We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. —C.S. Lewis
Why The Critics Of The Ontario Sex-Ed Curriculum Are Right
This brings us to the Ontario sexual education curriculum, whose convictions on human sexual health are not liberating but deleterious. Once again, the debate lies between parental and state jurisdiction in creating a just society. But at the heart of the Ontario sex-ed curriculum is buried the perverse claim that children raise themselves. This is explicit from the very outset of the curriculum, which commences with the teaching of consent to six-year-olds.
Sorry to Disappoint the Social-Justice Warriors, but the Faithful Won’t Yield on Religious Liberty
GracePointe’s move is not without concrete consequences. January giving usually is about $100,000–so far this month the church has brought in an estimated $52,000. When GracePointe began the listening process in 2012, Sunday attendance averaged 800-1000. The Sunday he preached the inclusion sermon, attendance was 673, and two weeks later, it was down to 482. “It’s a gut punch,” Mitchell says. “I know a year from now, I’m going to feel a whole lot better, but right now it is just hard.”
Naive Young Evangelicals and the Illiberal DNA of the Gay Rights Movement
There is no room for naivety about our current cultural crisis. Only within the evangelical world naivety is the dominant problem. Young evangelicals who are increasingly sympathetic to their cause want to make nice with gay marriage while supporting religious liberty, but until we are given arguments for how they can coexist given our current legal and political history, we have no more reason to think that is possible than that we could unwind marriage from politics altogether (which is the ultimate libertarian fantasyland).
The Troubled Soul and the Instructed Mind
God promises that through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, you who are troubled can still contentment, peace, and joy. Yes, Moses can sing in the wilderness, David can sing in the cave, and the Apostles can sing in jail. Therefore, you too can simultaneously cry and sing as you walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
The Corporate Testimony of the Worship of Christ
A biblical understanding of worship sees every Lord’s Day corporate gathering as an extraordinary event where the people of God come into the presence of the Almighty and through His blessed gift of the means of grace grow spiritually in their understanding of His attributes and the thorough and perfect nature of the sacrifice of the Son of God for the sins of His sheep. This is something that we cannot receive in any other way than through the ordinances that God has graciously given to us.
What They Despise Is the Fact that God Discriminates
God does discriminate according to morals. Now don’t get me wrong. Christians are justified by faith, but justification produces sanctification. Sanctification is all about morals. This is the reason that in the gospel all people are called to repentance. Christians pursue “sanctification without which no one shall see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14). This is why the Bible speaks of being judged by works, because works are the evidence of faith (2 Cor. 5:10).
The Church of the Left
They are in this sense more like religious believers under compulsion in a society with an established church than like believers denied the freedom to exercise their religion. Liberals are in this respect right to say they’re not trying to kill religious liberty. They’re trying to take it back to something like the form it had in the Anglo-American world when the Anglo-American world had a formal state religion—except now the state religion is supposed to be progressive liberalism.
Gordon College Accuses Gay Activists Of Discriminating Against Its Christian Students
So far Gordon’s admissions have not suffered, with the number of applications received a little higher than last year, Mr. Sweeney said. The school has about 1,800 undergraduates and about 300 graduate students. “We’re hoping folks will remember the type of institution we are and respect the religious beliefs that are part of that, none of which have ever been imposed on anyone outside of Gordon College,” Mr. Sweeney said. “Again, that’s kind of the irony here. We’ve always been a place that’s been very welcoming. We’re willing to engage with anyone.”
The Weight Of Shame
“Whether we sin in private or in public—and whether we perhaps even pretend not to have it—shame is undeniably real. We feel shame because God in His grace created all human beings with the capacity to feel shame as a consequence of their sin. John Calvin wrote, “Only those who have learned well to be earnestly dissatisfied with themselves, and to be confounded with shame at their wretchedness truly understand the Christian gospel.”
More Heaven On Earth
“We can go to the Celestial City even now, and more and more, as we spiritually fellowship with Christ while bearing our crosses for Him. Remember that our lives are already hidden in heaven with Christ, and we may fellowship with Him there upon directing our thoughts upward (Colossians 3:1-3).”
Islamaphobia Phobia – Why Church, Media and Politicians Are Afraid, Spineless
“I knew that immediately I would be accused of being a bigot, Islamaphobic and I was. The interviewer accused me of being ‘divisive’ to which I simply pointed out that anyone who expresses an opinion of any kind can be accused of being divisive.”
The Gospel Is Not Common
“Believers and non-believers, elect and reprobate alike (not that all non-believers are reprobate. God is not done calling all his people to faith) have much in common. We are all image-bearers. We all live in God’s world, under his providence. We all suffer from the effects of the fall. We are all recipients of God’s general, natural revelation of his law (Romans 1:18–2:16) Please do not interpret the shared experience and realities as a species of neutrality. Common is not neutral.”
He just wasn’t paying attention. There can be not doubt that this husband had zero intention of forever shattering his life and marriage. Nonetheless that’s what sadly happened on March 28th when he drove his car off a partially demolished bridge in Chicago while traveling to a family event with his wife. After plummeting 37 feet, their car exploded into flames and his wife was tragically killed, unable to escape the wreckage.
The bridge had been demolished for nearly 6 years and many signs preceded its end into a sheer cliff. There were orange cones and large barrels, concrete barricades, and even massive signs which read, “ROAD CLOSED.” But he sped past them all. How can you miss such obvious signs? Only if you’re not looking for them. That is, if you’re being distracted by something that seems more urgent and eye-catching. In this case, it was his car’s GPS. So intent on following the arrows and commands through an unfamiliar part of town, this poor man stared at a computerized navigational system right off a bridge. GPS technology was more captivating than the obvious signs warning of a cliff ahead.
Lately, I’ve been wondering whether the same is true for The Gospel Coalition. Being so captivated by its nuanced arguments and influence that it’s ignoring the signs to the obvious as it barrels along.
Yes I know, the US election is not for another year and a half. But already the whole thing is heating up. Several big names have already announced their candidacy for the Republicans (Ted Cruz, Rand Paul) and more will be coming soon, including Hillary Clinton for the Democrats.
So even though it is a bit early, we are now already in election mode, and if nothing else, this article is just testing the waters a bit. Here I am just interested in what others (mainly other like-minded folks hopefully) think of the possible scenarios which are starting to play themselves out.
Joy in Singleness, part 2: Gifted to live singly for Jesus
|While some singles are waiting impatiently for God to change their circumstance,
other singles are not walking in a fog of depression but joyfully serve from His gift
Singleness in the church today. Singleness in the Body Christ is forming for His glory. Though there is a heavy focus on married couples in preaching, ministering, and fellowship life, there are single people in the church. We know this by the data the Census and the Christian church demographics. Yet as the number of singles in the church increases, churches are increasingly either unable or unwilling to minister effectively to this normal segment of the family of Christ.
Many single people report that they feel left out, overlooked, or worse, are treated as second-class citizens in church life.
This is part two of a three part series on being single in today’s Christian church. I’d said yesterday in part one that we can drill down even further into examining what the Bible has to say about being single. In my view, there are two branches of singles. Some people are single because they are going through a life phase in God’s timing where marriage hasn’t happened for them yet, or they were married and are now widows or widowers, perhaps to marry again. Others are temporarily single as spouses serve in the military, work far away, or are incarcerated. I’m not discussing these singles, these precious folks who know that God will provide a mate for them.
The other type of single today are men and women Jesus calls and ordains as single permanently. It’s the divinely ordained singles I’ll discuss. These are modern-day ‘eunuchs’, as Matthew 19:12 illustrates. The Bible directly teaches the gift of singleness, the status whereupon Jesus is forming people for His glory who will never marry, or if they were married, will never marry again. Rarely does preaching, ministry, or church fellowship reflect this biblical reality.
In this part I’ll look at what the scriptures have to say generally about singleness. In part 3, the last part, I’ll look at specifically named single individuals in the Bible and their work for the glory of Jesus.
Joyful in Singleness part 3: Famous biblical unmarrieds
Joyful in Singleness part 2Are you one of a partly hidden minority in the body of Christ who has felt led by the Lord to remain single and celibate for all your days? I’m not talking about unbiblical vows of celibacy like the false Roman Catholic Church forces on its priests and nuns. I’m asking if you are one of the blessed recipients of what apostle Paul called a gift of singleness.
Though marriage is the norm for most people, and it is indeed an institution created by God, and it is a picture of our coming union with Christ, marriage is not given to everyone. Never mind that the average person on earth is single for a good portion of their lives. Americans now spend more years of their adult lives unmarried than married.
That’s a Fact, Jack
We are raising a generation of relativists, a college professor recently wrote in the New York Times. Why this is not a very good plan, next on BreakPoint.
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Words of Comfort: Love anyone?
Welcome to the second week of our discussion of Nancy Pearcey’s Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes. (And if you’re here as an atheist because you misunderstood the title of this post, double-welcome!) For more info on what we’re doing and what you’ve missed so far, see the links at the end of this post.
This ‘n’ That
- How does God define success?
- I’m looking forward to this series by Elizabeth Prata about the gift of singleness.
- You must, must, must listen to this Resurrection Sunday message delivered by Pastor Don Green. While some churches were dropping Easter eggs as a worn-out Easter gimmick, Pastor Green taught his church about repentance according to Jesus. Lame, cheap, plastic Easter eggs? No thanks. Repentance, faith, gospel, Jesus? YES PLEASE.
- Which comes first?
- Today’s helping of Charisma craziness comes to us courtesy of Anne Graham Lotz.
- Okay, so this looks and sounds delicious.
- Some Martyn Lloyd-Jones resources you may want to check out.
- The weight of shame.
- Yeah, so, I watched the first episode in the miniseries, A.D. The Bible Continues. In short, I want 60 minutes of my life back. Also, what was the deal with that angel that showed up at the end and rolled away the stone from Jesus’ tomb? It’s been a long time since I’v laughed that hard.
- John MacArthur on the final passover/the first communion (HT to Julia at Steak and a Bible):
Weekly Watchman for 04/10/2015
Too Focused on the Present?
Apr 10, 2015 08:05 am | Mike
The Bible–the inerrant, sufficient and inspired Word of God gives us the rich history of mankind, our fall into sin, redemption by Jesus Christ, and promise of eternal life with God by grace through our faith in Jesus. But these days are too many Christians forgetting the history and not looking forward to the future? […]
News and views
Apr 09, 2015 01:14 pm | A. S.
Lots of news headlines to cover today: Madison man charged with trying to join ISIL Obama Smears Christians During Easter Speech Terminally ill man set to be first to undergo the world’s first full HEAD transplant Walmart Puts Christian Employees on ‘Watch List’ UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII CARRYING OUT CONTROVERSIAL ABORTION EXPERIMENTS ON MINORS Labyrinth transforms […]
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Where is our discernment?
Apr 08, 2015 08:34 am | A. S.
Today we are talking about the NBC Miniseries A.D. The Bible Continues. It is endorsed by some of the biggest and most questionable evangelicals in Christendom. Its theology comes from Roman Catholic mystics. For Christian pastors, you can purchase a pre-packaged product that includes 12 weeks of sermons plus small group study guides. Where is […]
Should we watch A.D.? An editorial
Apr 07, 2015 10:46 am | A. S.
“Editorial” means opinion. What I’m about to say to you about the new mini-series, A.D.: The Bible Continues, is my own opinion and does not reflect the opinions of our management. Ready? Christian, STOP filling your minds with this counterfeit tripe that is opposite of biblical truth of God’s breathed-out Holy Word. Even if your […]
A fine mess
Apr 07, 2015 08:33 am | A. S.
What drives our choices on whom we stand up for, whom we vote for and whom we trust? These days for Christians, having a biblical worldview tells the world that there’s something about you that raises red flags. Suddenly, you are the dangerous one. There are many groups and legal entities working behind the scenes […]
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Christians push back on Dr. Ben Carson’s Facebook faith post
Apr 07, 2015 08:25 am | A. S.
One of the conservative presidential hopefuls that many Christians have been touting is Dr. Ben Carson. But lately, Dr. Carson has been saying some very interesting things about the Jesus he believes in. The following is a Facebook post he shared April 4th before Easter Sunday, and thousands of Christians pushed back on his faith […]
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Apr 06, 2015 08:37 am | A. S.
How is liberal hypocrisy is turning Truth into hate speech? Today we’re talking about racism, religious freedom and the cultural Marxism that is today’s political correctness. About two years ago we had a Fox News reporter by the name of Steven Crowder on our program. He’d recently put together a video that’s gone viral, in […]
Some Here, Some There — April 10, 2015
- I gave each of our children their first driving experience. Thankfully, it never went like this.
- Pyro readers will want to note this review of two recent books on the “New Apostolic Reformation” — which is neither new, apostolic, nor a reformation.
- Some good advice for helping yowwens profit from the sermon, from Erik Raymond.
- Want to hear what a man sounds like who thinks he’s serving Jesus by being smarter than the Bible, who literally recoils in horror at the suggestion of preaching what the Bible directly and actually says? Then you want to read this interview with the late Robert Schuller.
- Very, very fine article on The Dead End of Sexual Sin by Rosaria Butterfield.
- You may have heard about this:
- Even a “Reformed Episcopalian” wonders, “Is an organization committed to unity around the Gospel in danger of losing the Gospel?”
- Bakers must be forced to create cakes with messages that violate their beliefs and consciences. Well, unless the customers are Christians. Duh.
- DBTS’ Mark Snoeberger writes on Mosaic capital crimes in What Shall We Do with Moses?
- Aimee Byrd notes Kevin DeYoung noting that marriage and kids isn’t all that.
- This is brutal and infuriating reading, but provides a perfect example of what happens when morality is defined in terms of what each individual feels and thinks and believes. Thanks once again, California.
- This presuppositionalist thinks that a bit of Lutheran satire on Richard Dawkins is actually pretty wonderful. I’ve watched it again and again; you will, too.
- Today’s Yes…But Why?!! award goes to:
- Added to my BibleWorks notes: m’man Denny Burke has an article in JETS on whether homosexual attraction is sinful. Denny’s one of those folks who I can recommend as worth reading even before reading the piece. Here’s the post in which he announces it and a forthcoming book.
- David Murray, a living, breathing icon of productivity whose days must contain at least 147 hours, provides a list of book deals, and much else besides.
- Among the “much else”is this very powerful pro-life video, from Texas (you’re welcome!) Alliance for Life. Watch it through. I teared up. God grant their goal.
This Week in Calvinism – April 10, 2015
- One thing Paul learned when traveling to Amsterdam was that the early “Dutch Calvinists were not much interested in persecuting non-Calvinists, especially Catholics.”
- Dale Tuggy interviews Dr. Oliver Crisp on libertarian Calvinism and universalism.
- Rich Davis renders the words of Jesus in John 3:16 in a way that he believes “avoids the tragedy of reducing the gospel—the good news to ‘be preached in the whole world‘ (Matthew 24:14)—to an empty tautology.”
- In his endless personal crusade against Calvinism, William Birch asks, “Is the Gospel necessary to salvation in a Calvinistic worldview? The answer is clear: No.” Yes, all us good Calvinists have Romans 1:16 crossed out in our Bibles.
- Pastor Ronnie Rogers thinks the Calvinist “good faith offer” of the gospel is a “bad deception” (part 1, part 2).
Notable Voices: April 11, 2015
Art tackles one of the most frequently asked questions related to ministry finance in this excerpt from his new book, The Minister’s Salary: And Other Challenges in Ministry Finance.
I’ve heard all of these at some point over the past few decades. If you’ve been in pastoral ministry any time at all, you’ve probably heard them too. Mark takes down some of the most popular myths about the pastorate.
In a recent podcast episode, we discussed nine areas of technology that all churches should consider. In this article, Jack provides more of the “why” to our podcast’s “what.”
While there are some similarities in planting and revitalization, JD rightly points out that they are apples and oranges.
Chris explains the recently released PRRR research on “How Race and Religion Shape Millennial Attitudes on Sexuality and Reproductive Health.” As Chris shares in the post, the data on abortive rights both disappointing and surprising.
I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Keith and Kristyn Getty over the past few years. In this article, Keith shares five of the many reasons we should all sing passionately in church this—and every—Sunday.
Equipping Eve–What God Says About His Word
Following suit after the serpent in the garden, there is no shortage of teachers (men and women alike) willing to twist and distort God’s Word to suit their own purposes.
• Mind of the Maker
• Why did Jesus have to die?
• Jesus Is Evidence That God Exists
• The Unexpected Defenders: Meet the Women Apologists
• Is science the only way to know anything about anything?
• How Cold-Case Killers Confirm the Biblical Description of Humans
• The Brief Case for Peter’s Influence on Mark’s Gospel (Bible Insert)
• William Lane Craig presents the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus
The Daily Discovery (April 11-12, 2015)
White House Opens First ‘Gender Neutral’ Restroom, Urges Ban on Help for Homosexual Youth – “The White House opened its first “gender neutral” restroom on Wednesday, the same day that an executive order took effect prohibiting federal contractors from doing business with those that “discriminate” based on sexuality or gender identity.”
ESPN Sports Center-Like “Church” Entertainment – “What function does this Sports Center-Like entertainment fulfill in a Christian Church service? Does it draw people closer to Jesus? Does it help them understand sound Biblical doctrine? Is it a form of prayer or Christian fellowship? What is its function?”
Women and Apologetics – “I love apologetics. It’s not because I have a talent for it – because I don’t. Or because I’m a great debater – because I’m not; I’ll prove it to you – oh wait, no I won’t. I love apologetics because it emboldens me. As Christians, we have the truth and we are commanded to give a defense for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15).”
Who’s Afraid of Clark Pinnock? – The LifeWay List & Moral Bankruptcy – “Clark Pinnock is a deceased biblical scholar, theologian, and apologist. For a time, he was a member of the faculty of a Southern Baptist seminary. During his career he was a proponent of open theism and was supportive of annihilationism. With regards to the eternal state, he was an inclusivist. Clark Pinnock was a liberal Baptist heretic. According to an article and a list recently published by Cameron Dobbins, Clark Pinnock’s books are not allowed to be sold at LifeWay Christian Stores. Yet, the average customer of LifeWay likely does not even know the names of the heresies Clark Pinnock endorsed.”
Art Azurdia – Limited Atonement
The Skull: are you ready to die?
Art Azurdia Sermon Jam
“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
The Rapture In Rev. 4?
Q. I have read your page and found it very interesting and I agree on most of what you said. And yet I have a question. Where on earth do you get Revelation 4 as the rapture of the Church? I have read Revelation many times and I read it again when I saw your comment on the rapture. What part of Rev 4 do you identify with the rapture?
Where Is Dan?
Q. Can you explain why the tribe of Dan is missing from the list of the 12 tribes of Israel in Revelation 7:4-8? Dan is listed in the Old Testament and I have read some commentary that the anti-christ might be from the tribe of Dan. I would like to know your views on this. Thanks so much for your Bible Studies they are wonderful and have really helped me to gain Bible knowledge.
Two Questions About John The Baptist
Q. I have two questions about John the Baptist, and how he was filled with the Holy Spirit in the womb. First, what prophecies were there about John in the Old Testament? And second, (and this makes me sound a bit anti God, I’m not, I just would like to know what you thought of this) – was it not a bit imposing of God to fill John with the Holy Spirit in the womb, involuntarily? John didn’t ask for the life that he had, it seems like it was sort of forced upon him. I can’t work out how this is justified, I’d appreciate your thoughts. continue reading
Why Did Daniel’s Clock Stop?
Q. My question pertains to Daniel’s 70 weeks, particularly when and why the clock stopped at 69 weeks, according to Scriptures.
The Struggle Over Good And Evil
Q. Everyday it seems that the struggle in my heart over good and evil gets more intense. Is there a remedy for this? I believe that I am saved but the struggle seems to be getting more and more acute (nothing illegal or harmful just immoral in light of God’s Word). Could this be a sign that I’m on the right track or is it a sign that I may not be saved after all?
Zeus And The Pigs
Q. With the incident in the Gospels involving the demoniac in Gadera, I heard it taught once that there was a temple to Zeus near by that would have pigs sacrificed in it. It was said that, beside the fact that swine were unclean animals and they really shouldn’t have been raising them regardless of whether or not they ate them, Jesus was eliminating the sacrifice to Zeus. Do you know if this is so?
You Must Be Born Again
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” (John 3:3)
This started out as my response to someone asking me to defend my view that children who die before reaching the age of accountability go to heaven. As you’ll see, it became much more.
Our Time is Short
Ready to start your new life with God?
Who do you think that I am?
With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.
Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.
Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more
Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!
30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.
New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed
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