January 2015

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Leithart's future-end of Protestantism IX: liturgy and ritual will lead the way...

Auburn Avenue was where Federal Vision started and Federal Vision theology continues to smolder in a few hamlets, but in the main the theology part of this battle has divided into two streams that now oppose each other—and may the faithful men win.

One camp we call the oatmeal stout Federal Visionists. Led by Dr. Peter Leithart, this group has decayed into the same old sacramentalism which has proven itself over thousands of years to be instinctual to the sinful heart of man which is intent on denying the Holy Spirit distinction between circumcised foreskins and circumcised hearts.

Fondly these men had put their hope in a Lutheran/Presbyterian theological hybrid, but Westminster archivists bludgeoned them with national pronouncements sufficient to warn timid pastors off, leaving their main support among teachers, not pastors, and teachers high enough in the PCA food chain that they could embrace mongrelism with impunity. Such allies at Covenant Theological Seminary and out in Pacific Northwest Presbytery were sufficient to keep Pastor Jeff Meyers and Dr. Leithart from being convicted in their heresy trials, but Meyers and Leithart have their sights set higher than spending the rest of their lives explaining to their other PCAers that their trials are over and they were acquitted.

Dr. Leithart himself has expanded his vision from the PCA to "conservative American Protestantism" where, as we have been showing in this series of articles, he is aiming to move all Protestants back to Rome. And what is his method?

For years he has been "chipping away at the old divisions of dogma," and hence his being brought up on heresy charges.

Those charges failing to be sustained, though, Dr. Leithart is turning his focus toward the formal structures of worship—especially the sacraments and liturgy. What he terms "ritual" will be the vehicle for bringing "ecumenical passion" into staid Reformed churches. He and Pastor Meyers will bring sacerdotalism (the pastor as presiding priest in worship) into Presbyterian Church in America worship. They trust their sacerdotal and sacramental "ritual" may accomplish what their aberrant theology couldn't. This is Dr. Leithart's self-acknowledged "vocation"...

Man interrupts ordination of Libby Lane...

Watch this video of Priestess Libby Lane's ordination as bishop, the first elevation of a woman to the bishopric within the Church of England. Archbishop of York Dr. John Sentamu asked the congregation of 1,000, "Is it now your will that she should be ordained?" The congregation responded, "It is," but following a slight pause, The Rev. Paul Williamson, a parish priest from Hanworth, Middlesex, walked up the side aisle, stopping just short of the altar and crying out, "No! Not in the Bible. With respect, Your Grace, I ask to speak on this absolute impediment, please."

The Archbishop responded saying Priestess Lane's ordination is "the law of the land." The Rev. Paul Williamson then departed through a side door and the flagrant rebellion against God continued uninterrupted. Afterwards, a Church of England spokesman (sic) responded, "He's got the right to protest but the contrast was between a lone voice protesting and a sea of voices affirming."

"One lone voice." Where have I heard that before?

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What does God say to Eve...

(TB: Here's a good simple explanation of God's curse of Eve and her daughters given by our college minister, Alex McNeilly.)

I had a helpful conversation with a sweet young Christian woman last week regarding God's curse on Eve in Genesis 3. She pointed out that God says to Eve, "your husband…will rule over you," and then said, "See! It's part of the curse!"

First of all, we know from Scripture that man's authority over woman is not part of the Fall because we have other parts of Scripture which clearly mandate father-rule (1 Pet. 3, Eph. 5, etc.), even before the Fall (1 Tim. 2, Gen. 2, etc.). So why does God say, "he will rule over you," as part of the woman's curse?

Well, since we know the Creation Order of husband and wife existed pre-Fall, let's imagine what Adam and Eve's relationship would have been like without sin...

Early bird registration ends soon...

This is the last week to enjoy the early bird discount on our upcoming conference for officers of Christ's church. Prices go up beginning February 1, so register now and prepare to enjoy three days of fellowship, good food, and good teaching aimed at equipping us to better minister to those in our churches who are preparing for death or grieving the death of a loved one.

Whether you're a pastor, elder, or deacon who has been in ministry for years, or are a student preparing for ministry, we'd love to have you. The topics will be very practical—what you need to know in the hospital room, what you need to know about funerals and graveside services, what you need to know about cremation, and what you need to know about the biblical ethics surrounding the end of life, for instance.

Click here to register and find out more about our speakers, topics, and schedule. Early bird pricing is only $75 for regular attendees and $60 for students.

Click here to read my much longer pitch on why I'm excited about this conference, and why you should consider coming.

Dominic Aquila and Rachel Miller...

Dominic Aquila used to be on the side of the angels in the battles for the Biblical commitments of the PCA. Sadly, the past few years he has given up the fight and turned his Aquila Report over to a young woman who is working on a book opposing father-rule. Her name is Rachel Miller and she's quite typical of the sort of woman who claims to speak for women as she opposes God's Creation Order of patriarchy (lit. "father-rule"). Mrs. Miller explains her world-view:

I believe patriarchy to be emotionally abusive because it creates an antagonistic relationship between husbands and wives, men and women.

"Patriarchy [is] emotionally abusive?" Does she mean the rule of God the Father over all His creation—that Father-Rule? Does she oppose the rule of Adam, our federal head? The rule of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Think of the hubris of a woman who...

If the Pill killed your two-year-old...

If an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox shall surely be stoned and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall go unpunished. If, however, an ox was previously in the habit of goring and its owner has been warned, yet he does not confine it and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned and its owner also shall be put to death. - Exodus 21:28, 29

Under the post on Roe v. Wade's forty-second anniversary, one brother commented that he thought the Church's indifference to the slaughter of the unborn is the result of church members aborting our children using chemical means. It doesn't feel like an abortion when you don't have to go somewhere and pay a ghoul to rip your baby apart. Pills do it, so you're not confronted with all the drama of escorts and protesters and people dealing with your body down there.

He's right. The Pill is used by everyone everywhere in the church and even the most pro-life pastors have cultivated ignorance of the Pill's abortifacient function. If you get pastors to admit the Pill has any abortifacient agency at all, they try to weasel their way back into protecting their own and their congregants' lifestyles by pointing out the Pill's main agency is to prevent conception, and only rarely does it work by detaching the baby from his mother's body and flushing him down the toilet.

Then they go on and talk about how prevalent...

The blood is on our hands...

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, I'm a Republican. - Joe Sobran

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me a thousand times, I'm a pastor. - Soe Jobran

The news today from the national level is that the men and women of the Republican Party in Congress have backed down on their late-term abortion bill because they don't want to alienate female voters. The news today from our own Indiana state level is that a certain bill written to protect the unborn children of Indiana from being murdered by their parents is being treated with diffidence by the committee chairman because he and other Republicans don't want the wrath of Planned Parenthood to descend on them.

Now listen, these men and women—the Republicans, that is—are mostly publicly confessing Christians and therefore have pastors, elders, deacons, and older Titus 2 women who are called by God to admonish and rebuke and exhort and encourage them. But you and I know that their pastors, let alone elders, deacons, and Titus 2 women, will say nothing to them about their cowardice—about their selling out unborn children in order to stay in office. If the Church of Jesus Christ in these United States of America desired to stop the mass slaughter of unborn children; if we desired to see the bloodshed of little ones by their mothers end; if we feared God's judgement on our nation...

Roe v. Wade's forty-second anniversary...

I remain amazed that abortion could even become a political issue in a country with pretensions to being civilized. It is as if we were to debate the merits of legalizing cannibalism, with the liberal side chanting the slogan "Keep government out of the kitchen!"

There is no danger that the other side will ever be persuaded that it is wrong; there is, however, the very real danger that we will become discouraged, worn down, and inured to an evil that should always horrify and sicken us. The erosion of our consciences is surely part of the destructiveness of this abominable "procedure."   - Joe Sobran

(For the choir director; a psalm of David.) In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, "Flee as a bird to your mountain; for, behold, the wicked bend the bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string to shoot in darkness at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD'€™S throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain snares; fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup. For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; the upright will behold His face. (Psalm 11:1-7)

(Forty-two) years ago today, on January 22nd, 1973, the Supreme Court of these United States issued its infamous ruling, Roe v. Wade, in which the Court declared that a mother's intentional killing of her unborn child was a fundamental right guaranteed under our Constitution. Since that ruling, it has been a commonplace to observe that Roe v. Wade, the Court's repeal of the laws prohibiting abortion on the books of all fifty states, was simply the exercise of raw judicial power with a legal justification based upon a mist and a vapor--€”or as the Court itself might put it, emanations from penumbras.

The Supreme Court drowns in blood...

Since 1973, no one has made a name for himself defending Roe. v. Wade’s history, biology, ethics, logic, or justice; and only a few have been foolish enough to claim this ruling will stand the test of time...

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Warhorn issue on foodies...

If you've not yet bothered to subscribe to our Clearnote Fellowship magazine, Warhorn, you still have time to get a copy of the latest issue. It's on the cult of food and here's a pic of our main contributor. But seriously, it's a great issue, if you'll not be offended by my saying so. You'll find it quite helpful, pastorally, so subscribe.

A little help from our friends...

My daughter-in-law, Heidi Bayly, is selling some nice tie-dye over at her blog Purple Potatoes. Proceeds from the sale will help with the expenses of their recent adoption of dear Moses, so feel free to be quite liberal without becoming a Democrat. Pic on right is one example. As you see, prices are reasonable. Thanks.

Auburn Avenue Pastors Conference...

Two weeks ago I attended the Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church pastors conference where Federal Vision theology had its origin a decade ago. The speakers included Auburn Avenue's pastor, Steve Wilkins, as well as Doug Wilson, Ken Myers, Peter Leithart, and Jim Jordan. Peter and I talked a couple of times.

Jim Jordan's topic was "good death" and he told us if Adam and Eve had passed their probation God would have allowed them to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He spoke of Adam and Eve breeding "like rabbits," saying this would have filled the Garden of Eden with so many descendants...

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