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RE: [Covenanted Reformation] Three forms of unity? One will do!

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  • Bill Ross
    ... to assemblies is unacceptable. ... fitting to you so long as you don t give it a name? Did I say that? I don t remember saying that. ...
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 2, 2002
      > <Bill>
      > I told you that on biblical principle the practice of giving names
      to assemblies is unacceptable.

      >>So, let me get this straight, you can believe whatever seems
      fitting to you so long as you don't give it a name?

      Did I say that? I don't remember saying that.

      >What name do you gather under?

      >>Under the Name of the Triune God, Father Son and Holy

      It is endlessly fascinating to me how seldom people make any effort to
      conform their speech to scripture, even when discussing their religion,
      but prefer terms from their religious traditions.

      >>Though I imagine this is more what you mean--I am attending the church
      that is the parent of the college I am going to, which goes by the name
      Christ Church

      1 Cor 1:12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul;
      and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; ***and I of Christ***.

      >>and is a member the Confederation of Reformed Evangelicals,

      So your whole assembly is a member of a political body?

      1 Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in

      Are you of the opinion that this denominating (naming) is commended in
      scripture? Am I to judge you as pious by the many monikers of your

      >>at home I am a member of the First Christian Reformed Church of Ripon,
      CA. I have formally professed adherence to the Three Forms of Unity-
      http://www.prca.org/literature.html and I am also in agreement with
      the Westminster standards.

      In these "Three Forms of Unity" - is there any mention made of Paul's
      decrying denominating? Is it more faithful to scripture to "confess" the
      "Three Forms of Unity" or to refuse to wear the name of a faction?

      Are you a christian? Or rather, do you imagine yourself to be a
      christian? If so, then why?

      >>This is my sincere prayer, for I am saddened to see so many under
      such a violent head.

      Save your prayers. I do my very happy family no violence. In fact it
      seems rather suspicious that you choose that word!

      By the way, they are not "under" me as "head."

      >>I do not doubt that you are the rightful father, but rightful fathers
      are often tortuous tyrants such yourself, who tear down their own homes
      with pernicious, destructive, and false doctrine. I pray firstly that
      God would open your eyes to your most dangerous error and turn you, if
      he would not
      grant that I ask that the tortured subjects might be freed by your

      What is the "pernicious, destructive, and false doctrine" you are
      referring to? Shunning denominational identification? Is that such a
      crime? Might you be over reacting just a wee bit - even if I were

      Ps 18:26-27
      With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure;
      And with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.
      For thou wilt save the afflicted people;
      But wilt bring down high looks.

      Er, Jason, are you imagining yourself to be the "thou" in that passage?!
      Get a grip!

      Bill Ross
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