Sunday, March 28, 2004

Here are some of the parts I was reading in Calvin's Institutes this morning


This chapter treats, -
I. Of human constitutions in general. Of the distinction between Civil and Ecclesiastical Laws. Of conscience, why and in what sense ministers cannot impose laws on the conscience, sec. 1-8.
II. Of traditions or Popish constitutions relating to ceremonies and discipline. The many vices inherent in them, sec. 9-17. Arguments in favour of those traditions refuted, sec. 17-26.
III. Of Ecclesiastical constitutions that are good and lawful, sec. 27-32.

10. The papal constitutions deny God's law

Moreover the worst of all is that when once religion begins to be composed of such vain fictions, the perversion is immediately succeeded by the abominable depravity with which our Lord upbraids the Pharisees of making the commandment of God void through their traditions, (Matth. 15: 3.) I am unwilling to dispute with our present legislators in my own words; - let them gain the victory if they can clear themselves from this accusation of Christ. But how can they do so, seeing they regard it as immeasurably more wicked to allow the year to pass without auricular confession, than to have spent it in the greatest iniquity: to have infected their tongue with a slight tasting of flesh on Friday, than to have daily polluted the whole body with whoredom: to have put their hand to honest labour on a day consecrated to some one or other of their saintlings, than to have constantly employed all their members in the greatest crimes: for a priest to be united to one in lawful wedlock, than to be engaged in a thousand adulteries: to have failed in performing a votive pilgrimage, than to have broken faith in every promise: not to have expended profusely on the monstrous, superfluous, and useless luxury of churches, than to have denied the poor in their greatest necessities: to have passed an idol without honour, than to have treated the whole human race with contumely: not to have muttered long unmeaning sentences at certain times, than never to have framed one proper prayer? What is meant by making the word of God void by tradition, if this is not done when recommending the ordinances of God only frigidly and perfunctorily, they nevertheless studiously and anxiously urge strict obedience to their own ordinances, as if the whole power of piety was contained in them; - when vindicating the transgression of the divine Law with trivial satisfactions, they visit the minutest violation of one of their decrees with no lighter punishment than imprisonment, exile, fire, or sword? - When neither severe nor inexorable against the despisers of God, they persecute to extremity, with implacable hatred, those who despise themselves, and so train all those whose simplicity they hold in thraldom, that they would sooner see the whole law of God subverted than one iota of what they call the precepts of the Church infringed. First, there is a grievous delinquency in this, that one condemns, judges, and casts off his neighbour for trivial matters, - matters which, if the judgement of God is to decide, are free. But now as if this were a small evil, those frivolous elements of this world (as Paul terms them in his Epistle to the Galatians, Gal. 4: 9) are deemed of more value than the heavenly oracles of God. He who is all but acquitted for adultery is judged in meat; and he to whom whoredom is permitted is forbidden to marry. This, forsooth, is all that is gained by that prevaricating obedience, which only turns away from God to the same extent that it inclines to men.

Colossians 2:20  Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21  (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22  Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23  Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

And another snip from part 23 of the same chapter

...Hence we infer that part of the reverence due to him consists in worshipping him simply in the way which he commands, without mingling any inventions of our own. And, accordingly, pious princes are repeatedly praised (2 Kings 22: l, &c.) for acting according to all his precepts, and not declining either to the right hand or the left. I go further: although there be no open manifestation of impiety in fictitious worship, it is strictly condemned by the Spirit, inasmuch as it is a departure from the command of God. The altar of Ahab, a model of which had been brought from Damascus, (2 Kings 16: 10,) might have seemed to give additional ornament to the temple, seeing it was his intention there to offer sacrifices to God only, and to do it more splendidly than at the first ancient altar; yet we see how the Spirit detests the audacious attempt, for no other reason but because human inventions are in the worship of God impure corruptions. And the more clearly the will of God has been manifested to us, the less excusable is our petulance in attempting anything. Accordingly, the guilt of Manasseh is aggravated by the circumstance of having erected a new altar at Jerusalem, of which the Lord said, "In Jerusalem will I put my name," (2 Kings 21: 3, 4,) because the authority of God was thereby professedly rejected.

25. Refutation to Romanist counterevidence

When the patrons of superstition cloak them, by pretending that Samuel sacrificed in Ramath, and though he did so contrary to the Law, yet pleased God, (1 Sam. 7: 17,) it is easy to answer, that he did not set up any second altar in opposition to the only true one; but, as the place for the Ark of the Covenant had not been fixed, he sacrificed in the town where he dwelt, as being the most convenient. It certainly never was the intention of the holy prophet to make any innovation in sacred things, in regard to which the Lord had so strictly forbidden addition or diminution. The case of Manoah I consider to have been extraordinary and special. He, though a private man, offered sacrifice to God, and did it not without approbation, because he did it not from a rash movement of his own mind, but by divine inspiration, (Judges 13: 19.) How much God abominates all the devices of men in his worship, we have a striking proof in the case of one not inferior to Manoah, viz., Gideon, whose ephod brought ruin not only on himself and his family, but on the whole people, (Judges 8: 27.) In short, every adventitious invention, by which men desire to worship God, is nothing else than a pollution of true holiness.

1 Samuel 15:14  And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
15  And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.
16  Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the LORD hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on.
17  And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?
18  And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.
19  Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?
20  And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
21  But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.
22  And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

May the Lord bless you on His day. :)


Saturday, March 27, 2004

Gregariousness 58%
Sociability 74%
Assertiveness 70%
Poise 50%
Leadership 54%
Provocativeness 34%
Self-Disclosure 42%
Talkativeness 54%
Group Attachment 62%
Extroversion 55%
Understanding 82%
Warmth 70%
Morality 90%
Pleasantness 82%
Empathy 78%
Cooperation 74%
Sympathy 82%
Tenderness 58%
Nurturance 82%
Friendliness 77%
Conscientiousness 74%
Efficiency 66%
Dutifulness 74%
Purposefulness 58%
Organization 70%
Cautiousness 58%
Rationality 66%
Perfectionism 62%
Orderliness 66%
Stability 74%
Happiness 78%
Calmness 62%
Moderation 62%
Toughness 62%
Impulse Control 46%
Imperturbability 46%
Cool-headedness 54%
Tranquility 46%
Emotional Stability 42%
Intellect 66%
Ingenuity 78%
Reflection 78%
Competence 78%
Quickness 70%
Introspection 46%
Creativity 70%
Imagination 58%
Depth 78%
Openmindedness 69%

Thursday, March 25, 2004

You are Snoopy!

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Friday, March 19, 2004

Long time no type, yes I know I'm bad, no guilt trips required. :D

So I'm sure you've all heard that Jordan and Doralynne are engaged as of Friday the 12th of this month. Needless to say I'm totally thrilled! :D Jordan and Shawn will be much welcomed additions to what seems to be a quickly growing family, haha. I am to be the maid of honor for Dorry..and as much of an honor that is, it also means I'm going to have to think up a speech, okay not so thrilled about that part, but as Tam would say "It'll be fine". :D It has been confirmed that Dor and Jord will have their wedding here in PG on July the 2nd, so that it'll workout as a wedding and double reception. With all the people we're expecting in town, we're planning for a church picnic on Saturday as well as a fellowship meal on the Lord's day, so looks like it'll be a great time of fellowship. Right now Tam and I are looking into group rates for hotels, just to see what kinda deals they offer. Oh yes, Tam and I booked our flights on Tuesday evening, so we're set for Albany in that regard. Along with a list of accommodations for the reception here, for those who need them, I've also made a list of our volunteers (haha, not a list of slaves Cheryl ;)) and their respective duties, but I think it may still be incomplete, since I'm still not sure who all is come to the reception and who will be willing and wanting to help set things up. :D Wow, so much to look forward to, I'm sure the time will fly.

Well gotta a list of things still to do today, just thought I'd drop a line. :)


Hm..I hope this thing isn't accurate, since even just with the "Histrionic" on moderate, I think I feel kinda insulted, haha. Oh, and I'm really sorry to all those ppl out there who I frequently interrupt. :D Maybe I need to find some people who hate me..or maybe they do and I just have my vision too blurred by the low lying clouds in which my head is encompassed *ponders.. naw.


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