Sunday, May 15, 2016
Church History- The Nonconformist-Why It Is A Need Today-A Voice Crying Out!!
First I will give a short definition of Church History, who were non conformists.
The term Nonconformist, or non-conformist, referred generally to any Protestant Christian who did not "conform" to the governance and usages of the established Church of England. Broad use of the term was precipitated after the Restoration of the British monarchy in 1660, when the Act of Uniformity 1662 re-established the opponents of reform within the Church of England. By the late 19th-century the term specifically included the Reformed Christians (Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Calvinist sects of the "reformed" tradition), plus the Baptists and Methodists. The English Dissenters such as the Puritans and the Pilgrims, who violated the Act of Uniformity 1559—typically by practising radical, sometimes separatist, dissent—were retrospectively labelled as nonconformists.
By law and social custom, nonconformists were restricted from many spheres of public life—not least, from access to public office, civil service careers, or degrees at university—and were referred to as suffering from civil disabilities.
The Act of Uniformity 1662 required churchmen to use all rites and ceremonies as prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer; it also required episcopal ordination of all ministers of the Church of England—a pronouncement most odious to the Puritans, the faction of the Church who had come to dominance during the English Civil War and the Interregnum. Consequently, nearly 2,000 clergymen were "ejected" from the established church for refusing to comply with the provisions of the Act. Thereafter, a Nonconformist was identified as any English subject belonging to a non-Anglican church or to a non-Christian religion; more broadly, any person who advocated religious liberty was typically called out as nonconformist. The Great Ejection created an abiding public consciousness of non-conformity. Strict religious tests of the Clarendon code and other penal laws excluded a substantial section of English society from public affairs and benefits, including certification of university degrees, for well more than a century and a half. Culturally, in England and Wales, discrimination against nonconformists endured even longer.
Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, Calvinist (and other "reformed" groups), and less organized sects were identified as nonconformists at the time of the 1662 Act of Uniformity. Later, as they formed, other groups including Methodists, Unitarians, Quakers, Plymouth Brethren, English Moravians, and The Salvation Army were officially labeled Nonconformists.
The term "dissenter" later came into particular use after the Act of Toleration (1689), which exempted nonconformists who had taken oaths of allegiance from certain penalties, as for example, for non-attendance at services of the Church of England.
A religious census in 1851 revealed that total attendance of Nonconformists was very close to that of Anglicans. In the larger manufacturing areas, Nonconformists clearly outnumbered members of the Church of England. Nonconformist chapel attendance significantly outnumbered Anglican church attendance in Wales by 1850.
I hope I did not bore you to much. I wanted you to see why it is a need today, to be a nonconformists when it comes to the way most of the global Church is headed.
This can only be biblical once we no longer conform to the world, and no longer conform to dead, man made tradition, and become radically saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Are you a conformist, or a non conformists ?
Mark my words , just as we read what the cost was to the Holy Nonconformists , this same history will repeat as the true bible believer, born again Christian, once again becomes a nonconformists. The cost will be great, many will not take that way, it is much easier to just get along, and keep quiet. All paths lead to god, and all is well.
NO, NO, NO, a 1000 times NO.
There is only one road that leads to the Jehovah, only one way to heaven, this was radical theology and thus, Christ was killed for it, and for us, so we would be like him and dare to be a Daniel, dare to, not go, with the modern flow, dare to say, 'one road, one way, and the lord Jesus is THE ONLY WAY', is that radical, is that being a non conformists, I hope so.
At one time it was the nonconformists that out numbered the conformist, not today.
This is hard reader, especially when we must combat it with Prayer, the bible, speaking truth, and taking the hit, giving the other cheek, and taking another blow. It takes a real man and a real women to be a real christian.
Anyone can say I am a Christian, we read and hear it every day, but we know a tree by its fruit. Not gifts, not prophecy, not fancy words, you know an apple tree, because it has apples, now we have fruit in both the men's room and ladies room, is that not a call to holy nonconformity.
Black is white, and white is black, all has become a dead grey, and we are having this non conformist agenda crammed down our throat every day. What do we do? Pray, Teach, Preach, Declare, what the bible says, and in holy non conformity and ...in a spirit of love.
'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do'- never deny the lord that bought us, even if it cost us our life, and that day is right upon us.
I ask you to read, think, on the verses I will now post, we are in the end game, what will your end be?
The Lord Says Cry Aloud-Set The Trumpet To Thy Mouth
Isa 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
CR. Hos_8:1 Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.
Barnes: Isaiah 58:1
Cry aloud - Margin, ‘With the throat;’ that is, says Gesenius, with open throat, with full voice coming from the throat and breast; while one who speaks low uses only the lips and tongue 1Sa_1:13. The Chaldee here introduces the word prophet, ‘O prophet, cry aloud.’ The Septuagint renders it, ‘Cry with strength.’ (ἐν ἰσχύΐ en ischui).
Spare not - That is, do not spare, or restrain the voice. Let it be full, loud, and strong.
Lift up thy voice like a trumpet - Speak loud and distinct, so that the language of reproof may be heard. The sense is, the people are insensible and stupid. They need something to rouse them to a sense of their guilt. Go and proclaim it so that all may hear. Speak not in whispers; speak not to a part, but speak so earnestly that their attention will be arrested, and so that all shall hear (compare the notes at Isa_40:9). “And show my people.” This either refers to the Jewish people in the time of the prophet; or to the same people in their exile in Babylon; or to the people of God after the coming of the Messiah.
Vitringa supposes that it refers to the nominally Christian Church when it should have sunk into the sins and formalities of the papacy, and that the direction here is to the true ministers of God to proclaim the sins of a corrupt and degenerate church. The main reason assigned by him for this is, that there is no reference here to the temple, to the sacrifices, or to the idolatry which was the prevailing sin in the time of Manasseh. Rosenmuller, for a similar reason, supposes that it refers to the Jews in Babylon.
But it has already been remarked (see the analysis to the chapter), that this reason does not appear to be satisfactory.
It is true that there is no reference here to the temple or to sacrifices, and it may be true that the main sin of the nation in the time of Manasseh was idolatry; but it is also true that formality and hypocrisy were prominent sins, and that these deserved reproof. It is true that while they adhered to the public forms of religion, the heart was not in them; and that while they relied on those forms, and were surprised that the divine favor was not manifested to them on account of their observance, there was a good reason why that favor was witcheld, and it was important that that reason should be stated clearly and fully. It is probable, therefore, that the reference here is to the times of the prophet himself, and that the subject of rebuke is the formality, hypocrisy, and prevalent sins of the reign of Manasseh.
Isa 58:2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
Isa 58:3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
Isa 58:4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
Isa 58:5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?
Isa 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Isa 58:7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
CR. Mal 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.
Mal 1:8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.
Mal 1:9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts.
Mal 1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
Mal 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
Mal 1:12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.
Mal 1:13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD.
Mal 1:14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.
Mal 2:17 Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
CR. Mic_6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Isa 58:8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.
CR.Hos_10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
CR. Joe_2:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
Isa 58:9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
Isa 58:10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
Isa 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
Isa 58:12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
Isa 58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
Isa 58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
CR. Hos_14:4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him
So Reader, will you conform to the world, the way of the modern Church, or conform to the image of Christ?