27 April 2012

This 'n' That

In the second volume of his commentary on Luke, in addressing Luke 12:49-53, J.C. Ryle writes:
Let us beware of unscriptural expectations. If we expect to see people of one heart and one mind, before they are converted, we shall continually be disappointed. Thousands of well-meaning persons now-a-days are continually crying out for more "unity" among Christians. To attain this they are ready to sacrifice almost anything, and to throw overboard even sound doctrine, if, by so doing, they can secure peace. Such people would do well to remember that even gold may be bought too dear, and that peace is useless if purchased at the expense of truth. Surely they have forgotten the words of Christ, "I came not to send peace, but division."

Similarly, in his commentary on Matthew 10:34-42, Ryle notes:
Many talk vaguely about "unity," and "harmony," and "peace" in the Church of Christ, as if they were things that we ought always to expect, and for the sake of which everything ought to be sacrificed! Such persons would do well to remember the words of our Lord. No doubt unity and peace are mighty blessings; we ought to seek them, pray for them, and give up everything in order to obtain them, excepting truth and a good conscience: but it is an idle dream to suppose that the Churches of Christ will enjoy much of unity and peace before the millennium comes (emphasis added).
Ryle's words could have been written yesterday, for they are just as timely and applicable today as when they were first penned. Indeed, some days it seems as though it won't be long until a "Christianized" version of the "COEXIST" bumper sticker is created and distributed among today's professing Christians. In a time of "Evangelicals and Catholics Together," and pachyderm-esque gatherings, we must be ever-vigilant that the truth of God's Word and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ are never compromised at the expense of fleeting unity. How many have been deceived all the way to Hell with the cry of "peace" and "unity" on their lips! Stand firm, then, on the only thing which we can know to be true: the Word of God.

Now that this sermon has concluded, please enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Reformation 21 offers a brief review of Steve Lawson's new Charles Spurgeon biography. Unfortunately, now I am really anxious to get and read this book!
  • Know someone who needs to hear the Gospel? Have them listen to this sermon by Pastor Rob Willmann.
  • Michael Kruger offers some insight into the claim that the earliest Christians were only concerned with oral tradition.
  • The president of Voice of the Martyrs has committed suicide.
  • Looking forward to the completion of this. No elephants allowed, I presume?
  • The video below is an edited version of Max McLean delivering a portion of Jonathan Edwards' famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." Everyone needs to hear or read this sermon. Full audio of Mark Dever preaching this sermon in its entirety is available here and is highly recommended. A full transcript may be accessed here.

6 comments:

  1. At work but taking a peek at this week's This n That. Can't wait to dive in once I punch out. Just want to send a note of appreciation. Keep up the good work. Would like to say "You are loved" but that has lost any meaning so will just say "Your hard work is greatly needed and much appreciated."

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    1. Thank you for the encouraging words, Anonymous! All to the glory of God.

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  2. Another great list. Thank you! I read or watched just about everything on your list. You always find the most interesting and edifying things! Keep it up, your list is a great finale to the week/entry into the weekend.

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  3. "To attain this they are ready to sacrifice almost anything, and to throw overboard even sound doctrine, if, by so doing, they can secure peace."

    ---No we can't be doing that! we have to walk the straight and narrow. The closer we embrace Jesus and the cross the more narrow it gets. How can we betray our precious Lord?

    Truth is the only thing that brings true unity. Jesus said so "Sanctify them by the truth; thy word is truth"

    I've had to leave fellowship with people who are no doubt born again believers because they chose to get off the path and follow some erroneous teachings. I choose to stay on the straight and narrow. It gets lonelier and lonelier.

    I've also come to the conclusion as JC Ryle said but I look for it not at the millennium but when we go home to be with the Lord in heaven. It's quite hurtful and painful.

    I've also come to the conclusion that 2 Timothy 3:1-5 is specifically referring to the church. Romans chapter 1 describes the ungodly.

    AW Tozer wrote a fine piece that has helped me to have the right perspective- http://www.worldinvisible.com/library/tozer/5j00.0010/5j00.0010.39.htm

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  4. I'm so so so shocked to hear about the VOTM president committing suicide also more shocked to hear it is in connection to allegations about inappropriate contact with a girl. I receive their newsletter every month and read his editorials every possible chance...it's just sad to hear because of his family. God will uphold the amazing ministry and even though it wasn't God's will for the man to kill himself, I know if he was a child of God, Jesus accepted him into His arms openly. God is still merciful to us when we have no mercy for ourselves.

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  5. Regarding VOM’s executive director Tom White, the child molestation charge and subsequent suicide…
    Out of love and compassion for the little girl who was victimized in an evil manner, let’s keep her and her family in our prayers for protection, comfort and healing. I’m also concerned about the possibility that there may be other victimized children.
    I would like to quote from the Lighthouse Trails Editors of Lighthouse Trails Research:
    “”What is needed today in the Christian church is for the sins of the leaders and pastors to be uncovered, either by their victims or better yet, by themselves in humility and contriteness….
    But God will not be mocked, and He will expose the hidden things of darkness, both in the leader’s life and the follower’s life.
    Now is the time for Christians and their leaders to soberly fall on their faces, repent of their hidden sins, and walk the rest of their days in humility and gratitude for God’s forgiveness.
    In these last days in which we live, judgment will take place, and it has begun in the house of the Lord.”
    (source: Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa named in Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit - http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=7211)

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