Daily Archives: August 8, 2015

Of the Heinousness of Covetousness

Regeneration, Repentance and Reformation

Being Gouge’s own summaries of his sermons on Covetousness from his Commentary on Hebrews, Courtesy of Puritan Sermons – Fire & Ice 
Written by, William Gough, Puritan, 1575-1653


There are many circumstances concerning covetousness which do much aggravate the heinousness thereof, for:

1. It is a deceiving sin; it blinds the understanding and corrupts the judgment in a main point of happiness: for the covetous man ‘makes gold his hope, and fine gold his confidence,’ Job 31:24. This is further manifest by the titles that are usually given to it, as ‘substance,’ and ‘goods.’ They who get much wealth are said to be made for ever; and they who lose much, to be undone forever. The rich man, when his corn exceedingly increased, thus said to his soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry,’ Luke 12:19. Upon this…

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Kentucky bans pastor from prison ministry because he disagrees with homosexuality


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Yes, in Kentucky.

The Stream has the story.


Like Christian ministers across the confessional spectrum, David Wells takes seriously the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “I was in prison and you did not visit me.” Minister of evangelism of Pleasant View Baptist Church in McQuady, Kentucky, he has been visiting and mentoring juveniles in the Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center for 12 years.

Not any more. On July 7th, the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) revoked his volunteer credentials and permanently barred him from visiting, counseling or leading worship services for juveniles. He was found in violation of a newly revised departmental policy on “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” because he could not sign a state-mandated statement that he would not use the word “sinful” when talking about homosexuality. The policy states that volunteers:

shall not refer to juveniles by…

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Doctrine: The Superfluous Paraphernalia of the Church?

The Reformed Reader

(This is a re-post from May, 2012)

Here’s a great critique of revivalistic pietism by Os Guinness.

“The trouble was that after the movement of revialistic pietism swept by [in the 1800s], evangelicalism had also become anti-intellectual and anti-theological to a fault.  Examples of this anti-theological anti-intellectualism abound.  ‘My theology!’ Dwight L.  Moody said later, ‘I didn’t know I had any.’  ‘If I had a creed,’ Sam Jones, the Moody of the South, added, ‘I would sell it to a museum.’  Billy Sunday did not ‘know any more about theology,’ he used to boast, ‘than a jack-rabbit knew about ping pong.’

“Faith without theology?  Creeds fit only for a museum?  Theology at a jack-rabbit level something to brag about?  The statements themselves are flamboyantly brash; the assumptions behind them appalling.  But they reveal our evangelical anti-intellectualism beyond any contradiction.”

“Current versions of anti-intellectual pietism are milder and sometimes even…

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Daily Devotionals: (8th Aug.) The Insufficiency of Self-help. Pt. 2

thinkGOSPEL blog

Reading: Genesis 3:7

Consider Adam and Eve in the garden as they discover their sin. They immediately try to recover themselves, to rectify the situation. But this situation could not be easily reversed. The self-righteousness of the “aprons of fig leaves” not only ignores God, but ironically, it imitates God.

Adam covered his nakedness because he knew what God would do (cf. verse 21). But Adam’s imitation of God was insufficient; it did not deal with the trouble of his conscience, for he still must hide among the trees from the presence of God. Self-help is a religion and, as all false religions do, it ignores God and at the same time creates a poor imitation of true religion. Self-help tries to do what only God can do.

How often do we imitate the ways of God, following the narrow path of strict religious discipline, but we do so…

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