God’s Methods for Christianising Our Modern World

"For their publishing of such opinions or maintaining of such practices as are contrary to the light of nature or to the known principles of Christianity…, they may lawfully be called to account and proceeded against…by the power of the civil magistrate.   Romans 1:32; Deuteronomy 13:6-12; Ezra 7:23-28; Nehemiah 13:5-30; Second Kings 23:5-21; Second Chronicles 34:33 & 15:12-16; Daniel 3:29; First Timothy 2:2; Isaiah 49:23; Zechariah 12:2f…. God the supreme Lord and King of all the World hath ordained civil magistrates to be under Him over the people…for the defence and encouragement of them that are good and for the punishment of evil-doers.   Romans 13:1-4; First Peter 2:13f."   Christonomic ethics!

Fifth.   We are to be confident of the Church’s future!   Matthew 28:19; Psalms 2:8 & 22:27-31 & 72:6-17; Isaiah 49:18-23 & 50:3-9; First Corinthians 15:24-28; Revelation 11:15 & 15:4 & 21:24-26 & 22:2-4.  

States the Westminster Larger Catechism 53 & 54: "Christ was exalted in His ascension…, triumphing over enemies.   Ephesians 4:8."   He "visibly went up into the highest heavens, there to receive gifts for men.   Acts 1:9-11; Ephesians 4:10; Psalm 68:18….   As God-man, He is advanced to the highest favour with God the Father…and power over all things in Heaven and Earth; and doth gather and defend His Church and subdue their enemies.   Philippians 2:9; Ephesians 1:22; First Peter 3:22; Romans 8:34."  

This means eschatological optimism!   And such confidence is rooted in the Lord’s Prayer (q.v. below).

Predestinatedly, it is quite inevitable that of all our planet’s nations (obviously including also their babies) will yet be brought into baptismal subjection to the Triune God.   For Jesus urges and promises this, in the "Lord’s prayer" for His disciples.  

There, Christ enjoins us prayerfuly to petition God each day:  "Thy Kingdom come!" Matthew 6:10 & Luke 11:2.   God commands this; and God Himself shall execute it.   Not just throughout World History — but also within World history, throughout our own lives!

Here, explains the Westminster Larger Catechism 191, "we pray: that the kingdom of sin and Satan may be destroyed; the Gospel propagated throughout the World; the Jews called; the fulness of the Gentiles brought in."   And it is especially the people of God who are to be involved in such destruction, propagation, and ingathering.

This is then a prayer that "the Church [be] furnished with all Gospel-Offices and Ordinances."   It is a petition that the Church be "purged from corruption" and be "countenanced and maintained by the Civil Magistrate" against all ungodliness."   Romans 10:1f & 11:25f. 

The Westminster Assembly’s Directory for the Publick Worship of God rightly understands the above petition to be a promise that the Church will ultimately calvinize all the World.   That

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includes de-brainwashing heretics — and redirecting them toward the untruncated Word of God.

For in its ‘Publick Prayer before the Sermon’ the Minister is "to pray for the propagation of the Gospel and Kingdom of Christ to all nations — for the conversion of the Jews; the fulness of the Gentiles; the fall of Antichrist."   He is also to pray: "for the deliverance of the distressed churches abroad from the tyranny of the antichristian faction and from the cruel oppressions and blasphemies of the Turks [alias the Muslims]; for the blessing of God upon the Reformed Churches"; and for God to "establish…the purity of all His ordinances, and…remove heresy."

This is to be effected even in "the universities and all schools and religious seminaries of Church and Commonwealth, [so] that they may flourish more and more in learning and piety." For we are to pray "that God would pour out a blessing upon the Ministry of the Word, sacraments and discipline; upon the civil government; and all the several families and persons therein."   This is to be done "with confidence of His mercy to His whole Church" — thus giving "evidence and demonstration of the Spirit and power."

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