America: How Far We Have Strayed…

Written by friend Eric Bryant today:

Those that know me know that I have started teaching the US Constitution more directly this year. I love it! Our founding fathers were geniuses. And the hand of God is all over our country’s founding. It’s clear for anyone with eyes to see. By no means am I saying that this is a “Christian country.” But it’s historical truth that the Founding was based on Judeo-Christian principles that acknowledge a Creator and that Creator’s laws of nature. The more we suppress that knowledge the worse we get.

When I teach about the Founding, it’s always bittersweet. We have such a great foundation and good beginning. We then went through hell with the Civil War and purgatory with the racial civil rights movement. It took a long time, but I’m proud that we eventually got to the point of actual legal racial equality and that the basis for all of that was written into our founding documents.

But the modern era is an era of foolishness unparalleled and unprecedented. We have squandered our blessings and we now openly spit in God’s face by not only killing the innocent unborn and calling it good but adding to it the hubris that says that we know more about ourselves than God does. This comes in the form of the ridiculous and suicidal attempts to change foundational human institutions like marriage. Same sex mirage is just that: a fiction that has no basis in reality. We think that we are the smartest people that have ever walked the planet and that somehow we can improve what was instituted from the beginning of humanity. And the US Supreme Court is the biggest fool of all (because they should have known better). What a pity!

That’s NOT what the Founders thought. Although, they were clear that they were trying a “grand experiment,” they were going back to basics, back to fundamentals, not forward to fiction and fantasy. They were standing on the truth that freedom comes through acknowledging that all men are created equal and endowed by our creator with unalienable rights, namely to life, liberty, and property. And that government is instituted to secure and protect those rights. How far astray we’ve gone.

It’s easy to celebrate the Founding. It’s hard to celebrate anything current going on in politics or the government. We are like the prodigal son, living in excess and squandering our inheritance, oblivious to the squalor that awaits us, but mostly awaits our children. It’s disgusting. The only rational response to this is to fall on our faces and beg forgiveness and mercy from the One who grants or takes away our freedoms. We can’t expect to violate the very laws of nature and then be blessed. That’s insane. Yet it seems as if insanity rules the hearts and minds of the populace today.

Happy Independence Day! Now beg God for mercy and call our country to repentance!

Will Those Who Are Saved Be Few?

Overcoming the World: 2014 West Coast Conference

Post-Christian Christianity

When the surrounding culture changes, one approach that has been taken by many churches over the centuries is to capitulate to the new thought-forms and change the message of Christ to suit the world. This was true of nineteenth-century liberalism, and it is true in many churches today. In this session, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains the dangers of following the ever-shifting tides of contemporary culture and calls the church to walk in the ancient paths.

The Supremacy of Christ in Truth in a Postmodern World

Voddie Baucham:

Every human being is asking, has asked, or will ask these questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What is wrong with the world? and Can what is wrong be made right? It is very important that Christians not only answer these questions, but answer them in a manner that distinguishes the Christian worldview from all others. Paul gives us a model for doing so in Colossians 1:15-22

Psalm 12

Sunday, November 15, 2015 – Dr. James White preaches on Psalm 12 (at Apologia Church in Tempe, AZ):

Psalm 12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

God, a Helper against the Treacherous.
For the choir director; [a]upon an eight-stringed lyre. A Psalm of David.

1 Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases to be,
For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.
2 They speak [b]falsehood to one another;
With flattering [c]lips and with a double heart they speak.
3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
The tongue that speaks great things;
4 Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail;
Our lips are [d]our own; who is lord over us?”
5 “Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy,
Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he longs.”
6 The words of the Lord are pure words;
As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.
7 You, O Lord, will keep them;
You will preserve him from this generation forever.
8 The wicked strut about on every side
When [e]vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

Footnotes:

a Psalm 12:1 Or according to a lower octave (Heb Sheminith)
b Psalm 12:2 Or emptiness
c Psalm 12:2 Lit lip
d Psalm 12:4 Lit with us
e Psalm 12:8 Or worthlessness

Ten Lies

Jr., in an article entitled “Ten Lies of the Devil The World Believes About Bruce Jenner” writes:

The devil is resourceful and hard working. There is no temptation he will not use, no stratagem too tiny to try us with. He does, however, have a few areas he specializes in. He is called Satan because he is an expert at making accusations. He delights to accuse us when we are innocent, and when we are guilty. He is also a murderer and has been from the beginning. Those who hate Him, we are told, love death (Proverbs 8:36). He is also not just a liar, but the father of lies (John 8:44). When we hear a lie we ought to smell sulfur. Every lie has his hoof prints on it. Of late the broader culture has been rather frantic in telling and believing lies with respect to Bruce Jenner, and we Christians too often face the temptation to believe them. Here are ten we must never give in to.

10. Bruce Jenner has become Caitlyn Jenner. No, Bruce Jenner has hired doctors to mutilate his body and present the lie that he is now a woman. He is a man.

9. Gender is a social construct that can be chosen at will. No. From the beginning He has made us man and woman.

8. If our feelings don’t match reality, reality will have to change. I don’t dispute that Bruce Jenner wishes to be a woman. But what needs to change is his wish, not the immutable reality he has found himself in.

7. Having our desires “met” will make us happy. No, repenting and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ will make us joyful. The One who designed us gives us His law not to make us miserable, but to show us the way of life. His law is always and everywhere an invitation to joy, not a burden to be carried. If it feels like a burden to us, we must change, not it.

6. Failing to celebrate the mutilation of Bruce Jenner’s body, and failure to affirm the lie that he is now Caitlyn is mean-spirited, narrow and cruel. No, sin is never something to be celebrated, and to be against something is no more narrow-minded than to be for something. One wise friend recently pointed out the irony that it is Christians who prefer the real Bruce Jenner to the faux one, and his purported friends who prefer the fake to the real.

5. Bruce Jenner’s change is no one’s business but his own. No, public decisions have public consequences. It’s true enough that we have plenty of our own sins to worry about. It’s true enough that Christians have no need to hunt down hidden sexual perversion to shout it down. I am honestly not interested in what people wear in the privacy of their own homes. But Bruce has made his choices the world’s business by seeking the world’s attention, appearing on national television and on the cover of a national magazine.

4. Non-Christians are bad people who do this kind of thing and Christians are good people. No, apart from the grace of God in our own lives we’d find ourselves in the same mess or worse as Mr. Jenner. Even with his grace we yet struggle against and fall into sin.

3. Homosexuality is the same as any other sin. No, not all sins are the same. All sins are rebellion against the living God and are due His eternal wrath. But that doesn’t make them all equally rebellious or equally evil.

2. Homosexuals just want to be left alone to do their own thing in private. No, homosexuals insist that the rest of the world approve of their sin. And many are more than willing to use the force of the state to make it happen, whether through indoctrination at the government’s schools, or intimidation through its courts.

1. God will be mocked. No, God will not be mocked. The unsurpassed swift embrace of sexual perversion in the broader culture isn’t a surprise to Jesus. Rather, even as He ordained the rise of Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar for our good and His glory, so He has ordained even this. He will use it for His purposes.

We must guard our minds against the devil’s lies. And we must not lose heart. Jesus always wins.

The Two Religions

If you survey the religious landscape of modern culture, you will encounter an astonishingly diverse range of views. But beneath the surface, these seemingly disparate spiritualities share a common worldview, one that is radically opposed to the Christian faith. In the final analysis, there can be only two religions—worship of the Creator or worship of creation.

On September 30, in a Google Hangout, Dr. Peter Jones, the Executive Director of truthXchange, discussed his new Ligonier teaching series, Only Two Religions. You can watch this below.

A Reversal

“…the narrow majority of the Supreme Court doesn’t reflect the majority of our population. The Sexual Revolution has introduced assumptions and ‘givens’ into our thought processes today, making religious liberty objections seem increasingly odd or fanciful. Consider this. A generation ago, a person’s religious observance was a public matter, a defining characteristic of one’s identity, while a person’s sexual activity was something private. Today, this situation is reversed. A person’s sexual behavior is now considered a defining characteristic of identity, a public matter to be affirmed (even subsidized) by others, while religious observance is private and personal, relegated to places of worship and not able to infringe upon or impact the public square.” – Trevin Wax