Marxism and Racism: The Issue Is Never the Issue
The great task before us is to realize that the godless cosmology of cultural Marxism, seducing the rising generations, is the latest form of a powerful and political pagan Oneism.
Certainly, every person must constantly check his or her heart as to the presence of racism—for all kinds of races, by all kinds of races. Christians, however, must be resolutely aware in this day and age of the great challenge before us in the rising forces of ideological Marxism, which pursues “the forcible overthrow of... Continue Reading
The Poison of Suspicion in the Life of the Church
If a church faithfully loves one another, suspicion flies out the back door.
I fear that we are not doing enough in our churches to curb the growth of suspicion. The poison of suspicion can only be drawn out by love. And that means we need to be preaching on, thinking about and living out love in our own lives. Erasing suspicion starts with you, not your neighbour.... Continue Reading
Pensacola Institute Conference Will be Streamed Live June 16-18, 2021
Theme: One Voice: The Word of God, the Love of Christ, and Human Sexuality
The 2021 Pensacola Theological Institute conference, One Voice: The Word of God, the Love of Christ, and Human Sexuality, begins on Wednesday, June 16, in Pensacola, Florida. Due to the critical nature of this topic in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and our partners at McIlwain Presbyterian Church are excited to announce... Continue Reading
Broadening Churches Break, Will the PCA?
Here is how the contemporary broadening of the PCA differs from the PCUSA. You could argue it begins with Good Faith Subscription.
Breadth seems to be afflicting the PCA. The affliction is certainly different from the broadening of the PCUSA roughly one hundred years ago. But in one way it is similar. “Evangelicals” like Charles Erdman, professor of practical theology at Princeton and opponent of Machen within the seminary and the church, believed a denomination could be... Continue Reading
What Does the Death of Cultural Christianity Cost?
To lament the decline of cultural Christianity is to lament not simply the loss of a Christian consensus, but the loss of the social capital born of common grace that secular society was borrowing from.
Some of the critiques against “cultural Christianity,” or those who depict all cultural manifestations of Christianity as motivated by power, leave me thinking in response: Would we rather the church be permanently relegated to the margins? There is no intrinsic benefit to existing on the margins. Should we not pray for the gospel’s advance in... Continue Reading
The Logic of Westminster’s Confession
He supposes that the Westminster theologians wanted to first consider God’s acts followed by man’s response. He was on the right track.
To lose this basic context and methodology is to lose something of the richness of the theology itself. Today we are indebted to those who are calling us back to the roots of our Confession of Faith, which Warfield so aptly described as the “ablest and ripest product of that Great Reformation, which was so... Continue Reading
The Vital Signs of American Christianity: Critical but not Terminal?
Churches should certainly be doing outreach, but more than that, we need to do a lot more “in-reach.”
Every major wing of American Christianity declined just in this latest six-year period. To make matters worse, these were the alarming vital signs well before the COVID-19 tsunami. By all accounts, church involvement has plummeted enormously since Spring 2020, and will struggle to revive to even close to these dismal 2019 levels. The only question... Continue Reading
What the World Needs Now: Zacchaeus
What propelled this corrupt tax collector and agent of the oppressive Roman government, to climb like a child up into a tree for just a chance to see Jesus.
Perhaps when we look at Zacchaeus sitting awkwardly perched on the limb of that tree, we are supposed to see what Jesus is worth. Perhaps when we look at a man like Zacchaeus, climbing a tree just to get the opportunity to see Jesus — not talk to, recline at table with, or discuss the... Continue Reading
What’s Wrong with Our Church Praise Music?
Much of what is so called praise today in worship is not received by the Lord.
True praise in worship doesn’t come cheaply. Praise is not: “1,2,3 let’s go” as the band jams for twenty minutes. Praise is not created by a hip worship band and leader up front manipulating emotions to bring people into an ecstatic state as the congregation watches, mostly in silence, the great performance. People who live... Continue Reading
Perspicuity and the Pastor
The doctrine of the perspicuity of Scripture ought to be a treasured truth for pastors in particular.
A recurring theme in the pages of Scripture is the connection between light and truth (Ps 43:3 (“O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me”); John 3:21 (“But he who practices the truth comes to the Light”)). Scripture, having originated with God, is truth. And Scripture is truth which has been... Continue Reading