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, September 24, 2017

If by love they mean....

I do and am constantly maintaining both privately and publicly as far as ever the Lord has enabled me the wonders, the glories, the beauties and the preciousness of love. And yet I must be branded as being a man that is an enemy to love.
But if by love, these people who brand me as an enemy of love mean that I ought to unite with Arians and Socinians who deny the deity of my Lord and Saviour whom I proved again in my very soul that he is the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of peace.
If by love they mean that I ought to meet and unite occasionally with people that can testify and say without a blush that election is a damnable doctrine and they hate it with their hearts, that imputed righteousness is imputed nonsense and a doctrine that ought to be abhorred and spurned by all which is the very garment and covering that hides all my shame, the very robe that adorns my naked soul and so very many times has been the joy and rejoicing of my heart and which I have found to be so many times the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
If they mean by love that I ought to unite with people that can say and testify that we may be a child of God one day and a child of the devil another, that Christ died and atoned for the sins of Esau, as well as of Jacob, for Cain as well as Abel, for Judas as well as for Peter, and that there are thousands in hell for whom Christ died.
If they mean by love that I ought to unite and call these brethren who profess to believe in the doctrine of grace and call themselves Calvinists, but can declare at times that those blessed doctrines which are so precious and glorious to my soul are nonessential things. That is, if I understand their meaning right, they view them as useless things and that it is of no consequence whatsoever whether we receive or believe these doctrines or not provided we do but unite with all sorts and pray for all and be candid and mild and esteem all as partakers of grace, — I confess from my heart if all this be love I am destitute of it. And instead of being grieved for my want of it, I glory in it.
I do not indeed feel the least ill-will against any of their persons, as the creatures of God, nor do I desire to do them the least injury, but those principles that debase free and sovereign grace, and exalt the creature, I hate and abhor.
For how can two walk together except they be agreed?
My soul has bought truth too dearly to part with it for such empty baubles as the praises and smiles of men; and those professors that love the smiles of men more than the truth of God, they are heartily welcome to them. I do not begrudge them. But notwithstanding all that ever these reporters could report, God stood by me, a poor worm, and gave such testimony to the word of grace, that neither men nor devils could overthrow it. I believe they tried with all their might to do so; but God hath said it, and I know it will stand, for I have proved it again and again: — “My word shall go forth; it shall prosper in the thing whereunto I have sent it; it shall not return unto me void.” (Isaiah 55:11)
John Warburton, HT - https://justifiedbychristalone.com/2011/01/24/john-warburton-if-by-love-they-mean/

3 comments:

Darrel said...

Yet another of the "7000" that have not bowed their knees to the baal god of "love."

Sheryl said...

The love of the truth has been overthrown by ecumenical unity and the traditions of men. Doctrine has been set aside as unimportant because "doctrine divides" and has been replaced with community, vision casting, dreaming God-sized dreams, blah blah blah. I see and hear a lot of what passes under the guise of "Christianity" and it is stunningly repulsive. Christ's doctrines have been mangled and warped by men and women to fit into their human mold. The mighty doctrine of election, which true Christians love and cling to, is the enemy of today's counterfeit "all you need is love" church.

When the doctrine of election is unfavorably dismissed, the foundation crumbles and the understanding of the remainder of scripture becomes very distorted and God is perceived as unable to accomplish His own will. Instead of Jesus being a mighty Savior of His elect, He becomes a beggar of men, standing with outstretched arms pleading with and beckoning mankind to please come to Him so He can save them. He just so wants them to be a part of His heaven.

The absence of the doctrine of election also spills over into a misunderstanding of eschatology. During the Tribulation, the wrath of God is misinterpreted as being "tough love" in order to bring a multitude of the "left behind" Gentiles to salvation, who just needed more incentive to "make a decision for Christ." They won't accept that Christ has removed His elect from earth before pouring out His wrath on those whose names were not written in the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:8) They're looking for a mega "revival" to occur during the Tribulation. This is completely foreign to scripture, yet it is the message of the day, giving false hope of God's love for mankind. As in the days of Noah, as in the days of Lot - can't they see? - the rest were destroyed. God has done it before and He will do it again.

Reading God's word through the lens of the doctrine of election brings everything - from beginning to end - into focus.

Likewise

lyn said...

Excellent comments. It is astonishing how so many essential doctrinal truths are kicked out of churches because they are too unloving, or too divisive. God have mercy...the churches are filled with doctrines of demons as goats crave for the ear tickler to tell them 'smooth things'.