ministers is in an open homosexual relationship-JK