I made a couple of comments on FB toward the end of the Vice-Presidential debate the other night. The comments have been very interesting. One fairly common notion came up in a discussion of abortion and legislation. (Please note: ordinarily I prefer to call “abortion” by what it properly is, that is, the wholesale murder of helpless infants, but I will use the accepted euphemism of “abortion” in this post. It’s nice how we can use words as smoke screens to disguise abject atrocity and out-and-out bloodletting.) This common notion, which is, I think, an obvious fallacy, is that one should never impose one’s morality on other people by way of public legislation. (more…)
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Posted in American Church, Amusement, Arminianism, Personal Development, Theology, tagged amusement, Arminianism, Calvinism, Semi-Pelagian, Semi-Pelagian Narrower Catechism on August 3, 2012| 8 Comments »
I’ve been laughing at the SPNC for the past 15 years. It should be clear that there’s nothing new here. However, it should also be clear that there is a great deal of amusement. Catechism is important, but it is even more important which catechism you choose. Can I get an Ay-men?!
1. Q: What is the chief end of each individual Christian?
A: Each individual Christian’s chief end is to get saved. This is the first and great commandment.
2. Q: And what is the second great commandment?
A: The second, which is like unto it, is to get as many others saved as he can.
3. Q: What one work is required of thee for thy salvation?
A: It is required of me for my salvation that I make a Decision for Christ, which meaneth to accept Him into my heart to be my personal lord and saviour… that’s right savioUr. That’s the spiritual way of spelling that word.
4. Q: At what time must thou perform this work?
A: I must perform this work at such time as I have reached the Age of Accountability.
5. Q: At what time wilt thou have reached this Age?
A: That is a trick question. (more…)
Let it be known that I take no joy in this post. I do not know Jason Stellman, nor have I read his defense of Two-Kingdom theology. I have interacted with him from time to time on his blog, and I have seen some of his work as the prosecutor of Peter Leithart. On the whole, I have both appreciated and disagreed with what I have read from Jason Stellman. That, however, is nothing unique. What is fairly unique is that Jason Stellman, a PCA minister, has defected from the Gospel. You can read his letter to the clerk of the PCA’s NW Presbytery on his blog. My point here is not to engage with Stellman’s reasons for rejecting (more…)
Posted in American Church, Amusement, Personal, Personal Development, Politics, Relationships, tagged amusement, Homosexuality, Marriage, Personal, Personal Development, Politics on March 21, 2012| 2 Comments »
Like anyone with a quarter of a brain, for a number of years I’ve been loathing the social agenda of the total annihilation of the institution of marriage. This agenda (it seems to me) has quite logically been pressed by the homosexuals and other sexual perverts. The funny (read: exceedingly sad) thing is that a very small percentage of sexual deviants has influenced (read: duped) so many in our culture. It’s the ol’ I’m-not-gay-or-anything-but-I-think-that-people-should-be-able-to-marry-whomever-they-want routine. It’s a lame routine. It would be really easy for us to point our fingers at these folks who support “gay marriage” and say that they are responsible for the destruction of marriage in our time. That accusation and the associated finger-pointing, however, would be misguided.
Who is responsible for the destruction of marriage? (more…)
Posted in American Church, Evangelism, History, Personal Development, Positive Attitude, Relationships, Theology, tagged charismatic, church history, Evangelism, Historical theology, pentecostalism, Personal Development, theology on June 8, 2011| 8 Comments »
I’ve been teaching through church history in the adult Sunday school class (on and off) at the Olympia Bible Presbyterian Church now since 2008. We’re up into the 20th century and recently have examined the origins and development of Pentecostalism. Now, I’m not a Pentecostal, nor am I charismatic (save for my everybody-simply-MUST-love-me personality), but I have a good deal of respect for Pentecostalism, along with a good deal of problems with the same. This little article is a sketch of the origins and development of the Pentecostal movement, a movement so vibrant and diverse as to defy classification… but here goes.
Pentecostalism (along with its slightly older brother, the Holiness movement) comes out of Methodism, which is derived largely (though certainly not completely) from the labors of John Wesley. Wesley taught a doctrine of perfectionism, which was promoted by the Methodists. In the mid-18th century, there was a revival of interest (largely in Methodist circles) in the teaching of perfectionism. This revival of interest (along with the Welsh Revivals of 1904-5) led to the Azusa Street Revival, which began in 1906. This revival was full of miracles, signs, tongue speaking, and (maybe most scandalous of all) inter-racial mingling! Azusa Street was a massive springboard for Pentecostalism, which would soon (barely hyperbolically) take over the world.
What came out of Azusa Street was to be called “Pentecostalism,” which was quite distinct from the Holiness movement. (more…)
Posted in American Church, Bible, Eschatology, Hermeneutics, History, Personal Development, Theology, tagged church history, end of the world, Harold Camping, History, Personal Development, Reformed Catholicism, Roman Catholicism, Scripture, theology on May 21, 2011| 13 Comments »
So, I’ll admit right up front that I don’t know much (nor do I care to know much) about Harold Camping. I’m aware that he declared all the churches to be apostate and that Christians were obliged to leave them. They were duly admonished, however, to personal Bible study and to listen to Camping’s Family Radio show. For one who believes the Bible, that’s enough to show that this feller’s not the coldest beer in the fridge. Remember, Christ commissioned his church and told her that he’d be with her to the end of the age (Mt. 28). What that means is that there will always be a visible, catholic church on the earth until Jesus comes back. Now, if Camping can mess up something that simple, I’m not surprised that (in dabbling with eschatology) he’s in way over his head.
For those who don’t know, Camping ALREADY predicted that Jesus would return in 1994. Last time I checked my calendar, ’94’s come and gone. No worries: Like William Miller of old, he goes back to the drawing board. Unlike Miller, who thought that his arithmetic was off by just one, Camping’s come back around 17 years later with a new following ready to sell their worldly goods and stare steadfastly heavenward. Remember that Miller, once 1844 came and went (the “Great Disappointment”), checked out of the public spotlight and quieted down as a pastor. I don’t suppose Camping will do anything of the sort. But when Miller ducked out, Ellen G. White stepped in. I suspect that Camping is a mix of both of these types… I hope not.
Jesus himself tells us that no man knows the day or the hour of the end (Matt. 24:36). Let me see if I can put a finer point on this:
1) No man knows the day or the hour of the end.
2) Harold Camping is a man.
3) Therefore Harold camping does not know the day or the hour of the end.
When Christians ignore their Bibles (and listen to MEN), they are led astray. Don’t matter if they’re misguided Protestants (following the likes of Camping), Roman Catholics following the traditions of the church, or Easter Orthodox following the councils. Now, don’t misunderstand: I love the people of the church, generally speaking I love the traditions of the church, and I love the early ecumenical councils of the church. But the infallible Word of God, the Bible, has to be the final judge of faith and practice. The Bible sits in judgment over the church, her traditions and her councils. God, by his Spirit, rules us through his word. He himself is not bound to the Bible, but he has bound us to it. When we break that bond, we fly off into all manner of foolishness – Harold Camping being the most recent example.