Does Holding to Biblical Views on Life and Marriage Adversely Affect the Gospel’s Message to the World?

Do Evangelicals holding to a pro-life and a biblical male-female priority for marriage make it harder to convert people to genuine Christianity?

Because the recipients of this brainwashing will be predisposed to view any movement that upholds the biblical male-female priority for marriage and anti-transgender integrity of the sexes as the equivalent of Ku Klux Klan racism. The only kind of Christianity that these potential converts will be primed for is a heretical, left-wing “liberal” version.  ... Continue Reading

The Faithfulness of Christ in the Little Things

Our Lord’s faithfulness in little things was simply the reflection of the perfect beauty He saw in the face of His Father.

Although Jesus owned no Hebrew Bible of His own, He had hidden it in His heart. He listened to God’s Word each day and meditated on it. That means something more than merely reading it. He was reflecting on it, letting it sink in, digesting it.   It is a principle in Christ’s kingdom that... Continue Reading

The Pollution of Man

Knowing our complete inability to save ourselves highlights the grace and mercy of God.

Even if man were to recognize his condition, total inability means that he is powerless, on his own, to change his ways. Just like the leopard cannot change his spots (Jer. 13:23) so we cannot stop our sinful actions and motives. 1 Cor. 2:14 teaches that the natural man doesn’t receive the things of the... Continue Reading

Klein v. Oregon: Religious Liberty & Freedom of Speech vs. Gay Rights

What are the Constitutional claims supporting the positions of faith-guided commercial providers who are asked to set aside their religious beliefs by customers who ask them to offer services contrary to their convictions?

The first basis for relief from the reach of the anti-discrimination laws is the claim that such laws violate the freedom of speech of the providers. At first blush, it may seem a stretch to regard baking a cake or arranging flowers as “speech.” However, federal Constitutional cases have long recognized that protecting speech is... Continue Reading

Who is Chosen in Love?

We were just as unholy and fallen as the rest of the fallen human race until God intervened.

The wonder of divine election is not that God loves us because we are lovely but that He loves us even though there is nothing lovely in us. But in choosing us, He loves us in order to make us holy in His sight. Those whom He chooses will certainly become lovelier over the course... Continue Reading

Alcuin of York–More Than a Scholar

Two doctrinal concerns take prominence in Alcuin’s writings: the primacy of grace and the divinity of Christ.

Alcuin’s accomplishments were numerous and varied, both for the church and the Carolingian court, and his impact on Charlemagne was probably more profound than the existing documents allow us to know. He also influenced generations of European thinkers, either directly or through the educational programs he designed.   Alcuin of York–More Than a Scholar In... Continue Reading

CA Legislators Blame Religious People For High LGBT Suicide Rates

There is no reputable, serious research showing people commit suicide because a particular religion refuses to embrace homosexuality. None.

We must admit that something else is driving the tragically high suicide rates of our gay and lesbian neighbors, and it’s not traditional faith convictions. True compassion demands we find out what that cause is; these lives are too valuable to play baseless politics with.   Legislators in California have discovered yet another way to... Continue Reading

Mind the Gap

The admonition is to pay attention to where you’re walking lest you fall into the gap.

The gap between where we are in our spiritual growth and where we need to be is addressed through the mind. We are to mind the gap, recognizing that we are to progress in Christ-likeness and seeking the grace of God that Christ might be formed in us.   We want to sow in our... Continue Reading

Why We Need More Pastors Like Augustine

Retrieving Ancient Pastoral Practice

But things weren’t always this way. It’s time for the post-Christian church to return to its parochial roots. The bishops and presbyters of the ancient church aspired to nothing more than faithful ministry—possibly ending in martyrdom—in their assigned parish. The paroikia was their focus: a “sojourning community” in a particular time and place. The early... Continue Reading

The Pollution of Man

Knowing our complete inability to save ourselves highlights the grace and mercy of God.

Even if man were to recognize his condition, total inability means that he is powerless, on his own, to change his ways. Just like the leopard cannot change his spots (Jer. 13:23) so we cannot stop our sinful actions and motives. 1 Cor. 2:14 teaches that the natural man doesn’t receive the things of the... Continue Reading

Has the PCA Become A De Facto ‘Side B’ Church?

“Side B Gay Christianity” refers to professing Christians who identify as homosexuals, but who say they will remain celibate.

So what proponents of the “Side B” position in the PCA are demanding is that either that we join them in burning the pinch of incense and saying, “Side B is Good” or that we silently submit to the de facto position. They have in essence declared that for someone to respond publicly to TE... Continue Reading

Five Biblical Points of Dordrecht

A look at the statements in the five Articles of Dort (utilizing the acronym T.U.L.I.P.), in order to show their biblical foundations and theological precision.

When we contemplate what Scripture says about the severity of man’s fallen condition, the glory of God’s eternal purpose to redeem a people, the perfection of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, the sweetness of the power of God to bring sinners to Himself, and the assurance of God’s commitment to bring His people to glory... Continue Reading

Will America Go To War With Iran On The Basis Of A Theological Fiction?

Mistaking modern day Israel for biblical Israel is not just some innocuous theological framework if it’s being used as a possible justification for going to war.

Going to war with Iran for any reason, short of Iran directly attacking the United States of America, would be a foreign policy blunder with disastrous results. But going to war based on the theological fiction which confuses the modern nation-state of Israel with biblical Israel, equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism, and singles out Iran for... Continue Reading

Scapegoating the Church for LGBT Suicide and Stigma

Our legislators need reminding of both law and science as they rush to scapegoat people of faith—and stigmatize reasoned disagreement—as a primary cause of sexual minority suicidality and depression.

If religious convictions are a major contributor to stigma and suicide, one would expect much lower rates of such in nations with relatively fewer people of orthodox faith. But a 2006 study from the Netherlands noted, “This study suggests that even in a country with a comparatively tolerant climate regarding homosexuality, homosexual men were at much higher... Continue Reading

Defending Door-to-Door and Open Air Evangelism

A rejoinder to the article on “City to City Evangelism” that appeared on Ref21.

I take exception, however, with Nick’s assessment that door-to-door evangelism is not for today, that it was probably not taught by Jesus, and that open air preaching was unique, reserved for “the intertestamental period which was a transitional period during which the New Covenant church was being established among unreached people…”   I first met... Continue Reading

Weal & Woe

“How can things be so upside down?”

The Psalms are full of cries from the faithful who suffer in and mourn over the overwhelming wickedness that surrounds them. Sin consistently turns the world upside down, and we, God’s faithful, want to see the world right side up. Jesus says to his disciples that if you are part of his people who loathe... Continue Reading

The Coming Millennial Midlife Crisis

The Millennial generation is not as young as they once were.

Of all generations, it’s the Millennials who have had the deepest sense that it’s their responsibility to save the earth, to better society, to rescue humanity. From childhood they’ve been told that their parents and grandparents broke this world, pillaged its resources, unbalanced its economy, and harmed its people. From grade school they’ve been assured... Continue Reading

Is Domesticity a Bad Word?

The true woman does not compartmentalize domesticity, nor does she reduce it to a set of behaviors.

“When you think of home, what place do you think about?” he asked. Without missing a beat Jessica replied, “Heaven.” When a woman is gripped by this perspective, she will sacrificially care for her own family and the family of God. She will do all she can to put them under the protective, cleansing blood... Continue Reading

Our Call to Faithfulness

The faithfulness of God to Himself, and of Christ to the Father, provides the deep roots of God’s faithfulness to His covenant people.

The great evidence of being rightly related to God is faithful stewardship of His grace in our lives for His glory. A failure of faithfulness demonstrates that we are not good stewards and do not belong in His kingdom. Inactivity in service to our Lord, when we claim to have been made the recipients of... Continue Reading

He Who Confesses and He Who Does Not Confess: John’s Confession of Faith

Jesus, the Son of God, is the Christ in human nature for the purpose of redemption. To believe aught else is to believe in a false god.

John set forth a simple but highly evocative confessional statement: “Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.” (1 John 4:2, 3). The negative part of the confession borrows the context from the first part—that is,... Continue Reading

Pro-Life For All: The Image of God in the Elderly

When people become a burden, our beliefs about humanity begin to show.

If we’re honest, many of us are guilty of complaining about the aged among us being stuck in their ways, slow. And others of us are guilty of passing by the elderly without seeing them as people in need of the gospel. I know I recently came to the realization that being old doesn’t mean... Continue Reading

The Sexual Revolution in a Nutshell

Gay marriage was inevitable, because straights had already queered sex and marriage via the Sexual Revolution.

Just as its loudest opponents feared, granting same-sex couples access to marriage has further aligned the hoary institution with sexual choice, helping sever the link between sex and diapers—at just the moment when abortion rights face their greatest test in a generation.   If you want to understand the sexual revolution in a nutshell, read... Continue Reading

5 Reasons to Preach on Predestination on Sunday Morning

Any true study of salvation will have a proper focus on God’s work of predestination.

While the church needs to grow bigger, it must grow deeper first! If the members of the church lack proper knowledge of key biblical truths (like predestination), how will they be able to make disciples in the first place?   Predestination is one of the most hated and debated doctrines in the Bible. Yet, Charles... Continue Reading

God’s Eternal Plan of Redemption

God’s plan will come about exactly as he has foretold, and no work of man and no power of hell can frustrate it.

God in His kindness and love and mercy and compassion, and in His infinite grace, looked upon men and women when they deserved nothing but hell and destruction, and gave them the promise of their wonderful redemption that would finally be consummated in His own eternal Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.   Our... Continue Reading

Pastor, God Grows Churches

Can we create growth through the imitation of powerful leaders and growth gurus?

The danger today is that when we make men, strategies and models the centre of church growth we inadvertently begin to think the same thing about ourselves—that we are responsible. This is not merely an unbearable burden but an impossible and crushing expectation. Subtly, I wonder if it is the reason church leaders and pastors... Continue Reading

Pictures of Preachers

Stott’s brief book covering New Testament word-pictures related to pastoral ministry is brief, Biblical, and powerfully and beautifully written.

Any pastor who reads this book somewhat regularly will be equipped to develop their own practice of preaching because the theology presented is so clear and Biblical. Any churchgoer will be helped by a greater understanding of their pastor’s calling and work.   John Stott was an English Anglican pastor, whose commentaries and books on... Continue Reading

The Cracks in the Edifice of Transgender Totalitarianism

The transgender revolution is happening without any credible scientific evidence to support it. The concept of changing one’s biological sex is nonsense, as sex is determined by unalterable chromosomes.

The transgender castle that radicals have constructed by sheer force of will is built on shifting sand without supports of any kind. The wave that will sweep it away is gaining strength. May the time come soon when we will all say, with observers of past hysterias, “How could we have believed that?”   “What... Continue Reading

Papal Paganism’s Kiss of Death

Pope Francis is walking away from most forms of historic Roman Catholicism, taking countless followers with him.

I use the word apostasy deliberately. Apostasy means a complete “standing away from,” an abandonment of essential truth. In three areas, the Pope is leading the Catholic Church into areas of doctrinal and practical heresy that go far beyond any they have promulgated in previous history—in the areas of homosexuality, of interfaith relations with Islam,... Continue Reading

Five Bad Reasons to Go to Church

Why do we even go to church at all? To worship God? To be entertained? To have all of our preferences met?

Jesus reminds the Israelites that they went to the wilderness to hear John speak. They did not sit in plush auditoriums with fresh brewed coffee to hear God’s word at their convenience. They were willing to endure discomfort to hear from God. Would we go into the wilderness, sit in uncomfortable chairs, suffer through less than professional... Continue Reading

Is It Bigoted Not to Date Someone Who Is Transgendered?

Sex has to do with nature, and nature always asserts itself and eventually wins out.

Researchers Karen L. Blair and Rhea Ashley Hoskin published their findings in an article Transgender exclusion from the world of dating: Patterns of acceptance and rejection of hypothetical trans dating partners as a function of sexual and gender identity published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.  They asked nearly a thousand participants, in the words... Continue Reading