ePubs and your Christian Library

ePubs and your Christian Library

If you’re like me – someone who likes to read, then it’s about time you learned how to start using epubs. Now what in the world are epubs?

EPUB is an e-book file format with the extension .epub that can be downloaded and read on devices like smartphones, tablets, computers, or e-readers. It is a free and open standard published by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). The term is short for electronic publication and is sometimes styled ePub.

The best ‘Application’ to store and read your epubs is of course Google Play Books. So before you can do anything else, you have to make sure you have the application ‘Google Play Books’ installed on your mobile device. Chances are, it’s already installed on it (it’s on mine as “Play Books”). If it’s not preinstalled, just go ahead and download it from the Google Play Store or your Apple’s iTunes.

With Google Play Books for Chrome, you can use just about any device you own to read any book, anywhere. Great Reading Experience – Make your books available for reading even when you are not connected to the Internet – Change font and layout, search within the book – Highlight text, add margin notes and select words to find definition, to translate, or to search online. Discover Millions of Titles – Over 4 million books in every imaginable category, from the New York Times ® bestsellers to favorite classics – Millions of free books available instantly. And if you’ve logged in to Google Play Books with your email ID then whatever you mark, highlight or take notes on is at once synced to all your devices and book marked. So if you’ve been reading on your iPad at the workplace, you could go home and continue where you left off on your smartphone complete with the same markings, hightlights and notes etc.

Now we are looking for free Christian Reformed epubs, right? And for this you have two very good websites which I personally know of –www.monergism.com , and www.chapellibrary.org . There are probably more sites out there. You just have to patiently search for them.

Once you have the Google Play Books downloaded on your Apple or Android device, all you need to do is just go to these websites offering free Christian books and find the book you desire to upload to your Playbooks and click on the icon that reads epub. The file will download to your mobile device and all you need to do is click on the downloaded file and it will open in your Google Playbooks. Ta da! Now you can set the font to your desired size and start reading, highlighting and taking notes and if you wish you could even share what you’ve read on your Social Media website.

I personally have right now on my Google Play Books the complete works of A.W. Pink, J.C. Philpot, Spurgeon, John Flavel, Bunyan, Edwards and much more. God bless the brothers who have made these available for FREE!

So while I’m waiting for the subway train to arrive or for my wife to finish her shopping, I am not goofing off playin’ ‘Candy Crush’ but I redeem the time reading Theology because my whole Christian Library is now in my pocket! Praise the Lord!

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING the Word of Truth!”
[2Tim 2:15]

Love
Michael Jeshurun

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CHRISTIANS SHOULD HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH HALLOWEEN

CHRISTIANS SHOULD HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH HALLOWEEN

 HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN

 Celtic New Year

October 31 is the most important day in the satanic year. [It is known as the devil’s birthday.] It marks the Celtic new year. It was the end of the growing season. It became a festival of death. On this day, the god of the Celtics was to have called up the spirits of the wicked dead who had died during the past year. At the same time, other evil spirits arose and went about the countryside harassing the people. On October 31, the Celtics expected to be harassed by ghosts, evil spirits and demons; and it was no fun and games to them. They would light bonfires to guide the spirits to their own town and to ward off evil spirits.

 DRUIDS

The Celtics had priests called druids. On October 31, the druids went from house to house demanding certain foods, and all those who refused were cursed. The people were tormented by means of magic. As they went, the druids carried large turnips which they had hollowed out and on which they had carved demon faces as charms. Each one was believed to contain the demon spirit that personally led or guided that priest: his little god.

 DIVINATION

Those who practiced fortune telling and divination found that this was the night that they had the most success. They called upon satan to bless their efforts. One form of divination was to put apples in a tub and bob for them. The one who first successfully came up with one without putting them in his teeth was to have good luck throughout the year. They would then peel the apples and throw the peeling over their shoulders and then quickly look around. They expected to see a vision or an apparition of the one they were to marry.

 SACRIFICES

These things happened several centuries before CHRIST. Sacrifices were made to the gods, especially the god of death – Samhain (pronounced Sah win). Sacrifices all the way from vegetable to human were offered. This went on and on, and, in some parts of the world, still goes on today.

 8th CENTURY

In the 8th century, the Pope, in an effort to get the people to quit the festival of Sam hain, invented All Saints Day (Nov. 1). This was an attempt to get the people to turn away from the horrible observance of Sam hain. All Saints Day was intended to honor the martyrs of the Roman persecutions. It did not work! It never works to Christianize a pagan holiday. The holy and the profane do not mix.

 THE MIDDLE AGES

In the Middle Ages, there was a great revival of satanic practices and witchcraft and magic – like there is today. During this time the belief developed that witches traveled on broomsticks to the black Sabbaths to worship satan on October 31. They were guided by spirits in the form of black cats. The Druids worshiped cats believing them to be reincarnated evil people.

 CHURCH INVOLVEMENT

This festival of death has survived all the efforts of the church to stamp it out. The church is joining the opposition by celebrating this festival.

All Saints Day became All Hallows Day. Hallow means holy or sacred. October 31 is the evening before All Hallows Day and came to be called in the western world all hallows evening and then all hallows een. Een is an abbreviation for evening. Finally, the word was reduced to the way we have it today, Halloween. That’s where the name came from, and even if it is called all hallows evening, it has nothing to do with Christian faith, and it never did.

 MODERN HALLOWEEN

Now let’s look at the present day celebration of Halloween. Isn’t the whole theme one of darkness, death, fear, threats, destruction and evil? There are witches, broomsticks, bats, owls, ghosts, skeletons, death, and monsters. You dress up your children as demons and witches and ghouls and monsters and werewolves and send them out into the street in the darkness to reenact the Druids’ practice of demanding food from people under threat of tricks (or curses) if they don’t comply.

You take, not a turnip, but a pumpkin and carve demon faces in it and decorate with it.

At Halloween there will be apple bobbing, divination, fortune telling, haunted houses, candles lit and spirits called up. There will be seances and ouija boards in the name of fun and excitement. There will be sacrifices of dogs, cats, rats, chickens, goats and even humans!

You say, “Well, we don’t take it seriously.” But the devil does and so does God. Particularly this is true when the Church which He purchased with His own precious blood builds houses of horror in its fellowship halls so that the little lambs who have been entrusted to its care can be terrified and opened up to invading spirits of fear and torment and confusion.

 How this must Grieve the Lord!

 Scriptural References:

Hosea 4:6; Ezekiel 44:23; Deuteronomy 18:9-14; 7:25-26; James 1:27; II Corinthians 6:14; I Corinthians 10:19-23; I Thessalonians 5:21-23; Philippians 4:8.

 “HALLOWEEN, TRICK OR TREAT?

You can call a duck a horse, cow, cat, etc., but it is still a duck. You can call what you do a “fall festival”, “alleluia party”, etc., but you are still observing Halloween, even if you dress up as bible characters. Halloween is the highest satanic holy day of the year.

On October 31st, the high priest of all witch covens are required to make a human sacrifice. God condemns witches and everything to do with them. The head of the first satanic church said, “a witch is a witch”, when referring to black and white witchcraft. All their power comes from the devil.

People think it’s funny to scare people to “death”. II TIMOTHY 1:7 says, “For God has not given to us the spirit of fear…”. So guess who is scaring you?

Tell your children the truth about halloween. Revelation 21:8 says liars won’t make it to heaven. Then, parents, you will be doing your job as the high priest of the family like you are suppose to be. If you open your doors to pass out tracts, you are still observing halloween. Why don’t you pass them out another time?

 SPIRIT OF HALLOWEEN

“For Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,” 1 Sam. 15:23,

WITCHCRAFT – SATANISM

Witches are for Halloween or for superstitious primitives in seventeenth century Salem. That seems to be the “modern” outlook sophisticated skepticism and a knowing smile when it comes to witchcraft.

And yet Time’s recent cover story would indicate that witchcraft is not a thing of the past. Satan is not dead. Young people by the thousands are probing seriously the mysteries of “the other side,” from seances to Satan worship. Leading universities report over-enrolled courses on witchcraft . . . occult book sales have doubled in three years . . . most American high schools have their campus “witches and warlocks” . . . And occasionally the headlines shatter our complacency with the terror of Manson-style violence.

Halloween is celebrated by children in the United States. This issue is becoming debatable inside of Christian circles because of the rise of the occult in America.

Witchcraft-Satanism revivals and their obvious tie with pagan holiday causes Christians to question if the church should participate in Halloween.

Children are in costumes and masks with Halloween pumpkins of ‘Jack O’ Lanterns’ name for (Will Wisps) an ancient symbol of a damned soul, too long considered harmless fun, and innocent pranks.

Halloween is celebrated masquerading as Church fund-raising bazaars decorated with black cats and witches; skeletons, scarecrows, haunted houses, bats, vampires and dummies in coffins. It should not be integrated with the holiness of the scared house of God. It’s wicked and brings curses, (Deut. 11-36, 28.)

Some see it as evil and will have nothing to do with the celebration; others as harmless fun partake fully: costume parties, Halloween decorations and ‘trick-or-treat. Still others try to find a “middle” approach, allowing trick-or-treat and masquerades, but as “Bible characters” instead of demonic and occult figures.

Some Churches are now seeing the influence of its fruit. One cannot deny the occult-metaphysical nature of Halloween is not in line with the Christian in character. Despite this clear contrast, Christians defend their complicity in the holiday asserting their “liberty” in Christ from the bondages of “legalism,” declaring it is only innocent fun! God never gave us liberty to engage ourselves in evil!

“Learn not the way of the heathen . . . for the customs of the people are vain,” (Jeremiah 10:2-3).

“And what concord hath Christ with Belial or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,” (II Corinthians 6:15-17).

[Quoted from various sources on the Web]

Please do not post comments justifying either Christmas or Halloween . . . they will be promptly deleted!

Michael Jeshurun

THE BLESSING OF GOD IS OUTSIDE THE CAMP OF APOSTATE CHRISTIANITY

THE BLESSING OF GOD IS OUTSIDE THE CAMP OF APOSTATE CHRISTIANITY

A.W. Pink

“I am thoroughly convinced that one of the chief hindrances today to many of the Lord’s people enjoying their inheritance is that they are in their WRONG PLACE, they are where Christ is not: he is on the outside of EVERYTHING CORPORATE.

To be where he is not is to miss the place of blessing, is to have our peace disturbed, and is to be corrupted by those who are not walking with Him. I am more firmly convinced today than I was 14 months ago that our place is on the ‘outside of the camp’. That is the place of reproach, loneliness, and of testing; but as it is the place where CHRIST is, it is, necessarily, the place of blessing, peace and joy”.
[A.W. Pink in his letter to the Colemans. Quoted from ‘The Life of Arthur W. Pink’ – Iain H. Murray]

“COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, AND BE YE SEPARATE, SAITH THE LORD! [2 Corinthians 6:17].

And what will follow when this Divine command is obeyed? Why, then we shall prove the truth of those words of Christ: “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world HATETH you (John 15:19). WHICH “world” is specifically in view here? Let the previous verse answer: “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”

WHAT “world” hated Christ and hounded Him to death? The RELIGIOUS world, those who pretended to be most zealous for God’s glory. So it is now. Let the Christian turn his back upon a Christ—dishonoring Christendom, and his fiercest foes and most relentless and unscrupulous enemies will be those who claim to be Christians themselves!

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you… for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad” (Matthew 5:11,12).

Ah, my brother, it is a healthy sign, a sure mark that you are profiting from the Word, when the religious world hates you. BUT IF, ON THE OTHER HAND, YOU STILL HAVE A “GOOD STANDING” IN THE “CHURCHES” OR “ASSEMBLIES” THERE IS GRAVE REASON TO FEAR THAT YOU LOVE THE PRAISE OF MEN MORE THAN THAT OF GOD! [Profiting from the Word]

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, AND TOUCH NOT the unclean thing.” [2Cor6:14,17]

O my Christian reader, seek grace to obtain the uncompromising spirit of Moses. When urged to worship God in “Egypt” (i. e. the white-washed “churches” OF THE WORLD), say it is impossible, for “what communion hath light with darkness!” when pressed to leave your children in a worldly Sunday School, to be instructed by those who have not the fear of God upon them, refuse, when invited to at least retain your membership in the HOLY SPIRIT-DESERTED “CHURCHES” and contribute of your means to their upkeep, decline to do so.

That going forth to meet the Lord is to be understood as expressing both external and internal action. Externally, it signifies separation from the world, especially its pleasures, for Christ will not be met with while we waste our time engaging in them. “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers… come out from among them” (2 Corinthians 6:14-17) must be heeded if we would “meet the Bridegroom.” More particularly, their going forth denoted a turning of their backs upon the apostate ECCLESIASTICAL SYSTEM: Christ had informed His disciples that he had abandoned a Judaism which had rejected Him (Matthew 23:37, 38), so if they would meet with Him, they too must “go forth unto Him outside the camp” (Hebrews 13:15). THE SAME IS TRUE NOW. [Practical Christianity]

[Writing to Lowell Green, September 2, 1934]
My earnest advice is for you to have little or NOTHING TO DO with the people of the religious world today. They CANNOT help you spiritually, and where they help not they are bound to HINDER! Be much in prayer and on your guard against a holier-than -thou attitude. if we are not very watchful, separation soon leads to self- righteousness. On the other hand, association with empty professors soon corrupts and paralyzes true spirituality.

Prayer, reading and meditation will do far more for your soul – with God’s blessing on the same – than attending meetings and being active in ‘Christian service’

THE TRULY BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

THE TRULY BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” [Proverbs 31:30]

We long to be beautiful, don’t we?

There is nothing wrong in looking your best, but you can try in vain to make your beauty in your face, hair, and body….or you can come sit at the feet of the Author of beauty.

We all know people who are so very beautiful on the outside. However, that is where all of their beauty lies. Because their heart is ugly, mean, and empty. How does that change their outward beauty in your eyes?

There is nothing more beautiful than a girl who is in love with Jesus, and lets His beauty shine in her life. Jesus is so beautiful, and I have never seen His face. Everything that He is. Everything He has done for us. Every single promise. Girls, we have the opportunity to embrace this beauty, and broadcast it to the world.

Think of a small clay pot filled with dirt. There is nothing beautiful about looking at a pot of dirt. Even if that dirt has a tiny seed inside, we cannot see it. It is hidden. However, when that seed is watered, and given sunlight, and cultivated, and given attention, a small plant will begin to grow. The more attention we give this little seed the larger and more beautiful the plant will grow, and soon, this pot of dirt becomes something else to look at. Something special. Something beautiful.

We, in and of ourselves, are nothing special to look at. Who wants to look at simply a pot of dirt? However, when we have Jesus, we have something pretty special. We have something to cultivate– a beauty that is not our own. The more attention we give to Him, the more we can grow something of value inside of us. And soon, the people that look at us will no longer focus on a pot of dirt. In fact, the pot of dirt may go completely unnoticed, but not the flower. Jesus will become beauty inside of us. True, loving beauty from its very Author.

True beauty emanates from a woman who boldly and unabashedly knows who she is in Christ. She clings to God’s promises for her life and believes them as the most important thing about her.

I want my life to showcase, not my own small cup of dirt, but beautiful Jesus who lives inside of me. He is the one who needs to shine the brightest. He is the one who really needs to be seen. Fear the Lord. Stay close to His side.

“A woman who fears the Lord will not run away from God to satisfy her longings and relieve her anxieties. She will wait for the Lord. She will hope in God. She will stay close to the heart of God and trust in his promises. The prospect of departing into the way of sin will be too fearful to pursue; and the benefits of abiding in the shadow of the Almighty too glorious to forsake.” -John Piper

We have no worth apart from Him. The world says “You have to love yourself before you can love others.” But, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 22:37-39

The secret of life is NOT to fall in love with yourself. I don’t think we have much of a problem putting ourselves first. The secret is to fall in love with Jesus. Let His love fill your heart, and then we can put others needs first and love them like Jesus did. This is the secret to having a beautiful heart. Only when He is our everything can His beauty be a trademark of our lives.

“Any human beauty, any human value that we might find within ourselves is just a filthy rag compared to the limitless beauty and glory of Jesus Christ. Christ’s beauty is perfect. And, in spite of what we deserve, He desires to adorn us with His spectacular glory. It is not our unique beauty that must shine for this world to see. It is not our own beauty that we must discover and embrace – it is His. True beauty is the natural byproduct of a young woman who has emptied herself, given up her own life, and allowed God’s Spirit complete access to every dimension of her inner and outer life.” -Leslie Ludy

So, guess what. We are special because of Jesus. He IS beauty inside of us. Without Him, we would be just as lost as anyone else. Why would we not cling to Him? Why would we not cultivate the only thing that sets us apart from the world? Our relationship with Jesus. Anything we could muster up of ourselves that is “good” is really filthy rags in the eyes of God. (Isaiah 64:6) And will long fade away in the eyes of the world as well. Leslie Ludy also said, “If we rely on something that we possess to make us beautiful, we cannot receive the transforming beauty of Jesus Christ. Discovering true feminine beauty is exchanging all that we are for all that He is.”

Charles Spurgeon said, “If a soul has any beauty, it is because Christ has endowed that soul with His own, for in ourselves we are deformed and defiled! There is no beauty in any of us but what our Lord has worked in us.”

Girls, we desperately need to realize the value of true beauty. The world desperately needs to see Christ, and we have a desperately important role to showcase to the world, not our own beauty, but His!

By Lauren DeMoss

THE King James Version – IT RULETH

THE King James Version – IT RULETH

Michael Jeshurun

THIS is the Bible that I love and use. This is also the Bible that all my mentors used for the past 400 years. So please do not bother to educate me that there’s a ‘better one’! If you’ve found a ‘better’ version then use THAT and go to Heaven.

I am not interested in debates and arguments on Bible versions. If you post any comment below against THIS Bible or try to advise me of another then I will be compelled to delete that comment and if you persist even block you!

All the divines I learned from used THIS version and I intend to continue doing so. Thank you and God bless you!

Please allow me to say a few words of admonition to those who may be using one of the many ‘Modern versions’. Almost all modern versions of the Bible are unhistorical and irreverent. The Bible is not a modern, human book. It is not as new as the morning newspaper! If the Bible were THIS new, it would not be the Bible. On the contrary, the Bible is an ancient, divine book which nevertheless is always new because in it God reveals Himself. Hence, the language of the Bible SHOULD BE VENERABLE AS WELL AS INTELLIGIBLE, and the King James Version fulfills these two requirements better than any other bible in English. Hence, it is the King James Version which converts sinners soundly and makes of them diligent Bible students. 

When I read a portion of Scripture from the KJV, it is so grand and glorious and full of majesty, it just motivates me to memorize it and quote it verbatim with the reference! NONE of the modern versions challenge me thus! In fact every preacher whom I have known either personally, or through their writings who were ‘mighty in the Scriptures’ were all KJV men!

I write a lot of letters to Christians all over the globe even as far as Alaska! And when I write, either to comfort, edify or challenge them, I make it a point to load my letters with Scripture! For THIS is the divine admonition – “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God”! [1Pet 4:11]. For what I say matters little, it is what GOD says in His Word that really counts! And even though most of time I blend, mix and sometimes even paraphrase the KJV verses that I am quoting in my letters; all the recipients know that it is Bible I am quoting and glorify God for it! This would not be the case if I used the NIV or any of the other modern per-versions!

“In regard to Bible versions many contemporary Christians are behaving like spoiled and rebellious children. They want a Bible version that pleases them, no matter whether it pleases God or not. “We want a Bible version in our own idiom,” they clamor. “We want a Bible that talks to us in the same way in which we talk to our friends over the telephone. We want an informal God, no better educated than ourselves, with a limited vocabulary and a taste for modern slang.” And having thus registered their preference, they go their several ways. Some of them unite with the modernists in using the RSV or the NEB. Others deem the NASV or the NIV more “evangelical.” Still others opt for the TEV or the LIVING BIBLE.

BUT WHERE, OH WHERE, DEAR BROTHER OR SISTER, DID YOU EVER GET THE IDEA THAT IT IS UP TO YOU TO DECIDE WHICH BIBLE VERSION YOU WILL RECEIVE AS GOD’S HOLY WORD?

As long as you harbor this false notion, you are little better than an unbeliever. As long as you cherish this erroneous opinion, you are entirely on your own. For you, the Bible has no real authority—only that which your rebellious reason deigns to give it. For you, there is no comfort, no assurance of faith. Cast off, therefore, this carnal mind that leads to death! Put on the spiritual mind that leads to life and peace! Receive by faith the true text of God’s holy Word, which has been preserved down through the ages by His special providence”!
[Edward F. Hills. Thd. Minister of Christian Reformed Church]

As far as literary beauty and excellence go, the KJV stands in a class by itself! There is absolutely no comparison between – “Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow”! [KJV] and “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed” [NIV]. And surely a “Thus saith the Lord”! [KJV] has more majesty and authority behind it than a weak “This is what the lord says” [NIV]

Read what literary critics and authorities have said about the King James Version: Prof. Charles A. Dinsmore, for many years professor of literature at Yale Divinity School, in his great work THE ENGLISH BIBLE AS LITERATURE, spoke of “the unique and sovereign greatness of our King James Version,” saying:
“It is unlike any other book in our language, and in charm and power is above them all.”

Prof. William Lyon Phelps, educator, essayist, and longtime professor of English literature, said in reference to the King James Version:

“Priests, atheists, skeptics, devotees, agnostics, and evangelists, are generally agreed that the Authorized Version of the English Bible is the best example of English literature that the world has ever seen.”

Social and literary critic H.L. Mencken, rarely extravagant in his praise, said:

“It is the most beautiful of all translations of the Bible; indeed it is probably the most beautiful piece of writing in all the literature of the world.”

The translators of the Revised Version of 1881 had this to say about the King James Version:
“We have had to study this great version carefully and minutely, line by line; and the longer we have been engaged upon it, the more we have learned to admire its simplicity, its dignity, its power, its happy turns of expression, its general accuracy, and we must not fail to add, THE MUSIC OF ITS CADENCES AND THE FELICITIES OF ITS RHYTHM.

Oh there is something supernaturally musical and rhythmic in many portions of the KJV which is not found in any other version!

Here is one such rhythmic and musical favorite portion of mine –

“Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being His counselor hath taught Him? With whom took He counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of judgment, and taught Him knowledge, and shewed to Him the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, He taketh up the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. All nations before Him are as nothing; and they are counted to Him less than nothing, and vanity. To whom then will ye liken God? Or what likeness will ye compare unto Him”? [Isaiah 40:12-18]

These testimonials by authorities, writing from widely differing perspectives, are illustrative of the countless accolades over the years that have established the King James Version as inarguably pre-eminent both as the most trusted spiritual guide and authority, and as a priceless literary masterpiece. And thus it is always: the power to move souls to God and the beauty of Biblical language go mightily together!

EVEN CHRISTIANS HAVE THEIR IDOLS

EVEN CHRISTIANS HAVE THEIR IDOLS

Michael Jeshurun

The Scripture affirms that God is a jealous God and will have no other God’s before Him. [Ex 34:14] Especially, if you are a child of God, then He is jealous over you with a godly jealousy! He will not permit you to put any other gods before Him!

Incidentally a ‘god’ or an ‘idol’ is not just something made of stone or wood which the pagans bow before.

According to J.C. Philpot – “NOTHING IS TOO SMALL OR TOO INSIGNIFICANT WHICH, AT TIMES, MAY NOT BE AN IDOL; EVEN A TULIP OR A GOOSEBERRY! “What a wonderful large gooseberry! What a beautiful tulip”! Some will walk up and down their garden on the Lord’s day admiring their gooseberry trees, and praising the fruit, how fine and large it is; others their tulips or anemones. They look at them and admire them, fearful the frost may have done them some injury. THIS is idolatry, because it is something, which, for the time, the mind is looking at before God.

Whatever is meditated on preferably to God, whatever is desired more than he, whatever more interests us, pleases us, occupies our waking hours, or is more constantly in our mind, becomes an idol and a source of sin.

It is not the magnitude of the idol, but its existence as an object of worship, that constitutes idolatry. I have seen some Burmese idols not much larger than my hand, and I have seen some Egyptian idols weighing many tons. But both were equally idols, and the comparative size had nothing to do with the question. So spiritually, the idol is not to be measured by its size, its relative importance or non-importance. A flower may be as much an idol to one man as a chest full of gold to another. If you watch your heart, you will see idols rising and setting all day long, nearly as thickly as the stars by night.”

But the good Lord is faithful to show His children their ‘gods’ and ‘idols’ and give them the willingness to forsake them! “Ephraim shall say, what have I to do any more with idols”? [Hosea 14:8]

God always knows what our ‘idols’ are and what it is that is very dear to us and generally requires THAT! God requiring the Issac whom Abraham loved as an offering is a case in point!

“And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,
Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD’S, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.
So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; AND THE LORD DELIVERED THEM INTO HIS HANDS. . . .
And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his DAUGHTER came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and SHE WAS HIS ONLY CHILD; beside her he had neither son nor daughter”! [Judges 11:30-34]

Since the beginning of time men have forsaken all sorts of things for the Lord and His Kingdom. But they have never been the worse for forsaking them.

As the Master said – “Verily I say unto you, There is NO MAN that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, but he shall receive AN HUNDREDFOLD NOW IN THIS TIME, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life”. [Mark 10:29,30]

David Livingstone, the British missionary who pioneered the jungles of Africa and died there, said, “I NEVER MADE A SACRIFICE!” He gave EVERYTHING, but knew that what he was getting in return was worth much more than anything he could possibly give! Although he gave his life, he reaped dividends in immortal souls, thousands reached with the gospel!

God is a debtor to NO MAN! No man ever makes a ‘sacrifice’ to God which God does not pay back a hundredfold!

But no true child of God gives or sacrifices with an intention to get a hundredfold. They give whatever God requires of them because they love Him above everything! It is only the false ‘Prosperity Preachers’ like Benny Hinn and Creflo Dollar who urge their congregations to ‘GIVE’ that they may ‘GET’!

But the true children of God give expecting NOTHING, and God in turn opens the windows of heaven and pours out a blessing that there will be no room enough to receive it! [Mal 3:10]

SPECIAL PRAYERS FOR BRETHREN IN THE PATH OF HURRICANE IRMA 

SPECIAL PRAYERS FOR BRETHREN IN THE PATH OF HURRICANE IRMA

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thou art the God who rulest the raging of the sea: (and) when the waves thereof arise, THOU stillest them! [Psalm 89:9]

Be with Thy people and shield them from this fierce Hurricane. In wrath remember mercy! [Hab 3:2] In Jesus’ name Amen!

GOD is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.” [Psalm 46]

Michael Jeshurun

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS AN ABOMINATION TO GOD!

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS AN ABOMINATION TO GOD!

compiled by Michael Jeshurun

‘Professional Sports’ be it Boxing, Football, Soccer, Cricket or whatever – is an ABOMINATION TO GOD! And you CANNOT take something which God hates and clean it up to ‘give Him glory’! Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh! When you see someone bragging about Floyd Mayweather, Lionel Messi or Tiger Woods etc you have to wonder WHO truly is their God. For the true Christian this is not even an option, for with the Apostle he says – “God forbid that I should glory, save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world!” [Gal 6:14]

Are you telling me that God hates all sports and is against it?

Let us make this plain – it is not wrong or sinful for a father to take his children out to the park to toss a Frisbee or a ball and have some fun. Neither is it sinful for the neighborhood kids to come together for a friendly ball game. But ‘Professional Sports’ at both college and state level is MORE than just a ‘game’! It is a RELIGION and an IDOLATROUS one at that! And as we shall see it has all the features of that which constitutes what the Scripture terms as ‘WORKS OF THE FLESH’! [Gal 5:19-21]

“That which is HIGHLY ESTEEMED among men is ABOMINATION IN THE SIGHT OF GOD”! [Luke 16:15]

This verse alone should settle it once and for all whether ‘professional sports’ is well pleasing to God or an abomination to Him.

HOW ‘highly esteemed’ is sports today?

Commenting on the amazing sports frenzy that has permeated the land, sports psychologist Dr. Alan Goldberg of the University of Connecticut said: “Sports [is] like a RELIGION, and the god of that religion that we all worship is the god of winning” (www.CNSNews.com, August 31, 2001). An extensive survey commissioned in 1983 found that seven in every 10 Americans watches, reads, or talks about sports every day. A study, the most comprehensive ever undertaken of America’s attachment to sports, found that almost 35 million people are “ardent sports fans” who watch sports events on television at least once a week, and in some cases, every day. In 1983 that WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS polled 2,000 8th-grade students to see which persons they most admired. There was not a single name on the list who was not an entertainer or a sports figure.

In 1982, the famous sports announcer Howard Cosell, while viewing the largest Sunday football game attendance in Texas history, said “the Cowboys are more than a football team in Dallas; they are a RELIGION.” He exclaimed, “Look at the loyalty of those people! Look at the signs they have made. Truly, the Cowboys are A RELIGION IN DALLAS.” HE WAS RIGHT. Professional football has become a religion all across America. On Sunday, December 27, 1987, 75,000 Denver Broncos football fans battled blizzard conditions to reach Mile High Stadium by the 2 p.m. kickoff. The airport was closed at 12:30 p.m. that Sunday and remained closed until 6 a.m. Monday. Thousands of people were stranded at the airport, but those extreme conditions did not stop the football-mad crowd.

The noise level in a domed ballpark has been recorded at 125 decibels. If you did not know that it was coming from a stadium you would think that there was a war going on. This was in Minnesota’s Metrodome in Game 2 of the 1987 World Series (USA Today, Oct. 18-20, 1991, p. A1). That is louder than a launch of the massive Saturn V rockets which carried men to the moon. The noise level for a Saturn V launch was 120 decibels.

To sports fans it matters little what morality their sports heroes have. A survey of 1,240 adults completed in 1995 and published in SPORTS MARKETING NEWSLETTER asked people to name the athletes they most admired. The first four were Magic Johnson (HIV positive and an admitted adulterer), Tonya Harding (convicted conspirator for the violent attack upon fellow-skater Nancy Carrigan), O.J. Simpson (held financially liable by a jury for murdering his wife), and Mike Tyson (convicted rapist).

Fallen man will worship anything other than the true God. And for multitudes their SPORTS HEROES HAVE BECOME THEIR GODS. Charles S. Prebish, associate professor of religious studies at Pennsylvania State University said, “Sport is America’s newest and FASTEST-GROWING RELIGION, far outdistancing whatever is in second place”.

One can understand the worldly people making a ‘god’ out of sports. But what about Christians? Houston’s First Baptist Church announced in June 1994 that “if there is a sixth game between the Rockets and the Knicks” the Sunday P.M. service might be changed.

1John 5:21 says, “Little children, KEEP YOURSELVES FROM IDOLS. Amen.”

Professional and collegiate sports are a GOD OF THIS WORLD. They are worshiped, loved, praised and talked about constantly. They are even a source of gambling for many. Satan uses sports very effectively to take men’s minds off eternity and their need of a Saviour. Children grow up with sports heroes as their champions. Many even desire to be like their idol and grow up to be famous and great. Many church members know more about some sport, team or man than they do about Jesus Christ and his word. THIS IS IDOLATRY!

Idolatry is not just bowing before Mary or Joseph or any other statue. Webster’s dictionary defines an “idol” as any object of ARDENT OR EXCESSIVE DEVOTION. It is a shame that so many professing Christians bow to the shrine of sports.

“Every one that is PROUD IN HEART is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished”. [Prov 16:5]

What is it that professional sports thrives on? You guessed it- PRIDE! “HE is the best; WE are the best; I am the best; WE win the most games; hit the best; run the best; throw the best; the best defense; the best offense; the best goalkeeper” etc the wise man in Proverbs warns that – the high look and the proud heart are SIN. 1 Timothy 3:6 reminds us that PRIDE brought the downfall of the devil. 2 Timothy 3:2, says pride is one of the characteristics of apostate people in the last days. 1 John 2:16 warns that THE PRIDE OF LIFE IS NOT OF THE FATHER BUT IS OF THE WORLD, and God’s people are not to love the world.

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS IS BASED ON SELFISHNESS.

When the well-known evangelist Billy Sunday turned his back on a successful professional baseball career in 1893, he gave ten reasons for leaving. Reason number two was “Because it develops a spirit of jealousy and selfishness; one’s whole desires are for personal success regardless of what befalls others.” As a matter of fact, SPORTS TEACHES US TO BE HAPPY WHEN OUR OPPONENTS FAIL OR WHEN ANOTHER PLAYER IS INJURED SO THAT I AM PROMOTED TO HIS POSITION. Winning and promotion of self are what matter most.

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS IS FULL OF COVETOUSNESS.

Covetousness is one of the definitions of modern professional sports. Loyalty to the team or country is out of the question. Unlike the true Christian who is not for sale (because Christ has already bought him) the professional sportsman will play against his own for a price!

Professional sports in the West today is an orgy of greed, and the Bible says this is a sin akin to idolatry. “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry” [Col 3:5].

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS IS PERMEATED WITH THAT WHICH THE BIBLE CONDEMNS AS LICENTIOUS, ILLICIT AND FILTHY.

Consider the ever-present ungodly beer commercials, the beer drinking, the drunkenness, the gambling, the diabolic, fleshly rock music, the sensual dancing, the indecent clothing, the cursing and blasphemy. What does the Bible tell us about such things? “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” [Eph 5:11].

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS STARS ARE FREQUENTLY IN THE NEWS FOR THEIR MORAL PERVERSIONS, FOR RAPE AND ASSAULT CHARGES, FOR PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS, FOR DRUG ARRESTS, FOR UGLY DIVORCES. The sports announcers are also frequently caught in immoral situations. One of the top U.S. announcers recently was charged with indecency and unlawful assault of and restraint of women. He pled guilty of a lesser charge of assault to avoid more serious charge of forced sodomy. During the trial, his perverted sex life was displayed to the public. In the last few days an announcer on a popular baseball television broadcast was charged with public indecency after urinating from a window onto some police officers below. You will read of things like this almost on a daily basis in the sports section of the newspaper. Professional sports is a trashy environment.

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS DESPISES THE CHURCH.

Not many decades past, professional sports was not played on Sundays in respect for the Lord’s Day and the command of God that Christians not forsake the assembling of themselves together. “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” [Heb 10:24-25]. The only thing that has caused more people to absent themselves from the house of God than sports, is television in general. Holidays such as Thanksgiving, which once were days dedicated particularly to worshipping God and enjoying family time, today are more likely to be consumed by professional sporting events.

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS AND SUPERSTITIONS

Many times I have heard sports announcers say that there is not a more superstitious group than professional sports players. Some obsessively wear the same pair of socks or underwear every game. Great numbers of them have their various lucky charms. Some go through inflexible superstitious routines prior to each game or each at bat or each play. As the pagans of old they are confiding in their “lucky stars,” but this is a form of idolatrous witchcraft [Deut. 18:10-12]. Our times are not in the hands of the stars. Our fortunes are not influenced by charms and rituals.

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS STINKS OF COMMERCIALISM

Professional sports has always had a strong financial motivation. It is, after all, an occupation pursued for profit. There was a time, though, when it appeared that money was not the only motive, or even the overriding motive, for sports players. Today, by contrast, the commercial aspect to professional sports is all pervasive, and the words of those who claim not to be caught up in the gross commercialism of the game sound hollow. Star players are granted multimillion dollar contracts merely for permitting a company to use their name and likeness to sell everything from automobiles to toothpaste. The names and logos of businesses appear on the players shoes, clothes, caps, equipment, everywhere. We wonder when the players will begin allowing themselves to be tattooed with business ads. The stadiums are literally plastered with advertisements. So are the Internet sites and the television and radio productions. Absolutely everything having to do with professional sports today is commercialized to the hilt.

BUT WHAT ABOUT CHRISTIAN SPORTS STARS WHO WITNESS FOR THE LORD?

What would you say of a Rock musician who prays before a concert or has crucifixes all over the stage? Some do. At the PMRC hearings, Dee Snider vocalist of Twisted Sister mentioned in his Statement to the Senate that he considers himself CHRISTIAN, saying “I was born and raised a Christian and I still adhere to those principles. Alice Cooper too claims to be a BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN.

“But THAT can’t be” you say, “Those guys are so OBVIOUSLY demonic”! “And what they REPRESENT is obviously devilish”!

BUT YOU DO NOT SEE PROFESSIONAL SPORTS AS UNGODLY though it is associated with drinking alcohol, drugs, gambling, high emotions– anger, frustration, loss of self-control, mob violence, excitement; secular music, immodestly dressed cheerleaders, lasciviousness, groupies, fans who are IDOLATROUS OF THEIR FAVORITE TEAM PLAYERS, and above all: fans WHO CURSE THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS— when their favorite team is losing, etc –

Let me be blunt about this. If you do not see this, then there is a marvelous blindness upon you!

IF THEREFORE THE LIGHT THAT IS IN THEE BE DARKNESS, HOW GREAT IS THAT DARKNESS! [Matt 6:23]

Yes, the Lord Jesus sat with drunks and harlots, but Scripture makes it plain that he was “SEPARATE from sinners” [Heb 7:26].

Let me know when Tim Tebow, Pacquiao or any other ‘Christian’ professional sportsman is witnessing in the stands either with a banner or tracts saying –
“PROFESSIONAL SPORTS IS AN ABOMINATION TO GOD! HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT”!

THEN maybe I’ll believe you.

You don’t witness for the Lord by kneeling down in a stadium or painting John 3:16 on your cheek while you are still a part of the ABOMINATION!

What communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath HE THAT BELIEVETH WITH AN INFIDEL? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God . . WHEREFORE COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, AND BE YE SEPARATE, SAITH THE LORD, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. [2Cor6:14-18]

[The above article prepared from various sources on the web. All the glory to God alone!]

WHO IS ‘THAT PROPHET’ LIKE UNTO MOSES?

WHO IS ‘THAT PROPHET’ LIKE UNTO MOSES?

compiled by Michael Jeshurun

Who is “that prophet” whom the Jews referred to when they questioned John the Baptist of his identity? For they asked, “What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou THAT PROPHET? And he answered, No.” [John 1:21]

So who was “THAT PROPHET” which the Jews had in mind?

Even Philip who shortly after the Lord called him to be a disciple finds Nathanael and says, “We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” [John 1:45]

We know that all the prophets testify of Christ, but when did Moses make mention of our Lord? Tucked into the midst of Deuteronomy, talking about the punishment of false prophets, Moses made a remarkable prophecy:

“The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, LIKE UNTO ME; unto him ye shall hearken!” [Deut 18:15] And again –

“I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, LIKE UNTO THEE, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.” [Deut 18:18,19]

One thing is clear from the above prophecy i.e. that “THAT PROPHET” whom God would raise from amongst the Jews would be one “LIKE UNTO MOSES”.

Are there any ‘similarities’ between Moses the deliverer and our Lord Jesus Christ? Let us see . . . .

1. First off, He’s definitely from “among the brothers” of Israel, so that’s a good start. The Prophet must be Jewish, and Jesus’ heritage was from the tribe of Judah.

2. Both were shepherds – The Lord Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd”, and Moses also tended sheep – figuratively and literally.

3. Both were sent to bring salvation after 400 years of apparent inactivity from God – the Israelites had been enslaved for 400 years in Egypt, and the 400 years before The Lord Jesus came had been notably silent years from God.

4. Both fasted for 40 days and nights – Moses while on Mount Sinai, and The Lord Jesus in the Judean desert, when being tempted by Satan.

5. Both spent time in Egypt as children (as Jesus had to be hidden there for a while as a baby to escape Herod)

6. Both were born at a time when evil kings pronounced death to all Jewish baby boys in the area – Pharaoh had commanded all Hebrew baby boys to be drowned at birth, and Herod had issued a command to kill all baby boys under the age of two. Both were miraculously rescued from that threat.

7. Both were called by God to lead and save.

8. Both did miracles to testify to their God-given authority

9. Both instituted a covenant of blood that brought salvation for many – Moses with the Passover lamb’s blood on the doorposts, The Lord Jesus, Lamb of God, brought in the new covenant in his blood on the beams of the cross

10. Both were given God’s public stamp of approval with an audible voice from heaven, heard by the crowd – Moses at Sinai, and The Lord Jesus at his baptism

11. Both gave up great riches to lead a humble life of service and poverty – Moses from the palace of the King of Egypt, The Lord Jesus from the heights of heaven. Both were noted for their great humility (Numbers 12:3, Hebrews 11:26-27, Philippians 2)

12. Both were initially rejected by the Jews when the foretold salvation didn’t seem as if it was going to happen. When Moses first challenged Pharaoh, things got a lot worse for the Israelites, leading to despair and anger. The Lord Jesus’s crucifixion looked like a hopeless defeat. Both salvation situations initially looked like the promises were not going to come true. But they did.

13. Both were criticized by their own families – Jesus’s brothers in John 7:5, and Moses’ sister and brother in Numbers 12:1.

14. Both were willing to sacrifice their own lives for the sake of those they were leading, and to pay for the sins of their people – Moses in Exodus 32, and The Lord Jesus’s own readiness to die on our behalf is evident in the Garden of Gethsemane

15. Both miraculously provided the people with bread to eat – manna was sent from heaven for the Israelites and The Lord Jesus miraculously fed the multitudes. Twice. And in one of those instances the people who witnessed the miracle exclaimed – “This is of a truth THAT PROPHET that should come into the world!” [John 6:14]

16. Both were accepted by Gentiles – Moses’ father in law, a Midianite, instantly believed (Exodus 18:10-11) The Egyptians too came to believe that the God of Israel was real and true. And the non-Jews readily accepted The Lord Jesus’s message of salvation.

17. Under Moses, all those who believed him, those who followed the instructions and put the sacrificial blood on their doors, were saved from death. Similarly, under The Lord Jesus, all those who appropriate His sacrificial blood, shed for His elect are saved from Eternal death!

18. Seven weeks (50 days) after the Exodus, the Israelites waited upon God to receive the Torah – now that they had been saved, how then should they live? God gave Moses His covenant and instructions on how to live as a community. Seven weeks (50 days) after the resurrection, the disciples waited as Jesus instructed them to receive the Holy Spirit, and the church was born – a new faith community, and a new way to live as believers.

19. Both of their faces shone with the glory of heaven, as was noted by people who saw them – Moses had to wear a veil over his face because it was beaming so much, and The Lord Jesus’s disciples saw His glory on the Mount of Transfiguration.

20. Moses chose 12 spies to explore Canaan, and The Lord Jesus chose 12 disciples. Moses appointed 70 rulers over Israel, and The Lord Jesus sent 70 disciples out to share the gospel.

21. Moses led the people out from slavery to Pharaoh! The Lord Jesus has redeemed us from slavery to Sin, Satan and the World . . . into life with Him forevermore!

The above similarities are mentioned just to ‘whet your appetite’. There are so many more similarities if you will but pray and dig into God’s Word! But there are a few crucial differences too: Moses was not perfect, and did not cross into the promised land, but our Lord Jesus is perfect, and has gone before us into Heaven itself, to prepare a place for us, and sits at the right hand of the Father not only to intercede for us but from henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool! [Heb 10:12,13]

Hallelujah! Even so come quickly Lord Jesus!

[copied and paraphrased from sources on the web]

THE THEOLOGY WHICH GIVES GOD ALL THE GLORY  – THAT’S THE RIGHT ONE!

THE THEOLOGY WHICH GIVES GOD ALL THE GLORY  – THAT’S THE RIGHT ONE!

Compiled by Michael Jeshurun

“Have you ever had a shopping cart with a broken wheel? You push it around and all it wants to do is run into the sides of the aisle. If you were to let the cart go on its own, it would immediately turn and smash into that case of pickles up ahead! You are like that shopping cart! The bad wheel is your heart. It’s always veering off, leading you away from what you were created to be. You were created for God’s love and glory, but instead, your heart pulls you away from Jesus and into something much worse than a case of pickles.

Being a rebel at heart means that you do not have the ability to choose God or even to respond to God on your own because you are spiritually dead; we all are.

REFORMED THEOLOGY teaches that, because we are more sinful than we could ever imagine, it can only be God who takes that broken shopping cart wheel (our sinful heart) and replaces it with one that has both the ability and the desire to seek him and to follow him. By faith in Christ, you are no longer set to smash into the aisles of sinful destruction. No, he promises to carry us in his grip of grace.”
[Brian Cosby]

“Whatsoever doctrine both depress and humble man and advance the glory of God, is true. It answers the design of the Gospel, which all centers in this: that man is to be laid low, and God to be exalted as the chief cause. It pulls man down from his own bottom, and transfers all the glory man would challenge into the hands of God: it lays man in the dust at God’s footstool. That doctrine which crosses the main design of the Gospel, and encourages pride in man, is not a spark from heaven. No flesh must glory in God’s presence (1 Corinthians 1:29).

The doctrine of justification by works is thrown down by the apostle with this very argument as a thunderbolt: ‘Where is boasting then? It is excluded…by the law of faith’ (Romans 3:27), that is by the doctrine of the Gospel. Boasting would be introduced by ascribing regeneration to nature, as much as it is excluded by denying justification by works. The doctrine of the Gospel would contradict itself to usher in boasting with one hand whilst it thrust it out with the other. Our Saviour gave this rule long ago, that the glorifying of God is the evidence of truth in persons: ‘he that seeketh His glory that sent him, the same is true’ (John 7:18). By the same reason also in things and doctrines” [Charnock, 1660].

Reformed theology gives God His rightful place as sovereign ruler and disposer of all things, who hath mercy on whom He will and hardens whom He will and places man in the dust where he belongs!

And remember whatever gives GOD ALL the glory THAT is what is right!

“He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that SEEKETH HIS GLORY THAT SENT HIM, THE SAME IS TRUE, and no unrighteousness is in him.” [John 7:18]

“So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” [Rom 9:16]

“The Reformed Faith, then, offers us a great God who is really the sovereign Ruler of the Universe. “Its grand principle,” says Bayne, “is the contemplation of the universe of God revealed in Christ. In all places, in all times, from eternity to eternity, Calvinism sees God.” Our age, with its emphasis on democracy, doesn’t like this view, and perhaps no other age liked it less. The tendency today is to exalt man and to give God only a very limited part in the affairs of the world.” [Loraine Boettner]

“ . . thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes!” [Psalm 50:21]

“And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?” [Daniel 4:35]