Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 19, 2019

“You are the salt of the earth;  but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 14:34-35.

“Therefore, salt is good;  but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned?  It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile;  it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”  Luke 14:34-35.

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“You are the salt of the earth;  but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.”  Matthew 5:13.

Reformed Doctrine is our salt.

Our salt (Reformed Doctrine) makes us distinctive.  It sets us apart from other doctrine.  Hopefully, this message has come through these Reformed Doctrine Daily Devotions which often contrasts other doctrine with Reformed Doctrine.

Other doctrine focus on man and what man should do.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on God and what God has done.

Other doctrine trust and teach man’s works, man’s wisdom, and man’s alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine trusts and teaches God’s works, God’s wisdom, and God’s will.

Other doctrine resist God’s “Unconditional Election” and cling to man’s alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine joyfully embraces God’s “Unconditional Election” describing it as “the fountain of every saving good”.  Article 9 of FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination of the Canons of Dordt.

Reformed Doctrine teaches that we should not trust in man but that we should trust in God to provide all that is needed for salvation from the beginning to the end:  from the beginning of God’s “Unconditional Election” through God’s “Limited Atonement” through God’s “Irresistible Grace” to the end of God’s “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP” as more fully taught in the Canons of Dordt.

But, sadly, many Reformed and Presbyterian denominations and churches copy other denominations, churches, and charities who are praised by man for their social missions, music, and fellowship fun activities that appeal to earthly senses, and they neglect Reformed Doctrine over time.  They become embarrassed by Reformed Doctrine and minimize it or hide it, and over time, they lose Reformed Doctrine.  They lose their salt and their reason for existence.

Let others get praise from man.

But, let Reformed Doctrine glorify God.

“For You, O LORD, have made me glad by what You have done,
I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.”  Psalm 92:4.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”  1 Peter 2:9.

In conclusion, let us not lose our salt.  “Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.  Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.”  2 Timothy 1:13-14.  “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”  2 Timothy 1:7.


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