Friday, November 18, 2005

Reading from the Divine Conspiracy

The denomination that our family finds ourselves presently in is in turmoil. Just yesterday, one of the lower courts met to elect commissioners for the highest church court to be held in June, 2006. The election of these commissioners was quite important because of a potential, and most probable, overture will be voted upon. Passage of this will change the denomination. Yet, at this meeting yesterday, the court would not entertain nominations other than those already made by a certain group. It was contrived. It was frustrating. It was aggravating. Yet, I do remember that God is sovereign.

This grave upset in the denomination did not just happen as so many pew-sitters seem to think. This is only another deviation that is resulting from the denomination's failure to embrace and defend the Scripture as the Word of God for faith and life.

This morning I found myself reading a portion of The Divine Conspiracy that helps all this make sense.

Wrong action, [Jesus] well knew, is not the problem in human existence, though it is constantly taken to be so. It is only a symptom, which from time to time produces vast evils in its own right.

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We have heard him. ...we have chosen to not do what he said. He warned that this would make us “like a silly man who built his house on a sand foundation. The rain poured down, and the rivers and winds beat upon that house, and it collapsed into a total disaster.” We today stand in the midst of precisely the disaster he foretold, “flying upside down” but satisfied to be stoutly preaching against “works” righteousness.

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We want to subtract moral law from faith in Christ. How to combine faith with obedience is surely the essential task of the church as it enters the twenty-first century.
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The inner dimensions of their (the scribes and Pharisees) personality, their heart and character, are left to remain contrary to what God has required. That heart will, of course, ultimately triumph over their conscious intentions and arrangements, and they will in fact do what they know to be wrong. Their words, especially, will reveal the contents of their heart. And their need to appear righteous “before men” then forces them into hypocrisy. Hypocrisy becomes the spirit, or “yeast,” that pervades and colors their entire existence.

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It is the inner life of the soul that we must aim to transform, and then behavior will naturally and easily follow. But not the reverse.

Although our family currently maintains membership in this denomination, our hearts lie in the conservative reformed denomination which has the same historic roots and heritage. Our time within the current denomination, thus our membership in the particular local church, is coming to an end. Where the road will lead, we do not know. Change seems to be the long-range forecast.



1 comment:

Carol in Oregon said...

Transitions are difficult.

Sigh. I pray the Lord leads you in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.