There is no shortage today of fanciful tales of heavenly visits and “near death experiences.” We all are familiar with the claims of a calming, bright, white light and the inevitable subsequent book that will follow a person’s return from this brief sojourn to eternity. It seems that, just as one person’s alleged story of a heavenly field trip fades from the mind of the public, another appears to take its place. This week, the media is reporting on the story of neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, who purportedly visited heaven while in a coma for seven days in 2008. Of course, most will not be surprised to know that Alexander has recorded his experience in a book entitled, Proof of Heaven. Read more of this post
Apprising Ministries shares a segment from an appearance of mine of Iron Sharpens Iron radio.
Dr. Albert Mohler discusses the idea that today’s society finds itself in a struggle between two diametrically opposed religions: Christianity and post-Christianity. Ultimately, it appears as though secular liberalism has become a religion in itself. Mohler quotes Professor Howard P. Kainz in saying,
This explains why talking about abortion or same-sex ‘marriage,’ for example, with certain liberals is usually futile. It is like trying to persuade a committed Muslim to accept Christ. Because his religion forbids it, he can only do so by converting from Islam to Christianity; he cannot accept Christ as long as he remains firmly committed to Islam. So it is with firmly committed liberals: Their ‘religion’ forbids any concessions to the ‘conservative’ agenda, and as long as they remain committed to their secular ideology, it is futile to hope for such concessions from them.
Courtesy of Sola Sisters, over at Apprising Ministries you’ll find the link to this informative interview.
Justice Antonin Scalia is on a book tour. Recently he told hundreds of people who came to buy his book and hear him speak that he is a “textualist” which means he applies the words in the Constitution as they were understood by the framers. For him, the hotly disputed cases that come before the court are some of the easiest to resolve:
The death penalty? Give me a break. It’s easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion. Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state.
Apprising Ministries brings this issue to your attention in this short piece.
Apprising Ministries recently shared about a newly published website, The Elephant’s Debt, which addresses some of the concerns, both financial and otherwise, surrounding Harvest Bible Chapel and its leadership, namely senior pastor James MacDonald. In light of this information, we find Carl Trueman’s article today at Reformation 21 rather timely. Trueman writes:
In fact, as Paul himself makes clear, the gospel – the true gospel – can be peddled for power and for profit. To borrow Lutheran terminology, just because the product being sold is the theology of the cross does not mean that the salesman is not a theologian of glory. Cults and corruption are reflections of certain cultures, not of confessions….So just because somebody preaches the gospel, uses the name of Jesus every other sentence and cries when they talk about the lost does not guarantee that they are not a cult leader or simply in it for what they can get out of it.
The key is the culture. One must ask cultural questions of such men, not simply doctrinal ones. Is the culture of their church or organisation transparent? Are there clear lines of accountability which flow both ways, from the leadership to the grassroots and from the grassroots to the leadership?…And one interesting question which I remember a pastor once asking in a pulpit when I was a college student: how far above the average economic level of the congregation or funding constituency does the leadership live?
Police in New Jersey charged six Christians yesterday for evangelizing in a public park without government permission, and for causing some hearers to be upset with their Gospel message.
On Tuesday, October 30th, over 2,000 public and private schools across the United States are scheduled to participate in an observance spearheaded by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which begins at, but is not limited to, lunchtime. It focuses on encouraging youth to meet up with and affirm those who are different from them, not only persons of various races and ethnicities, but also those who are openly homosexual.
Biographer Iain Murray has said of evangelist and scholar A.W. Pink that “the widespread circulation of his writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.” The teachings of Pink led to an increase in expository preaching and appeals for holy living for those who have been saved by Christ.
In an article entitled, “Private Judgment,” Pink writes and warns against those ministers of the gospel who would seek to usurp the authority of Christ, imposing upon their congregations their own dictates rather than, or in addition to, the commands of Scripture. Read more of this post