Overture 36 on White Supremacy from Chesapeake Presbytery: Asks the PCA to Look for Monsters in the Closet
What Chesapeake Presbytery is asking the General Assembly to do is to study something that exists only in their minds.
What the PCA doesn’t need is another mission drift into social work and social engineering. If one wishes to see the world changed, it will happen in the same way that it has for the past 2000 years—through the work of the Holy Spirit regenerating hearts and turning them to Christ. The PCA needs to... Continue Reading
Some Lose God While Serving God, A Subtle Danger in Christian Ministry
One of the most frightening — Lewis calls it “the subtlest of all snares” — is the temptation to mistake a means for the end.
Abstract truth tends to remain on the surface. Real transformation comes when we get concrete and personal. And I’m no artist, real or otherwise. But I am a teacher and a preacher. And I love to teach and preach. And reading Lewis on the danger of mistaking the means for the end challenges me precisely at this... Continue Reading
The PCA Has Fallen into Error, and Can’t Get Back Up: Part 2-Racism
In Part 2, we will look at race and racism. Specifically, the work on this of the PCA’s General Assembly in 2004 and 2016.
The assumption of the General Assembly appears to be that the current economic and conditions of many blacks today are manifestations of racism by whites, past and present, and only through repentance by whites from this past and current (inherent?) sin can blacks escape the negative effects of these sins and find their way out... Continue Reading
Keep Your Head
Don’t be shocked and don’t be thrown, be sober minded, keep your head in the midst of that.
It isn’t always the case that the fears of a crisis are unfounded. Just occasionally it is as bad as you fear, but still Paul’s advice holds firm: Keep your Head. There are challenging and fearful times in ministry and church life, but rarely is an instant reaction the right reaction. Quick decisions are often bad... Continue Reading
Obedience to Civil Authorities
Christians are bound to a general disposition of submission toward civil authorities, except for when their policies come into conflict with divine justice and the demands of Christ.
We ought to expect for Christians and Churches to embrace a range of acceptable stances that simultaneously reflect primary honor for God, and secondary honor for the state. There will be certain government evils that believers simply overlook (Prov. 17:9; 19:11), either because they are preoccupied with other godly causes, unaware of the said evils,... Continue Reading
The PCA Has Fallen into Error, and Can’t Get Back Up (Part 1-Creation)
In this series, I’d like to run through a brief history of the errors of the PCA in exegesis and application that have led us to where we are today.
Though the Creation Study Report is from 2000, Framework proponents are more numerous in the PCA than ever today. Which helps explain many of the PCA’s current problems. Men who are willing to bend scripture to accommodate secularists on creation–God’s foundational act that revealed Him to us as Creator–are more likely to bend scripture to... Continue Reading
The Soviet government was not satisfied with killing Lohmeyer. They were determined to erase records about his life.
“[God] made me as one fettered, in order to fetter me to himself and to you, and in so doing he gave me the gift of inner freedom from all the mortal burdens of my life. He did all this to me, an innocent victim in the world’s eyes, the martyr of a good cause—and... Continue Reading
The Good Name of Our Neighbor
It is incumbent on us to do our best to guard the reputations of others even when some form of discipline is involved.
Our obligation to protect the reputations of others is not limited to those who agree with us or who are not guilty of sin. It extends to all people; it extends especially to other believers. In the most extreme situations in which church discipline is involved, the reputation of the guilty party should still be... Continue Reading
How The Tide Is Shifting (And Not In A Good Way)
The truth is that Christians who understand and believe Christian ethical norms are a diminishing lot.
There was a time when polite society required Americans to pretend to sympathize with historic Judeo-Christian ethical norms, even as they defied them privately. That time is past. The truth is that Christians who understand and believe Christian ethical norms are a diminishing lot. We might wish that the postmillennialists were right but all the... Continue Reading
Alberta Health Services Statement on GraceLife Church Closure
Alberta Health Services physically closed GraceLife Church preventing access to the building until GLC complies with Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health’s restrictions.
[Editor’s note: This notice is the continuation of the dispute between GraceLife Church in Alberta, Canada, and Alberta Health Services about the advisability of the church holding worship services without getting clearance from Health Services during the COVID-19 mandated restrictions and shutdown. Read a news account of this story: Canadian Church Fenced Off by Authorities for... Continue Reading