Friday, May 27, 2011

Sound Doctrine and Godly Deportment

From The Doctrine of Revelation
by A.W. Pink
Studies in the Scriptures January, 1947

"...2 Timothy 3:16-17 mentions some of the principal uses and values, which the sacred Scriptures possess for us; and the first mentioned is that they are "profitable for doctrine." There is an inseparable connection between doctrine and deportment: our convictions mould our characters; what we believe largely determines how we act—"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Pro 23:7). To be soundly indoctrinated and to be well grounded in the Truth is one and the same thing; and nothing but the Truth operating in the soul will preserve from error—either theoretical or practical. Of the primitive Christians, it is said, "They continued steadfastly [1] in the apostles' doctrine and [2] fellowship, and [3] in breaking of bread, and [4] in prayers" (Act 2:42)—which at once indicates that they es teemed soundness in the Faith as of first importance; and were of a radically different spirit from those who are so indifferent to the fundamentals of Christi anity—who insinuate, if not openly say, "It matters little what a man believes if his life be good."

The relation between sound doctrine and godly deportment is like unto that between the bones and flesh of the body, or between the tree and the fruit which it bears: the latter cannot exist without the former. The first epistle of the New Testament exemplifies our remark: three-fourths of it is occupied with a laying down of the essentials of Christianity; ere the apostle shows what is the requi site for the adornment of the Christian character. The history of Christendom during the last four centuries strikingly illustrates our contention. Examine the writings of the Reformers, and what do you find? Why, that exposition of doc trine held the foremost place in their ministry: that was the light which God used to deliver so great a part of Europe from the popish ignorance and super stition which characterized "the dark ages"! The moral tendency upon the masses, and the spiritual blessings communicated to God's people by doctrinal preaching, appear in the time of the Puritans. Since that day—in proportion as the churches have departed from their doctrinal fidelity and zeal—has close walking with God, purity and uprightness before men, and morality in the masses declined."

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Sufficiency of Scripture and the Gospel

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An awesome presentation of the gospel message by Paul Washer from the SOS conference. Truly a must hear message:

The alternative to God’s law

"The alternative to God’s law is not no law at all, but human law; governments which do not guard the majesty of God and His righteous law have no alternative and choice but to uphold the majesty of their own human authority ... If no higher law is adhered to, then the law of man is absolute; there is no logical barrier to stop such a state from becoming totalitarian. When the state’s will is substituted for God’s will, then the only real crimes become crimes against the state (as in Imperial Rome, present day Russia, and much of the United States), for example, treason, defection, and so forth ... There is no appeal beyond the state and its rulers when God’s law is put aside; man has no realm of justice to which he has recourse in opposing the will of the state ... For Christians the choice is between a law order based on God or the potentially tyrannical oppression of a law order resting in the arbitrary will and power of the secular state."


- Greg Bahnsen, Theonomy in Christian Ethics

there will be another life

"....since we see the pious laden with afflictions by the impious, stricken with unjust acts, overwhelmed with slanders, wounded with abuses and reproaches; while the wicked on the contrary flourish, are prosperous, obtain repose with dignity and that without punishment—we must straightway conclude that there will be another life in which iniquity is to have its punishment, and righteousness is to be given its reward. Furthermore, since we observe that believers are often chastised by the Lord's rods, we may with full assurance believe that one day the wicked must no less suffer his lash. Indeed, Augustine's remark is well known: "If now every sin were to suffer open punishment, it would seem that nothing is reserved for the final judgment. Again, if God were now to punish no sin openly, one would believe that there is no providence."

-John Calvin in the Institutes of the Christian Religion
(Book 1, Chapter 5)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sufficiency of Scripture for Culture and Aesthetics

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So how do we define "Aesthetics"? Is art just the self-expression of the artist? Is beauty just in the eye of the beholder? Or does God define Aesthetics? When Scripture tells us to do all to the glory of Christ, does that include the arts? Or are the arts a God-free zone defined by man? More importantly, why do we so rarely hear Christian teachers address such a subject as this? Probably because the church at large has entirely abandoned the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture.

A very interesting message on the Sufficiency of Scripture for Culture and Aesthetics from the SOS conference by Doug Phillips: 


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Scripture is Sufficient for Personal Evangelism

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Does God really love everybody and have a wonderful plan for their lives? Is that really the gospel message? Could you imagine Noah shouting such a trite slogan to the drowning masses outside of the Ark? In this message Paul Washer addresses this and many other Christian misconceptions of the glorious gospel of salvation. An awesome message on Evangelism and the sufficiency of Scripture:

Monday, May 9, 2011

His Wisdom Manifests His Excellence

"In no greater degree is his power or his wisdom hidden in darkness. His power shows itself clearly when the ferocity of the impious, in everyone's opinion unconquerable, is overcome in a moment, their arrogance vanquished, their strongest defenses destroyed, their javelins and armor shattered, their strength broken, their machinations overturned, and themselves fallen of their own weight; and when their audacity, which exalted them above heaven, lays them low even to the center of the earth; when, conversely the humble are raised up from the dust, and the needy are lifted up from the dung heap [Ps. 113:7]; the oppressed and afflicted are rescued from their extreme tribulation; the despairing are restored to good hope; the unarmed, few and weak, snatch victory from the armed, many and strong. Indeed, his wisdom manifests his excellence when he dispenses everything at the best opportunity; when he confounds all wisdom of the world [cf. I Cor. 1:20]; when "he catches the crafty in their own craftiness" [I Cor. 3:19 p.; cf. Job 5:13]. In short, there is nothing that he does not temper in the best way."

-John Calvin in the Institutes of the Christian Religion
(Book 1, Chapter 5)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Saint Augustine; My Mother, Your Faithful One

“But You sent "thine hand from above" (Ps. 144:7) and drew my soul out of that profound darkness because my mother, Your faithful one, wept over me to You, more than mothers weep when their children die. She, by that faith and spirit which she had from You, discerned the death in which I Lay, and You heard her, Lord. You heard her and did not despise her tears when, streaming down, they watered the ground under her eyes in every place where she prayed.”

Saint Augustine as quoted in The Confessions of St. Augustine

Charles Spurgeon; The Instruc­tion of my Mother

"Fathers and mothers are the most natural agents for God to use in the salvation of their children. I am sure that, in my early youth, no teaching ever made such an impression upon my mind as the instruc­tion of my mother; neither can I conceive that, to any child, there can be one who will have such influence over the young heart as the mother who has so tenderly cared for her offspring. A man with a soul so dead as not to be moved by the sacred name of "mother" is creation's blot. Never could it be possible for any man to estimate what he owes to a godly mother. Certainly I have not the powers of speech with which to set forth my valuation of the choice blessing which the Lord bestowed on me in making me the son of one who prayed for me, and prayed with me. How can I ever forget her tearful eye when she warned me to escape from the wrath to come? I thought her lips right eloquent; others might not think so, but they certainly were eloquent to me. How can I ever forget when she bowed her knee, and with her arms about my neck, prayed, "Oh, that my son might live before Thee!" Nor can her frown be effaced from my memory—that solemn, loving frown, when she rebuked my budding iniquities; and her smiles have never faded from my recollections— the beaming of her countenance when she rejoiced to see some good thing in me towards the Lord God of Israel."

-Charles Spurgeon as quoted in Charles Haddon Spurgeon Autobiography: The Early Years 1834-1860 Volume 1

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Sufficiency of Scripture for Church Discipline

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Some good teaching by Joe Morecraft on the subject of church discipline; one of the marks of a true church. Show me a church that doesn't practice church discipline and I'll show you a church that isn't a church:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Sufficiency of Scripture for the Laws of Nations

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A couple of excellent messages from the S.O.S. conference on the subject of Theonomy! How could the Church have gone so far astray from the Word of God in this area?



Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Socialism: Society Coveting by way of Law

"The names for the society whereby men can covet everything that is their neighbor's may vary: socialism, communism, a welfare economy, rugged individualism, fascism, and national socialism are a few of the names common to history. Their goal is the same: under a facade of morality, a system is created to seize what is properly our neighbor's. Not surprisingly, such a system shows a general decline in morality. Theft, murder, adultery, and false witness all increase, because man is a unity. If he can legalize and "justify" seizing his neighbor's wealth or property, he will then legalize and justify taking his neighbor's wife."

-R.J. Rushdoony in Institutes of Biblical Law

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Sufficiency of Scripture for Worship

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A couple of fantastic messages by Joe Morecraft on the Regulative Principle of Worship in both the Old and New Testaments! If you're scratching your head and wondering what in the world the "Regulative Principle of Worship" is then you owe it to yourself, and more importantly your Creator, to listen to these messages: