“If, say, you are a preacher, you wish to attract as large a congregation as you can, which means an appeal to the masses; and…adapting the terms of your message to the order of intellect and character that the masses exhibit.”

At the end of this post, please read:

Priorities and Dominion: An Economic Commentary on Matthew, Dr. Gary North

  1. The Centrality of God’s Kingdom

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“If, say, you are a preacher, you wish to attract as large a congregation as you can, which means an appeal to the masses; and this, in turn, means adapting the terms of your message to the order of intellect and character that the masses exhibitIf you are an educator, say with a college on your hands, you wish to get as many students as possible, and you whittle down your requirements accordingly. If a writer, you aim at getting many readers; if a publisher, many purchasers; if a philosopher, many disciples; if a reformer, many converts; if a musician, many auditors; and so on. But as we see on all sides, in the realization of these several desires, the prophetic message is so heavily adulterated with trivialities, in every instance, that its effect on the masses is merely to harden them in their sins. Meanwhile, the Remnant, aware of this adulteration and of the desires that prompt it, turn their backs on the prophet and will have nothing to do with him or his message.” Albert Jay Noch

“If, say, you are a preacher, you wish to attract as large a congregation as you can, which means an appeal to the masses; and…adapting the terms of your message to the order of intellect and character that the masses exhibit.”

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Lesson under Matthew 23:15: Jesus—you make them twice the son of hell

 

“Christianity is not a smiling face, church-going, love society as most Americans understand it.”

 

The Christian in today’s world

 

How Jezebel’s False Doctrine Distorts God’s Grace and Truth

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Isaiah’s Job-by Albert Jay Nock (Reading of Essay)

 

Isaiah’s Job-Albert Jay Noch (printed version of essay)

Making the lowest of the people priests and preachers of high places

 

The Prophets Prophesy Falsely: And People Love It–Pastor Chuck Baldwin

 

They made unto themselves the lowest as priests

 

The Prosperity Doctrine–against the word of God

 

Churches Of The State–Pastor Paul Green

 

Voluntary Servitude — Not Coercion — Fuels the State’s Power

 

A post regarding “cheap” grace and the once saved, always saved doctrine

 

How does one know that he is under false doctrine?

 

False Teachers Under 2 Peter 2—by Richard Duke

 

The early Christians did not believe in the doctrine known as eternal security, or “once saved, always saved.”

 

Boasting about how many were saved through using the “sinners” prayer

 

Man determining who God saved

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Priorities and Dominion: An Economic Commentary on Matthew, Dr. Gary North

  1. The Centrality of God’s Kingdom

Jesus made it clear that seeking God’s kingdom is priority number

one for the individual. Most people today and in the past have not ac-

knowledged this fact, not even to themselves. They suppress the truth

that their own nature and the creation reveal about God (Rom. 1:18–25).

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This does not mean that Jesus was wrong about mankind’s top

priority. It means only that most men are in rebellion against God.

Evangelical Christians too often believe that God’s top priority is

the salvation of men. This is a man-centered viewpoint, a kind of bap

-tized humanism for Christians. It makes them think that they are the

center of God’s concern. They are not. God is the center of God’s con-

cern.

 

The universe is theocentric.

 

If the salvation of men were God’s primary concern, then He is

surely suffering a massive program failure, for comparatively few people so far have been saved.

The glory of God, which includes hell (Luke

16:23) and the post-final judgment lake of fire (Rev. 20:15), is God’s

chief priority. The salvation of men is God’s means of extending His

kingdom in history, but the way in which it is built, which includes the

eternal destruction of those who oppose His kingdom, is part of God’s

decree. As Paul wrote, “For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for

this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power

in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he

will he hardeneth” (Rom. 9:17–18). The destruction of His enemies

glorifies God.

Jesus defined a person’s personal salvation in terms of entering

into the kingdom of God. This kingdom is spiritual because men enter

it through the Holy Spirit. “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto

thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter

into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). It is also eternal (Rev. 21; 22). It is

also historical. As the parable of Lazarus and the rich man indicates,

men enter God’s kingdom only in history (Luke 16:19–31).

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There is continuity between the historical and eternal aspects of God’s kingdom.

This continuity will be revealed for all to see at the Second Coming/general resurrection (I Cor. 15:40–50) and the final judgment

which immediately follows: the corporate spiritual inheritance of the saints (I Cor. 15:51–57).

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There is also continuity personally: heavenly

eternal rewards will be handed out in terms of a person’s earthly productivity in building God’s historical kingdom.

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus

Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by

fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any

man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a

reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he

himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire (I Cor. 3:11–15).

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Finding and then building the kingdom of God in history is the

central theme of the New Testament, culminating in the fulfillment of

the New Heavens and New Earth (Rev. 21; 22). This theme is an extension to the gentile world of a commandment and promise of the Old Testament: the building of God’s city, Zion. This theme is ultimately a recapitulation of the pre-Fall dominion covenant: “And God said, Let

us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have

dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over

the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that

creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the

image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And

God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply,

and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the

fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing

that moveth upon the earth” (Gen. 1:26–28).

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Adam, as God’s agent, was assigned this task representatively for all mankind. Through their

adoption by God, God’s people are commanded to extend His kingdom.

God’s kingdom is not limited to the church or the Christian family.

It is all-encompassing. God is the creator. Everything that He created

is part of His kingdom. To deny this is necessarily to affirm that Satan,

through Adam’s rebellion, possesses a legal claim to part of the creation. He does not have such a legally valid claim. Adam was merely

God’s steward, not the original owner. Adam could not forfeit to Satan

what he did not own. God’s kingdom is therefore co-extensive with the

earth: every realm in which men work out their salvation with fear and

trembling (Phil. 2:12). Wherever there is sin, there is an area fit for re-

conquest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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