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The Gospel will bring divisions, disputes, and disturb those comfortable in their sin

February 27, 2013 1 comment

calvin.jpg_7MA21605611-00157. Lastly, they are far from candid when they invidiously number up the disturbances, tumults, and disputes, which the preaching of our doctrine has brought in its trains and the fruits which, in many instances, it now produces for the doctrine itself is undeservedly charged with evils which ought to be ascribed to the malice of Satan. It is one of the characteristics of the divine word, that whenever it appears Satan ceases to slumber and sleep. This is the surest and most unerring test for distinguishing it from false doctrines which readily betray themselves, while they are received by all with willing ears, and welcomed by an applauding world. Accordingly, for several ages, during which all things were immersed in profound darkness, almost all mankind were mere jest and sport to the God of this world, who, like any Sardanapalus, idled and luxuriated undisturbed. For what else could he do but laugh and sport while in tranquil and undisputed possession of his kingdom? But when light beaming from above somewhat dissipated the darkness — when the strong man arose and aimed a blow at his kingdom — then, indeed, he began to shake off his wonted torpor, and rush to arms. And first he stirred up the hands of men, that by them he might violently suppress the dawning truth; but when this availed him not, he turned to snares, exciting dissensions and disputes about doctrine by means of his Catabaptists, and other portentous miscreants, that he might thus obscure, and, at length, extinguish the truth. And now he persists in assailing it with both engines, endeavoring to pluck up the true seed by the violent hand of man, and striving, as much as in him lies, to choke it with his tares, that it may not grow and bear fruit. But it will be in vain, if we listen to the admonition of the Lord, who long ago disclosed his wiles, that we might not be taken unawares, and armed us with full protection against all his machinations. But how malignant to throw upon the word of God itself the blame either of the seditions which wicked men and rebels, or of the sects which impostors stir up against it! The example, however, is not new. Elijah was interrogated whether it were not he that troubled Israel. Christ was seditious, according to the Jews; and the apostles were charged with the cringe of popular commotion. What else do those who, in the present day, impute to us all the disturbances, tumults, and contentions which break out against us? Elijah, however, has taught us our answer, (1 Kings 18:17, 18) It is not we who disseminate errors or stir up tumults, but they who resist the mighty power of God.

John Calvin-Prefatory Address to Francis King of the French-Institutes of the Christian Religion

Matthew Vines’ Interpretations Debunked by Christians with Same-Sex Attractions

October 8, 2012 4 comments

To follow up on our post concerning Matthew Vines’ twisting of scripture, to suit his gay lifestyle, I want to point to a third and final article put out by Christianpost.com. In this article Christianpost interviewed eight different individuals who have struggled with same sex attractions, yet who have abstained from participating in gay relationships, once they came to know Christ.

I want to focus mainly on the first two interviews and then you can follow the links and read the entire article for yourself.

The first man interviewed was Christopher Yuan. He admits to having been a homosexual and contracting the HIV virus. While sitting in prison for drug dealing Yuan was confronted with the option of reading a book, wherein a man argues that one can be gay and Christian. Yuan threw the book in the trash and instead chose to follow Christ and the Bible.

Yuan states that it wasn’t the six passages that Vines’ misinterpreted that made him abstain from homosexual relationships, but rather the fact that once we come to Christ our life is to be identified with Christ. God calls us to holiness and we are to be holy for he is holy. Yuan decided to go on to Bible College and study for degrees in theology. He is now an adjunct instructor of the Bible at Moody Bible Institute.

Before Yuan closes his interview he takes Vines’ to task concerning several of his interpretations of the six main scriptures that Vines’ reinterprets in order to justify his homosexual lifestyle. Yuan also shows where singleness is not a curse and that one can live a fruitful life, in Christ, even though they are single.

If you would like more info on Christopher Yuan and his ministry, then click right here.

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The second man that Christianpost interviewed is Tom Brock. Brock has struggled with same-sex attractions most of his life. During his 22 years as a Pastor, within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Brock spoke at church conventions for the Biblical standard of celibacy for those with same-sex attractions. In 2009, however, the ELCA began ordaining practicing homosexuals. Brock left his denomination, but still affirms in his television broadcast, that same-sex attraction is a sin and though he struggles with it, that does not give him license to practice homosexual behaviour. Brock went on to testify before the hearing at the convention of the Presbyterian Church (USA) when they were debating on whether or not to change the definition of marriage to include homosexual couples.

Brock stated that the Bible is clear on the six scriptures that Vines’ is trying to reinterpret. Brock declared that the Bible calls homosexuality a sin and he is torn apart to see Bishops endorse something that he knows is evil.

Brock was interviewed on a Minneapolis Radio station and was asked why he just doesn’t go with the orientation of who he is? Brock responded by stating that he is glad that he doesn’t or he would be dead. He said that many men his age who have went into homosexual lifestyles are now dead.

Lastly, Brock concludes throughout this interview that homosexuality is a sin. It is a sinful lifestyle, that should be abstained from because  Christ has called us to take up our cross, deny ourselves, and follow him.

If you would like to follow Tom Brock you can watch his television program right here.

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In conclusion I want to say that since the fall of Adam, men have tried to lower the moral standards of the Bible, in order to continue their perverse lifestyles. God is a holy God. This is proof that the Bible is true. All other religions have a god created after man’s on nature. In other words we always create a god that will allow us to do what we please and still go to heaven or a place of eternal bliss. Yet no one wishes for the God of the Bible. Man could not have made him up. He is holy, righteous, and separate from sinners. He will judge us all at the end of our lives. We need to turn to him and ask his forgiveness.

To read more of the article at Christianpost one can click right here.

A Christian friend in a homosexual relationship: Our Response

How are we to react if one of our professing brothers in Christ states that they are in a homosexual relationship? Do we remain silent and do nothing? Should we try to show them the right way? Should we continue fellowshipping with them? Pastor John Piper answers this question in the video below.

(Of course, I want to add that this is also what we should do if someone is in an adulterous relationship or a sexual relationship outside marriage.)

How should you respond to a Christian friend who’s in a homosexual relationship?

Fellowshipping with Family

January 30, 2012 4 comments

Most may not know it, but I have three children. My two oldest are in the military. My oldest boy has been stationed in California the past two years, but now has been sent to Korea. My other son is just now going through basic training.

Being away from the oldest boy for two years was hard. Nevertheless that was not the hardest thing about him being gone. The hardest part of him being gone for two years was the fact that right before he left for California, his wife and him gave birth to a little girl. This is my first grandchild. So being apart from her was very hard. I mean think about it, I missed out on a lot the first two years of her life. Not hearing her first words, or seeing her first steps, or being around just to hold her. This was very hard to deal with at times.

The great news about the situation is that for the next year, while my oldest boy is in Korea, my granddaughter and her mother has come home. I now have been reaping the fruits of holding my grandchild, of making her laugh, of chasing her around to keep her out of things, and of course giving her candy before her mother comes to get her to take her back to their place.

Most people take for granted their family. They have kids who grow up and move down the rode and they get to see them every other day. Sometimes they see their kids more than they want to because they are always over their house wanting to borrow money or groceries and calling on their parents to help them out around their new house.

Everyone who is a Christian and has placed their hope in Christ should know what I have experienced the past two years. I mean think about it. God the Father is birthing and adopting children all over the world. We are separated from our eternal family. We do not get to see our brothers and sisters take their first steps in Christ or to come of age. Yet we long for our family. We are connected spiritually through the blood of Christ. This is a greater bond than just a natural relationship. This is why we endure hardships and afflictions.

The hardest part of this, however, is not just being apart from our spiritual family; but also not seeing our Saviour face to face. We are the children who are dwelling, as it seems, two thousand miles from home. Though we have his Spirit to comfort us and to keep us on the right road, nevertheless we long for our eternal home.

The book of Hebrews comforts us concerning our journeys through this world; by reminding us of the father of faith, faithful Abraham. Let’s look at it.

Heb 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

Heb 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

Heb 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Heb11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

Heb 11:12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

Heb11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

One thing is sure. Though we are pilgrims and strangers in this land, nevertheless God has prepared for us a city. There is a time of rejoicing coming. We will be with our God and his children for eternity. Those of us that were alienated from our natural families for reason such as: bitterness, strife, sickness, living miles from one another or whatever, will be united with our eternal family forever.

To leave you with these words of comfort as you walk through this world.

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Even so come Lord Jesus.

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.

Concerning those who are educated while living in Dormitories

[on Spurgeon’s college not having residential accommodations] The residence of a number of young men in one house encourages and necessarily generates levity; their separation from common social life is a serious injury, and tends to unfit them for the wear and tear of future work among ordinary mortals. When a young man resides in a Christian family, not only is he under the most vigilant oversight, but he never ceases to be one of the people.

C. H. Spurgeon. Letters, p.115