The Misleading Beauty of Temptation
The only reason she has so much power over me is that deep down, I desire the treasures she offers whether she is present or not.
I am always amazed at how much influence she has over me, or should I say, how much power I have given her. There is only one remedy, and that is to abide in Christ who offers the real fulfillment I am seeking: to look upon true beauty. My desires must change for her to lose... Continue Reading
A Terrible Judgement Awaits the Enemies of God
Trusting in Jesus in not some philosophy that leads to a nice life but it is a life or death issue.
Isn’t God a God of love? Of course! Yet God is also a God of justice. These are people who openly and persistently not only rejected the true God but also encouraged the worship of a rival god. If God pretended that didn’t happen, that might sound loving, but it would be unjust. The... Continue Reading
Satan’s Propaganda War
It may also be the case, as it was for Ezra and the Jews who had returned to Jerusalem before him, that we may have to endure setbacks and suffering on account of Satan’s lies.
It may also be the case, as it was for Ezra and the Jews who had returned to Jerusalem before him, that we may have to endure setbacks and suffering on account of Satan’s lies. But truth will always triumph ultimately over lies. Our confidence rests in Jesus’ promise, ‘You will know the truth and... Continue Reading
Welcome to the Sexual Counter Reformation
And then along came the Christians – especially St Paul and St Augustine – and spoiled the whole party.
So it’s simple. Christians should do in the 21st century, what it did in the 1st: preach the Gospel, care for the poor, avoid all sexual immorality, live in a community of love and fellowship and keep ourselves from being tainted by the world. The Church failed many times (look at the Corinthian church for... Continue Reading
A Peculiar Approach to Unity
Sadly, the writer(s) of the open letters do a poor job of accurately representing the views of those with whom they disagree.
Those of us who are concerned about the trajectory of the PCA are not imagining things nor are we straining at gnats. Our concerns are doctrinal, ethical, and substantive. The PCA is not experiencing anything unprecedented in our current moment. We have the sad history of so many American denominations from which to learn. We... Continue Reading
No U-turns Allowed
You are free to move away from the previously established norms, but woe betide anyone who chooses to move back towards them.
Mankind’s agenda is to keep God out of the picture. You are to be true to yourself, as long as the self you are being true to resembles nothing like the self which God designed men and women to be. Yet the path to finding our true selves is found in the God we are... Continue Reading
The 2021 Southern Baptist Convention: What Just Happened?
Shrewd political operatives have successfully elected their candidate to lead the SBC for the next year.
It is time for Southern Baptist churches, led by God-fearing pastors, to show up, stand up, and speak up, and remind the elites and our erstwhile leaders that the seminaries, institutions, and agencies of the SBC belong to the churches. Those who lead them and work in them work for the churches. The trustees of... Continue Reading
Harassing Jack Phillips
The things of the world are at war with the things of God and in this world, the world is going to win these fights.
God’s team ultimately wins. Victory is already assured. But in the ever-quickening pace to the final day, the world will seem to have the upper hand. Conservatives need to stand with Jack Phillips. Conservatives also need to be smart. When you start using the government to impose your values on others, the other side will... Continue Reading
Paul Anticipates—and Answers—Objections to Election in Romans 9
To say God’s mercy ultimately originates as a response to foreseen faith or mercy is to affirm election does depend on human will and exertion, rather than on God.
Here’s my claim: in Romans 9, Paul teaches the (Calvinist) doctrine of unconditional election—the teaching that God chooses to save some and not others, not based on anything in them (whether faith or fruit, present or foreseen), but based solely on his sovereign will and purpose. Evidence for this view comes in two steps: first,... Continue Reading
Rendering Treatment, Refusing Transformation (and Destruction): Preserving Medical Conscience Rights
Scientists employed by government-owned labs, perhaps working behind the walls of classified security, should not face pressure to conform with objectionable experimentation.
Religious people must be able to criticize the transformationist agenda in the public square. We live in a highly religious world, and America’s roots are in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Our society has also been enriched by religious diasporas from around the globe, bringing people who seek religious and other freedoms to our shores. It is wrong to... Continue Reading