Archive for the ‘Christianity’ Category

Reformed Theology: Some Differences Between Catholic and Evangelical Christianity

February 17, 2010
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Jesus: Lord of All or Lunatic?

April 10, 2009

Regardless of who you are and what you believe, the question presented in the following video is one for you. Jesus Christ is the One to whom every person bows, either in this life or eternity. It is a question you will face at some point, it is unavoidable. So please, take the life that God is graciously giving you today and consider who Jesus is.

Here is a quote by C.S. Lewis that goes along with this theme:

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

He Died!

March 24, 2009

Very good!

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True Repentance

February 15, 2009

This is a very good description of Biblical repentance. Pastor Tim Conway gives a description of the man-centered repentance that needs to be repented of. Outstanding!

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Is Being Gay a Gift From God?

February 1, 2009

Being gay is a gift from God? “What verse is that?!”, I asked myself. As I watched this video the many Scriptures that display homosexuality as a sin (Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 1 Timothy 1:8-10 to name a few) rushed through my head. I thought to myself, “This guy had to have done some serious eisegetical gymnastics to come up with that idea!”

Here’s the video:

As you can see, Rev. Bacon made quite the “salad bar” out of the Bible by picking and choosing bits and pieces, tearing them out of context, and applying what fits his agenda. There are many misapplications of Scripture in this video, too many for me to deal with in this short post, but here are a couple of the most glaring examples:

Rev. Bacon paraphrased Genesis Chapter 1 and God’s proclamation that His creation, including man, is good. He applied this as argument that people, including gay and lesbians, are good. Well, for starters and for precision’s sake … God proclaimed that His creation was good at every stage of His work. It wasn’t until the sixth day when God created man, that He proclaimed the creation Very Good. But the main thing that should be noted here is that all of this was before the Fall of Man. After the fall … God had a completely different view of man as you can see here in Genesis 6:5:

The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Another striking misapplication was when he paraphrased John 3:17.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

 
He used this verse to explain that the Bible should be used in a non-condemning way. Again, he completely misapplied the meaning of this text You see, Jesus elswhere says that judgment does attend His coming into the world (John 9:39) His point here is not that He will not judge, but that the time is not ready. The world was already under threat of judgment before He came, but with His coming, salvation became a reality offered to a hostile world. When Christ was speaking here, it was His first coming. He is confronting people with the obligation to decide for or against Him. Until The Second Coming of Christ, this is still an age of redemption, a time to turn from sins and toward Jesus.

Rev. Bacon characterized himself as a “Biblically Oriented Person” in this video. So, to be on the airwaves saying that, “Being gay is a gift from God” it seems to me, in light of the reality of the warnings given in the Bible about homosexuality and many other sins, is a misleading message. Rev. Bacon might as well be saying that being an idolater, adulterer, a thief, a drunk, a reviler or swindler is a gift from God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 1 Timothy 1:8-10). He is giving people the false hope that their sin is not only acceptable, but a gift!

Please don’t read me wrong here!! Our lives ARE a gift from God! The very next breath you take in while reading this post is a gift from God! Homosexuality, adultery, theft and the long list of other sins, are not gifts from God. The Bible clearly characterizes them as sins against God (Psalm 51:4). The perpetrators of these, and all other sins, will be held accountable. (Hebrews 9:27, Romans 6:23, Matthew 12:36). The the loving message from a Biblically oriented person should be the Gospel! All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), but God sent His only son into the world so that all who believe may be rescued from their transgressions if they repent and trust in Him ( John 3:16-18, 2 Corinthians 5:21). Yes! our lives are a gift from God, but the REAL gift is the redemption and promise of eternal life available through Christ.

Reformed Christian Rap??

January 18, 2009

Anyone that knows me knows that rap music is definately on the bottom of my list of music genre choices.  But, listening to Christian rap artists like the The Cross Movement and Shai Linne makes even the most hard core non-Hip Hop guy like me … well … a Hip Hop guy.

Pluralism Confirmed

January 15, 2009

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has published a controversial survey on the “Christian’s” view of eternal life and how one gets there. The survey, which is also commented on here, essentially shows how much of a Christian Nation we are not.

At its heart, the survey shows that 65 percent of Americans believe that religions, other than their own, can lead to eternal life. The results are sad, but really not surprising. At a time in history where ignorance of the Bible is at an all time high and America’s Evangelical “leaders” are as squishy as ever, this survey really only serves to confirm the sad state of affairs that is American Evangelicalism.

Here are a couple examples of “leadership” that we have had dominating the airwaves for years:

The “Church of Oprah” probably does not help matters either!

The word that describes this survey and the prevalent viewpoint it reflects is: pluralism. Firstly, pluralism is absolutely illogical and is by no means Christianity … No matter who promotes it.

The Bible is unflinching in its description of the requirements for Christians. Those requirements are … uh … Narrow. Why is it so narrow and un-inclusive you ask? The answer is quite simple really. There is only one God (Isaiah 45:5, Isaiah 43:10-11) and like it or not, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the means by which God the Father has set forth to redeem a sinful and wicked humanity to himself. Outside of Christ there is nothing but condemnation. But, the good news is that this narrowness is available to anyone who repents of their sins and puts their trust in Christ’s righteousness.

Consider these words from Christ himself describing the nature of Christianity:

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:13-14

and:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6