The first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day is to have my soul happy in the Lord. —George Müller
Questions For Indiana’s Critics
“One of the difficulties in this discussion, from a conservative perspective, is that the definition of “common sense” and “compromise” on these issues has shifted so rapidly in such a short time: Positions taken by, say, the president of the United States and most Democratic politicians a few short years ago are now deemed the purest atavism.”
How Do Children Learn To Worship?
“It is my fear that most Christian parents do not recognize that before a child can even comprehend facts, his affections and imagination are already being shaped. In fact, I would suggest that most Christian parents never really even consider the moral imaginations of their children.”
A Calling to Redeem Rap Music
“How do you make music that feels authentically Christian and authentically hip hop at the same time, when so many of the messages commonly heard in hip hop are at odds with a Christian worldview that opposes violence, substance abuse, and promiscuity?”
Can Evangelicals Become More Likeable?
“It’s nice to be liked. But it also comes with temptation – that of focusing all the church’s work on things that will engender the world’s approval. A hundred years ago, social gospel Christians began to suggest that service and aid, not evangelism, should encompass all of a believer’s missionary responsibility. Thus began one of the most important turns away from evangelical Christianity which has haunted the mainline denominations in America ever since.”
4 Ways Starbucks Was Confused About Race
“The Starbucks’ initiative reminds us that every man-made solution to the racial divide will fail, and every sociological explanation of racism will be incomplete. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ will succeed in rightly diagnosing the fundamental problem and offering the fundamental solution: namely, the reconciliation of all things in Christ.”
A Fleeting Tolerance
“The reason many corporations, members of the media, and ten thousands angry tweeters do not feel the need to examine the arguments for religious freedom is because they don’t think any rational arguments can be made in this instance. Traditional views about marriage are so 1990’s and so obviously immoral that anyone holding such views today does not deserve our respect, let alone any whiff of legal protection.”
“Saved By His Life”: Reflections On Jesus’ Resurrection
“Just as Adam’s disobedience constituted us sinners, worthy of death, so Jesus’ obedience constitutes us righteous, worthy of eternal life (Rom 5.12-21). Accordingly, Jesus’ resurrection manifests our justification. Jesus’ resurrection is the divine sentence that follows from the divine verdict that declares us righteous.”
Does Christian Marriage Require a Civil License?
“In general, however, I do not think the church should seek to be combative in the area of performing godly marriages. We would want the state to recognize biblical, Christian marriages as a way of positively serving the society in which we live.”
A Brief Defense of Infant Baptism
“We do not believe that there is anything magical about the water we apply to the child. The water does not wash away original sin or save the child. We do not presume that this child is regenerate (though he may be), nor do we believe that every child who gets baptized will automatically go to heaven.”
“The immediate results of coming to know Jesus Christ are the new hungers and new pursuits that are planted within the human will. I well recall that dramatic change in my own way of thinking. There were new longings, new hopes, new dreams, new fulfillments, but most noticeably, there was a new will to do what was God’s will.”
A Fundamentalist Is A Mean Evangelical
“Why do gay people and their enablers want to make anti-gay bakers make a cake for gay weddings and have gay people pay anti-gay people for such services? The whole understanding of human motivation is off. Doesn’t anyone fear an inedible cake?”
Indiana, Arkansas, Religious Freedom & Constant Struggle
“Ironically, the real victims of “discrimination” under the new cultural regime of intolerance are politically and economically uninfluential small business owners lacking the resources and connections of their elitist opponents who wish to squash them and silence their faith convictions.”
The Greatest Adoption Story Ever Told
“Let the Redeemed consider the many blessings granted us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Among them is our adoption as sons and daughters of God. We are in the family—heirs of the Father and co-heir with Christ!”
11 Reasons Pastors Struggle on Easter
“For some, ministry is hard. They serve one church while seeking the next one. Their marriages may be struggling, or their children are wayward. They must proclaim the hope of resurrection when their own hope is dying. Easter Sunday then becomes a chore to endure rather than a day to celebrate.”
4 Reasons to Believe in the Empty Tomb
“The disciples went out and preached the message of the risen Jesus in the same city where Jesus was publicly crucified and buried. It would have been easy to crush this movement of unruly fishermen by simply going to Jesus’s tomb, pulling out the body, and exposing the followers of Jesus as liars.”
Not-So-Holy Week: Indiana, Religious Freedom, and You
“I don’t support RFRA because I’m a bigoted discriminatory jerk who hates the LGBTQ community, I support RFRA because I want to protect the people (listed below). I’ve read a lot on this issue the past week. Here are some excerpts from articles I found helpful.”
The Imperfections of the Quran – 2
by Samuel Inbaraja
In the last post we saw three quranic imperfections. In this second part we will conclude this series with a final discrepancy which also shows the case we have been making all along, that the Quran is imperfect and therefore, not a revelation from God. THE REVELATION WHICH FAILED TO MAKE IT TO THE QURAN […]
Culture Wars: Let’s Look at the Bright Side
by Bill Muehlenberg
Yes, there is a bright side to the many battles we find ourselves embroiled in. When the battles are raging all around us, that is when the true soldiers come to the fore and are proven in the face of battle. And the battles of course are many, especially the overwhelming onslaught of the militant homosexual juggernaut.
I am here to tell you that the constant promotion, exaltation, glamorisation, aggrandisement, endorsement and elevation of all things homosexual is actually good news. It is good news because this really has become a key litmus test as to where the church of Jesus Christ is at, and who is and is not a genuine disciple of his.
Weekly Watchman for 04/03/2015
The Battle is Over — But Just Beginning
Apr 03, 2015 09:45 am | Mike
There is some irony in the fact that the controversy over Religious Freedom Laws in the United States has blown up during the week when we as Christians remember and celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ—God in the flesh who bore the wrath of God against sin, so that we might be […]
The Passion of Jesus Christ
Apr 03, 2015 07:14 am | Mike
This morning Pastor David Hocking joins us to look at the last days in the earthly life of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. We will go through the last 5 Chapters of the Gospel of John and take a deeper look at what happened and what we can learn and apply today as believers. […]
Robert Schuller, dead at 88
Apr 02, 2015 10:39 am | A. S.
The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the televangelist who drew millions of followers with his “Hour of Power” broadcasts from the Crystal Cathedral, died April 2 at a care facility in Artesia, Calif. He was 88. He is credited for influencing many popular and game-changing, church-growth pastors in the visible church: Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, and […]
Everything changes: Religious “freedom,” pizza and the future of America
Apr 02, 2015 08:26 am | A. S.
Today we will spend the entire hour discussing the new Indiana Law protecting religious freedoms. It is a pivotal moment in our nation. The homosexual lobby, which touts tolerance, is being exposed anything but. But the majority of the public – and the mainstream media – hasn’t noticed. Instead, they are calling anyone who agrees […]
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Religious Freedom Laws
Apr 01, 2015 01:23 pm | Mike
Thursday on air we discuss the controversy over Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Law. rather than debate the particulars of a law in progress, we ask you to weigh in on several questions, including: Do you think these laws are necessary? Should there be limitations to the enforcement of Religious Freedom Laws regarding discrimination base on […]
Those 7 Churches in Revelation…
Apr 01, 2015 08:32 am | A. S.
About 2,000 years ago on the Greek island of Patmos, Jesus Christ Himself came to his beloved servant John and commanded him to, “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamos, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and […]
Leadership Network wants evangelicals to spend a year learning from Peter Drucker
Mar 31, 2015 09:52 am | A. S.
Is your church following the directives of Leadership Network? If you don’t know, you might want to find out. The latest push from this global organization is a book, A Year With Peter Drucker. Before your elders pick up a copy, you might want to ask them what they know about the influence of […]
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The more things change…
Mar 31, 2015 07:49 am | A. S.
This week we turn our eyes to world events and how the Church fits in – both the visible church of compromise, and the remnant of Bible-believing Christians. Joining us to discuss these global events is Gary Kah, who has been following, researching and reporting a move toward massive globalization that is being shaped by […]
The “Empire” Strikes Back
Mar 29, 2015 08:25 pm | A. S.
Is the “Persian Empire” getting bigger, or is that just your imagination? If you’ve been paying attention to the news headlines lately, you might have noticed that Iran is tightening its grip on Arab states, from Iraq to Lebanon, and Syria to Yemen, all ahead of a nuclear deal. Today we’re going to ask you […]
This ‘n’ That
- This is probably the best link I’ll give you this week: a collection of sermons, preached by Steve Lawson, that walk you through the week of Christ’s Passion, His death, and His resurrection.
- This is why you don’t send your kids to camp.
- Good stuff from Lyndon Unger on the charismatic “Renewal.”
- It’s always nice to know that people are using and enjoying the gifts you send them.
- Here’s a great article by S. Lewis Johnson.
- It’s true.
- Beth Moore and a few fellow mystics were lighting up the TBN stage this week.
- What does Christ’s bodily resurrection say to unbelievers?
- Hating “little” sins.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- Free book!
- Pastor Don Green shares some great thoughts on the recent Indiana RFRA commotion.
- Christ and Christ alone.
- Again I say, um…what?
- Robert Schuller died yesterday. There is a lot that could be said here, but I’ll just leave it at that.
- The day God hung on a cross:
Was the Resurrection a Result of Mass Hallucinations? (Alternate Resurrection Theory #3)
Was the Resurrection a Result of Mass Hallucinations?
There are two facts one must address to disprove Christianity:
- The historical evidence in favor of the resurrection
- The rapid growth of Christianity in a hostile environment
In part one of our series we looked at the idea the Jesus’ body was stolen. In part two we considered the possibility that Jesus didn’t really die at all. Today we’ll consider the idea that the post crucifixion sightings of Jesus were mass hallucinations.
It’s the belief that the Apostles experienced mass hallucinations which explain their belief that…
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This theory was first popularized by David Strauss. It’s the belief that the Apostles experienced mass hallucinations which explain their belief that Jesus rose from the dead. In their grief, guilt, and shock that Christ was killed, they had psychological experiences (collective or subjective) where they believed they saw something that wasn’t there.
Your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web.
Infographic of the Week
Who Are the Main Characters of Genesis? Laura Kranz. Your Sunday School answers are useless! It’s not “Jesus,” “Bible,” or “gospel”! So who are the top ten most referenced characters of the Bible’s first book? I’ll admit: a couple of the folks on this list surprised me…as did a few (Adam? Noah?) that didn’t crack the top ten.
Articles of the Week
Eight Things Christians Need to Do More on Social Media, Neal Samudre. As Samudre points out, “The internet doesn’t have to be a terrible place.” Here are a few tips to help make it that way. (As a further benefit, read this article a second time…and apply everything to in person interactions. No surprise there: kindness, compassion, and wisdom aren’t just in short supply online. They don’t come naturally to any of us, regardless of the venue.)
What You Should Know About “Religious Freedom Restoration Acts,” Joe Carter. If you are the sort of person who cares about contemporary politics and only reads headlines (shame shame), you might be inclined to conclude that the governor of Indiana recently issued a “Final Solution” edict against all gays and lesbians. This is peculiar, considering what actually transpired this week. Let’s lay the vitriol down for a moment and consider, as Carter calmly does, what is actually going on.
How to Treat Gays with Dignity (While Respecting Religious Freedom), Trevin Wax. Carter offers some background on the Indiana law itself. But Wax gives a helpful perspective, reminding both sides in debates like these that their ideological opponents aren’t their mortal foes. This shouldn’t be a zero-sum game, in which we have to choose between religious freedom and legitimate dignity for those in the LGBT community. “We’re Americans,” Wax writes, “We’re better than this.” I pray he’s right.
Google: The Window to Your Soul, Aaron Earls. Google is watching, whether you find that truth terrifying or terrific. But whether we appreciate or fear this online behemoth, we have to agree that Google shows us a side of ourselves that we might not otherwise see. What do our Google searches say about us? (Quite a bit, actually.) And what exactly are we looking for? (Sadly, quite a bit more than Google can offer.)
The Daily Discovery (April 4-5, 2015)
ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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The Evil Easter Bunny is Going to Sacrifice Your Kids to A Pagan Goddess, So Let’s Show the World That World That We Are Not Happy That Jesus Rose from the Dead, Oy, Vey, Fluffy Matzah Balls… – “Sadly, there has been a great amount of Easter bashing over the internet this year due to claims of Pagan origins and evil symbols. In the attempt to decimate Easter, I fear the gospel has been buried beneath mutilated bunny ears and the remains of shattered chocolate eggs. I find the whole thing strange, because I don’t know anyone who professes to follow Christ and yet sacrifices bunnies on an altar to the god of Ishtar, or bows down to Easter eggs.”
Remove the evil from among you – “As the true Gospel is proclaimed with power it is always accompanied by the Law which is used by the Holy Spirit to reveal to the lost their utter need for a Saviour and the complete helplessness to save themselves from the coming wrath of God upon all sin that has not been covered by blood of Christ through his atoning work on the Cross. Those who have not been justified by faith alone through grace alone through believing the Gospel and receiving Christ as Lord and Saviour are those mentioned in the passage above that are ‘outsiders.’”
So who do you think of when I say “Apostle of God”? – “I’ve been reading and sorting through multiple books, using Jack Hayford’s The Charismatic Century as a jumping off point from which to fill in some historic blanks of the 70’s and 80’s. Jack was definitely a large part of the Charismatic world at that time and personally knew almost every single mover and shaker (ha!) in Pentecostal and Charismatic circles from that era.”
Robert Schuller, Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder, dies – “The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88. Schuller died early Thursday at a care facility in Artesia, daughter Carol Schuller Milner said. In 2013, Schuller was diagnosed with a tumor in his esophagus that had spread to his lymph nodes and began treatment.”
Jesus Became a Curse for Us – “One image, one aspect, of the atonement has receded in our day almost into obscurity. We have been made aware of present-day attempts to preach a more gentle and kind gospel. In our effort to communicate the work of Christ more kindly we flee from any mention of a curse inflicted by God upon his Son. We shrink in horror from the words of the prophet Isaiah (chap. 53) that describe the ministry of the suffering servant of Israel and tells us that it pleased the Lord to bruise him. Can you take that in? Somehow the Father took pleasure in bruising the Son when he set before him that awful cup of divine wrath. How could the Father be pleased by bruising his Son were it not for his eternal purpose through that bruising to restore us as his children?”
Alistair Begg – No Place for Truth
Carl Trueman Joins RedGraceMedia
Physician (Benny Hinn), heal yourself!
“If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism but deception.” – John Piper
BILL O’REILLY CALLS BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS ‘DISTURBING’ AND COMPARES THEM TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS (VIDEO)
Will Bill’s next book be called “Killing The Bible”?
“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” John 3:7 (KJV)
For some reason, Bill O’Reilly has been on an anti-Christian rampage lately. He has already displayed his woeful ignorance of the Scriptures with his profit-motivated book and miniseries called “Killing Jesus”. Now he calls born again Christians “disturbing”.
If Bill knew anything about the bible, he would know where the expression to be “born again” first originated. In the third chapter of John, Jesus is talking to Nicodemus and he tells him this:
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (KJV)
Bill mockingly states that “born again Christians believe that if you are not born again, you will go to Hell”. Well, guess what Bill? Jesus believes that, too, and that’s exactly what He told Nicodemus in the bible. But you would have to actually read the bible in order to know it’s in there, I guess.
Understanding the Doctrines of grace in the face of the death, burial, & resurrection of Christ
Perceiving that Christ is in total control of each and every salvation, through understanding these biblical doctrines, will hopefully do several things in the reader’s and listener’s heart. One, is that the dear reader will never, ever again use the terrible phrase, “decisions for Christ.” We do not decide to become a Christian. The author and finisher of our faith is Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 12:2).
Secondly, on this most precious of weekends, understanding the biblical doctrines of grace will offer a clearer view of Jesus and His love for humanity. Here is a very good teaching by Phil Johnson. He gives an overview of church history which illustrates when the eruption between the two camps originated. It was 410AD. The two camps are: we decide for Jesus vs. God’s sovereignty in salvation AKA Pelagianism vs. Calvinism. Hopefully, you will understand that the opposite camp, Pelagianism, minimizes the seriousness of sin and nullifies the need for Divine grace. This weekend is about grace!
Pelagianism was declared heresy in 430 AD. Yet its ideas remained, modified somewhat, and then was called Semi-Pelaginaism. This also was declared heresy in 529 at the Council of Orange. Still not firmly stamped out, strains of Semi-Pelagianism ideas advanced and nowadays modern Arminianism is the result of those debates from earlier centuries. If you hear the phrases walk the aisle, pray a prayer and decide for Christ, it’s from Arminianism.
The synopsis of Johnson’s teaching is below. I’m sorry, I was not able to find a transcript. It is audio only with powerpoint slides.
I want to emphasize, WE DO NOT DECIDE FOR CHRIST. On this most important of weekends, understand who Jesus is and what His death, burial and resurrection means, by understanding the full expression of His work in authoring and finishing our faith. Phil Johnson biblically lays this out.
Calvinism is not some quirky anomaly in the history of Christianity. It is not a recent departure from the mainstream that is headed off in some bizarre direction. The truth is these ideas have always belonged to the mainstream of sound theology throughout church history. It is one of the distinctive doctrines of Christianity itself. It is the anchor of sound doctrine that our faith is the result and not the cause of God’s work in our hearts. ~Phil Johnson
Synopsis of the teaching-sermon: The Christian doctrine of ‘Election’ has caused more difficulties to believers than any other. It is indeed one of the most frequently misunderstood of all Biblical teachings. Many have been distressed by what they think this teaching means. But rather than causing Christians concern, this doctrine is actually one that should fill believers with comfort and a much better grasp of the great and sovereign God that they serve. … a very helpful overview of Calvinism and its history, which actually sets the doctrine of election in the context of the Biblical teaching with which it is most commonly associated. Once correctly understood, election is seen to be actually a demonstration of the Lord’s love for his people. These two recordings will be a great help to those who are struggling to understand this most difficult, yet wonderful, doctrine.
Guest introduction by R. Craig Fulford:
Given it is Easter weekend you might expect me to post a tremendously dynamic sermon on the resurrection. But I’m not!
Instead I have chosen to share with all of you a sermon delivered by Phil Johnson entitled “The Story of Calvinism”. Now before you run screaming for the exits, allow me to explain.
For the most part, in today’s Church environment, any mention of the term Calvinism is met with an almost automatic response of “thrown up hands” and criticism. And that has been the result of many years in Biblical doctrine being compromised in favor of the belief that somehow man is in control and can make his own decision about whether or not he will accept God’s grace and His gift of salvation. The belief that a lost and spiritually dead man somehow has the “free will” to control his own salvation is now epidemic.
Phil does a tremendously effective job of diffusing the animus which exists between those who adopt the Arminian (Synergistic) view and those who are committed to the Monergistic (Reformed) view. Or at least he makes a strong attempt in trying to accomplish that goal without sacrificing Biblical truth.
Monergism says that the Holy Ghost acts independently of the human “will” in the work of regeneration. Monergism is the position in Christian theology that God, through the Holy Spirit, works to bring about the salvation of individuals through spiritual regeneration without any cooperation (interference) from the individual.
Synergism is the position of those who hold that salvation involves some form of cooperation between divine grace and human “free will”. Synergism is upheld by the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches and by the Methodist, Episcopal, Charismatic and Pentecostal traditions of Protestantism. It is an integral part of Arminian theology and is simply the belief that the human can and might choose to cooperate (influence) with the Holy Ghost in His “work” of regeneration.
It’s important to note that “free will” is never once mentioned in Scripture nor is the concept. I know, neither is the “Trinity” but the truth of that concept is unmistakably taught.
So, you must be asking yourself, are there born again believers in churches that have adopted the Arminian doctrine? And if God has already pre-destined those who will be born again, why should Christians ever bother to witness? I mean, “What difference does it really make”?
Listen to Phil’s message and see the slides to have these kind of very serious questions answered! It only seems appropriate, while our minds are on His resurrection this weekend, to examine what it means to us as sinners in need of a Savior. It is too important that we understand what His sacrifice and victory over death represents to get it wrong!
Particular atonement: Christ’s death had a particular purpose, and a special reference for the elect, so that God’s design was first of all to save them, and Christ’s death secured the guarantee of their salvation. Christ’s death accomplished everything God designed it to accomplish. ~Phil Johnson
Mary Magdalene’s Resurrection Story
Commentary by Jack Kelley
“Because you have seen me you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29)
Can Angels Marry?
Q. I tend to think the theory that Nephilim were a result of the fallen angels mating with human women makes sense. Yet, I am still confused by the fact that Jesus Himself said that angels do not marry, nor are they given in marriage in Matt 22:30 while Genesis 6:2 explicitly states that the “sons of God” married the daughters of women. And the fact that even if they did possess a human male for this process rather than just manifesting themselves as a human, how could the angelic part of the Union be passed on to offspring if life reproduces after its own kind according to Genesis and yet the Angels don’t reproduce?
Faith Plus Works?
Q. In a question on law and grace, you made this statement: “During the dispensation of Law, believers had to give evidence of their faith by keeping the Law. During the Dispensation of Grace, also known as the Church Age, this evidence is not required.”
My question is: that James speaks of our faith as dead without works. To me this means that our faith is also evidenced by our works – not that our works save us, our salvation as in the OT is also based on faith. But in the NT, if we do not have works that evidence our faith as well, then that faith is dead. Not understanding how you can say this based on James teachings.
Interesting Facts About Easter. Follow Up
Q. Re: Interesting Facts About Easter. This was confusing to me. Your answer says it is not related to Passover in the first few sentences, but in the last sentence states it is 3 days after Passover. Which one is it? I always thought it was 3 days after Passover that Jesus was resurrected. Are you simply saying Easter itself is separate from Jesus’s resurrection and is simply the spring equinox?
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