God’s Methods for Christianising Our Modern World

God has not left us in the dark as to how to overcome Anabaptist (and all other deleterious) influences even in our modern World!   Those methods are:  firstly, the powerful preaching of the Gospel; secondly, the ‘improving’ (or daily living-out) of one’s own baptism; thirdly, the joyful outworking of the preached Word of God; fourthly, the State’s punishment of criminals. Thus, fifthly, we confidently approach the future millennium — when, predestinatedly, Consistent Christianity (alias Calvinism) will triumph internationally.   We now examine these methods, seriatim.

First.   There needs to be the powerful preaching of the Gospel.   States the Westminster Larger Catechism 155 & 159: "The Spirit of God maketh the reading but especially the preaching of the Word an effectual means of enlightening, convincing and humbling sinners…and drawing them unto Christ…; of strengthening them against temptations and corruptions…and establishing their hearts in holiness.   Nehemiah 8:8; Acts 2:37-41; 8:27-38; 26:18; Psalm 19:8; Matthew 4:4-10; Ephesians 6:16f…..   They that are called to labour in the Ministry of the Word, are to preach sound doctrine…in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. Titus 2:1-8 & First Corinthians 2:4."   How little preaching today is like that!

Second.  Christians are to ‘improve’ their own baptism.   States the Westminster Larger Catechism 167:  "The needful but much neglected duty of improving our baptism is to be performed by us all our life long…, by serious and thankful consideration of the nature of it and…the privileges and benefits conferred and sealed thereby and our solemn vow made therein; by…growing up to assurance of pardon of sin and of all other blessings sealed to us in that sacrament; by drawing strength from the death and resurrection of Christ into Whom we are baptized…; and by endeavouring to live by faith…in holiness and righteousness.   Colossians 2:11f; Romans 6:4-11; Galatians 3:26f; Romans 6:22."   In other words, baptized people should live the way all baptized Christians should!

Third — and proceeding from the aforegoing — there is to be a joyful outworking of the Word of God in our lives.   States the Westminster Confession of Faith 13:1 & 16:3 & 19:7: "They who are effectually called and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them, are farther sanctified really and personally through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection, by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them.   John 17:17; Second Thessalonians 2:13….   Their ability to do good works is not at all of themselves, but wholly from the Spirit of Christ.   John 15:4f; Ezekiel 36:26f."   God’s Word is to be lived out, every day!

"There is required an actual influence of the same Holy Spirit to work in them to will and to do of His good pleasure.   Philippians 2:12f & 4:13; Second Corinthians 3:5.   Yet are they not hereupon to grow negligent, as if they were not bound to perform any duty unless upon a special motion of the Spirit!   But they ought to be diligent in stirring up the grace of God that is in them…, the Spirit of Christ subduing and enabling the will of man to do that freely and cheerfully which the will of God revealed in the Law requireth to be done.   Hebrews 6:11f; Second Peter 1:3-11; Isaiah 64:7; Second Timothy 1:6; Acts 26:6f; Jude 20f; Ezekiel 36:27; Hebrews 8:10; Jeremiah 31:33."   Come, O Spirit, and keep on stirring us up!

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Fourth.  The State, as God’s servant, is to punish all criminals.   Explains the Westminster Confession of Faith 20:4 & 23:1: "They who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, shall oppose any lawful power or the lawful exercise of it…, resist the ordinance of God.   Matthew 12:35; First Peter 2:13-16; Romans 13:1-8."   Antinomianism is anarchy!

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