Help us repair the house of the Lord in central Indiana
By Pastor James Brown Jr.
“But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of it, and set it beside the altar, on the right side as one cometh into the house of the LORD: and the priests that kept the door put therein all the money that was brought into the house of the LORD. And it was so, when they saw that there was much money in the chest, that the king’s scribe and the high priest came up, and they put up in bags, and told the money that was found in the house of the LORD. And they gave the money, being told, into the hands of them that did the work, that had the oversight of the house of the LORD: and they laid it out to the carpenters and builders, that wrought upon the house of the LORD, And to masons, and hewers of stone, and to buy timber and hewed stone to repair the breaches of the house of the LORD, and for all that was laid out for the house to repair it.”
–2 Kings 12:9-12
The wicked influence of the house of Ahab brought apostasy upon the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Due to the idolatry and immorality of the age, the house of the Lord was neglected and fell into disarray.
Under the leadership of Jehoiada the Priest and King Joash (Jehoash) there was revival and reformation in the Kingdom of Judah. This revival first began under the leadership of Jehoiada the Priest after Jehu destroyed the family of Ahab and the worshippers of Baal in Israel (northern kingdom), which affected both the northern and southern kingdoms.
Although Jehu did not “walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel with all his heart” (2 Kings 10:31), and therefore stymied reformation in the northern kingdom of Israel, the partial revival encouraged a movement against the house of Ahab and pagan worship that produced revival and reformation in the southern kingdom.
Ahab’s daughter, Athaliah, was the wife of Jehoram who was the king of Judah. (Be careful not to confuse this Jehoram with the Jehoram or Joram of Israel who was the son of Ahab.) The power and influence of Ahab was not only upon the northern kingdom of Israel but has infected the southern kingdom of Judah as well.
When Jehu carried out his conspiracy against Ahab’s son, king Joram (Jehoram) of Israel, 2 Kings 9 records Joram’s brother-in-law, king Jehoram (Joram) who was the king of Judah, was also slain in Jehu’s assassination conspiracy against the house of Ahab.
Jehu continued his revolt against the house of Ahab and in 2 Kings 10:11 informs us that “Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab.” In chapter 11, we read that that Ahaziah, the son of Jehoram, who was king after the death of his father was also killed.
Truly, this is what is meant in Proverbs 28:28, which says, “When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.”
Transgressions of God’s law increase when the wicked are multiplied (Proverbs 29:16) but we are also promised that “God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness” (Proverbs 21:12).
“The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.”
Such was the case in the revival and reformation under Jehoiada and Joash. When the wicked perish, i.e., are removed from authority, the righteous increase (Proverbs 28:28).
In desperation, Athaliah, who was Jehoram’s wife and Ahaziah’s mother, killed the remaining royal seed in Judah in order to secure the throne for herself. However, Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram of Israel, who was the step-sister of Ahaziah, took Joash, Ahaziah’s son and Athaliah’s grand-son, and hid him so that he would not be killed in Athaliah’s counter conspiracy.
As the wicked rulers of the house of Ahab were being removed and losing power in the anti-establishment movement, Jehoiada, a priest in Judah and the husband of Jehosheba, took advantage of the fervor to call the people of Judah to renew the Covenant between the Lord, the king and the people (2 Kings 11:17). This covenant renewal was familial, ecclesiastical and civil.
Unlike Jehu, Jehoiada, was not satisfied with just removing the corrupt house of Ahab from power. He understood that true reformation was not just political but covenant renewal to God in the Church, family and civil government.
On the ecclesiastical side of this renewal, godly leadership was restored in Jehoiada who immediately worked to renew the Covenant and repair the house of the Lord.
Too many times we have an all or nothing approach in one area or another. This is demonstrated in the endless parachurch organizations, political action committees, think-tanks, and single-issue Christians.
True reformation is going to be centered in the three ordained institutions from God—family, church and civil government. Reformation that does not affect all three is no reformation at all. Still yet, reformation proceeds from the Church effecting reformation in the other two institutions. Just as judgment begins at the house of God (1 Peter 4:17), so too does reformation.
The Church is the most important element of reformation. Even though reformation will be evident in all three God ordained institutions, it proceeds from the Church, which is the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15).
This is contrary to the modern American mind because we have been hoodwinked into believing the lie of radical democracy. The United States was founded as a republic not a democracy. However, most Americans have been socially engineered to believe that republicanism is democracy.
This creates an impossible situation in the Church. As long as churches are governed through a system of the lowest common denominator, we can never experience reformation. Democracy is a capitulated down-grade. Democracy is not built upon law, authority or principle but upon consensus.
Democracy is unity in mediocracy. At best, it can only reduce unorthodoxy to its lowest level and raise orthodoxy to the highest level of acceptance by the unorthodox.
The idealist sees democracy through the lens of human potential in an Arminian philosophy. The problem is man’s depravity renders man incapable of ever being able to come close to democracy’s promises.
The point being is that Reformation is not cultivated in a vacuum. No righteous cause can be successful without a theological foundation to affect the family and civil society.
I have known people who have sacrificed their lives, fortunes and sacred honor for a righteous cause in a godless fashion. While they claimed to be Christian, their human efforts are no friendlier to reformation than Planned Parenthood is to human flourishing.
Like Jehu, they desire to destroy the corruption of ungodly rulers and may even desire the abolition of certain elements of pagan worship, yet, they do not want to destroy the golden calves of Bethal and Dan. They want a conservative revival in certain areas but partial resurgence never leads to reformation.
They continue to enable unfaithful ministers and churches by their financial corroboration, strategic compliance and theological cooperation. This down-grade of true Christianity effectively creates godless movements.
The various conservative movements, and yes, even those claiming to be Christian are mostly godless. The reason is because most have abandoned the true source of our hope, which is Christ and His Church.
The reformation of our society can only come through the true Church of Jesus Christ. Yet, you will find the most conservative politicians, the most fervent activist or the faithful financial supporters of righteous causes attending liberal churches or no church at all. The reason is because they see the Church as supplemental at best or irrelevant at worst. The result is attempts at revival and/or reformation that are unconnected from the source.
Instead of tithing to the Church to govern the work of revival and reformation, they give to countless para-church organizations. While they do not desire the prevailing wickedness in our society, they do not want to give up their autonomy and be accountable to the authority of the Church.
For over 40 years, Christians have tirelessly worked and contributed millions of dollars to end abortion but to no avail. For over 50 years, there have been endless campaigns, boycotts and millions of dollars spent to end pornography without success. For over 70 years, there has been a concentrated effort to eliminate or at least slow down the communist threat but we have only seen the increase of this evil. The same holds true for other issues like the Second Amendment, civil liberties, homosexual rights, Islam and the list is endless.
Yet, in spite of the devotion, effort and billions of dollars, we now have the worst anti-gun, pro-abortion, pro-sodomite, pro-communist, pro-Islam, tyrannical President in our history and a Republican opposition that capitulates to the Leftists every demand.
How can this be? In Deuteronomy 8:19, God warned Old Testament Israel, “And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.” Joshua warned these same people according to the Word of the Lord in Joshua 24:20, “If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.”
Like the children of Israel, Americans believe destruction could never happen to us for we are the apple of God’s eye. Yet, we have committed the same mistakes as the Old Covenant Israelites and we are now suffering the consequences.
The children of Israel were told in Joshua 23:13, “Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.”
Because we have not driven out the false gods that are identified by their false doctrines and false commandments, these gods fashioned by the hands of men have become traps to ensnare us in strong delusions. Up to the time of their captivity and destruction, the children of Israel believed they were the servants of Jehovah. They were practicing pagans but they did it in the name of Jehovah.
Today, we call ourselves Christians while we are worshipping new gods that our fathers did not know. We believe new doctrines our fathers did not confess. We practice new sacraments our fathers never imagined. We still call it Christianity but it is not the faith of our fathers. We have fashioned a new god of our own imaginations created by the inventions of our own doctrines and commandments.
Even in the midst of our problems that are even largely recognized by modern evangelicalism, the best the American Church can muster is emergent doctrines and commandments. In other words, it is to continue the very same practices that led us into this mess. However, the remedy to our modern plight is not emerging humanistic ideals but a return to the faith once delivered to the saints.
The true worship of the God of heaven and earth is essential to any genuine reformation. Therefore, with the renewal of covenantal ecclesiastical leadership, Jehoiada repaired the house of the Lord. God’s house is the foremost landmark that is to be preserved in any society.
Why is our heritage being destroyed? Why is the name of our forefathers being stricken from our memory? Why are our landmarks being removed? It is because we have forsaken the most important landmark in our society.
The liberals are destroying our cultural and political heritage because we destroyed our ecclesiastical heritage. We have forsaken what was old for something new.
Notice in the revival and reformation under Jehoiada that he did not tear down and rebuild but repaired, in order to preserve, that which had already been built. He did not respond to societal corruption by seeking new worship or new doctrines. He did not establish an emergent movement or even a conservative movement to preserve the remaining elements, but he repaired the elements that were in disarray.
“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.” –Proverbs 22:28
Such is the work that we are engaged here in central Indiana. Our task is to be a “repairer of the breach” by repairing the foundations that lie in waste (Isaiah 58:12).
For this reason, Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity is dedicated to repairing the house of the Lord according to the old paths revealed in God’s Word. We believe this old way was faithfully affirmed in the early Church creeds and councils and following the Roman apostasy reestablished in the Reformation. This old path is identified in the terms Augustinian, Reformed, and Calvinism to name a few.
This belief system that produced the Christian culture of Western Civilization brought about the formation of these United States. God truly blessed the faithfulness of our forefathers as they returned to the Biblical Sola’s of Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Solos Christos, and Soli Deo Gloria.
Without this theological foundation and the application of these eternal truths as affirm in Reformed Theology, there is no basis from which regeneration, revival and reformation can work.
We proclaim a God who is sovereign but this sovereign God has ordained means by which His work proceeds. The means that produce faith, repentance, and sanctification are only to be found in His Church. The Westminster Larger Catechism, in Question 154, identifies the ordinary means of grace as “the Word, sacraments, and prayer; all which are made effectual to the elect for their salvation.” Without the effectual work of grace in individual lives there is nothing to be renewed or sanctified, and therefore, no hope of revival and reformation.
The Reformed faith and practice in America was consensually rejected in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The fruit of our turning away from God was harvested in the 1960’s social revolution and our decline has been spiraling out of control ever since.
Unless we return to the God of our fathers we shall never see America reclaimed for Christ. Unbiblical religion or movements built apart from the pillar and ground of the truth will not affect change. It is ineffectual because it is not built on the authority of the Lord theologically or practically.
Therefore, our message is the same as Azariah when the Spirit of God came upon him to warn his nation of judgment. He proclaimed, “The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you” (2 Chronicles 15:2).
We have come to a new day in history where there must be a renewed effort to call sinners to repentance and saints to covenant renewal. In the midst of the Golden Calf apostasy, Moses declared to the children of Israel, “Who is on the Lord's side? Come to me” (Exodus 32:26). We too must lift up our voice like a trumpet (Isaiah 58:1) and call this generation back to God.
Will you not join with us to repair the house of the Lord? Jesus promised that His Church would prevail over the strong defenses of hell. Reformation cannot be attained if we continue to retreat to Counterfeit Cathedrals that are built upon the sinking sand of devilish doctrines and pagan practices.
The Lord has provided the saints of God, both locally and abroad, an opportunity to restore God’s house in central Indiana. In 1900, the Episcopal Methodists built a country chapel as a sanctuary for the public worship of God and as an embassy to send forth ambassadors of the gospel.
The Calvinistic Methodists have all but vanished because of the progression toward liberalism, church growth and the emergent influences of this modern apostasy. Due to the theological down-grade and their cultural applications, New Harmony Methodist Church was reduced to three elderly trustees attempting to keep the property as a lighthouse for the kingdom of Christ.
Around July of 2013, we planted Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity and began holding services in our house. After about 6 months we had grown to the point where we had no more room for parking and it was getting cramped for worship.
Although we were praying and looking for a facility to hold services, we were determined to wait upon the Lord to supply our need. Around September of 2014, we came into contact with a trustee from New Harmony Methodist Church.
Their desire was for another church to be able to come in and use the facility so that it would continue as a church that would contend for the historic faith. On October 12, 2014, the facility that for 114 years had housed New Harmony Methodist Church became the home of Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity.
|Roof needs immediate repairs|
With the decline of the 20th Century mainstream denominations, we have the opportunity to rise up out of its ashes to resurrect Biblical, Reformed and historic Christianity. While we can point fingers at 20th Century evangelicalism for seeking alterations instead of contending for the faith once delivered unto the saints, God has been gracious to give us a wonderful opportunity here in central Indiana to advance Christ’s Church. We can either criticize or do something about it. We have chosen to repent and renew the covenant.
However, opportunity is never without duty and responsibility. Because of the conservative Methodist decline, the sanctuary had declined along with the membership. It is a solid facility that was built when even in poorer rural areas things were built to last.
The problem is that the deterioration is in areas that must immediately be addressed or it will quickly affect the skeletal structure. The roof supports need strengthened and the shingles replaced, two crumbling chimney’s that need removed because of the weight they are placing upon the floor and several other maintenance issues.
Although we have a core of 35 people committed to this task, we simply have not reached the place where we are able to do this by ourselves. We are only 2 years into our existence as a local body of Reformed believers. Without additional help from our brethren, we are unable to make the improvements that need to be done in a quick time frame.
We are self-sustaining in the sense that we are able to supply our daily needs and plan toward long-term projects but we are incapable of generating the cash flow necessary for immediate repairs of this degree.
The congregation is joyfully sacrificing present comforts in order to focus on foundation issues of body and soul. While this property has great opportunities, it has never had air conditioning, did not have a restroom until 2002 and is terribly outdated. However, our focus is to repair that which is broken down in order to restore what was so we can build toward the future.
We are asking our brethren to prayerfully consider financially helping us restore this building so it may continue to be set apart as God’s house. If our brethren could help us save this physical landmark and establish another 100 years of a faithful gospel witness here in central Indiana, we can then begin our longer range plans to beautify this house for the advancement of the gospel.
As David asked his brethren, “Is there not a cause,” we too are simply asking you to consider the worthiness of this cause. We have been called to the kingdom of such a time as this to gather the elect of central Indiana into a faithful assembly of Christ to preach the gospel to every creature, baptize and assemble believers into His Church and disciple them into obedience to the Word of God.
Although there are many causes here in America and around the world, none is greater than the establishment of faithful churches. If we are to contend for the faith and proclaim the gospel in our society and throughout the world, it must proceed from the Church. Christ has not commissioned any another other entity to assault the gates of hell, contend for the faith and advance the gospel. The Church is the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15) and faithful churches must be our priority.
Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity is dedicated to the task before us. We do not have a contingency plan because this is our calling. We are committed to the establishment of Christ’s Church in northern Morgan County, which is just outside the greater metro area on the south-side of Indianapolis.
|Needed support repairs|
There is no plan B for us. We have covenanted to plow up the fallow ground, plant and to water here in central Indiana. This is where God has placed us to faithfully endure hardness as good soldiers.
Therefore, we have counted the cost and in wise counsel have established our strategy. It is the most cost effective opportunity anyone could wish for in our current cultural environment. All we have to do is to repair this ancient landmark and it becomes a support and foundation of the truth not only in this generation but for generations to come.
We appreciate your time and consideration to partner with this ministry to establish and order the kingdom of Christ in central Indiana. Please pray that the Word of God would sound forth boldly and increase here in central Indiana. God bless!
If you would like to help support Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity, you can donate online or write to us at:
Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity
PO Box 1125
Mooresville, Indiana 46158
If you would like to help support Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity, you can donate online or write to us at:
Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity
PO Box 1125
Mooresville, Indiana 46158
“Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church.You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.” –3 John 1:5-8
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