The preaching and teaching of a false prophet does not emphasize repentance in any real sense. It has a very wide gate leading to salvation and a very broad way leading to heaven. You need not feel much of your own sinfulness; you need not be aware of the blackness of your own heart.
You just “decide for Christ” and you rush in with the crowd, and your name is put down, and is one of the large number of ‘decisions’ reported by the press. It is entirely unlike the evangelism of the Puritans and of John Wesley, George Whitefield and others, which led men to be terrified of the judgment of God, and to have an agony of soul sometimes for days and weeks and months.
John Bunyan tells us in his book Grace Abounding that he endured an agony of repentance for eighteen months. There does not seem to be much room for that today. Repentance means that you realize that you are a guilty, vile sinner in the presence of God, that you deserve the wrath and punishment of God, that you are hell-bound.
It means that you begin to realize that this thing called sin is in you, that you long to get rid of it, and that you turn your back on it in every shape and form. You renounce the world whatever the cost, the world in its mind and outlook as well as its practice, and you deny yourself, and take up the cross and go after Christ.
Your nearest and dearest, and the whole world, may call you a fool, or say you have religious mania. You may have to suffer financially, but it makes no difference. That is repentance. The false prophet does not put it like that.
He “heals the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly”, simply saying that it is all right, and that you have but to “come to Christ”, “follow Jesus”, or “become a Christian.” (Studies in the Sermon on the Mount)
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
By Chris Lawson
It is no secret that the year ahead is going to be very interesting. No doubt more people that we (and you) never thought would turn away from the truth, will. If you have not seen this happening yet you will see it in the future. You will also be outright persecuted as a Christian for standing against the flood of evil in our society and in many churches. It is becoming more blatant now than ever. We have been watching this trend for years and it appears to be increasing rapidly. No church or community is immune to apostasy and no individual is immune to it either.
Yes we are grateful that the Lord is “saving people from their sins” in many places but we must not forget that Western civilization and so-called “American Christianity” are totally melting down from within. The current societal lusting after every form of alternative medicine, folk spirituality, occult “energy work,” yoga, Reiki (soft-channeling) and the like is proof positive that evolutionism, secular humanism, materialism and a fully corrupted popular-Christianity has taken root en masse. Incredibly, the same trend can be seen all over the United Kingdom, Canada, Western Europe and beyond. Hindu America is alive and well and it will not go away! Why? Hinduism has been “Westernized.”
Let us not forget what the Holy Spirit teaches us from Scripture, about what has been happening and what will happen more and more toward the end of the age:
“Now the [Holy] Spirit speaketh [explicitly] expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart [turn away] from the faith, giving heed [paying attention] to seducing spirits, and doctrines [teachings] of devils [demons];” (1 Timothy 4:1)
Yes friends, “demons” can and do “teach”! They just need puppets, patsies and spiritually blind folk to be their “visionaries,” mouthpieces and “New Light Leaders.” What are New Light Leaders? (See Leonard Sweet’s teachings/quotes). In a nutshell, New Light Leaders are teachers who are bringing the “quantum flood” into mainstream fields of Scientific research as well as the Church. These teachers are bringing in a mixture of ancient occult pantheistic evolution, that at the “quantum level” (really, really small) allegedly reveals that “we are all One – we all are the ‘fabric’ of the Universe.”
Essentially, New Light Spirituality can be termed “Occult Oneness.” The teaching of Occult Oneness seeks to undo the biblical Jesus Christ and reject God as Creator. This “man is God” philosophy turns the universe into the “Universe – a living breathing thing.” It teaches that the reality of the universe is both impersonal and personal, divine and evil – all at the same time. This “Oneness” turns dung into deity, exalts snakes, monkeys and cows as equal with humanity and the human species as just another part of cosmic evolutionary development. Quantum Spirituality / The New Gospel / The New Age is actually the high road to the undoing of humanity.
Unfortunately, many in our age are “giving heed” [paying attention to] this occult philosophy and flocking after the false prophets who bring it – even in many “Christian” settings! This ought not be!
Remember what Jesus said, “Take heed that no man deceive you…” (Matthew 24:4)? Remember what Paul the Apostle said, “Let no man deceive you by any means…” (2 Thess. 2:3)? Remember what all the books of the New Testament (except Philemon) so clearly address in varying ways? They collectively warn about false teachers, spiritual deception, liars, deceivers, false prophets, lying signs and wonders, satanic miracles, sorcery wrapped as Christianity, occultism, divination, false visions, vain imaginations, Satan’s ministers, false gospel’s, doctrinal aberrations, legalism, counterfeit workers, false gods, false christs, false spirits, false apostles, false miracles, betrayal, persecution of true believers, etc?
We would do well to remember the words of Jesus who reminded his disciples, “[R]emember Lot’s wife!” (Luke 17:32), lest we too fall prey to spiritual deception in any of its myriad forms.
“…having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end.” – John 13:1
“We learn, for one thing, from these verses, what patient and continuing love there is in Christ’s heart towards His people. It is written that ‘having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end.’ Knowing perfectly well that they were about to forsake Him shamefully in a very few hours, in full view of their approaching display of weakness and infirmity, our blessed Master did not cease to have loving thoughts of His disciples. He was not weary of them–He loved them to the last.
The love of Christ to sinners is the very essence and marrow of the Gospel. That He should love us at all, and care for our souls–that He should love us before we love Him, or even know anything about Him, that He should love us so much as to come into the world to save us, take our nature on Him, bear our sins, and die for us on the cross–all this is wonderful indeed! It is a kind of love to which there is nothing like it, among men. The narrow selfishness of human nature cannot fully comprehend it. It is one of those things which even the angels of God ‘desire to look into.’ It is a truth which Christian preachers and teachers should proclaim incessantly, and never be weary of proclaiming.
But the love of Christ to saints is no less wonderful, in its way, than His love to sinners, though far less considered. That He should bear with all their countless infirmities from grace to glory–that He should never be tired of their endless inconsistencies and petty provocations–that He should go on forgiving and forgetting incessantly, and never be provoked to cast them off and give them up–all this is marvelous indeed! No mother watching over the waywardness of her feeble babe, in the days of its infancy, has her patience so thoroughly tried, as the patience of Christ is tried by Christians. Yet His patience is infinite. His compassions are a well that is never exhausted. His love is ‘a love that passes knowledge.’
Let no man be afraid of beginning with Christ, if he desires to be saved. The chief of sinners may come to Him with boldness, and trust Him for pardon with confidence. This loving Savior is One who delights to ‘receive sinners.’ (Luke 15:2.) Let no man be afraid of going on with Christ after he has once come to Him and believed. Let him not fancy that Christ will cast him off because of failures, and dismiss him into his former hopelessness on account of infirmities. Such thoughts are entirely unwarranted by anything in the Scriptures. Jesus will never reject any servant because of feeble service and weak performance. Those whom He receives He always keeps. Those whom He loves at first He loves at last. His promise shall never be broken, and it is for saints as well as sinners–’Him that comes unto Me I will in no wise cast out.’ (John 6:37.)”
– J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)
taken from: Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: St. John.
This is simply awesome. An accurate biblical perspective from a brother I well respect. Men…(yes, you too)…listen up…the word of GOD to you and to your wives ( yes, me too). Short form…DO YOUR JOB! PLEASE!! If you cannot, will not, or are not…then you are NOT right with God…fix that!!! That is all. AGM 😉
The husband is called to do the following:
Love his wife sacrificially (as Christ loves the church)
Lead his wife in truth and devotion to Christ
Submit to the Lordship of Christ and His command for the family
Cleave unto His wife in “one-flesh” union, leaving mother and father
Love his wife as himself
The wife is called to:
Submit to her husband and come under his servant leadership
-in doing so, the wife submits to Christ (v. 22)
Submit in everything
Obey her husband
Respect her husband
Christ is the head of the church. He has also ordained man as the head of his household.The husband must call his wife to faithfully obey himself and Christ. This assumes that the man is leading his home with biblical convictions
v. 26 God commands us to love our wives and give up our lives for her meaning “sacrificially”.
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What’s in a resolution? Well for the majority of people…not much. But for Jonathan Edwards…plenty. May we be as earnest in the faith as he was!
(As a way of remembering WHO we serve and why, and as a fine way to both grow in the faith and to live it out….I have a suggestion: Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week. Combined with your daily Bible and prayer time, this could be especially helpful.)
The following Resolutions are quoted in their entirety from volume one of The Works of Jonathan Edwards.
Being sensible that I am unable to do any thing without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him, by his grace, to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.
- Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to the glory of God, and my own good, profit, and pleasure, in the whole of my duration; without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriads of ages hence. Resolved, to do whatever I think to be my duty, and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved, so to do, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many soever, and how great soever.
- Resolved, To be continually endeavouring to find out some new contrivance and invention to promote the forementioned things.
- Resolved, If ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.
- Resolved, Never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God, nor be, nor suffer it, if I can possibly avoid it.
- Resolved, Never to lose one moment of time, but to improve it in the most profitable way I possibly can.
- Resolved, To live with all my might, while I do live.
- Resolved, Never to do any thing, which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.
- Resolved, To act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings, as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God. Vid. July 30.
- Resolved, To think much, on all occasions, of my dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.
- Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell.
- Resolved, When I think of any theorem in divinity to be solved, immediately to do what I can towards solving it, if circumstances do not hinder.
- Resolved, If I take delight in it as a gratification of pride, or vanity, or on any such account, immediately to throw it by.
- Resolved, To be endeavouring to find out fit objects of liberality and charity.
- Resolved, Never to do any thing out of revenge.
- Resolved, Never to suffer the least motions of anger towards irrational beings.
- Resolved, Never to speak evil of any one, so that it shall tend to his dishonour, more or less, upon no account except for some real good.
- Resolved, That I will live so, as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.
- Resolved, To live so, at all times, as I think is best in my most devout frames, and when I have the clearest notions of the things of the gospel, and another world.
- Resolved, Never to do any thing, which I should be afraid to do, if I expected it would not be above an hour before I should hear the last trump.
- Resolved, To maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking.
- Resolved, Never to do any thing, which if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise him for, or to think any way the more meanly of him.
- Resolved, To endeavour to obtain for myself as much happiness in the other world as I possibly can, with all the power, might, vigour, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.
- Resolved, Frequently to take some deliberate action, which seems most unlikely to be done, for the glory of God, and trace it back to the original intention, designs, and ends of it; and if I find it not to be for God’s glory, to repute it as a breach of the fourth Resolution.
- Resolved, Whenever I do any conspicuously evil action, to trace it back, till I come to the original cause; and then, both carefully endeavour to do so no more, and to fight and pray with all my might against the original of it.
- Resolved, To examine carefully and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and so direct all my forces against it.
- Resolved, To cast away such things as I find do abate my assurance.
- Resolved, Never wilfully to omit any thing, except the omission be for the glory of God; and frequently to examine my omissions.
- Resolved, To study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive, myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.
- Resolved, Never to count that a prayer, nor to let that pass as a prayer, nor that as a petition of a prayer, which is so made, that I cannot hope that God will answer it; nor that as a confession which I cannot hope God will accept.
- Resolved, To strive every week to be brought higher in religion, and to a higher exercise of grace, than I was the week before.
- Resolved, Never to say any thing at all against any body, but when it is perfectly agreeable to the highest degree of christian honour, and of love to mankind, agreeable to the lowest humility, and sense of my own faults and failings, and agreeable to the golden rule; often, when I have said any thing against any one, to bring it to, and try it strictly by, the test of this Resolution.
- Resolved, To be strictly and firmly faithful to my trust, that that, in Prov. xx. 6. ‘A faithful man, who can find?’ may not be partly fulfilled in me.
- Resolved, To do always what I can towards making, maintaining, and preserving peace, when it can be done without an overbalancing detriment in other respects. Dec. 26, 1722.
- Resolved, In narrations, never to speak any thing but the pure and simple verity.
- Resolved, Whenever I so much question whether I have done my duty, as that my quiet and calm is thereby disturbed, to set it down, and also how the question was resolved. Dec. 18, 1722.
- Resolved, Never to speak evil of any, except I have some particular good call to it. Dec. 19, 1722.
- Resolved, To inquire every night, as I am going to bed, wherein I have been negligent,—what sin I have committed,—and wherein I have denied myself;—also, at the end of every week, month, and year. Dec. 22 and 26, 1722.
- Resolved, Never to utter any thing that is sportive, or matter of laughter, on a Lord’s day. Sabbath evening, Dec. 23, 1722.
- Resolved, Never to do any thing, of which I so much question the lawfulness, as that I intend, at the same time, to consider and examine afterwards, whether it be lawful or not; unless I as much question the lawfulness of the omission.
- Resolved, To inquire every night before I go to bed, whether I have acted in the best way I possibly could, with respect to eating and drinking. Jan. 7, 1723.
- Resolved, to ask myself, at the end of every day, week, month, and year, wherein I could possibly, in any respect, have done better. Jan. 11, 1723.
- Resolved, Frequently to renew the dedication of myself to God, which was made at my baptism, which I solemnly renewed when I was received into the communion of the church, and which I have solemnly re-made this 12th day of January, 1723.
- Resolved, Never, henceforward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God’s; agreeably to what is to be found in Saturday, Jan. 12th. Jan. 12, 1723.
- Resolved, That no other end but religion shall have any influence at all on any of my actions; and that no action shall be, in the least circumstance, any otherwise than the religious end will carry it. Jan. 12, 1723.
- Resolved, Never to allow any pleasure or grief, joy or sorrow, nor any affection at all, nor any degree of affection, nor any circumstance relating to it, but what helps religion. Jan. 12 and 13, 1723.
- Resolved, Never to allow the least measure of any fretting or uneasiness at my father or mother.Resolved, to suffer no effects of it, so much as in the least alteration of speech, or motion of my eye; and to be especially careful of it with respect to any of our family.
- Resolved, To endeavour, to my utmost, to deny whatever is not most agreeable to a good and universally sweet and benevolent, quiet, peaceable, contented and easy, compassionate and generous, humble and meek, submissive and obliging, diligent and industrious, charitable and even, patient, moderate, forgiving, and sincere, temper; and to do, at all times, what such a temper would lead me to; and to examine strictly, at the end of every week, whether I have so done. Sabbath morning, May 5, 1723.
- Resolved, Constantly, with the utmost niceness and diligence, and the strictest scrutiny, to be looking into the state of my soul, that I may know whether I have truly an interest in Christ or not; that when I come to die, I may not have any negligence respecting this to repent of. May 26, 1723.
- Resolved, That this never shall be, if I can help it.
- Resolved, That I will act so, as I think I shall judge would have been best, and most prudent, when I come into the future world. July 5, 1723.
- Resolved, That I will act so, in every respect, as I think I shall wish I had done, if I should at last be damned. July 8, 1723.
- I frequently hear persons in old age say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, That I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age. July 8, 1723.
- Resolved, To improve every opportunity, when I am in the best and happiest frame of mind, to cast and venture my soul on the Lord Jesus Christ, to trust and confide in him, and consecrate myself wholly to him; that from this I may have assurance of my safety, knowing that I confide in my Redeemer. July 8, 1723.
- Resolved, Whenever I hear anything spoken in commendation of any person, if I think it would be praiseworthy in me, that I will endeavour to imitate it. July 8, 1723.
- Resolved, To endeavour, to my utmost, so to act, as I can think I should do, if I had already seen the happiness of heaven and hell torments. July 8, 1723.
- Resolved, Never to give over, nor in the least to slacken, my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.
- Resolved, When I fear misfortunes and adversity, to examine whether I have done my duty, and resolve to do it and let the event be just as Providence orders it. I will, as far as I can, be concerned about nothing but my duty and my sin. June 9, and July 13, 1723.
- Resolved, Not only to refrain from an air of dislike, fretfulness, and anger in conversation, but to exhibit an air of love, cheerfulness, and benignity. May 27, and July 13, 1723.
- Resolved, When I am most conscious of provocations to ill nature and anger, that I will strive most to feel and act good-naturedly; yea, at such times, to manifest good nature, though I think that in other respects it would be disadvantageous, and so as would be imprudent at other times. May 12, July 11, and July 13.
- Resolved, Whenever my feelings begin to appear in the least out of order, when I am conscious of the least uneasiness within, or the least irregularity without, I will then subject myself to the strictest examination. July 4 and 13, 1723.
- Resolved, That I will not give way to that listlessness which I find unbends and relaxes my mind from being fully and fixedly set on religion, whatever excuse I may have for it—that what my listlessness inclines me to do, is best to be done, &c. May 21, and July 13, 1723.
- Resolved, Never to do any thing but my duty, and then, according to Eph. vi. 6-8. to do it willingly and cheerfully, as unto the Lord, and not to man: knowing that whatever good thing any man doth, the same shall be receive of the Lord. June 25, and July 13, 1723.
- On the supposition, that there never was to be but one individual in the world, at any one time, who was properly a complete Christian, in all respects of a right stamp, having Christianity always shining in its true lustre, and appearing excellent and lovely, from whatever part and under whatever character viewed: Resolved, To act just as I would do, if I strove with all my might to be that one, who should live in my time. Jan. 14, and July 13, 1723.
- Resolved, When I find those ”groanings which cannot be uttered,“ of which the apostle speaks, and those ”breathings of soul for the longing it hath,” of which the psalmist speaks, Psalm cxix. 20. that I will promote them to the utmost of my power; and that I will not be weary of earnestly endeavouring to vent my desires, nor of the repetitions of such earnestness. July 23, and Aug. 10, 1723.
- Resolved, Very much to exercise myself in this, all my life long, viz. with the greatest openness of which I am capable, to declare my ways to God, and lay open my soul to him, all my sins, temptations, difficulties, sorrows, fears, hopes, desires, and every thing, and every circumstance, according to Dr. Manton’s Sermon on the 119th Psalm,. July 26, and Aug. 10, 1723.
- Resolved, That I will endeavour always to keep a benign aspect, and air of acting and speaking, in all places, and in all companies, except it should so happen that duty requires otherwise.
- Resolved, After afflictions, to inquire, what I am the better for them; what good I have got by them; and, what I might have got by them.
- Resolved, To confess frankly to myself, all that which I find in myself, either infirmity or sin; and, if it be what concerns religion, also to confess the whole case to God, and implore needed help. July 23, and August 10, 1723.
- Resolved, Always to do that, which I shall wish I had done when I see others do it. Aug. 11, 1723.
- Let there be something of benevolence in all that I speak. Aug. 17, 1723.
Jonathan Edwards went on to read these 70 Resolutions once each week, for 35 years, more than 1,800 times before his death in 1758. At the dawn of this New Year, perhaps a regular reading of the Resolutions, that you may also declare your dependence upon God, for Christ’s sake, is a good idea….We are all going to need to learn to completely rely upon God in the coming days, weeks, and months…Today is a great time to start doing that! Happy 2013 Saints! Keep your eyes upon Jesus as you keep looking up! ❤ AGM