We have not purged out the evil, and it has grown among us. This is self-evident to anyone who’s old enough and honest enough to remember a better America.
I can submit to the country’s authorities, whether American or Filipino, even give respect toward them. And taxes. But ultimately, my “love for country” is reserved for Abraham’s “better country, that is, a heavenly one.” Not for America. Not even for the Philippines.
UPDATE November 6, 2013: In his Strange Fire Conference, John MacArthur claimed that 90 percent of all Pentecostals-Charismatics are followers of the health and wealth goof-el. P-C’s immediately exclaimed, “Foul!” Only a very small minority are so. But this
Check out the brand-new website for Trinity Covenant Reformed Church in Imus, Cavite, Philippines.
The resurgence of the Reformed Christian faith in the Philippines can be traced back to a great man of faith, Dr. Donald Jack Paauw, who went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on February 5, 2013.
Bowing down, kneeling, and falling down before an idol are variations of the same thing: idolatry. They can do all kinds of spin, hocus-pocus, and gymnastics to distinguish “veneration” from “worship,” but this is idolatry, plain and simple.
At stake in distinguishing the two kingdoms is the distinction between law and Gospel. Those who confuse civil righteousness with righteousness before God will be likely to confuse moral reform in society with the kingdom of God.
When Jesus spoke with the two disciples on the day of his resurrection, did Luke say, “And beginning with the New York Times, CNN, Jewish dreamers, scientists, Pat Robertson, and John Hagee, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Israel, the millennial kingdom, and the Temple to be rebuilt in Jerusalem” (see Luke 24:27)?
â€œThink positively, because I’m here to talk with you and walk with you along life’s narrow way. Give me all your tears of sadness and all your years of pain, and youâ€™ll enter into life in my name. By being strong-willed, you will be able to overcome the obstacles of a long and winding, dry and hot desert road and arrive at your blessed assurance. Now you can testify that I’m alive because I live within your heart. Then, because I’m a loving and healing Bro, you can be happy and blest, praising your Savior all the day long.”
Therefore, whether it be God or a creature that is imaged, the moment you fall prostrate before it in veneration, you are so far fascinated by superstition. For this reason, the Lord not only forbade the erection of statues to himself, but also the consecration of titles and stones which might be set up for adoration.
In the early 7th century, Pope Boniface IV set a day in May to honor Christian martyrs, which was first known as “All Hallows’ Day.” Later, the Catholic Church wanted to supplant the Samhain festival, so in the 9th century, the day was moved to the same day as the Samhain, November 1.
Why are dispensationalists so vulnerable to datesetting? I believe that their eschatological system breeds datesetting. They see God’s plan for the world as subservient to his great plan for saving national Israel.