Too many think Christianity is only about “me, my Bible, and Jesus” to the exclusion of the church. But, that attitude betrays an absence of the Bible because the Bible itself points to the importance of the church. Not only that, it betrays an absence of Jesus. He Himself is all about the church. In
“Lastly, because he has taught nothing specifically, and because these things are not necessary to salvation, and for the upbuilding of the church ought to be variously accommodated to the customs of each nation and age, it will be fitting (as the advantage of the church will require) to change and abrogate traditional practices and
“But when the Holy Spirit prophesies expressly through Paul’s lips that an apostasy is coming (II Thess. 2:3) – which cannot come unless the pastors are the first to forsake God – why are we here willfully blind to our own destruction?” (John Calvin, Institutes, Vol. 2, p. 1170).
“It was indeed fitting that [pastors] be executors and keepers of the peace and safety of the church, since they are appointed for its preservation; but it is one thing to render what you owe; another, to owe what you fail to render” (John Calvin, Institutes, Vol. 2, p. 1169).
In Genesis 37, Joseph’s brothers sold Joseph into slavery and covered it up with his bloody robe. Two Sundays ago, I said God used their circumstances in Genesis 42 to convict Joseph’s brothers of their sin. In Genesis 44, we learned that God tested them to see whether or not they had actually repented of
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