Monthly Reader, Regulative Principle, Westminster Larger Catechism Study

Monthly Reader – June 2022

June 23rd Mike Ratliff concluded his series earlier this week. Well worth reading, and check out the two Paul Washer sermon links in Part 4.

The Compromised Church Part 5 – Self-Deceived Godliness

June 9th – It’s worth spending the hour watching the Jason Lisle video in Elisabeth Prata’s post yesterday!

It’s June 2nd, and I never closed out May!

Just finished this short article from a new blogger, Scott Aniol. I can’t vouch for all his writings but this one is pretty consistent with my understanding of the Old Testament texts.

The Dangers of Syncretism and Idolatry

Scott writes…

He summarized his desires with the words, “You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way.” Instead, they were to listen to his instructions and find a place of his choosing for their worship.

Clearly, the attempt here was to worship the true God through the golden calf.

Moses made this fact explicit when he related this event at the end of his life in Deuteronomy 9:16: “And I looked, and behold, you had sinned against Yahweh Elohim (the LORD your God). You had made yourselves a golden calf. You had turned aside quickly from the way that the Lord had commanded you.” His final statement describes exactly what was so wrong with what they did—they did not follow God’s commands regarding worship.

This event is also an illustration of a problem that will plague Hebrew worship for a long time—syncretism. They mixed true worship with false. They were attempting to worship the right object, but they were doing so not only through means that God had not prescribed, but also through means they copied from the pagan nations around them. God always rejects this kind of worship.

Another example of this principle is found in Leviticus 10:1–3, after the tabernacle was completed. Here Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu are severely punished by God for their worship. What was their problem? Their failure was not in that they attempted to worship a false god or that they attempted to worship the true God in a manner he had forbidden. Their sin was that, as the text says, they “offered unauthorized fire to the Lord, which he commanded them not.”

God alone has the authority to establish worship practices.

I looked up sermons on the Regulative Principle, there are almost a thousand.

Dr. Dilday has some that I’ve listened to over the years.

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