Ecumenical vs. Evangelical

One of the most devastating attacks on the life and health of the church throughout all of church history has been what is known as the ecumenical movement

From the Federal Council of Churches in 1908, to the Manhattan Declaration in the present day, it’s the exact same story: Redefine Christianity so that faith in the Christ of Scripture and/or the Gospel of Scripture is unnecessary, so that you can partner with enemies of the Gospel who call themselves Christians, form a large... Continue Reading

Not A Question Of Taste But Of Principle

Since the visible church is an expression of the heavenly kingdom, a worship service is no place for expressions of American, Canadian, Mexican, or Nigerian citizenship.

When we gather for public worship, we do so primarily as citizens of a universal body of believers, as citizens of the heavenly city, whose builder and maker is God (Heb 11:10). That is why in rightly ordered Reformed and Presbyterian churches one does not see national flags in the auditorium. Like Hoeksema and the... Continue Reading

Former Benedictine Monk Reflects Upon Rod Dreher’s “The Benedict Option”

As someone whom God has graciously lifted out of the prison that is the Catholic sacramental system, I do not greatly appreciate this attempt to sell my bondage back to me as an uplifting spiritual experience.

Monastic life is a life marked by doors. There is a door to the Refectory, to the Calefactory, to the Church, and to one’s cell. One enters monastic life by passing through the door of the Enclosure.  Yet, there is no door in the monastery the monk must pass through which will cleanse the monk... Continue Reading

The Unhappy Fate Of Optional Orthodoxy: Neuhaus’s Law

Neuhaus’s Law: Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed.

Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed. Some otherwise bright people have indicated their puzzlement with that axiom but it seems to me, well, axiomatic. Orthodoxy, no matter how politely expressed, suggests that there is a right and a wrong, a true and a false, about things. When orthodoxy is optional,... Continue Reading

Circuit Court Win for Religious Freedom on Gay Marriage

The 5th Circuit ruling allows a Mississippi law to go into effect that protects the religious liberty and conscience rights of those who hold traditional marriage beliefs.

This is a reasonable bill. It protects the consciences of people who hold to the historic definition of marriage in the aftermath of the Supreme Court redefining marriage, and it does so while avoiding the awful outcomes that critics fear. The bill provides that the government cannot punish, fine, or coerce specific people and organizations,... Continue Reading

How The Gospel Coalition is Killing The Gospel With “Social Justice”

Words matter. Because ideas matter. Particularly theological ideas.

We, as Christians, must participate in charity––not to meet the requirements of “economic justice,” but to demonstrate the grace of God in the gospel. We can’t communicate the grace of God, though, if we insist on calling it justice. In our zeal to do what’s right, we must be careful not to undermine the very... Continue Reading

First Princeton, Now Yale

One way to define the differences between the PCUSA and PCA.

The order of worship for both denominations is essentially the same; both are part of the Reformed movement. However, the preaching will likely be quite different, with a PCUSA pastor emphasizing the broad love of God for all of God’s people, and a PCA pastor leaning more towards evangelism and conversion.   The PCA keeps... Continue Reading

Mark Zuckerberg’s Call for a “Universal Basic Income”

The materialistic view that giving money to people is a cure for poverty is simplistic and inaccurate.

Spiritually and psychologically, for grown men not to have to strive to overcome challenges is to leave their potential untapped, their character undeveloped, and their sense of purpose and fulfillment unknown. What a waste. Two things I have observed in my lifetime: 1) human beings need to work; and 2) easy lives can be tragically... Continue Reading

Welcoming Persecution?

Should advocating for intrinsic human rights and human equality be abandoned in favor of romanticizing persecution?

Nobody in America suffers religious persecution like Christians overseas. But persons who have faced discrimination are usually not the high and mighty. They are charities or small business people derided by politically correct groupthink and driven to bankruptcy by coercive state power. Why is it “abrasive” to defend them? And should injustice against them not... Continue Reading

On the Gospel According to Glennon

The solution she chose in the end, to “follow her heart” even as it lead away from the Bible not towards it, doesn’t actually solve any of the heart problems

After days of sadness in the wake of reading the article, I woke up yesterday, not sad, but angry. I wasn’t angry at Glennon, but at Satan who again … and again … and again … and again, at every generation throughout all time, figures out a way to sell us the same old lie.... Continue Reading