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‘Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.’  ~ John 17:17

 

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There are manifold benefits to be derived from living in the country several miles from ‘modern civilisation,’ not the least of which is the time the 40-minute drive provides for informative and edifying conversation.  The wife and I have had numerous such discussions over the years; in fact, not long ago we discussed why it is that so many earnest, Bible-believing Christians who sincerely seek a faithful understanding of God’s revelation and how to properly apply it to their daily lives can read the same Scripture passages and come to such disparate (and sometimes diametrically opposed) conclusions.
Of course, the foremost prevalent example is the age-old disagreement (or is it a holy war?) between the Calvinist and Arminian soteriology.   Still, the numbers of disagreements and the amount of denominations created by the resultant schisms rival those of the stars.  Why is that?

The Westminster Confession of Faith recognises that Scripture, while authoritative and sufficient for and the only rule of all matters of faith and practise in the life of the Christian, it is not equally plain to all.  The Divines were also quick to point out, however, that God, in His mercy, did reveal plainly His plan and method of salvation so that, by a use of the ordinary means, all men may easily understand how one is saved.

All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all: yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation are so clearly propounded, and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them. (WCF, 1.7)

So, then, if the Word is not equally plain to all, what are we to do in our efforts to obtain an accurate understanding of Scripture?  After all, everyone thinks they have it right.  To be sure, I find myself constantly at battle with the desire, whether it is from a sense of futility or frustration, to abrogate my responsibility to search the Scriptures with Berean-like fervor.   I must remind myself repeatedly to test what others hold or advocate against what God has revealed and prayerfully petition Him for the proper understanding.  Nor can I throw my doctrinal hands in the air in resignation (which is a strong temptation at times).  I must immerse myself in His Word, studying and meditating earnestly while in conjunction seeking enlightenment and understanding from His Spirit, without whom we are all blind to God’s revelation in any case.  (This also requires a degree of humility that demands that I admit my capacities and faculties are finite as a fallen being—I will not and cannot understand everything in the ways of God, despite how fervently I desire to.)  Then, and perhaps most difficult, I must apply those truths to my life with drive and sincerity despite the fact those values are the very things upon which the World heaps scorn.

Above all, I must prevent the culture in which I live to  colour, intimidate, or influence my understanding and application of Biblical Truth.  That being said, we are all products of the Post-Modern Era and, even when we seek to shed its influences, there are many affected areas of our lives about which we are blind for the simple and inescapable reason that it is all that we have ever known and appears to us to be the norm.  Much like trying to explain to a fish that he is wet, the fallen world into which we were born often seems normal and ‘just the way things are.’  Often, it fails to occur to us that we are errant, even when we are seeking to root error out of our lives.

Thankfully, God has not left us to ourselves but has also blessed us with wise and godly men who He has given to exercise authority over us and shepherd us along the ‘ancient paths.’  Though no man is infallible, it behooves me to pay deference to the words of our pastors and Elders (including those with a lower case ‘e’) who are both schooled and/ or matured in the faith to provide guidance—and exercise my responsibilities to ensure that their guidance is rooted in a reliance upon and faithful administration of the Word and Sacraments. 

I am not certain whether Ashlee and I satisfactorily settled the question as to why there is such a prevalence of different views of Scripture.  Of course, the easy way out is to ascribe the fault to Sin; such an explanation, while being accurate, provides little utility in a practical sense.  But we know the task set before us is a bold one, to study God’s Word, seeking first His will, and to properly apply the truths of Scripture to our lives—as best as we can divine them with God’s help, who moves when and how He wills.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Being a Christian is hard.  Thank God for His mercy to us.  I shiver to think of how things would be without it.

 

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Ron Paul wins big in nationwide blind poll: ‘32.8 per cent chose the description matching Ron Paul, while just 18.6 percent chose the description matching Rudy Giuliani. Just 12.6 per cent went for Fred Thompson’s description while 15.1 per cent went for Mitt Romney.’

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Finally!  A project I can get behind.

 

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 ‘There is no way such a lecture series could appear on a campus of this sort today. For in these lectures, Nock goes to the heart of the matter of what is wrong with the structure of education in the United States: the policy, imposed by government, of universal admissions on the theory that everyone is equally educable.’ 

 

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A Marine gives a very different account the Iraq war from those we are used to hearing.

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‘I would guess if we had gone in there, I would still have forces in Baghdad to-day.  We’d be running the country.  We would not have been able to get everybody out and bring everybody home…

‘And the question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth?  And the answer is not that [expletive deleted] many.  So, I think we got it right, both when we decided to expel him from Kuwait, but also when the president made the decision that we’d achieved our objectives and we were not going to go get bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq.’  ~ Dick Cheney, 1992

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Ron Paul wins yet ANOTHER straw poll (this time in Fresno, California).  Also, Barry Goldwater, Jr. endorses him.

 

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‘I see a woman in the night
With a baby in her hand
Under an old street light
Near a garbage can.

Now she puts the kid away and she’s gonna get a hit.
She hates her life and what she’s done to it.
That’s one more kid who will never go to school,
Never get to fall in love, never get to be cool.’  ~ Neil Young, Keep On Rockin’ In the Free World

 

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If current gasoline prices don’t scare you away, you should head over to San Marcos and see the King of the Hill exhibit at the Southwest Writers Association museum at Texas State University.

 

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I am still a bit leery as to the veracity of this story but a financial investment group is, apparently, building the first year-round ski resort…in Dallas.  Yes, Dallas. 

 

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Have we become a nation of sheep

 

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‘But Ron Paul, the morally outraged antiwar constitutionalist, and an obstetrician who had delivered babies in rural Texas, often free of charge, does not strike anyone as a big-business Republican. He is an anti-establishmentarian, a fact that became apparent when my wife’s friend Denise, who would never in a million years consider herself any kind of “conservative,” commented on how much more principled Ron Paul seems in comparison to Hillary and Rudy. That is undoubtedly an integral part of the candidate’s appeal, and it might be why he is becoming a factor in the presidential election.’ 

 

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To-day’s 1980’s Moment is brought to you by: The Motels

 

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Written by ninepoundhammer

November 20, 2007 at 11:01 pm

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  1. There are many statements in Scripture that indicate that it is God alone who illuminates the minds of men to know anything whatsoever.

    Certainly secondary means are His most common tool in molding men according to His good pleasure, and there are better and worse ways to study Scripture; ways that make better or worse use of grammatical attention, historical knowledge, and logical precision, to name three vital aspects.

    Still we know that many people can come to the right conclusions without the ability to demonstrate how they came to such knowledge by way of method or argument. It would seem that God enlightens those whom He will and conceals from those whom He will, and all for His glory.

    I am continually reminded and convicted that our fervency to know Scripture should never be for the sake of possession, that is, a knowledge that puffs up. Rather, the end to which knowledge aims determines its conformity with Truth: am I seeking knowledge of God’s Word that I may commune with Him in obedience and work for Him with diligence and devotion, or am I more concerned about being right and convincing others by my “powers” of understanding and explanation?

    I am thankful that our teaching elders put themselves under the authority of Scripture and preach to themselves even as they preach to us the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Would that we would strive to model our own ministry efforts after the humility demonstrated to us in this way!

    Joshua

    November 21, 2007 at 9:16 am


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