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The Lord Jesus presents us to the Father in his own eternal perfection. And the Father delights in us as thus presented in his perfection because we are in him.
Š We plan to have our Quarterly Fellowship dinner on Sunday, January 20th.
Happy Birthday! Emily Rice-8th
Happy Anniversary: Merle & Charlotte Hart-10th
Nursery Duty Today: Celeste Peterson (AM) — Debbie Bartley (PM)
Look Up, My Soul — Don Fortner
(Tune: #87 — Joy to the World —CM)
1. Look up, my soul, to yonder throne,
Where Jesus undertook,
The Surety for chosen ones,
And wrote us in His book.
2. Look up, my soul, to yonder cross,
Where Christ your Savior bled.
For Him consider all things loss. —
He suffered in your stead!
3. Look up, my soul, where Jesus stands,
And for you intercedes.
See how He shows His side and hands,
And for His ransomed pleads!
To welcome you to bliss.
Soon, I shall enter Heaven’s gates,
And see Him as He is!
God is Everywhere
God is everywhere by his power, upholding, maintaining, sustaining all things, and performing with his own hands the works of his eternal purpose in all places. God is everywhere by his providence, taking care of and governing all his creatures, executing in all places at the same time his everlasting decrees. God is everywhere by his omniscience, beholding all things, all places, all events, all people, even the secrets of the hearts of all men at one time (Psalm 139:1-6). — “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3).
Doctrinal Error and Damning Heresy
“A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject.” (Titus 3:10)
A friend once asked me, “Do you make a distinction between doctrinal error and damning heresy, and if you do, what is it?” That is a good question and deserves a public answer. While I do not find such a distinction made in the Scriptures between the use of the words, “error” and “heresy,” the word “error” as we commonly use it is a much milder word than the word “heresy.” But in the New Testament distinctions were made. For example, Peter was in grave error in the dissimulation he made at Antioch. By his actions he gave the appearance that believers should still be held under the yoke of the law. For this error, Paul publicly rebuked him (Galatians 2:11-21). However, his error was not damning heresy. Had he taught that men gain salvation or improve their relationship with God by obedience to the law, that would have been damning heresy (Galatians 5:2, 4).
Line of Distinction
This is where we must draw the line of distinction. — Doctrinal error is the misinterpretation or application of any biblical teaching. — Damning heresy is any doctrine or practice that is contrary to salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Obviously, any teaching that allows the worship of false gods, denies the deity of Christ, his virgin birth, or vicarious atonement is damning heresy. But there are other forms of heresy far more subtle and dangerous.
To teach sprinkling for baptism is grave error, but not necessarily damning. However, to make baptism a condition of grace to any degree is damning heresy. To substitute grape juice for wine in the Lord’s Supper is serious error, though not damning to the soul. But to make the Lord’s Supper a sacrament by which grace is conferred upon a sinner is damning heresy.
The list could be greatly enlarged. But there is one test by which damning heresy can always be identified. — Any doctrine that teaches or practice that leads people to believe that salvation is in anyway conditioned upon, dependent upon, or determined by the worth, work, or will of the sinner is damning heresy and always deadly to those who embrace it. Arminian, free-will, works religion is as damning to the souls of men as Judaism, Islam, Catholicism, or Satan worship. It is our responsibility to expose heresy by instructing people in the truth and to reject those who will not obey the truth as self-condemned heretics (Titus 3:9-11).
God’s people and God’s servants, faithful, believing sinners, saved by the grace of God, washed in the blood of Christ, can and often do embrace doctrinal error, though they truly trust and love the Lord Jesus Christ; but that does not make them heretics who are to be rejected by us.
The Who of History
The prophet asked, “Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre?” and tells us plainly that it is our God who did so, the Triune Jehovah. Here is the who and why of all things. I do not think there is a passage in the whole of Isaiah’s prophecy that is more instructive and more comprehensive in explaining the wonders of God’s adorable providence in the out-working of his grace, to show man’s nothingness, God’s supremacy, and God’s determination to stain the pride of man than this 23rd chapter.
Yes, there is a “who” to history. And that “who” is our God. He is who undertook this counsel against Tyre and executed it. He who undertook this counsel against the merchants, and princes, and traffickers, and honorable of the world and executes it is God our Savior.
God writes history. History is his-story. God reconstructs geography. He is not merely the Geologist of the globe, but its Geographer. The God who built up the rocks manages all the surface work. God readjusts the map of the world. He alters names, boundaries, and capacities. The four seasons are his servants. He tells them what to do. Precisely at the time of this prophecy Chittim (Cyprus) revolted against Tyre and the Phoenician colonies began to be restless and joined Sennacherib when he attacked the mother city. Who did it? God shook the kingdoms: Egypt, Ethiopia, Babylon, Syria, Israel, and Judah quaked down to their foundations, while Tiglath-Pileser built and enlarged the Assyrian Empire. Yet, in due time his neck was wrung, and he was thrown away.
There are many kings, but they all have a King over them — eternal, immortal, invisible, the only Potentate. All others are painted figures. Christ our God, the King of Glory, reigns everywhere, always, over all things, absolutely! All gates fly back at his coming. All doors lift themselves up to welcome him and acknowledge his right to come. There cannot be two Almighties! There can be only one Supreme! And that one Almighty, that one King, that one Supreme, that one God is Jehovah our Savior.
Things are not ordered by the whims and moods of petty dictators, toy-kings, and politicians. They come and go. They die of disease, like dogs. They are but a puff of smoke, a vapor, just like you, just like me. — Withering grass! — Nothing more! — “The Lord reigneth!”
Why does God do things the way he does them? What is his purpose in everything he does? — “The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.” — “That no flesh should glory in his presence!” God is determined to stain all pride, to smear the glory of man in the muck and mire of his own excrement — In Providence (Romans 8:28) — In Redemption (1 Corinthians 1:26-31) — In Grace (Ephesians 1:3-14) — In Judgment (John 5:25-29).
The Grace Bulletin
January 6, 2019
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 576-3400 — E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald S. Fortner, Pastor
Schedule of Regular Services
10:00 A.M. Bible Classes
10:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service
6:30 P.M. Evening Worship Service
7:30 P.M. Mid-Week Worship Service