Who Is This?

I see this guy on Facebook all the time and I’m wondering who he is?

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I don’t really need this guy, whoever he is.

Now, will someone please read the Second Commandment again. I posted it below. The idea behind the Second Commandment is that we are not to make images of animals or of God in which to bow down and worship. Most of us understand the animal aspect of this commandment. What they fail to understand is that this commandment is an admonition against images of Christ as well. One way we know this to be true is that the writers of the New Testament do not give physical descriptions of our LORD. They knew what HE looked like in His appearance, but never gave any description of Him other than in the book of Revelation. But that is not what we have above because the imagery used in Revelation is too difficult to reproduce.

What is done above should not be done. We don’t know what Christ looked like. I would say if we had to choose an actor to describe Jesus it would probably be a taller Danny Devito. But even then, that is breaking the commandment.

Images of Christ Forbidden

I once knew a pastor who made the case that images of Christ were OK because the disciples knew what He looked like. I think that pastor got it completely backward. They knew, and didn’t share, because His looks are not for us to ponder, nor draw, nor imagine. We are to hear Him, but not look at Him or use cream puff models to represent Him.

That brings up another point. What makes us think it is OK to hire some model to play the role of Jesus based on his looks? Should not the model also represent Jesus with the same character? And since the model cannot do so, then perhaps we should not hire any man to pose as Jesus for we are robbing Christ of His honor by using a fallen, sinful creature to represent Him.

Another problem is that if we do get the representation of Christ correct, then we should fall on our knees and worship Him. He is worthy to be worshipped just as Thomas did when he realized Christ had risen from the dead. But given that we are only left with fallen and depraved actors to represent Him, then we should not use fallen and depraved actors to represent Him. This is one reason why I don’t go to passion plays of Christ. Those who play the role of Jesus have no business playing the role of Jesus. They dishonor Him by doing so.

Finally, the writers of the New Testament were more concerned that we hear His words and believe in Him than actually see Him. Peter, one who saw Him, writes in his first letter: whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith–the salvation of your souls. He had the opportunity to share what Jesus looked like and made it clear that it was better that the not see Him. It was better that they believed what they heard about Him since this leads to their salvation.

In view of this, study the Larger Catechisms below and learn why we are not use images of Christ and quit posting them on Facebook. They rob Jesus of His glory.


Q. 107. Which is the second commandment?

A. The second commandment is, Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Q. 108. What are the duties required in the second commandment?

A. The duties required in the second commandment are, the receiving, observing, and keeping pure and entire, all such religious worship and ordinances as God hath instituted in his Word;[518] particularly prayer and thanksgiving in the name of Christ;[519] the reading, preaching, and hearing of the Word;[520] the administration and receiving of the sacraments;[521] church government and discipline;[522] the ministry and maintainance thereof;[523] religious fasting;[524] swearing by the name of God;[525] and vowing unto him;[526] as also the disapproving, detesting, opposing all false worship;[527] and, according to each one’s place and calling, removing it, and all monuments of idolatry.[528]

Q. 109. What are the sins forbidden in the second commandment?

A. The sins forbidden in the second commandment are, all devising,[529] counselling,[530] commanding,[531] using,[532] and anywise approving, any religious worship not instituted by God himself;[533] tolerating a false religion; the making any representation of God, of all or of any of the three persons, either inwardly in our mind, or outwardly in any kind of image or likeness of any creature whatsoever;[534] all worshipping of it,[535] or God in it or by it;[536] the making of any representation of feigned deities,[537] and all worship of them, or service belonging to them,[538] all superstitious devices,[539] corrupting the worship of God,[540]adding to it, or taking from it,[541] whether invented and taken up of ourselves,[542] or received by tradition from others,[543] though under the title of antiquity,[544] custom,[545] devotion,[546] good intent, or any other pretence whatsoever; simony; sacrilege; all neglect, contempt, hindering, and opposing the worship and ordinances which God hath appointed.

Q. 110. What are the reasons annexed to the second commandment, the more to enforce it?

A. The reasons annexed to the second commandment, the more to enforce it, contained in these words, For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments; are, besides God’s sovereignty over us, and propriety in us, his fervent zeal for his own worship, and his revengeful indignation against all false worship, as being a spiritual whoredom; accounting the breakers of this commandment such as hate him, and threatening to punish them unto divers generations; and esteeming the observers of it such as love him and keep his commandments, and promising mercy to them unto many generations.

The Mark of the Beast, the Tools of the Great Harlot, and Satan’s Attack on the Church

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In my earlier post, Martyn Lloyd-Jones showed that there were four different groups spoken of in Revelation 13 that the church had to contend with. The first two, government and false religion, are actually easier to spot than the third group, which he identifies as those who have received the mark of the beast.

Notice…we are also told about certain people who receive the mark of the beast on their forehead or on their right hand…These people are just human beings who in their blindness and ignorance have failed to understand what is happening and make themselves the tools of both these enemies — the secular power and the false religions — but they constitute a definite evil which we have to meet.

This enemy of the church is far more difficult to deal with because on the one hand, it is faceless and not confined to any particular institution. But on the other hand, we all see the faces of those who are members of this group all the time. These people are in your family and neighborhoods that think you are a fanatic for following Jesus. These are the people on Facebook that fire off nothing but cliches when you post something about your beliefs. They are the people at Starbucks who are more concerned about what people think about them, than thinking at all. They are the ones that buy into the lies found in the popular media, because they are far too undiscerning to realize the greater deception that is taking place before their eyes. They believe in political correctness, because it is their new religion. They may even claim to be Christians, but when it comes to what is acceptable in society and what Scripture says, they go with society every time.

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The Church and the Attack of Satan

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In Martyn Lloyd-Jones book, The Church and the Last Things, he points out four ways that the devil sets out to attack the church. Drawing from the book of Revelation, he shows that the devil draws from different agencies in order to attack the church. The first agency is that of the government. Referring to the beast found in Revelation 13, he writes:

… this beast is meant to represent the secular powers of the world as they are used by the devil to frustrate God’s plans and destroy the Church. The four beasts in Daniel represent specify secular powers. Now here is beast that stands for all of them together — secular power itself. In the time of John, of course, it was the Roman Empire, and perhaps even before that the Jews themselves. But since then it has been many other secular powers.

As we look at our own government we can see these truths being played out as well. The government, which is intended for the well-being of mankind and the peace of the Church, is now being used against the Church and the people of God. Every time a judge rules against the convictions of the saints on behalf of government-ordained sin, we see this reality. Every time the government uses its power to silence Christians and attempt to run them out of the marketplace of ideas, we see this.

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Happy Birthday Jessica!

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Dear Jessica,

As the newest member of the family, and your step-father, both your mother and I wanted to wish you a very happy 28th birthday! Turning 28 is really special because it is only one year away from when your age magically freezes at 29. I’m not sure how you ladies do it, but in a few years, you will still only be 29! So turning 28, really isn’t a big deal at all!

I also would like to let you know, that since we are born in the same month of April, that we have the same astrological sign: the cross! That means a whole lot more than the silly things people say about being a ram or a goat or a bull or some such nonsense, because all the stars will eventually pass away, but not those who have the sign of the cross. This means that you and I are not only father and daughter by marriage, but brother and sister by God’s decree. That relationship we have will never pass away!

Your mother and I really hope that you have a wonderful birthday today and that Justin will take you out and lavish you with gifts, fine food and wine, some silly cake and lots of love and affection. Know that if we were there, we would take you out to a fine restaurant like Cheddars… or even McDonald’s… depending upon our ability buy you dinner, and give you a big family hug.

May the LORD bless you today and with many, many birthdays to come.

Your Loving Parents,

Timothy & Heidi

Hear Him!

A friend on FB was blasted when she decried another movie about a girl who died and went to heaven, and then came back again to make millions on the story. This latest movie is being put together by T.D. JakesWe should not be surprised that Jakes wants to cash in on the new wave of heavenly tourism that is sweeping the nation.

These stories are basically the same: person dies, goes to heaven, sees Jesus riding a pink orangutang, or some such nonsense and then they return from heaven where the next sound heard is that of the cash register. Never mind that the Apostle Paul was caught up into the third heaven, and said it was unlawful for any man to speak of what he saw.

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