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For Such a Time As This – Esther Musical

I’m done!  At least a good first draft is now available to perform in your School, Church or other establishment.  At this stage I’m not interested in royalties, etc.  The lyrics (first/rough draft!) are available here – Esther Musical Lyrics.  These will be improved & revised over time.  I have produced 25 pdf scores – one for each of the songs.  Contact me and I will send you electronic versions of them as you require.  The first/opening song is freely available here

Esther Musical Song #1 – Let’s Party

May the Lord bless & make use of this production to challenge feeble-minded saints to stand firm.  Perhaps we were all born “for such a time as this”!!

#1 – Coherence & Calling

I’m 57 years of age. I grew up a nominal Roman Catholic in West Yorkshire. After four years at Keele University I emerged an evangelical Christian with considerable passion to serve Jesus Christ over the course of my life. My doctrinal convictions have undergone several adjustments, some of them tumultuous. Today, few of my fellow ‘evangelical’ brethren understand my adopted worldview and tragically, most of them would prefer to disengage with the reasons I have felt constrained to move away from that broad constituency of ‘contemporary evangelicalism’. I wish to set out as clearly and transparently as possible my rationale for doing so and, more particularly, for advocating a ‘better’ way.

I am grateful to almighty God for bringing safely through to this point with the understanding I now have about life & my own contribution to the greater scheme of things. In a future piece I’ll address the question of ‘ultimate commitment’. Suffice to say at this stage, my ultimate commitment is ‘Sola Scriptura’. God has revealed Himself to me existentially and has established within my heart a profound trust in His written Word – the Bible. Scripture governs and constrains everything I think & hopefully everything I do. That God has bequeathed to us His Word behoves us to read it & study it carefully. Jesus said, ‘Let the reader understand’ (Mk 13:14). Again, He says, ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear’ (Matt 13:9-11). Over many years I’ve pressed & pushed various doors. I’ve wrestled over important questions & come to believe that form of doctrine espoused by the best Reformed scholars. In particular, I’ve come to recognise as ‘Biblical’

  • –  Special (Young Earth) Creation
  • –  Covenantal Soteriology
  • –  Postmillennial Eschatology
  • –  Presuppositional Apologetics &….
  • –  Theonomic Ethics

These various strands of my worldview crystallised over many years with some elements preceding others. The point I wish to stress now, however, is that these five elements COHERE beautifully confirming their essential unity & correctness in the general scheme of things.

God commands us to ‘study to show yourself approved to God… rightly dividing the Word of truth’ (2Tim 2:15). Throughout Scripture, God invites us to humbly seek Him and reach out for the Truth. He is ‘faithful & just’ (1Jn 1:9) and so will honour that individual who, with true repentance & integrity’ searches after life & reconciliation with his Maker. Covenantal (saving) faith in Jesus Christ is the key. But life is a pilgrimage to greater & greater fidelity on our part & greater conscious involvement in the advancement of God’s purpose for the earth – the redemption of ALL THINGS!
If you are a real Christian, be exhorted: God wants you to KNOW FOR CERTAIN what you believe is true (2Tim 1:12); that your EVERY THOUGHT comports with God’s Word (Is 8:20); and that you are fruitful & productive in advancing the great cause of God’s kingdom HERE AND NOW!

‘Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven’ (Matt 6: 10)

Protestant Popery

Having suffered personally the high hand of what I have loosely termed ‘Protestant Popery’ it came as a welcome relief to discover this man’s indictment of so much contemporary practice found among so called ‘Independant Evangelical Reformed Baptist’ churches and not a few broader ‘Evangelical Presbyterian Denominations’ which meet local to where I live in the North East of England.  For any other fellow saints & brothers in Christ that have sought to draw attention to the shortfall in doctrinal purity WHEN COMPARED WITH MORE TRADITIONAL REFORMATIONAL ORTHODOXY I heartily commend Bojidar Marinov’s excellent analysis of what he terms ‘Mandatory Local Church Membership’.  It’s hard-hitting so be warned!

These are THREE helpful resources I’ve found.  May the Lord of the True Invisible, Universal Church bless and safeguard all courageous sheep out there who have fallen foul to the multitude of wolves that seem to have gained widespread hegemony against the Elect of God’s true covenant people.  Jesus Christ will not be slow to render judgement.  Very often, I have discovered, His means is to allow individual congregations to collapse due to the sufferance of ‘seeds of destruction’ planted from within.

And In One Holy Local Church The Ghettoization Of Protestantism Parts 1 through 3

The book written by Bojidar Marinov is available at Amazon & also on Kindle.  See here

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holy-Local-Church-Ghettoization-Protestantism/dp/1635870399

Finally, there is a YouTube video of Bojidar Marinov presenting the burden of his findings at a Christian Reconstruction Conference here,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlkX4EcZxoE

and part 2 is here….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZfsHx0aays

 

 

Outline of Book of Esther

I would like, with the encouragement & help of a friend, to attempt to craft a ‘Musical of the Story of Esther’ for older children to perform.  To help comprehend the overall plot, here’s an outline of the Book:

Chapter 1
• King Ahaseurus celebrates the grandeur of his kingdom for 180 days culminating in a 7 day feast amidst the choice furnishings of his possessions
• Guests indulged ACCORDING TO THEIR DESIRES
• Queen Vashti throws a separate feast for the women
• At the climax of the feast Vashti was to be ‘shown’ for she was beautiful. She refused!
• For her ‘contempt’ Vashti was banished

Chapter 2
• Youthful advisors of the king counselled him to replace Vashti with a beautiful young virgin
• Esther, niece of Mordecai answered the call!
• Supplied with cosmetics and food she was duly prepared by a favorable eunuch
• Mordecai monitored her well-being
• Esther was chosen to be the new Queen
• Mordecai uncovers a treasonous plot by two of the kings eunuchs
• Esther reported the matter to the king
• The traitors were duly hanged

Chapter 3
• Haman seemingly arbitrarily exalted by the king
• Mordecai PUBLICLY refused to pay homage to Haman on account of God’s commandments!
• Mordecai’s principled stand triggered Haman’s hatred for the Jews
• Haman’s complaint: “Jews don’t respect ‘Caesar is Lord’”
• Ham induces the king to destroy them with a bribe of 10,000 talents of silver
• Haman’s wicked decree is sanctioned by the king’s signet
• Haman and the king toast in anticipation their success, but Susa is ‘thrown into confusion’

Chapter 4
• Mordecai laments PUBLICLY at the king’s gate – fellow saints throughout the land empathise and fast, pray, etc
• Esther learns of Mordecai’s distress
• Mordecai commands Esther to humble herself and plead the king’s mercy towards her people
• Esther excuses herself on account of ‘political correctness’ (no lawfulspontaneous presentation to the king…etc)
• Mordecai stands firm… Esther’s providential favour FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!
• Esther agrees to defy state/tradition for conscience sake

Chapter 5
• After three days of prayer and fasting, Esther boldly stands before the king
• She invites Haman and king to a feast on the morrow at which she will deliver her request
• In the meantime, Haman is eaten up with anger towards Mordecai who persists in refusing to honour Haman
• Haman’s wife and friends recommend action: ‘Advise the king to hang Mordecai’!

Chapter 6
• Sleeplessness due to conviction over the neglect of duty prompts the king to belatedly honour Mordecai
• Amazingly and paradoxically the king asks Ham to devise a suitable way of honouring a special friend of the king!!
• Haman’s jaw drops when the proposed honour falls on Mordecai – Haman is required to LEAD (Vocally) THE PROCESSION!
• Even the wise friends and wife of Haman prophesy his decline, etc
• Haman (downcast) heads to Esther’s banquet

Chapter 7
• On the second day of the feast Esther reveals Haman’s wicked scheme
• Haman begs Esther for his life
• The King hangs Haman on gallows prepared outside his own house for Mordecai!!

Chapter 8
• Mordecai is rewarded with Haman’s signet ring and inherits Haman’s house!
• Haman’s decree revoked by the king
• Mordecai composed a new edict for 127 provinces (Ethiopia to India) in the name of King Ahesuerus sealed with the king’s signet
• decree transmitted on 13th day of 12th month (Adar)
• Jews far and wide rejoiced and stood ready to rebut their enemies!
• Many confessed ‘faith in God’ as a result!

Chapter 9
• Salvation (deliverance) came in the nick of time!! There were many enemies of the Jews
• The Jews destroyed those that hated them including ten sons of Haman
• 75,000 enemies killed
• Day 14 of Adar designated by Mordecai a national holiday – Feast of Purim – i.e. God’s providential deliverance!

Chapter 10
• Mordecai is further promoted and exalted by the king

Revelation 12 – earth history at a glance!

This wondrous sign in heaven John beheld
Whose import we alas are slow to heed;
Unveiling solemn mystery
It tells, in sweep, earth’s history
For us who are true Abrahamic seed.

The woman clothed about with sun and moon
Depicts the ancient Church of Israel;
Her calling in the Maker’s school
Was throughout earth to reign and rule
In spite of how in Eden Adam fell.

The dozen stars this meaning reaffirms –
Twelve were the patriarchs which Jacob bore;
Fulfilling all in God’s desire
The child of promise, her Messiah,
Would by His birth break open heaven’s door.

Her labour pains translate to fiery trials
Which, over many centuries of time,
The Church would suffer, pressed by sin,
Until the Christ of God would win
Rich tokens of a victory sublime.

The great red fiery dragon next we see,
With seven heads, ten horns and bogus crown,
Seeking to thwart God’s holy right
To fill earth’s theatre with light,
Who in his wake a dev’lish host came down.

Determined to frustrate God’s master-plan
This dragon stood outside the woman’s door,
Her precious cargo to consume,
Straight after exiting the womb,
Before the waiting world its glory saw.

But up to heaven’s throne the child was caught
And, seated there, received by God’s decree
The gift of every tribe and tongue –
Earth’s sovereigns subject to the Son –
Ordained, one Church, a holy bride to be.

That persecuted Church, as hunted prey,
Sought sanctuary in the wilderness,
Where, nourished by an unseen hand,
She trusted in what God had planned
And found Him never wanting her to bless.

Through time and times and half a time, great war
Broke out in Zion’s streets – in Narnia!
Alas the multitudes don’t see
Cruel hoards of Satan’s infantry
Contesting truth with lies ad nausea.

The dragon’s overthrow destroyed his pow’r;
No more the citizens of earth remained
Enslaved within a world of lies,
bewitched by idols in their eyes,
For Satan now by Christ has been restrained.

Let NOW salvation from the Lord descend;
The kingdom of our God is here to stay!
The key to earthly victory
Was spilled by Christ on Calvary,
Supplying grace and might in what we say.

The testimony of true pilgrim saints,
Corroborated by their martyrdom,
Assures that vict’ry shall be won
And Satan wholly overcome;
Rejoice therefore in what the Lord has done!

Yet woe betide those citizens of earth
Who fail to tremble meekly and repent;
That dragon, now enraged the most,
Shall, urged by his demonic host,
With fleeting breath his vicious anger vent.

Behold the true Church persecuted gained
Great wings of providence to bear her up,
Away from Satan’s cruel games,
And his accusatory claims,
Where she would have pure light and truth to sup.

Alas, the serpent fills the earth with lies,
Deceiving and bewitching every soul;
But faithful saints the Lord did send
Who showed true soldiers to contend
For holy truth drawn out from sacred scroll.

Mark well the badge of honour such men wear –
The holy Law of God they do esteem!
Its precepts they espouse for all,
Declaring Peter, James and Paul
Taught nothing contrary to Moses’ scheme.

For Jesus too declared as plain as day
That nothing from the Law and Prophets would
Be abrogated by His cross,
That only sin would suffer loss,
Until the fullness of the cosmos be made good.

The Testimony Jesus thus declared
Concerned a ‘Culture Warfare’ far and wide
Subduing principalities
Across all lands, throughout the seas,
Until the nations seek to be His Bride.

Salvation’s strength is manifest today
Within that holy remnant – Zion’s heir –
Who Jesus’ kingdom here do seek
By faith, forgetting they are weak,
And press on knowing soon they will be there!

Steve Layfield – February 2018

Greg Bahnsen (GB309) – Why Christian Ethics Matters!

Listen here….

      1. GB309

 

Bible Reading – 1Peter 1:13ff 

13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

 

  • How important is obedience/holiness to God in salvation?
  • What is Bahnsen seeking to highlight by the THREE portraits?
  • What was the significance of the 1st portrait?
  • What spoiled the 2nd portrait? What was notably absent?
  • What was the characteristic of the third portrait?
  • Are the moral effects immediately noticeable with doctrinal slippage?
  • What are some of the (moral) characteristics of TODAY’s generation?
  • Is there even common agreement throughout culture regarding say the meaning of ‘marriage’?
  • What revolution occurred in just 30 years in American Christian culture?
  • Is the Christian Church CLEAR about the Bible’s teaching on crime/punishment?
  • What was Bahnsen’s point in drawing attention to the bumper sticker?
  • Which petition of the Lord’s Prayer is awkward for the contemporary Church?
  • What is the chief source of confusion regarding contemporary ethics among Christians?
  • What did Bonheoffer teach about God & the Christian life?
  • What was Leslie Dewart’s mistake?
  • What did H. Richard Niebuhr’s propose?
  • What was Joseph Fletcher so famous for in this respect?
  • Are the pronouncements of these (liberal) philosophers the main problem for the contemporary Church? If not who are??
  • Did CI Schofield advocate ‘law keeping’ in his Bible?
  • Which Church in 1972 taught a dispensational view of God’s Law?
  • Did the reformed scholar Henrick Hart recommend law keeping?
  • Is it possible to be ‘rule-free’ in life?
  • Why is Jeremiah 31:32 so relevant to our enquiry?
  • What is the essential difference between the New Covenant and the OT Sinaiatic Covenant?
  • Why is Ezekiel 36: 26-27 so relevant to our enquiry?
  • Why is Romans 8:1-4 so relevant to our enquiry?
  • Does the NT exhortation of Jesus to ‘love’ replace now the Christian’s obligation to obey?
  • Were the OT commandments different from Jesus’ NT commands?
  • Why is Matthew 5:17-19 so relevant to our enquiry? Are minor adjustments of God’s Law to be tolerated?  What did Jesus say?  Who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven?
  • The scribes & Pharisees faithful in keeping God’s Law ……. weren’t they?
  • What is, in fact, the Christian’s basis for acceptance before a holy God?
  • What is the source of power in the Christian life to keep God’s Law?

Greg Bahnsen (GB308) – Responses to Critics of Theonomy

      1. GB308


Bible Reading – James 4:1-12


Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet[a] you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 Adulterers and[b] adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud,

But gives grace to the humble.”

Humility Cures Worldliness

7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.  11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

 

  • Fowler argues against the Law’s general validity. How are Jesus’ words in Matt 5:17-19 compelling?
  • What is the essential ‘thrust’ of Matt 5?
  • What is the true interpretation of Acts 15 in relation to the injunctions recommended by the Council of Jerusalem?
  • What precisely did the reference to the Law being a ‘Tutor’ correspond to in Galatians 3/4?
  • Heb 7:12 intimates a change in the Law? How/why is this compatible with Theonomy?  What ‘hasty generalisation’ is employed by critics of Theonomy in connection with this passage?
  • What conflation do some critics make when they allude to the ‘progressive nature of Biblical revelation’?
  • Some urge that we ought simply to follow/emulate the pattern set forth by Jesus’ life. How should we respond?
  • Should we limit ourselves to NT morality alone?
  • Were all the OT covenants distinct from one another? How is Gal 3:21 relevant to our enquiry?
  • Reformed theology differentiates between moral & ceremonial law. Is that legitimate?  How is the doctrine of the Trinity relevant at this point?
  • Is it possible to keep the 10 Commands but relinquish obligations to the case laws?
  • May we de-legitimise the Law of God as inapplicable to those contemporary nations not in formal covenant with God (e.g. Kline, Sproul, Fowler)? Was OT Law restricted to the nation of Israel?
  • Is God’s Law racially variable?
  • Should Christians be interested in ‘politics’? How does Bahnsen demonstrate the pertinence of Scripture to political rule?
  • Are the Ten Commandments limited in application to OT Israel?
  • Is there a sharp/clear distinction to be made between ‘general revelation’ & ‘God’s revealed will/Law’?
  • Are inferential arguments made from Scripture valid?
  • May we reasonably set aside NT evidence for Theonomic evidence & see what’s left? Must we take account of all Scriptural evidence for a particular position?
  • May we safely reflect on our personal, subjective IMPRESSION of a topic?
  • Some suppose Theonomists fail to separate the spheres of Church & State. Do they?  Is this relevant to a critique of Theonomy?
  • Which crimes are ‘religious’ crimes?
  • Does the prosecution of civil justice conflict with the enterprise of evangelism?
  • Why is the text of Ezra Ch 7 concerning the pagan king Artaxerxes relevant to our enquiry?
  • Were the penal sanctions in the OT applied by (i) the Church or (ii) the state?
  • May we legitimately distinguish between religious & non-religious offences?
  • May different spheres (church, family, state) each have SIMULTANEOUSLY different reactions/responses to sins/crimes?
  • Is the provision of common grace contrary to the exercise of civil justice?
  • Is all sin a capital crime?
  • Did Jesus dismiss the Law of Moses when he forgave & then dismissed the woman caught in adultery? (Jn 8)
  • Would the implementation of God’s Law in civil society trigger a ‘Christian holocaust’?
  • What are we to think of the widespread tendency of Christian leaders who ridicule the penal sanctions of OT Law?
  • Did Dr Greg Bahnsen ever, during the course of his early life, reflect seriously on whether Scripture required him to hold (what would most likely be perceived as) such unpopular views?
  • What will our own personal choice be in this same regard? Would we be ‘double-minded’ (Jam 4:8)?
  • Did Calvin subscribe to the penal sanctions of God’s Law?
  • Is there anything really ‘novel’ in the theonomic ethical perspective? How does it compare with traditional CONSISTENT protestant orthodoxy?

Greg Bahnsen – When is Punishment Criminal?

Greg Bahnsen (GB307) – When is Punishment Criminal?

      1. GB307

 

Bible Reading – Hebrews 2:1-4

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

 

  • What according to William Penn (1644-1718) is the only alternative to being ‘governed by God’?
  • Where according to Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) is the sphere of man’s greatest affirmation of man’s autonomy & pretensions against God?
  • What is the alternative to God’s Law (Theonomy)?
  • Is crime merely an offence against the arbitrary law of the (humanistic) state?
  • If state law is the ultimate law, is there EVER any legitimate appeal against it?
  • How is the Beast of Revelation relevant to this issue?
  • Is there a separation of ‘Church’ and ‘State’? Who ultimately rules and governs each of these realms?
  • Where in Matthew’s gospel does Jesus affirm & ratify OT Law & legislation explicitly?
  • Who, according to the Great Commission, now possesses ALL authority in heaven and ON EARTH?
  • Who according St John (Rev 1:5) is the Ruler of the kings of the Earth?
  • Is it awkward, embarrassing and difficult in the context of a radically secular culture to defend the penal sanctions of the OT?
  • Should prisons be reformed or closed according to Scripture?
  • When is punishment ‘criminal’? Does the title/office of a magistrate warrant a particular sentence?
  • Does popular consent warrant a particular civil punishment?
  • Does a ‘lynch-mob’ exercise properly authorised punishment?
  • What is the moral justification for civil punishment? Is ‘reform’, ‘deterrence’ or ‘prevention’  an adequate warrant?
  • Is it EVER right to punish the innocent? Why is this consideration relevant?
  • What is the ONLY moral justification for civil punishment? (See Prov 28)
  • What does the substitutionary atonement of Christ for sinners take for granted?
  • How are the texts of Hebrews 2:2 & Romans 3:31 relevant to our enquiry?
  • What do we (unwittingly perhaps) presuppose when we affirm the propriety of eternal damnation for the impenitent sinner?
  • How does St Paul, in Acts 25:11, affirm capital sanctions?
  • How does Romans 13 reference capital sanctions?
  • How are these texts relevant to our enquiry? Mark 7:10; Rom 1:32; Matt 5:21,22; Luke 19; Heb 10:28.
  • What percentage of ‘convicted criminals’ repeat their crimes (at the time of publication)?
  • What ALONE provides for civil society a model of true ‘Justice’?

 

Greg Bahnsen – How does the Equity of Old Testament morality apply today?

      1. GB306

 

  • Does OT morality address merely ‘Church based’ activity or does it have legitimate application in say the advancement of social (political) justice?
  • Of what significance is the slaughter of infants at the time of Jesus’ birth as recorded by Luke?
  • What was the source of Pilate’s authority according to Jesus?
  • How different/similar is the contemporary ‘evangelical church’ to the Jews of Jesus’ day who chanted, “We have no king but Caesar”?
  • Did St Paul accommodate himself to statist government authority (see Acts 17)?
  • How (monetarily!) were early/primitive Christian creeds an affront to the Roman authorities?
  • What was the significance of the number & signature of the Beast of Revelation?
  • What were the TWO characteristics of those who opposed the Beast of Revelation?
  • Are WE to have ‘no king but Caesar’?

 

Bible Reading
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour.

[Rom 13:1-7]

  • To what extent are we to exercise ‘conscience’ in our obedience to civil authority?
  • Are children ALWAYS to obey their parents? (see Eph 6)
  • What interesting TREND among late 20th century evangelicals does Bahnsen identify?
  • Why does Bahnsen reference Isaac Watt’s hymn: ‘Joy to the world’?
  • Is something of Eden’s curse evident in the political realm?
  • Does God call the various kings of the earth to account for the way they governed?
  • Are we (Christians) to glorify God in the way that we vote/allow statesmen to influence society?
  • Where is God’s will to be found regarding ‘politics, criminality, principles of finance’, etc??
  • How should we answer the common objection expressed by many contemporary Christians that, ‘we are New Testament believers, etc’?
  • How should we answer the common objection expressed by many contemporary Christians that, e.g.
  • we are not under Old Testament Law now!
  • only the Ten Commandments are moral aren’t they?
  • Why did God give so many other commandments – beyond the 10?
  • Do the various OT ‘Case Laws’ contradict the Ten Commandments?
  • Has God given us one version of morality in the Ten Commandments & another in the Case Laws?
  • If the NT upholds the morality of the 10 Commands, what is the implication for NT endorsement of the Case Laws?
  • Does the ‘definition’ of a thing add to the thing itself?
  • How is the sin of ‘bestiality’ a helpful referent in assessing NT morality?
  • What is the logical conclusion of saying, “We only have to keep the 10 Commandments”?

 

Alleged arguments against the socio-political requirements of the OT for the NT Christian

  • In Gal 3-4, is Paul addressing the Ceremonial Law or the Socio-political laws?
  • Which aspect of God’s Law (ceremonial or moral) teaches justification by faith?
  • What aspect of God’s Law did the religious leaders of the day glory in?
  • How does Walter Chantry err in expositing In Gal 3-4?
  • What category of Law is the example Bahnsen references concerning ‘loose axe-heads’?
  • Chantry perceives the OT judicial law as ‘harsh’. Do you agree?  What was king David’s estimation of it?
  • ‘The school master is harsh; the judicial law is harsh therefore the school-master is the judicial law’. What’s wrong (fallacious!) with that argument?
  • Some say (e.g. Fowler), ‘the OT judicial laws applicable to just the covenant people of God.’

i.e. They were addressed to the Jews; how is the sin/crime of sodomy pertinent to this pseudo-argument?

  • How are Deut 4, Prov 14, Ps 119 & Isaiah Ch 42, Ch 2, Pr 16:12, Ps 2 pertinent to this question?
  • WHOSE wrath does the civil magistrate avenge? (Rom 12…..13)
  • Whose Law is the civil magistrate to exercise?
  • Today & in recent history, are good men consistently vindicated & evil men punished by various humanistic regimes?
  • What is implied by (i) the text of 2Thess 2 ‘the man of lawlessness’ (ii) the Beast of Revelation (iii) 1Tim 1:8ff?
  • Is there any substantial difference between the law revealed in Nature & the Law of Moses?
  • What was the plain significance of the Reformation mural ‘Justice Lifts the Nations’ (see here) painted by Paul Robert?
  • Is there something novel/peculiar about ‘Theonomic’ ethics?

Responses to Predominant Psalmody

The link below addresses ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ that pertain to the piece I wrote advocating a return to Predominant Psalmody in formal Christian worship.  I welcome further cross-questionning & would wish to clarify what I have written beforehand that has left doubts & questions in peoples’ minds.  Just let me know!

July 2017

Psalmody FAQ (version 1)

 


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