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Please join us as we seek the Lord
Jesus Christ and give Him pre-eminence
in everything. Our desire is to lift up the
infallible Scriptures to guide us in all we
do. We charge the leaders to shepherd
the sheep with love from a pure heart, a
good conscience, and a sincere faith.
1 Timothy 1:5.
We admonish the Body of Christ to do all things through humility,
gentleness, and patience, forbearing one another in love; therefore
keeping the unity of the Brethren.
To God be all glory,
Sept 5th 2015
In an open letter to the gov't of the United States, the pastor and elders of the United Reformed Church in Oceanside has done what the church has in some quarters failed to do, They have written a letter calling the civil Gov't to repent based upon the Word of God and to reverse the supreme courts decision on gay marriage. Rather than appealing to the Constitution or to civil law, this letter calls them to the authority of God Almighty and to His Word as the supreme authority to which all men and governments are to submit. In reading the letter two things stand out.
First, the letter calls the Gov't to repentance before God and does so on the authority of God over the Gov't. The ultimate authority over any people or Gov't is God and His word, not the laws in place, or the constitution, or nine justices in black robes.
The second thing the letter does is that it recognizes that God has placed the civil Gov't in authority. (Romans 13:1-7) "For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God". Christians are to be in subjection to the governing authorities except when the Gov't would call Christians to sin.
As we face new challenges in our country as Christians let us remember that we serve an almighty God and that He is over all. We must call all men to repentance and faith in Christ first and not to political action commitees.
The Scriptures teach us that God does not change, that He is immutable in His essential being.(James 1:17) The Bible further teaches us that God is sovereign, but what exactly IS the sovereignty of God and how does it apply to worship? Does God regulate or command that His worship be carried out in a prescribed manner?
Before I begin this next article on the RPW (Regulative Principle of Worship), I think it is important to talk Who We Are the desire of God for a moment in worship. Worship is the act of surrendering ones will to God in the ackowledgement that He is sovereign and that we are the creatures.
Last time we looked some Old Testament passages to see what God has to say regarding His worship. This time we'll look at some New Testament passages to see if God still regulates His worship. First we will cover some things that are foundational to the Christian's understanding of who he is in Christ and who he belongs to.
"I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will
of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter.
I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, "You
are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself." My hope
arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the
-Charles Hadden Spurgeon
"God is the only desirable good; nothing without him is worthy of our
hearts. . . . The life, the glory, the blessedness, the soul-satisfying goodness
that is in God are beyond all expression.
And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment."
1 John 3:23