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Concerning Atheist

February 22, 2012 Leave a comment

At this day… the earth sustains on her bosom many monster minds, minds which are not afraid to employ the seed of Deity deposited in human nature as a means of suppressing the name of God. Can anything be more detestable than this madness in man, who, finding God a hundred times both in his body and his soul, makes his excellence in this respect a pretext for denying that there is a God? He will not say that chance has made him different from the brutes; … but, substituting Nature as the architect of the universe, he suppresses the name of God.

John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion

The Shroud of Turin

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Reblogged from JustificationbyGrace’s Blog

Is the “shroud ofTurin” the burial cloth of Jesus Christ? Why all this controversy surrounding this object? What would it mean if this were the actual burial cloth of the crucified Jewish Messiah? What proof is there to support this tradition? Or is the burial shroud a hoax? What significance would there be in uncovering this relic as some kind of fraud? What can we glean from an examination of a topic such as this, one that is fueled by passionate, and some times heated, arguments on either side of the debate?

Having seen many documentaries on this particular shroud, I had been indecisive on whether it was authentic. However, after reading the article found on my dear friend’s blog (Jon Cardwell) I am convinced that the shroud is a fake. I have never heard anyone use scripture, to examine whether this shroud was authentic, until now.

God Breaks our Idols to Make us See the Vanity of Idolatry

February 21, 2012 2 comments

Whatsoever we have over-loved, idolized, and leaned upon, God has from time to time broken it, and made us to see the vanity of it; so that we find the readiest course to be rid of our comforts is to set our hearts inordinately upon them.

John Flavel

 

God’s Chastisements Should Melt our Hearts

February 20, 2012 Leave a comment

For a Christian to defy adversities is to “despise” chastisement. Instead of hardening himself to endure stoically, there should be a melting of the heart.

Arthur W. Pink

My Two cents on the Death of Whitney Houston

February 19, 2012 2 comments

It seems that Christians in America somehow deem the gospel ineffective unless a celebrity in America dies. Then they speak out in ridicule of the celebrity and think they are ministering the gospel to the world. But most do not even blog the gospel any more. For instance, I have many a blog, of which I subscribe to, who never mentions Christ or the Gospel. They constantly blog about every wolf that comes down the pike and every false doctrine that shows its ugly head, but never mention Christ and his gospel. They remind us that we should beware of such movements as New Calvinism, The Emergent Church, The Seeker Sensitive Movement and so forth. These movements should be exposed for what they are, yet these blogs never mention Christ, how to be saved, or that we must be about our Father’s business.

No wonder I can put out a post, as I did two weeks ago, reminding everyone that we must be about our Father’s business and everyone passes it by without even a single ‘like.’ This is because this blog post was not esoteric enough or didn’t have enough theological words in it. It was simple and straight to the point. It reminded everyone that our life was like a vapour, that death was coming, and that we don’t have much time to be doing what we are going to do for Christ and his gospel, so we must be about our Father’s business.

You know why I believe that many do not mention the gospel or alert everyone of the poor conditions that exist among the impoverished around the world? It is because they are sitting around waiting on a celebrity to die. Then when this celebrity dies they want to point everyone to the fact that we ought to be weeping over the unfortunate in this world, instead of weeping over this celebrity. In other words they show more compassion for the unfortunate at that moment, than they do the friends, family, or fans of the one who just passed away.

Does the Bible command us to ridicule or use the deaths of others in order to preach the gospel? Does the Bible command us to make fun of someone’s death in order that the world will hear us? Let me ask you: What if your wife was famous and she died? Would you want people to console you or make fun of your wife? We must remember that the celebrity who died is a husband, brother, son, mother, wife, or daughter of someone else also. We are commanded by Paul the apostle to weep with those who weep Romans 12:15 and commanded by Christ to love our enemies Matthew5:44.

What did Christ do when confronted with the news of those whom Pilate slew and mingled their blood with the sacrifice? Or what did he do when confronted with the news of the eighteen upon whom the tower of Siloam fell? Did Christ use a platform of ridicule in order to preach the gospel? Or did he instead turn the results of the news story back on his hearers by telling them that if they do not repent, then they will also likewise perish?

God has called us to preach the gospel. By doing so we are to be all things to all men. We are to speak the truth in love. We are to be a shoulder of compassion to those who are in this world and have no hope. We are to point the world to Christ.

What I can’t believe is the posts that have gone up the past week over Whitney Houston’s death. There have been people who have posted that one person dies and a hundred million mourns, while millions die and no one mourns. This is a true statement, but is it relevant at the moment? Why is it that American Christians are so busy filling their utility sheds with crap all year if they are worried about the impoverished? Why is that they buy every what-not they can get their hands on, or spend a majority of their free time down at Wally world (Wal Mart), if they are so concerned about those who are hungry?

My next question is going to sting. Are we to preach to the world that Whitney Houston died and therefore men ought to repent? Or Are we to preach that God allowed his Son to die and that he has appointed a day in which he will judge the world, by his Son whom he raised from the dead, and therefore men ought to repent? The gospel is not that Whitney Houston lived and died, but that Christ lived, died, and rose from the dead. A man’s response to this is what will bring either salvation or greater judgment.

What I want to know is why have America’s so-called Christians sat around on their rear ends and allowed prayer to be taken out of schools and abortion to become legal and have remained silent. They remind me of the thousands of ministers who said nothing while Hitler murdered the Jews throughout Europe. The reason they said nothing is because they were afraid that Hitler would take their lives to.

Here in America it is different, however. We are not afraid to say anything because we will lose our lives. O no. We are afraid to say anything and to speak out against injustices because we do not want the western world to fire us from our jobs. You see we are like the Israelites of the ten tribes, who were exiled to Assyria. We don’t want to go back to the land because we are living off the good things of the heathen. In other words we love Assyria or should I say Babylon or should I say Egypt. We love the good things of this world. We do not want to be made uncomfortable. We do not want to be shunned by speaking the truth in love.

So instead we sit around and wait on a celebrity to die and then ridicule their death and think that we are preaching the gospel. Certainly we are to speak out against the injustices done to the poor and impoverished in this world, but there is a time and season to do that. There is a time and season to be compassionate and then a time and season to speak out against the injustices of the impoverished. But it is never appropriate to ridicule or to use as a platform someone’s death in order to make like we are concerned over the poor.

Christ, when he heard of Lazarus’ death, was moved with compassion and wept. When Christ saw the mother weeping, of the son who was being carried out of Nain, he had compassion on her. We also ought to have compassion on those who are distressed. We are not to have our heads so high in the theological clouds that we can’t minister to people with compassion. No, we are to take and mix our theology with compassion and minister to the hurting.

But here in America we are more tore up over the defeat of our favorite football team, than we are over somebody’s death. We are more hurt when our favorite race car driver loses the Sunday race, than we are over those who lost a loved one. Our gladiator games are more important and cause us more agony than seeing a life pass without knowing Christ.

What more can I say? God forgive us all for showing such a pathetic image of you. God forgive us for not being compassionate to the hurting. You have told us to let our light so shine that men might see our good works and glorify you. God forgive us for our failings in not being that light for you. Help us to wake up out of our theological clouds. Help us to mix theology with mercy and compassion in order to minister to the hurting.

 Amen.

 Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.

Concerning God’s Gifts

February 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Who loves not woman, wine and song,

Remains a fool his whole life long.

Martin Luther

Concerning God’s Chastisement

February 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Chastisement is designed for our good, to promote our highest interests. Look beyond the rod to the All-wise hand that wields it!

Arthur W. Pink

Chapter XIV : Of Saving Faith-Points 1-2

February 15, 2012 Leave a comment

1. The Grace of Faith, whereby the Elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ (a) in their hearts; and is ordinarily wrought by the Ministry of the (b) Word; by which also, and by the administration of Baptisme, and the Lords Supper, Prayer and other Means appointed of God, it is increased, (c) and strengthned.

a 2 Cor. 4.13. Eph. 2.8.

b Rom. 10 14.17.

c Luk. 17.5. 1 Pet. 2.2. Act. 20.32.

 2. By this Faith, a Christian believeth to be true, (*) whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the Authority of God himself; and also apprehendeth an excellency therein, (d) above all other Writings; and all things in the world: as it bears forth the Glory of God in his Attributes, the excellency of Christ in his Nature and Offices; and the Power and Fullness of the Holy Spirit in his Workings, and Operations; and so is enabled to (e) cast his Soul upon the truth thus beleived; and also acteth differently, upon that which each particular, passage thereof containeth; yeilding obedience to the (f) commands, trembling at the (g) threatnings, and embracing the (h) promises of God, for this life, and that which is to come: But the principal acts of Saving Faith, have immediate relation to Christ, accepting, receiving, and resting upon (i) him alone, for Justification, Sanctification, and Eternal Life, by vertue of the Covenant of Grace.

* Act. 24.14.

d Ps. 19.7,8,9,10. Ps. 119.72.

e 2 Tim. 1.12.

f Joh. 15.14.

g Is. 66.2.

h Heb. 11.13.

i Joh. 1.12. Act. 1631. Gal. 2.20. Act. 15.11.

 

The 1677/89LondonBaptist Confession

 

We Have Been Given, in Order to Give

February 15, 2012 Leave a comment

All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbours.

John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Donations Needed

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

 My friend Jerry Johnson of the Nicene Council Ministry is in dire need of donations. Economic down turns have caused him to cut many of his staff over the last year or so. He is down to four staff members and is possibly going to cut back again.

This ministry has been raised up by God to dispel the false views of Dispensationalism. As you know Dispensationalism has forced a false dichotomy between the Old and New Testaments and between Old Testament saints and New Testament saints.

This ministry gives away free Pdf’s or greatly reduces the cost of their Dvd’s to $5.00 a piece. They do this in order to get material into the hands of lay people to educate them concerning this false view of the Bible.

Even with the cut backs they are only asking for $1.00 donations. So it is evident that their true intentions are to educate and not get rich. If you would like to donate a dollar, then please click the link here.

Thank you and God bless,

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.