Theology

Isaac Watts (1674-1748), was the author of hundreds of hymns, many of them still being sung today. He is generally considered the “Father of English Hymnody”. While it is true that quality sometimes suffers at the hands of quantity, such cannot be said of Watt’s hymns. His prolific hymn-writing was not at the expense of solid, biblical truth, and a careful reading and study of them in the light of Scripture would be of great spiritual benefit and blessing to all who would make the effort.

His best known hymn is, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”. Rather than enlarge upon the words here, I would simply encourage you to read the words. Read them prayerfully. Meditate upon them deeply. Think of the depths of truth surrounding the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ that are displayed in these lines.

Charles Wesley (the famous Methodist hymn writer of over 6,000 hymns!) is reported to have said he would have given up all his hymns to have written this one! Though most hymnbooks only have 4 verses to the hymn, there are two more that are generally omitted. Here then are the 6 verses of Isaac Watts’ famous hymn.

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

To Christ, who won for sinners, grace
By bitter grief and anguish sore,
Be praise from all the ransomed race
Forever and forevermore.

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With that statement made in a recent interview with the New York Times, Mr. Bloomberg put into words the false delusion that has duped millions and given them a false hope, namely that a person can be good enough to ‘earn’ his place in heaven. Before I comment further, here is what the ex-mayor of New York said, and his reason for saying it as reported in the Times. (And remember, this is from a man who is 72 years old with eternity staring him straight in the face!)

“… he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

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The scientific world has long been embroiled over the question of origins. How did it all start? What event put this universe and all its vastness and complexity into existence? Where did we come from? How did we get here?

There are really only two explanations. One is that the whole universe in all its amazing complexity gives ample evidence of “Intelligent Design” in every aspect of its creation, from astronomy to the structure of the living cell. The other is that this universe is the product of mere time and chance in which all matter and space as we know it came into being. It theorizes that life came from non-life, with random, non-directed chance mutations evolving into the infinite, beautiful and complex arrangement of living things that we see around us today. This theory is, of course commonly called “Darwinian Evolution”.

It is easy to see that there is no middle ground between the two views, and historically, Christian churches have held to the biblical record of special creation by an all-wise God. He designed and then created “all things [out] of nothing, by the word of His power, in the space of six days, and all very good” (to use the words of our Reformed Baptist Shorter Catechism).

But sadly, many evangelical churches and church leaders have compromised on this matter where there is no need to do so[1], and where compromise is nothing less than a deadly attack on both the gospel and Jesus Christ.[2]  ...continue reading