Saturday, May 31, 2014

Who will stand for life and WHY?

Who will stand for life and WHY?

April 27, 2014 at 3:00pm

Please watch this video: 

Being aware that our imperiled pre-born neighbors
are being dragged to slaughter
in the shadow of our homes
and our steeples,
with reliance on God,
the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
by His strength,
and in obedience
to the holy and royal Law of love,
most especially as it is mandated in the Great Commission,
we commit ourselves to:

Love them as we love ourselves (James 2:8-9)
Protect them and defend their cause (Ps 82:1-4)
Speak up for them as they cannot speak for themselves (Prov 31:8-9)
Seek justice on their behalf (Is 1:16-17)
Exhort mothers and fathers to love their children( Tit 2:11-15)
Call sinners to repentance (Acts 3:19-21)
Warn the wicked (Ezek 33:7-11)
Expose the works of darkness (Eph 5:8-14)
Proclaim God's Holy Law and Great Salvation (Gal 3:19-24)


The following is a portion taken from an article published by Ligonier Ministries on Hebrews 10:30-31:

“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”
~ Hebrews 10:31

Over the past few days we have been studying the second half of Hebrews 10 and the exhortations and warnings that are given about our need to persevere. We have seen that deliberate and unrepentant sin can lead professing church members into final apostasy and the awful judgment that it deserves (vv. 26–29).

These warnings may frighten us, and that is not altogether a bad thing. After all, the fear of the Lord is an important theme throughout Scripture (Prov. 1:7; 1 Peter 2:17). It would be a mistake, however, to let this fear paralyze us. It would be a mistake for us to think that just because we have some sinful tendencies that there is no hope for us. We must not think that Christ will not receive us back after committing gross sin if we confess it (1 John 1:8–10).

The purpose of these warnings is to prevent us from falling into final apostasy. The author is not telling us that we can snatch ourselves from the Father’s hand. Rather, he has a biblical view of providence. He knows that God accomplishes His will, including our salvation, through human agency. He knows that one of the ways God preserves us is by giving these warnings so that we will heed them and, by doing so, persevere in the faith (Heb. 10:39).

At this point in redemptive history, we still await the consummation of all things. We wait for the day when the sheep will be separated from the goats and the wheat separated from the chaff. Until that day, the visible community of faith will include true believers, as well as unbelievers who have made a false profession. Warnings are needed to help distinguish the two groups and to ensure that the elect will stand with Christ no matter the cost.

We all must heed these warnings. We must not take our salvation for granted (Heb. 2:3). We must live in a way that we grow more obedient to God and more in line with the great cost Jesus paid for our salvation. Only if we do this can we know that we truly believe.

The author of Hebrews knew this quite well. In today’s passage, he includes himself in his warnings (v. 30). He knew that only those who persevere until the end are saved. When we heed these warnings, we confirm the reality of our faith and avoid the judgment for those who ignore them and fall into the hands of the living God (v. 31).

Coram Deo

“People are prone not to think about this. 

But God’s judgment exists and will be dreadful, terrible, 
and eternally destructive of everything that is not good.” 

~ John Owen

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