Monday, July 15, 2013

Satan's realm



If we go back to Genesis 3, 
where we have the earliest mention of Satan-
we are shown the realm in which he works 
and the central object of his attack. 
That realm is religion 
and that object is 
the Word of God
~ AW Pink

The enemy will offer all kinds of counterfeit doctrines 
that look good and sound OK—
false doctrines where the error is so carefully nuanced 
it's hard to put your finger on what's wrong with it. 
He will tempt you to set aside 

what is precise 
and carefully defined 
in place of dumbed-down doctrinal formulas 
that don't necessarily sound dangerous—
but are. 
~ Phil Johnson

Are you snakebit? 

There are all sorts of charming, seductive nice-sounding unbiblical notions being hawked out there
in modern Christendumb.

Don't fall for them!

They may sound all sweet & sentimental,
like little bunny rabbits,
but they're fanged with serpent's poison!

The Word of God & sound doctrine are the anti-venom!
Brethren,

Study to show yourself approved unto God, 
a worker who has no need to be ashamed, 
rightly dividing the Word of truth.
~ 2 Timothy 2:15

Begin by going back to basics.

Study the following doctrines:

The Doctrine of God.
The Doctrine of Man.
The Doctrine of Satan.
The Doctrine of Holy Scriptures.
The Doctrine of Original sin.
The Doctrine of Sin
The Doctrine of Human Depravity.The Doctrine of General Revelation.The Doctrine of Common Grace.The Doctrine of Saving Grace.The Doctrine of Repentance unto life.The Doctrine of Saving Faith.The Law of God & it's Three-Fold Use. The Doctrine of Salvation.The Degrees of Sin/Degrees of Punishment
& MORE.

You can find many of these biblical doctrines clearly laid out, with scripture proofs, in theWestminster Confession of Faith:http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/

You can listen to mp3 teachings on Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem at:http://www.monergism.com/mp3/2012/02/systematic_theology_mp3_lectur.php
Snake bites are serious.
Don't delay.
Start today!

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Every truth leads towards holiness; every error of doctrine, directly or indirectly, leads to sin. ~ Charles Spurgeon

Monday, July 01, 2013

Be on guard! Don't sell out GOD!

By Patte Smith



A friend asked; "What is the sin that Christians struggle with the most?" 
There were various answers. Lust and pride were at the top.
I responded that I believe that one of the greatest and most insidious sins that Christians struggle with are the twins of unbelief and idolatry.

The sins of unbelief and idolatry are often disguised as 'grace', 'kindness', 'compassion' and'Christian love'. They are expressed in the form of not trusting the perfect goodness of God, in Christ, His person, character, and His holy authoritative revelation of truth in His Law and Testimony. These sins are manifested when we are ashamed of Jesus and His Word and we defer to making the felt 'happiness' of man/or woman the center of all things. We profess to be Christians, but in practice we often follow, teach and promulgate HUMANISM (which is idolatry)when we are speaking, counseling and preaching.

Humanism's motto is 'homo mensura', Latin for “man the measure.” Humanism is the belief that man/woman is the measure of all things. Man/woman is the ultimate and they are their own autonomous norm. His/her REASON (thought process), not subservient to divine revelation, is the basis of 'ethics' (determination of what is right and wrong).

R.C. Sproul has taught and warned extensively on the insidious effect of humanism on and in the visible church, saying;

"...subjectivism is the inevitable consequence of making man the final arbiter of what is true. Without an objective, transcendent norm all we have are individual preferences to guide us. We must then ask, whose preferences will guide us?...

Only the Christian worldview, where God is the measure of all things, can preserve life and liberty.
Only those who believe that man is made in God’s image have grounds for attributing any kind of worth to humanity. Remember this as you engage other worldviews."


Many, if not most, churches and para-church 'ministries' (especially obvious in pro-life ministries)is the anthropocentric approach to counseling. While Christians should have a primarily theocentric/Christocentric approach, theistic humanism has become the 'norm'. Churches and their leadership see this in the ministries they prayerfully and financially support, but often give them a 'pass'. Why?

When you look at allegedly 'Christian' pregnancy center websites & materials, for instance, what stands out? What is their raison d'ĂȘtre ("reason for existence")? Is it not WOMEN and their 'happiness'? Where is God?

Humanist John Dewey concluded that "religion" tends to hinders the evolutionary progress of man.
Dr Sproul explains;

"The humanist dream is to rid the world of pain and suffering by the efforts of man, through education... principally through education."

If you read the websites of pregnancy centers, "education" about pregnancy "options", education about the methods of child-killing, and support and comfort for mothers who have already killed their children, do seem to be the priority. The emphasis appears to be ridding the woman of pain and suffering.  A careful scrutinization of the pregnancy center websites reveals little (to no) mention of the sanctity and well-being of the babies or any scriptural, biblical, God-centered message regarding His divine design, creation and rule over human life and salvation.

How can we Christians leave out the character of God & the person of Jesus Christ, which are the FOUNDATION of true ethics & values, when reaching out to any sinner, including abortion-vulnerable mothers and their innocent children?
That is NOT a theocentric/Christocentric Christian approach.
That is the humanist approach.
Humanists often have 'noble' ideals, but no foundation for them!

Why is the humanistic approach to 'ministry' often the predominant method for churches 'outreach' & 'missions' & para church ministries?
The reason is because the man/woman-centered approach is EMOTIONALLY attractive to our carnal nature. We all know that WE want to be self-centered and so, we have the tendency to want others to prefer themselves and have "self-esteem". True?

Many, if not most, religious institutions, movements and ministries in America have bought into theistic humanism hook, line & sinker. Sexual immorality is treated as if it is something to be respected as a person freedom. JI Packer observes:

"Nowadays some will maintain, in the name of humanism, that the “Puritan” sexual morality of the Bible is inimical to (tending to obstruct or harm) the attainment of true human maturity, and that a little more license makes for richer living. Of this ideology we would only say that the proper name for it is not humanism but brutism. Sexual laxity does not make your more human, but less so; it brutalizes you and tears your soul to pieces. The same is true wherever any of God’s commandments are disregarded. We are only living truly human lives just so far as we are laboring to keep God’s commandments; no further."

John MacArthur notes:

"In the process of striving to fulfill our needs and satisfy our desires, the church has slipped into a philosophy of “Christian humanism” that is flawed with self-love, self-esteem, self-fulfillment, and self-glory.  There appears to be scant concern about worshiping our glorious God on His terms...
Humanism is the philosophy that says humanity has unlimited potential.  Give people enough time and education, and they can solve any problem.  A stepsister to existentialism, humanism urges everyone to self-authenticate, to BE someone."

Duane Edward Spencer concurs:

"The doctrine of most “evangelical churches” today is the humanist theology…the exalted doctrine of man... given final polish by many religious psychologists of our time."

Just to be clear, James Fowler gives a concise outline defining the characteristics of humanism:

Humanism is a philosophical premise that includes such concepts as:

1.    Man is autonomous and independent

2.    Man is his own center of reference

1.    Man is self-generative and self-sufficient

2.    Man has the potential to do anything he sets his mind to

3.    Man is the cause of his own effects

4.    Man is the source of his own activity

5.    Man has a free-will to choose anything he desires – “sovereign will”

6.    Man is innately good

7.    Man is the subject and object of his own world

8.    Man is the solution to his own problems

9.    Man deserves to indulge his personal aspirations, personal gratifications, and personal reputation (cf. I Jn. 2:16)

10. Man is his own god
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Sounds eerily familiar to what is espoused in Christian circles, ministries and 'missions' doesn't it?

A blogger named Jeff (no last name) nailed it;

"...humanism has permeated the Church. The disaster of humanism is that SELF became exalted in the very place it was supposed to be killed."

In his powerful sermon "Ten Shekels and a Shirt" Paris Reidheid gives a stunningly prophetic indictment of the church:

Humanism is a philosophical statement that declares the end of all being is the happiness of man. The reason for existence is man's happiness. Now according to humanism, salvation is simply a matter of getting all the happiness you can out of life...
And it is therefore up to the man to be happy, to become powerful, and become powerful by any means he can use. For it is only in this position of ascendancy (as we saw in the worship of Molech) that one can be happy. This would produce in due course a Hitler who...would say of his people that we are destined to rule the world. Therefore any means that we can use to achieve this is our salvation.

Somebody else turns around and says, "Well no, the end of being is happiness...happiness comes from sensual experience." So you would have the type of existentialism...the gross sensuality of our country. Since man is essentially a glandular animal who's highest moments of ecstasy come from the exercise of his glands, salvation is simply to find the most desirable way to gratify this part of a person...

John Dewey, then an American philosopher influencing education, was able to persuade the educators that there were no absolute standards. Children shouldn't be brought to any particular standard, that the end of education was simply to allow the child to express himself and expand on what he is and find his happiness in being what he wants to be. So we had cultural lawlessness, when every man could do as seemed right in his own eyes and we had no God to rule over us. The Bible had been discounted and disallowed and disproved according to what they said. God had been dethroned, He didn't exist, He had no personal relationship to individuals.

And so this became the effect of humanism, that the end of all being is the happiness of man...

The fundamentalists. They say, "We believe in the inspiration of the Bible! We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ! We believe in hell! We believe in heaven! We believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ!" But remember the atmosphere is that of HUMANISM. And humanism says the chief end of being is the happiness of man. Humanism is like a miasma out of a pit, it just permeates everyplace. Humanism is like an infection, an epidemic, it just goes everywhere...

So it had gotten down to the place where salvation was nothing more than an assent to a scheme or a formula, and the end of this was that salvation was the happiness of man - because humanism has penetrated...

The liberal says the end of religion is to make man happy while he's alive, and the fundamentalist says the end of religion is to make man happy when he dies. 

Humanism is, I believe, the most deadly and disastrous of all the philosophical stenches that's crept up through the grating over the pit of Hell. It has penetrated so much of our religion. AND IT IS IN UTTER AND TOTAL CONTRAST WITH CHRISTIANITY!...

THEY SELL OUT GOD! ...THIS IS THE BETRAYAL OF THE AGES!!! 
And it is the betrayal in which we live. And I don't see HOW GOD CAN REVIVE IT! Until we come back to Christianity. As in DIRECT AND TOTAL CONTRAST WITH THE STENCHFUL HUMANISM that's perpetrated in our generation in the Name of Christ.

I'm afraid that it's become so subtle that it goes everywhere. What is it? In essence it's this! That this philosophical postulate that the end of all being is the happiness of man, has been sort of covered over with evangelical terms and Biblical doctrine until God reigns in heaven for the happiness of man, Jesus Christ was incarnate for the happiness of man, all the angels exist...Everything is for the happiness of man! AND I SUBMIT TO YOU THAT THIS IS UNCHRISTIAN!!!"

May we repent of our unbelief and idolatry of man and woman.
May we quit our anthropocentric approach to life and ministry.
May the glory of God be our goal
and may our love and desire for good for our neighbor come OUT of that goal.
May the Lord help us by His Spirit to believe,
maintain
and promote
the Truth,
that apart from the life and saving mercy of God in Christ,
which is communicated most perfectly
in the Law and Gospel ultimatum,
we will not,
indeed CANNOT
achieve lasting, eternal peace of mind, body and soul.

And Jesus said to all,
“If anyone would come after Me, 
let him deny Himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 
For whoever would save his life will lose it, 
but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 
For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world 
and loses or forfeits himself? 
For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words, 
of him will the Son of Man be ashamed 
when He comes in His glory 
and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels."
~ Luke 9:23-26

(cf Mark 8:36-38;Matt 10:32-33)



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Every truth leads towards holiness; every error of doctrine, directly or indirectly, leads to sin. ~ Charles Spurgeon

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Turn Aways

By Patte Smith



"I have been trying to get rid of this baby ever since I first found out that I was pregnant. I have done coke, a LOT of coke, to try & miscarry. But, here I am, still pregnant at 6 months. When I turned the corner & saw you standing there in front of the clinic I started bawling my eyes out. I know that this is wrong. I have always known it. God hasn't let me kill this baby, even with all that Ihave done to get rid of it. And now, YOU are here. This is the last straw. I can't do it!"
~ Amber

Amber broke down hysterically crying. I told her all about open adoption & gave her the brochure for 'A Chosen Child' adoption agency. I prayed over Amber & her infant. We wept together & I called a local birthmother counselor friend of mine. Amber drove straight over to the adoption agency. She chose a nice Christian couple to be her baby's mommy & daddy. Amber received strong emotional support & financial assistance throughout her pregnancy from the adoption agency. The birthmother counselor let me know when Amber's little girl was placed into the arms of her very excited & grateful adoptive parents.

I love remembering the mothers who turned away from killing their babies. And, it is always a blessing when they are willing to make the difficult, painful choice of picking a wonderful adoptive family for their infant.

Tomorrow morning we go to the killing place. Recalling Amber & her baby girl has given me fresh courage & confidence in the sovereign & goodness of God. The Lord Jesus uses us when we are willing to go out on the deep waters in His Name Of this I am sure, for the Savior has proved Himself over & over & over 



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Monday, May 27, 2013

You Make Beautiful Things Out Of Us

By Patte Smith


"Remember, I beseech Thee, 
that Thou hast made me as the clay; 
and wilt Thou bring me into dust again?" 
~ Job 10:9


When we are unrighteously ignored, dismissed, misunderstood, marginalized, criticized or outright rejected by church folks it is tempting to feel like there is something wrong with us, that we are hopeless losers & outcasts. When this happens to me or to someone I love, I go to Ezekiel 16.

Looking again at the vivid picture the Lord paints about those He redeems is a reality check.
We will be delivered from defensiveness and despair once we embrace the fact that WE ARE NOTHING. 
If we surrender to the fact that in & of ourselves we ARE NOTHING,
we will have no trouble when people criticize & reject us.
Our value comes from OUTSIDE ourselves.
It's EXtrinsic.
It comes from the One in whose image we were designed, created, are sustained.
Our worth is found in the One Who rules over us.
Our value is IN the One whom we, the unworthy,
have been made BELOVED, by a sovereign act of His grace.
The Father looked upon us as we writhed in an open field in the filthiness of our own sin.
He saw us as unwashed pitiful orphans;
unloved,
helpless,
hopeless. 

The Lord God had compassion. 

Listen to His voice in verse 6,8-9:
'when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood,
I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, LIVE;
yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, LIVE...
Now when I passed by thee,
and looked upon thee,
behold, thy time was the time of love;
and I spread My skirt over thee,
and covered thy nakedness:
yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee,
saith the Lord GOD,
and thou becamest Mine.
Then washed I thee with water;
yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee,
and I anointed thee with oil." 


What a picture!

If we are born-again, Jesus Christ is the One who bought us with the price of His own Blood
& washed us from the filth of our sin.
He clothes us with His righteousness
& He beautifies us through the progressive work of sanctification 
by His Spirit.
We grow in loveliness to Him as He adorns us with holiness.
The Lord is committed to preparing us as a comely Bride for His Son. 
We are dust, but we are HIS DUST.
We are a mess, but we are HIS MESS.
And, our Bridegroom is preparing a place for us.
Jesus is faithful. He coming back to take us to Himself. 

And, that makes all the difference. 

Tuesday, May 07, 2013



By Patte Smith


Men are qualified for civil liberty
in exact proportion to their disposition
to put moral chains on their own appetites…
Society cannot exist unless a controlling power
upon the will and appetite
is placed somewhere;
and the less of it there is within,
the more there must be without.
It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things
that men of intemperate minds
cannot be free.
Their passions forge their fetters.

~ Edmund Burke

The wicked heresy of *antinomianism abounds in the culture, in the modern self-identified church & in para-church "ministries". Anything goes. No judging right from wrong. (Except, of course, judging those who judge right from wrong!) No condemnation of sin as evil. Lawlessness abounds under the lackadaisical religious eye of the visible church. Most of the infants slain by abortion are murdered by sexually immoral mothers who profess to be some sort of 'Christian'. And the blood of the babies is shed in the shadow of church steeples! The need for the faithful proclamation & counsel of the moral Law of God (God's Holy Commandments) is urgent. 
Why the push to steer away from sharing the righteous demands of the Lord? Why are so many who profess Christ purposely avoiding telling women that the Bible says that fornication & baby-killing are soul-damning sins? Why are the Lord's Words (His Holy Commandments & His divine threats of God's temporal & eternal judgment) carefully avoided & 'choice' politely made supreme? Oh, my friends, this is exactly how the Serpent's plan in the garden was presented.

In Genesis 2:16-17: "The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
In the next chapter, listen to how the Devil tempts with religious flattery:

"Now the serpent was more crafty/subtle/cunning/shrewd/clever than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate." (Genesis 3:1-6)
Ever since the fall, religious flatterers have coyly suppressed the righteous demands & just threats of the LORD God. Today we observe the same as many (perhaps well-meaning people) have avoided addressing the conscience of abortion-vulnerable sinners with the moral Law, & substitute humanistic, woman-centered language instead. They have made the WOMAN & her 'empowerment' of 'choice', the thrust of their counseling.

The Holy Commandments are good & necessary divine requirements upon all human beings, regenerate & unregenerate. The moral Law of God has three purposes:
"The first purpose of the Law is to be a mirror. On the one hand, the Law of God reflects and mirrors the perfect righteousness of God. The law tells us much about who God is. Perhaps more important, the law illumines human sinfulness. Augustine wrote, “The Law orders, that we, after attempting to do what is ordered, and so feeling our weakness under the Law, may learn to implore the help of grace.” The Law highlights our weakness so that we might seek the strength found in Christ. Here the Law acts as a severe schoolmaster who drives us to Christ.

A second purpose for the Law is the restraint of evil. The Law, in and of itself, cannot change human hearts. It can, however, serve to protect the righteous from the unjust. Calvin says this purpose is “by means of its fearful denunciations and the consequent dread of punishment, to curb those who, unless forced, have no regard for rectitude and justice.” The Law allows for a limited measure of justice on this earth, until the last judgment is realized.

The third purpose of the Law is to reveal what is pleasing to God. As born-again children of God, the Law enlightens us as to what is pleasing to our Father, whom we seek to serve. The Christian delights in the Law as God Himself delights in it. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). This is the highest function of the Law, to serve as an instrument for the people of God to give Him honor and glory.

By studying or meditating on the Law of God, we attend the school of righteousness. We learn what pleases God and what offends Him. The moral Law that God reveals in Scripture is always binding upon us. Our redemption is from the curse of God’s Law, not from our duty to obey it. We are justified, not because of our obedience to the law, but in order that we may become obedient to God’s Law. To love Christ is to keep His commandments. To love God is to obey His law. 
Summary
1. The church today has been invaded by antinomianism, which weakens, rejects, or distorts the law of God.

2. The law of God is a mirror of God’s holiness and our unrighteousness. It serves to reveal to us our need of a savior.

3. The Law of God is a restraint against sin. 
4. The Law of God reveals what is pleasing and what is offensive to God. 
5. The Christian is to love the Law of God and to obey the moral law of God.
Biblical passages for reflection: 
Psalm 19:7-11 
Psalm 119:9-16 
Romans 7:7-25 
Romans 8:3-4 
1 Corinthians 7:19 
Galatians 3:24 
above portion excerpted from 'THE THREEFOLD USE OF THE LAW' 

When we suppress the moral Law of God we leave lost, sinful women (& false converts) in the chains of bondage their passions have forged. We also treat their pre-born human children as if they were not there & worthy of loving protection. When we withhold the commandments regarding fornication & murder from a murder-minded mother, we obstruct the mirror of God's Law, the means by which He has provided to restrain their sinful lust for sex & slaughter, & we fail to lovingly confront them with the just & holy requirements of God upon their lives. May we be unashamed of Christ & His Word in this wicked & perverse generation!

"...thus tested when you are put in positions where you might get gain by an unrighteous act, or win fame by withholding a truth, or earn love and honour by pandering to the passions of those about you. May you have grace enough to say, "No; it cannot be. I love not myself, but my Lord. I seek not myself, but Christ. I desire to propagate nothing but His Truth, and not my own ideas": then will you have exhibited the self-denial of Jesus....

The doctrine of judgment to come is the power by which men are to be aroused. There is another life; the Lord will come a second time; judgment will arrive; the wrath of God will be revealed. Where this is not preached, I am bold to say the gospel is not preached. It is absolutely necessary to the preaching of the gospel of Christ that men be warned as to what will happen if they continue in their sins. Ho, ho, sir surgeon, you are too delicate to tell the man that he is ill! You hope to heal the sick without their knowing it. You therefore flatter them; and what happens? They laugh at you; they dance upon their own graves. At last they die! Your delicacy is cruelty; your flatteries are poisons; you are a murderer. Shall we keep men in a fool's paradise? Shall we lull them into soft slumbers from which they will awake in hell? Are we to become helpers of their damnation by our smooth speeches? In the Name of God we will not." 
~ Charles Spurgeon

* RC Sproul rightly explains "antinomianism...says that the Law of God, the mandates of God, the commandments of God have no real binding influence on my conscience.  That is not just a distortion of Christianity, dear friends, that is a fundamental denial of Christianity.  And if a person really believes that, he can't be justified; he can't even be a Christian.  And yet the notion is all over the place in Christian circles."  

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Jesus asked His disciples;
“When I sent you out with no moneybag 
or knapsack 
or sandals, 
did you lack anything?” 
They said, “Nothing.”
"But now let the one who has a moneybag
take it, 
and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one."
~ Luke 22:35-36

"And take...the sword of the Spirit, 
which is the Word of God."
~ Ephesians 6:17

For the Word of God 
is living and active, 
sharper than any two-edged sword, 
piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, 
of joints and of marrow, 
and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
~ Hebrews 4:12

 "Is not My Word like fire," 
declares the LORD, 
"and like a hammer 
that breaks a rock in pieces?"
~ Jeremiah 23:29

"May the praise of God 
be in their mouths 
and a double-edged sword 
in their hands."
~ Psalm 149:6

O my friends, there is a battle to be fought. Don't let the devilish enemies of God (& of humankind) disarm & neuter you. Resist the popular practice of smiling religious do-gooders who purposely suppress the double-edged sword of the Law & gospel. 
The Word of God is sword of the Spirit with which all true disciples of Christ must furnish themselves. The missionary work of executing the purposes of God (on both His friends & His enemies) should always be accompanied with praise for Christ & offensive swordplay with His Word.
Remember, double-edged swords were made for piercing as well as for striking.
And so it is with the sword of the Spirit!

In his commentary on the double-edge sword of the Lord John Gill notes:
"One of its edges is the Law
which sharply reproves and menaces for sin, 
threatening with curses, condemnation, and death; 
and which, in the Spirit's hand, 
cuts deep into the hearts of men, 
lays open the corruption of their nature
and the swarms of sin which are in them.
It causes pain and grief, 
working wrath in the conscience. 
It wounds and kills, 
and is therefore called the letter that kills (2 Corinthians 3:6). 
The other edge is the Gospel
which cuts in pieces the best of men; 
all their works of righteousness... 
and it cuts down the worst in man, 
his sinful 
as well as his righteous
self.
It teaches him to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.
It is useful to refute errors, 
and defend truth. 
It is an instrument...
used by the Lord, 
as His power unto salvation.
It is a sword, 
but only effectual as it is the sword of the Spirit.
It is a part of the weapons of our warfare, 
and it is mighty, 
but only through God...
It should be in the hands of all the saints...
as well as in the hands of Gospel ministers, 
to withstand error, 
maintain truth, 
and repel the temptations of Satan.
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Go forth, dear saints, in Jesus' Name, never forgetting that Jesus Christ is Himself
the WORD MADE FLESH. (John 1:4)
If we separate the Savior 
from His Spirit's saving means of the Law & gospel,
we fail to use the divine weaponry which He has provided for His mission,
suppressing the truth in unrighteousness. 
If you are ashamed of what He says in His Law & gospel, 
you are revealing that you are ashamed of Jesus. 
And, the Savior has given a fearful warning to those who are ashamed of Him & His Word in Mark 8:38 & Luke 9:26

"Let the high praises of God be in our mouths, 
while we wield the sword of the Word of God, 
with the shield of faith, 
in warfare with the world, 
the flesh, 
and the devil. 
The saints shall be more than conquerors over the enemies of their souls, 
through the blood of the Lamb and the Word of His testimony. 
The completing of this 
will be in the judgement of the great day. 
Then shall the judgement be executed. 
Behold Jesus, and His gospel church...
He and His people rejoice in each other; 
by their prayers and efforts they work with Him, 
while He goes forth in the chariots of salvation, 
conquering sinners by grace, 
or in chariots of vengeance, 
to destroy His enemies."
~ Matthew Henry 

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

By Patte Smith


I would have despaired (fainted),
unless I had believed
that I shall see
the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.
~ Psalm 27:13

We are preparing to go to the killing place again this morning. As I prayed I was heavy-hearted.
I find it tempting to give in to a state of grief over the poor little babies.
I thought of the wise words of my dear missionary friend John Barros 
(who serves as a full time missionary to the perishing outside a notorious abortuary). 
John told me: "Go with expectation!"
Then, the Lord Jesus reminded me of His sweet fragrance,
which He gives us to bring forth & manifest,
when we speak with His voice, through His Word.
Whenever we are tempted to despair,
may the Holy Spirit remind us
that when we are led by the Savior,
in spite of what we SEE (or do NOT see)
we are never truly in a state of defeat,
but of victory!

Thanks be to God,
who in Christ
always leads us in triumphal procession
(which always causeth us to triumph in Christ),
and through us
spreads the fragrance
of the knowledge of Him
everywhere.
For we are the aroma of Christ to God
among those who are being saved
and among those who are perishing,
to one a fragrance from death to death,
to the other a fragrance from life to life.
Who is sufficient for these things?
For we are not,
like so many, peddlers of God’s Word,
but as men of sincerity,
as commissioned by God,
in the sight of God
we speak in Christ.

~ II Corinthinians 2:15-17

To whom are we the noxious aroma (smell/odor) of death unto death? 
Beloved, to those who are offended by the Word of God, who willfully reject His divine command; 

"You shall not murder", we are the stench of death. Why? After all we preach the terrible truth!"The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23"There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end is the way of death."  (Pr 14:12;16:25) If they persist in their evil plan to slaughter their baby, our presence in Christ & upon the hearing of His Word, becomes the means of their increased guilt and condemnation.  We even warn them that unless they show mercy on their babies & repent of their plot to shed innocent blood, they will perish; "But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed." (Romans 2:5) The mothers & fathers & accomplices to the murder of babies draw death & heap condemnation on themselves by refusing the gracious offers of life & eternity in the Law & gospel of Jesus. 

To whom are we the sweet fragrance of life unto life? 
To those who embrace it as perfume, obey the command to repent & believe & are saved!
For the ones who respond in humble obedience to the demand of the living Word of God & His holy commandment, the message we bring is a delightful message of LIFE. It leads to fear of the Lord! 

The Law of the wise is a fountain of life,
turning a person from the snares of death...

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, 
that one may turn away from the snares of death.
~ Proverbs 14:27

The fear of the LORD leads to life; 
then one rests content...
~ Proverbs 19:23


May we be faithful to Jesus, to the lost mothers & their abortion-imperiled infants in their affliction. May we never cave into the pressure to conceal (obscure, suppress) the life-affirming, life-giving, soul-saving message of the righteous demands & threatenings of Law & gospel.

Blessings are on the head of the righteous, 
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence...
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, 
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
~ Proverbs 10:6 & 11

With the divine assistance of the Holy Spirit, who makes us conscious of our unfitness & the deep sense of responsibility we have to love our neighbors, we devote ourselves to this gospel labor. We go in the triumphal, equipping power of Jesus Christ. We trust the Savior to sustain & carry us, anoint & empower us & to grant us His peace as we sow the gospel seeds of life & eternity in the field of blood & souls.