WCF 5:6 God Gives Them Over to their Own Lusts

Westminster Confession 5:6 6. As for those wicked and ungodly men whom God, as a righteous judge, blinds and hardens because of their past sins, God withholds his grace, by which their minds might have been enlightened and their hearts affected. He also sometimes takes away the gifts which they had, and exposes them to such things as their corrupt nature makes into occasions for sinning. Moreover, he gives them over to their own lusts, the temptations of the world, and the power of Satan, by which they harden themselves even under the same means which God uses to soften others. God, in His providence toward willingly evil men, sometimes withholds his restraining grace and so blinds and harde

The Christian Chameleon

A Chameleon can change its colors to conform to its environment or to hide from its predators. Its various hues can also be a method of communicating anger (bright tints) or submission (darker tones). There are too many Christian Chameleons. Our environment is becoming more hostile and our predators are increasing. Many Christians are intimidated by the secular, anti-Christian mindset of our culture; so, they choose either to conform (to go along to get along) or to hide in a Christian ghetto and ignore the tension. Others simply display the bright colors of anger but do not know how to evaluate and address issues from a Christian worldview. The Christians that I am most concerned with,

WCF 5:5 Bad Things? Good People?

Westminster Confession 5:5 The most wise, righteous, and gracious God often leaves his own children, for a time, to manifold temptations and to the corruption of their own hearts. He does this to chastise them for their past sins, to humble them by making them aware of the hidden strength of the corruption and deceitfulness of their hearts, and then to raise them to a closer, more constant dependence upon himself for their support, to make them more watchful against all future occasions for sinning, and to fulfill various other just and holy purposes. We want things to be fair, equal, normal, predictable. Good behavior and hard work are to be rewarded; laziness and indifference ought to ca

WCF 5:3-4 God's Miracles and Bringing Good out of Evil

Westminster Confession 5:3-4 3. In his ordinary providence, God makes use of means, yet he is free to work without, above, and against them as he pleases. Providence is the decree of God coming to expression in real time and actual history. It is the execution of God’s plan or blueprint for life. Almost exclusively, this happens by the use of means. Meaning, the laws of nature, and the exercise of the free will of man. Normals means, everyday things, the usual suspects. But, notice I said, “almost exclusively.” God can work miracles. He can immediately act, without ordinary means, as will direct healing; he can work above means like when he feeds 5000 this a few loaves of bread and fi

Session Summary August 2017

Session Summary August 2017 Your session opened their meeting with prayer and a devotion from the “Be Refreshed” booklet on generosity. We discussed shepherding concerns and prayed for those needs. With the Mares no longer needing support we discussed a new ministry to support and we will decide in October. We approve cutting down some trees on our Fulcher property. Our new worship bulletin format was well received and we will continue its use. We will no longer make announcements verbally before worship. Instead, we will have all the announcements written out in the bulletin. The deadline for including announcement will be Wednesday noon for the following Lord’s Day. We decided to s

WCF 5:2 God Orders All things and their Means.

Although—in relation to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first Cause—all things come to pass unchangeably and infallibly; yet, by the same providence, he orders them to occur according to the nature of second causes, either necessarily, freely, or contingently. God has decreed all things. He knows them beforehand because he has decreed them. God is the first cause of whatsoever comes to pass. His plan cannot be changes and it cannot be altered. Providence is the execution of the decree of God. Yet, he has ordered things to happen according to the nature of second causes. God uses means to achieve His ends. God decrees all things, but God does not directly “do” all things. He d

WCF 5:1 God Reveals Himself by Directing all Things

Westminster Confession 5:1 God—the great Creator of all things—upholds, directs, disposes, and governs all creatures, actions, and things, from the greatest even to the least. He exercises this most wise and holy providence according to his infallible foreknowledge and the free and unchangeable counsel of his own will, to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy. God, who creates all things, also sustains and guides all things, all creatures and all actions. Nothing is outside of God’s control. A believer hears that truth and rejoices in it and it yields him a source of comfort no matter what the circumstances. An unbeliever hears that same truth and they

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