For Correction And For Mercy

Flooding at Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery (6096613101)

“Turn with me to Job 37:12,13, where we find two purposes of God for disasters.

1. The first Divine purpose for disaster is for correction or literally, the rod (Job 37:13a). Here God uses the cloud filled with rain to burst forth in judgment upon wicked and godless men in bringing floods (reminiscent of the deluge at Noah’s time) that destroy the crops, the livelihood, and the life of man. No doubt, under this heading we might include any disaster by which God would bring temporal judgment upon wicked people and nations of this world who have rejected, despised, or forgotten the Lord and His Christ, the Moral Law and Gospel of the Lord and His Christ, and the only true religion of the Lord and His Christ, biblical Christianity. This purpose displays the vindictive justice of a holy God in pouring forth His wrath upon the wicked people and wicked nations of the world as a foretaste of the everlasting judgment to come (Romans 1:18—note the present, on-going, and continuous revelation of God’s wrath in the world upon the wicked who suppress the truth God in unrighteousness, which is displayed in many ways, but must include the judgments God brings by way of disasters and calamities upon people and nations for their rebellion against the Lord and His Christ; see Psalm 2:10-12; Psalm 79:6)…

3. The second Divine purpose for disaster that comes from the cloud filled with rain in Job 37:13 is “for mercy.” Here it would seem that God brings the flood that destroys the crops and livelihood of man not only to judge impenitent people and nations, but also to show mercy to people and nations whose eyes in such disasters are opened to see the vanity of trusting in the things of this earth as the source of their safety and security, as the source of their joy and happiness, and as the source of their peace and comfort. God brings disaster so as to have the ultimate mercy upon people and nations by enlightening their minds to behold the mercy of God in Christ Jesus so that they embrace Christ by faith alone and are set free from righteous God’s judgment forever.”

~Greg L. Price

Source: http://media.sermonaudio.com/mediapdf/5911147300.pdf

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We Do Not Murder in the Name of God

It is commonly claimed today that the Bible is a book “full of violence” that supposedly incites its followers to individual or vigilante acts of hatred and violence.  This claim is false.  Those who follow the Bible alone as the basis of their faith (ie. truly Protestant Christians) are among the most peaceable people on earth.

Here is a quote from a Catholic author, who considered Protestantism to be a pernicious heresy,* illustrating this point.  It is taken from a book about the Huguenot wars in France.  Consider how the Protestant Huguenots behaved even in times of war:

“What does this mean, you rascals!” he shouted angrily as he entered.  Then he stopped petrified with astonishment.

“It means this,” Philip said, levelling a pistol at him, “that if you move a step you are a dead man.”

“You must be mad,” the president gasped.  “Do you know who I am?”

“Perfectly, sir.  You are president of the infamous Parliament of Toulouse.  I am a Huguenot officer, and you are my prisoner.  You need not look so indignant; better men than you have been dragged from their homes to prison and death by your orders.  Now it is your turn to be prisoner.  I might, if I chose, set fire to this chateau and cut the throats of all in it, but we do not murder in the name of God, we leave that to you.”

~G.A. Henty, St. Bartholomew’s Eve, Robinson Books:2002, page 122.

*In the preface to the above-cited book, Henty refers to Protestantism thus: “The great organization of the Church of Rome laboured among all classes for the destruction of the growing heresy.”

Christian Duty Under Wicked Rule

Samuel B. Wylie,
Two Sons of Oil, pp. 63-71

1. It is our duty to mourn before God over all the prevailing abominations. This is one of the characters of those who are marked with the broad seal of the Holy Ghost, Ezek, ix. 4. And the Lord said, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and cry for all the abominations that are done in the midst thereof.” We ought, also, to confess and mourn over our own sins, which, no doubt, contribute their share to the procuring and continuance of those evils.

2. We ought to pray for their reformation with earnestness at a throne of grace. 1st Tim. ii. 1, we are commanded to make prayer and supplications for all men; and, Jer. xxix. 7, the captives in Babylon are commanded to “pray for the peace of the city, and cry to the Lord for it, that in its peace they might have peace.” This prayer, however, ought not to recognise them in their official capacity; for this would be saying, Amen, to the immorality of the constitution on which they stand. 2d John, 10th and 11th verses, we are commanded, “not to receive impostors into our houses, or bid them God speed, for he that biddeth them God speed, is partaker of their evil deeds.” This must respect them as deceivers, and not as men, for we are commanded to “pray for all men.” 2d Tim. ii. 1.

3. We ought to use every lawful endeavour to promote reformation, such as rational arguments, and decent remonstrances :…

Read more: https://purelypresbyterian.com/2017/04/18/the-duty-of-christians-under-wicked-rule/

Related: http://barbwire.com/2017/06/01/americas-confession-sin/

God Removes Nations For Their Sins

Calvin on Deuteronomy 27 and 28:

First we see that even though the land of Canaan was given
as an inheritance to the people of Israel, yet they were surely put
out and banished when they abused the favor that had been
shown unto them
. God had planted them there, even as though
He had set them with His own hand. Lo (says He), here is My
resting place and yours (Ps. 132:14). He intended to dwell among
them Himself and thereupon He promised to give them rest here,
insomuch that although all other people should be displaced and
removed to and fro, yet should the children of Abraham continue
to enjoy the heritage of that land. Notwithstanding, this did not
prevent God from driving them out again and scattering them
abroad with the wind because they had defiled that land, which
should have been kept holy to His name
.

Now since it is so, let us not think it strange when God at this
day sends many changes into the world; for He has given no such
privilege to any nation as to say unto them, “YOU shall inhabit
this land, as the land of Canaan was given to the lineage of
Abraham.” But we see how God is offended. We see men’s misdoings
as heinous as can be. Now then, if God removes men, let us
understand that it is for their sins.

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/what-causes-nations-and-empires-to-decline.55621/, Comment 13

cf: Leviticus 18:34: Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants. 26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:

To Trifle With God Is To Invite Disaster

Rev. Mark H. Creech on God’s judgment of the Babylonians by the Persians:

The truths of this story are self-evident for our own time.

To trifle with God, who is sovereign over the nations, is to invite disaster…

Dr. George Sweeting, former chancellor of Moody Bible Institute has written, “No nation can rise above the faith and character of its individual citizens. America has a choice to make. Either we turn back by faith in Jesus Christ, or we will join the fate of other long-forgotten nations.”

Friends of Government and Good Order

Andrew Fuller, “The Backslider”, 1801, pg 45:

“By standing aloof from all parties as such, and approving themselves the friends of government and good order, by whomsoever administered, christians would acquire a dignity of character worthy of their profession, would be respected by all, and possess greater opportunities of doing good: while by a contrary conduct they render one part of the community their enemies, and the other, I fear, derive but little spiritual advantage from being their friends.”

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/christian-political-participation.92710/, Comment 1

The Spiritual Logic

William Gairdner on the spiritual logic underlying monotheistic religion:

The secular Westerner looks at the universe and says: “Because there is no God, the universe must have created itself by purely physical means, so there is no ultimate truth, no Why.”

But the Westerner of faith (and the Muslim) says: “As nothing can come from nothing, the universe cannot have created itself, because for anything to create itself, it would have to precede itself in existence – which is clearly a logical impossibility. Hence, the universe must have had a beginning and an eternal or uncreated creator. So absolute truth must exist somewhere, and therefore I must humble myself before this truth and strive to know it in whatever way I can.”

Anyone can follow the logic embedded in this spiritual conclusion without necessarily belonging to an organized religion.

Read more: http://www.williamgairdner.com/journal/2017/3/11/the-west-against-itself-our-civil-war-of-values.html