“ I pray that you noticed that we are not only to refrain from being partners with these people but we are also to seek discernment from God in order to discover what is pleasing to Him. We must do what pleases Him while avoiding doing what does not please Him. We take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness while actually exposing them to the light. Never forget that the ministry of discernment is two-fold. This passage lays it out very clearly. We must discern what is right, do that and help others to do the same.”
I committed this year to study the Westminster Larger Catechism, Actually reading it on my own and separately together with my wife., and highlighting a few insights on my own blog. I’ve studied and taught both the Confession and Short Catechism a number of times, but this is my first time in the Larger Catechism. I find the detail it presents and the challenges of what to do and not to do quite useful. I highly recommend reading the Catechism using Johannes G. Vos‘ 75 year old commentary. Of course the commentary itself is not Canonical nor a historical Standard, but it is very useful in stimulating the much neglected discussion of how the Westminster, summarized the Biblical Doctrines. Quite challenging if one is to consider applying all that it says.
by Mike Ratliff
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; Ephesians 5:6-11 (NASB)
Intentional godliness is the product of a spirit-filled walk. No Christian becomes godly by simply wanting it. Neither do they become godly through self-righteousness. Instead, the walk that is truly godly is one that is not self-focused at all. It is one that is totally wrapped up and empowered by a consistent, deliberate…
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