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Re: To Stand Against or to be a Collaborator

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  • nodelink7
    ... testimony by joining in confederecies with those that do not hold the same view faithfully and without waver. For example, many hold to Exclusive Psalmody
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 16, 2005
      --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com, Edgar Ibarra
      <puritanpresbyterian@y...> wrote:
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      > Many today that testify for the truth of God sometimes usurp that
      testimony by joining in confederecies with those that do not hold the
      same view faithfully and without waver. For example, many hold to
      Exclusive Psalmody and zero instrumental worship in the public worship
      of God and thereby hold to Scripture in this regards yet, some of
      these join in confedercies with other "Presbyterian" churches that do
      not believe the Word of God in this regards and openly violate the 2nd
      Commandment. Such duplicity does not help the faithful upholding of
      the Truth and should be avoided, regardless of the emotional appeal of
      man. God should be obeyed rather than man. The following words are
      wise and still meaningful for today:
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      > To profess to bear testimony against error and at the same time wait
      on the ministrations of those who advocate it, completely nullifies
      the witnesses' testimony. It will not only impair the effect of their
      testimony upon errorists, but they themselves will soon begin to
      regard the errors testified against to be matters of small
      consequence. Their spiritual judgment decays, and objects that were
      once clearly seen, can no longer be discerned.
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      > This practice has brought the church to her present lamentable
      condition.
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      > Excerpted from:
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      > THE
      > ORIGINAL COVENANTER
      > VOL. III. MARCH, 1884. No. 7
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      > J. F. FULTON.
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      http://www.truecovenanter.com/reformedpresbyterian/magazine/orig_cov_difference_between_rp_and_rpcna.html
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      > For One Truth,
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      > Edgar Ibarra
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      > www.espanol.albanycrpc.org www.reformedpresbytery.org
      > www.albanycrpc.org
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      Edgar, your post is well said and quotes well. The prevalent
      principles and practices of many denominations calling themselves
      reformed and presbyterian have admission to their
      congregational/denominational memberships fenced higher than admission
      to their LORD's Supper. Transgressors against their denominational
      principles (such as the exclusive psalmody and forbidding of
      instrumental music of the RPCNA ) are excluded from their
      congregational/denominational memberships but not excluded from their
      LORD's Supper (or guest preaching or occasional hearing). It's as if
      they believe it necessary to keep more pure the communion of their
      congregational/denominational memberships than the communion of the
      LORD's Supper.

      Membership to the LORD's Supper is often reduced to "credible
      profession of faith" (in violation of Larger Catechism Q#173) rather
      than the substantial agreement (1Co 1:10) made possible by a faithful
      terms of communion.

      Denominations that observe a false peace (Jer 6:14, 8:11) in communion
      with each other at the LORD's Supper have little incentive to work out
      differences in their denominational distinctives. They allow sin
      against 1Co 1:10, Rom 16:17, and other Scriptures to be tolerated at
      the LORD's Supper.

      These inconsistent and unfaithful practices contribute to the
      proliferation of many schisms and denominations among those professing
      to be reformed and presbyterian.


      GG
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