Archive for March 15th, 2015

“Then the channels of waters were seen, and

the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke,

O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.”

Psa 18.15

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“Of all bad men religious men are the worst.

Of all created beings the wickedest is one who

originally stood in the immediate presence of God.”

– C S Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms

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Jesus was not popular with the church of His day –

“popular Christianity” is an oxymoron.

– eab, 11/20/14

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Young “Joe” had a dream – make that two;

They seemed to come “out of the blue.”

Though often “let down”

He eventually found

His leadership dreams ALL came true.

– eab,  3/3/05         (Gen 37.9)

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Edward Irving on 3/15/1833 was removed from the Presbyterian ministry. Two reasons were given – one, was his Pentecostalism. He founded a church, “The Holy Apostolic” or “The Catholic Apostolic.”  Irving came across a book written by a Jesuit, Manuel Lacunza The Coming of the Messiah in Glory & Majesty (under the name Rabbi Juan ben-Ezra, an assumed Jew who became a “Christian”). Irving, an intellectual, liked Lacunza’s book & sadly translated it into English.

Irving studied end-times & declared there will be a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit & then Jesus would return. He also believed the Jews would be returned to Israel. He believed the return of Christ was imminent & set a date. Some of the women of his church began “speaking in tongues.” Margaret MacDonald, prophesied “there will be a mighty baptism of the Spirit this day” & contributed to the imminent or “secret rapture” theory. (Strictly speaking this theory “requires” Jesus to come twice more.)

Irving is noted here in a negative way; that we see this mistaken man was one of the polluted creeks through which the American church received the idea of a “secret rapture.” (John Darby was another creek with his influence on Scofield & Scofield’s “study bible.”) Christ WILL return & may come in our life time but “thief in the night” has been misused – please re-read Peter and Paul noting the noises that will accompany the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Presbyterians did right to show Irving the door.

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