By James Brown Jr
Standing Firm is earnestly contending for the faith as revealed through the Holy Scriptures and explained in the historical church creeds and reformed confessions. This program is directed by Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity to fulfill Paul’s command in 1 Corinthians 16:13 to be on guard, to stand firm in the faith, to be courageous and to be strong.
Holy Trinity Reformed Church: Introduction
In this episode, Pastor James Brown Jr. begins a series of podcasts to explain the identity, mission, and vision of Holy Trinity Reformed Church by answering the questions "who are we?" and "what makes us different?" "The catholic or universal church, which is invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ the Head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all. The visible church, which is also catholic or universal under the gospel (not confined to one nation, as before under the law), consists of all those throughout the world that profess the true religion; and of their children: and is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, the house and family of God, out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation. Unto this catholic visible church Christ hath given the ministry, oracles, and ordinances of God, for the gathering and perfecting of the saints, in this life, to the end of the world: and doth, by his own presence and Spirit, according to his promise, make them effectual thereunto. This catholic church hath been sometimes more, sometimes less visible. And particular churches, which are members thereof, are more or less pure, according as the doctrine of the gospel is taught and embraced, ordinances administered, and public worship performed more or less purely in them. The purest churches under heaven are subject both to mixture and error; and some have so degenerated, as to become no churches of Christ, but synagogues of Satan. Nevertheless, there shall be always a church on earth, to worship God according to his will. There is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ. Nor can the pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof." –Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 25, Of the Church
October 03, 2022
The Purpose of Standing Firm
In this episode of Standing Firm, Pastor James Brown Jr discusses the reasons and purposes of this podcast as a ministry of Holy Trinity Reformed Church. The reasons are biblical and simple but controversial, and yet, the controversy is against God. When you live in an age of apostasy, even the basic tenets of Christianity are refuted. Regardless, our goal is not to be controversial or rowdy, but faithful in preaching the Word to call sinners to repentance and the saints to submission.
October 03, 2022
In this episode of Standing Firm, we are playing a sermon preached at Holy Trinity Reformed Church on August 7, 2022. The sermon is titled Imprecatory Wishes and is a call to the urgency of the gospel in this age of decay, deconstruction, and desolation.
August 09, 2022
The Essence of Hypocrisy
In this episode, Pastor James Brown Jr discusses the essence of hypocrisy. The American Church—Catholic and Protestant, Arminian and Reformed, libertine and legalist—is plagued by hypocrisy. We are the very same hypocrites Jesus confronted in His earthly ministry. Unless we repent and turn back to God in sincerity and truth our hypocritical self-righteousness will be our ruiin. The wrath of God is being poured out upon us and the glory of the Lord has departed from us. We are Ichabod. Repent or perish!
August 05, 2022