The Encouraging Doctrine of God’s Remnant – We Aren’t the Only Ones Left
This is just the first page or two of the sermon I will be giving tomorrow at Christ Reformation Church here in Tillamook, Oregon. I think you will find these thoughts to be an encouragement, particularly in light of the fact that we see sooooo much counterfeit in professing Christendom today.
July 19, 2015
Sermon Text: 1 Kings 19
Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 18:1-40
1 Kings 19:10 He said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.”
In our ministry here at Christ Reformation Church, as with any person or church that strives to faithfully follow and obey Christ, we face up to much evil. Just last Lord’s Day we considered the fact that most professing Christians will end in hell, as we looked at Christ’s own words about the Narrow way vs Broadway and other portions of the Gospels and Epistles in which Christ repeats these sobering truths.
We have often considered the biblical teaching that many and ultimately most local “churches” are not truly in Christ at all. We compare God’s Word with what we hear and see being announced and taught from pulpits in churches that claim to believe in the authority and inspiration of God’s Word. And it doesn’t measure up to the standard. Most professing Christians are people who really dislike God’s Word and who want their ears “tickled” by leaders whom the Lord has not sent. False shepherds.
And, of course, we are immersed in this ministry to victims of wicked abusers. We hear about their evil tactics every day and we hear story after story of how these evil ones claim to be Christians and how they are accepted as such by their churches, all the while the genuine believers, the victims, are rejected and even ex-communicated.
These are negative things, though I still find myself really pumped each time this wickedness is exposed. I love to shine God’s light on it all. Nevertheless, I think it is very good for us on occasion to remind ourselves of some things, especially one particular fact, that Elijah was much in need of being reminded of. Namely, this –
“The Lord always preserves and maintains His remnant, his elect, and preserves them as His true church until He comes again. Always. In every era of human history, the Lord’s remnant has always been there, even if they are hard to find and see. Thus the Lord has His remnant now, in our day. We are NOT the only ones left.”
Here is a link to the audio and PDF of Pastor Crippen’s sermon: The Encouraging Doctrine of God’s Remnant