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(Tim) Today, the ClearNote Fellowship Blog is up with its first post by Josh Congrove titled, Why Study Church History: The Myopia of the Modern. If you like Baylyblog, you'll want to add the ClearNote Blog to your bookmarks or RSS feeds. We'll have posts by people involved with ClearNote, posts by women for women, and posts by a number of pastors. I'll be posting there, too.

To whet your appetite, here are a couple paragraphs from Josh's piece posted today, the first day of 2010. We hope the work of ClearNote Fellowship will be a great encouragement to you and that you'll join with us in any way you're able. May God bless your new year!

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...Understanding Church history shows us that the most incredible, most

sophisticated discoveries in the Christian faith were made long ago. It

shows us that our great need today is not to let postmodernism inform

the doctrine of the Trinity, but rather to proclaim its doctrine,

already discovered, to a world that needs old truth explained, not new

truth uncovered. Church history shows us that most of the new

perspectives we think we've opened today are really little more than

rehashing of old heresy. Open theism is nothing more than the posterity

of Pelagianism; and its adherents, if more sophisticated, are only the

degraded descendants of the man St. Augustine defeated 1,600 years

ago. Feminism is nothing but...

ancient goddess worship revived, and

abortion nothing but ancient child-slaughter dressed up in American

language. And so Church history shows us in detail what we already

should have known from Scripture, that there is "nothing new under the

sun" (Eccl. 1:9), no temptation but such as is common to man (1

Corinthians 10:13), and that those who ignore the lessons of God’s

Church reveal a desire for self-imposed darkness.

But lest I end this brief defense on a negative note, consider also

how Church history is a constant testimony to the faithfulness of God

among His people. For 1,900 years after the apostles' passing, the

Chief Shepherd has safeguarded His sheep, allowing sinful men still to

serve as defenders of the truth, and His Church still to show itself as

the "pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15). And so those who

ignore this history deprive themselves of the blessings of 2,000 years

of God's working in ways that even the Apostles likely never imagined.

Upon closing the last book of Scripture, did the Apostle John see how

wondrously God would provide for the Church he had served so

faithfully? Could he see how it would endure, protected from Arianism,

from Pelagianism, from Islam? Could he also see how God would protect

it from itself, even? How the innocent purity of the Apostolic message

would be corrupted in the coming centuries by sacramentalism,

indulgences, and Mariolatry? And how God would use His servants in

recovering the truth of the Gospel but without disregarding the truth

that had endured?

Continue reading Why Study Church History: The Myopia of the Modern.