Friday, August 12, 2011

Witnesses to Grace, Heralds of Damnation

"And indeed, does it lie within us [preachers] to promise men life everlasting or to denouce against them the vengeance of God? And yet we do it nevertheless, but we go no further than the Word of God, as it is put into our mouths. We have His testimony that we are his witness and heralds. By His "witnessess" I mean we assure the faithful of the grace and salvation promised to them and as His "heralds" we pronounce and publish His sentence against all the unbelieving and against all rebels." (John Calvin, Sermon on Deuteronomy 28:1-2)

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8