Another good one
On mentoring young men
I found this very helpful.
Counseling is not a shoulder to cry on.
"Without Gods absolute word, man can only offer a "life-style," not the truth; authority is also gone when truth is gone. The ability to distinguish between good and evil, right and wrong, is also gone, because, in an existential world, all things are relative, and man is beyond good and evil." Rushdoony, institutes of Biblical Law, pg 580.
Reading Exodus 20-24, I was struck again by how it all ties together. God calls Israel to His mountain to worship Him, after saving them from Egypt. God has them prepare to receive His Word, by sacrifice and other preparations. God speaks to them. God calls them Up the mountain to eat and drink with Him, and then ascend into His cloud. It is our order of worship. Call in chapter 19 Confession in chapter 19 Consecration in chapter 20-23 Communion and consummation in chapter 24
"Justification is by the grace of God through faith, and... Sanctification is by law, God's law." Rousas Rushdoony, Institutes of Biblical Law, pg 549. Well. Again, I had an allergic reaction to this, but read the whole section to hear him out. HIS allergic reaction is to people who try to avoid the law in their sanctification, in discerning whether they are pursuing holiness and following God's will. This is right. The pietism that pleases self, that one is holy based on how long you pray or read the Bible without reference to the Text is a real problem. The problem I still have with the above quote is that it implies that grace is not involved in our sanctification. Just submit. Just obey. Go do it. We remain reliant on The Spirit's work, giving us new life and new desires to be willing to turn to the Law and follow it. If the Father is the destination, and the Son is the road, and the Spirit is the car we are in getting us to the Father, then the Law is the lines on the road. Wouldn't be much good having lines without an actual road. Wouldn't be much good having a road and lines, without gas propelling you down the road.
Please read this front-line defense of orthodoxy in the RCA today.
My former denomination (Reformed Church in America) continues to struggle with this, having a biblical position on paper, but not having the spine or orthodoxy to discipline at the presbytery level those who openly flout that position.
Preparing for a sermon on the ninth commandment, forbidding bearing false witness against your neighbor.
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Genesis 17 goes out of its way to point out that Isaac is conceived by a circumcised Abraham, unlike Ishmael.
In Genesis 15, when God appears to Abraham, Abraham pertly reminds God of His promise yet unfulfilled (15:2). After messing up with Hagar, he is much more humble when God speaks again in 17:1: he just falls on his face without saying anything (17:3). Our mouths are stopped and our words are fewer before God, when we know our sin more fully.
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