What is the secret to pressing through the challenges and trials of life without fretting or being overwhelmed by constant anxiety?
If we are in the habit of thanking God for everything that He gives us, we will continue to thank Him! When we rest on God’s word, care about the needs of others, and continually thank God for His provisions, we can remain calm in the midst of the greatest trials. How can I... Continue Reading
Thoughts on the Present State of the Presbyterian Church in America: A Series of Theses Presented by a Concerned Member—Part Three
This article is part of a series of propositions covering current topics in the Presbyterian Church in America that elders and members are following with great interest. This is Part Three
That the whole testimony of Scripture stands against those who would make homosexual lust an acceptable trait of ministers. For Scripture is uniform in denouncing everything to do with homosexual desire or deeds as sinful, and it is unthinkable that anyone whose thought was formed solely by Scripture would ever conclude that something like Revoice... Continue Reading
Defining “Evangelicalism” Down
Towards a New Theological Consensus
The confusion over the word “evangelicalism” and the ensuing plasticity of the label is truly tragic and leads to unhelpful categorization, theological malpractice, and no small amount of internal strife within evangelical Christianity. With increasing frequency throughout many sectors of American culture, use of “evangelical” in social discourse is now an epithet. It is... Continue Reading
How To Handle Hesitation and Doubt
Traditional strategies for responding to doubt appear to be ineffective as more and more Christians are leaving the faith.
The Christian faithful need a community of believers who are confident in their faith, who understand not only what they believe but why they believe it, who are encouraging and supportive when people ask questions (even difficult questions), and who love their members even when their members question the truth of their faith. In... Continue Reading
The Joy-Robbing False Hope of Side B Gay Christianity
The idea that professing believers would cling to a gay identity (or any identity rooted in sin) while being conformed into the image of Christ is a contradiction.
It is hopeless and joy-robbing to tell someone this is who you are, just don’t do this. To a “gay person” telling them NOT to live out who they are at the core of what they believe their existence is, is to tell them not to be human. It’s irrational. It’s hopeless. It’s incoherent to... Continue Reading
Why Satan Wants You to Think You’re Alone
When we become curved in on ourselves, we play right into the devil’s hand.
The power of the belief that we’re alone traps us in shame. It sucks us into the belief that we can get ourselves out of our messes. Break the cycle. Cry out to God. Call your pastor. Connect with a trusted Christian friend. Contact a counselor. You are never alone. “I’m sure no one has... Continue Reading
Sufficient for What? Four Aspects of the Doctrine of Scripture’s Sufficiency
God intended for the church to read Scripture with the church and in dependence on those who have gone before us.
Scripture is truly a living and active Word and it takes a living and active God to interpret it rightly. Thankfully, the people of God made alive by the Spirit are given everything we need for life and godliness—both in the Scriptures and in the Spirit. Writing about Sola Scriptura in his book Biblical Authority After Babel:... Continue Reading
Lessons from the Fall
Peter’s experience teaches us that Jesus Christ is a great Savior of great failures.
The Lord will not allow the work that He begins in His people to be overthrown even by the most severe attacks of our enemy. And when His children fall, He is willing and able to restore them as they turn from their sin and trust Him for forgiveness. The Gospels depict the arrest... Continue Reading
The Aquila Report Annual Challenge Campaign
Your generous gift at this time will provide the resources to continue serving the Church.
As in past years, The Aquila Report needs your help to continue publishing every day. However, this year the challenge is bigger. The foundation that previously provided a $7,000 grant each year for a matching funds campaign has closed up shop. (They are no longer able to provide matching fund grants.) So this year we... Continue Reading
Contending Against Wokeness
It is important for modern day Christians to be aware of wokeness and a Biblical response to it.
We contend against wokeness not just for the sake of the church but also for the sake of the world. True justice, true unity, true reconciliation, true authority, is found in the Word of God. It is the Word of God that renews the world. In its patterns for justice, unity, reconcialition, authority, you find... Continue Reading
Thoughts on the Present State of the Presbyterian Church in America: A Series of Theses Presented by a Concerned Member—Part Two
This article is part of a series of propositions covering current topics in the Presbyterian Church in America that elders and members are following with great interest. This is Part Two
That any endeavor to soften the blunt message of Scripture that homosexuality is utterly perverse and shameful and ought to be forsaken entirely runs a risk of blurring the absolute difference between the Christian position and that of the sinful flesh, and thereby risks making repentance seem less urgent and of making redemption seem less... Continue Reading
Progressive organizations seek to standardize attitudes, language, and thought.
The construction of the new Tower is happening on multiple levels. That work is financed in no small part by wealthy organizations willing to outsource their thought and conscience by enriching activists and promoting their ideological agendas. Politics today seems to have crawled out of some Hobbesian muck. It is a nasty, brutish little... Continue Reading
Singing That Builds Up
Congregational singing, like other elements in worship, should serve to glorify God and build up the people.
How might leaders make the best decisions that contribute to the best congregational singing? That is not an easy question to answer. It involves paying attention to the broad principles for worship, which are based on the authority of the Bible. But it also involves application to many congregations and many circumstances. As we... Continue Reading
In Case With Global Implications, Finland Puts Christians on Trial for Their Faith
Juhana Pohjola appears to be the first person in the post-Soviet Union West to be brought up on criminal charges for publishing long-held Christian beliefs.
Many dozens of top religious leaders across the world have formally raised their concerns with Rasanen and Pohjola’s prosecution to the Finnish government and the United Nations. Several U.S. members of Congress have also asked U.S. agencies to take action against Finland for these human rights abuses. Juhana Pohjola wouldn’t be cast to play his own part... Continue Reading
From Predestination to Glorification: Defining Twelve Words Every Christian Should Know
We are urged, even commanded, to grow in a knowledge of our salvation.
The following selection of definitions start in eternity past, move to eternity future, and cover a basic pattern of salvation that is true for all those whom God has saved, is saving, and will save…they will serve you as you study the Scriptures and work out your salvation with fear and trembling, grace, and knowledge.... Continue Reading
“Loco” or “In Loco Parentis”?
Is education a "science" that can be done only by highly trained specialists?
Our children do not belong to the state or to state-schools. They were baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They belong to God and they are entrusted to parents for nurture and admonition and that is an order that may not be subverted without the gravest consequences. Christina Wyman... Continue Reading
Grievance Scholars Expose the Trojan Horse of Social Justice in Faith & Academics
Social Justice’s paradigm-shifting presence is nearly everywhere.
In this in-depth discussion, Lindsay, Boghossian and O’Fallon begin by reviewing the Southern Baptist Convention’s Resolution 9 and then compare and contrast the strategic use of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality in nearly every facet of our society. In this first of three interviews conducted in New York City, Sovereign Nations Founder Michael O’Fallon... Continue Reading
Thoughts on the Present State of the PCA: A Series of Theses Presented by a Concerned Member—Part One
This article is part of a series of propositions covering current topics in the Presbyterian Church in America that elders and members are following with great interest. This is Part One
That the foremost sufferers of our present deeds are those that are tempted with homosexual lust. For they need to be encouraged diligently with the assurance that their sin belongs to the old man that was crucified with Christ (Rom. 6:6), and that they are new creations (2 Cor. 5:17) who have been cleansed of... Continue Reading
Why Do We All Die?
Death is not, as so many understand it, a natural part of the cycle of life and existence. It is not built into our humanity.
It is never pleasant to think about death. Yet death is real. It is not something we can afford to ignore, to wish away, to sentimentalize, or to trivialize. Scripture owns up to the reality of death and does so from its opening pages. Issues of “life and death” importance mark the first three chapters... Continue Reading
It Isn’t Really About Sex
Throughout the Bible, concern for sexual morality is directed inward, to God’s people, not outward to the world.
Jesus, the Creator himself become one of us, the source and giver of all that is good, giving us intimacy with God and the promise of an indestructible, unending, glorious life in a recreated universe. Everything good in this life is but a dim hint of the eternal joy promised to us in Christ. And... Continue Reading
The Cosmic Treason of Adam
Christ obeyed God. Instead of agreeing with the tempter, Christ vindicated God, and sent the serpent way! This is what Adam should have done.
Our hope of eternal life is secured. Heaven is secured by Christ, whom Paul calls the last Adam (1Cor 15:24). By His obedience and sacrifice, Christ has secured eternal life and the heavenly rest that Adam failed to secure. This is good news for all who rest their faith on Him. I think one... Continue Reading
Diagnosing the Spiritual Diotrephes – Part 1
So, how can we recognize him? Here are a few things that help us diagnose a spiritual Diotrephes.
He can’t have actual, biblically defined shepherds in his life. Biblical shepherding would mean his idols would be exposed and eradicated; it would mean crucifying his lust for recognition. And that’s not something he’s prepared to do. So, he can tolerate superficial shepherding, just as long as so-called shepherds keep a safe distance from him.... Continue Reading
Do Not Forget You Are United to Christ
If you are a believer, at this very moment, you are united to Christ.
Union with Christ is such a glorious reality that it should transform every moment of our day. There is never a moment when we are alone. When the day ahead of us is more than we can handle, he is with us. When we turn off the TV at the end of the day, and... Continue Reading
A Better Illustration of Spiritual Blindness
Sin deceives us to its existence (Heb 3:12-13), and we want to be deceived about it. In this life we will never have 20/20 vision about our own sin.
You’re missing something that is obvious to everyone around you. That’s spiritual blindness. You and I can function in life, and because we can, we don’t notice our blindness to our true condition. We go through life ignorant of the depths and extent of our sin. We cannot see it. Sin is blinding. By nature... Continue Reading
What Does It Mean To Be “Confessional” (E.g., In The PCA)?
To be confessional is to allow the Standards to shape one’s teaching, approach to God, and practice of the faith.
To be confessional is to ask what the Standards say and intend? What are the implications of the Standards for one’s theology, piety, and practice? What did the framers, in their context, intend for the churches to say and do? Ask yourself this: if your favorite, dearest practice was found to be contrary to the... Continue Reading
Pray for God’s Kingdom to Come
God is working all throughout human history to build a people for Himself.
To pray “Your kingdom come” is to express our longing for God’s perfect rule on earth. It is to bow before King Jesus and forsake our personal kingdoms. It is to acknowledge the transience of earthly kingdoms and their true place in history (see Ps. 2; Dan. 2). It is to ask for God to bring salvation... Continue Reading
When the Beauty Never Leaves
Steady on, my soul. One day the beauty will come – and it will never leave.
The groaning creation will then be set free into the freedom of the glory of the children of God (Romans 8:21). Its resurrection will follow ours, just as its fall followed ours. No more hints, previews and echoes on that day. But face to face, unveiled glory. I love our local bazaar in the... Continue Reading
The Inquisitors of Marxism—Part 9
Every false religion needs inquisitors because they are false religions. There is no light in them and lies do not draw people.
This false gospel [Cultural Marxism], as we have seen, has a doctrine of sin, and that is the very existence of people like me. My only hope under this new religious regime is to become woke to my status as an oppressor and learn to hate my very existence. If I refuse, or at very... Continue Reading
Reasons to Mourn
How often are we consciously aware of our choice to sin?
As we are going through this disaster of a time – make time to mourn over your sin. Stop and contemplate its horror. Meditate on how filthy our hearts are. Look your sins straight in the face and weep over them. Consider fasting to help you focus on your sinfulness. Pray that God would cause you... Continue Reading
The Grief of Finite Joy
An honest person has to see how powerless the world’s pleasures are to give true, lasting satisfaction.
God has put eternity into our hearts, and we long not just for joy but for joy unending. Every happy experience we have on earth will end. That prick of incompleteness, of a premature finale, is an indication of the capacity of our souls. It points to a new land. Somehow my oldest child... Continue Reading