Yes once again it is that special time of year where we shut off all the lights in the house and sing the Reformation Polka to drown out the cries of the trick or treaters. Sing it with me now:
Q. When do I sin against preaching of the
A. When you refuse to hear God’s ministers, or hearing them, refuse to follow their wholesome doctrine (2 Chron 36:16; Jer
Q. When else do I sin against preaching of the Word?
A. When you mock, or despise, or reproach the ministers; also when you raise lies and scandals of them, or receive such lies or scandals raised; you then also sin against the preaching of the Word, when you persecute them that preach it, or are secretly glad to see them so used (2 Chron 30:1,10; Rom 3:8; Jer
20:10; 1 Thess 2:15,16).
Q. How will godly acquaintance greaten my sin?
A. When you sin against their counsels, warnings, or persuasions to the contrary; also when their lives and conversations are a reproof to you, and yet against all you will sin. Thus sinned Ishmael, Esau, Eli’s sons, Absalom and Judas, they had good company, good counsels, and a good life set before them by their godly acquaintance, but they sinned against all, and their judgment was the greater. Ishmael was cast away (Gen 21:10), Esau hated (Gal 4:30), Eli’s sons died suddenly (Mal 1:2; 1 Sam
2:25,34, 4:11), Absalom and Judas were both strangely hanged (2 Sam 18; Matt 27).
Q. Are sins thus heightened, distinguished from others by any special name?
A. Yes; they are called rebellion, and are compared to the sin of witchcraft (1 Sam 15:23), they are called willful sins (Heb 10:26), they are called briars and thorns, and they that bring them forth are ‘nigh unto cursing, whose end is to be burned’ ( Heb 6:7,8).
Q. Are there any other things that can make little sins great ones?
A. Yes; as when you sin against the judgments of God. As for example, you see the judgments of God come upon some for their transgressions, and you go on in their
iniquities; as also when you sin against the patience, long-suffering, and forbearance of God, this will make little sins great ones (Dan 5:21-24; Rom 2:4,5).
Q. Did ever God punish little children for sin against him?
A. Yes; when the flood came, he drowned all the little children that were in the old world: he also burned up all the little children which were in Sodom; and because upon a time the little children at Bethel mocked the prophet as hewas a going to worship God, God let loose two she-bears upon them, which tore forty and two of them to pieces (2 Kings 2:23,24)
Came across this one quite providentially while looking for another song. Liked what they were doing so much I decided to choose it for today.
Q. What kind of sins are the greatest?
A. Adultery, fornication, murder, theft, swearing,
lying, covetousness, witchcraft, sedition, heresies, or any the like (1 Cor 6:9,10; Eph 5:3-6; Col 3:5,6; Gal 5:19-21; Rev 21:8).
Q. What do you mean by circumstances that attend sin?
A. I mean light, knowledge, the preaching of the Word, godly acquaintance, timely caution, &c.
Q. Will these make an alteration in the sin?
A. These things attending sinners, will make little sins great, yea greater than greater sins that are committed in grossest ignorance.
Q. How do you prove that?
A. Sodom and Gomorrah wallowed in all or most of those gross transgressions above mentioned: yea, they were said to be sinners exceedingly, they lived in such sins as may not be spoken of without blushing, and yet God swears that Israel, his church, had done worse than they (Eze 16:48), and the Lord Jesus also seconds it in that threatening of his, ‘I say unto you, That it shall
be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the
day of judgment than for thee’ (Matt 11:24; Luke 10:12).
Q. And was this the reason, namely, because they had such circumstances attending them as Sodom had not?
A. Yes, as will plainly appear, if you read the three chapters above mentioned.
Q. When do I sin against light and knowledge?
A. When you sin against convictions of conscience, when you sin against a known law of God, when you sin against counsels, and dissuasion of friends, then you sin against light and knowledge (Rom 1:32).
Once again the sound of Liberty Bell peals out and the tatterdemalion stumbles towards you saying:
Ladies and Gentlemen it is a distinct pleasure to once again post a Frenetic Friday. And we have a good one for you.
So those of you who are living in Portland have probably seen this: (warning language)
It is nice to see these thugs get a little comeuppance now if Portland’s mayor would just get a backbone and do the same.
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Yes you know what that means the Robotic Over Lords has stepped u[ their world domination case in point:
And with that terrifying video I bid you good night until the next Frenetic Friday.
Seems appropriate since I was running a low grade fever for most of last week.
Well it appears that the medical professionals and I get to go back to work tomorrow. Once again able to pay bills, and ultimately qualify for medical insurance. Thanks for your prayers and support.
Q. But why might not the ungodly be
punished with this punishment in this world,that we might have seen it and believe?
A. Ifthe ungodly should with punishment have been rewarded in this world, it would in all probability have overthrown the whole order
that God hath settled here among men. For who could have endured here to have seen the flames of fire, to have heard the groans, and to have seen the tears, perhaps, of damned
relations, as parents or children? Therefore as Tophet of old was without the city, and as the
gallows and gibbets are built without the towns; so Christ hath ordered that they who are to be punished with this kind of torment, shall be taken away: ‘Take him away,’ saith he (out of this world) ‘and cast him into outer
darkness,’ and let him have his punishment there ‘there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth’ (Matt 22:13). Besides, faith is not to be
wrought by looking into hell, and seeing thedamned tormented before our eyes, but by ‘hearing the word of God’ (Rom 10:17). For he that shall not believe Moses and the prophets, will not be persuaded should one come from the dead, yea should one come to them in flames to persuade them (Luke 16:27-31).
Q. Are there degrees of torments in hell?
A. Yes, for God will reward every one according to their works. ‘Wo unto the wicked, it shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall
be given him’ (Isa 3:11).
Q. Who are like to be most punished there, men or children?
A. The punishment in hell comes not upon sinners according to age, but sin; so that whether they be men or children, the greater sin, the greater punishment; ‘For there is no respect of persons with God’ (Rom2:11).
Q. How do you distinguish between great sins and little ones?
A. By their nature, and by the circumstances that attend them.
Q. What do you mean by their nature?
A. I mean when they are very gross in themselves (2 Chron 33:2; Eze 16:42).
Q. How are men punished in this world for sin?
A. Many ways, as with sickness, losses, crosses, disappointments and the like: sometimes also God giveth them up to their
own heart’s lusts, to blindness of mind also, and hardness of heart; yea, and sometimes to strong delusions that they might believe lies, and be damned (Lev 26:15,26; Amos 4:7,10; Rom1:24,28; Exo 4:21, 9:12-14; Zeph 1:17; Rom 11:7,8; 2 Thess 2:11,12).
Q. How are sinners punished in the world to
A. With a worm that never dies, and with a fire that never shall be quenched (Mark 9:44).
Q. Whither do sinners go to receive this punishment?
A. ‘The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God’
Q. What is hell?
A. It is a place and a state most fearful (Luke 13:28, 16:28; Acts 1:25).
Q. Why do you call it a place?
A. Because in hell shall all the damned be confined as in a
prison, in their chains of darkness forever (Luke 12:5,58, 16:26; Jude 6).
Q. What [kind of] place is hell?
A. It is a dark bottomless burning lake of fire, large enough to hold all that perish (Matt 22:13; Rev 20:1,15; Isa 30:35; Prov 27:20).
Q. What do you mean when you say it is a fearful state?
A. I mean, that it is the lot of those that are cast in thither to be tormented in most fearful manner, to wit, with wrath and fiery indignation (Rom 2:9; Heb 10:26,27).
Q. In what parts shall they be thus fearfully tormented?
A. In body and soul: for hell-fire shall kindle upon both beyond what now can be thought (Matt 10:28; Luke 16:24; James 5:3)
Q. How long shall they be in this condition?
A. ‘These shall go away into everlasting punishment’ (Matt 25:46).
‘And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever,
and they have no rest day nor night’ (Rev 14:11). For they ‘shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power’ (2 Thess1:9).