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Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Work of the Word of God

The Episcopalian Diocese of Sydney falsely boasts adherence to the Word of God. The so-called evangelical of the Diocese is a far more degenerate kind than the evangelicals of the Reformation, Puritans and the great instruments in Revival of the Eighteenth Century. This is demonstrated in latter day evangelicals' abuse of the Word of God in the Creation account in Genesis. They have inflicted a wound to the integrity of the Word of God that will later open all the more to the detriment of potential Christian inquirers.

This is a far cry from the regard held for the integrity of the Word of God by Puritan writer Joseph Alleine in his classic work Alarm to the Unconverted. Discussing the personal and real instruments of conversion, Alleine has the following instruction on the Word of God:

The real instrument is the Word. We are begotten by the word of truth. It is this that enlightens the eye, that converts the soul (Ps xix 7, 8), that makes us wise to salvation (2 Tim iii 15). This is the incorruptible seed by which we are born again (1 Pet i 23). If we are washed, it is by the Word (Eph v 26). If we are sanctified, it is through the truth (Jn xvii 17). This generates faith, and regenerates us (Rom x 17; Jas i 18).

O ye saints, how you should love the Word, for by this you have been converted! You that have felt its renewing power, make much of it while you live; be ever thankful for it. Tie it about your neck, write it upon your hand, lay it in your bosom. When you go let it lead you, when you sleep let it keep you, when you wake let it talk with you (Prov vi 21-22). Say with the Psalmist, I will never forget thy precepts, for by them thou hast quickened me {Ps cxix 93). You that are unconverted, read the Word with diligence; flock to where it is powerfully preached.

If only the so-called evangelicals of the Episcopalian Diocese of Sydney would desist from embracing the world and hold firm to the Word of God in Genesis 1. Then will the death of the Diocese be averted and the Kingdom of God advance in this place.

For the benefit of the lazy I provide hereunder the Authorized Version of the passages of the Word of God cited by Joseph Alleine as well as Psalm 119:160 cited later by Alleine.

Ps 19:7-8 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

2 Tim 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

1 Pet 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Jn 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Jas 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Prov 6:21-22 My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.

Ps 119:93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.

Ps 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
[emphasis mine]

Sam Drucker


John said...

"thy word is truth."...but only in as much as it accords to the word of man as delivered to us by men in white coats who are so omniscient that they can tell you how much Potassium-40 and Argon-40 was there at the beginning, thus overturning the very clear Word of God, who they forget was there at the beginning, that says the Earth is very young, and not old as the evolutionists [have to] maintain.

Of course, one solution out of this pseudo-problem is to rely on that old gnostic Karl Barth, like Michael Jensen, Byron Smith and their pals from Moore College do, and declare ex-cathedra that Genesis 1 (and by inference Exod 20) is not history and cannot be known to be.

Man, oh man, with supposed brothers like these, who needs atheists!

sam drucker said...

We Christians are people of faith in God, faith in the Word of God.

When it is tampered with, diluted of its veracity a serious breach of faith ensues.

Sam Drucker

Critias said...

And then, of course, its a matter of us accepting the words of theologians, which, as we know, are prone to change, over time; and to do so over against the word of God: well, I'll do that when I see a (Barthian?) theologian rise from the dead.

sam drucker said...

Well he might rise spiritually but not bodily?

Sam Drucker