Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. - Southern Baptists and Salvation: It’s Time to Talk |
That said, I could not sign the document. Indeed, I have very serious reservations and concerns about some of its assertions and denials. I fully understand the intention of the drafters to oppose several Calvinist renderings of doctrine, but some of the language employed in the statement goes far beyond this intention. Some portions of the statement actually go beyond Arminianism and appear to affirm semi-Pelagian understandings of sin, human nature, and the human will — understandings that virtually all Southern Baptists have denied. Clearly, some Southern Baptists do not want to identify as either Calvinists, non-Calvinists, or Arminians. That is fine by me, but these theological issues have been debated by evangelicals for centuries now, and those labels stick for a reason.
That leads me to make another qualification. I do not believe that those most problematic statements truly reflect the beliefs of many who signed this document. I know many of these men very well, and I know them to be doctrinally careful and theologically discerning. Some of these very men have served most boldly in the defense of the faith, and they have taught me much. We should be honored by the privilege of a serious theological conversation with one another, and we will all speak more carefully when we are respectfully questioned by those with whom we disagree.
Fourth, the last thing Southern Baptists need, now or ever, is the development of theological tribalism among us. We must all repent of the sin of building a tribe when we are called to serve the Kingdom of Christ. The more Calvinistic Southern Baptists, and here I include myself, are deeply theological and passionately concerned to get the Gospel right. The Calvinists I know are transforming their beliefs into an absolute renaissance of missionary commissionings and Gospel church planting. At times, however, Calvinists can be tribal and elitist, more concerned with counting points of doctrine and less concerned with pointing us all to the mission of the Gospel. Such a tribalism is inconsistent with the very beliefs we cherish. This goes to show that we, too, can be inconsistent in faith and practice. Of such tribalism we must all repent.
Cranach - VeggieTales creator repents of moralism | This is the problem with many Christian children programming. Are we moralizing the unconverted or converting the immoral?
I looked back at the previous 10 years and realized I had spent 10 years trying to convince kids to behave Christianly without actually teaching them Christianity. And that was a pretty serious conviction. You can say, “Hey kids, be more forgiving because the Bible says so,” or “Hey kids, be more kind because the Bible says so!” But
that isn’t Christianity, it’s morality. . . .
And that was such a huge shift for me from the American Christian ideal. We’re drinking a cocktail that’s a mix of the Protestant work ethic, the American dream, and the gospel. And we’ve intertwined them so completely that we can’t tell them apart anymore. Our gospel has become a gospel of following your dreams and being good so God will make all your dreams come true. It’s the Oprah god. So I had to peel that apart. I realized I’m not supposed to be pursuing impact, I’m supposed to be pursuing God. And when I pursue God I will have exactly as much impact
as He wants me to have.
Kevin DeYoung - Theological Primer: The Attributes of Scripture |
The doctrine of Scripture’s necessity reminds us that we need God’s word to tell us how to live and how to be saved (1 Cor. 2:6-13).
General revelation is not adequate. Personal experience and human
reason cannot show us the gospel. We need God’s gracious self-disclosure
if we are to worship rightly, believe in Christ, and live for ever in
The doctrine of Scripture’s sufficiency reminds us that God’s word tells us all we need to know for life and godliness in Christ Jesus (2 Tim. 3:14-17).
We don’t need new revelations. We don’t need dreams or vision. We don’t
need a council of prophets or a quorum of apostles to present to us new
information about Jesus Christ and the gospel. Scripture doesn’t tell
us everything we might want to know. But it tells us everything we truly
need to know.
The doctrine of Scripture’s clarity (or perspicuity) reminds us that the saving message of God’s redemption can be understood by all who care to hear it (Deut. 30:11-14).
This does not mean every passage in the Bible is obvious or that we
should shun proper training in all the biblical disciplines. But when it
comes to the central tenets of Scripture, we can discern God’s word for
ourselves, apart from official church interpretation. There is a
meaning in the text and God knows how to communicate it to us.
The doctrine of Scripture’s authority remind us that God’s word stands above all earthly powers (Psalm 138:2).
On every matter in which the Bible means to speak, the last word goes
to Scripture, not to councils or to catechisms or to science or to human
experience, but to the word of God. We all have someone or something
that we turn to as the arbiter of truth claims. For Christians, in the
final analysis, this authority must be, and can only be, the Scriptures
of the Old and New Testaments.
Reformed Baptist Fellowship - J. I. Packer: Some of His Favorite Books | I always find these interesting.
Here's the list:
John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion.
Bishop JC Ryle, Holiness.
John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress.
A number works by Richard Baxter, John Owen (notably Indwelling Sin, The Mortification of Sin).
AP - Billy Graham ministry aims to take revivals online | May the gospel go forth.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The remarkable success of evangelist Billy Graham's Crusades for Christ did not come from his preaching alone, but also the immense amount of preparation and follow-up that went into planning each
Now, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is taking that experience and harnessing it to save souls
through the Internet in a way that perhaps only such a large and established organization can.
The basic premise is simple: Use search engines to find people who are looking for answers to life's big questions and direct them to a website, http://www.peacewithgod.net
. From there, seekers are led through a series of readings and videos loosely tied to John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have
At the end of the series, they are offered a chance to pray and to accept Jesus. Those who do become a little point of light on a Google Earth application, showing more than 476,000 souls around the world who have been saved through the site since it went live last year.
CBN - Court: Christian Photog Can’t Refuse Gay Ceremonies | This is scary. But welcome to our new world.
Regardless of what you think of Glenn Beck, and I'm not the biggest fan, this is pretty funny.
HT: The Blaze