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

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Half the diseases of Christianity

Half the diseases of Christianity

(J. C. Ryle, "The Gospel of Matthew" 1856)

"These are the names of the twelve apostles . . .
and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him." Mt. 10:2-4

We are taught here, that all ministers are not
necessarily saved men. 
We see our Lord choosing
a Judas Iscariot to be one of His apostles. We
cannot doubt that He who knew all hearts, knew
well the characters of the men whom He chose.
And He includes in the list of apostles one who
was a traitor!

We shall do well to bear in mind this fact.

Ordination does not confer the saving grace of the
Holy Spirit. Ordained men are not necessarily
converted.
 We are not to regard them as infallible,
either in doctrine or in practice.

We are not to make popes or idols of them, and insensibly put them in Christ's place. We
are to regard them as "men of like passions"
with ourselves, liable to the same infirmities,
and daily requiring the same grace.

We are not to think it impossible for them
to do very bad things
, or to expect them to
be above the reach of harm from flattery,
covetousness, and the world.

We are to prove their teaching by the word
of God, and follow them so far as they follow
Christ, but no further.

Above all, we ought to pray for them, that they
may be successors not of Judas Iscariot; but of
James and John. It is an dreadful thing to be
a minister of the Gospel!


Ministers need many prayers.

It is plain that the life of a faithful minister of
Christ cannot be one of ease.
 He must be ready
to spend body and mind, time and strength, in
the work of His calling. Laziness and frivolity are
bad enough in any profession, but worst of all in
that of a watchman for souls.

It is plain, for another thing, that the position
of the ministers of Christ is not that which
ignorant people sometimes ascribe to them,
and which they unhappily sometimes claim for
themselves. They are not so much ordained
to rule as to serve. They are not intended so
much to have dominion over the Church, as
to supply its needs, and serve its members.

Happy would it be for the cause of true religion,
if these things were better understood! Half the
diseases of Christianity have arisen from
mistaken notions about the pastor's office!


Money can hire workers.

Universities can give learning.

Congregations may elect.

Bishops may ordain.

But the Holy Spirit alone can
make ministers of the Gospel.

8 comments:

dora said...

Quote:, "But the Holy Spirit alone can make ministers of the gospel."

If He does not, then none can.

How we need to look to God, and to trust Him.

lyn said...

Amen Dora. Too many today exalt their favorite celebrity pastor, we need to compare every word uttered from their mouths with God's word. So many are being led astray because they do not do that very thing. We all need to lean upon the Lord, trust Him and pray He will bring us to that place that causes us to be utterly dependent on Him. It's easy for many to make some kind of profession, however, words don't hold up. We must be tested, and God must work in us a deeper faith, trust, and understanding of Him.
I am currently in the middle of such a trial, and am thankful the Lord loves me enough to put me to such a test.

Darrel said...

Lyn, I read all the wonderful posts that you put up week after week and am able to feast on the words of the "old guys" and then look around for similar voices from today's "leaders" and am hard pressed to find more than a handful---God help us! Then there the likes of Mark Driscoll and Michael Brown who are false prophets to their core and the "church" fawns over these men with unreserved adoration---WOW!

I just read the post at Another Slice about Mr. Brown in decades gone by. His tenure as false prophet is intact, and will never be revoked. He is doubtless one of the ones spoken of by Peter in 2 Peter 2 and also Jude; his fate was sealed long ago and will not be changed. The sooner the real church recognizes this the better off she will be (put Driscoll in the same boat).

lyn said...

Darrel,
There are NO men in our day who are trustworthy and true; the pulpits are filled with men-pleasers, men who lust after money, power, fame, etc. I trust NO modern day preacher, not one. I refuse to even listen to them anymore.

As for Driscoll, what a joke! What a horrendous cover-up as well. This huge Evangelical machine that labels itself as Christian and seeks to silence true believers is rotten to the core, and evil.


Dr. Brown is a false teacher, he should be avoided like the plague. When I read the post at another slice, I did not doubt for one minute what Jules said she experienced. Evil disguises itself as light doesn't it? Praise God He protects His own.

lyn said...

I take that back, on occasion, I do listen to Eric Douma of Gospel Grace Fellowship in Minnesota, he was reared under Bob DeWaay.

lyn said...

Darrel,

For whatever reason, Slice has removed that post. That's unfortunate, I thought it was very telling. It concerns me how men like Dr. James White can debate Dr. Brown, and yet call him a brother. Brown speaks of 'another gospel', which is no gospel at all.

Darrel said...

Wow! I guess the fix is in along with Brown being a "brother" but he ain't my brother. Now more than ever does Jude and 2 Peter 2 come into play. As for White, makes one wonder where else he has fallen off the rails. Jesus asked the question "Will I find faith on the earth" when He returns, doesn't look good from here.

Makes me ask even more, "Help!" and keep me close.

God help us all.

lyn said...

God help us is right Darrel; may He keep us from falling, give us strength and wisdom in these perilous days which we now live in.