Entitlement: When Grace Isn’t Grace
Entitlement is rooted in a prideful heart that sees grace no longer as grace but as one’s due.
When we lose sight of the fact that common grace is grace and not our due, we become like travelers who bemoan poor overnight travel accommodations and forget the paradise that is our final destination. Few people would disagree that a sense of entitlement permeates our culture. But as the Preacher said, “There is... Continue Reading
Shall We Cancel the Theologians?
Dealing with the sins of men like Luther and Edwards.
Contemporary Christians need to remember that our hands are not so clean. Anyone who uses a computer or smartphone to decry racism or call for reparations for American slavery can only do so because of contemporary slave labor in China. Does the fact that others own the slaves who make the goods we buy make... Continue Reading
Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light
Husbands who are battling sexual addictions are also facing the constant temptation of lying about it to their wives.
Deception virtually wipes out any growth a marriage has made, leaving wives feeling like they are back at square one. But the enemy is so crafty in telling husbands the very opposite lie—that confession will take them back to square one. Deception, not confession, is your enemy, brothers! It may or may not surprise... Continue Reading
Refuting Theological Error
Beliefs inevitably have consequences on our lives and actions.
All theological error originates from the evil one. He is more cunningly skillful than we could ever know at leading people astray through academic and highly nuanced theological error. As is true with every other danger that we face, when we come to study theological error we must remember the words of the Apostle Paul:... Continue Reading
When We Think on Heaven
Setting our minds and hearts on Heaven is not optional for the Christian.
Nothing can stop us when our eyes are focused on glory. Fear is vanished, anxiety disappears, and worry exits the door. We become so enraptured with what we will experience in the New Earth that the cares, fears, and temptations of this present Earth quickly fade into the abyss. There is something sanctifying about... Continue Reading
The Use of Images Is an Indicator of the Functional Authority of the Standards in the PCA
How is it possible for PCA ministers to live together peaceably when they cannot even agree on a fairly basic point of Christology and moral theology?
Has not the PCA already taken a clear and unequivocal position on the natures and person of Christ and on images of God? That this a live issue both theologically and practically tells us something about the role of the Standards in the life of the church. It seems to me that the future of... Continue Reading
Wisdom and Productivity
The man who is a sluggard can learn and grow in wisdom; he has a model on which to follow—the ant!
What the ant teaches us is that diligence and productivity are fit for a wise and flourishing life. Man was made to work and to work hard. Adam, even before his fall, was created and called by God to work, to tend to and “keep the Garden” (Genesis 2:15). Solomon, in wanting his son... Continue Reading
The “Social Trinity” vs. Nicene Christianity
Some contemporary theologians have redefined the Trinity in terms of “community.”
The social Trinity explains how some theologians–both liberal and evangelical–can say that God punishing His Son for our sins amounts to cosmic “child abuse.” They do not grasp the implications of the Incarnation, that the Father and the Son are one substance, so that in Jesus, God is taking the sins of the world into Himself... Continue Reading
Don’t Look Up—Prophetic or Pathetic?
Hollywood is not-so-subtly preaching to us.
Don’t Look Up is a good old fashioned, modernist film—with a clear moralistic message. The trouble is that it is the wrong message. *Spoiler alert: This article contains details of the plot and ending to the movie “Don’t Look Up.” There was a time when comedians got lots of laughs mocking the religious eccentrics... Continue Reading
Why Do We Sin?
All sin is rooted in failing to glorify God as “the true God and our God.”
We should realize that we are not sinners merely because we sin, but that we sin because we are sinners. When we read or hear God’s law, we should be convicted of our personal sins, which should lead us to personal repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ. Few people understand the extent... Continue Reading