Daily Archives: January 17, 2014

Do Not Be Surprised… This ‘n’ That (17 January 2014)


  • Al Mohler on evolution—and Christianity—as matters of belief.
  • Oh, that Justin Bieber. Always such a model Christian. I wonder what his hip “pastor,” Judah Smith, would have to say about Bieber’s eggy escapades?
  • If you or someone you know is headed to college in the Fall and would like to attend The Master’s College, this would certainly help pay the bills!
  • The oldest trick in the book.
  • I’d be pretty livid if this happened to my child. Gotta love those public schools.
  • Oh good, there’s still hope that lightbulbs that actually give light won’t disappear as quickly as we thought. Anyone else hate those stupid LED and CFL bulbs as much as I do? And have you ever seen all the steps you need to take if every you break one of those “efficient” CFL bulbs?
  • “The hermeneutics of egalitarianism are serious error and are harmful.” Denny Burk offers a good response to Sarah Bessey’s latest feminist diatribe.
  • I’m really glad to hear that Answers in Genesis will be offering a free live stream of the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham debate. I don’t think that was the original plan, which was disappointing, so it’s great that they’ve changed their approach on this.
  • This looks like a great hot chocolate recipe (even for those of us who are forced to shun dairy).
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • When I heard Tony Campolo was going to “shutter” his ministry, I was hopeful that it would be the ever-progressive, ever-postmodern group, Red Letter Christians. Alas, no.
  • I appreciated the honesty in this article about the devastating effects of pornography on a future marriage. I appreciated even more the reminder that there is forgiveness even for this sin for those who repent and believe upon Christ. “Let [Christ] be your standard of character and flee the temptation to fix your eyes on anything other than Him.”
  • Speaking of James White, he and Mike Abendroth had a good discussion this week on No Compromise Radio.
  • I am not okay with this.
  • Um, I think it may be in bad taste to create a Titanic replica for a theme park and to recreate for visitors the experience of the ship’s fateful collision with an iceberg.
  • J. Gresham Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism is only $0.99 (or at least it was as of this writing. If the price has increased, well, don’t blame me!)
  • Let’s pray for this family.
  • Wait, no sign of evolutionary changes? How utterly unsurprising!
  • T.D. Jakes gives all pastors and Christians a lesson in how not to react to critics.
  • The Elephant’s Debt is closing its doors.
  • Pick me! Pick me! Clint Archer with a helpful article explaining the doctrine of unconditional election. Oh, and here’s Part 1 of that post, if you’re interested.
  • Steve Lawson’s impromptu Gospel presentation. Wow:


Source: http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2014/01/this-n-that_17.html

Bible Commentary: What Does the Bible Mean by ‘Ye Are Gods’?


Let’s start with a look at Psalm 82, the psalm that Jesus quotes in John 10:34. The Hebrew word translated “gods” in Psalm 82:6 is Elohim. It usually refers to the one true God, but it does have other uses. Psalm 82:1 says, “God presides in the great assembly; he gives judgment among the gods.” It is clear from the next three verses that the word “gods” refers to magistrates, judges, and other people who hold positions of authority and rule. Calling a human magistrate a “god” indicates three things: 1) he has authority over other human beings, 2) the power he wields as a civil authority is to be feared, and 3) he derives his power and authority from God Himself, who is pictured as judging the whole earth in verse 8.

This use of the word “gods” to refer to humans is rare, but it is found elsewhere in the Old Testament. For example, when God sent Moses to Pharaoh, He said, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh” (Exodus 7:1). This simply means that Moses, as the messenger of God, was speaking God’s words and would therefore be God’s representative to the king. The Hebrew word Elohim is translated “judges” in Exodus 21:6 and 22:8, 9, and 28.

The whole point of Psalm 82 is that earthly judges must act with impartiality and true justice, because even judges must stand someday before the Judge. Verses 6 and 7 warn human magistrates that they, too, must be judged: “I said, ‘You are gods; you are all sons of the Most High.’ But you will die like mere men; you will fall like every other ruler.” This passage is saying that God has appointed men to positions of authority in which they are considered as gods among the people. They are to remember that, even though they are representing God in this world, they are mortal and must eventually give an account to God for how they used that authority.

Now, let’s look at how Jesus uses this passage. Jesus had just claimed to be the Son of God (John 10:25–30). The unbelieving Jews respond by charging Jesus with blasphemy, since He claimed to be God (verse 33). Jesus then quotes Psalm 82:6, reminding the Jews that the Law refers to mere men—albeit men of authority and prestige—as “gods.” Jesus’ point is this: you charge me with blasphemy based on my use of the title “Son of God”; yet your own Scriptures apply the same term to magistrates in general. If those who hold a divinely appointed office can be considered “gods,” how much more can the One whom God has chosen and sent (verses 34–36)?

In contrast, we have the serpent’s lie to Eve in the Garden. His statement, “your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5), was a half-truth. Their eyes were opened (verse 7), but they did not become like God. In fact, they lost authority, rather than gaining it. Satan deceived Eve about her ability to become like the one true God, and so led her into a lie. Jesus defended His claim to be the Son of God on biblical and semantic grounds—there is a sense in which influential men can be thought of as gods; therefore, the Messiah can rightly apply the term to Himself. Human beings are not “gods” or “little gods.” We are not God. God is God, and we who know Christ are His children.[1]


[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

What Recovery? Sears And J.C. Penney Are DYING

Two of the largest retailers in America are steamrolling toward bankruptcy. Sears and J.C. Penney are both losing hundreds of millions of dollars each quarter, and both of them appear to be caught in the grip of a death spiral from which it will be impossible to escape. Once upon a time, Sears was actually the largest retailer in the United States, and even today Sears and J.C. Penney are “anchor stores” in malls all over the country. When I was growing up, my mother would take me to the mall when it was time to go clothes shopping, and there were usually just two options: Sears or J.C. Penney. When I got older, I actually worked for Sears for a little while. At the time, nobody would have ever imagined that Sears or J.C. Penney could go out of business someday. But that is precisely what is happening. They are both shutting down unprofitable stores and laying off employees in a desperate attempt to avoid bankruptcy, but everyone knows that they are just delaying the inevitable. These two great retail giants are dying, and they certainly won’t be the last to fall. This is just the beginning. (Read More….)

Why Are Dozens Of High Ranking Officers Being Purged From The U.S. Military?

Since Barack Obama has been in the White House, high ranking military officers have been removed from their positions at a rate that is absolutely unprecedented. Things have gotten so bad that a number of retired generals are publicly speaking out about the “purge” of the U.S. military that they believe is taking place. As you will see below, dozens of highly decorated military leaders have been dismissed from their positions over the past few years. So why is this happening? When I was growing up, my father was an officer in the U.S. Navy. And what is going on right now is absolutely crazy – especially during a time of peace. Is there a deliberate attempt to “reshape” the military and remove those that don’t adhere to the proper “viewpoints”? Does someone out there feel a need to get officers that won’t “cooperate” out of the way? Throughout world history, whatever comes next after a “military purge” is never good. If this continues, what is the U.S. military going to look like in a few years? (Read More…..)

Cold Case Christianity: Why Unforgiving People Are So Unforgiving

I was in the studio yesterday with Frank Sontag for his KKLA radio program in Los Angeles. We were talking about Cold Case Christianity and the transformation I experienced when I first became a Christian. As an atheist, I embraced a moral code very similar to the Christians I knew. I didn’t have to be a Christian to recognize what was morally virtuous and what was not (Romans 2:14-15); I spent nearly a decade as a police officer before I began to investigate the Gospels. During most of this time, I was quite judgmental of the people I arrested. I drew clear distinctions between the “good guys” and the “bad guys”, and I was happy to put bad guys in jail for as long as possible. An attitude of un-forgiveness dominated my professional life, and this attitude seeped over into my personal life on occasion.

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Nullifying The Spirit of Fear

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness ‘sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than…

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