Monday, April 30, 2012

A Pedstal For the Cross: Spurgeon on Preaching

Every week (at least) Phil Johnson posts a section from the preaching and ministry from Charles H. Spurgeon and they are always rich. This week, however, it is simply pricesless and it must be passed along here. According to Johnson, the following quote is taken from (as he puts it) John Angell James, quoted in Spurgeon's Feathers for Arrows.

The pulpit is intended to be a pedestal for the cross, though, alas! even the cross itself, it is to be feared, is sometimes used as a mere pedestal for the preacher's fame. 

Pause. Let that one sentence sink in deep and then keep reading. "The pulpit is intended to be a pedestal for the cross, though, alas! even the cross itself, it is to be feared, is sometimes used as a mere pedestal for the preacher's fame." The pulpit is not a place where we seek the applause of men, but of heaven. Too many preachers are guilty of what Spurgeon condemns here. He goes on  

We may roll the thunders of eloquence, we may dart the coruscations of genius, we may scatter the flowers of poetry, we may diffuse the light of science, we may enforce the precepts of morality, from the pulpit; but if we do not make Christ the great subject of our preaching, we have forgotten our errand, and shall do no good.

Satan trembles at nothing but the cross: at this he does tremble; and if we would destroy his power, and extend that holy and benevolent kingdom, which is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost, it must be by means of the cross.

Absolutely rich and dead on as only the Prince of Preachers could say it.

Pyromaniacs - "The pulpit is intended to be a pedestal for the cross"

For more:
Blogizomai -  Repost | Shai Linne: Spurgeon
Blogizomai  - A Minister's Melancholy:  Spurgeon on the Downcast Preacher - Part 1
Blogizomai - A Minister's Melancholy:  Spurgeon on the Downcast Preacher - Part 2 
Blogizomai - A Minister's Melancholy:  Spurgeon on the Downcast Preacher - Part 3
Blogizomai - A Minister's Melancholy:  Spurgeon on the Downcast Preacher - Part 4 
Blogizomai - A Minister's Melancholy:  Spurgeon on the Downcast Preacher - Part 5 
Blogizomai - Theology Thursday | Spurgeon on Uniformity vs. Unity

The President Laughs: Correspondents Dinner 2012

Every year the White House hosts the Correspondence Dinner which is usually a time of fun and laughs. Each year it hosts jokes from the President himself and from a leading comedian. The comedian this year was Jimmy Kimmel. From overall reation is that Kimmel did well and the President struggled. But it doesn't really matter at the end of the day.

Here is the President's speech:

Here is Jimmy Kimmel's speech (Caution: it opens with his infamous unnecessary censorship):

For more:
Blogizomai - The President Laughs: Correspondents Dinner 2011

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Only Drinkers Need to Apply: Bashir Suggests Romney's Abstinence From Alcohol Disqualifies Him as President

This is simply amazing. MSNBC host Matin Bashir suggests that Mitt Romney is unqualified to be a good president because he doesn't drink any alcohol. Good leaders, he suggests, drink. I don't even know what to say about all of this. Utter nonsense. Bashir has been on a role here lately of saying some of the off-the-wall statements. Most recently he tried to condemn Romney to hell because he is a liar.

For more:
Blogizomai - Romney Will Burn In Hell: Bashir, MSNBC, and the Current Climate of Progressive Punditry
Blogizomai - Love Promoted:  The First Bell Interviews

All Around the Web: Links For Your Weekend - April 28, 2012

Dr. Albert Mohler, Jr. - The Ugly American — Sex Trafficking and Our National Humiliation | A great article, as always, from Dr. Mohler on an important issue.

The sexual revolution of the last several decades has transformed any public conversation about sex and sexuality. The revolutionaries directed their attention to the dismantling of an entire edifice of sexual morality that had been basically intact for well over 2,000 years.

At one point in the sexual revolution, efforts were made to legalize prostitution as a “victimless crime,” a term that anyone could recognize as an oxymoron. Most of these efforts went nowhere in the United States and most of Europe, though “progressive” law enforcement officials often looked the other way and did little to curb the market for illicit sex.

Then something truly interesting started to happen. Influential forces in society began to notice the scale and magnitude of the market for sex. Law enforcement officials started to acknowledge the fact that women, along with under-age girls and boys, were being “trafficked” through international networks of gangsters. By the end of the last decade, American officials were aware that sex trafficking was taking place in cities large and small. Women, along with boys and girls, were being kidnapped in far parts of the world and on the streets of American cities, to be sold into what could only be considered as sexual slavery.

Over time, the shadow of international sex trafficking became evident in criminal networks that span the globe. Women and girls answering advertisements for models, maids, and child minders found themselves sold into slavery and transported around the world.

Wealthy Americans booked vacations to destinations where their sexual appetite of choice, including children, could be easily purchased. As recently as the 2012 Super Bowl, American officials warned that several hundred under-age sex workers might be brought into the host city. These developments make the international sex trafficking networks impossible to deny.

Then came the news that at least eleven Secret Service agents had been involved in a prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia in advance of a visit there by President Barack Obama. It is believed that several members of the United States military were also involved. Even as that scandal began to break, the international media reported that cities like Cartagena have become magnets for the sex trade, with much of their business provided by lustful Americans.

Dr. Denny Burk - Tim Keller on Sermon Preparation | I always love these kind of insights from pastors I respect.

Kevin DeYoung - Providence Battles Impatience | After quoting from Calvin's Institute, DeYoung writes:

As you read over the quotation about patience, remember that it applies to parenting too, as we can often be “unjustly wounded” by our children.

It may also help to remember that Calvin struggled with outbursts of anger his whole life.

CNN - Romney's Days as a Mormon Bishop | CNN is obsessed with Romney's Mormon faith all of a sudden. An accident? No. But it is becoming pervasive.  We went through this 4 years ago and now we're going through it again. If we're over Jeremiah Wright, why are we not over Romney's Mormonism as a campaign issue?

RC Sproul, JR - 3 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Pastor | These are a good place to start.

First pay attention to his labors.
Second, speak well of him to others.
Third, pursue godliness.

Fox News Insider - Brit Hume Remembers Chuck Colson | This is good.

Daily Caller - Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores | This is too far.

A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.

The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.

Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”

“Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.”

The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course.

Real Clear Politics - Rubio Gives Major Foreign Policy Address: Putin Is Weak | If Rubio really does not want to be considered a Vice President candidate, then he really needs to stop giving so many "major" addresses. Rubio is loved and the more he does this, the more speculation it adds to the fire.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Can One Be Pro-Life and Support Abortion?: A Serious Argument is Foolishly Proposed

I recently published my second book The Death of Death and the Death of Christ: Engaging the Culture of Death With the Gospel of Christ and am wanting to interact with that ebook a little bit on this site. Below is a chapter that I wrote and deleted for various reasons that I think is still worth reading and passing along.  And of course, I encourage you to buy the book available only on Kindle.

“Life” is under assault, but not by who you would expect. For over thirty years now, those opposed to the culture of death have claimed to be “pro-life,” but that is about to change according to one pro-abortion supporter. In an article published in USA Today, Alice Eve Cohen suggests that by hijacking the word life anti-abortion advocates have robbed pro-choice supporters of their mark on the protection and defense of life.

And she is serious.

Cohen’s article was published on the one year anniversary of the tragic murder of later-term abortionists Dr. George Tiller. Tiller’s murder received a lot of press and he has since been granted the status of sainthood by abortion supporters.[1] Cohen claims that Tiller is the very definition of pro-life. She writes:

[Tiller] rescued countless women who would otherwise have died as a result of medical complications. He saved the lives of girls as young as 9 years old, who were victims of rape and incest, and whose child-sized organs would not have survived childbirth. He saved the lives of women who might otherwise have taken their lives, and in so doing, he saved the lives of babies, including mine.[2]

She then goes on to add:

For three decades at his besieged Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, he offered services to women in desperate circumstances, women facing nearly impossible choices. He heroically risked his life on a daily basis, and ultimately gave his life to protect women’s right to choose. His murder was a national tragedy. The closing of his clinic in Wichita after his murder is a second terrible loss, robbing pregnant women and girls of essential, life-saving medical services — a sorrowful response to the threat of continued violence by the “pro-life” fringe.[3]

Cohan’s basic argument is that pro-lifer advocates seem to forget about the mother involved. This is a common complaint from pro-choice advocates. Cohen argues that by ignoring the emotional and even physical needs of the pregnant mother as she makes this difficult choice and chapter in her life, anti-abortion advocates place the mother in harm which, in her estimation, is not pro-life.

Cohen has a point in that defenders of the unborn should remember the needs of the mother, but at the same time should she be taken serious? Is she unaware with pro-life ministries that minister to both the unborn child (whose life is in mortal danger) and the mother? Does she not realize that apart from a healthy mother, there will be no child to give birth too? Furthermore, her claim that the life of the mother is oftentimes the reason for late-term and partial-birth abortions is ludicrous. In her article A Brutal Choice: Partial-Birth Abortion is Not Pro-Life, Anna Morse points out that if the life of the mother was at stake, then it would be best to remove the baby immediately. However, partial-birth abortion pulls an infant out of the mother’s body leaving the head in allowing the doctor to remove the child’s brains. If the life of the mother was really at stake, then why no rush?[4]

Cohen wants us to inaccurately believe that pro-life advocates only care about the life of the child and not the mother. However, if her argument were taken to its logical end, can it not be assumed that pro-abortion advocates care only about the life of the mother? By making a woman’s choice trump that of the unborn child’s are those who support abortion forgetting about the life of the child in the womb? Is this not what pro-life advocates have been saying all along? Cohen is right in reminding us that abortion affects two people, but she seems to forget that abortion always ends the life of the innocent party. Cohen wants her readers to believe that she is pro-life simply because she chose to have her child (even after consulting with Dr. Tiller’s office), but her argument is empty. What about the millions of children legally slaughtered in the name of choice, convenience, and wealth is pro-life?

In all of this, do not forget exactly what grizzly practices are being defended here are: partial-birth abortion. Perhaps nothing illustrates the barbarism of the pro-choice movement more than it. Anne Morse adequately describes it in her article:

In case anyone has forgotten how Tiller made his living, let me refresh your memory. In his partial-birth abortion practice, Tiller started off using ultrasound (sic) to locate one of the baby’s legs. He used forceps to pull the baby’s leg into the birth canal. He then proceeded to deliver the living baby’s entire body—except for his or her head. And then, this great humanitarian picked up a pair of scissors and stabbed the baby in the skull. . . .

He then inserted a suction catheter into the baby’s head and vacuumed his brains out. After the child’s skull collapsed, he pulled the head out of the birth canal.

Tiller had his very own crematorium. Following each baby’s brutal and extremely painful killing, his corpse would be thrown into the flames, like the thousands who went before him.

This is pro-life? Should anyone who makes such an argument be taken seriously? Seriously enough to be published in USA Today?

Cohen, however, is not alone in making this argument. One website is dedicated to the argument that “abortion is pro-life.” On the front page of the website is a quote from Atlas Shrugged author and abortion supporter Ayn Rand which says:

I cannot project the degree of hatred required to make those women run around in crusades against abortion. Hatred is what they certainly project, not love for the embryos, which is a piece of nonsense no one could experience, but hatred, a virulent hatred for an unnamed object. . . . Their hatred is directed against human beings as such, against the mind, against reason, against ambition, against success, against love, against any value that brings happiness to human life. In compliance with the dishonesty that dominates today’s intellectual field, they call themselves “pro-life.”[5]

Such proponents say that everybody is pro-life and to a certain extend that is true. But they are not pro-life is the fullest and most consistent sense. One cannot support the murder of the voiceless for any reason and still consider themselves pro-life. Cohen wishes to have it both ways. To be pro-life is to be completely pro-life. A woman’s choice to abort should not trump the unborn child’s right to live.

Cohen seems to believe that for many people today, childbearing and child-rearing is a burden that many should avoid. The Christian worldview begs to differ. If every human being is made in the image of God, then every child is a gift from God regardless of how the child was conceived or its condition. Depression and inconvenience (among other reasons) are not valid reasons to abort.

To execute an innocent image bearer is the farthest thing from pro-life. Cohen can convince herself otherwise but she is a fool if she continues to believe it. Depression and desperation is no excuse for sucking the brains out of the unborn. To turn a child into trash is not pro-life.

[1] For more on the Dr. George Tiller murder and how the culture has essentially canonized him, see Kyle McDanell, Logizomai: A Reasonable Faith in an Unreasonable World, (Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2011) 71-74.
[2] Allice Eve Cohen, Dr. George Tiller Was Pro-Life, USA Today. 
[3] Ibid.
[5] The quote is found on and is taken from Ayn Rand, “The Age of Mediocrity,” Q& A Ford Hall Forum, April, 1981. For essays and articles which defends the premise that the pro-choice position is truly pro-life visit

Repost | Here We Go Again: Mormonism and Presidential Politics

One of the interesting things about the Presidential race of 2007-2008 was the role that religion played in determining the candidates for both major parties.  You may recall the number of slanderous and outrageous comments made in sermons by then-Senator Barack Obama's pastor Jeremiah Wright.  Obama was a member of Wright's church for 20 years and eventually disavowed himself from the controversial pastor all the while claiming that he never heard such language from the man who baptized his children and he named his second book after ("The Audacity of Hope" was a sermon preached by Wright).

The second religious issue that arose was regarding Republican candidate Mitt Romney's Mormon faith.  Though Obama became his party's nominee and eventually was elected President in 2008, Romney lost to Arizona Senator John McCain.  One of the main reasons Romney lost, pundits argue, is because of Romney's unapologetic faith.  Romney is a Mormon and Christians (and Republicans) aren't ready to elect a Mormon.

Just as Obama was forced to give a speech on religion in light of the Wright problem, so did Romney. Much of the speech reflects the legacy started by President John F. Kennedy who famously said that he is not a Catholic President, but a President who happens to be Catholic. Here is Romney's speech:

Well, we're back to where we started.  Romney is running for President again and following the comments of the pastor at First Baptist Church in Dallas, TX (after endorsing Texas Governor Rick Perry) calling Mormonism a cult has media has offered a barrage of attacks against the Baptist minister all the while raising the issue against of Mormonism and the Presidency.

Fox News gives us the report:

Expect this issue to only increase. I have been waiting for it to rise and there have been pockets of it.  Many have noted that the Republican Presidential primary has two Mormons (one a former governor of Utah), but nothing has been made of it.

My concern here is how our culture views these issues. Listen to the pundits and to the journalists and you don't here a theological debate about theology (a point rightly made by the Dallas minister), but a political debate about a theology.  The debate ought to be over the theology of Mormonism, not the politics of Mormonism, but media elites are so theologically illiterate and view everything through political lenses that the minister is looked at as an intolerant bigot lost in a pluralistic age.

As Christians, our concern must be theological.  I am not concerned here on whether or not an Evangelical ought to vote for a Mormon Mitt Romney over a social justice/black liberation theology/secularist Barack Obama.  My concern here is that now when Christians discuss Mormonism, like the cultural elites, we discuss it through political lenses.  What matters is what they believe about Christ, the world, God, salvation, the cross, sin, and the afterlife.  Not necessarily tax policy and health care.

Mormonism is not orthodox Christianity.  Joseph Smith admitted as much.  He argued that Christianity had turned apostate shortly after the apostles and has returned to its orthodox roots at the coming of Smith and the discovery of the Book of Mormon.  They have a different God (Elohim who used to be like us), a different Christ, a different cosmology, a different view of the afterlife, a different soteriology (works righteousness), and a different view of Scripture.  They're not Christians and to deny that truth is disingenuous.  Just because Mormonism have tried to brand themselves as Christians in recent years, they have not historically done so.  They proclaim a different gospel and thus cannot be considered Christian.

That is a theological truth that is undeniable.  When the essentials and distinctives of Christianity are all redefined or openly denied then you cease to be Christian.  Mormonism has historically rejected monotheism, the Trinity, salvation by faith alone, the eternality of God and Jesus, etc.  Whether or not this means a Christian can vote for a Mormon or anyone else of a different faith is a different issue.  Luther is attributed as saying that he would rather be ruled by a competent Muslim than a foolish Christian and many are beginning to suggest that that is wise counsel.  That is not my concern here.

Here is a case of why pundits should stick to punditry and leave theology behind.  The one good point made by former President George W. Bush adviser, Karl Rove, is that right now Mormonism looks like the victim in light of what was said by the Baptist minister.  But if Romney gets the nomination (which is very possible), the media (and the Obama campaign) will come out swinging against Mormonism. They will portray Mormonism is idiotic picking on some of its very strange beliefs.

Expect this issue to not go away especially if Romney wins the nomination. It will be interesting if this becomes more of an issue in the upcoming debates and the Republican primaries.  In the meantime, I recommend Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.'s article on the subject.  He offers both a theological and a political response to the "Mormon Question."

For more:
Blogizomai - "The last three years have held a lot of change, but they haven’t offered much hope.": Romney's New Hampshire Victory Speech (Video & Text)
Blogizomai - (President) Mitt Romney's Florida Victory Speech
Blogizomai - Hump Day Humor: Awkward Romney Interview
Blogizomai - Dick Morris: Obama Will Lose 
Blogozimai - Romney Will Burn In Hell: Bashir, MSNBC, and the Current Climate of Progressive Punditry
Blogizomai - Going to the Dogs: The 2012 Campaign, Manufactored Controversies, and the Unborn
Blogizomai - It Takes One to Know One: Large Families and Smug Fecundity
Blogizomai - An Important Read: Is Mormonism "Having a Moment?"
Blogizomai - The Remarriage of Faith and Public Policy: Why Kennedy's Legacy Is a Farce
Theology - "Those Are Biblical Principles...?": Jeremiah Wright's Theology Misapplied  
Reviews - "The Audacity of Hope"  
Blogizomai - Prophet, Priest, and President:  Is Obama the Messiah? 
Blogizomai - Politics is Thicker Than Promises:  Lessons Learned From Obama and the Gay Community
Blogizomai - It Ain't Easy Being the Messiah:  Is Reality Finally Hitting America About the Messianism of Politicians?
Blogizomai - We Are All Theologians:  The Root of All We Are and Do  
Blogizomai - What's In a Word?  A Subtle Shift From Freedom of Religion to Freedom of Worship and Why It Matters 
Blogizomai - The Ongoing Conversation on Religious Liberty
Blogizomai - The Lion of the Senate and the Lamb of God:  The Pope, the Politician, and the Plea for Grace 
Blogizomai - Why I (Hesitantly) Signed the Manhattan Declaration   

Thursday, April 26, 2012

"Reformation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" - A Review

One of the most remarkable movements in history has to be the Great Reformation. Unfortunately, many assume that the events, the men, the leaders, the theology, and the insights gained then are no longer practical or worth our attention.  That is unfortunate.  In his re-released book (originally published in 1999), Reformation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Carl Truman offers some insight into why the Reformation still matters and why we need to go back there in order to go forward.

Each chapter gives an important insight into the root genius of the Reformation. The author then takes that theme and shows the reader why we need to uncover the Reformed vision. My favorite chapter has to be the chapter on Martin Luther's theology of the cross. Beginning with Heidelberg, Truman walks the reader through what Luther meant by the theology of the cross and how it applies directly.   Truman calls Luther's theology of the cross his most dramatic and profound insight into the nature of theology, with implications that are little short of shattering (42). Perhaps this is not the place for an in-depth analysis and survey of Luther here, but Truman offers what might be one of the best survey's of Luther's meaning here. I think Truman is right when he asserts that this might be the root of Luther's theology and what makes him so amazing. Consider the following insight:

This, I believe, takes us very close to the heart of Luther's Reformation theology.  We are all accustomed to debates about justification by faith, about the authority of Scripture and even about the relationship of the human will to salvation, each of which is a crucial topic. But the theology of the cross, radical and dramatic protest that it was, slipped form the agenda of Protestant theology in a manner which, I believe, impoverished the latter to a to insignificant degree. The Reformation was, after all, a supremely Christ-centered movement in terms of its theological content, and no one theologian expressed this Christ-saturated approach more dramatically than Martin Luther in his theology of the cross.  Why this aspect of his thought has come to be neglected is not immediately obvious - though it has to be said that the theology of the cross never played a particularly central and explicit role in Reformation theology after Luther. But I now want to argue that it is a note which the evangelical church would do well to strike again, particularly if it wishes to draw upon the richness of the Reformation for its contemporary life and practice. The heritage of the Reformation is more than just the doctrine of justification; it is also the theology of the cross; and we do well to listen to Luther on this, as on many other topics. (44-45)

I think Truman is dead on here. The real rich heritage of the Reformation is not just sola fida, but a theology of the cross and unfortunately, though we have held on to sola fida, we have left Luther's great discovery of the theology of the cross behind.

The other chapters look at Scripture and assurance.  The chapter on assurance is a great resource for preachers. This is perhaps one of the most practical sections of the book especially for pastors and preachers. Trueman goes into a lot of detail into pastoral ministry and preaching in light of the Reformed tradition.

Overall, I recommend this helpful book.  It is based on a series of lectures he gave over a decade ago but is a real helpful read. I would not recommend it to anyone without some background into the Reformation. The author does not offer much context for Luther, Calvin, or the rest. He almost assumes that the reader knows their stories and he does not highlight all of the great Reformers. 

Truman's thesis is a good one. We need to go back to the Reformation and the gems discovered there if we want to continue in the future and I pray that we will.  Trueman helps us do just that.

A Theology For a Social Atonement: Walter Rauschenbusch & the Foundation of the Social Gospel - Atonement Theory History 2

Part 1 - A Theology For a Social Atonement: Walter Rauschenbusch & the Foundation of the Social Gospel - Introduction
Part 2 - A Theology For a Social Atonement: Walter Rauschenbusch & the Foundation of the Social Gospel - Survey 
Part 3 - A Theology For a Social Atonement: Walter Rauschenbusch & the Foundation of the Social Gospel - A New Theology
Part 4 - A Theology For a Social Atonement: Walter Rauschenbusch & the Foundation of the Social Gospel - Harmitology
Part 5 - A Theology For a Social Atonement: Walter Rauschenbusch & the Foundation of the Social Gospel - Soteriology & Ecclesiology
Part 6 - A Theology For a Social Atonement: Walter Rauschenbusch & the Foundation of the Social Gospel - Christology
Part 7 - A Theology For a Social Atonement: Walter Rauschenbusch & the Foundation of the Social Gospel - Atonement Theory History 1 
Part 8 - A Theology For a Social Atonement: Walter Rauschenbusch & the Foundation of the Social Gospel - Atonement Theory History 2

To Rauschenbusch, the atonement must answer three theological questions of harmitology, Theology Proper, and anthropology. The first point of inquiry is the harmitological question of how did Christ bear mankind’s sins?  The old theology answered with the theory of imputation.  The problem, however, is that “guilt and merit are personal” and cannot “be transferred from one person to another.”  Imputation sees mankind as a sea of individuals with each individual’s debt of sin transferred – imputed – to Christ.  As a legal device, imputation holds Christ – one man – responsible for the sins committed by others.  Thus imputation is inadequate.[1]
Instead of imputation, how Christ bore the sins of mankind must not be understood through individualism, but through solidarity.  As a human, Jesus was “bound up . . . with the life of humanity.”[2]  Every sin is social and Christ bore the sins of mankind through solidarity.
Personal sin does not develop the force necessary to murder the prophets of God, but personal sin does typically organize itself and turn public.  Thus evil is a public problem, not just a personal one.  Public evil is so pervasive that no one can escape its effect.  “He will either sin by consenting in them,” Rauschenbusch adds, “or he will suffer by resisting them.”[3]
Jesus, therefore:
. . . did not in any real sense bear the sin of some ancient Briton who beat up his wife in B. C. 56, or of some mountaineer in Tennessee who got drunk in A. D. 1917.  But he did in a very real sense bear the weight of the public sins of organized society, and they in turn are causally connected with all private sins.[4]

This is a fundamental repudiation of penal substitution driven by Rauschenbusch’s rejection of individualism.  The atonement must deal with social, not personal sin.  As a result, Jesus bore the sins of society by suffering its sins and Rauschenbusch suggests there are six fundamental social sins – “all of a public nature – which together murdered the Messiah.”[5]
These social evils include Religious Bigotry,[6] the Combination of “Graft” and Political Power,[7] the Corruption of Justice,[8] the Mob Spirit and Mob Action,[9] Militarism,[10] and Class Contempt.[11]  Jesus did bear these sins, he suggests, but not in any “legal or artificial sense.”  Though He did not contribute to them, they were still laid upon Him.[12]
This is, he claims, the theology of Jesus.[13] In both the Parable of the Vineyard Owner (Matthew 21:33-46) and in his “invective against the religious leaders” (Matthew 23) Jesus suggests that when one repeats the sins of the past, they are involved with the guilt of the past.  In other words, mankind joins in solidarity with the evils of previous generations.  “[B]y our conscious actions or our passive consent, [we] have repeated the sins which killed Jesus, we have made ourselves guilty of his death”, thus we cannot condemn the murderers of Jesus in self-righteousness, but must see ourselves as guilty of the same sins as they.[14]
This is not a legal theory of imputation, “but a conception of spiritual solidarity, by which our own free and personal acts constitute us partakers of the guilt of others.”  The way in which Jesus bore our sins is two-fold.  First, all personal sin is social and each contributed to his death.  Secondly, the guilt of that generation spread “to all who re-affirm the acts which killed him.” He concludes, then, that the “key to the problem is contained in the realization of solidarity.”[15]
This is the point he articulated in his discussion on sin.  Sin was defined as selfishness and man’s selfishness affects society.  Original sin does not originate with Adam, but in society.  At the cross, Jesus enters into solidarity with man by suffering common social sins like political power, military might, religious hypocrisy, and injustice.  These are all social evils that are present and are transferred in every generation and society.  Thus, though it was the Romans and the Jews who executed the Messiah, present generations are at the same time guilty of the same crime when their respective societies repeat the sins of the crucifixion.  As a result, the sacrifice of Jesus remains “salvific” even today. 

[1] Rauschenbusch, A Theology For the Social Gospel, 245. He then adds that Jesus also did not bear man’s sins by sympathy. Though sympathetic his contact with sin was experienced. Experience “cuts deeper” than sympathy.” Rauschenbusch, A Theology For the Social Gospel, 245.
[2] Ibid.
[3] Ibid., 247.
[4] Ibid.
[5] Ibid., 248.
[6] “Religious bigotry has been one of the permanent evils of mankind, the cause of untold social division, bitterness, persecution, and religious wars.  It is always a social sin. . . . Jesus was killed by ecclesiastical religion. . . . This sin, then, was borne by Jesus, not by imputation, nor by sympathy, but by direct experience.” Ibid., 249-50.
[7] “Those who are in control of the machinery of organized society are able to use it for selfish and predatory ends, turning into private profit what ought to serve the common good. . . . Jesus was a prophet of religion; they were exploiters of religion.  This added durable fuel to their bigotry. They assumed that Jesus planned to stir up the revolutionary elements, and they feared that a messianic revolt would lose them the remnants of their power.” Ibid., 250, 252.
[8] “Injustice between man and man is inevitable and bad enough.  But it is far worse when the social institution set up in the name of justice gives its support to injustice. . . . As soon as Jesus was arrested, he became a victim of the courts. . . . So Jesus made experience of one of the permanent sins of organized society, bearing in his own body and soul what so many thousands of the poor and weak have borne before and after, the corruption of justice.”  Ibid., 252-54.
[9] “The mob spirit is the social spirit gone mad. . . . So it was in the case of Jesus.  The mob shouted for . . .  physical force . . . against the man who embodied the better spirit of the Jewish nation. . . . So this pervasive sin of community life, the intoxication of the social spirit, before which so many prophets . . . had to quail, contributed to the death of Jesus. He bore it, not by sympathy or imputation, but by experience.” Ibid., 254-55.
[10] After suggesting that Jesus spoke against war and militarism, Rauschenbusch writes, “With his arrest Jesus fell into the hands of the war system. . . . The men who drove the spikes through his hands and feet were the equivalent of a firing-squad told off for duty at an execution, and when they gambled for his clothes, they were taking their soldiers’ perquisites.” Ibid., 256.
[11] “Class pride and its obverse passion, class contempt, are the necessary spiritual product of class divisions.  They are the direct negation of solidarity and love. . . . In Roman law crucifixion was a punishment reserved for offenders of the lowest classes. . . . When Jesus was nailed to the tree, therefore, he bore not only the lightning shoots of physical pain imposed by the cruelties of criminal law, but also that contempt for the lower classes which has always dehumanized the upper classes . . .” Ibid., 256-57.
[12] Here, Rauschenbusch points to William DeWitt Hyde, “The Sins Which Crucified Jesus” in Modern Sermons by World Scholars, ed. Robert Scott and William C. Stiles, vol. 4 (New York:  Funk & Wagnals Company, 1909), 177-200 and also Henry Sloane Coffin, Social Aspects of the Cross (New York: Hodder & Stoughton, 1911).
[13] One main reason for rejecting penal substitution was his belief that Jesus did not hold to it – a point he made in his paper on Horace Bushnell. See Minus, Rauschenbusch, 43 and Evans, The Kingdom, 39.
[14] Rauschenbusch, A Theology For the Social Gospel, 259.
[15] Ibid.

For more on Walter Rauschenbusch:
You can read Waltar Raushenbush's groundbreaking book, "A Theology for the Social Gospel" online here.
Review - "A Theology for the Social Gospel" - Part 1
Review - "A Theology for the Social Gospel" - Sin
Review - "A Theology for the Social Gospel" - Atonement  
Theology - Orthodoxy vs. Unorthodoxy: A Look at Rauschenbush's "A Theology for the Social Gospel"
Blogizomai - "The Kingdom is Always But Coming"

On the Atonement:
Blogizomai - Its Not Just a Theory: Stott on Penal Substitution
Blogizomai - Theology Thursday | Does McLaren Reject Penal Substitution: A Review of the Evidence
Thesis - Brian McLaren and Emergent Soteriology:  From Cultural Accommodation to the Social Gospel
Blogizomai - "Salvation Brings Imitation": Piper on Christus Exemplar
Theology - God as Butcher: McLaren on Penal Substitution  
Theology - The Postmodern Social Gospel:  Brian McLaren Proves My Point  
Theology - Allison: A History of the Doctrine of the Atonement  
Theology - Where Theology and Life Intersect: A Theological Case for Christus Exemplar and Why It is Necessary - Part 1 - Introduction
Theology - Where Theology and Life Intersect: A Theological Case for Christus Exemplar and Why It is Necessary - Part 2 - Christus Exemplar and the doctrine of sin and depravity
Theology - Where Theology and Life Intersect: A Theological Case for Christus Exemplar and Why It is Necessary - Part 3 - The History of Christus Exemplar
Theology - Where Theology and Life Intersect: A Theological Case for Christus Exemplar and Why It is Necessary - Part 4 - Christus Exemplar and Humility
Thesis - Brian McLaren and Emergent Soteriology:  From Cultural Accommodation to the Social Gospel
Theology - Does McLaren Reject Penal Substitution:  A Look at the Evidence
Reviews - "Death by Love" by Mark Driscoll  

For more:
Blogizomai - Accommodationism Breeds Irrelevancy: Why Liberalism Fails and the Transcendent Gospel Triumphs
Blogizomai - Repost Friday | How To Change the World: The Advantage and Power of the Gospel and the Limits of the Social Gospel
Blogizomai - What Would Jesus Vote?:  Jesus, Health Care, and the Gospel
Blogizomai - Have We Forgotten the Gospel?  Glenn Beck, Social Justice, and the Gospel
Blogizomai - Who Isn't One?:  Brian McLaren and Social Christians
Blogizomai - Repost | What Did the Cross Accomplish?: External Hope or Internal Reformation
Blogizomai - Have We Forgotten the Gospel?:  Glenn Beck, Social Justice, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Blogizomai - Crossing the Wall of Separation: The Danger of the State Wooing the Church
Blogizomai - Weekly Recommendation - "Generous Justice" by Timothy Keller
Theology - Repent for Health Care is At Hand: Did Obama Just Legislate the Gospel?
Theology - The Postmodern Social Gospel: Brian McLaren Proves My Point 
Theology - The Bible and Poverty: The Gospel as the Remedy 
Theology - What Does It Mean to be  Christian?
Review - "Jesus Wants to Save Christians
Review - "UnChristian"
Reviews - "The Justice Project
Review - "The Hole in Our Gospel" by Richard Stearns
Review - "The Gospel According to Jesus" by Chris Seay  
Review - "Outlive Your Life" by Max Lucado 
Review - "When Helping Hurts
Review - "Everything Must Change
Review - "The Great Awakening" Part 1
Review - "The Great Awakening" Part 2
Shortblog - Glenn Beck and Social Justice
Shortblog - The Power of the Gospel in Bringing Social Change:  Perhaps We Need to Reconsider Our Efforts
Theology - Is Wallis a Marxist?  A New Video Surfaces

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

“A Better America Begins Tonight”: The General Campaign Begins

Below is presumptive GOP Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney's, speech following his sweeping primary victories in New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Romney is essentially running unopposed ever since Rick Santorum dropped the race and now there is talk of Newt Gingrich bowing out. Romney still lacks the full number of delegates to win the nomination and so technically the primary season is still going on, but there is no way he can be defeated.

Here is the speech by Mitt Romney he gave following his victories.

Thank you Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York! And tonight I can say thank you, America. After 43 primaries and caucuses, many long days and more than a few long nights, I can say with confidence – and gratitude – that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility. And, together, we will win on November 6th!

We launched this campaign not far from here on a beautiful June day. It has been an extraordinary journey.

Americans have always been eternal optimists. But over the last three and a half years, we have seen hopes and dreams diminished by false promises and weak leadership. Everywhere I go, Americans are tired of being tired, and many of those who are fortunate enough to have a job are working harder for less.

For every single mom who feels heartbroken when she has to explain to her kids that she needs to take a second job … for grandparents who can’t afford the gas to visit their grandchildren … for the mom and dad who never thought they’d be on food stamps … for the small business owner desperately cutting back just to keep the doors open one more month – to all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I’ve met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance, to all of you, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight.

Tonight is the start of a new campaign to unite every American who knows in their heart that we can do better! The last few years have been the best that Barack Obama can do, but it’s not the best America can do!

Tonight is the beginning of the end of the disappointments of the Obama years and the start of a new and better chapter that we will write together.

This has already been a long campaign, but many Americans are just now beginning to focus on the choice before the country. In the days ahead, I look forward to spending time with many of you personally. I want to hear what’s on your mind, hear about your concerns, and learn about your families. I want to know what you think we can do to make this country better…and what you expect from your next President.

And I’ll tell you a little bit about myself. I’ll probably start out talking about my wonderful wife Ann – I usually do – and I’ll probably bore you with stories about our kids and grandkids. I’ll tell you about how much I love this country, where someone like my dad, who grew up poor and never graduated from college, could pursue his dreams and work his way up to running a great car company. Only in America could a man like my dad become governor of the state in which he once sold paint from the trunk of his car.

I’d say that you might have heard that I was successful in business. And that rumor is true. But you might not have heard that I became successful by helping start a business that grew from 10 people to hundreds of people. You might not have heard that our business helped start other businesses, like Staples and Sports Authority and a new steel mill and a learning center called Bright Horizons. And I’d tell you that not every business made it and there were good days and bad days, but every day was a lesson. And after 25 years, I know how to lead us out of this stagnant Obama economy and into a job-creating recovery!

Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change. But after we came down to earth, after the celebration and parades, what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?

Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?

If the answer were “yes” to those questions, then President Obama would be running for re-election based on his achievements…and rightly so. But because he has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time. But not here and not now. It’s still about the economy …and we’re not stupid.
People are hurting in America. And we know that something is wrong, terribly wrong with the direction of the country.

We know that this election is about the kind of America we will live in and the kind of America we will leave to future generations. When it comes to the character of America, President Obama and I have very different visions.

Government is at the center of his vision. It dispenses the benefits, borrows what it cannot take, and consumes a greater and greater share of the economy. With Obamacare fully installed, government will come to control half the economy, and we will have effectively ceased to be a free enterprise society.

This President is putting us on a path where our lives will be ruled by bureaucrats and boards, commissions and czars. He’s asking us to accept that Washington knows best – and can provide all.
We’ve already seen where this path leads. It erodes freedom. It deadens the entrepreneurial spirit. And it hurts the very people it’s supposed to help. Those who promise to spread the wealth around only ever succeed in spreading poverty. Other nations have chosen that path. It leads to chronic high unemployment, crushing debt, and stagnant wages.

I have a very different vision for America, and of our future. It is an America driven by freedom, where free people, pursuing happiness in their own unique ways, create free enterprises that employ more and more Americans. Because there are so many enterprises that are succeeding, the competition for hard-working, educated and skilled employees is intense, and so wages and salaries rise.

I see an America with a growing middle class, with rising standards of living. I see children even more successful than their parents – some successful even beyond their wildest dreams – and others congratulating them for their achievement, not attacking them for it.

This America is fundamentally fair. We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice; we will stop the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayer money to their friends’ businesses; we will stop the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing; we will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve; and we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next.

In the America I see, character and choices matter. And education, hard work, and living within our means are valued and rewarded. And poverty will be defeated, not with a government check, but with respect and achievement that is taught by parents, learned in school, and practiced in the workplace.
This is the America that was won for us by the nation’s Founders, and earned for us by the Greatest Generation. It is the America that has produced the most innovative, most productive, and the most powerful economy in the world.

As I look around at the millions of Americans without work, the graduates who can’t get a job, the soldiers who return home to an unemployment line, it breaks my heart. This does not have to be. It is the result of failed leadership and of a faulty vision. We will restore the promise of America only if we restore the principles of freedom and opportunity that made America the greatest nation on earth.
Today, the hill before us is a little steep but we have always been a nation of big steppers. Many Americans have given up on this President but they haven’t ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves. Not on each other. And not on America.

In the days ahead, join me in the next step toward that destination of November 6th, when across America we can give a sigh of relief and know that the Promise of America has been kept. The dreamers can dream a little bigger, the help wanted signs can be dusted off, and we can start again.
And this time we’ll get it right. We’ll stop the days of apologizing for success at home and never again apologize for America abroad.

There was a time – not so long ago – when each of us could walk a little taller and stand a little straighter because we had a gift that no one else in the world shared. We were Americans. That meant something different to each of us but it meant something special to all of us. We knew it without question. And so did the world.

Those days are coming back. That’s our destiny.

We believe in America. We believe in ourselves. Our greatest days are still ahead. We are, after all, Americans!

God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

HT: Fox News Insiders 

For more:
Blogizomai - "The last three years have held a lot of change, but they haven’t offered much hope.": Romney's New Hampshire Victory Speech (Video & Text)
Blogizomai - (President) Mitt Romney's Florida Victory Speech
Blogizomai - Hump Day Humor: Awkward Romney Interview
Blogizomai - Dick Morris: Obama Will Lose 
Blogozimai - Romney Will Burn In Hell: Bashir, MSNBC, and the Current Climate of Progressive Punditry
Blogizomai - Going to the Dogs: The 2012 Campaign, Manufactored Controversies, and the Unborn
Blogizomai - It Takes One to Know One: Large Families and Smug Fecundity
Blogizomai - Here We Go Again: Mormonism and Presidential Politics
Blogizomai - An Important Read: Is Mormonism "Having a Moment?"
Blogizomai - On God, Religion, Politics, and Mormonism: Robert Jeffress on Bill Mahar
Blogizomai - An Important Read: Jeffress on Faith, Politics, & Secularism
Blogizomai - Is This the Dirtiest Campaign Season Ever?: Consider Circa 1800    

Hump Day Humor: Kids Say the Darnest Things!

My favorite is, "I'm a Catholic Baptist."

HT: Kevin DeYoung

All Around the Web: Links For Your Wednesday - April 25, 2012

HT: Eungelion

Dr. Denny Burk - Michael Gerson Gets the Measure of the Man | A great article linked by Dr. Burk regarding Charles Colson. The best quote is near the beginning: Colson was the most thoroughly converted person I’ve ever known.  

Charles W. Colson — who spent seven months in prison for Watergate-era offenses and became one of the most influential social reformers of the 20th century — was the most thoroughly converted person I’ve ever known. Following Chuck’s recent death, the news media — with short attention spans but long memories — have focused on the Watergate portion of his career. They preserve the image of a public figure at the moment when the public glare was harshest — a picture taken when the flash bulbs popped in 1974.

Pyromaniacs - The Simple Gospel | Love this sermon quote from Charles Spurgeon.

When I was about fifteen or sixteen years of age, I wanted a Savior, and I heard the gospel preached by a poor man, who said in the name of Jesus—"Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth." It was very plain English, and I understood it, and obeyed it and found rest.
I owe all my happiness since then to the same plain doctrine.

Now, suppose that I were to say, "I have read a great many books, and there are a great many people willing to hear me. I really could not preach such a commonplace gospel as I did at the first. I must put it in a sophisticated way, so that none but the elite can understand me."
I should be—what should I be? I should be a fool, writ large.

I should be worse than that, I should be a traitor to my God; for if I was saved by a simple gospel, then I am bound to preach that same simple gospel till I die, so that others too may be saved by it.

When I cease to preach salvation by faith in Jesus put me into a lunatic asylum, for you may be sure that my mind is gone.

Tim Challies - Don't Tweet That Sermon | This is good although tweeting isn't an epidemic in our congregation because you can't get any service at our church. I believe the hashtag for that is #RuralChurchProblems

Tweeting suggests that the sermon is as much for the global church as the local church.
Tweeting changes your focus from yourself to others.
Tweeting reduces a sermon to it’s tweetability.
Tweeting is two-way
Tweeting distracts people around you.

Kevin DeYoung - Give a Rip? Have a Kid | A very brief but an important post regarding fertility rates in the West. His final point is worth reading.

On the positive side, for this country at least, if current trends continue, America has a chance to actually be more religious in 2050 than today. The least secular people in this country are having the most children (have you ever met a Christian home schooler?!). In general the most conservative states have the highest fertility rates and anecdotal evidence suggests that a younger generation of devout Christians are trying to have more children, not fewer. A silver lining perhaps

Ben Witherington - Ben Witherington on Homosexuality and Scripture
| This is helpful from BW3.

Christianity Today -
Married people have higher wellbeing than singles, divorcees | This shouldn't be surprising.

New research from the US-based Gallup group suggests marital status has a strong influence on wellbeing.

The survey of more than 350,000 Americans found that wellbeing scores differed according to whether people were married, single, cohabiting, divorced or separated.

Married people had the highest wellbeing score with 68.8 – 2.6 points above the national average. They were followed by single people (65.0), the widowed (63.5), and cohabitees (63.3). Divorcees were found to have a lower wellbeing score (59.7), followed by separated people (55.9).

Real Clear Politics - "FOX News Sunday" Panel On GOP VP Pick | I agree with Karl Rove, none of this speculation matters. But interesting.

Wall Street Journal - Romney Visits Empty Factory to Mock | This is actually good politics and campaigning by Romney but I don't think it has gotten the press he wanted it to. Almost I like the "Obama Isn't Working," but isn't catchy enough.

LORAIN, Ohio — Mitt Romney, shadowing President Barack Obama on the campaign trail, went to the battleground state of Ohio to appear at a shuttered industrial warehouse to dramatize his complaints about the incumbent’s economic policies.

“It underscores the failure of this president’s policies with regard to getting the economy moving,’’ Mr. Romney said standing in a cavernous, empty warehouse festooned with a banner that read `Obama Isn’t Working.’ “If you want to know where his vision leads open your eyes.’’

Sexual Healing

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Romney Will Burn In Hell: Bashir, MSNBC, and the Current Climate of Progressive Punditry

After watching this I was left speechless.  MSNBC host Martin Bashir accuses Republican presumptive nominee of lying and then goes on to quote Mormon writings to indite him to hell.  I just wonder what would happen if someone from Fox News did something similar, using the Bible, to indite President Barack Obama or an other politician to hell?

This is why no one watches MSNBC and why people are turned off by politics, punditry, and the broader culture.

HT: Daily Caller 

For more:
Blogizomai - Love Promoted:  The First Bell Interviews 
Blogizomai - "Is Hell For Real Or Does Everyone go To Heaven?"
Theology - MSNBC Takes on Bell . . . Or At Least Tries Too
Blogizomai - Freud's Wish Fulfillment: Why Atheism Can't Explain Atheism
Theology - Driscoll:  Hell is the Wrath of God in Effect  
Theology - McLaren and McKnight:  Conversations on Being a Heretic 
Theology - Piper on Helless Preaching

"The Truth About the Lordship of Christ": A Review

Over twenty-five years ago, perhaps the most important book in the ministry of John MacArthur was published, "The Gospel According to Jesus." It was a theological defense of Lordship - the belief that one must affirm the Lordship of Christ implying that one is not truly saved (justified) unless they are being sanctified. MacArthur's book was a classic and has since be re-released in an anniversary addition. That book was very theological and in it MacArthur was reacting to a particular movement that was denying Lordship.

In a recent book, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ, MacArthur again raises the issue of Jesus' Lordship and what it means but without the theological defense. He simply assumes it and presents to his readers what it looks like to submit to his Lordship. It is a delightful book that is practical, biblical, theological, and needed.

One of the things I love about MacArthur is how piercing he is with the gospel and the teachings of Jesus Christ. He does not shy away from the hard sayings of Jesus because in them, MacArthur sees what Jesus was saying. The gospel brings a sword, not a flower. The gospel divides, tears families apart, and we must be loyal to Christ first.

Lordship means both justification and sanctification. Those two worlds cannot be separated and MacArthur proves this from Scripture. I highly recommend this book to any lay person that wants to know what it means to be a Christian. Beyond the talk of theologians, Christians will find here what it means to be saved and how to live like it. It is an excellent read that is straight forward and profound. MacArthur gets at the heart of the Christian message and although it is heavily Calvinistic (more than most of his other writings) I do not think that it gets in the way.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I review for BookSneeze

For more on MacArthur:
Blogizomai - Weekly Recommendation - "Slave" by John MacArthur
Blogizomai - Reformed in Grace But Arminian Everywhere Else: MacArthur on the Future of the YRR Movement
Blogizomai - He Turned the Water Into Wine: MacArthur, Alcohol, & Christian Liberty
Blogizomai - Alcohol Today, Marijuana Tomorrow: When Money Changes Our Values   
Blogizomai - Theology Thursday | Theology and Ministry: An Interview With John MacArthur 
Blogizomai - MacArthur:  How to Confront the Culture
Blogizomai - Theology Thursday | MacArthur and the Gospel
Blogizomai - Weekly Recommendation - John MacArthur Study Bible
Reviews - A Tale of Two Sons
Blogizomai - Christ Is The Head of the Church: MacArthur, Huss, & History's Sea of Blood

MaArthur Books:
Reviews - "Slave" by John MacArthur 
Reviews - "Slave" by John MacArthur Audio
Reviews - "The Gospel According to Jesus"  
Reviews - Hard to Believe  
Reviews - "A Tale of Two Sons
Reviews - "the Jesus You Can't Ignore
Reviews - Why One Way
Reviews - "The God Who Loves" 
Reviews - "Who Money Is It Anyway?"
Reviews - "The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness" 
Reviews - "Lord, Teach Me to Pray"
Reviews - "Our Sufficiency in Christ"
Reviews - "Fools Gold"
Reviews - "The Vanishing Conscience"
Reviews - "Can God Bless America" 
Reviews - "Twelve Ordinary Men"
Reviews-  "John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology"
Reviews - "Welcome to the Family"
Reviews - "The Second Coming"
Reviews - "God in the Manger"
Reviews - "John MacArthur Study Bible"
Reviews - "Found: God's Will"
Reviews - "Preaching the Cross"
Reviews - "Truth War"

MacArthur sermons:
Blogizomai - "Slaves of Christ" by John MacArthur
Blogizomai - Theology Thursday | MacArthur: A Tale of Two Sons
Blogizomai - "The Greatness of Being a Slave" by John MacArthur
Blogizomai - Honoring God through Edifying Preaching by John MacArthur
Blogizomai - "The Theology of Christmas" (Philippians 2:5-11) by John MacArthur
Blogizomai - MacArthur & The Attacks on the Bible
Blogizomai - "It Pleased God": MacArthur on the Darkness and Drama at the Cross

For more from Thomas Nelson:
Reviews - "Real Marriage" by Mark & Grace Driscoll
Reviews - "Why Men Hate Going to Church" by David Murrow  
Blogizomai - Repost | "Nearing Home" by Billy Graham
Reviews - America: The Last Best Hope - Volume 3
Reviews - "Has God Spoken?" by Hank Hanegraaf
Reviews - "Why God Won't Go Away" by Alister McGrath  
Reviews - "Billy Graham in Quotes
Reviews - "No He Can't" by Kevin McCullough
Reviews - "Washington: A Legacy of Leadership" by Paul Vickery  
Reviews - "Max on Life" by Max Lucado 
Reviews - "Slave" by John Macarthur
Reviews - "The Jesus Inquest" by Charles Foster 
Reviews - "Finding Our Way Again" by Brian McLaren 
Reviews - "Outlive Your Life" by Max Lucado
Reviews - "The Hole in Our Gospel" by Richard Stearns 
Reviews - "Saint Patrick" by Jonathan Rogers
Reviews - "A Century Turns" by William Bennett
Reviews - "Sir Winston Churchill"
Reviews - "On this Day in Christian History"
Reviews - "Storm Warning" by Billy G

Monday, April 23, 2012

Colson: Wrongful Birth?

Before his death, Charles Colson wrote an excellent BreakPoint commentary regarding the Wrongful Birth court case in Oregon (which I mention in my new book). Here is some of what he had to say. I will miss reading his daily commentaries and podcasts.

Doctors and hospitals are regularly held accountable for failing to prevent patients from dying. But if the precedent set by an Oregon couple’s recent legal victory stands, doctors can now be held accountable for failing to prevent patients from living!

Ariel and Deborah Levy of Portland were awarded $2.9 million this month because doctors didn’t anticipate their four-year-old daughter’s Down syndrome. The Levys said if they had known about the disability while their daughter was still in utero, they would have terminated the pregnancy. . . .

As many as 95 percent of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome in this country are aborted. But according to a recent survey conducted by Children’s Hospital in Boston and reported by MSNBC, 99 percent of adults with the disorder say they are “happy with their lives,” and almost as many say they like who they are and how they look.

Most tellingly, four out of five parents of Down syndrome children report that “their outlook on life [is] more positive because of their child…”

Folks, the idea that human worth is determined by quality of life might be the most destructive lie of our time, one that the Nazi’s perpetrated. The kind of grim arithmetic this involves is now used to justify disposing of those whom society deems “imperfect;” it is sickening and an offense against the God in whose image they and we are made.

But the real scandal of the abortion rate for Down syndrome children is borne out by the statistics. They don’t live miserable lives, and neither do their parents

HT: BreakPoint

For more:
Blogizomai - Repost | Bella Makes Everything Better: Santorum's Down Syndrome Child
Blogizomai - Repost Friday | 99 Balloons: Finding God's Grace in Life's Tragedies
Blogizomai - The Other 10%
Blogizomai - The Question of Infanticide:  The "House of Horrors" & the Debate Over Life 
Blogizomai - "When You Bring Your Baby Home:"  Infanticide and Arbitrary Definitions of Life
Blogizomai - What To Do With An Abortion Survivor:  Italy, Infanticide, and Secular Moral Confusion 
Blogizomai - "Badly Botched" Abortion:  Another Way of Saying Infanticide and Murder
Blogizomai - Are Ultrasounds Enough:  The Centeredness of the Sacredness of Life in the Abortion Debate
Blogizomai - The Threat of Trig Palin:  The Return of Life Worthy of Life
Blogizomai - Which Will We Choose?:  The Theology of Death or the Theology of Life - Peter Singer, Evolution, & the Ethics of Human 
Blogizomai - From White Sheets to White Coats:  Abortion and the Ongoing Struggle for Civil Rights  
Blogizomai - Eugenics in the Present Tense: Eugenics in America Today - Part 1
Blogizomai - Eugenics in the Present Tense:  Eugenics in America Today - Part 2
Blogizomai - Eugenics in the Present Tense:  Eugenics in America Today - Part 3
Blogizomai - A Letter & Gift From God: Palin's Letter On Trig & the Challenge of Down Syndrome
Blogizomai - On Why Darwin Still Matters
Blogizomai - Mohler: The Death Culture Strikes Again
Blogizomai - Mohler: A Threat to the Disabled . . . and to Us All
Blogizomai - Mohler: The Rise of Infanticide?
Blogizomai - Colson: The March of Death
Blogizomai - Hitler Is Alive And Well: Repeating the Mistakes of the Past
Blogizomai - Colson: Deadly Trend
Blogizomai - The Lust For Blood: The Culture of Death and Infanticide
Blogizomai - "Freedom is Dead, And We are It's Murderers" - Nietzsche Was Almost Right
Blogizomai - Colson: What Would Darwin Advise?
Blogizomai - A Return to Rome: When Death Becomes Entertainment
Blogizomai - Colson: Thirty Pints of BloodWhere the Logic of The Culture of Death Will Take Us
Blogizomai - Euthanasia: A Good Death?
Blogizomai - Albert Mohler: That Was Then . . . This is Now? A Nazi Nightmare
Blogizomai - Repost | Mephibosheth and the Sanctity of the Disable: God's Glory In the Face of Deformity