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Q. Alas! what shall we little children do?

A. Either go on in your sins, or remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come (Eccl 12:1).

Q. Why do you mock us, to bid us go on in our sins? you had need pray for us that God would save us.

A. I do not mock you, but as the wise man does; and besides, I pray for you

and wish your salvation.

Q. How does the wise man mock us?

A. Thus; ‘Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes: but know you, that for all these things God will bring you into judgment’

(Eccl 11:9).

Q. What a kind of mocking is this?

A. Such an one as is mixed with the greatest seriousness; as if he should say, yes, do, sinners, go on in your sins if you dare; do, live in your vanities,
but God will have a time to judge you for them.

Q. Is not this just as when my father bids me be naught if I will: but if I be naught he will beat me for it?

A. Yes; or like that saying of
Joshua, ‘If it seem evil unto you to serve the

Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve’;

serve your sins at your peril (Josh 24:15).

Q. Is it not best then for me to serve God?

A. Yes; for they that serve the devil must be where he is, and they that serve God and

Christ, must be where they are (John 12:26;
Matt 25:41).

Q. But when had I best begin to serve God?

A. Just now: ‘Remember NOW your Creator,’
NOW you have the gospel before you, NOW
your heart is tender and will be soon be broken.

Q. But if I follow my play and sports a little
longer, may I not come time enough?

A. I cannot promise thee that, for there be little graves in the churchyard; and who can tell but that thy young life is short; or if thou does live,

perhaps your day of grace may be as short as was Ishmael’s of old: read also Proverbs 1:24-26.

Q. But if I stay a little longer before I turn, I may have more wit to serve God than now I have, may I not?

A. If you stayest longer, you will have more sin, and perhaps less wit: for the

bigger sinner, the bigger fool (Prov 1:22).

Q. If I serve God sometimes, and my sin sometimes, how then?

A. ‘No man can serve two masters.’ You cannot serve God and your

sins (Matt 6:24). God saith, ‘My Son, give me your heart’ (Prov 23:26). Also your soul and
body are his; but the double-minded man is
forbidden to think that he shall receive any
thing of the Lord (1 Cor 6:20; James 1:7,8).

Q. Do you find many such little children as I am, serve God?

A. Not many; yet some I do, Samuel served him being a child (1 Sam 3:1).

When Josiah was young he began to seek after the God of his father David (2 Chron 34:3).
And how kindly did our Lord Jesus take it, to
see the little children run tripping before him, and crying, Hosannah to the Son of David?
(Matt 21:15,16).

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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).

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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
come?

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’
(Psa 9:17).

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).

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Q. Where does this alienation from God
appear?

A. In the love they have to their sins, in their being loth to come to him, in their pleading idle excuses for their sins, and in their
ignorance of the excellent mysteries of his blessed gospel (Eph 2:2,3,11,12, 4:18,19; Rom1:28).

Q. What is temporal death?

A. To have body and soul separated asunder, the body
returning to the dust as it was, and the spirit to God that gave it (Gen 3:19; Eccl 12:7).

Q. What is everlasting death?

A. For body and soul to be separate for ever from God, and to be cast into hell fire (Luke 13:27; Mark 9:43).

Frenetic Friday a video


This is going to be short and sweet. First look at this:

Consider this, what is the ultimate source of issues in the church? Is it not ignorance of the scripture? If you are on social media you have seen exactly what has been shown in this video.

What is worse is when, and I speak from personal experience here, you confront the offender and get mobbed by the “social media christians” for being “unloving”, or and this is my favourite one ” too serious” about the posts. As if saying heretical statements about God or the Bible isn’t a serious matter.
The point is as the bible says:

my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge Hosea 4:6

Our lack of bible knowledge is killing the church.

Ligneous Hermeneutics


I fully admit that there are certain things that tend to make me erupt. Certain triggers that makes me bark like that Russell Terrier next door.  One of these happens to be dispensational hermeneutics.  Now a little back story.  I came to Christ during the heyday of Hal Lindsey’s Late Great Planet Earth.  I grew up in what can only be called a liberal protestant church so the first time I was exposed to the concepts of the imminent return of Christ, the rapture,  the tribulation, I was scared spit less.  I didn’t want to be “left behind”.

Later on I went through a series of teaching at the Bible church that I was attending called “God’s plan for the ages”  In it I learned what can only be called “classic dispensationalism”  Seven dispensations or economies,  separation of Israel and the Church and the “grammatical-historic hermeneutic”.

So on twitter I was asked why I didn’t like the “grammatical-historic hermeneutic”  and I replied:

Yes everyone replies with that statement as if that was the problem instead of the wooden literalism they thrust upon it.

Which is a bit snarky I will freely admit and let me apologize for the snark right now. But it is true it isn’t the “grammatical-historic” method or interpreting. In R.C.Sproul’s book Knowing Scripture he lists this method as one of the interpretive methods used to understand the text of scripture.  What I dislike is the presuppositions that are applied to the method that tend to skew the results.

For instance it has been my experience that those that follow the dispensational method of grammatical-historic interpretation (here to be known as DMGH) tend to  down play the genre of the text and the theological implications of the text.  Take the case of Sarah and Hagar.

In Galatians 4 Paul takes the historical narrative regarding Sarah and Hagar and says they are metaphors for two types of covenants.  But that violates completely what you would interpret from that story in Genesis  but Paul adds a theological interpretation that wouldn’t be allowed under the strict literalism of dispensationalist.

And there lies the problem I have with DMGH it must be always the literal meaning even though there are multiple times that isn’t how the text is being interpreted by other writers of the scripture.  Examples  Matt 1:23 ~Isa. 7:14   following DMGH Isa. 7:14 can only be fulfilled in the time of Ahab and in fact according to Isa. 8:1-4 Isaiah’s son actually fulfilled the prophecy.    Yet Matthew says this applies to Jesus.  So there must be something more than just grammar and history regarding this interpretation there is a theological genre that must be added to it.

This wooden hermeneutic which IMHO does more damage to the text  by not considering the total:   Grammatical, historical, genre, and  theological method which is I believe the more fuller method of biblical interpretation.

 

Frenetic Friday


Buckle up it’s going to be a bumpy ride.  More like a roller coaster actually.

Breakfast its important

Oh where to start, where to start.  How about breakfast?  It is the most important meal of the day.  Well unless you’re Kellogg’s Corn Pops then well then you are racist, at least your art on your cereal box is.

I am of two minds regarding this.  First  in the sea of yellow characters why did the artist have just one brown character?   And why a janitorial job?  But my other thought is am I reading too much into the back of cereal box?  Must we look for the hidden agenda everywhere?

Oh and while we are on this subject here is a helpful flow chart supplied by  1870 Magazine to help you decided if your Halloween Costume is racist.

Personally I am staying home and reading a book.

And now in barking mad news:

From the website of Campus Reform comes the story of a feminist professor by the name of Sara Giordano who claims that “traditional science” relies on “a colonial and racialized form of power,” and must be replaced with an “anti-science, antiracist, feminist approach to knowledge production.”  No I am not making this up click the link.  Of course my thought is that good luck on getting your computer fixed with that”anti-science, antiracist, feminist approach to knowledge production.”

Speaking of Science…

From the U.K.’s Independent: Scientists can’t figure out why the universe exists at all.  According to the current model in the beginning there would have been equal amounts of matter and anti-matter which should have annihilated each other completely leaving no matter at all. Christian Smorra, the author of a new study conducted at CERN said this:

All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist. An asymmetry must exist here somewhere but we simply do not understand where the difference is. What is the source of the symmetry break?

The latest possibility was matter and anti-matter’s different magnetism. But new research shows that they are identical in that way too – lending further mystery to the question of why the universe is still around at all.

My answer to this is:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17

Robotic Over Lord alert

Do you remember Sophia the robot that wants to destroy humans?

Now comes information from Saudi Arabia that Sophia has been given citizenship. however unlike other “females” that live in Saudi Arabia she won’t have to wear a burka, maybe. And it is unclear what citizenship will mean for robots in Saudi Arabia. Of course under Saudi law females can’t make important decisions unless given permission by their male guardians. Which should give humanity some breathing room.

And that is it for Frenetic Friday.

But there are many interpretations ~ John Divito


Today’s Theology Thursday comes from the Founders Ministries

But there are many interpretations

Over the years, when I bring God’s Word into my conversations with others, I have often heard: “But there are so many different interpretations of the Bible. How do you know that yours is the one that is true? Isn’t it arrogant to believe that your interpretation is the only true one?” Because I know that many people have asked these questions or have wrestled with the many interpretations of Scripture out there, here is my response:

Scripture is God’s Revelation to Us

We must begin by answering the question: What is Scripture? There are really only two possible answers to this question. One way is to recognize the Bible as God’s words to mankind. So our Creator and Lord has revealed Himself and His will to us in the pages of Scripture through human authors. Now if God has sought to communicate to us, then why would we think that He cannot speak to us clearly so that we will understand His revelation to us? When our God speaks, He speaks to be understood. God has created us in His image to receive His revelation so that we can know what He wants us to know. Therefore, we have every confidence in knowing that we can understand what God has revealed when we interpret His Word.  (Continue here)

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What are the sacraments or ordinances?

    The sacraments or ordinances given by God and instituted by Christ, namely baptism and the Lord’s Supper, are visible signs and seals that we are bound together as a community of faith by his death and resurrection. By our use of them the Holy Spirit more fully declares and seals the promises of the gospel to us.

    Romans 6:4 and Luke 22:19–20

    We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

    And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”

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    With what attitude should we pray?

      With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God’s will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, he always hears our prayers.

      Philippians 4:6

      Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.