I need to get up to speed and read everybody’s internet conversations.
This is incredible. What an awesome topic. I have been meditating on this theme since our past Sunday School lesson on “Salvation”.
Several thoughts . . .
1. My wife and I were recently in Salt Lake City listening to Celtic Woman. I was spellbound for two and half hours this Tuesday night. Have you ever heard the song, “The Voice”? All I could think about was the merciful, efficacious calling of God upon my life in S.E. Idaho.
2. But let me throw out some quick humor before I check out again (It has been very busy this week): The LDS Authorities love and appreciate Calvinistic theology. Don’t you guys all know that? For almost 200 years, they have kept the KJV Bible together and untouched, even despite what their first prophet tried to do with his pen.
3. Seriously, here is a humble adomonition from the translators at the close of the KJV preface:
Many other things we might give thee warning of, gentle Reader, if we had not exceeded the measure of a preface already. It remaineth that we commend thee to God, and to the Spirit of his grace, which is able to build further than we can ask or think. He removeth the scales from our eyes, the vail from our hearts, opening our wits that we may understand his word, enlarging our hearts, yea, correcting our affections, that we may love it above gold and silver, yea, that we may love it to the end. Ye are brought unto fountains of living water which ye digged not; do not cast earth into them, with the Philistines, neither prefer broken pits before them, with the wicked Jews. Others have laboured, and you may enter into their labours. O receive not so great things in vain: O despise not so great salvation. Be not like swine to tread under foot so precious things, neither yet like dogs to tear and abuse holy things. Say not to our Saviour with the Gergesites, Depart out of coasts; neither yet with Esau sell your birthright for a mess of pottage. If light be come into the world, love not darkness more than light: if food, if clothing, be offered, go not naked, starve not yourselves. Remember the advice of Nazianzene, It is a grievous thing (or dangerous) to neglect a great fair, and to seek to make markets afterwards: also the encouragement of S. Chrysostome, It is altogether impossible, that he that is sober (and watchful) should at any time be neglected: lastly, the admonition and menacing of S. Augustine, They that despise God’s will inviting them shall feel God’s will taking vengeance of them. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God; but a blessed thing it is, and will bring us to everlasting blessedness in the end, when God speaketh unto us, to hearken; when he setteth his word before us, to read it; when he stretcheth out his hand and calleth, to answer, Here am I, here we are to do thy will, O God. The Lord work a care and conscience in us to know him and serve him, that we may be acknowledged of him at the appearing of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, to whom with the Holy Ghost be all praise and thanksgiving. Amen.
I don’t want to be a hypocrite in the I- 15 Corridor. Some might think the KJV translators were involved in a conspiratory cover-up about who God is and what He does. I don’t. May the God of the reformation, Who is clearly declared in the KJV Bible, advance His Kingdom by sovereign grace.
Verily, He will.
4. Have you ever watched the movie, Emma Smith? She sings the hymn, “Come Thou Fount”. I can’t think of a better hymn on the sovereign grace of God in salvation to be broadcasted almost every week. I do love the God of John Calvin.
And maybe I can try to catch up on some internet threads . . .