The University as the Woke Mission Field: A Dissident Women’s Studies Ph.D. Speaks Out
Critical Social Justice ideology is not only intellectually vacuous; it is downright dangerous.
I realized that Critical Social Justice ideology is not only intellectually vacuous; it is downright dangerous, and that the reason it has captivated so many minds is not because of the strength of its ideas, but because it has succeeded in silencing more reasonable and time-tested principles….If we want to understand why this ideology is... Continue Reading
Christians Shaming Christians Over Voting for Trump: 3 Strawman Arguments That Need to Stop
Christians are shaming other Christians for having voted for Trump by mischaracterizing their reasons; this is called “strawmanning.” Here are three strawmen.
Christians are on the receiving end of all kinds of mischaracterizations by non-believers. When we strawman each other, we only add to those misunderstandings. Moving forward isn’t about how we fix our “reputation” for having voted for Trump (as some Christians seem to be concerned about); non-believers will never like our values, no matter who... Continue Reading
Is Truth Irrelevant?
Someone once said that, in a war, truth is the first casualty. That has certainly been so in the media -- and in much of academia as well.
Unfortunately, too many American educational institutions — from elementary schools to universities — have become indoctrination centers. The riots that swept across the country last year are fruits of that indoctrination and the utter disregard for other people’s rights that accompanied those riots. It is amazing how many people seem to have discovered last... Continue Reading
When False Prophets Prophesy Falsely
Although false prophets may provide a temporary analgesic to our challenges, only the Word of God comforts, strengthens and equips us to endure.
Pastors bear great responsibility in this. Part of ministering is protecting. As John Calvin stated, “The pastor ought to have two voices: one, for gathering the sheep; and another, for warding off and driving away wolves and thieves. The Scripture supplies him with the means of doing both.” It seems unlikely that America’s deep... Continue Reading
Monolithic-Oriented Racial Reconciliation: Based On a Racist Myth
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
For one, viewing any race as totally monolithic in thought, word, and deed must be denied and resisted. That attitude should absolve any and all races from a false guilt. Races are not monolithic. Ask any Zulu or Tanzanian. Ask any Chinese or Japanese. Ask any Spaniard or Serbian. Racial reconciliation is a subject... Continue Reading
Evangelicals and Race Theory
Critical theory relies on the concept of false consciousness—the notion that the oppressors control society so completely that the oppressed believe their own interests are served by the status quo.
Critical race theory, like other critical ¬theories—postcolonialism or queer ¬theory, for example—is self-certifying. Its basic claims, for example, that racism is systemic or that being non-racist is impossible, are not conclusions drawn from arguments. They are axioms, and they cannot be challenged by those who do not agree with them. Those who ¬dissent or offer... Continue Reading
The New-Bible Fallacy
If our hearts and minds are transformed, it’s easier for our behavior to follow.
If God changes our hearts so that we believe these truths, we will be much more likely to live by them. This change of heart will be ongoing and will last a lifetime. If I buy new running shoes, I’ll become a dedicated runner. If I subscribe to a language-training app, I’ll be fluent in a snap. If... Continue Reading
“The Very Heaven of Heaven”: Puritan Reflections on Immanuel’s Land
For those welcomed by the King, an endless array of glories awaits, which will far outweigh the sufferings we endure as we journey through this world.
Thus, Goodwin exhorts, “Let us therefore take God for our portion, whatsoever else becomes of us, whatsoever befalls us; let what will come, what afflictions, what throbs, what miseries or crosses will come, heaven will make amends for all; God will be better to thee than all.” Indeed, for the Puritans, the hope of someday dwelling... Continue Reading
The Catholic Puritan: John Owen on Eternal Generation
We need a whole Trinity to save us wholly, and we need to come to God respecting the eternal order of the divine persons.
Owen’s teaching on eternal generation has practical implications as well. Too often today the gospel has become a list of benefits rather than the work of three divine persons. Do we reduce the gospel to the forgiveness of sins and changed lives, or do we understand that the gospel aims to restore the true knowledge... Continue Reading
A Parable from the Dead
The church needs to be a place where the light exposes the darkness.
In death, Ravi Zacharias bears his deserved shame. What that means only the Judge of all the earth knows and He will do right (Genesis 18:25). But let every church and congregation take heed unless He who holds the seven stars in His hand should remove the lampstand from its place. Evangelicalism received crushing... Continue Reading