February 28, 2013

The Gospel and False Teaching

Here are a couple of quick quotes from Kevin T. Bauder:

"The Gospel is the essential of Christian unity. Where the gospel is denied, no such unity exists."

"Christians who make a habit of encouraging apostate teachers are hardly models of Christian discernment. We should treat them as people who have a share in the evil of apostasy." 

Both are taken from Bauder's essay in Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism.

February 25, 2013

Did You Know?

Did you know that the Moonies control approximately 1/3rd of the U. S. fishing industry? Listen to this interview (part 1 and part 2) and find out lots of other interesting stuff about Sun Myung Moon and his followers (aka, the cult formerly known as The Unification Church).

February 23, 2013

God Doesn't Believe in Atheists

"The only theory which accounts for the universe with all its phenomena is that which asserts that it has proceeded from [God]." [1]

In other words: in order for anything to be, God must be. What a staggering claim. The sheer dogmatism is astounding. You may have been able to get away with a statement like that in 1887, but who would actually make such a claim in this day and age? What kind of person actually believes that every right-thinking individual must believe in God? So intolerant. No one can know the truth anyway. (Hmm... Is that true? Heh.) The fact is: God exists, and everyone knows it. James P. Boyce, on the universal knowledge of God's existence, writes

February 21, 2013

Cultural Holiness

"Many Christians have what we might call a 'cultural holiness.' They adapt to the character and behavior pattern of Christians around them. As the Christian culture around them is more or less holy, so these Christians are more or less holy." - Jerry Bridges

from The Pursuit of Holiness (NavPress, 2006), p. 21

February 19, 2013

BOLO

Be on lookout for this new one from Josh Harris. It's called Humble Orthodoxy. Here's the blurb:
We don’t get to choose between humility and orthodoxy. We need both. Orthodoxy, for the faithful, evokes what’s cherished and beautiful and eternal. Yet in our day, orthodoxy is too often wielded like a weapon, used to bludgeon others with differing points of view. The word has become associated with behavior like argumentative, annoying, and arrogant. It’s time for God’s people to demonstrate both right thinking and right attitudes. We are called to embrace and defend biblical truth. But that truth includes repeated commands to love our neighbor, love our enemy, and be clothed in gentleness and respect. In Humble Orthodoxy, bestselling author Joshua Harris examines New Testament teachings about the calling of believers to a love-infused courage that ignores foolish controversies, patiently endures evil, and champions truth with generosity of spirit. Without this kind of humility, Harris asserts, we become like the Pharisees—right in our doctrine, but ultimately destroying the cause of truth with our pride.
It's out in April.

February 11, 2013

Why I Hate Revivalism

I have a confession to make. I hate revivalism. Please don't misunderstand me. I don't hate revival. I pray for revival daily. It's revivalism I hate. My hatred for revivalism results not merely from personal distaste but from the fact that I truly believe God hates it as well. That's because I'm convinced that revivalism is an enemy of true revival. It is a man-centered counterfeit of the God-glorifying original. So what is revivalism? Here's Kevin Bauder's definition:

February 07, 2013

Did You Know?

Did you know that Gandhi was a racist? Listen to this interview with G. B. Singh where he reveals some little-known truths about the real Gandhi. I hear Gandhi spoken of and quoted favorably by evangelicals quite often, but the truth is that he was not the saint he is often portrayed as. He's certainly not someone evangelicals ought to revere. You can send your hate-mail to cboyd1534@yahoo.com.

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