Straining Gnats on American Slavery

A response to “Black and White Christians: A Higher Calling to Truth About Our Multiracial History of Slavery.”

There is no escaping the reality that in America, slavery was a one-sided affair. To suggest that blacks themselves had a culpable hand in the institutions that maintained their oppression in this country under slavery, black codes, Jim Crow, “separate but equal,” and much more, is to participate in that same line of oppression in... Continue Reading

Man Up, Men!

Deeply disheartened by the online antics of some Christian men, brothers who have reacted reprehensibly to recent books by sisters in Christ.

These brothers have reacted reprehensibly to recent books by sisters in Christ who have the courage to raise questions about the biblical integrity of particular conceptions of manhood and womanhood popular and popularized among conservative evangelicals in general and the Reformed community specifically.  And yes, it takes courage to raise such questions publicly.   I... Continue Reading

On Being a Kwitter

Paying close attention to what’s trending on Twitter leads me farther away, not closer to, the concerns of the people God.

There was a time when I felt it was good and necessary for me to keep up with the all the news, information, and opinions flying through Twitter—especially information about who has done what, who has said what, who’s in, and who’s out. I thought I might miss crucial information if I didn’t stay closely... Continue Reading

What Lenin Said About Christians and Socialism

“Religion is opium for the people,” wrote Lenin in December 1905, echoing his hero, Karl Marx. “Religion is a sort of spiritual booze.”

Lenin continued, stating that in order “to combat the religious fog… we founded our association, the Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party, precisely for such a struggle against every religious bamboozling of the workers.” Lenin wanted a political system “cleansed of medieval mildew.” He wanted to halt “the religious humbugging of mankind.”   Editor’s note: This article... Continue Reading

Torn Between Two Cultures? Revoice, LGBT Identity, and Biblical Christianity

The chaos and confusion which are the inevitable products of the Sexual Revolution continue to expand and the challenges constantly proliferate.

Putting the pieces together, it becomes clear that Revoice and its organizers would rewrite the meta-narrative of Scripture so that Creation before the Fall is not heterosexual in orientation and can even include same-sex “aesthetic orientation,” the Fall is limited in its extent related to our sin nature, redemption does not mean that the “new... Continue Reading

The Poker Table

He gave me years to serve Him and minister His Word around and from that table.

Today the poker table sits in my study at home. The pad on top has been removed, and the cushions are recovered in a deep blue more fitting to my study. The days of it serving as a gaming table are long over, though occasionally it hosts a game of Euchre or Yahtzee as a... Continue Reading

Confronting Neo Paganism Part 3

Christian theologians, in this time of great confusion, must define the timeless struggle in order to establish essential theological clarity.

The ultimate choice is not between the old and the new, the traditional and the progressive, the cool and the uncool, the modern and the postmodern, autonomous mysticism and autonomous rationalism—but between two irreconcilable, perennial definitions of reality. The conflict is between theism and monism, between God and the world, between Twoism and Oneism, between... Continue Reading

Big Oil, Little Oil, Big Presbyterians, Tiny Presbyterians

John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil financed mainline Protestant organizations and J. Howard Pew (and other small oilmen) sustained evangelical Protestantism.

And one reason that Pew might have favored Graham et al and not had much regard for Machen was the latter’s understanding of the mission of the church was not going to abet the political and economic policies that Pew wanted the federal government to pursue. Graham and the neo-evangelicals, sorry Mark Galli, wanted to... Continue Reading

Destroy Doctrine

Let them have a few doctrinal formulations to which they can give lip service, but keep watch so that they never get too serious about doctrine.

Use doctrine to divide. Encourage heresy. Find someone who reflects our master’s excellent trait of pride. That person will champion a heresy. Soon, many will follow the heretic away from the truth, because so many do not know the truth and have no discernment. Some will rise up against the heretics. Be sure they get... Continue Reading

Fake Morality

The paragons of secular morality will “ensure that policy is driven by science and evidence, not sectarian beliefs” (religion).

There are only two kinds of spirituality. Gospel Truth/Pagan Lies explains five major points of pagan thinking (All Is One and One Is All; All Humanity Is One; All Religions Are One; One Problem: Amnesia; One Answer: Look Within), and their Christian answers (God, the Creator; One in Christ Alone; Only One Faith; One Problem:... Continue Reading