London Baptist Confession – Week 8

2. God and the Holy Spirit (cont.)

2. God, having all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and from Himself, is unique in being all- sufficient, both in Himself and to Himself, not standing in need of any creature which He has made, nor deriving any glory from such.

– On the contrary, it is God Who manifests His own glory in them, through them, to them and upon them. He is the only fountain of all being; from Whom, through Whom, and to Whom all things exist and move.

– He has completely sovereign dominion over all creatures, to do through them, for them, or to them whatever He pleases.

– In His sight all things are open and manifest; His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and not dependant on the creature.

– Therefore, nothing is for Him contingent or uncertain.

– He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works, and in all His commands.

– To Him is due from angels and men whatever worship, service, or obedience, they owe as creatures to the Creator, and whatever else He is pleased to require from them.

(John 5:26; Psalms 148:13; Psalms 119:68; Job 22:2, 3; Romans 11:34-36; Daniel 4:25, 34, 35; Hebrews 4:13; Ezekiel 11:5; Acts 15:18; Psalms 145:17; Revelation 5:12-14)

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle….

Amy over at Raising Arrows makes a very good point:

In this day and age children are a hobby. They are part of a bucket list…something to do before we die.

Get a high paying job – CHECK
Visit another country – CHECK
Have a baby – CHECK

Eventually, they are relegated to the status of “pet”, we put them in “quality kennels”, pat ourselves on the back for making such sound decisions, and head off to pursue the next thing on the list.

(Read the rest of this great post HERE)

London Baptist Confession – Week 7

2. God and the Holy Spirit

  1. The Lord our God is the one and only living and true God; Whose subsistence is in and of Himself- Who is infinite in being and perfection; Whose essence cannot be comprehended by any but Himself;- Who is a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions

    – Who only has immortality

    – Who dwells in the light which no man can approach, Who is immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, in every way infinite, most holy, most wise, most free, most absolute;

    – Who works all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will, for His own glory;

    – Who is most loving, gracious, merciful, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth;

    – Who forgives iniquity, transgression, and sin;

    – Who is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him;

    – and Who, at the same time, is most just and terrible in His judgements, hating all sin and Who will by no means clear the guilty.

(1 Corinthians 8:4, 6; Deuteronomy 6:4; Jeremiah 10:10; Isaiah 48:12; Exodus 3:14; John 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Deuteronomy 4:15, 16; Malachi 3:6; 1 Kings 8:27; Jeremiah 23:23; Psalms 90:2; Genesis 17:1; Isaiah 6:3; Psalms 115:3; Isaiah 46:10; Proverbs 16:4; Romans 11:36; Exodus 34:6, 7; Hebrews 11:6; Nehemiah 9:32, 33; Psalms 5:5, 6; Exodus 34:7; Nahum 1:2, 3)

London Baptist Confession – Week 6

1. The Holy Scriptures – cont.

10.   The supreme judge, by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and by which must be examined all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, and doctrines of men and private spirits can be no other than the Holy Scripture, delivered by the Spirit. And in the sentence of Scripture we are to rest, for it is in Scripture, delivered by the Spirit, that our faith is finally resolved.21

21Matthew 22:29, 31-32; Ephesians 2:20; Acts 28:23

The Case for Siblings

Given the current events at the Pauper’s Hovel (bed-rest and pre-term labor hospitalization at 21 weeks and then some more indefinite bed-rest) the article below was a great reminder of why we believe what we believe and why then we welcome that theology to impact our lives.  In the last few weeks we have heard some of the strangest thoughts voiced in regards to the current difficult pregnancy, many stemming from the same mentality that Simcha has experienced:

“But everyone else seems to think that a new baby is bad for the other kids. Dozens of times, I’ve had strangers peer around my enormous belly to coo at the toddler, “Aww … now you won’t get to be the baby anymore.”

Thanks, lady. Thanks for informing my child that she’s suffering. Luckily, she doesn’t know what you’re talking about—and neither do you.”

You see a man-centered, materialistic (meant in the basic sense of tied to the material world as opposed to the spiritual one but the common usage relating to the pursuit of material wealth fits too) worldview does understand why anyone would want to go through the madness of a large family! One of my favorite quotes from the article gives a great reason:

“Because one day, I won’t be here, and the kids will only have each other. They are getting used to caring for each other, and care engenders love.”

– Click Here to read the whole article

Thanks to Kelly @generationcedar.com for bringing this article to my attention. It resonated with me as well!

London Baptist Confession – Week 5

1. The Holy Scriptures – cont.

8.   The Old Testament in14 Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old), and the New Testament in Greek (which at the time of its writing was most generally known to the nations) were immediately inspired by God, and were kept pure through subsequent ages by His singular care and providence. They are therefore15 authentic , so that in all controversies of religion , the church must appeal to them as final.16

But because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God who have a right to, and an interest in the Scriptures, and who are commanded to read and search them17 in the fear of God, the Scriptures are therefore to be translated into the ordinary language of every nation into which they come18, so that, with the Word of God living19 richly in all, people may worship God in an acceptable manner, and through patience and comfort of the Scriptures may have hope.

9.   The infallible rule for the interpretation of Scripture is the Scripture itself20, and therefore whenever there is a question about the true and full sense of any scripture (which is not manifold, but one), it must be searched by other passages which speak more clearly.

14 Romans 3:2;

15 Isaiah 8:20;

16 Acts 15:15;

17 John 5:39;

18 1 Corinthians 14:6, 9, 11, 12, 24, 28;

19 Colossians 3:16

20 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Acts 15:15, 16

Tears of a 4 year old

The Baby Conference – Day 2

July 9th, 2010
San Antonio, TX

Tonight we watched many things for which happiness flowed. We watched Michelle Duggar receive the “Mother of the Year” award and heard her testify of the grace of God in their lives. We watched John Moore preview his next film which like his life will give great glory to the God he serves. We watched as the audience used feedback devices to share a bit about themselves and the work God is doing among the conference attendees. Each of these moments came with deep emotion and more than a few moist eyes.

However, the hardest part for this dad came when the  evening was drawing to a close and Doug Phillips began to give a report on Vision Forum’s mission to Rescue Haiti’s Children. As the footage rolled of the story of the 1,000,000+ orphans in this tiny nation the tears began rolling down the face of my tender-hearted 4 year old. My heart broke while I watched and prayed as her little mind began to try and process such horrors that even adult minds are left reeling. Her little heart broke with a godly sorrow and compassion that wants nothing more than Jesus to give each of these children homes with godly mothers and fathers. What is a father to do in such a moment? I held her tight and began to speak the truth to her, that God was not surprised by this horror and that he deeply loves each of these children, that God has not abandoned them and the same God that gives her confidence to sleep in safety (Ps 4:8) will do the same for them. I also reminded her that we have been praying for these children and supporting the efforts to care for them from the beginning. I also reminded her that we have been praying for the opportunity to adopt one of these precious ones. I shared with her that our tears and our “thinking” of them is useless but our praying is not.

A 4 year old does not understand the intricacies of international adoption law. She cannot fathom the all out war the UN, UNICEF, and Hollywood are waging against Christian adoption. All she knows is that she wants Rood and the other boys and girls to have homes where Christ is taught and they are loved. She could not sleep until she was confident that God was working for these children and that our family is committed to being part of the solution.

Oh that we could be more like The Little Pauper, that we could be so moved with compassion that we could not sleep until we are sure of God’s answer and help.

The Baby Conference – Day 1

We have come to pick a fight

July 8th, 2010
San Antonio, TX

Tonight 1500 people met together to declare war on our culture. As Doug Phillips declared in his mince-no-words fashion, “[We] have come to pick a fight.” The culture that surrounds us has become one that without even realizing it or thinking about it, has embraced a culture of death instead of life. We prioritize convenience, temporary financial security, leisure, “freedom”, and ease over responsibility, obedience to God and his Word, and life.

You see, tonight as many women go to bed they will take a benign looking little pill the goal of which is to prevent pregnancy. Many of these women are unaware that one of the mechanisms by which this is accomplished is not by preventing conception but rather by making the reproductive tract inhospitable to the child which is already conceived. This pill in fact causes an abortion (even the AMA admits that there is no such thing as a non-abortifacient form of oral contraceptive, see here. Or here for non-AMA argument ). The human baby is already conceived and is therefore ensouled but is then by human action caused to die by making the very womb meant to nurture it, comfort it, protect it, by making this same womb toxic to its life, a life already created by a sovereign God who willed this child into existence by his own divine decree.

These mothers, many of who profess to by pro-life, will decide by taking that pill to reject the blessing of God that the bible declares children to be (Ps 127:3) and will instead take active steps that will kill their own children in their wombs by taking this little pill, many without even knowing it. They do this for many reasons, some will claim financial reasons, some will claim they are trying to “be wise”, others will be honest enough to specifically say that it is for convenience. Whatever the reason, they have, knowingly or unknowingly, chosen death of their children over life and trust in God.

I have already offended many of you by even typing these paragraphs because the culture of death has so permeated our world. It is offensive to you that someone would even suggest that you should not “control” your reproduction. But stop for a moment and ask yourself, what if God really does have something to say about this issue? What if the Bible does address how many children you should have? What if our culture is wrong? What if obedience to God requires an entirely different worldview and value structure? Are you willing to examine your prejudices? Are you willing to lay your worldview on the table and admit your sin if the Word of God points it out? Are you brave enough to seek the face of the God of the universe with a heart to obey what his Word commands? If so then hang in here with me for the challenge of a lifetime, hang in with me for a battle that has been raging for 6000 years and which will rage until Jesus returns, hang in with me for a painful, challenging journey of obedience!

(Look for upcoming posts on the Theology of Birth Control after this series on The Baby Conference concludes ……)

Quote of the Day: Sola Scriptura

Phil over at http://teampyro.blogspot.com says this:

“A follow-up message asks me if I am suggesting it’s wrong for someone to
abandon all books and human teachers and rely only on what he can glean from
the Bible for himself. Answer: yes, I think that’s wrong because it’s arrogant
and reflects a sinful kind of unteachability. This is my whole point: sola
Scriptura doesn’t rule out the valid role of teaching in the church.

Furthermore, it is simply not the case that any common, unskilled, unschooled
individual, sitting down with his Bible and no other tools, can expect to come
to a full and mature understanding of Scripture without any help from godly
teachers who understand some things better than he will ever get it on his
own.”

“Click http://teampyro.blogspot.com/2010/07/desert-island-exegesis.html to read
the entire post)

I could not have said it better myself. Bravo Phil!

London Baptist Confession – Week 4

1. The Holy Scriptures – cont.

6.   The whole counsel of God concerning all things9 necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down or necessarily contained in the Holy Scripture, to which nothing is to be added at any time, either by new revelation of the Spirit, or by the traditions of men.

Nevertheless, we acknowledge the10 inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the Word.

There are some circumstances concerning the worship of God and church government which are common to human actions and societies, which are to be11 ordered by the light of nature and Christian prudence, according to the general rules of the Word which are always to be observed.

7.   All things in scripture are not equally12 plain in themselves, nor equally clear to everyone, yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed and observed for salvation, are so13 clearly propounded and revealed in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the educated but also the uneducated may attain a sufficient understanding of them by the due use of ordinary means.

9 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Galatians 1:8,9;

10John 6:45; 1 Corinthians 2:9-12;

111 Corinthians 11:13, 14; 1 Corinthians 14:26,40

122 Peter 3:16;

13Psalms 19:7; Psalms 119:130