Thursday, July 25, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
We cannot preach the gospel unless we preach “Calvinism:” justification by faith, without works; nor unless we preach the sovereignty of God in his dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering, love of Jehovah: nor do I think we can preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the peculiar redemption which Christ made for His elect and chosen people; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having believed. Such a gospel I abhor. The gospel of the Bible is not such a gospel. We preach Christ crucified in a different fashion, and to all gainsayers we reply. "We have not so learned Christ." (Charles Spurgeon)
If salvation is based on man and his confession, apart from the grace of God, he cannot stand, but, salvation based on the promise and power of God cannot fail: "All those who the Father gives me, no one will take out of my hand."
God is the ultimate, Sovereign authority in law, truth and reality. God is the ultimate source of man’s salvation and He must be the center of man’s life and worship.
Humanism asserts that man is the ultimate, sovereign authority in reality, truth and ethics. The essence of humanism is that man is the ultimate source of man’s salvation and man (or corporate man, the state) must be the center of man’s life and worship.
God said, apostate Israel was "not beloved." Those who leave the faith (e.g. Karl Marx, Frederick Nietzsche, Jean-Jacque Rousseau, etc.) are apostates, not covenant sons.
Hear Calvin on this matter (from the Institutes of the Christian Religion): “By the Gospel, I understand the clear manifestation of the mystery of Christ. I confess, indeed, that inasmuch as the term Gospel is applied by Paul to the doctrine of faith (1 Tim. 4:6), it includes all the promises by which God reconciles men to himself, and which occur throughout the Law. For Paul there opposes faith to those terrors which vex and torment the conscience when salvation is sought by means of works. Hence it follows that Gospel, taken in a large sense, comprehends the evidences of mercy and paternal favor which God bestowed on the Patriarchs. Still, by way of excellence, it is applied to the promulgation of the grace manifested in Christ.” (2.9.2)
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
This is Melrose Abbey, a part of Christendom which was never Roman Catholic. Celtic Christians from Iona started this work.
Centuries before Cistercian heretics & idolaters rode into Scotland on the coattails of Crusaders and King David's Catholic wife Margaret (her corrupting influence on the faith is still mourned), this monastery was founded by, then later dedicated to, Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne shortly before his death in 651, at Old Melrose, then in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria the ancient Culdee Christian faith was practiced, in defiance of Roman Catholic pressure. Augustine used Roman forces to put the old monks, priests, Bishops and churches to sword & flame. This was about 4 centuries before the current Abbey was built, now mostly in ruins, as is the Roman Catholic heresy.
It bears mentioning that the Roman Catholic Church bought off the Anglo-Saxons to persecute the ancient and sacred faith of the native Celtic population. These factors came to a head in the Reformation, when the kingdoms of the Isles forsook their Catholic chains for a purer Protestant Faith!
The tentacles of the Roman Anti-Christ took a good deal of time to reach a total conquest in the British Isles, and even then, it did not seem to sink very deeply (except for in parts of Ireland), as it did in Spain, parts of France, and Italy.
Roman Catholic is a contradiction in terms; Roman is a locality; Catholic means universal. There is no local-universal church.
Jesus Christ is the only head of the Catholic Church, and He has no vicar, but the Holy Spirit. By the way, Anti-Christ means one who takes the place of Christ, or who is the vicar of Christ.
From the days of Hildebrand and beyond, the papacy has made the satanic claim to universal jurisdiction over church and state, and has exalted itself over everything that is called "god," sitting in the temple, as the Apostles foretold, and as the Fathers of the Church clearly predicted. For example, Gregory I, the Bishop of Rome (!) said that anyone who claimed a universal bishopric was the forerunner of Anti-Christ, and that if the Apostles and apostolic men refused to claim to be the head of the church, how much less mere bishops?
Of course, Rome was always given the status of first among equals, as is clear from the Canons of Nicea and Chalcedon, and the primacy clearly followed the center of civil administration. Thus, when the civil center of the empire moved east, the first-among-equal status was transferred to the bishop of Constantinople; this was fought against by the anti-Christian spirit of the Roman Popes, who claimed to make evil good and good evil by their decrees, thus fulfilling the prophecy of the "man of sin" or lawlessness.
The Reformation was the beginning of destroying the man of sin's grip on all the kings of the earth, and the Lord will finally destroy him with the brightness of His Second Coming. May the Lord save us from bowing to the image of the beast, and from heeding the false prophet.
Once you study the canons of the church and the Fathers, the lies of the papacy lose their savor.
I recommend Volume 3 of Turretin's Institutes as an excellent exposure to these sources.