Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Abortion - an American holocaust

This link displays the reality of abortion, discretion is advised. However, let us not shy away from what may be too difficult to view - this is what is happening DAILY in America and it needs to stop. May God rise up against this holocaust, even if that means bringing this nation down.


http://www.wickedshepherds.com/AbortionAnAmericanHolocaust.html

Monday, January 16, 2017

They went out from us

“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”—1 John 2:19 

THE former verse contained a declaration that there were at that period many antichrists, which was an evident sign the last state of the apostolic church was just closing. It was necessary this should be known and taken notice of because whilst the fathers in Christ might be wholly out of danger from these heretics and from heresies and errors, yet such as were not established in Christ might not be so. As the Apostle therefore wrote to these and informed them what the times were, so he also informs them from whence these persons came. They originated in the church: they went out of it. They were therefore the more dangerous, seeing they knew the better how to sow their pernicious49 errors. They were the more to be avoided in their persons, as well as their doctrines also…Their renouncing the faith and fellowship of the Gospel after they have made plausible professions and appearances of being believers in Christ, their separating themselves from our church communion that they might broach 50 their infamous errors and spread the same with their infamous practices far and wide, fully manifest they were never true believers, but downright hypocrites and falsehearted professors. These persons I would guard you against. Your being preserved from them and their pernicious ways and errors will be good evidence for you that ye are on the Lord’s side and belong to Him. As this distinguishes you from them, so it makes you very precious unto us. It is therefore that I address you on this subject…I am  

1. TO SHOW THESE ANTICHRIST  MENTIONED IN THE  FORMER VERSE WENT OUT FROM THE TRUE CHURCH OF CHRIST: 
and the reason they went out of it was : because they were not of it. “They went out from us, but they were not of us.” Where could these apostates go out from but the church? If they had not been in it, they could not have gone out from it. The church they went out of was the true church of Christ, founded by the Apostles themselves on Christ, the foundation and chief cornerstone, in which the true and everlasting Gospel was preached; the ordinances of Christ —Baptism and the Lord’s Supper—kept as purely as Christ Himself had delivered them; the whole church plan, form, order, laws, and government properly enforced and attended unto also. And these persons had professed their faith in all the essential truths of the Gospel. They had been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity. They had been regular members of churches. They had been admitted to the Table of the Lord. It may be [that] they had been admitted to fill up some office in the house of God, such as that of deaconship or of being preachers of the Word.  
Yet their ambitious spirits were such, they could not be content but they must bring in another gospel, contrary to what the Apostles preached. And in the virulency51 of their spirits were set most desper-ately on spreading the same. They therefore broke through all the sacred ties and obligations of church fellowship and went off from the various churches to which they belonged, pretending to have greater light into truth and what they called the Person of Christ and grace than the very Apostles themselves. “They went out from us.”
  The word us is a very distinguishing one in the New Testament. It was made use of on the first formation of an instituted church, which took place immediately on the ascension of Christ into heaven. Peter, speaking of Judas Iscariot to the church then present, says, “He was numbered with us” (Act 1:17). And of the whole church as included in the word us, he says, “Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection” (1:21-22). We have this word us made use of by the Apostles in their writings to express the church of Christ by. As for instance, “Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us” (Eph 5:2). “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Rev 1:5). Our Apostle uses this word us in the same sense here. These persons, whom he here styles antichrists, had been in the church. They went out of it without leave. They took themselves off abruptly; neither gave they their reasons for so doing. They would not acknowledge themselves under any sort of obligation to the churches to whom they belonged. Thus, they openly and publicly renounced all submission to Christ’s Lordship and Kingly authority over His house, the church. Thus, they went out as traitors and with a treacherous design against Christ and the church that He hath purchased with His own blood: to corrupt His worship, to renounce His truth, to blaspheme the same, to draw away from the true churches of Christ followers after them. They went out from us. It was most awful in them so to do.
It must have been in some of them the sin against the Holy Ghost, which is styled in this Epistle, “the sin unto death” (1Jo 5:16-17). They turned their back on Christ, His Gospel, His ordinances, His Apostles, His churches, and everything belonging unto Him, and framed out of their own errors, heresies, whims, and fancies, a Christ and Gospel for themselves. The Apostle assigns the reason why they went out from the churches in the way and manner they did—it was because they were not of one heart and soul with the churches in the truth. “They went out from us because they were not of us.”
  The true church of Christ is holiness to the Lord. Her real members are born of God. They have the Spirit of God. They know Christ. They live Christ. They are baptized into one and the same Spirit. They love the Truth. They abhor all and everything that detracts from it. No marvel that these antichrists should go out, depart from the true churches of Christ, and set up for themselves. They were not one with them, whilst they remained amongst them. Therefore, they only waited for an opportunity, and then they left them entirely.
Thus, it was in the Apostle John’s time, a little before the close of the apostolic age. “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us.” This is the account the Apostle gives of them. As it was then, so it has been ever since. All the heresies which have tormented the churches of Christ ever since and down even to our present times have originated from persons who have been in the churches, who have departed from the churches, from such as have made schisms and divisions in the churches. And when any old error is newly revived, it in general springs from such persons as are disaffected52 to the true churches of Jesus Christ.
 It may be you will expect me to give you to understand what I mean by a church of Christ. Most certainly, I understand a company of saints giving themselves up to the Lord and to each other by the will of God, to walk in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord agreeable to the rules laid down in the written Word. I do not look on all the congregations of saints to be worthy of the title of the churches of Christ…Many denominations amongst us…are sound in the articles of Truth—so far as they respect salvation—yet I should not look on them as justly claiming the titles of the churches of Christ, and that for this reason: because they are not framed according to the plan and model of the New Testament account of the same. The greatest reformation of churches that ever took  place since the reformation from popery was in Oliver Cromwell’s days. Dr. Owen,53 Dr. Goodwin,54 Dr. Chauncey,55 and others give the best account of the formation, plan, order, members and officers, laws, rules, government, and discipline of the churches of Christ, which I can refer you to: except it be in the writings of Dr. Gill,56 who has made some improvement in the same. The churches styled independent churches, and those styled the baptized churches of Jesus Christ, are properly churches.57 There is no difference between these but in the ordinance of Baptism. These have a defense in themselves, of themselves, and from themselves to defend their members from error and heresy. [Yet] many in these are weary of Christ’s yoke and often find ways and means to cast it off. At times, error and heresies spring up amongst them; and it must be so, according to the purpose and sovereign will of God. So says the Apostle to the Corinthian church, “For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you” (1Co 11:19). There were in that church many who profaned the Lord’s Supper and polluted it, some who denied the resurrection of the dead. Yet the church at Corinth being properly organized according to our Lord’s institution remained a true church, though all the members of it were not one with the Lord Jesus Christ. [Similarly,] the Gospel remains immutable in its truths, doctrines, and grace, notwithstanding Hymeneus and Alexander, [who] put the same away from them and made shipwreck of faith and a good conscience (1Ti 1:19).
It is an honor to belong to a true church of Christ. It is to be lamented any should be admitted into it without having a clear and Scriptural knowledge of it. For when they profess and give themselves up to walk with a church, it is very dangerous to depart from that church, unless any immorality or heresy spring up and is connived at 58 by the majority of members. Or unless a member has good reason to believe he should increase with the increase of God more by removing his communion to another church. In the present day, there is very little conscience made of these things. But whoever observes it will see, it is no honor to remove from one church to another, nor is it a blessing to any church to receive any disaffected member into their communion. It is always best when the church in its members is gathered into its own holy fellowship by the ministration of the same minister of the Gospel. Then they uniting in the same faith, the obligations they subject themselves unto as the yoke and by the divine authority of Christ will have a very blessed effect and lasting effect on them…But I drop this and proceed to my next particular, which is 
2. TO SHOW HOW THE APOSTLE CONFIRMS HIS  ASSERTION.
 He had said, “They went out from us, but they were not of us.” He gives this reason of their going out from them: They did not belong to them. Though they were for a season numbered with them, yet they were never of them or of their number; if they had, they would have most certainly remained with them: this is his argument. For if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us.  
How solemn! How awful! These antichrists came out of the apostolical church of Jesus. They had been in it. Their names had been registered in their church book. They had been church members with the best of saints. Yet all this did not preserve them from the foulest apostasy. They had heard and professed to have received and believed the very same doctrine the Apostles preached! Yet this did not keep them steadfast in the faith. They were carried away with lust and lasciviousness. This led them to corrupt the doctrine of God’s free grace: to suit it to encourage their own corrupt affections, and from hence to proceed to set forth such a different christ, such a different gospel, and such a different spirit as eclipsed the whole glory of that Christ and Gospel that was preached and declared by the Apostles themselves. If these wretches had not for a season been under the profession of Christ and in the church amongst His people, they could not have acted as they did. They could not so completely have corrupted the Gospel, if they had not had the notional scheme of the same in their minds. It answered their end for a season to remain in the churches to whom they had given in their names. It suited them to leave these churches at such seasons, when they could, to distil their pernicious influences, as they thought and hoped it would gain converts to them…Christ is yesterday, today, and the same forever (Heb 13:8). So are the truths and doctrines that 
have respect unto Him, and in and by which He is revealed unto and set before His church, and which His saints have such evidence of in themselves that one for them all says, “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you” (1Pe 1:24-25). These heretics left the churches because they were not of them, only nominally.59 They were not the elect of God. They were reprobates.60…It is evident these could never belong to Christ…All heretics come out of the church. Most of them have been preachers and teachers in it. They are raised up by Satan, first to disturb the peace of the church and next to pollute and defile it with their abominable falsehood. The words of the Apostle are very suitable here: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (1Co 3:16-17). But I will go on and proceed to my last particular, which is 
 3. TO SHOW THE REASON  WHY THESE ANTICHRISTS  WENT OUT OF THE CHURCH
It was by their departure from the true churches and by their errors, heresies, and sins into which they fell, they were man-ifested to be what they were. In the day in which we live, we have had many preachers who have shone forth in public view as blazing stars and comets, who have professed superior light, zeal, and usefulness to all others, who have been puffed off61 [and] had their own cant phrases.62 Such as saying of some of their great admirers, “They see the Spirit in such and such sentences,” in which they have chosen to express themselves. They have—very many of them—fallen foully, scandalously. Yea, most shamefully, and abominably, and all by lust…What shall we say or think of such? I know I think and cannot but pronounce they are of their father the devil. Yet we have persons professing godliness who will stand up for them, [saying] that they are powerful preachers, that they are preachers of the Gospel, that they are clearer and deeper in the truth than others are, that it is on account of their excellency of knowledge in the mysteries of Christ [that] they are persecuted!  
Sirs, such excuses for such notorious sinners are an awful sign of what our times are. Let us by no means have anything to do with licentious preachers and teachers. It is a shame to speak of those things that are done of them in secret. I count it to be a defilement to mention the names of such. I fear there is more licentiousness stalking up and down the professing religious world than any of us are aware of. May the Lord preserve us from it.
It is by these most holy and righteous dispensations of the Lord that He is pleased to separate between the precious and the vile. As it was in John’s time, even so it is now. They never belonged to the true church of Christ. So it need not stumble or distress us, as if such were instances of falling from grace. No. Such were never partakers of the grace of God. They professed something that they called grace, but they never knew any more of it than the sound. Let us therefore rejoice when such are most justly exposed… 
There is a greater discrimination made by the preaching of the everlasting Gospel than we can or ever shall be able to conceive and apprehend. It is to some the savor of life. It is to others the savor of death. All [this is] by divine and immutable appointment by which man and man are so discovered—as it concerns the Lord’s purposes towards them—as is most truly solemn and awful. One is called under the preaching of the Gospel, and another left. Not only so, but at times under one and the same Word, one is won to the obedience of Christ, another is led to blaspheme—so different are the effects that the revelation of God’s will produceth in the minds of such as are hearers of it. Hereby that solemn word of truth is realized in us poor worms of the earth, which is quoted by the Apostle, as delivered by the Lord: “Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?” (Rom 9:18-24). 
  These are most important and very solemn questions in which great truths are implied and contained. When they enter into our minds, and their weight, importance, and authority rest upon our hearts, they empty us of all dependence on ourselves. We clearly see that he that glorieth must glory in the Lord. If these things are so, let us know and remember [that] the church of Christ will be preserved and continued to the end of time, and the gates, that is, the powers of hell, shall never finally prevail against it. Let who or whatsoever may arise, and even though it may overthrow the faith of some, yet we may say—and it becomes us to say with the Apostle, when all they who were in Asia were turned away from him—“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2Ti 2:19). It well becomes us so to do—to depart from all doctrinal and practical iniquity. I can never believe men to be sound in the faith and truths of the Gospel who live in any known sin. I therefore suspect the judgment of many, who insist…that men may be sound in the faith who do not adorn it in their lives and conversations. I am for my own self fully persuaded [that] we can live no one single truth of the Gospel over in our minds any farther than we know it by the teaching of the Holy Ghost. And so far as we live any one single truth of Christ’s Gospel, so far we shall live down sin and live above by living Christ and living on Him.


49 pernicious – destructive. 
50 broach – introduce. 
51 virulency – extreme poisonousness. 
52 disaffected – alienated; resentful and rebellious. 
53 John Owen (1616-1683) – Congregational pastor and theologian; often called “The Prince of the Puritans”; wrote “The True Nature of a Gospel Church” in The Works of John Owen, Vol. 16. 
54 Thomas Goodwin (1600-1679) – Congregational pastor and theologian; wrote “Of the Constitution, Right Order, and Government of the Churches of Christ” in The Works of Thomas Goodwin, Vol. 11. 
55 Isaac Chauncey (1632-1712) – Congregational pastor and theologian; wrote The Divine Institution of Congregational Churches, Ministry and Ordinances, [As has bin Professed by those of that Persuasion] Asserted and Proved from the Word of God, for Nathanael Hiller, 1697. 
56 John Gill (1697-1771) – Baptist minister, theologian, and biblical scholar; wrote numerous works on the nature, ministry, and ordinances of the church, including A Complete Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity. 
57 Not all of our readers will agree with the author on this point. 
58 connived at – silently approved. 
59 nominally – in name only.
 60 reprobates – those rejected by God. 
61 puffed off – swollen with vanity and pride. 
62 cant phrases – peculiar phraseology of a religious sect. 



Samuel Eyles Pierce  (1746-1849): Baptist preacher; known for his exalted view of Christ and love of sovereign grace; born in Up-Ottery, Devon, England.  

Eye Him

Keep a steady eye on Christ, the blessed Mediator of the covenant.

Eye Him as the storehouse and fountain of all your supplies of grace and strength. For it is out “of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace” (Joh 1:16). 
Eye Him as your Captain to fight all your battles against sin and Satan; for He has “spoiled principalities and powers” (Col 2:15); and if ever we overcome, it must be in the blood and strength of the Lamb.
 Eye Him as your guide to lead you through all the dark and difficult steps of your pilgrimage. For He leads the blind “in paths that they have not known” (Isa 42:16).
 Eye Him as your pattern. Endeavor to imitate Him in all His imitable perfections. Run your Christian race, “looking unto Jesus” (Heb 12:2). Remember how steady and firm He was in carrying on the great work of redemption. He set His face like a flint against all the storms and obstacles that lay in His way. He did not faint, nor was He discouraged, but travelled on in the greatness of His strength, enduring the cross, and despising the shame. For He said on the cross, “It is finished” (Joh 19:30).
 So study ye after His example to run your Christian race, your course of obedience, and press on against all temptations and difficulties, until ye have finished your course with joy and arrive at the mark and prize of the high calling of God in Christ.

Ebenezer Erskine-From “The Backslider Characterised” in The Whole Works of the Late Rev. Ebenezer Erskine, Vol. 1 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The false doctrine of free will and it's Jesuit influence - contd. part 3

"I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you unto the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ." Galatians 1:6-7 

THE GOSPEL OF SATAN 

The Jesuits have succeeded in planting another gospel in the Lord's field. What the black-robes themselves consider that 'soveraigne drugge Arminianisme' has come to infect the whole of Christianity. It is for this reason that Jesus said,'├ČNevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?' (Luke 18:8) 
Since we know that, 'evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived' (2 Tim. 3:13), then we can expect the overall state of Christian doctrine to be worsening, not getting better. The word 'another', which is used in both verse six and verse seven of this section of the first chapter of Galatians is two distinct words with two distinct meanings. In verse six, the words 'another gospel' refers to a different gospel, while in verse seven, where Paul  says it 'is not another', the word 'another' means that it is not another of the same kind. It is not just a different gospel. It is a totally perverted gospel that uses the gospel of Christ as bait or window dressing, but so substantially changes the effects of that gospel, that it makes it the gospel of the enemy of Christ, and not that of Christ.

 The gospel of Satan lifts up man to lofty heights. It exalts the will of man. It calls men to acts of benevolence, peace and unity. It rewards the highest acts of natural carnal charity and human endeavor. It encourages man to seek the common good of humanity and uplifts the human spirit as supreme. The gospel of satan denies the total depravity of man, and supports the Jesuit/Arminian teaching of man/god cooperation in the area of salvation and godly living. The gospel of satan declares that God is but a witness in the redemption of mankind, not the author and finisher of it, and that He has merely made a way for those who can find it within themselves to seek after Him. The gospel of Satan does not deny Jesus Christ so much as it demotes him from His Sovereign throne.

Why do you think the Jesuits have engaged in a war to the death to extinguish the Doctrines of Grace? Why have they printed their own Bibles, and why do their proxies, the Arminians, challenge the efficacy of the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ on the Cross? The gospel of satan seeks to elevate man in the eyes of his Creator, while using the terminology of Christendom to generalize and marginalize the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. The gospel of satan is not preached by dark princes with black hoods and red eyes. It is preached by swarms of ministers and pastors who exhort and encourage their flocks to please and satisfy God by their good works. It denies that mankind is depraved and fallen, separated from God, totally dead in trespasses and sins.

The gospel of Satan adds to the work of Jesus Christ in the redemptive act by making it conditional on the earnestness of the heart of man, or the reflective  religiousness of mans life. It appeals to that seed or strand of good in man that they suppose is able to ascend to the heavens without dying.

The gospel of Satan is preached by presidents and congressmen who appeal to the nobility in the souls of man in order to convince men to be even MORE noble by being even less free. It is also preached by religious charlatans who have created a template or a recipe out of disparate and unconnected scriptures. The gospel of Satan is the gospel of decision ism and of the altar call whereby man can be emotionally manipulated into going forward in a meeting and approaching the priest with an outward declaration of repentance, and by kissing his ring of absolution, man can descend into the amorphous religious world of pews and pulpits, Sunday schools and pot-luck lunches, NASCAR and Left Behind. It is the gospel of religious education facilities and seminary trained popes. The gospel of Satan is the gospel of praise and worship that exalts the worshipfulness of man, and denies God the praise due His Sovereign works. It is the gospel of repetitive and emotional Christian music and bestselling prayer books, but it bypasses the screams of the tormented and downtrodden who truly seek God in order to escape the wrath that is to come. The gospel of Satan is the gospel of many mediators, whether they are the smiling, educated pastors who read the Bible for you and tell you what it means, or the manipulative evangelist who proposes that gain is godliness and that carnal blessings are the result of living Godly in Christ Jesus. The gospel of Satan denies the crucible of suffering, and the tribulation by which we must enter the Kingdom of God, and replaces it with the tithing envelope and the missionary offering by which we are exhorted to cheer on those who will enslave the next generation of good people who are called by this false co-redemptive gospel of works.
The secular priests of the gospel of Satan preach a gospel of benevolence and unity above all. They are encouraged by religious superstars like (Jesuit anointed) Billy Graham and T.D. Jakes to preach a gospel of peace and mutual understanding.
 The gospel of Satan despises good doctrine. In fact it brazenly declares that doctrine divides. Or, it titillates with bizarre interpretations of the prophetic. It heaps together teachers who can spellbind with Gnostic mystery knowledge and hidden secrets, but who deny the very basic doctrines of our faith. The satanic gospel denies the very nature of the thrice Holy God, or it declares that Jesus Christ was just a man and He is one of the many ways that people can come to God.
The gospel of Satan encourages us to love and hug, but it discourages us from searching the scriptures to see if things be true. The gospel of Satan resists judgment and humanizes mercy, denying that mercy ceases to be mercy if it doesn't pass through judgment and condemnation first. The satanic gospel will have two walking together, even if they are not agreed, and the children of light having fellowship with darkness. 
The satanic gospel declares that good people go to heaven on the preposterous assumption that there are any good people to begin with. The gospel of Satan wins souls for Jesus but denies that He alone added to the church daily such as should be saved (Acts 2:47) The gospel of Satan wrests with the scriptures, redefining foreknowledge and election, while declaring belief as the sovereign act of man. It refuses to acknowledge, as we have shown, that as many were ordained to eternal life believed. (Acts 13:48).
The gospel of Satan robs God our shepherd of the glory He demands for His Sovereign protection and the preservation of His sheep. The satanic gospel proudly declares that God is banned from His creation and that salvation is born of works ; declaring God a liar when He states that all of HIS WORKS were known to Him from the foundation of the world (Acts 15:18), and that all of HIS WORKS were done so that He alone could show HIS manifold wisdom to the principalities and powers in the heavenly realms (Eph. 3:10). God hath said that WE whom He has Sovereignly rescued: have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will (Eph. 1:11) How shall the purveyors of the satanic gospel escape the fires of Hell, having despised the gifts of God? But you will find that many of Satan's messengers even deny the reality of Hell, or they will deny that it is everlasting in its torment and punishment. They must teach such things, because they demand a god that is unjust and corrupt,  a god that winks at sin and ignores pride. They desire a god that is powerless to actually and effectually save, but who opens the door wide to all who travel the wide road.
Satan's gospel must focus attention on this world and its comforts and pleasures. It must never for a moment glance into the eternals because it is dreadfully aware of what awaits all those who preach such a false gospel. Satan's gospel must never truly focus on the cross and the work that was wrought there; instead it will substitute Holy Ghost manifestations and Jesus Crusades. Come and get your healing, your wealth, your tongues or your anointing, but touch not the blood and seek not redemption.
I was never so sure about the rightness of our cause until I began to preach on the Sovereignty of our God. It is surely not easy to be despised and hated. Our flesh desires to be embraced and comforted by all men. But God has declared that the world must hate us, and it must despitefully use us. I am despised by the religious culture and chastised by people who I once had hoped were my friends. Our message will not be accepted by a dead and dying world, and our cause will not be trumpeted by the monied interests of corporate religion. As more and more people eschew the churches and the chapels of institutional Christianity, the enmity towards our message of freedom will grow more and more pronounced. But here is what we know: Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did He in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all the deep places. (Psalm 135:6) God has done what He has pleased. It pleased Him to call to Himself His elect. And it pleased Him to suffer the false gospel of His enemy to be trumpeted to all whose pride will bar them from heaven. Having hated the truth, they have freely embraced a lie. They have embraced the gospel of Satan, and they have done it with the name of Jesus Christ on their lips.

from chapter six -   https://elijah1757.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/swarms_of_locusts.pdf

Friday, January 13, 2017

The world

“Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6:17)



 Present day Christianity reveals the essential need for this separation. Today’s widespread desire is to make things pleasant in Christianity; to saw off the corners and edges of the cross, and to avoid, as far as possible, self-denial. Everywhere we hear professing Christians declaring loudly that we must not be “too narrow and exclusive.” By their lifestyle they profess that there is nothing wrong with participating in that which the holiest of saints rejected as bad for the soul. Unfortunately, thousands proclaim we may go anywhere, do anything, spend our time in anything, read anything, keep any company, plunge into anything, and all the while still be good Christians.

If you are one of those unhappy people who think everybody is a Christian who attends a place of worship, no matter how he lives, or what he believes, I fear you will care little about separation from the world. But if you read the Bible, and are serious about your soul, you will know there are two classes of professing Christians - the converted and unconverted.  There must be a difference between believers and unbelievers. To you, therefore, I make a special appeal this day. While many avoid the subject of separation from the world, and many absolutely hate it, and many are puzzled by it, give me your attention while I try to show you this principle. 

1. The World is a Source of Great Danger to the Soul.”

When I speak of “the world” in this article, I mean those people who think only, or chiefly, of this world’s things, and neglect the world to come—the people who are always thinking more of earth than of heaven, more of time than of eternity, more of body than the soul, more of pleasing man than of pleasing God. It is of them and their ways, habits, customs, opinions, practices, tastes, aims, spirit, and tone, that I am speaking when I speak of “the world.”
 Now “the world,” in this sense, is an enemy of the soul. There are three things which a true Christian must renounce and give up, and three enemies which he must fight with and resist. These three are the flesh, the devil, and “the world.” All three are terrible foes, and all three must be overcome if we would be saved.
Let us turn to the testimony of the Holy Scriptures. If the texts I am about to quote do not prove the world is a source of danger to the soul, then there is no meaning in words. Let us hear what the Apostle Paul says:
 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
 “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:12)
“Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (Galatians 1:4). 
“You were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:1-2).
 “For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia” (2 Timothy 4:10). 

Let us hear what James says: 
“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27). 
“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself any enemy of God” (James 4:4). 

Let us hear what John says:
 “Do not love the world or things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world- - the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17). 
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore, the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1). 
“They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them”(1 John 4:5).
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4). 
“We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19). 

Let us hear, lastly, what the Lord Jesus Christ says: 
“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful” (Matthew13:22). 
“And He said to them, you are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world” (John 8:23). 
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you” (John 15:18).
 “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be with you” (John 14:16-17). 
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). 
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). 
“I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” (John 17:15-16). 

I make no comment on these texts. They speak for themselves. If anyone can read them carefully, and fail to see that “the world” is an enemy to the Christian’s soul, and that there is an utter opposition between the friendship of the world and the friendship of Christ, he is past the reach of argument, and it is a waste of time to reason with him. To my eyes they contain a lesson as clear as the sun at noon day.


Read J.C. Ryle's writing, 'the world' in its entirety at http://www.firstlovepublications.org/uploads/4/8/6/5/48652749/jc-ryle-the-world.pdf