Sunday, July 18, 2004

"In this broken state of the church there is no difference between how we are to treat unfaithful churches and unfaithful individuals. If God has commanded us to withdraw from and avoid disorderly and obstinate brethren, how can we deduce that we are to tolerate disorderly and obstinate churches? If the church is so divided that gross sin and error is protected by false judicatories, then how are the children of God to obtain a lawful hearing for their grievances? Should they submit themselves to those who frame mischief by abusing their pretended authority? When the church is so broken and disorganized that disorderly and obstinate churches are going from bad to worse, the answer is not to plead for toleration. Such toleration proclaims a liberty to sin and promises ecclesiastical protection for unfaithfulness. When the hands of the wicked are strengthened and the children of God are encouraged to tolerate evil, true religion is destroyed and reformation is hindered. Thus, Scripture teaches that true religion ought never to require toleration and false religion ought never to be tolerated. Those who rightly understand the distinction between the broken and settled state of the church know that dissociation and separation are the only true means of reformation when the church has divided into rival judicatories and receded from the truth. "

Psalms 94:20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.22 But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Well believe it or not I blogged last Friday, then I went to take a look today and well, not sure what happened, I know I pressed post but computers certainly aren't the most reliable hunks of junk. :) Thankfully it was rather a boring post, so you didn't miss much. :D

At the present I'm sitting in front of the computer eating my lunch, with tons of things I must get done after lunch and this blog. Sadly (or thankfully?)I'm eating more than I'm typing so this will probably be pretty short.

Here am I, but where am I at in life right now? As everyone by now must know, my last two sisters are now happily married and in the process of setting up their homes. So that totals 4 sisters and 4 new brothers and Lord willing many little nephews and nieces down the road. Speaking of nephews and nieces, I have the cutest little niece upstairs right now, who goes by the name of Geneva Adair C. she was born July 2nd, the morning of Dorry and Jord's wedding. The weddings were wonderful, the company and fellowship great and although I missed seeing some people I was able to meet others. I wish time hadn't gone quite so fast so that I could have soaked in more of the moments but none-the-less I'm really thankful for all that came about, whether it went quickly or not. I'm now trying to pick up where I left off, albeit it'll never be the same, trying to get my room (wow, "my" and the whole house in order, get back into the books, finish a baby quilt and keep up with the piles of laundry and dishes. Belinda and the babe are doing pretty well, I think she's recuperating quite quickly, so another thing to be very thankful for. :)

Not sure if there's bible study this evening, I had better find out..sorry that was just a side thought, not sure why I typed it. :D

Oh, another thing of note I suppose..I turned 20 last hm..Tuesday and no, it doesn't feel any different that 19, 18, 17 or 16 for that matter, I guess it's so much of one day at a time that you don't really feel anything until you stand back and think about how you pictured being 20..when you were 5 years old. I did have a good b-day, got to spend some time with some friends, just sitting back and talking, all the wedding stress having passed.

It was kinda odd getting back into chatting considering how I haven't really chatted for the last couple of months. You kind of become spoiled in seeing people in person, so that boxes are a bit of a rip off, but it beats only talking to them when you can see them in person every 2 years or more. Something to fill the spaces.

As for my reading, no fiction to speak of, but I did finally pick up Covenanted Reformation Defended, been a good read so far, really helps me to frame my perspective and to have at least a rough draft for explaining the principles of covenanting to others. I do however wish I was better with all the dates that belong to such and such events, oh well I guess just something to work on.

Lunch is gone and pretty soon the day will be too.

Take care everyone, it was great seeing ya'll and Lord willing it'll happen again in the not too distant future.