Is having a solid Systematic Theology important?…uh yeah…

27 05 2008

For those who poo-poo anything that smacks of “doctrine,” and uses the phrase “I don’t care about all that “propitiation stuff” I just love Jesus…” This video is for you.

…and it’s good for a laugh.





Another example of “so called” revival…yeah right

26 05 2008

As you watch this video; ponder these words:

“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. “Behold, I have told you in advance.”
Matthew 24:24-25





This is what elevating experience above scripture allows…

26 05 2008

This is an example of some of what went on at the “Florida Revival.”

Does this have anything to do with “revival?” I think not.

This illustrates what the problem is within the Charismatic Church in general…lack of discernment.

If you are from a Charismatic church, on what basis can you distance yourself from what you see here? How can you evaluate Mr. Bentley’s experience? How can you say that Todd Bentley did NOT encounter an angel as he claims? When scripture takes a back seat to “experience” then the basis for evaluating things like this is gone.

For those of you who are not Charismatically inclined, you will be left shaking your heads.

Not to mention; this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ertiP50W9PY&feature=related

You’ll notice that nobody talks about sin, holiness, sanctification; it’s about “the experience” that they had.





Relics are alive and well…

24 05 2008

I found this while surfing James White’s blog www.aomin.org.

Having a family member who is Roman Catholic; this hit home.

This morning I noted Erik Raymond’s blog entry on relics (Hi Erik!). There are few things more repulsive to the life-long Protestant than relics, and nothing more creepy than entering an old style traditionalist Roman Catholic church filled with skeletons and bones and the like. The relic trade continues to this day, despite how often modern Roman Catholics try to sanitize this glaring example of gross superstition and unbiblical idolatry. To be honest, just allowing modern Rome’s representatives to “spin” the pictures of people bowing in front of corpses and skulls and femurs, lighting candles and fingering their rosaries, is normally enough refutation in and of itself for any semi-literate reader of Holy Scripture. The few texts they cobble together have to be so grossly isolated, so completely removed from any meaningful biblical context, so as to provide automatic refutation upon the most basic contemplation. It only took a moment or two with Google to pull up the images found here.


Modern Rome, and its apologists, is truly an enigma. On the one hand you have the liberalism found throughout the scholarship of Rome. Inclusivism at best, universalism at worst, is the watchword of the day. On the other hand you still have the worst of medieval superstition in many lands, and Rome’s apologists have the gall to try to stick all of this under one grand banner of “Mother Rome.” The relic trade was well worthy of Erasmus’ scorn half a millennium ago, when he rightly noted that one could build an entire ship out of all of the “genuine fragments of the cross.”

Bottles of Mary’s milk and feathers of the Angel Gabriel were a dime a dozen then, and were just as much of a fraud as they are today. But what is worse is that the theology that gave rise to this gross superstition remains in Rome today. Ask the faithful flocking to Fatima or Lourdes or any of the other of a thousand shrines today. Ask the people on their knees praying to dead bones. And then be reminded: Rome remains as much of an opponent to the gospel of grace as she has ever been.

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher.

For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.
2 Timothy 1:8-14





Continous Creation?

23 05 2008

Have you ever thought about how God “upholds all things” by His will?

Do you believe that God “spun the top” of creation, and now it’s in motion by itself and that every once in a while he nudges it back on track?

I’ve spoken to many people who have that view of God’s Sovereignty over His creation. If this is you…then read the following, it will cause you to pause and rethink the whole issue.

I believe that I got this from www.monergism.com. If I didn’t that’s a great site to visit anyway!

Continuous Creation

A difficult doctrine to grasp, but one well worth thinking about.

by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon

The Doctrine of Continuous Creation

 

In the realm of Christian Theology there are certain theological subjects that stretch our minds further than our capacity. These subjects move above and beyond our conception for complete thought about a given subject. For instance, we can understand things about God, but cannot comprehend Him completely – to attempt such is beyond our capacity as human beings
We are finite in our thinking and thus finite in our thoughts about Him. Yes, we can understand that He is holy, but to understand His holiness comprehensively is impossible. The reason is obvious – we have finite brains which cannot contain an infinite amount of data concerning God’s holiness. Only God can rightly interpret the fullness of His own being. However, there are other subjects which stretch our mind in the exercise of thought. For instance, there are doctrines that are hard to understand, but they are understandable if we press our minds to grasp the concepts surrounding those doctrines. It is never true that we will grasp the whole measure of any doctrine. However, that should never stop us in the exercise of our minds on difficult topics, or even those topics which may not be in the popular realm of Christian thought. One of these topics is called the Doctrine of Continuous Creation.

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Saved From What?

19 05 2008

The following is a review of R.C. Sproul’s book “Saved from What?” that I found on Nathan White’s blog “Shepherd the Flock”

I was so impressed by some of the comments by Nathan that I thought I’d post it here.

May 15th, 2008 by Nathan White

One of my favorite little books is gotta be RC Sproul’s Saved from What? It’s just an easy-to-read but profoundly-in-depth book about the gospel. And I’d strongly recommend it as a gift to unbelievers and/or new believers in the faith.

Sproul’s main thesis essentially surrounds the meaning of the cliche ‘Are you saved?’ or ‘I’ve been saved’. That is, we’ve become so accustomed to using the language ‘I’ve been saved’ that the true meaning behind the term is more often than not lost. Thus, Sproul examines what it means to be ‘saved’, and shows from scripture that we are saved:

  • From God (from His wrath)
  • By God (and only by God)
  • For God (for obedience and holiness)

The more and more I contemplate Sproul’s outline, and the scripture he gives to support this framework, the more and more I am saddened by the Church’s seemingly refusal to admit such things.

We don’t want to be saved from wrath; we want to think that God exists to make us happy, to make our dreams come true, and that being ‘saved’ is really only fire-insurance and/or saved from a meaningless life.

We don’t want to be saved by God; we want to be saved by our ability and decision-making. Affirming that our nature is dead in sin and lacks any ability to come to God on our own is just too frightening.

We don’t want to be saved for God unless ‘for’ God means that our dreams are fulfilled, life becomes some kind of fun journey, and this ‘for’ gives us meaning and purpose that we could’ve never had without God.

Have we forgotten the very essentials of the gospel message?

The message that God is infinitely angry, not with just imperfection, but with every evil and good deed we offer in and of ourselves?

Have we forgotten that salvation is of grace and grace alone, and that because our sin and depravity run so deep that we cannot even glance at the Lord outside of Him granting life?

Have we forgotten that being ‘saved’ not only means saved from eternal wrath, but being saved from God’s personal wrath, and being saved from sin in this life as well?

Where do you go to church?

Do you go to a church where the gospel is preached?

I hope and pray that you do, and that you sit under the pure teaching of the word each and every week. For the essentials of the gospel are just that: they are essential. And the streets are filled with preachers who will do everything they can to steal you soul by offering you happiness, excitement, entertainment, and essentially, a gospel with you and you alone at the very center.

Saved from what? Saved from God’s wrath, saved by God’s grace, and saved from our own sin -in THIS life, not just the next.





Rick Warren: Get the Barf Bag!

19 05 2008

This video is courtesy of Lane Chaplin.

Once again we are reminded what a preacher of the Gospel ISN’T…thanks to Mr. Rick Warren.