I AM THANKFUL

I am most thankful for Grace Bible Presbyterian Church.

Thanksgiving Day 2021 finds true christians in America in a state of shaken optimism, not as to our destiny– that is the blessed assurance of Biblical hope–but as to our journey there.  We find ourselves increasingly marginalized and ostracized in a culture where self has triumphed over God as the ultimate arbiter of truth. The majority view today is that your truth and my truth are equally ultimate and  we both deserve respectability … unless my truth is Christianity. The supernatural foundation of our worldview is ridiculed, even considered subversive, and increasingly subject to incarceration merely for mouthing our deeply held beliefs in the public square.  “Hate speech” and “thought crimes” are now applied to verbalized Holy Writ. The alienation is so complete that we have no mutually agreed starting point to have a constructive dialog with a wider culture that obstinately refuses to consider the possibility that there is such a thing as God, or anything beyond the horizon of this earthly life. The gender dysphoric and their enablers claim we are the mentally ill ones. We have indeed become “Strangers in a Strange Land.” (Archbishop Charles Chaput) Can a republic founded on Christian principles endure if those principles “appear false and meaningless or superstitious to many of the leading minds that now shape our political imagination?”  John Adams  and Alexis de Toqueville didn’t think so.

There is more than a whiff of despair in the air. John McArthur says this is God’s judgment as proclaimed in Romans One. Alexander Solzhenitsyn said in 1983 that the Apocalypse is here and we have learned to like it!  I wonder what he’d say today.

Whether it be God’s judgment or the commencement of the  end-times of Revelation, true Christians know the gates of hell will not prevail against the church of Almighty God. We know that in every age of God’s judgment He has preserved a remnant.  We know that He is sovereign over every detail of his creation. There is not an errant atom anywhere, and He is working His plan according to his unbreakable promise. And we know that such knowledge is not of our own sheer deductive brilliance, but is a gracious gift of a Sovereign God who has given us eyes to see (John 3:3).

Do you belong to and actively participate as you are able in a gospel preaching church that has not yielded an inch on biblical sexual morality, the sacred order of Christianity, and the inerrancy of God’s Word?  Do you enjoy fellowship with a loving church family that comes alongside as you strive to model for the world and your own flesh and blood what joy in the Lord looks like for despised sojourners in a world against us? By God’s grace my wife and I do! If your  answer is yes, your church is likewise a mighty fortress in a strange land!  This Thanksgiving Day come dance with King David in our parade before the ark of the covenant of His amazing grace!  We have so much to be thankful for.  His kingdom is coming. His will is being done.  His goodness and mercy are with us all our days, and a glorious everlasting inheritance awaits.

“And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God has willed
his truth to triumph through us.”
— Martin Luther

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