Thursday, September 3, 2015

DEAR TO US

"I say, who can hear Jesus Christ speaking thus, and his heart not fall in love and league with Christ, and his soul not unite to Christ and resign to Christ, and cleave to Christ, and for ever be one with Christ, except it be such that are for ever left by Christ? Well, remember this, the more vile Christ made himself for us, the more dear he ought to be unto us."

THOMAS BROOKS

ENJOY COMMUNION

"Believer, closet prayer will be found to be but a lifeless, comfortless thing, if you do not enjoy communion with God in it. That should be the very soul of all your closet duties, therefore press after it, as for life; when you go into your closet banish every thing that can hinder your enjoyment of Christ."

THOMAS BROOKS

JAMES WHITE ARTICLE

...and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness. (2 Thessalonians 2:10–12)

 So another "Planned Parenthood is Run by the Descendants of Himmler, Eicke, Göring, and Goebbels" video came out today. Didn't hear? Yeah, I know. Each one generates less and less interest, less and less outrage. We've all noticed it...well, maybe not. Some have just moved on. I mean, football season is back, school has started...September is a busy time you know! I too had hoped that maybe, just maybe, we could see some progress in light of the outrages these videos document. But it did not take too much reflection to realize that nothing was going to happen. The political parties in the United States represent the utter decay of the governmental system of that nation.

The Socialists (why bother with the term Democrat anymore? Let's just get honest, shall we?) are the party of abortion, the destruction of the family, and utter unfettered erotic license, so the last thing they are going to do is allow even the slightest examination of the abortion industry and its centrality to the culture of death. And the other party---well, the terms "gutless," "sold-out," and "compromised" come to my mind all too easily.

 Did you catch the section of The Briefing this week where Albert Mohler discussed George Will's adoption of a position favoring euthanasia? He discussed a "secular conservatism," and how that worldview has no meaningful foundation within it to resist the pull toward the culture of death. The same thing is true here: when you show these videos to a culture that has exchanged the truth of God (life) for the lie (the culture of death, human autonomy, the uncreated nature of man as an accident rather than a responsible creature of God), they may well react negatively (even secularism cannot utterly destroy the imago Dei) in the short term, but the fact is, they do not change the worldview of the viewers. Only the gospel can do that, and even then, only when God blesses that gospel with the Spirit's gracious moving.

If God's wrath has yet to be seen in its full strength upon this nation, you can provide all the evidence you want that our leaders are utterly sold out to corruption, that Planned Parenthood makes Himmler look like a novice, and that it will not be long before our enemies will take from us all of our freedoms and possessions, and it will fall upon judicially closed ears, hardened hearts, and blinded eyes. Yes, yes, I know---how depressing of me. Well, try reading a bit in Jeremiah if you want some kind of precedent. It is not that the prophets of God were not clear enough---it was that God had set the times and seasons for His dealing with Israel, Assyria, Babylonia, Egypt, etc., and remember, "Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps" (Psalm 135:6).

 No, I am not saying "give up" or "go into hiding." But I am saying that faithfulness in this dark and evil time must be totally, completely focused upon fulfilling one desire: "Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him." (2 Corinthians 5:9). εὐάρεστοι αὐτῷ εἶναι. In all our words and actions and thoughts. In functioning as salt and light. In being abused and decried and detested. One ambition, one goal, one all-ordering principle in our lives. To be pleasing to Him. No pragmatism. No, "Well, that didn't work! Looks, the pagans are still acting like pagans!" Yes, well, while the wrath of God falls, that is the world we will live in. Who will deny themselves and live for Christ? Who will seek to please Him? That's the question.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

GOLDEN COFFIN

"A golden coffin, will be a poor compensation for a damned soul." Spurgeon.

GRACE FROM BEGINNING TO END

"The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace, it ends with grace. Grace, wondrous grace." ~ Lloyd-Jones

Friday, August 28, 2015

Two things always go together

(Arthur Pink, "The Doctrine of Sanctification" 1937) Two things always go together in the experience of a genuine believer: a growing discovery of the vileness of self, and a deepening appreciation of the preciousness of Christ. "Behold, I am vile!" Job 40:4 "O wretched man that I am!" Romans 7:24 "Yes, He is altogether lovely!" Song of Songs 5:16 "To you who believe, He is precious!" 1 Peter 2:7

MERCIFUL GOD

"There is no such thing as a great man of God, only weak, pitiful, faithless men of a great and merciful God." (Paul Washer)