Why ‘The Publican?’

If you say or read our name too quickly you may mistake us for a political party or a politically based blog. However, this could not be further from the truth.

The Publicans represents the statement of who we are in relation to the Lord who saved us. In Luke 18:9-14 we find a parable written to those who trusted in their own goodness and righteousness. Jesus proceeded to tell these prideful people that it was the Publican (the sinful tax collector) who was justified by faith rather than the Pharisee (the seemingly proper, collected, squeaky clean religious man). Why is this? Because while the Pharisee was publicly boasting of his own goodness the Publican shows us the definition of godly humility and repentance by not even being able to lift his head to heaven but rather beating on his chest while crying out ‘Lord, be merciful to me a sinner!’

So with this in mind we give you The Publicans: a group of believers dedicated to the reformed faith and the importance Christ’s work on our behalf. If it weren’t for the righteousness of Christ we would have no hope nor plea. Our goal is to serve the community of Christ by providing helpful blog posts, resources, podcasts, and conferences/retreats.

Our aim is to make much of Christ and His glory for we must decrease that he may increase. No words better sum up our thoughts on the matter better than Thomas Raffles Hymn: Lord, Like the Publican I Stand.

Lord, like the publican I stand,
And lift my heart to Thee;
Thy pardoning grace, O God, command,
Be merciful to me.

I smite upon my anxious breast,
Overwhelmed with agony;
O’ save my soul by sin oppressed,
Be merciful to me.

My guilt, my shame, I all confess,
I have no hope nor plea
But Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
Be merciful to me.

Here at Thy cross I still would wait,
Nor from its shelter flee,
But Thou, O God, in mercy great,
Art merciful to me.

(Thomas Raffles, 1831)

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