Title & Purpose
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble:
for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand, Joel 2:1.
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and why we reject the many perversions of the Scriptures, including those so beloved of many neo-evangelicals at present such as ESV & NKJV.
Friday, 29 March 2013
What is the point of this?????
However, there is no Scriptural warrant for this type of behaviour. This type of activity is the very thing that is warned against in the Bible: But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life, Titus 3:4-7.
You do not read in the Bible of this type of practice marking the Christianity of the New Testament Church. It was unheard of and would have been repudiated by the Apostles and first century Christians. It is not external acts like these that save the soul or gain favour with God. There is none that doeth good, no not one is the commentary of the Scriptures upon all the efforts of sinners to attain some favour from God by their own efforts.
It is the not the wood of the cross that is significant but the work of the cross. It is not the sign of the cross but the salvation of crosswork of Christ that is necessary.
These people will be much the worse physically as a result of their efforts; but they will not be any better spiritually before God. Christ became obedience unto death, even the death of the cross, Phil 2:8, so that we need not have to endure the crushing load of our sins which would sink us into hell.
Christ's death is remembered, with personal benefit to His own redeemed people, simply through the communion feast, as instituted in the Scriptures, Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34. It the eating of bread and drinking from the cup by way of remembrance that has the blessing of God upon it.
This type of activity, prevalent on a day like this, is always associated with apostate Christianity and especially with Romanism. It is not the mark of allegiance to the Scriptures for there is simply no such warrant!