Category Archives: reformation

Musings on … God is Love

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I keep hearing this “God is Love”, especially when it comes to um, how to put this, either sin of any kind, non-christians to christians, etc. And by Etc., I mean anyone who doesn’t understand the fullness of God.

Here is the link to the full size one READ IT! [if you click on picture it should pop up full size]

Tim Challies has a bunch of these Visual Theology Posters/Prints, I recommend looking at all of them. Store front here

so back to God is Love. Yes, God is Love, BUT He is and has other attributes or characteristics. God is all of his attributes, all of the time, from the beginning to the end of time. He cannot separate Himself from any of those attributes, therefore WE should NOT separate any of those attributes from Him.

When we place so much emphasis on the character[s] of God that we like or that are comfy, mushy, soft and fluffy and not include the hard to understand and comprehend character aspects, we make our God small. and comfy. and genie in a bottle-like, easy to digest and we mock Him.

We throw out ‘God is Love’ when we want someone to love us or not judge us. We want the love of God but not the wrath or justice of God or even the holiness of God and especially not omnipresence, that would mean He can know us, our hearts, our thoughts, our mind.

He does know us, our hearts, minds and souls, that is why we are called to Love Him with all our hearts, minds and souls and strength.

To seek after Him and glorify ALL of Him to the nations.

Without wrath, there would be no love, without love there would be no justice, without justice there would be no need for mercy and so on and so on. please look at the picture and pray and ask the Lord how you can come to know all His attributes and proclaim all of them to the world. Or even just your family and neighbors 😉

Please don’t miss out on all God has done for you and will do for you through His Holy Spirit, my beloved.

Family Advent Devotions for the Christmas Season ~ Week 1

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November 29th starts this seasons devotions:

These are from the booklet we use at our church

The First Week

The Prophets

On the fourth Sunday before Christmas, light the prophet’s gold candle. Have family members read Scripture passages, then sing a carol, and give thanks to God. This short service is repeated each evening during the week with only one candle lit.

Sunday

Isaiah 60:1-5:

Hebrews 1:1-4:

Monday

Isaiah 7:10-14:

Micah 5:2:

Luke 2:4:

Matthew 1:18-23:

Tuesday

Isaiah 9:1-7:

Matthew 4:13-16:

Wednesday

Isaiah 42:1-7:

Matthew 12:15-21:

Thursday

Zechariah 9:9:

Matthew 21:1-3:                                                                                                                                                                                       Zechariah 11:12-13:

Matthew 27:3-10:

Friday

Isaiah 53:

Matthew 27:12-14:

John 19:36-37:

1 Peter 2:20-24:

Saturday

Zechariah 12:10:

Joel 2:28:

2 Peter 1:16-21:

Carols: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” ; “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” ; “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People”


Happy Reformation Day ~ October 31st

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I’m republishing this post from last year, with a few revisions; enjoy!

Reformation Day is not so much a day as it is a movement. Movement away from the catholic church at the time to the bible, the simple law of God.

Many people became dissatisfied with the man-made laws, traditions, rules, sacraments, etc of the catholic church and started to reform Christianity.

Some men wanted reformation IN the catholic church and some just wanted to ‘protest’, break away from the church and begin anew.

Get back to the basics, get back to the bible, show people the Word in their own language {which the catholic church would not allow} no more indulgences for the dead, no more un-scriptural demands laid upon the people of that time.

Then they decided to make up a new  creed called the 5 Solas to stress the reliance on the things of Christ:

Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone
Solus Christus – Christ Alone
Sola Gratia – Grace Alone
Sola Fide – Faith Alone
Soli Deo Gloria – The Glory of God Alone

Which I have on the back of my car:

 

Q and A about Reformation Day here

A Sunday school lesson here

Protestant Reformation atWiki

William Farel, John Calvin, Theodore Beza, and John Knox

The Reformation Wall in Geneva. From left: William Farel, John Calvin, Theodore Beza, and John Knox

Some other sites to look at:

http://www.mun.ca/rels/reform/index.html

http://www.lepg.org/religion.htm

http://www.educ.msu.edu/homepages/laurence/reformation/index.htm

Well, now I’m sure I did not do the explanation justice, but I wanted to give you some tidbits about the Reformation. see here, here and here, too.

We attend Evangelical Reformed Church and we celebrate Reformation Day.

We will be having dinner, candy, crafts and booths where we talk about events that happened during the reformation period, and a video.

We focus on a certain person of the Reformation. This year is John Calvin.

The kids are able to dress in reformation era costumes, will mostly include monk attire. I have brought a brown bathrobe, huge cross and rope for years now. 🙂

My son will be in the booth discussing the TULIP  (http://www.calvinistcorner.com/tulip.htm) and the kids get to make a craft.

From here:

A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.
John Calvin

 All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors.
John Calvin

Augustine does not disagree with this when he teaches that it is a faculty of the reason and the will to choose good with the assistance of grace; evil, when grace is absent.
John Calvin  

Every one of us is, even from his mother’s womb, a master craftsman of idols.
John Calvin

For there is no one so great or mighty that he can avoid the misery that will rise up against him when he resists and strives against God.
John Calvin

God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation.
John Calvin

God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us – as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray.
John Calvin

However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts.
John Calvin

I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels.
John Calvin

Is it faith to understand nothing, and merely submit your convictions implicitly to the Church?
John Calvin

 

Blessings on whatever and however you celebrate today, and in everything glorify God!

Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences

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As I took a fresh look at the 95 thesis, I thought I would post it for you also!

 Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther
on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences
by Dr. Martin Luther (1517)
Published in:
Works of Martin Luther:
Adolph Spaeth, L.D. Reed, Henry Eyster Jacobs, et Al., Trans. & Eds.
(Philadelphia: A. J. Holman Company, 1915), Vol.1, pp. 29-38

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Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology, and Lecturer in Ordinary on the same at that place. Wherefore he requests that those who are unable to be present and debate orally with us, may do so by letter.

In the Name our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

    1. Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, when He said Poenitentiam agite, willed that the whole life of believers should be repentance.   

     

    2. This word cannot be understood to mean sacramental penance, i.e., confession and satisfaction, which is administered by the priests.
    3. Yet it means not inward repentance only; nay, there is no inward repentance which does not outwardly work divers mortifications of the flesh.
    4. The penalty [of sin], therefore, continues so long as hatred of self continues; for this is the true inward repentance, and continues until our entrance into the kingdom of heaven.
    5. The pope does not intend to remit, and cannot remit any penalties other than those which he has imposed either by his own authority or by that of the Canons.
    6. The pope cannot remit any guilt, except by declaring that it has been remitted by God and by assenting to God’s remission; though, to be sure, he may grant remission in cases reserved to his judgment. If his right to grant remission in such cases were despised, the guilt would remain entirely unforgiven.
    7. God remits guilt to no one whom He does not, at the same time, humble in all things and bring into subjection to His vicar, the priest.8. The penitential canons are imposed only on the living, and, according to them, nothing should be imposed on the dying.9. Therefore the Holy Spirit in the pope is kind to us, because in his decrees he always makes exception of the article of death and of necessity.

    10. Ignorant and wicked are the doings of those priests who, in the case of the dying, reserve canonical penances for purgatory.

    11. This changing of the canonical penalty to the penalty of purgatory is quite evidently one of the tares that were sown while the bishops slept.

    12. In former times the canonical penalties were imposed not after, but before absolution, as tests of true contrition.

    Read the rest of this entry

Christianity Yesterday Magazine

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****Update: Very Sadly, Christianity Yesterday Mag is going out of business****

see here for more details

[I will post more on my apologetics class later, but need to get some of my old drafts out!]

{Warning! Long post with lots of quotes from puritan reformed guys}

On to John Newton;

I read this sermon in ChristianityYesterday

www.christianityyesterday.com

and looked the sermon up on this site because I wanted to share some excerpts from it.

”We, on the contrary, were born and educated in a land, distinguished from all the nations of the earth, by the eminent degree in which we enjoy civil and religious liberty, and the light of gospel-truth.

These privileges exceedingly aggravate our sins; and no just comparison, in this respect, can be formed between us and other nations, until we can find a people who have been equally favoured, and for an equal space of time, by the providence of God, and have likewise equalled us in disobedience and ingratitude. ”

”1. Let us first look at home. I am a man of unclean lips. I am a sinner.

This confession suits us all; and is readily made by all who know themselves. The Lord said of the Amorites, at a certain period, Their iniquity is not yet full: I hope the measure of our iniquity is not yet full; but it is filling every day, and we are all daily contributing to fill it.

True believers, though by grace delivered from the reigning power of sin, are still sinners. In many things we offend all, in thought, word, and deed. We are now called upon to humble ourselves before God, for the sins of our ignorance, and for the more aggravated sins we have committed against light, and experience—for those personal sins, the record of which is only known to God and our consciences—for the defects and defilements of our best services—for our great and manifold failures in the discharge of our relative duties, as parents, children, husbands, wives, masters, or servants, and as members of the community.

Our dullness in the ways of God, our alertness in the pursuit of our own will and way; our differences to what concerns his glory, compared with the quickness of our apprehensions when our own temporal interests are affected; are so many proofs of our ingratitude and depravity.

The sins of the Lord’s own people are so many, and so heightened by the consideration of his known goodness, that if he was to enter into judgment with them only, they could offer no other plea than that which he has mercifully provided for them; If thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquity, O Lord, who could stand? but there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. ”

This sermon sounds like it could have been written in today’s era.

”We have likewise been long favoured with peace, though often principals in wars, which have been very calamitous, both to our enemies, and to the nations which have taken part in our affairs.

Our internal broils at different times have contributed to form and establish our present happy constitution. We breathe the air of civil liberty.

Our insular situation, and naval force, by the blessing of God, have preserved us from foreign invasions; and when such have been attempted, the winds and seas have often fought our battles.

Our wide spreading and flourishing commerce, has raised us to a pitch of opulence, which excites the admiration and envy of other nations.

Great Britain and Ireland appear but as small spots upon a globe or map, but our interests and influence extended, in every direction, to the uttermost parts of the earth. ”

”What then must be the state of those who avowedly live without God in the world? I need not enlarge upon this painful subject, which forces itself upon the mind, if we only walk the streets, or look into the newspaper.

It is not necessary to inform my hearers that infidelity, licentiousness, perjury, profaneness, the neglect and contempt of God’s Sabbaths and worship, abound. The laws of God, and the laws of the land, so far as their object is to enforce the observance of his commands, are openly and customarily violated in every rank of life.

In a day when the Lord of hosts calls to weeping and mourning; thoughtless security, dissipation and riot, are characteristics of our national spirit. The loss of public spirit, and that impatience of subordination, so generally observable, so widely diffused, which are the consequences of our sins against God, are, in themselves, moral causes sufficient to ruin the nation, unless his mercy interposes in our behalf. ”

It goes on to say though we have much cause to mourn for our sins, and humbly to deprecate deserved judgments, let us not despond.

He who loved you, and died for your sins, is the Lord of glory.

”You do well to mourn for the sins and miseries of those who know him not. But if you make him your fear and your dread, he will be a sanctuary to you, and keep your hearts in peace, though the earth be removed, and the mountains cast into the midst of the sea. ”

I love this sermon

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The Martyrs of Lyons

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/177-lyonsmartyrs.html

is another article, very good. We really don’t even know what real death- facing persecution is, I don’t anyway.

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The Morning Star of the Reformation

John Wycliffe

http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorpwycliffe.html

”It was at this time that the Papal Schism took place with a pope at Avignon, France, and another in Rome. Both claimed to be infallible and each excommunicated the other.

Added to all the other things which had been happening, Wycliffe came to see clearly that the whole papal system was anti-Christian. He stated that the pope was the man of sin, “who exalteth himself above … God”, as II Thessalonians 2:4 tells us.

3. Wycliffe bravely deals with his enemies, he works on the translation of the Bible into English and he sends out men to preach the Gospel.

Probably due to his increased workload and the numerous difficulties he had suffered, Wycliffe fell ill. When the friars heard of his illness they hurried to his bedside hoping that he would recant before his death.

However Wycliffe was not going to change his mind. His response to them was, “I shall not die but live, and again declare the evil deeds of the friars.” This prophecy was fulfilled and Wycliffe went on to the very important work of the translation of the Bible and the sending forth of his preachers, the Lollards. ”

This article is interesting because of how bad the church had gotten,

in the christianityyesterday article it states:

Both the papacy and the Church was a sea of debauchery and corruption, the monks and abbot’s lived lives of excess.

the Church collected a vast amount of wealth,

indulged themselves in every way imaginable.

friars preached fairy tales,

friars had the power to forgive sins, the catholic doctrine of transubstantiation.

Sounds like todays church, eh?