Musings 66

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.26 “Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. 27 “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

The Sovereignty of God is the stumbling block on which thousands fall and perish; and if we go contending with God about His sovereignty it will be our eternal ruin. It is absolutely necessary that we should submit to God as an absolute sovereign, and the sovereign of our souls; as one who may have mercy on whom He will have mercy and harden whom He will” (Jonathan Edwards).

I attended a meeting last night that had a panel of four and it was an interfaith dialogue. The four panelists were representatives (sort of and in some say) of the Greek Orthodox, Jewish, Baptist, and a Muslim. The dialogue was held at a Presbyterian (PCUSA) building and the moderator was a “pastor” of a Lutheran group. The main speaker was American Baptist so an American Baptist “pastor” introduced her. Christianity, however, did not have a voice on the panel and was not discussed. It is more accurate to say that this was a non-faith dialogue.

This particular dialogue was interesting in that nothing of substance was really said. No differences were discussed and no real theological issues were brought out. It was just a group of nice people (externally) who were highly educated trying to say nice things about each other. No reference was made to the Bible and the name of God was mentioned just a few times, though of course when it was brought up it was in the context of an assumption made about how God wants us to love each other.

The only real honest statements about reality were made by the Muslim gentleman. He said that with Muslims there was a clear beginning (creation) and a clear ending (the hereafter) and what was done in between was so that people could merit something for the hereafter. At another point he also said that we should work here in order to ensure out hereafter. Now this was something that a real Christian could have discussed with the man or at least brought out a real difference and distinction. But nothing was said and he was affirmed in what he said.

The rest of the time was spent on talking about things that do not really matter. Things were brought up about how people were to get along and how they should seek real dialogue so that they could have peace with each other, but I am not sure how there can be real peace without discussing the real issues of how people differ from each other. Religion appeared to be thought of in terms of tradition and the Baptist in the group said that while the Christian tradition was true, that did not mean that other traditions were not true. Well, so much for the exclusive claims of Jesus Christ and of the law of non-contradiction. It is also the case that the one and true God who has revealed Himself in and through Jesus Christ would be gone. We can say goodbye to the doctrine of the Trinity and the Gospel of grace alone. After all, getting along with each other is far more important.

As I listened and watched the people around me nod in approval, it was so striking that these people were clueless to the Gospel of Jesus Christ alone and the Gospel of grace alone. These people would certainly not agree with the sovereignty of God in saving sinners as He pleases to the glory of His own name. Yet these people were all highly educated, religious, and even religious leaders. God has clearly hidden the truth from these people and in their hatred of Him they are going on their religious ways building a false righteousness in trying to get alone and find a unity that is neither in Christ nor in the truth. It was truly an amazing night watching men and women trying to use the name of religion to excuse their rebellion against the living God and the true Messiah. But of course they would not put it that way, but these things have been hidden from the wise (in their own eyes). “No one knows the Son expect the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” I saw a lot of blindness last night among those who claim to see. Things like this should help us see how utterly necessary it is for God to open eyes and yet how blinding humanistic religion can be.

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