Archive for November 2009

Martin Luther Quick Quote

November 22, 2009

For years I had heard the quote from Luther to “let our sins be strong” or to simply “sin boldly.”  Luther’s point was that Christ died for real sins and not the sins of our imaginations or the imaginations of others that some would seek to impose on us. The quote is from a letter that Luther wrote to Melanchthon in 1521 concerning the question of whether or not monks should break their vows. I had never read the letter before and only came across it last week in another helpful post from Dr. R. Scott Clark over at his Heidleblog. Interestingly, Luther’s famous saying was mentioned again in a sermon this morning. So, here is the relevant portion of that letter:

If you are a preacher of mercy, do not preach an imaginary but the true mercy. If the mercy is true, you must therefore bear the true, not an imaginary sin. God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners. Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world. We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides. We, however, says Peter (2. Peter 3:13) are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth where justice will reign. It suffices that through God’s glory we have recognized the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day. Do you think such an exalted Lamb paid merely a small price with a meager sacrifice for our sins? Pray hard for you are quite a sinner.

The Saga Continues

November 15, 2009

The Auburn Avenue Non-Pastor’s Conference is scheduled for January.

The heretical speakers include…

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D.P. Cassidy, make believe Pastor at Redeemer PCA in Austin, TX.

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Jeffrey Meyers, phony Pastor at Providence Reformed PCA in St. Louis.

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Steve Wilkins, coward, Confederation of Federal Visionistas, former PCA.

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Doug Wilson, blowhard and shill, Confederation of Federal Visionistas.

This is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds. 2 John 1:9-11

PCA Girls Club

November 11, 2009

he-man-woman-haters-club-bwYesterday I came across this note from Tim Keller concerning church officer nominations at Redeemer PCA in NYC:

From: Tim Keller
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 ____ PM
To: (Redeemer’s members)
Subject: November is Officer Nomination Month

November 2, 2009

Dear Redeemer Member:

As you probably know, November is Redeemer’s officer nomination month. Once a year members have the privilege and opportunity to recommend other members for the offices of elder, deacon and deaconess.

As we enter an exciting chapter in our ministry in NYC through the RENEW Campaign, there are more opportunities to serve than ever before. Identifying new leaders within our congregation has always been a priority at Redeemer, and we need your help to find members who have the right gifts and experience to serve on the Session and the Diaconate.

There are 49 men and women currently serving on the Diaconate and 20 men serving on the Session as ruling elders. These men and women have been elected by the congregation and have gone through theological and practical training to master the skills and the information necessary for these positions.

Elders are men who serve on the Session and provide spiritual and administrative leadership to the congregation through oversight of Redeemer ministries, leaders, and members. 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.

The primary work of the Diaconate is practical deeds of mercy. Deacons and deaconesses (deeks) [sic] minister to those in our church family who find themselves in distress, crisis or emergency situations caused by illness, job loss, long-term unemployment, or other immediate physical, material, spiritual or emotional needs. Deeks also assist elders with membership interviews, and deaconesses provide input and support to elders working on complicated shepherding situations. Acts 6:1-4 and 1 Timothy 3:8-13.

Your faithful giving to the Mercy Fund over the years enables the Diaconate to care for our congregants during this economic recession. In addition to nominating deek candidates, you can help this ministry by encouraging congregants facing hardship to call the Diaconate Helpline – 212-726-1334.

Accepted nominees will begin training in January of 2010. We are looking for men and women who are members of Redeemer and willing to co-labor with us in these ministries. Please read the description and qualifications of the offices of elder, deacon and deaconess on this pdf or online.

Please prayerfully consider your elder, deacon and deaconess nominations and place a nomination form, with your signature, in the offering basket at any service during the month of November or mail/fax to:

Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Jenny Chang, Diaconate Director
1359 Broadway, 4th floor
New York, NY 10018
Fax 646-572-0020

You may also submit a nomination online.

May God give you discernment as you consider those who may be qualified to serve in these vital roles.

Sincerely,

Dr. Timothy J. Keller
Senior Pastor

And, if there were still any doubts that women are being ordained, someone even provided some video on Youtube:

Notice the recitation of the PCA ordination vows.  Of course, the PCA’s completely ignored Book of Church Order (7-1) states concerning the ordination of church officers:

The ordinary and perpetual classes of office in the Church are elders and deacons. Within the class of elder are the two orders of teaching elders and ruling elders. The elders jointly have the government and spiritual oversight of the Church, including teaching. Only those elders who are specially gifted, called and trained by God to preach may serve as teaching elders. The office of deacon is not one of rule, but rather of service both to the physical and spiritual needs of the people. In accord with Scripture, these offices are open to men only.

One would have been tempted to think there has been no significant exegetical discovery or advancement since PCA BCO 7-2 was drafted.   I guess Scripture must be wrong. Tim Keller certainly can’t be.


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