Thursday, May 8, 2014

All Around the Web - May 8, 2014

Russell Moore - Questions and Ethics: How do you disciple a repentant transgendered person?
Russell Moore counsels pastors and church leaders on how to lovingly disciple transgendered persons who have come to faith in Christ.

C. Michael Patton - Can Homosexuals Be Saved?
I have been asked this quite a few times over the years and the issue was brought up again recently. Can homosexuals be Christians? Or, better, is there such a thing as a “homosexual Christian”? Many would believe that someone who engages in a homosexual life style is necessarily excluded from the Kingdom of God unless they repent. Repentance here would mean a change of thinking and, shortly following, a change of action – no longer participating in this lifestyle. In other words, while some would be willing to say that a homosexual can be saved, their salvation necessitates their change of lifestyle within a short period of time.

While I agree with those who say that homosexuality is a terrible sin (Lev. 18:22, 20:13 Rom. 1:27; 1 Cor. 6:6; 1 Tim. 1:10), I do not believe it is one that is outside the realm of a believer’s carnality. Neither do I believe that if one practices homosexuality their entire life, they are necessarily excluded from the Kingdom of God. I hope people do not misunderstand my purpose here. I in no way endorse homosexual behavior or seek to relativize its standing before the Lord as an abomination. But I do think that sometimes, we who are not tempted in such a way can fail to see the seriousness of the struggle experienced by people who are tempted towards homosexuality.

Sexual sin and temptation are part of everyone’s life. We are born with a drive toward fulfillment of this God-given part of our humanity. Some will deny this drive because of God’s calling in their lives (e.g., singleness). Yet sin has corrupted this drive and we are all born infected with sin. Because of upbringing, genetics, cultural influences, and other factors, people will experience this corruption to greater and lesser degrees. I personally have never felt any inclination toward expressing my sexual corruption in a way that was focused on the same sex. Why? Not necessarily because of good choices I have made, but because the genetics, upbringing, and influences were not there. I have just never had the sinful bent within me that compels me to lust after someone of the same sex. Don’t get me wrong. I have a sinful sexual bent, but it is of the more natural kind. This does not justify it or make me more innately righteous than the homosexual, it is just a fact that this is not a sin I have ever had to deal with.

Desiring God - Living Out God’s Design for Marriage

Tim Challies - The Bestsellers: The Prayer of Jabez
Bruce Wilkinson earned advanced theological degrees at several Christian seminaries and for a time served as a professor at Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon. In 1976 he began Walk Thru the Bible, a worldwide ministry that provides seminars and conferences to teach biblical doctrine. He remained at the helm from 1976 until 2003 when he was succeeded by Chip Ingram.

In 2000 Wilkinson teamed up with Multnomah Publishers to release The Prayer of Jabez : Breaking Through to the Blessed Life and almost from the moment of release, it left an indelible mark on Christian publishing. The book is based on two verses from 1 Chronicles 4: “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, ‘Because I bore him in pain.’ Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, ‘Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!’ And God granted what he asked.”


Books At a Glance:  What is a good explanation of impassibility that doesn’t give the impression that God lacks emotion?

Lister:  I think the simplest way to state it is to say that God’s affections cannot be forced or manipulated from him involuntarily. His affections are perfect and they always accord with his will. That’s one of the ways that divine and human affection are unlike. Our emotions can be and often are expressed involuntarily. That is not the case with God. I realize that this sounds counter-intuitive to many people, yet it is critical to understand. In fact, a desire to address this potential confusion is one of the main reasons that I wrote the book. (See my answer to Q5 below for elaboration.)

Books At a Glance:  Why is it important for Christians to know about God’s impassibility? His impassionedness?

Lister:  These questions get to the heart of the practical value of this issue. Together, God’s impassibility and his impassionedness highlight the centrality of the Creator/creature distinction, and that in turn enriches the profound nature of the relationship with God that we are invited into through faith in Christ. In other words, we can too easily lapse into conceiving of relationship with God essentially along the lines of a relationship with a peer. When we keep the Creator/creature distinction at the forefront of our thinking, we will marvel all the more at the prospect of relationship with God.

Books At a Glance:  When you are teaching about God’s impassibility and impassionedness, what are some of the most difficult things for the average Christian to grasp?

Lister:  There is a fairly common tendency to interpret the language of divine affection in Scripture anthropocentrically. (This is true not only popularly speaking, but in much of the literature as well.) What I mean is that, we often tend to assume that since we know how affective language applies to us, we therefore have a kind of intuitive grasp on how the same terminology should apply to God. And the criterion we apply is the criterion of human experience. To qualify as “genuine” or “meaningful” affection then, we tend to assume that God’s affective engagement must correspond in virtually every aspect to our emotional experiences. What gets left out is the Creator/creature distinction, which provides an important hedge against interpreting such language as applying identically (or univocally) to God and humans. We have to pay attention not only to the language that is used, but also to the kind of being to whom the language is applied. God, the omniscient, perfectly holy, Triune Creator, is a different kind of being than we are, and that distinction matters when we seek to understand how the same affective terminology (e.g., love) applies to him and to us.

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