Elijah at the brook Cherith

 

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).

Reformation now!

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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:

  1. The sovereignty of God-he rules over all and saves his elect.
  2. Particular grace (love) to his elect only.
  3. The antithesis-he makes his people hate the world, the flesh and the devil (all sources of sin).

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.

Hebrews 6

 

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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!!

Truth for all time and all places.

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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!

Christian Concern Easter Message.

 

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 The latest from Christian Concern’s Andrea Minichello unedited.

Andrea’s Easter message

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So, 5 weeks until the General Election and where do we find ourselves?

The answer politically, is confused. It seems unlikely either of the old ruling parties will govern alone as a majority; it is unclear where the balance of power will lie or how minority parties will align to form a coalition government. Could there be a minority government fighting on every piece of legislation as Boris Johnson suggests the Conservative Party should do if it manages the largest minority?
One thing that unites all the party hierarchies is the rejection of Jesus Christ and the moral truths that flow from recognising Him as Lord. They pursue the reverse conviction – that to prosecute against them is to do good.

If the world hates you, bear in mind that it hated me first (John 15:18)

Between Christmas and Easter this year at Christian Concern we have dealt with a continued push for assisted suicide in parliament and a deliberate refusal by parliament to specifically outlaw gender abortion. We’ve seen a new normalising of same sex families and transgenderism and the imposition of that agenda in the school curriculum for the very youngest of our children.
History bears out that the alternative is Christ or Caesar; liberty or slavery; God or man.   We know that the State cannot be man’s saviour but Christ is to be recognised as the Saviour by the State. Where man’s law commands what God forbids, civil disobedience becomes a Christian duty.

‘Jettisoning Christ’

Our ruling elite has jettisoned Christ and is unable to control the chaotic world of flux it has created. It sees no God to give purpose, direction, or rationality to life. It seeks an androgynous, classless, discrimination and distinction-free world of ‘social justice’. To recognise, accept and celebrate these ideas is called ‘love and equality’. Law is created that insists that everyone recognises and celebrates these values and it is called ‘justice’.   Anyone who opposes is phobic, bigoted, unkind; a disturber of the peace.
 Androgyny is the combination of masculine and feminine characteristics. Sexual ambiguity may be found in fashion, gender identity, sexual identity, or sexual lifestyle. It can also refer to biological intersex physicality, especially with regard to plant and human sexuality.
 Who are the disturbers of the peace? This year so far:
Richard Page: Family magistrate reprimanded by the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor who found he had been influenced by his religious beliefs. What were those beliefs? His views that children do best with a mum and dad; that the child to be adopted should stay with his foster parents rather than be placed with two men. Richard Page was ordered to go through ‘re-education’.
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Street preachers arrested for reading from the bible. Mike Overd convicted of a Public Order Offence because the Judge says he used the ‘wrong’ verse in the Bible, from Leviticus. 
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Sarah Mbuyi: Nursery school teacher, dismissed for gross misconduct for stating to a colleague that God did not approve of same sex ‘marriage’. Lawyers for the nursery argued in court that such a belief breached the Equality Act and that such views were ‘inappropriate in the workplace’.
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Mike Davidson: Boris Johnson and Transport for London pursued Mike Davidson of Core Issues Trust for £100K costs for daring to fight back over their decision to ban his bus advert to say that people can change their homosexual behaviour; as he and his organisation demonstrate with unstinting love, commitment and service.
Aisling Hubert: The Crown Prosecution Service sabotaged her private prosecution of two doctors filmed offering ‘gender-abortion’ and Judge Steiger deliberately and provocatively ordered her to pay £25,000. The Judge chose to punish the citizen seeking to do justice rather than the perpetrators of the crime.
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Victoria Wasteney: We’re helping Victoria Wasteney, the occupational therapist working in the NHS who was disciplined for praying for a muslim colleague and giving her a book.
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These cases demonstrate the reality that justice can no longer be found in the corridors of power, whether in our governing classes or in our courtrooms.   As the General Election approaches, there is increasing uncertainty and confusion among the Christian community, who are desperate to see true, Christ-centred leadership. So we must find our voice; and the governing elite must hear our voice.
How do we do that?

  • By giving witness to Christ with love and respect: more salt, more saltiness; more light; brighter.
  • By seeking to bring public life into alignment with the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
  • By being faithful in standing for Christ and not being bullied into State sponsored silence.
  • By praying for our nation.
  • By holding to account our elected representatives who have done ill.
  • By choosing a local MP who best reflects and understands Christ’s purpose and God’s priorities.

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Through faith in Christ, the gospel is hope and victory for time and eternity, for our nation. We must share and declare its great vision of hope. We must call out the Kingship of Jesus Christ over us as individuals; over our families, our communities and our nation. We must awaken the church to her public mission to a nation lost in post-Christian, even neo-pagan, ideals. We have Christ’s promise that he will build his church and that the gates of hell will not prevail against it.   A forgiven people is a happy people. Let’s call our nation to Christ.

What It Means When a Denomination Approves Gay Marriage.

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 Posted April 02, 2015 by Clayton Spronk, Pastor of Faith PR church, Jenison, Michigan.

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):

  • Religion is a human construct
  • The symbols of faith are products of human cultural evolution
  • Jesus may have been an historical figure, but most of what we know about him is in the form of legend
  • God is a symbol of myth-making and not credible as a supernatural being or force
  • The Bible is a human product as opposed to special revelation from a divine being
  • Human consciousness is the result of natural selection, so there’s no afterlife

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