The Merger of Calvinism with Worldliness
from Sword & Trowel 2009, No. 1 by Dr Peter Masters
This article link, you should meditate upon it. It might cause some to ask, “Is there faithfulness left upon the earth?” Of course there is. God always has his faithful witness.
Are you allowing things of this world to merger with your faith?
How will you be judged in relationship to the judgment of the just?
All men are commanded to obey the commands of God.
Human logic which is apart from the express will of God is not logic at all. It is in contradiction to truth. All truth comes from God. When we reason that it is OK to do that which is right in our own eyes, we reason wrongly. We fail to take into account that an all powerful God makes the rules. All else are subject to Him.
God, in his infinite resource and all knowing character, knows what is best. He planned all that exists. He knows what is necessary to make it work in harmony and according to perfection. We fail in the practice of reason to think that we are somehow able to know better.
God give all his commands for the good of His creatures. All good comes from His character of perfection. His creation is ordered by His commands. The whole concept is the basis for law or laws. We are told that He sustains all things by His Word. We fail in the practice of reason to think that we can make laws which supersede His. We fail in the practice of logic to think that we are somehow exempt from accountability in obeying His will.
There are three examples to this.
- First is the requirement to obey as is given in Deuteronomy 28.
- There is the illustration of those who refused to obey commands that seemed illogical to carnal minds. Jeremiah 38
- Lastly, there is illustration of response of offspring who finally learn and understand obedience and then the response of God. Daniel 9:5-13.
Could it not be that so much of the sorrow that people experience is the result of such disregard for the necessary obedience to God which has been so clearly declared to us?
Ps 46:1,”God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” This verse helps demonstrate the theological truth that “Christ is All and in All”. As discussed in a previous blog we discovered that Christ is the believer’s refuge, and that God had established “cities of refuge” for people who had accidentally killed someone. We also see that Christ is a very “present” help in trouble. He was “present” when David’s life was being threatened by King Saul, his son Absalom and in battle. He was “present” when David as a lad volunteered to fight Goliath, the Philistine giant.
God tells Joshua in Jos 1:9″ Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” What a very comforting and encouraging thought to know that God is with you wherever you are.
Another example would be when God led the Israelites out of Egypt. He went before them in the day with a pillar of cloud and at night with a pillar of fire. They could see his presence.
In John 14: 18-23, Christ promises not to leave us comfortless, but to make his abode with us. We have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. While He can’t be seen, He is there because scripture says so. There is no reason to fear because the Eternal, Holy God indwells the believer. When the trials of the world are overwhelming flee to Christ who is the believer’s refuge. He is a very present help in trouble. There is no need to feel pinned in, overwhelmed or defeated. Christ is always near and always hears the cry of the saint. Scripture testifies of that intimate, personal assurance that Christ is present.
Today’s sermon is a continuation of last week’s “Christ is All”. There were three major points from last week: Christ is all we have, Christ is all we want, and Christ is all we need. Today we will focus on three more important ideas regarding Christ as All in All.
1. Christ is chiefest.
The Song of Solomon is full of symbolism which intimates of one to come , a Redeemer, who is above all. In Song 5:10(“My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand,”), we understand that the word chief presents a picture of a banner elevated above all others. The word white describes His purity, while the word ruddy or red hints at his blood sacrifice for our sins.
In Song 2:1 (” I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.”), the emphasis is on the word “the”. He is “the” ,not ,”a” rose of Sharon. He is “the” ,not ,”a” lily of the valleys. He is above all the others.
In Isa 6:3 (“And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.”) the seraphims describe Christ’s purity above all of creation. Christ is just not white, He is a dazzling white.
2. Christ is the chief cornerstone.
In 1Pe 2:6, (” Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.”) The chief cornerstone holds the building together. Again, the word “the” is of importance because He is not “a” stone, but the chief cornerstone. In this verse, He is also described as precious. Do we as Christians show His preciousness in our manner of living or do we as the little stones exalt ourselves above the chief?
3. Christ is the Christ of God.
In Lu 9:20, (“ He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.”) we have the word “The” again. He is “The” Christ of God, not “A” Christ of God. In Joh 14:6, (” Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”) the word “The” is emphasizing way, truth and life. It is by Jesus or Christ that one can only come to the Father. He is the only way. You cannot come to the Father by way of Islam, Mohammed, Confucius, Buddha or even the Pope. There is only one way, and that way is Christ.
In conclusion, Is “The” Christ sufficient for you? Is He all you have, want or need?
The speaker in this full length video is Pastor Daniel Kaminski of Grace Baptist Church, Kittanning PA.
Today’s sermon title was taken from the Bible reference in Colossians 3:11 ” Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” Then our Pastor posed the question, “What does it mean that Christ is all?” His sermon outline gives 6 points which answer that question.
1. Re 1:8 “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” In this text the Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. God communicates to us by using the alphabet. Christ is also the Word.(Jn 1:1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.) So, we learn that Christ is the Almighty Communicator.
2. Heb 3:1 “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;”. The word Apostle in this verse means “sent”. Jn 3:16 tells us that God gave or sent his only begotten Son into the world. Therefore, as an Apostle and High Priest, Christ is sent of God to represent God to mankind.
3. Heb 5:9 “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him”. The word Author means initiator or the first cause of it. Christ is the Initiator of our salvation. In Acts 16:31 we are commanded to “ And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” By believing we are literally obeying him.
4. Jn 6:35 “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” If we come to Christ we will never hunger or thirst again. Christ is sufficient.
5. Jer 33:14-15 “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.” The “Branch of righteousness” is a prophetic reference to the Messiah who came out of the tribe of David. He will rule and have peace in the earth. Christ is The LORD our Righteousness.
6. Re 22:16 “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” After the dark judgment of the world, this world, Christ comes as the bright and morning star. There will be no need for the sun because of His brightness. Christ is the bright and morning star.
From these 6 points we can summarize that Christ is sufficient. Because He is all in all, we can apply Ph 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” The word nothing in the verse means “not one little thing, no not nothing”.
If you are saved by the grace of God then rest in his sufficiency. Trust him and don’t be dismayed by the affairs of this world. Don’t let one little thing make you anxious. Cast all your burdens upon Him.
If you do not know Christ as your Saviour, then trust Him for All, your life now and eternal life later. Christ is the Initiator of your salvation. He bids you to come to Him now, today. Today is the day of salvation.
See the 10 minute introduction to this video
God appointed these cities of refuge before there was a need. The cities of refuge were available to all. There were standards for a slayer to qualify for the city of refuge. Joshua 20 Deuteronomy 19, Numbers 35
We also see Christ as a type of “city of refuge”. God anticipated the necessity in Gen 3:15, a person from the seed of the woman. God had already determined to send a Messiah. As the cities of refuge were available to all, so is Christ. We see that in John 6:40 and also in Acts 11:18, God has also granted repentance to the Gentiles, not just the Jews.
Since all have sinned ( Ro 3:23) and the wages of sin is death( Ro 6:23), flee to the person Jesus Christ who is now our city of refuge. Believe on Him and live safely without the fear of the avenger, Satan, slaying you. The Eternal God is our refuge. (Psalm 46)
For audio messages on the “Cities of Refuge” go to http://BiblicallyTrue.com or this
Our text for this foxhole prayer was 2 Chronicles 18:31. King Jehoshaphat was not to align himself with King Ahab, and he did anyway. God was not obligated to hear Jehoshaphat’s prayer since he was in direct disobedience to the LORD. However, when Jehoshaphat cried out(shriek out in anguish), the LORD surrounded him with a Rock, the stone of help as illustrated in 2 Samuel 22: 2-3, 47, 1Samuel 7:12. The word stone in those verses is the same word help in 2 Chronicles 18:31. When Jehoshaphat shrieked in anguish, God came himself. He didn’t deliver him from a distance, but was there with Jehoshaphat in the battle surrounding him as a Rock. God is our Rock, Shield, Refuge and Savior.
Later in the service we offered up prayers for our soldiers, past and present who have given their lives as the utimate sacrifice for the freedoms we gratefully enjoy. Those freedoms include the freedom of speech and freedom of religion, to worship as we choose. We prayed for the soldiers who serve now and all families who have lost someone for freedom’s sake. May the God of comfort give the families peace and heal their broken hearts. May God encourage those soldiers who endure extreme pain and disability. May he heal their bodies, minds and families. We the people of Grace Baptist Church are deeply thankful for you and pray for you. May God be your refuge, strength and Savior.
The title of today’s sermon in the worship service was “Honeymoon to Honeymoan.” It was a description of the relationship with God and Israel and then carried through to a description of Christ and the Church. I want to focus on the relationship with Christ and modern day Christianity. The “Honeymoan” aspect of the relationship is a picture of our own culture. Pastor Kaminski stated that one of the reasons for the “Honeymoan” stage is because Christianity is obsessed with being culturally relevant. It seems we as Christians are more concerned with fitting into society than with being committed to the covenant we have with Christ. As Christians we are to be separate from the world because we are strangers here, we are not of this world. When there is no obvious difference between our behavior and that of the world, then communication has broken down between the groom, Christ, and the bride, the Church or believers. Pastor asked this question, ” Does the Lord seem to be somewhere else?” “If God does not seem close, then who moved?” In Re 2:4 Christ says to the church at Ephesus, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” And then to the church at Laodicea in Re 3:20 Christ says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” It is apparent that the one who has moved out of the relationship is the church or believer. God didn’t move, He is always the same as stated in Heb 13:8,” Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
Does Christ seem aloof ? Do other things take priority over prayer, Bible study and worship? Is God just along for the ride or is He the driving force in your life? Have you been walking in the flesh more than in the spirit? If so, examine your heart and mind. If Christ is knocking at the door, open the door and renew your relationship with Him.
Hebrews 6:19 tells us we have a hope which is an anchor for our soul. Hope such as this speaks of a line of credit. We are able to enjoy effective prayer because we may personally enter within the veil into the presence of God because Jesus Christ paid the sacrifice required because of our sin. Therefore, we have privilege to exercise this line of credit through prayer.
It is this hope which represents our line of credit.
What you worship makes a difference.
You cannot worship God your Creator if you do not know Him. One gains that knowledge by reading the Bible. All other sources of information must conform to that source.
Many people will read dozens of books, listen to hours of sermons on the radio, fawn over newspaper articles, be amazed at special programming on the History Channel. The only source for reliable information still goes back to the Bible. If they just read and studied the Bible, there would be a lot less confusion about who God is.
When one goes to church to hear a sermon and attends Sunday school and Bible classes, ALWAYS check the truth of their presentations by searching the Scriptures.
A key to knowing your are attending a Bible believing church is look around. Do all or most of the people come with a Bible? Does the preaching or lesson encourage people to open their own Bible and read along? Is there “proof texting” of the assertions being made. Does the teaching of the text being used make sense in the context of that passage. (A key concern)
By using due diligence you will be protected from the ravages of false teachers, false sects, and idolatry. Use your mind and reason anchored in Bible truths. The order of dependence should be Bible truths (fact), trust in the faithfulness of God (faith), and then your own inclinations (feeling). Never get things out of order. If you do, sorrow will dog your footsteps.
Exodus 20; Ecclesiastes 12:20; Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 2:15; Romans 10:17