Westminster Larger Catechism Study

The Natural Man and the Visible Church

So true….yet so difficult to address.

“ Do you see my brethren that the majority are not on the narrow and hard way that leads to life? No, the majority are on the easy way that leads to destruction. These are the ones who profess Christ, but are trusting in their own works. They are Christian on their own terms. They are enticed into this way of destruction by false prophets. Remember, this is a description of people who are IN the visible Church. These are not the atheists, muslims, buddhists, or pagans. No, these are people who believe they are Christians, but they don’t have the mind of Christ because they aren’t regenerate. Their fruit is bad and this is how we are to know them. Lastly, their judgment is not in our hands. Our role is to tell the truth, the Law and the Gospel, in the hope that some may hear it by the Holy Spirit then repent unto salvation.”

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NASB) 

A pernicious lie currently permeating the visible Church in our time says that all who profess Christ are genuine believers. This lie conveniently overlooks that even our Lord’s chosen 12 contained one devil. Another closely associated and equally detrimental lie says that Christians must never judge. If taken together, these two lies create an environment of deceit in which professing Christians who prove their disingenuousness by their words, their actions, and their doctrines, which is their “fruit,” cannot be brought before the ecclesiastical court of their church brethren for discipline. In fact, in this environment, to even address the issue is to be classed as a judgmental hypocrite.

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