Crying “Wolf!”

We must equip God’s people to recognize wolves in sheep’s clothing.

They feed off the sheep rather than feed the sheep. Surely this is what Jesus meant above when he called them ravenous wolves. In Ezekiel, as the Lord chastised the false shepherds of Israel, he said, “You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep without feeding the flock” (Ezek. 34:3). Thus,... Continue Reading

It Is Our Fault

"Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?”

In his rant, Fry omits and distorts much but his greatest omission is Jesus of Nazareth, who gives the lie to everything that Satan said and all that Fry repeated. Jesus did not grasp equality with God (Phil 2:6) not shake his fist at God. Rather, he cried out “Why have you forsaken me?” (Ps... Continue Reading

What You’re For, What You’re Against!

Being for biblical things means that we must necessarily be against non-biblical ideas and practice.

The Bible is filled with warnings and prohibitions, and sometimes the best way to understand what is true is to understand and reject what is false. The Church has solidified much of orthodoxy by standing against false teachers and their doctrine. While the Western world moves further down the road of insisting that tolerance (read:... Continue Reading

“But He Who Sends is Greater Than He Who is Sent”: Augustine Answers Definitively

That the Son is sent by the Father “proves” that the Son was in subordination to the Father in eternity, or does it?

As such, there is no eternal hierarchy implied by this sending, no order of authority or submission in eternity, no eternal subordination, nor any order of lesser and greater.  The Son in His flesh is the sent one of the Father—He Himself in eternity, along with the whole of the Trinity, also sending. It is... Continue Reading

Why Do Christians Love the Law?

We must primarily see the law itself as a gracious gift from our Lord.

Our abundant life of freedom in Christ is not simply a freedom to do anything we want to do but to have the uninterrupted, Spirit-sustaining power to do what we know we ought to do as God the Holy Spirit changes our wants and daily transforms our God-given duties into God-glorifying delights.   Why would... Continue Reading

Revival — Something for Which to Pray

Revival is a gracious gift of God sovereignly bestowed according to his secret and sovereign will.

God has promised never to abandon his people. He has promised to finish that which he has begun. Christ’s Spirit will fan into flame the person, family, neighborhood, and church of Jesus Christ as he is good and ready. He is the God who plans. He is the God who performs. He is the God who... Continue Reading

Are You All In on the Promises of God?

We can’t be half in and half out; we are either all in or all out

“Every moment of every day is an opportunity to declare our abiding faith in God and his promises. Each day is filled with any number of tough choices that we have to make that demonstrate if we are believing God or not.”   “You can tell a lot about someone’s priorities by looking at their... Continue Reading

WCF 29: The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s supper is a constant reminder of our separateness from the world and an implicit (and often explicit) exhortation for unbelievers to trust in Christ for their salvation

In the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), according to our standards (BCO 58-4), churches may practice either “close” or “closed” communion. At Providence Presbyterian Church, we practice “close” communion in our fencing of the table: we invite all those who are members in good standing of a Bible-believing, evangelical church to partake with us.  ... Continue Reading

The Tempted One

What does it mean to you that Jesus faced temptation?

“Each time Satan tempted Him, Jesus responded by countering Satan with God’s Word. Many of us in reading this passage might deduce that it teaches us to counter temptation with God’s Word. While it is true that we should defeat lies with the truth (Ephesians 6:16), there is more in this passage than simply copying... Continue Reading

Passing Down the Truth of God

We are supposed to take the truth that was handed to us by our ancestors in the Christian faith and run with it.

The Apostle Paul gave this charge to Timothy in his final epistle: “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2). Paul was facing imminent martyrdom (4:6), and he was of course concerned with the question of... Continue Reading

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