Watch “The Declaration of Independence (as read by Max McLean)” on YouTube

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This is beautiful! 

When the founding fathers immigrated to America, they faced many opponents and a great many hindrances. America throughout her history has faced opponents.  The Mexicans and the Native Americans claim that it is not right for the founding fathers and there ancestors to be in America. When the Irish and the Germans immigrated to America in mass numbers, prejudices and opposition stirred among the settled citizens. Funny how people fleeing oppression face so much opposition from the residents which are established and at ease.  I face the same opposition trying to immigrate since the people are influenced by the Deep State and the libtards who do not receive poor Christian immigrants. 

But if you follow the example of the founding fathers and as here in this Declaration of Independence you see something beautiful here in America.

Prospering in suffering

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Affliction is COMMON with God’s people. Knowing that brings comfort because they may be tempted, and often are, to think they are wrong, or on the wrong path, and to give up serving Christ by shifting to a compromised or sinful policy.

1 Peter 5:9 KJV

Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

If an Apostle experienced death, so may we. God is good too when we go through that valley of the shadow of death.

2 Corinthians 1:7-9 KJV

And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. [8] For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: [9] But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

Job overcame and prospered. You say, ‘What?!?’ He blessed God in the midst of his very heavy losses. He goes from a king to scum. That’s hard! Yet he overcame in his praise and giving God glory. I have personally heard Prosperity Gospel teachers say that Job was wrong in doing this.  Nonsense! In fact, this is the highest and most pleasing praise God loves! So of course Satan will lie about that through prosperity Gospel teachers…BUT ITS OF THE DEVIL!

Job 1:20-22 KJV

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, [21] And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord . [22] In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Now let’s consider John Brown. But before we do that I would like to also cite brother Yun in his book The Heavenly Man. In that book he speaks of many intense sufferings that he endured for Christ’s sake as a Christian. Now to John Brown.

5. Moreover, they may be in such a condition a long time, and all the while have no light of comfort, as we may see in Job and Heman. They may even walk in darkness, and have no light of comfort, Isa. 1. 10.

6. Yea, and also be without the hope of a delivery or outgate. Hence crieth Heman, Psalm lxxxviii. 4-5, “I am counted with them that go down into the pit, free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more, and they are cut off from thine hand.” Yea, they may be driven to the very border of despair, and conclude that there is no hope, as the church did, Ezek. xxxvii. 11, “Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost, and we are cut off for our parts;” and as Job, chap. vii. 6, “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope;” and chap. xix. 10, “He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: mine hope hath been removed like a tree.”

Now, though sometimes, as we see in Job, and in Heman too, a soul may be under such a sad and sharp dispensation, and yet not brought to question their state, or to conclude themselves children of wrath, lying still in black nature, yet it is not so with all who are so exercised; but many under such a dispensation, may at least be in the dark as to their state before God; and if they do not positively assert their state to be bad, yet they do much question if they be in the state of grace, and would be comforted under all their pressures and afflictions, if they could win to the least well-grounded apprehension of their interest in Christ.

CHRIST THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. Ch 16

First. It is here clearly presupposed, that even believers have need of Christ to be life unto them; and so have their fits of deadness. If it were not so, why would Christ have said to believers, that he was life? And daily experience doth abundantly confirm it. For,

1. They are oft so weak and unable to resist temptation, or to go about any commanded duty, as if they were quite dead.

2. They are oft so borne down with discouragement, because of the strength of opposition which they meet with on all hands; and because of the manifold disappointments which they meet with, that they have neither heart nor hand; and they faint and set up in the ways of the Lord; and cannot go through difficulties, but oftentimes lie by.

3. Through daily fighting, and seeing no victory, they become weary and faint-hearted; so that they lie by as dead, Isa. xl. 29.

4. They oft fall sick and decay, and have need of restoration and quickening.

5. The want of the sense of God’s favour, and of the comforts of the Holy Ghost, maketh them to dwine and droop, and look out as dead.

6. While under soul desertions upon one account or other, they look upon themselves as free among the dead, that is, as dead men, of the society of the dead, with Heman, Psalm lxxxviii.

7. Yea, many times they are as dead men, led captive in chains of unbelief and corruptions, as we see David was, when his heart panted, and his strength failed him, and the light of his eyes were gone from him, Psalm xxxviii. 10.

8. Many times the frequent changes, and ups and downs they meet with, take all courage and heart from them, that they become like men tossed at sea, so as they have no more strength.

And many such things befall them, which make them look as dead, and to stand in need of quickening, reviving and strengthening cordials from him who is the life. And thus the Lord thinketh good to dispense with his own people,

CHRIST THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. Ch 19

The above quotes may be found here…

John Brown, Christ the Way…

we will get God glorified | AnotherKing

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Ever accused of making a fuss about nothing by other Christians? Vilant suggested Donald Cargill was doing so when he refused to compromise and accept an earthly King as head of the Church.

“William Vilant, minister of Cambusnethan, who wrote a defence of the complying ministers, was present on one occasion when someone referred to Cargill’s faithfulness and diligence. Vilant, who could hardly have found the conversation to his liking, remarked impatiently, ‘What needs all this ado? We will get heaven and they will get no more.’ On learning of Vilant’s comment, Cargill said, ‘Yes, we will get more: we will get God glorified on earth, which is more than heaven.’” 

https://anotherking.wordpress.com/tag/we-will-get-god-glorified/

Donald Cargill stood for Christ’s divine rights as head of the church …but also the state. Jesus is King of Kings, which means civil rulers are commanded to submit to Jesus (Romans 13; Psalm 2). Pluralism is another god…a dumb idol whose impotence is seen all over the place…but most recently and notably in Dearborn Michigan in the clash between Islam and Christianity. Pluralism was the Trojan horse used to nearly wipe out Christian rights for Sharia law. But wisdom …during the Trump administration blocked that evil design…and Michigan was spared. 

WARNING…Islam is a scourge from God! If we reject him, he will give us ISIS…and he is not fooled by Pluralism or half hearted reverence. So we are NOT out of the weeds yet. Dearborn has been spared FOR NOW! If we fail to heed God’s warning…judgement will certainly come in greater measure.

Calvin on the Church as the “Mother” of believers (ETS paper)

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The following article is by Marc Cortez.  I found it on Google here.

Calvin on the Church as the “Mother” of believers (ETS paper)

Cyprian of Carthage famously said, “you cannot have God for your Father unless you have the church for your Mother.” And, Protestants have often been associated with a strong rejection of this claim. But, according to Sung Wook Chung, Calvin was perfectly willing to affirm that the Church is the Mother of all Christians. Indeed, he thought this was essential for a proper understanding of the Christian life.

At ETS last week, Chung presented a paper that dealt (in part) with John Calvin‘s use of the “mother” metaphor for understanding the relationship between the church and believers. And, according to Chung, this was fundamental for understanding Calvin’s ecclesiology. As Calvin said,

I shall start, then, with the church, into whose bosom God is pleased to gather his sons, not only that they may be nourished by her help and ministry as long as they are infants and children, but also that they may be guided by her motherly care until they mature and at last reach the goal of faith…so that, for those to whom he is Father the church may also be Mother. And this was so not only under the law but also after Christ’s coming, as Paul testifies when he teaches that we are the children of the new and heavenly Jerusalem (Gal. 4:26). (Inst. 4.1.1).

So, Chung devoted a considerable portion of his paper to understanding Calvin’s use of the metaphor. He began by identifying three three theological reasons that Calvin found the metaphor important.

  1. The Church as necessary and essential for all believers. As Calvin says, “Let us learn even from the simple title ‘mother’, how useful, indeed how necessary, it is that we should know her” (Inst. 4.1.4). For Calvin, then, the Church is necessary for the spiritual growth and well-being of all believers.
  2. The Church as honorable and glorious. As Calvin argues in his Galatians commentary, “This is a title of wonderful and the highest honor.” As the bride of Christ, the church has the highest possible honor and should be revered by all the people of God.
  3. The Church as the “true” Mother of all Christians. Chung argued that Calvin specifically applied the “mother” metaphor to the Church as a response to the Catholic use of this metaphor, and specifically its emphasis on Mary as the mother of Christians.

After laying out these three areas of theological significance, Chung moved on to address the functions of the Church as Mother.

  1. Conception: God’s people are conceived in the womb of the Church through the power of the Spirit and the Word.
  2. Birth: God’s people receive life (regeneration) by the Spirit within the context of the Church.
  3. Spiritual Nourishment: The Church “nourishes us at her breast” (Inst. 4.1.4).
  4. Care & Guidance: The Church takes care of us throughout our lives, offering direction and counsel.
  5. Forgiveness and Salvation: Calvin argues that we cannot hope for either forgiveness or salvation “away from her bosom” (Inst. 4.1.4). Of course, Calvin differs here from his Catholic opponents, arguing that it is the not the Roman Catholic Church that provides forgiveness and salvation. But, Calvin still wants to maintain that the evangelical Church, as the bearer of the Gospel and the Spirit, is the agent of forgiveness and salvation in the world.
  6. Cultivation of Godliness and Piety.

For all of these reasons, then, Calvin felt that seeing the Church as the Mother of all Christians was absolutely fundamental for a proper understanding of the Christian life and the role of the church in it. As Calvin said in his Galatians commentary,

The heavenly Jerusalem, which derives its origin from heaven and dwells above by faith, is the mother of believers. For she has the incorruptible seed of life deposited in her by which she forms us, cherishes us in her womb and brings us to light. She has the milk and the food by which she continually nourishes her offspring. This is why the Church is called the mother of believers. And certainly, he who refuses to be a son of the Church desires in vain to have God as his Father. For it is only through the ministry of the Church that God begets sons for Himself and brings them up until they pass through adolescence and reach manhood. This is a title of wonderful and the highest honor.” (Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians (Eerdmans, 1974), 87-8).

I really appreciated the paper’s explanation of Calvin’s ecclesiology and the strong emphasis he placed on the Church in the life of the believer. We absolutely need to recognize that the Church is fundamental to the Gospel and the Christian life. Sadly, much of evangelicalism fails to make this connection and, consequently, fails to appreciate the Church as having anything other than a purely instrumental significance for believers. Maybe a return to the Church-as-Mother could provide an avenue for a deeper appreciation of the Church in evangelicalism.

At the same time, I would have liked to see more biblical support for the use of this particular metaphor. I probably just need to dig into Calvin’s writings myself to find his biblical warrant for this metaphor. But, Chung’s presentation made me wonder whether the metaphor really has that much biblical warrant, regardless of how much theological merit it might have. (By the way, I don’t have a problem with using a metaphor for theological rather than specifically biblical reasons. I just like to know when I’m doing so.)


Here are some passages from the Bible about the Church being our mother. (CES)

Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;

For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink.
But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

 

 

Sharing good news

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Acts 13:44 KJV

And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.

Today I heard in the sermon on this text that during the time of the early church  people didn’t have internet or television or radio. News was transmitted by persons traveling and when they came to town people would gather around to hear news they brought.

I realize the dangers associated with social media and there’s much criticism of social media among Christians but the fact remains that this is our generation’s primary means of communicating. 

In proverbs the place where things happened and news spread was the gate.

Psalm 127:5 KJV

Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

In our generation social media has become the gate place. …more and more this is so.  Most shopping today is done on the internet. Therefore it makes sense for God’s people to seek to reach out to their fellow man on social media and on the internet. Just as the Believers gathered in Acts chapter 13:44 to hear news and to share the good news, so we are wise to share good news on social media.

I see social media like the Roman roads which furthered the spread of the gospel…And the printing press during the Reformation.

A time to Laugh and a time to Cry

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If you would, consider the subject of mirth with me.

Do we enjoy laughter?  Who doesn’t?

Don’t we count the happy smiling folks, by default, good people?  ..while a sour person, a gloomy person, or a sorrowful person is automatically devilish in our eyes?  But the bible says there is a time to laugh and a time to cry…so REALLY we need to be discerning.

There are many considerations to take in when discerning this subject.  One of those is that the prosperity gospel has had a  PROFOUND influence in our Western culture today.  The Prosperity gospel promotes a false mirth, a false laughter, a false joy, a false peace.  The lieing spirit of the Prosperity gospel has  taken deep root in our materialistic generation, even in in the more orthodox churches.  So we have great need to double up on discerning if our mirth in this time and place is carnal or spiritual.

There is a time to cry.  I think there is reference made in the 3 forms of unity that this life is a constant death.  This life has also been referred to by many godly folk as a vale of tears.  Why then is there so much emphasis on mirth in our time and place here in the West?   The US Navy seals understand the need to endure hardship.  I saw a YouTube video recently of one who spoke on stretching our wills by doing things we did not want to do.  His method of employing this, was to step into a boxing ring with a stronger faster person.  He said he would get the snot beat out of him, but come out a better man.  While I do not promote boxing, he has some wisdom in the lesson to endure hardship…that is, to be willing to go through tough things, which is not pretty or pleasurable.  Life is that way.  It brings a lot of tough stuff on our door step.  The prosperity gospel denies this truth.

 

John Brown speaks of the Christians time to cry.  He is one of the godliest Christian ministers to EVER live.  He was very close to Jesus.  BTW…did you know the bible never once records Jesus to have laughed?  Though that does not mean he never laughed, yet this speaks to us something, does it not?

To get real…let me ask a few plain English blue collar questions.  Do we want to be fake?  Plastic?  Or do we want to have sincere and proper joy?  Many people go through life empty, just wearing a smile.  But the smile is a facade, which they themselves are disgusted with.  Sadly this is the case with many rich people.  So, I simply promoting that we all be real and not judge or look down on each other since there may be a time to cry for others we may not be able to recognize.  When its time to cry, cry.  I am not promoting in a sadistic way, gloom or depression.  That is devilish…but the fact is we all know it too. there is a time to cry…there is a time to be sad.  In fact, this life is full of times for being sad.

I just thought of another truth on this subject, of which there are many…but its also true that leaders are wise to promote joy and cheer, just not to the extent that is in our generation.  An example that comes to my mind is Nehemiah in Neh 2:1,2. Nehemiah was sad in the kings presence, and it is not seen as a good thing to do in a king’s presence…so this passage does promote a cheerful spirit.  So while I speak here in defense of godly sorrow, I also acknowledge the cheerful spirit is a godly frame to walk by.   After all, it does say in Neh 8:10, ‘…the joy of the Lord is your strength.’  Yet even in Nehemiah’s sadness before the king, it seems to me, he was sad justly, …while at the same time, I do perceive this passage to promote a cheerful composure.   Also, when its time to cry for some, it may be a time to laugh for others (Ez 3:11-13).  Though this paper upholds godly sorrow, I am checked and gladly so, to receive the joy of my light spirited brethren.  I welcome their joy to infect me when I am justly sad.  I pray they will understand me and patiently seek to uplift me, as Brown, below here does when he helps us to realize God’s people do struggle…not on occasion…but often in this vale of tears.  Yet even so, I remember even today, in God’s house hearing of the Apostles care to prevent over much sorrow in God’s children when he says, “Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.” (Phil 3:13)  We grapple with confusion on this subject, as with all things.  Balance is the key…finding the proper balance…discerning the time is the key.  We, by nature, our unable to discern and have no balance (Luke 7:31-34).

Let us, therefore, as John Calvin would say, at the end of her sermons, fall down before our great God and maker and beseech his mercies to guide us in these things which we confuse by our corrupt sin natures.

 

Now lets hear John Brown on the Christian soldiers enduring hardship…sorrows.

 

CHRIST

THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.

BY THE LATE
REV. JOHN BROWN,
MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL AT WAMPHRAY.

WRITTEN DURING THE TIME OF HIS BANISHMENT IN HOLLAND.


“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”—JOHN XIV. 6.

CHAPTER XIX.

“AND THE LIFE.” HOW CHRIST IS THE LIFE.

 

First. It is here clearly presupposed, that even believers have need of Christ to be life unto them; and so have their fits of deadness. If it were not so, why would Christ have said to believers, that he was life? And daily experience doth abundantly confirm it. For,

1. They are oft so weak and unable to resist temptation, or to go about any commanded duty, as if they were quite dead.

2. They are oft so borne down with discouragement, because of the strength of opposition which they meet with on all hands; and because of the manifold disappointments which they meet with, that they have neither heart nor hand; and they faint and set up in the ways of the Lord; and cannot go through difficulties, but oftentimes lie by.

3. Through daily fighting, and seeing no victory, they become weary and faint-hearted; so that they lie by as dead, Isa. xl. 29.

4. They oft fall sick and decay, and have need of restoration and quickening.

5. The want of the sense of God’s favour, and of the comforts of the Holy Ghost, maketh them to dwine and droop, and look out as dead.

6. While under soul desertions upon one account or other, they look upon themselves as free among the dead, that is, as dead men, of the society of the dead, with Heman, Psalm lxxxviii.

7. Yea, many times they are as dead men, led captive in chains of unbelief and corruptions, as we see David was, when his heart panted, and his strength failed him, and the light of his eyes were gone from him, Psalm xxxviii. 10.

8. Many times the frequent changes, and ups and downs they meet with, take all courage and heart from them, that they become like men tossed at sea, so as they have no more strength.

And many such things befall them, which make them look as dead, and to stand in need of quickening, reviving and strengthening cordials from him who is the life.