Evangelicalism in the 1970s and 80s—Scripture’s Inerrancy and Errant Evangelicals (Part 2)
Many prominent “evangelicals” today deny full inerrancy. Numerous examples could be offered to illustrate how far they have strayed from what evangelicals once believed.
The thesis that God accommodates erroneous and false beliefs of the Bible’s human authors is attractive to academics…It is most visible among many academics who dispute the accuracy of the Bible’s creation narrative and especially its account concerning the formation of Adam. They regularly contend that Genesis 1-11 has more in common with the creation-flood myths... Continue Reading
Why I Changed My Mind on the Nashville Statement
Or another way to state it: Why I finally decided to publicly endorse the Nashville Statement.
There is a need for well-crafted and clear statements summarizing the Bible’s teaching about sexuality, gender, and what it means to be human. They are needful as means to catechize our children so that they may better resist the spirit of the age and avoid errors that will make shipwreck of their faith. But as... Continue Reading
Thanking God for His Justice
God is perfectly just. He hates injustice and loves to protect the powerless.
When we see evil, when we encounter it personally, when we hear about it on the news, when we see a sign in a hotel lobby that tells us to be aware of human trafficking, we should resist the temptation to wallow in the brokenness of the world. Instead, we must lift our eyes up,... Continue Reading
When you flee to your Lord, the trap that the enemy has set (temptation) springs back upon him instead.
There has to be a greater affection than your desire for sin, otherwise, you’ll keep going back to your deepest desires. The moment you begin desiring lust in your mind, long before you ever open up the videos or images, repent for even the desire to sin. Flee to Christ immediately. The need is... Continue Reading
David French and the Future of Orthodox Protestantism
The future for Protestant Christians, and the choices we will have to make, are becoming clearer.
Orthodox Protestants in America can now have clarity on the way forward and the choices that lie before them. The elites are accommodating, as I predicted they would be. And new leadership is now needed, one that understands the exile nature of the church, the inevitable opposition of the world, and the importance of opposing... Continue Reading
3 Ways God Preserves the Human Race
God instituted three guardrails to hold back human depravity following the flood.
The ongoing effects of the Fall are devastating. But when people curse and deny God they are lashing out at the One who sustains them, preserves them, and stays His wrath against them. There are a few verses that show our need for Christ more than Genesis 6:5, “The Lord saw that the wickedness... Continue Reading
Hasn’t Yet Been Tried
The insatiable thirst that people have for power is becoming a defining feature of our political landscape.
A nation as broad and diverse as ours has a great many challenges and a great many divisions…But we do have a system—devised and founded by men who understood the depravity of man and the corruptions of concentrated power—whereby no one faction gets a permanent upper hand, and there are exceedingly few permanent political victories. ... Continue Reading
Nobody Wants to Play by the West’s Made-Up Rules
"The West is no longer able to coherently identify the moral standard they’re trying to impose on the world. So, like spoilt children, they stomp their feet and issue threats because the other kids don’t want to play by their made-up rules."
The West may learn too late that there are only two options before us: Christ or chaos. Once we abandon God, as Dostoevsky warned, everything becomes permissible. And when everything is permissible, we lose, not only any meaningful basis for evaluating the behaviour of other cultures, but any effective means of slowing the moral decline... Continue Reading
A Sad Day in the PCA: Disagreement, Nuance, Or…
Disagreements are not surprising, and they are not un-Christian. No, they are not even un-Presbyterian.
I disagree with his assertions about Overture 15. I leave argument aside. I disagree that concerns expressed in terms of the reform of the church deserve to be greeted as malicious. I leave argument aside. I disagree that mendacity has been the substance of the controversy around Johnson, et. al. I leave argument aside. I... Continue Reading
Lectures to My Students
A Reader’s Guide to a Christian Classic
Spurgeon presents a vision for long-term faithfulness. Lectures on ministerial progress, earnestness, and dependence on the Holy Spirit provide a roadmap for a lifetime of faithful ministry. Many today easily get caught up in church-growth metrics and social-media influence; Spurgeon calls pastors to preach the word, work hard, remain prayerful, and entrust the results to... Continue Reading
Evangelicalism in the 1970s and 80s—Scripture’s Inerrancy and Errant Evangelicals (Part 1)
Many who abandoned the foundational evangelical belief in the inerrancy of Scripture took the evangelical label with them and expanded it to allow for their belief in “limited inerrancy.”
More than a decade before Newsweek declared 1976 the “Year of the Evangelicals,” the coalition of conservative Protestants had already begun to break apart…Evangelicals were engaged in a Battle for the Bible. Few periods of the last century were more destructive, realigning, reshaping, and redefining of Evangelicalism than the decade and a half beginning in... Continue Reading
Gay Marriage Isn’t the New Interracial Marriage
By suggesting that gay marriage is the new interracial marriage, the "Respect for Marriage Act" suggests interracial marriage is perverse.
The difference between gay people and black people is homosexual behaviour is a sin, dark skin isn’t a sin. Therefore, although interracial marriage was illegal in some states decades ago, it’s never been immoral. Gay “marriage,” however, has always been immoral. The Respect for Marriage Act doesn’t respect marriage at all. A more accurate name... Continue Reading
How Men Were Made Redundant
Book Review: "Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do About It," by Richard Reeves
Reeves’ work may be the most well-researched compilation of problems plaguing the modern male. Mothers, fathers, wives, employers, and educators are “really worried about boys and men,” Reeves emphasizes. “We need a pro-social vision of masculinity for a post-feminist world.” Men are losing their grip. Literally. Adult men today have a 30-pound weaker grip strength... Continue Reading
Loving Our Neighbors, Telling the Truth about Identity and Gender
There is no “silver bullet” when it comes to navigating tough conversations or helping those struggling with gender dysphoria. At the same time, to avoid the topic is to not help people at all, which is simply not an option for followers of Christ.
James calls followers of Christ to be, “gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” Silence might be easier…however, we must take the posture of engaging the issues—not avoiding them—and especially of engaging people with truth and love as Christ did. The questions we receive more than all others have to... Continue Reading
A Children’s Crusade
Book Review: "The Case For Christian Nationalism"—Stephen Wolfe and "The Great Restoration"
In the year Anno Domini 2022 Stephen (of “Wolfeshire,” his bio says) has launched a manifesto sparking the imagination and enthusiasm of a large cohort of energetic, young, American men. There is a Holy Land to liberate from infidels and their enablers—the anemic and compromised relics of the post-war generation. That Holy Land is the United... Continue Reading
An Update on the Voting of the PCA BCO Amendments: The Tale So Far
As of the end of November, 38 of the 88 presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church in America have voted on the BCO amendments. Here are the vote tallies thus far.
As Fall fades into Winter about 38 presbyteries have given their advice and consent concerning some or all of the twelve Items sent down from the 49th General Assembly (2022) in Birmingham, AL. To change the Book of Church Order, an amendment is run through a three-part process. First, it must pass the General Assembly... Continue Reading
How One Christian School Addressed Critical Theory
“The Augustine School Statement on Social Theory” to help us navigate some of the harmful ideologies and social theories of our day.
More than twenty years ago, my wife and I helped found Augustine School, a classical Christian school in Jackson, Tennessee. Every Christian institution, if it is to remain faithful, must understand the times (1 Chron. 12:32) and articulate the gospel as perplexing ethical challenges emerge. The following statement is one model for how a Christian... Continue Reading
The Second Commandment and Films Depicting Jesus
The actor who would dare play the Christ cannot but project a false image of God.
Given the arts and their depictions of Jesus, it’s no wonder that Lord is not more favorably seen by the church as the Ancient of Days, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, or the God of Psalms 2 and 3 (for instance). The Lord Jesus is too often depicted as a defeated suffering servant... Continue Reading
A Review and Rebuttal: ‘Heavy Burdens, Seven Ways LGBTQ Christians Experience Harm in the Church’
In the guise of grace, Rivera calls on the church to stop being Christian and to choose interpretations of Holy Scripture which accommodate sexual passions.
As a Side B lesbian, Rivera assists those who choose to become Side A, providing a stream of justifications for doing so. Her teaching is conducive to the LGBTQ way of life, part of the broad way: “… the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction” (Matthew 7:13). The narrow... Continue Reading
You Will Deny Me Three Times | Mark 14:66-72
How often do we set ourselves up to sin by our desire to be comfortable?
Peter’s repentance led to his restoration because each of Peter’s three denials (as well as all the rest of his sins) were nailed through Jesus to the cross. The eternal and sinless Word gave Himself as a ransom for Peter’s sins. And for our sins. The only complete triumph over sin comes through Christ our Champion. He... Continue Reading
Praise, The Doxology’s Descant
Thanksgiving is the time of year when thoughts turn to considering our many blessings and expressing thankfulness to God for His bounteous acts of mercy and loving-kindness.
If God never blessed us again, we could continue to praise Him for Who He is – God the Creator of heaven and earth, the Everlasting One, God Almighty, or Father of lights. His character remains constant and always worthy of praise – holy, righteous, just, loving, patient, and merciful. The Scriptures abound with... Continue Reading
Two Gardens, Two Adams, and the Forgiveness of Your Sins
The Great Exchange
All of your personal sins, the sin of Adam and the condemnation that you and I deserve, Jesus carried on his shoulders, being led away as a sheep to the slaughter (see Isa. 53) as he releases you, dear believer, forever, forgiving your sins and securing a place for you in glory. As we celebrate the... Continue Reading
Church History Isn’t Only for Historians and Scholars
Church history reminds us of God’s sovereign hand and presence with his people.
Continue to learn doctrine, study your Bible, affirm the creeds, sing God’s praises—and read church history. Whatever you’re suffering, you’re not the first Christian to face that (Hebrews 11:39-40). Take confidence in knowing the stories of your brothers and sisters who went before. These stories offer real confidence. When you grow weary and desperate, look... Continue Reading
The Horizontal in Worship
In looking up, we must also look around.
One place we need to renew our sense of the horizontal in worship is when the Bible is being read and preached. You are not there merely listening to it by yourself. You are to hear God’s Word not only for its personal benefit, but you are also to listen as a fellow member of... Continue Reading
What Did Jesus Think About the Bible?
Three examples in particular stand out in terms of clearly defining Jesus’ view of Scripture.
For Jesus the words of Exodus were not simply a record of what God said to his people in the past, but a word that God was continuing to speak to people who were living 1,500 years later. And although the Sadducees evidently either didn’t understand or didn’t believe the words that they read, God... Continue Reading
The Most Misquoted Verse of our Day
Jesus Taught People to Judge Properly
We are never to allow people to walk down a pathway of sin because of a misunderstood view of Luke 6:37 or Matthew 7:1. In love, the church is to confront people in their sin with a goal of restoration (see Matt. 18:15-20). In love the church confronts unbelievers regarding their sin in evangelism (which... Continue Reading
Run Your Own Race
Are you running your race well?
Pray and seek contentment where the Lord has placed you in his holy providence. Put your nose to the grindstone, work hard, and leave the results up to him. Whether in plenty or in want, seek to praise Christ in all situations, and don’t compare yourself to others. Pray that you’re faithful to what Christ... Continue Reading
What is the Most Important Thing Taught in the Bible?
Paul has already done the heavy lifting for us in the first few verses of 1 Corinthians 15.
If you ever feel discouraged about your lack of progress in the Christian life, remember the words of 1 Corinthians 15. Let the words you find there bathe you once again as you reflect on Christ’s accomplishments, rather than focusing on your failures. He died and was buried in your place. Though you feel unworthy... Continue Reading
Win Them with the Word
In the church, the ever-present temptation is to win people with whatever will win them.
If we front and centre anything other than Jesus and the Word of God, we will be winning them to something much less, something deficient. What we communicate about Jesus and his Word matters because, if we front and centre anything else or try to win people by other means, that is what we have... Continue Reading
Behold the Days are Coming
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
However much we who love Jesus may want to, we don’t get to redefine the words of Scripture to make them more palatable. We don’t get to embrace various ideologies that lead to a view of the person that destroys and then throws it away. We can’t take our own ideas of goodness and impose... Continue Reading