Blog Break

I will be taking a hopefully short break from posting on this blog due to circumstances beyond my control that currently prevent me from being able to prepare daily posts.  Please feel free to read through older posts while I am away. I hope to be back with you shortly.

12 Lies American Evangelicals Believe

Tyler O’Neil, from an October 2016 article:

“Evangelical Christians are supposedly united in their belief that only those who believe the gospel — that Jesus Christ died on the cross for humanity’s sins and rose from the dead three days later — will be saved. But not all who identify as evangelicals even believe this.

According to a September study by LifeWay Research, Americans don’t know much about theology. While most Americans identify as Christians, they seem confused about the details of their faith.

“Contradictory and incompatible beliefs are OK for most people,” explained Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Even those who identify as evangelicals often fell into some of the worst theological errors.

Here are twelve lies about God, morality, and salvation which Christians in the study believed, and why they are wrong…”

Read more: https://pjmedia.com/faith/2016/10/24/12-lies-american-evangelicals-believe/?singlepage=true

The Judge’s Prayer

Imagine the brouhaha if a judge said this today:

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Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Judge%27s_Prayer_%281_MB%29.jpg

Yet They Are Acceptable

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Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:247-248:

All men owe all service unto God; all true Christians are in heart devoted to his service; and the best Christians mind it most, and perform it best: but when they review their performances, they see them so faulty, and short of what they ought to be, that they see more reason to mourn over the iniquity of their holy things than to glory in their holy things. Yet notwithstanding all the failings in the sincere obedience of a true believer (and he alone is the man in whom sincerity is, and by whom any act of sincere obedience can be performed), yet are they acceptable to God by Jesus Christ, 1 Peter 2:5. Their fruits of righteousness (though far from being fully ripe and perfect) are by Jesus Christ unto the glory and praise of God, Phil. 1:11.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-sincere-obedience-of-a-true-believer.91700/, Comment 1

Joy and Depression

Rev. Matthew Winzer:

Helianthus annuus inflorescenceHuman personality is not designed to function as a disembodied spirit but as a physical entity in a physical world. Our present physicality is tied to the earth. There are pleasant and painful feelings associated with it. That is a fact. It cannot in and of itself be judged as Christian or non Christian any more than other physical feelings of pain and pleasure. We personally feel a certain way with respect to the world and our physical condition in it. For some people those feelings can be quite painful, and the way man deals with pain is by suppression/depression. That is our natural response. The pain gets too much to deal with so we suppress it. In reality, that is all depression is, but it can also be complicated by numerous physical and psychological factors.

The joy of a believer is of a different kind. It is a deep-seated satisfaction which does not rely on physical conditions in the world or feeling related to the body or even to a specific mental state. It is joy in God, in the contemplation of reconciliation with God, in the present communion which is shared with Him, in the future prospect of being partaker of His glory. It is commanded. It is something which can be “reckoned” even when there is no outward stimulus for it, but only what is contrary to it. It can, then, exist side by side with those other emotions. One can hope against hope, live by the evidence of things not seen. If that is so, it should not be measured or judged by a comparison with these other emotions. It is a joy unspeakable and full of glory, which means it cannot be bound by the limitations of other human feelings. The presence of depression does not indicate the absence of Christian joy.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/crying-out-emotionalism.72966/, Comment 13

They Do More For Their Gods

Jeremiah Burroughs (The Saints Treasury, p. 11):

Baal, God of Fertility and Storms, Megiddo, Strata IX-VII, Late Bronze Age, 1550-1200 BC, bronze - Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago - DSC07738[O]bserve how the Scripture sets out the spirits of men after their Idoll gods, in regard of the cost they are willing to bestow upon them. Isa. 46:6. They shall lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the ballance, and hire a goldsmith, and he maketh it a god. They care not what cost they are at to worship their Idols. O what a shame would it be if we should not be willing to part with much of our estates for the true worship of the true God: and though we should lose our estates, yet if we can serve God better, and in a purer way, we should be content; for Idolaters will lavish gold out of the bag upon their Idols. Now there is none like to our God; therefore it is a shame that they should doe more for their gods then we doe for ours. And then what are Idolaters willing to suffer for their gods? 1 Kings 18:28 how did Baals Priests there cut themselves after their manner, with Knives and Lancers, till the blood gushed out, to shew their respect to their Idols! let us then be willing to suffer any thing that God calls us to. And how constant were they to their Idols! therefore sayes God, Jer. 2:10, 11. Consider diligently and see, if there be such a thing: hath a Nation changed their gods which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit; how ill doth God take this that Idolaters should not change their gods that are infinitely below him, and yet that his people should change their God who is infinitely above them?

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/threads/they-do-more-for-their-gods.91736/, Comment 1

Forgiveness and Abusive Men

Wise words from My Only Comfort.  I have dealt with one individual, in particular, who constantly looks for ways to cause me grief and accuses me of being Unforgiving and Unloving for not going along with their plans.  It’s nice to see that some Christians get it!:

Jehan Georges Vibert - Sneaking a peek“If they come again crying for forgiveness, this in no way obligates you to allow them back into your life where they have caused so much damage. If they are truly repentant, they will rejoice in salvation and understand the depth and depravity of their sin, and will understand and respect your desire to be left alone as a just consequence of their sin which they committed. But on the other hand, if they are not truly repentant, but merely seeking another entrance to cause you more damage, they will accuse you of hard-heartedness. They will get as many of the gullible and untaught on their side as they can. They will seek to manipulate you with their tears. They will continue cause you as much grief as you allow them to.”

Read more: https://myonlycomfort.com/2017/01/03/dealing-with-abusive-men/