The Peace Which Christ Gives His True Followers, Jonathan Edwards (August 1750)
The Loveliness of Jesus: link to the sermon “The Loveliness of Jesus” and the Article “The Loveliness of Christ”
Classical Learning and the Blinding of Minds by David Ickes (121115)
The Three-Fold Sin Of Easybelievism by James L. Melton (112115)
From article “I Will Build My Church”
The article does an excellent job in, for one thing, exposing the false theologies which spiritualize away the truth of Scripture by equating Israel and the church.
“We must ever remember that Christ intended for the church to be something new and separate from Israel. It would neither partake of nor interfere with God’s promises to His earthly people, promises that will be fulfilled in their time. The church would be separate, too, from Israel’s religious ordinances. Here, again, the cults have gone astray.
“Mormonism, for example, pretends to have both an Aaronic and Melchisedec priesthood. Roman Catholicism claims to have a sacrificial priesthood that offers Christ continually as a sacrifice upon its altars. Some Baptists believe only the pastor is privy to the Holy Spirit and that he is God’s man on earth responsible for directing the temporal and spiritual lives of the members of “his” church. On the contrary, in the church every believer is a priest (1 Peter 2:9) and the sacrifices offered are “praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” and “to do good” (Hebrews 13:15-16).”
“That being the case, in love with our Bridegroom and longing to see Him face to face, let us hold the things of earth lightly and live for eternity. Let us please Him alone, not following men or organizations but by faith allowing our Head to nourish, sustain, and direct us and to live His life through us to His glory. ”
[Every church member is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit speaks to and guides every member who walks in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit gifts every church member for a particular spiritual job or jobs and purpose:
“Ephesians 4:11-16 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love..”]
1. John Leland: Colonial pastor and patriot
091211 ON SABBATICAL LAWS
101811 THE PARCHMENT. AN ALLEGORY
110511 FREE THOUGHTS ON WAR
2. Pastor William Raymond
3. Chad Bush AKA Baptist Evangelist
4. What’s Conservative about the Pledge of Allegiance? by Gary Healy (110403).
5. Paul’s Reproof of Peter (Who is above reproof? Is a pastor above reproof?)
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