Daniel Chamier on covenantal merit

I love the Mid America Journal of Theology

Reformed Covenanter

Daniel ChamierWhen contrasting the ideas of absolute merit and covenantal merit, the Huguenot theologian, Daniel Chamier made the following remarks on the latter concept:

On the other hand, merit by the covenant, whereas it does not have the strength to obligate on its own account, nevertheless, it does have it from the arrangement, so that either a full or greater reward for the work is owed to it. This again has a twin; it has strength to merit some things by the promise, others by the covenant. That is by the promise it has strength to merit so far as by its arrangement by which reward is expected, so that the rewards are displayed with sporting contests whether by the King or by the people. Then indeed merit of such value is by the arrangement, but furthermore the method of the arrangement pays from only the will of the one who…

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New Apostolic Reformation, Bethel Music, etc.

I just stayed up all night, after a deep sleep in the evening, learning about the recent so called Christian nutty stuff that has been going on for the past decade in the Church. The cultic practices that were easy to spot a few decades ago have really infiltrated the Church quite well this past decade. I had no idea.

I have been quite absent from the Contemporary Christian Music scene for a long time. It became a bit too… Well, the guys started sounding like whiney girls instead of men striving to know God in life. The women artists were becoming more… Well, Kick Ass so to speak. (Believe me, I have no problem with strong women. We need them. I know some men are more gentle and quiet than others. That is not what I am talking about.) So I just dumped the CCM scene and started listening more to Boston, Skynyrd, Metallica, Heart, etc… Well, at least the guys sounded like guys and the girls were girls. LOL. At least I didn’t have to guess where they were coming from.

Last night I stayed up learning about the New Apostolic Reformation, the Jesus Culture, Elevation Church, the School of Supernatural Ministry, Bethel Music and the more normal Joel Osteen / Hillsong United stuff that has its own sort of Name it Claim it old stuff of heretical views. I didn’t know this weird New Ageism stuff had infiltrated the Church so deeply. No wonder why every new Church doesn’t want to be called by a denominational name. It is easier to hide your unaccountability and or cult like behavior and beliefs when you aren’t associated with an identifier such as Washington Avenue (put denominational name here) Church.

I was reintroduced to the discussion by someone who was in this cult like group and noted some were claiming to be Reformational. I love historic Reformed Theology and respect the Councils and Creeds of the Church. Therefore I just assumed that these guys wanted to adhere to Biblical Christianity. But that was not the case. Seriously, I guess the Bible is becoming irrelevant and music and motivational gimmicks are the modern inspired text God has given us today. I just figured John Wimber and Peter Wagner had passed on. I guess not.

It seems it is getting easier to carry a Bible and not know or care about what is in it. Even if you are in the Pulpit. That is how nut job cults start while claiming to be Bible believing Christians. I listened to an Ordained Baptist Sermon, a round table of Ordained Presbyterian minister’s podcast , an Ex- New Ager podcaster Doreen Virtue interview someone from the movement, and a few others on the topic. I guess I have a lot to learn.

The times are changing. In reality, nothing is changing doctrinally. Just the same old heresies finding a new avenue to infiltrate the Church. Hymns were actually introduced for this purpose back in the time of the Early Church also. I love singing directly from the Psalter. It is all good unlike our uninspired Hymnody in the Church.

President Biden Speech / Colorado





Just watched the President address the recent Murders in Colorado.

First off the President should be properly addressing the Nation concerning the Border Crisis. It is of National interest way before the Colorado situation. He should also be addressing the Chinese situation also before he ever thought about this address. That is a major National situation. He is getting America to focus on the wrong things in order to push UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAW. BE FOREWARNED!!! HIS cabinet is not incompetent at deception and slight of hand.

Second point is that it wasn’t Gun Violence. The Guns were not Violent. The person or persons using the guns were violent. Biden’s push for Gun control is an attack on the 2nd Amendment. How sad. He should have been pushing for any law-abiding adult who is legally eligible to obtain a carry permit, to carry a handgun without first having to obtain government permission. This ensures that citizens have their right to self-defense without government red tape or delays. Statistics show where this is legal, crime is low as are the murder rates.

This President and his Cabinet hate America and our Freedom to responsibly live our lives

Joel Osteen and the old Word Faith Movement



Just commented on a post to help others out. If the picture’s statement above was only the tip of the problem then it wouldn’t be as bad. I personally don’t care if a person profits off of their labor. That doesn’t make someone evil. I would caution about profiting improperly off of God. LOL

There are bigger issues at hand though. For one thing sin is redefined and so is the work of God in Christ reconciling man to himself. It is totally redefined. The redefining of sin and reconciliation to God will deceptively leave a person lost in their sin and unreconciled to God resulting in Eternal Punishment.

The Word Faith Movement Heresy had its start up when a Pentecostal or some Baptist Preacher read Mary Baker Eddy’s booklet on healing, if I remember correctly. She (MBE) was the leader of the non-Christian cult Christian Science. It has been a long time since I studied the topic. Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin and yes even Joel’s father John became a few of the leaders of the movement and the school of Rhema.

Joel is following in the footsteps of his father John Osteen. Most of those guys had redefined Christian terminology and teaching that said we become gods like Jesus is. The doctrine of Spiritual rebirth (born again) took on a totally different meaning than what the scriptures teach. Jesus became Born Again and became a god. We are to do the same thing. They deceived many into thinking they could speak things into reality like Jesus could. If we can’t name it and claim it we just don’t have enough faith. That is our sin.

It was a major heresy and easily exposed. It is a False Gospel. It teaches a different God, different Spirit, and a different Jesus Christ than the scriptures do (that is Idolatry). It is an old heresy in the Church. St. Paul was worried about this problem in 2 Corinthians 11. St. Paul was worried they might receive a different spirit and different Jesus than they should. That only leads to a False life. I know many people who have come out of the movement after getting fully into the scriptures.

For a short concise presentation of the Gospel click> https://evangelismexplosion.org/resources/online-tracts/english/

The US Government an Enemy of the 2nd Amendment HR 127




The Government wants all guns registered. Every Gun. And they want to know where they are stored. We have been expecting the Socialists / Progressives / Marxists to try to implement this stuff for some time. Now they have an advocate for their Globalism of Government Statists in the Whitehouse. This is a sad time. They are trying to regulate our speech and our thoughts. Soon we will look like Nazi Germany if we aren’t active and careful. We need to be wise as serpents but gentle as lambs. We need to remember this is a Spiritual battle as much as an Earthly war. For Christ’s Kingdom and Covenant, let’s make sure we are listening to the Scriptures and to be pray intelligently.



https://www.congress.gov/…/hr127/BILLS-117hr127ih.pdf

HR 127
6 SEC. 2. LICENSING OF FIREARM AND AMMUNITION POSSES
7 SION; REGISTRATION OF FIREARMS.
8 (a) FIREARM LICENSING AND REGISTRATION SYS
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1 (1) IN GENERAL.—Chapter 44 of title 18,
2 United States Code, is amended by adding at the
3 end the following:
4 ‘‘§ 932. Licensing of firearm and ammunition posses
5 sion; registration of firearms
6 ‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—The Attorney General, through
7 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,
8 shall establish a system for licensing the possession of fire
9 arms or ammunition in the United States, and for the reg
10 istration with the Bureau of each firearm present in the
11 United States.
12 ‘‘(b) FIREARM REGISTRATION SYSTEM.—
13 ‘‘(1) REQUIRED INFORMATION.—Under the
14 firearm registration system, the owner of a firearm
15 shall transmit to the Bureau—
16 ‘‘(A) the make, model, and serial number
17 of the firearm, the identity of the owner of the
18 firearm, the date the firearm was acquired by
19 the owner, and where the firearm is or will be
20 stored; and
21 ‘‘(B) a notice specifying the identity of any
22 person to whom, and any period of time during
23 which, the firearm will be loaned to the person.

https://rumble.com/embed/vbfikt/?pub=4

President Biden is my President



The following was posted on my Facebook timeline by a very good friend who has his heart in a good place.

不是我的總統 That translated means, “Not my President.” It was meant with a sarcastic slight of hand.

Let me make my position clear.

I do believe Biden is my President right now. I do believe the Election results are riddled with fraud. I do believe Trump should have had the Electoral College voting to reflect that Trump won. But the Electoral College (which does not have to vote based upon their States popular vote even) determined that Biden is the President. Thus making Biden the President. I do not have a problem calling Biden out for his stand on the issues. We need to do that and educate our population concerning Fake Newsing. We need to call out those who oppose our National rights laid out in our heritage and the United States Constitution.

We do need to win this fight. If we do not we will lose our right to have a Country. We can not hand over our liberties for personal security, which is something that has been happening slowly. It leads to Socialism, Marxism and Statism which is not supported by our heritage nor our United States Constitution.

I do believe we can win this. Our Children do need to put down the devices and learn they have to pay for what they get or at least be grateful and respectful for what they have inherited. We are all living on the shoulders and off of the fruit of our ancestors one way or another, good or bad. I also believe we need to be respectful of authority as laid out in the Westminster Larger Catechism on the 5th Commandment.

Oh yeah, and we need to eradicate Radical Two Kingdom teaching from our Churches as it has been infiltrating them from Westminster Seminary California, Big Time! We have our work cut out in all areas of life.

https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/larger-catechism-questions-121-130/

Q. 121. Why is the word Remember set in the beginning of the fourth commandment?
A. The word Remember is set in the beginning of the fourth commandment, partly, because of the great benefit of remembering it, we being thereby helped in our preparation to keep it, and, in keeping it, better to keep all the rest of the commandments, and to continue a thankful remembrance of the two great benefits of creation and redemption, which contain a short abridgment of religion; and partly, because we are very ready to forget it, for that there is less light of nature for it, and yet it restraineth our natural liberty in things at other times lawful; that it cometh but once in seven days, and many worldly businesses come between, and too often take off our minds from thinking of it, either to prepare for it, or to sanctify it; and that Satan with his instruments much labor to blot out the glory, and even the memory of it, to bring in all irreligion and impiety.

Q. 122. What is the sum of the six commandments which contain our duty to man?
A. The sum of the six commandments which contain our duty to man, is, to love our neighbor as ourselves, and to do to others what we would have them do to us.

Q. 123. Which is the fifth commandment?
A. The fifth commandment is, Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Q. 124. Who are meant by father and mother in the fifth commandment?
A. By father and mother, in the fifth commandment, are meant, not only natural parents, but all superiors in age and gifts; and especially such as, by God’s ordinance, are over us in place of authority, whether in family, church, or commonwealth.

Q. 125. Why are superiors styled Father and Mother?
A. Superiors are styled Father and Mother, both to teach them in all duties toward their inferiors, like natural parents, to express love and tenderness to them, according to their several relations; and to work inferiors to a greater willingness and cheerfulness in performing their duties to their superiors, as to their parents.

Q. 126. What is the general scope of the fifth commandment?
A. The general scope of the fifth commandment is, the performance of those duties which we mutually owe in our several relations, as inferiors, superiors or equals.

Q. 127. What is the honor that inferiors owe to their superiors?
A. The honor which inferiors owe to their superiors is, all due reverence in heart, word, and behavior; prayer and thanksgiving for them; imitation of their virtues and graces; willing obedience to their lawful commands and counsels; due submission to their corrections; fidelity to, defense, and maintenance of their persons and authority, according to their several ranks, and the nature of their places; bearing with their infirmities, and covering them in love, that so they may be an honor to them and to their government.

Q. 128. What are the sins of inferiors against their superiors?
A. The sins of inferiors against their superiors are, all neglect of the duties required toward them; envying at, contempt of, and rebellion against their persons and places, in their lawful counsels, commands, and corrections; cursing, mocking, and all such refractory and scandalous carriage, as proves a shame and dishonor to them and their government.

Q. 129. What is required of superiors towards their inferiors?
A. It is required of superiors, according to that power they receive from God, and that relation wherein they stand, to love, pray for, and bless their inferiors; to instruct, counsel, and admonish them; countenancing, commending, and rewarding such as do well; and discountenancing, reproving, and chastising such as do ill; protecting, and providing for them all things necessary for soul and body: and by grave, wise, holy, and exemplary carriage, to procure glory to God, honor to themselves, and so to preserve that authority which God hath put upon them.

Q. 130. What are the sins of superiors?
A. The sins of superiors are, besides the neglect of the duties required of them, an inordinate seeking of themselves, their own glory, ease, profit, or pleasure; commanding things unlawful, or not in the power of inferiors to perform; counseling, encouraging, or favoring them in that which is evil; dissuading, discouraging, or discountenancing them in that which is good; correcting them unduly; careless exposing, or leaving them to wrong, temptation, and danger; provoking them to wrath; or any way dishonoring themselves, or lessening their authority, by an unjust, indiscreet, rigorous, or remiss behavior.

Racial Equality vs Racial Equity


Equality – Equity

Racial Equality vs. Racial Equity…My observation. If the above illustration gives a brief summary of the differences (and Equity is defined and applied differently below than what I am use to), isn’t Racial Equity a bad thing? I am not sure it is good for any Government to accommodate or discriminate one Skin color over or against another. Isn’t that where Apartheid and Racism stem from Politically? We know where that ended up. Just asking because I am not completely sure of the historical contexts.

As Far as Racial Equality goes all men are born equal in dignity as they are all a creation of God and created in his image. I believe Evolution has led to some of our Racism. People should have equal access based upon their ability and their pursuit of happiness. Not upon a Government’s categorizing and setting up access based upon percentages of racial skin color. When the Government does that it is discrimination against someone and accommodation of others based upon skin color and not upon ability and a person’s desire to be productive and responsible.

One more thought. Can this Racial Equity talk be a Socialist / Marxist strategy to implement Economic Equity as defined in the illustration above? I am not so sure that Color of skin is the real issue Liberals (Socialists / Marxists) care about as much as implementing their world view of Social structure (Socialism / Marxism). One step at a time….. Start with redefinition and rewriting history… The frog in the pot illustration. The water is getting hotter and about to kill the frog.

As ARP Pastor Phillip’s has noted, “The boxes can be moved with exactly 0% government intervention necessary.” My addition to this is what the most compassionate perfect man on Earth said, “For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.” Mark 14:7

Things to Consider and Remember



From William Blackwood·
This is long, but hopefully gives you what you might be looking for (and a lot more). A friend compiled it.

On the night of the election, Trump had a commanding lead in ALL the swing states. He’d already won Florida by a record number of votes, Ohio by a record number of votes and won Iowa by 8.2 percent, and up by 293,000 in Michigan 112,000 votes, in Wisconsin, 356,000 votes in Georgia and Pennsylvania nearly 700,000 votes, all swing states. Absolutely impossible margins for Joe Biden to overcome.

The Democrats knew it, and everybody forecasting knew it and understood it well. Our nation’s greatest political professionals were calling to congratulate Trump on his victory.

Then came midnight. Suddenly, everything started to disappear, everything started to change. The vote-counting abruptly stopped in multiple states. In the middle of the night a series of massive and statistically inconceivable vote dumps overturned the results in state after state. At 6.31 am, very early in the morning, Michigan suddenly reported 147,224 votes, 94 per cent for Biden, 6 per cent for Trump. At 4.42am Wisconsin reported 143,279 votes, almost all of them for Biden. A similar massive drop of ballots happened in Georgia at 1.34am, again almost all of these votes for Biden.

These gigantic and “Unbelievably” one-sided spikes (statistically impossible) were miraculously just enough to push Biden into the lead in all of the key swing states.

These glaring anomalies are just the tip of the iceberg. Trump won 18 out of 19 bellwether counties — a record! — that have correctly predicted the winner of every Presidential election for the last 40 years. He also won Ohio, Florida and Iowa by historic margins, meaning Biden would be the first candidate since 1960 — and only the second candidate in American history — to win the White House while losing all three of those major states, and it was not even close.

The Democrats were projected to gain 15 house seats. Instead, they lost 14! With Joe Biden at the top of the ticket the Democrats lost 25 out of 26 toss-up House seats, that is a record. 75 million people voted for Trump. Approximately 12 million more votes than in 2016, the largest vote increase for any incumbent president EVER recorded.

The largest share of non-white voters of any Republican president in over 60 years everywhere in the country, except for a small handful of Democrat-run cities in key swing states, places notorious for fraud such as Milwaukee, Detroit, Atlanta and Philadelphia, all run by Democrat machine politicians.

No president has ever lost re-election while making such extraordinary gains across the board. There has never been anything like it. Yet despite all this evidence of a thundering Trump victory and despite all those projections all through the night, they want us to believe that Biden, who seldom left his basement to campaign, somehow received 11.7 million more votes than Barack Obama, and that he beat Obama all over the country.

It is historically, mathematically, politically, and logically impossible. Without fraud, it’s unlikely Biden even got 50 million votes… Pennsylvania’s radical Democrat Secretary of State suspended all signature verification requirements, breaking Pennsylvania law not to mention the big and very illegal ballot drops.

In Michigan the Secretary of State, a Democrat, illegally flooded the state with absentee ballot applications even though Michigan law strictly limits distribution of absentee ballots.

In Wisconsin major Democrat cities deployed over 500 UNMANNED and UNSECURED ballot drop boxes that were blatantly illegal, paving the way for unlawful ballot harvesting and tremendous fraud.

In Georgia the Secretary of State began illegally processing ballots weeks before election day and also destroyed the signature verification system in violation of the law.

Second, absentee ballot “rejection rates” prove that hundreds of thousands of illegitimate votes were counted in the key states. This was sufficient to change the election results all on its own.

In 2016, 6.4 per cent of mail-in ballots were rejected in Georgia. This year fewer than a tiny percentage of one per cent were rejected. A difference [reduction] of more than 30 times. The same phenomenon occurred in Pennsylvania and other states. In a year in which the number of mail-in ballots was the highest ever, the rejection rate was magically the lowest ever and it was not even close. The only possible explanation is that tens of thousands of ballots were unlawfully processed and counted.

Most Americans would be shocked to learn that in no swing state is there any meaningful attempt to verify citizenship, residency, identity or eligibility for mail-in ballots. The potential for illegal activity is unlimited.

Hundreds and hundreds of witnesses have come forward to testify under penalty of perjury about cheating and fraud they saw with their own eyes. Witnesses have sworn they saw ballot workers illegally backdating thousands of ballots, counting batches of the same ballots many times and unloading boxes and boxes of ballots, all bearing the same signature and all for Joe Biden.

Other witnesses testified seeing thousands of so-called pristine “Mail In” ballots with no creases or folds, all voting for Biden. When you have no folds, it means it was not mailed. It means it was a fraud.

Republican poll watchers were denied critical access as hundreds of thousands of votes were counted in Democrat-run cities in the essential states. There is even security camera footage from Georgia that shows officials telling poll-watchers to leave the room before pulling suitcases of ballots out from under the tables and continuing to count for hours.

The reason they were forced to leave the room there was they said a major water main break. The water main break never happened, there was no water main break. In many cases Republican poll watchers were physically removed from rooms.

If all of this isn’t enough, then there is the deeply troubling matter of Dominion voting machines. In just one major county alone 6000 votes were switched from Trump to Biden and the same system was used throughout the majority of the US. No satisfactory explanation has been offered over why Dominion systems are able to switch votes with the mere push of a button.

In Arizona the state senators recently issued a subpoena for forensic auditing of voting machines and similar investigations must be made in every state using Dominion systems, immediately.

Joe Biden’s family received millions of dollars from the Chinese Communist Party. Yet media and the technology giants worked together to completely censor this information. Our country no longer has a free press, it is a press of suppression, a press where the truth will never come out. It is the greatest and most shocking scandal involving a presidential candidate in modern history. But surveys show that half those who voted for Joe Biden have never even heard of the story.

De-Programming?



I do not need any De-Programming Katie Couric or any other Socialist who believes so. I was born an American under the Constitution of the United States of America with certain inalienable rights. Two of those rights are freedom of speech and freedom of worship. I voted for Trump reluctantly over Hillary Clinton because I am not a Socialist. I do not believe the Constitution advocates Modern Marxism nor Modern Socialism. They are enemies of free speech and free worship. They have proven to be enemies of the individual and family unit also.

I was not a Trump supporter at first. In fact I railed against him with the cartoon depiction I will post here below. Now I have grown to appreciate his stand for America First as I do for the Family Unit first. A Person is responsible for taking care of their families above all else. If anything is left over from the cellar / bank account after family needs are met it can be used charitably to help others. And by God’s blessing that does happen a lot. That should be the way, role and rule of our Countries’ Government also. The Liberals are for taking from the individual (or Corporation) and giving to those who are not of their home (or organization) by force. They are literally stealing from and weakening homes and communities by doing so. It is sad the way they think. I wish the Socialists / Marxists would apply their ideologies in their own family homes. They would find out their responsibilities are hindered and deprive the home from resources that are needed. Free thinking would be punished harshly also. I found out President Trump understands this. I appreciated that.

I am not a cult follower of Trump. I do not need re-programming. This talk sounds just like Nazi Germany and Marxism. History reveals that. I do appreciate the real American stand of Liberty and Justice for all. This is not a race divisive argument. Everyone has the same equality in dignity. If we keep preaching and living that, things will eventually grow into it as life has proven when it is practiced.

Success and Excellence




My observation and encouragement for success and excellence today is taken from Joshua 1:8 and Keil and Delitzsch’s commentary.

In Joshua1:8, there is not only attached encouragement to continually study and lay to heart of the commandments of God, but even more closely to read the law every day. “Not to depart out of the mouth,” means it is to be constantly in the mouth. The law is in our mouth, not only when we are sharing (teaching) it, but when we are reading it intelligently for ourselves, or conversing about it with others. To this there was to be added meditation, or reflection upon it both day and night (Psalm 1:2). It does not mean theoretical speculation about the law, such as the Pharisees indulged in, but a practical study of the law, for the purpose of observing it in thought and action, or carrying it out with the heart, the mouth, and the hand. Such a mode of employing it would be sure to be followed by blessings. “Then shalt thou make they way prosperous,” i.e., succeed in all thine undertakings (Deuteronomy 28:29), “and act wisely” (as in Deuteronomy 29:8).