The foremost activity a Christian engages in is prayer. Christians and prayer go hand in hand. A Christian without prayer is the same as a fish out of water. There is simply no existence to a Christian without prayer. A professing Christian that doesn’t pray is simply a fraud.
What is prayer
Prayer is communication with God. It is the life line in which all spiritual activity transpires. Prayer is the means by which a sinner confesses their sinfulness and sins and accepts Christ as their Lord and Savior. This is known as the sinner’s prayer. It literally puts one on the path to salvation. However, it doesn’t end there. Prayer is an activity that continues throughout the life of a Christian fueling their growth.
What is the purpose of prayer
Christianity isn’t only about following commands and rules, but a relationship with God through His Son Jesus. If we want to receive all the fruits from a relationship, communication is vital. All relationships thrive on communication and a relationship with God is no exception. Therefore, the main purpose of prayer is to perpetuate a relationship with God. This doesn’t only involve praying for our needs, but communicating perpetually. God communicates with us through the Spirit. Many individuals to comprehend that prayer is a two-way activity not merely a means of requesting wants and needs.
Prayer is the acknowledgment of the presence of God. It is where pride is deserted and humility is adopted, hope is raised, and requests are made. Prayer is the act of admitting our need for God—our dependence on Him, and expressing and illustrating faith upon God. Prayer is a most essential practice for the Christian. Prayer is the privilege of touching the center of the heart of the Father through the Son of God, Jesus our Lord.
There is yet one more benefit of prayer: peace. Scripture says in Philippians 4:6-7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (7) And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,”
Peace is invaluable. It is a state that that compares to nothing else. It is beyond being happy. One can be unhappy but have peace. When you have peace, you have everything—you’re at rest no matter what is going on around you—to the point that it, as the Scripture reads: “surpasses all understanding.” No one can understand your peace in the midst of a storm. We ought to take “everything”
to God “by prayer and supplication.”
What are the different kinds of prayers
The basic kinds of prayer are praise, petition (supplication), intercession, and thanksgiving.
Prayer is a work of worship that exalts God and emphasizes the need for Him. Living a life of prayer is a response to Christ’s work of salvation and communication with the very source of and purpose for our existence.
Praise—Praise is the form of prayer that highly recognizes that God is God and lets Him know it. It gives Him glory for what He does, but also beyond what He does, but for simply who He is and because He IS. It bestows blessing and adoration upon God the creator. It acclaims the greatness of the Lord who created us and the colossal power of the Savior who sets us free from evil.
It highly expresses the happiness of the pure of heart who love God in faith before seeing him in glory. Christianity is a based on Faith. More on faith in the article: What is Faith About.
By praise, the Holy Spirit is united with our spirits to bear witness that Christians are children of God and testifying that we glorify the Father. Praise embraces the other forms of prayer and carries them toward Him who is the One God, the Father.
Petition—a prayer of petition is a formal request. The first act of the prayer of petition is asking for forgiveness… it is a prerequisite for righteous and pure prayer. When Christians share in God’s saving love, they understand that every need can become the object of petition. They also understand what Jesus said …” in John 15:16 …”that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” Christ is glorified by what we ask of the Father in His name.
Intercession—intercessory prayer is prayer on behalf of another. Intercession is a prayer of petition which guides us to pray as Jesus did. He is the one intercessor and mediator with the Father on behalf of all men, especially sinners. The Holy Spirit Himself intercedes for Christians when they don’t know what they should pray for.[Rom 8:26] Christians can also intercede for others for any reason deemed necessary. Two praying in agreement can be stronger than one. [Matt. 18:19-20]
Thanksgiving—prayers of Thanksgiving encompasses the giving of thanks for blessing—both spiritually as well as materially. Humanity has so much to be thankful for—especially Christians. Non-believers because of the kindness and goodness bestowed upon them in spite of their spiritual condition or the lack thereof. Scripture is clear that God’s goodness is to bring repentance. [Rom. 2:4]
God in His kindness provided a way through His Son, Jesus Christ, for all mankind to be redeemed. All we’ve to try and do is accept this gift. That in itself warrants praise and Thanksgiving. But on a daily basis we all
have much to be thankful for.
Means of Prayer
Just as there are different kinds of prayer, there are different avenues or ways of prayer.
Vocal—verbal prayer openly expresses the heart. What is within the heart comes out of the mouth. [Mark 7:21] Whether individually or in the presence of others, verbal prayer connects the body with the internal prayer of the heart. By words, mental or vocal, our prayers take root.
Meditative—meditation totally involves the mind and allows a full concerted effort to focus on Christ and God. Meditation employs thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. This form of prayerful reflection is a great value. Scripture reads in Isa 26:3:
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Keeping our minds on God and the things of God will keep us in peace. Peace that we desperately need in this divisive and troubled world.
Contemplative Prayer—involves being prayerfully deep in thought as opposed to praying in the mind. It is a gaze of faith fixed on Jesus, God, and the Word of God, a silent love. It is a rewarding spiritual mental exercise.
The best test our prayer life and dependence upon God is by the presence of peace or the lack thereof in our hearts. In all things in life, we are to seek the Lord and in His continued presence.
Peace will surely be our gain. Amen.
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To some the Holy Spirit is a mystery. To others, it is a powerful source.
Which one is it for you? Find out by reading this article: All about the Holy Spirit. It is descriptive of what the Holy Spirit is and the role it plays in a Christian’s life.
What is the Holy Spirit
It isn’t so much of what but who is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit). For more detail on the Trinity, see the article on this site: all About the Trinity.
One of the ways God exercises His power is through the Holy Spirit, which was promised by Jesus to the disciples as He was preparing for His departure from earth. His first mention was in John 15:26-27
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
Here Jesus refers to the Spirit as “Comforter.” The word Comforter conveys the helping, encouraging, and strengthening work of the Spirit as He represents Christ. “The Spirit of truth” refers to the teaching, illuminating, and reminding work of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit ministers to both the head and the heart, and both components are important.
In verse 27, Jesus stated that the disciples will bear witness of Jesus’ authenticity—that He is the Messiah and the Son of God since they were with Him since the very beginning of His ministry. The disciples were the crucial link between Jesus Christ and all resultant believers. The Holy Spirit would be needed to remind them so that when they preached, taught, and wrote, they would spread the truth of the gospel. The Holy Spirit would make certain that their witness would not be impaired by persecution. Jesus had already warned these men about the persecution to come so that they would not be surprised in previous verses 18-25.
This is why Jesus is recorded as telling the disciples in Luke 24:49: “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” They were instructed to wait until they were empowered by the Holy Spirit, promised by the Father, before enforcing His commission to them. They would need His help to overcome the resistance that awaited them.
In the next chapter, Jesus went on to explain more about the Holy Spirit-the Comforter. In chapter, John 16:7-16
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Without the death of Jesus and His resurrection we could not be saved. His death made it possible for the removal our sins. Before Jesus could overcome death by his resurrection, He had to submit to death. And if He hadn’t gone back to the Father, the Holy Spirit would not have arrived in the way God had planned. The Spirit could not arrive until Jesus was glorified.
After his glorification — through the process of crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension — Jesus could send the Spirit to the believers. While Christ was on earth, He was limited to one place at a time (being in human flesh). His leaving meant he could live, through the Holy Spirit, in every Christian in the whole world. Therefore, it was for their good that he had to go away. The Spirit carried Jesus’ work to a more intense level during the history of the church. By the Spirit the gospel would go out to the entire world.
In verse 8, Jesus started to go into detail of the Spirit’s work: he will reprove the world of sin. To reprove is to condemn and convict. The Holy Spirit carries out his convicting work in at least three ways:
1. The Holy Spirit proves the world wrong by exposing the world’s error and convincing people they are sinners. This includes general admittance of guilt as evidence of the Spirit’s work.
2. The Holy Spirit convicts people of their sins, representing the righteous judgment of God.
3. The Holy Spirit makes sin personally known to individuals in order to bring them to repentance. He personalizes God’s accusation from all are guilty to you are guilty. He breaks through our defenses and rationalizations and confronts us with at least a glimpse of our true selves in relation to God’s standards.
The third way that the Spirit works is the one that matters. Alone by themselves, the first two communicate not much more than a strong sense of the justice of God. But the third explanation not only includes the first two, but it also brings to bear God’s mercy. God graciously makes us aware of our sin that he might make us open to his grace. The Holy Spirit prepares the human heart and then applies the healing work of Jesus Christ to that person’s heart.
In verse 9, Jesus specifically mentioned the greatest sin. The greatest sin is the rejection of Jesus (Jn. 3:18). Those who deny Jesus are in danger of eternal separation from God.
In verse 10, Jesus makes the point that the Spirit’s function is to show all people that Christ alone provides the standard of God’s righteousness. The Holy Spirit is to attempt to make unbelievers recognize God’s perfect standard before they will admit their own deficiency. It is up to the individual to accept.
In verse 11, Jesus stated that the Spirit will show that, through Jesus’ death and resurrection, the prince of this world, Satan, has already been judged and condemned. Although Satan still actively attempts to deceive, harden, and threaten those in this world (1 Peter 5:8), it is only a matter of time, for God has determined the time of his execution (Rev 20:2, 7-10).
In verse 13, Jesus made the point that the prominent role of the Spirit of truth is to guide the believers into all truth. By truth Jesus meant the truth about his identity, the truth of his words and actions, and the truth about all that to happened to him.
In time disciples would fully understand that he was the Son that came from the Father, sent to save people from their sins. But only after these events occurred, and only through the Holy Spirit’s guidance would the disciples be able to understand. The Holy Spirit is the true guide for all believers; his primary task is to instruct us about the truth (1 John 2:20).
In verse 14 we see that the Spirit does not glorify his own personality; instead, He glorifies the Son’s. The Spirit takes what the Son is and makes it known to believers. In that way, He individualizes the teaching of Christ and calls people to obey. The Holy Spirit encourages us to apply, instructs us to apply, and then helps us apply Christ’s words!
In verse 15 we see the complete unity of the Trinity.
What we refer to as the doctrine of the Trinity is a summary of what Jesus taught about his relationship to the Father and the Spirit. Without in any way retreating from the awesome revelation of God as One, Jesus demonstrated that God’s oneness is at the same time a threefold godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God exists in perfect, complete harmony while at the same time functioning in the person of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are one; yet they relate to one another. They are beyond our complete comprehension; yet they have graciously exposed themselves to us so that we may trust and be saved!
When a person hears the Word and accepts Christ as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit is received. From that point on, it is the Holy Spirit that prompts the teaching, the learning, and the subsequent growth in a Christian’s life. It is the Holy Spirit that enables one to live the Christian life in a world with so many distractions and temptations.
It therefore behooves Christians to constantly listen to the “still small voice” of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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The Trinity: one of the most fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. Though sometimes refuted by some, the Scriptures clearly acknowledge its existence. This article contains a discussion all about the Trinity.
What is the Trinity
Trinity is a word that describes a triune God. Triune meaning three parts: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Tri means three while unity means one = triunity equals trinity. We are triune beings: body (our physical bodies), a soul, and a Spirit. Three parts, yet one human being, created in the image of God.
While the actual word Trinity is not contained within the Scriptures, they specifically address these three. For example, in Matt 28:19-20 contain part of Jesus’ Great Commission to the disciples before His ascension where He said:
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. NIV
Another example is in 1 John 5:7. This chapter addresses the assurance of salvation by faith through the Son (Jesus). Verse 7 reads:
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. KJV
Here we have the three: God the Father, the Word (Jesus cf. john 1:1, 14) and the Holy Ghost (the Spirit).
While this triune consists of three distinct aspects they move in unison as the One God. These three aspects make up the Divine Godhead. For all of eternity, God the Father, God the Son and God Holy Spirit have always been in relationship and communication with each other, yet not as three gods but as one God. One clear example of this is in Genesis. From the very beginning we see God moving in unity with the other aspects of the deity. In the book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible, God says, In Genesis 1:26: “Let us make man in our image…male and female he created them.”
This concept of three is universal of God’s creation. The entire universe is made up of three elements: Time, Space, and Matter. Furthermore, each of these elements contains three ‘components. Let’s look.
Time contain the three elements: past, present, future. These are three distinct fundamentals representing three distinct roles. Each is coexisting, yet they are not three separate times but one under the nature of time. Therefore, they all share the same environment: time.
Space contains the elements: height, width, depth and they are all distinct from one another, representing different functions of space. But they are not three separate spaces but one under the same environment: space.
Matter contains the elements: solid, liquid, gas. These are three separate and distinct elements with different functions. But they aren’t three matters; they are sharing the same one nature: matter.
And last by not least, God’s crown creation: man—Body, Soul, and Spirit. These are three distinct aspects but not three men, only one man.
I sure the pattern is recognizable at this point!
To look at a mathematical example: not 1+1+1=3 but 1x1x1x1=1 three elements making up 1
Three is a very significant number Biblically. It is often called the divine number because it is mentioned in connection with holy things so frequently. It is the number of divine completeness and perfection. It exemplifies that God is in it.
Going back to creation and the three elements of creation, please take note that there are three sets of threes. In other words, there are trinities within the trinity. The number three (3) is palpable. One can look at this and observe that God is fully involved in creation! Perhaps more detail on the number three in a future article.
One of the questions skeptics bring up concerning the Trinity is: If Jesus is God, why did He pray and who was He praying to? While on earth, Jesus continued to talk to the Father, and the Father and the Spirit continued to communicate with him. Look at what He is quoted as saying John 10:30: “I and the Father are one.”
Understandably the doctrine of the Trinity is one of the most difficult concepts in Christianity. On the other hand, it’s fundamental to Christians because it affirms what God is like and who He is. It also plays a central part in Christians’ worship of an unobjectifiable and unfathomable God.
Fact is, God’s triunity transcends our rational comprehension and that makes it somewhat difficult to comprehend. But it’s not impossible. It’s something to pray for understanding about.
But as God Said through the prophet Isaiah in Isa 55:8-9 ” For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” With a statement like that, it makes sense to not fully understand everything about God. But He reveals what He wants us to know through the Scriptures. Although Scripture does not give us complete answers to all questions, it does give us enough information to enable us to trust God and to know right from wrong. Through the truths revealed in Scripture, we can know much about God, and we can have the assurance that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.
We also have a helper: The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. For Jesus said in John 16:13: “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth…“ As we are led and guided by the Spirit and grow spiritually, more truth is revealed. We just need to follow the lead. My next article will be on the Holy Spirit. Amen
For further reading on the Trinity, I recommend the book: The Deep Things of God by Fred Sanders. You can read the review and purchase on Amazon.com [paid link]
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Are we living in the end times? The Bible is pretty clear about end time events; the signs of the end times. So what exactly does the Bible say about end times? The object of this article is to examine the bible and end times to answer the question:are we living in the end times.
What does the end times mean
The term “end times” refers to the final time (s) before the end of history, specifically the second coming of Christ. It is also referred to “last days” in the Scriptures.
The study of this period is called Eschatology. The word comes from two (2) Greek words, eschatos (last) and logos (study) – thus its definition as: the study of last things. This period began when Christ ascended into heaven and ends upon His return. Therefore, we are living in the last days and the end times.
What Does the Bible Say About End Times
For starters, we are informed in the Scriptures about the signs of the end
times. Let’s look at one in 2 Tim 3:1-5:
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. KJV
Does this apply to today? Let’s take a look.
The Scripture says in verse 1: “in the last days perilous times shall come.”We are without a doubt living in some dangerous times. People are shooting each other in the streets. Individuals are being shot in their homes for no reason. Worshipers are even being killed in their houses of worship. The police, who are supposed to protect us, are too often the ones endangering us and we are living under the ever-increasing threat of terrorism both domestically and internationally.
Verse 2:“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous,” Have you noticed how narcissistic our society is today? It is all about self: what I want, what I need and the me first attitude. Our culture has a me first and the hell with everybody else attitude. There are numerous segments of the population crying for their own rights instead of being unified under the general law.
“Covetous?” Our society is all about the dollar and material things. There is no such thing as enough because it’s lusted. Eccl 5:10 reads: He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.” People of today want more and more and bigger and bigger and better and better, and are seldom satisfied with what they have. In the last days people focus and will continue to focus upon…
• money, accumulating more and more.
• houses in the very best neighborhoods, on the seashore, in the mountains, and by the rivers.
• furnishings and property.
• property, stocks and bonds— be in possession of more and more.
possessions—such as clothes, jewelry, antiques, art, and cars.
• travel, seeing more and more sights.
• power—controlling more and more.
People love money, what it buys and allows them to do, and they will covet more and more of it and the things it buys. Their eyes and hearts are focused upon money instead of God. The new religion of the nation is—money. They will indulge and hoard instead of meeting the desperate needs of the poor and lost of the world.
Notice what has happened to the middle class. It’s disappearing! It’s shrinking to only two classes: the haves and the haves not. The haves want more and more at the expense of the others. They simply don’t care.
“boasters, proud, blasphemers,“ have you heard our President lately? Blasphemy is usually thought to be against God, as it is. But it is also against people. People can blaspheme people. Think of the cursing and insults thrown against God and folks today. Practically everyone is cursing and reviling someone. There is so much cursing today because there is a loss of respect for both self and others, for both position and authority because people are disturbed within.
“Unthankful” There is an ever decreasing sense of gratitude or appreciation for what one has and receives; no giving of thanks due to God or man. Many feel that the world and society or business and government owe them the good things of life. Our present society fails to see how good God has been to them. Therefore, they reach out to get more and more without sensing any need to express thanks and appreciation. They take and take and forget all about the thanksgiving. —the debt and contribution—they owe to God and men. Retail stores are even open on Thanksgiving Day! Today we as a nation can’t as much as put a day aside to be thankful for all that God has done and is doing.
“unholy” Our nation, the US, has become more secular than ever before. It began with the removal of prayer from the schools and has progressed steadily since. The cries for removal of the Ten Commandments from public grounds, retail stores no longer display Merry Christmas, record low church attendance are manifestations of an unholy secular society. More and more and more businesses are open on Sundays—total disregard for God (The Lords day). The atheists are more and more aggressive with their agenda of denouncing God and twisting the separation of church and state.
These are just a few examples of the progressive godliness in occurrence. In my article: Postmodernism and The church, I explain how this movement was used to usher in this apostasy.
Verse 3:”without natural affection” This addresses a lack of feeling for others who become little more than pawns for a one’s own use and benefit, pleasures, excitements and stimulation. It’s presently legal in the US to disregard human life for one’s selfish benefits. There is less and less affection for the normal and natural. People are turning to the abnormal and unnatural in relationships and behavior, pleasures and sex. Men and women have become unfaithful and perverted. Affection for friends, country, and earth is diminishing.
“trucebreakers” A trucebreaker is an individual or some organization or body of people who tragically do not keep their word or promise. They are simply untrustworthy and undependable. Recently we backed away from our commitment to an ally in the fight against terrorism; pulled out all troops. As the last days move forward, we will see even more of what we are seeing in our society today: a barrage of broken truces, covenants, and promises.
“false accusers” these are simply slanders. Such people are quick to spread falsehoods. Slanderers enjoy spreading gossip and malicious reports about others. Destroying another’s good reputation gives them some perverse pleasure. There is certainly enough of that going around today.
“incontinent” describes someone who is undisciplined and uncontrolled; having no self-control or no power to discipline. It is being given over: to pleasure and indulgence, to passion and sexual craving, to lust and lewdness. It is a person who cannot control their passion for food, sex, pornography, sensuality, drink, drugs, smoking, whatever their passions dictates. It is a passion that grips and enslaves a person until it becomes an unbreakable habit and bondage. For examples of this: just watch the news, both local and world news.
“Fierce.” The single word of description: terrorism. These are people who are savage and untamed. It is the word that describes the savage beast of the wild that’s unrestrained in its ferocity. It is a word that should never be true of human beings, yet tragically it is. Never in the history of the globe have men become as fierce and savage as they are nowadays. They are conducting public mass beheadings, blowing up civilian villages, raping women and children, mutilating and torturing innocent people. These horrific things are happening and it isn’t going to get any better.
“despisers of those that are good.” These people are so evil that they actually have abhorrence for anything good.
“Traitors” These individuals are prepared and willing to betray anyone. It refers to a person who betrays any trust or any commitment. The most tragic betrayal of all is the person who betrays Christ and the church—who turns his back upon Christ and returns to the world and its crowd. As the last days progress, we will see an increase in traitors.
“heady” obstinate and reckless, rash and hasty—all without giving thought to the consequences. Reckless is probably the best word to describe these individuals. These people cause irreparable damage to society: the drunken drivers, the random shooters, gangbangers and thugs all increasingly present in our society today. By being heady, thinking that one knows best and can live and act recklessly without consequence, has led to more hurt, accidents, damaged bodies, and death than can ever be imagined.
“highminded” These are people who feel that because they are educated, and so scientific, so advanced, so high in position and authority, ability, and gifts that they feel completely self-sufficient. They feel no need for God. They are above God and most people. Furthermore, they have no problem showing it.
“lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” This is simply fleshly. Unfortunately, this has crept over into the church. Professing Christians are choosing pleasures over church. This has contributed to the decreasing attendance of churches across America.
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” These individuals have godliness on the surface, but on the inside they deny God’s power over their lives. In a word— Hypocrites—and there are plenty of them to go around!
These behaviors and events are happening all over the world right now—today. Are we living in the end times? Indicators say, yes.
The Scriptures mention the event when the final battle between God and the adversaries of God meet for the final battle in a place named Armageddon. [Rev. 16:16] Although scholars disagree on the exact location, it is in the Middle East. An individual would have to be living under the biggest rock to not know that the middle east is the most contentious region on earth and becoming more so with every passing day. Just know that there will never be complete peace in the Middle East.
So what are we to do while all of this goes on around us?
In Luke 21:7 Jesus’ disciples, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked Him when the end would come and what would be a sign of His return. Verses 8-36 contain the discourse with the answer. [cf. Matt. 24:3-42] At the end of His discourse, in verse 36 He said: Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
As followers of Jesus we are to always be on the watch, and pray. This reflects an attitude toward life that endeavors to stay away from evil and to follow and obey Jesus. Both watching and praying are free will actions — as Christians await Jesus’ return, we are to work to advance his kingdom. Only with a focus on Him and the power of the Holy Spirit can we escape all that is about to happen, and only through obedience to him will we be able to stand before the Son of Man when he returns. All Christians must be ready and alert for Jesus’ return, working for the kingdom, both because they know of the certainty of Christ’s return and because they don’t know when that return will happen. Being prepared demonstrates believers’ faith and wholehearted obedience. Amen.
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Faith—the incontestable engine of the Christian doctrine. Faith is what drives Christians to follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. So what is this faith? What is faith about? This article is all about faith.
What is faith
For starters, what is faith? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary: a strong belief or trust in someone or something. Every human being exercises faith. For example, when we are ready to travel to a destination, we approach our cars with the belief that the motor will start and they are going to take us to our destination. There’s no evidence of this, we just believe it to be so. Most of the time it is but sometimes we’re disappointed. But for the most part we believe this is going to happen before it happens—that’s faith. When we go to a restaurant, we order food by faith with the assured belief that the food will arrive, that it will taste good, and that it won’t poison us. We have no evidence of this; we believe that it’s going to happen before it happens—that’s faith. I could go on and on, but the point is, in our everyday lives we operate on faith. It is “trust in someone or something.”
So what Christian faith about? Well. Let’s look at what Christian faith is.
What is Christian Faith
The Christian definition of faith tells us what the Christian faith is about. According to the Nelson’s Bible dictionary, faith is: A belief in or confident attitude toward God, involving commitment to His will for one’s life. Faith is the instrument by which the gift of salvation is received. Eph. 2:8-9 reads:
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Faith is therefore distinct from the basis of salvation, which is grace, and from the consequence of salvation, which is good works.
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
The apostle Paul declared that salvation is through faith, not through keeping the works of the law.
The basis of salvation is grace from God. Christians accept this grace by faith, putting their trust in the atoning sacrifice of God’s Son Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. By confessing and repenting of their sins, the Christians accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. This is the beginning of a Christian’s walk of faith. However, make no mistake, faith is part of the Christian life from beginning to end.
Scripture defines faith this way in Heb 11:1:
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
This chapter in Hebrews is known as the chapter/hall of faith and it begins
with a description of faith. Faith is the “substance” meaning the foundation, assurance, and guarantee of things hoped for. Christians base their hopes on the foundation of faith. Faith is a verb, a word of action and is being described as an act, an act of the mind and heart.
Biblical hope is confident expectancy. Genuine hope is not wishful thinking, but an unyielding assurance about things that are unseen and still in the future. In the Bible, the word hope stands for both the act of hoping (Rom 4:18; 1 Cor 9:10) and the thing hoped for (Col 1:5; 1 Peter 1:3). Hope does not arise from the individual’s desires or wishes but from God, who is Himself the Christian’s hope. Rom 8:24-25 reads:
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
When Christians put their faith in Christ as Savior, they receive this hope: that they will be redeemed. However, the full redemption hasn’t occurred; it will happen when Christ returns. That is why it is still a hope—an expectation. We expect what we hope for to come.
While we can be confident of our salvation, we still look ahead with hope and trust toward that complete redemption that lies beyond this earthly life.
Back to Heb. 11:1, It goes on to say “the evidence of things not seen.” Scripture seems to be saying that faith is the actual possession of reality. It is believing that God exists and what He promises; He will deliver—even though we can’t see the fulfillment it at the moment.
A life of faith
So how important is faith in the life of a Christian?
According to the Scriptures, faith is of the upmost importance. In Heb 11:6 it reads:
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
God desires to have a relationship with His people. This pleases Him. But it is impossible to have a relationship with Him without faith in Him; faith that He exists in the first place.
God assures us that all who “earnestly seek him”will be rewarded. To earnestly seek means to act in faith on the knowledge of God. Then, subsequently determine to devote oneself to him.
Another passage of Scripture that addresses living by faith is Hebrews 10:38-39:
38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
Faith preserves the soul; it is the only thing that can save the soul. The only way a person will ever be accepted by God and escape the judgment of God is to…
• believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
• believe that He is the perfect sacrifice for sins—that Jesus Christ took our sins upon Himself and bore the guilt and punishment of them for us—that Jesus Christ has thereby freed us from sin and made us acceptable to God.
The person who believes this is “just” before God; he is counted righteous before God. The just person—all Christians—shall live by faith and by faith alone.
Drawing back from Christ displeases God. God is never pleased with a person…
• who professes Christ and draws back into sin.
• who has known the truth and draws back into sin.
• who plays the hypocrite.
• who has a form of religion but draws back from the sacrificial blood of His Son.
God has no pleasure in this person, no pleasure whatsoever. This means that He will judge the person who draws back.
Drawing back is not the way of the Christian—not the dedicated Christian. As the Scripture reads: “We are not of those who draw back unto perdition.”
Some are; some professed faith in Christ and have now drawn back. But others are not of that number they “…believe to the saving of the soul.”
The bottom line
The point: Christian believers are to walk by faith, not by feelings and emotions. The tendency of people, even of Christians, is to live by their feelings and emotions. They act according to their feelings. They experience some emotion, so they behave according to that emotion. If they feel bad, they act irresponsibly: grumbling, complaining, and reacting. If they feel good, they act happy. Their behavior is determined by how they feel and react to emotional experiences. This is simply—fleshly.
Living by one’s feelings is contrary to God’s will. “The just shall live by faith”—this is God’s will. The Christian is to let faith control him. He is to let faith control his life and the particular problems that confront him every so often.
How does a Christian live by faith? What does it mean to live by faith? It means to do four things—consistently.
1. The Christian is to commit his life and his problems to God—all day long—throughout all his waking hours. He is to take the experiences and the problems of his day and commit them to God once-for-all. He is to believe that God hears his commitment and gives the strength to walk triumphantly throughout the day. He is to know that God does not like a whining, whimpering child begging and begging for strength when all he is doing is wallowing around in self-pity. This holds true no matter what is going on in and around the Christian’s life, as the scripture reads in 2 Cor. 5:7: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) Walk in the Scriptures signifies living…we live by faith, not by what we see; not by our circumstances in our lives or what’s on the news.
2. The Christian is to deny self. The feelings, emotions, and selfishness of his flesh are to be rejected, even ignored if necessary.
3. The Christian is to act as though he has made a commitment to God. He has made a commitment, so he is to act like it. His feelings are immaterial. He is to act responsibly. He is to go ahead and do what he should be doing. He is to behave as he should.
4. Then while the Christian is doing what he ought to be doing, he is to be asking God for His grace and strength. He is to be acknowledging God in all His ways throughout the whole day. [Prov. 3:5] He is to walk in prayer all day long, asking forgiveness as he comes short and slips and falls, and praising and thanking God for His eternal mercy and grace.
God does not direct the Christian’s path and then he feels good and goes about doing right. It is while the Christian is going about his affairs in a responsible way that God directs his paths. This is the life of the new and living faith wrought by the Lord Jesus Christ for those who believe and follow Him.
This is what faith is about!
The Christian walk of faith is a not easy one; especially when life isn’t so rosy. It is a lot more serious than many professing Christians acknowledge. But being empowered by the Holy Spirit, we can maintain our faith in spite of what’s happening (what we see) around us.
Time is marching on and we need to get ourselves in line with the will of God and take heed to what the Scripture says in Rev 2:26, “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations.”This takes faith!
Our faith can start out small but it is to grow and it what helps us to over come until the end. Jesus said in Matt 17:20 in response to His disciples: …”I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” NIV
A mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds, yet it can move mountains and and it grows into a large tree (Matt. 13:31).
When Jesus seems distant or our problems threaten to overcome us, let us keep walking by faith. Trusting during a trial means waiting to see what good Jesus can bring out of what may seem like complete turmoil. We must remember that Christ uses trials to strengthen us for even greater service.
Other Scriptures that address living by faith are: Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11.
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Repentance and Sin: two of the most foundational words in the Christian faith. Both of these words
come into play at the inception of accepting Christ as Lord and Savior.
However, often, as time goes on, the former word becomes the hardest to
implement. The purpose of this article is to shed a little light on
these two words: repentance and sin.
All about sin
What is sin – “Sin is lawlessness.” Sin is the breaking of the Law of God. 1 John 3:4 reads:
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. KJV
Sin is a transgression, an iniquity, an unrighteous act. It is a
deviation from God’s will. Sin is a form of evildoing since it is in
opposition to God’s decrees and desires. It is an open rebellion and
disobedience to what God has declared is right and all sin is unholy.
Sin can only be properly understood in relationship to God since God is
the holy one. God’s standard of moral perfection is what we are all
obligated to obey and when we do not, we have sinned. [1 Peter 1:16]
We all sin – Every person who’s ever lived, except for Jesus, commits sin (1 Pet. 2:22, 1 Jn. 1:8).
Rom 3:23 Reads:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; KJV
This is because of Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden and we inherited
his sinful nature. This is why the Scripture says that sin entered the
world through one man, Adam (Rom. 5:12).
Scripture further says that we are by nature children of wrath (Eph.
2:3). In other words, because we are fallen in our sin natures we
deserve damnation. But God is merciful in that he sent Jesus to cleanse
us of our sins.
Sin is doing what is contrary to the revealed will of God. That is
the long and the short of it. If God says “Do not lie” and we lie, then
we have broken His law and sinned. Sin goes against the holy character
of God. How do we know? Because it goes against Law. One of the purposes of the law is to make us aware of sin and we need to be saved. The second, is to lead us to Chris.
The Law – The Law, then, is the standard of moral
purity. The Old Testament contains the Law of God. Sin is a perfect
standard because it is God’s standard. When we fail to keep the law, we
have sinned. When we sin, we offend God. This offense against God
results in a judgment. When laws are broken, they have penalties.
Therefore, there is no law without a penalty. Therefore, breaking God’s
law brings judgment which is separation from God. Romans 6:23 reads:
“the wages of sin is death . . .” Therefore, to sin, to break God’s
law, results in judgment. If God did not judge the sinner, then He
would not be upholding His holiness; and he would be allowing sinners to
go unpunished. This is a pretty dismal picture—right?
The good news!
There is more to the story! The balance of Rom 6:23 reads: …”but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.KJV
God, in His love, mercy and grace made a way for man to be redeemed; a
way for us to be reconciled with God. But it took the shedding
of blood. Heb 9:22 reads: And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.
But God loves us so much that as it reads in John 3:16:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Jesus came to take our place and die for our sins. 1 Peter 2:24 reads:
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we,
being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye
This means that Jesus bore our sin in His body on the cross and paid
for them. He took the judgment upon himself. Further, it means that
anyone who trusts and believes in what Jesus did on the cross will have
his sins removed; he will be saved from God’s future judgment.
So, in response to the question “What is sin?” Sin is best answered by
saying that it is breaking God’s law. All of us have sinned.
Therefore, everyone is under God’s judgment – except for those who have
trusted in God’s provision to escape that judgment. We must also repent
of our sins.
What is biblical repentance
To repent means to turn from sin. The Greek word translated as
repent is metanoeoo, which means to change one’s mind. Repentance is a
heartfelt conviction to turn from wrong doing and do what is right.
Scripture says in Rom 6:15-18
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but
under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer
yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one
whom you obey — whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or
to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God
that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the
form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18 You have been set free
from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. NIV
Before we accept Christ, we are slaves to sin, but afterwards, we are to become slaves to righteousness.
This is part of what it means to be a Christian. We are not called to
continue in wrongdoing. We are called to repent, to stop sinning, to do
what is right—live righteous lives and honor God. Though we are not
saved by our repenting alone, our repentance is something that we do
when we forsake sin because we are trusting in Christ who died to
cleanse us from our sins. 1 John 1:9 Reads: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
This is a Scripture we Christians hold onto dearly—confession and
forgiveness. We hold onto this principal for dear life. But there’s
more to the story. There’s more to forgiveness than confession.
Let’s look at what confession is. Confession is an admission of
sins; an agreement with God that we have sinned against Him for which we
When we first accept Christ, we are required to confess our sins as step one.
But we are also required to repent
of our sins as well. Matt 3:1-2 quotes John the Baptist as saying:
1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
To repent is to turn away from sin; to make a radical change, to
change our minds about sin. This is what regeneration is all about.
Biblically, repentance means to turn from sin with a heartfelt desire to
change and not commit it again. This is what we are required to do.
Afterward we are still required to repent. Prov. 28:13 reads: “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
Notice what the Scripture says: confess and forsake. To forsake is to give up or leave entirely.
But often, as we move on in Christianity, we forget about step 2. We
confess, but not repent. We must constantly live in repentance; to
consciously reject sin. This power is given to us by the Holy Spirit
but we must exercise it—constantly. Sin is not forced upon us, but is
This does not mean that we will never sin again. But remember the previous Scripture passage, Rom 6:15-18, we are no longer “slaves to sin.” This
means that we are not led by sin to purposely live sinful lives. We
are slaves to righteousness to purposely live righteous lives. Sin
should be an accident in a Christian’s life and we should be remorseful
about it. Therefore, when we do sin, we must acknowledge them and confess
them to God and ask for forgiveness through Christ.
But let us not forget step 2! Repent! To turn away from it with hopes to never repeat it again.
So when we confess…we must repent as well to “have mercy.”
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Arminianism vs. Calvinism—a controversy that has been in existence for centuries on the issue of salvation. One teaches free will to choose God, the other teaches man has limited free will and is incapable of choosing God. One teaches free will to choose God, the other teaches man has limited free will and is incapable of choosing God. One believes salvation is conditional, one believes it’s unconditional. Which one is correct? My response is below.
I really don’t consider myself a Calvinist or Arminian, but simply a Christian living by the Word of God as best I can. I will however express my thoughts on the issues.
FREE WILL – I do believe that man has free will—total free will. Since God created man (Adam) and placed him in the Garden, man has had free will. [Gen 2:16-17] Adam had total free will to obey or disobey God; to live or die. When Adam chose to disobey God man ultimately became depraved and wicked [Gen 6:5].
However with the advent of Christ, the way was paved for righteousness to be imputed to all. Scripture reads in Rom 5:18:Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.NIV
Throughout the Bible, Old and New Testaments, man has perpetually had free will to choose. [e.g. Deut. 30:19, John 3:16]
This is especially true in the New Testament where it is made clear that believing is a prerequisite to salvation. There are seventeen (17) Scriptures in the NIV translation containing the conditional phrase, “who believe.” They are: Matt 18:6, Mark 9:42, Mark 16:17, Acts 22:19, Rom 3:22, Rom 4:11, Rom 4:24, 1 Cor. 1:21, Gal 3:7, Gal 3:22, Eph 1:19, 1 Thess. 2:13, 1 Tim 4:3, 1 Tim 4:10, Heb 10:39, 1 Peter 2:7, 1 John 5:13 NIV
In the King James translation, twenty one (21) Scriptures contain the conditional phrase, “that believe.” They are: Mark 9:42, Mark 16:17, John 1:12, John 6:64, John 7:39, Acts 13:39, Rom 3:22, Rom 4:11, 1 Cor 1:21, 1 Cor 10:27, 1 Cor 14:22, Gal 3:22, 1 Thess 1:7, 1 Thess 2:10, 1 Thess 2:13, 2 Thess 1:10, 1 Tim 4:10, Heb 10:39, 1 John 5:13 KJV
It appears to me that believing is a pretty prevalent requirement in the life of a Christian. It’s about faith from the beginning of salvation to the end. Scripture reads in Rev 2:26: 26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Those that believe, overcome and obey to the end will rule over Christ’s enemies and reign with Him as He judges evil.
Those that believe and those who believe is plural…anyone that believes and continues are saved. The choice is ours, everybody’s.
There is a passage of Scripture that clearly indicates freewill to choose, Rom 6:16-18
16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey — whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. NIV
Notice the word “offer.” King James uses “yield.” These are verbs; words of action.
Life is filled with choices about whom and what we will obey and we are slaves to whomever or whatever we commit ourselves to obey. We can be slaves to sin which leads to death or to obedience which leads to righteousness—life. There are only two ultimate choices and no middle ground.
Therefore my question to the Calvinists is: when did man lose his free will or when did his free will become limited?Because I haven’t found a Scripture indicating that he has.
God is omniscient and in his foreknowledge He knows that a person will choose to be saved. In His wide scope God can see those who will choose Christ and in response to this act of human free will, God in turn chooses them and calls them the elect. [Rom 8:29, 11:12, 1 Pet 1:1-2] We see that election is conditional upon free will because God has to see that a person will make a free will decision in the future before He is able to impart salvation to that person. The decision to be saved, then, is ultimately a human decision prompted by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin prompting one to realize that they need a savior and makes a decision to act or not. According to Calvinism, if God doesn’t choose a person beforehand, there are simply lost. [scripture please?]
Truth is God’s forgiveness is unconditional. There is no Scripture which states God won’t forgive. Scripture says in Acts 2:38 “…Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”KJV
When Christ died he took upon Himself all sin for every human being. This does not mean that all humans are saved. Therefore, Christ’s sacrifice does not actually save individuals but only provides the potential for every individual to be saved. Christ’s death will only provide salvation when it is completed by a free will decision made by an individual. [John 3:16, 1 Tim. 4:10, etc]
The important point is salvation is open to all. Scripture reads in Rom 5:18:
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justificationof life. KJV
Grace is open to everyone, but God never forces salvation upon anyone. He didn’t force Adam in the garden and He’s not forcing anyone in the world today.
Though the Holy Spirit is instrumental in salvation, He is a gentleman and does not force anyone into repentance. The Spirit merely prompts people who are then free to choose for or against the gift of salvation. The process of salvation is this: The Spirit prompts people. Man in his free will chooses to believe in Christ. Having believed, he then begins to exercise faith. It’s all about faith. Faith is the cause of regeneration. Faith is what allows the Holy Spirit to do His regenerative work in the new believer. So again we see that free will is fundamental. We can refuse grace [Matt. 23:37, John 5:40, Acts 7:51]
Because man has free will and in the process of salvation has the ability to choose for or against God, it stands to reason that it is possible to fall away from this grace. God can never impose His will upon us so that we lose our free will. It follows, then, that we must be free to accept or reject this grace at any time. This is a necessary conclusion since man must be as free to reject God’s grace and leave God’s kingdom, as he is free to accept God’s grace and enter the kingdom. Again, we see that this belief is entirely dependent on free will.
Life is serious. Being a Christian is even more serious. It is a serious responsibility. It is more serious than a large amount of professing believers take note of. We are not to accept Christ, set back, live the way we want (worldly or otherwise) and cruise into eternal life.
With regeneration a change takes place and puts us on a path to live for God. We are to grow in godliness, working out our own salvation (Phil. 2:12), making our calling and election sure (2 Pet. 1:10). Scripture indicates that when we fail to grow ahead, we fall behind and can fall away from God’s grace. 2 Peter 1:3-10
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. KJV
When we accept Christ and put our faith in Him, God through the power of the Holy Spirit gives us what we need live a godly life (to keep us from sin and to help us live for him). This puts us on the path to eternal life and away from the path of eternal death (vs. 3).
God through Christ has given us great promises and through these promises we can participate in the divine nature that involves fellowship and unity in our relationship with God. This divine nature also enables Christians to, as the Scripture reads: escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires (vs.4).
Now this is God’s part; the promises we receive as the result of having faith in His Son Jesus.
But we have a part also in addition to faith. (Vss. 5-7). These qualities equate to Spiritual growth. We have a responsibility to grow.
If we increase in these qualities, if we continue our spiritual growth, our knowledge will increase and will affect the way we live. These qualities will equip us to live a godly life (vs. 8).
However, as I mentioned earlier: when we fail to grow ahead, we fall behind and can fall away from God’s grace. If we fail to engage these qualities or refuse to grow, we become shortsighted leaving us blind to the big picture, possibly causing us to forget that we were removed from our past, sinful state (vs. 9). If we forget that we were removed from our past we are subject to return to it. Jesus warns about salt loosing it’s saltiness in Matt. 5:13.
The good news is if we engage these qualities, we make our calling and election sure and are guaranteed an entrance into God’s kingdom (vss. 10-11).
Other Scriptures to review include: Heb. 6:4-6, 2 Pet 2:20-22, Rom. 11:22. These Scriptures address the issue of a believer discontinuing in growth and backsliding.
OSAS (once saved always saved)
Calvinists believe that a believer is saved whether they grow or not; that the elect will never fall away from God. If they don’t grow, they’ll have a lower position in the kingdom than if they had grown. I haven’t found that in Scripture.
Further, Calvinists believe that even a backslider is saved because it’s only for a while. However the last set of Scriptures [Heb. 6:4-6, 2 Pet 2:20-22, Rom. 11:22] doesn’t indicate that thought. If there is one that does, I’m willing to observe it.
Perhaps backsliders know exactly how long they will live! Therefore, they can live the way they want until there time to depart earth is near.
Calvinists also say that in this instance, an individual was never really saved. I urge a study of the passage in Hebrews 6:4-6.
There is another passage of Scripture that makes it clear that remaining in God’s grace is a choice. John 15:1-10, 16:
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
In this passage, Jesus represents Himself as the Vine and God as the gardener. The gardener cuts off the branch that bears no fruit. This is an illustration that if we don’t bear fruit (grow), that’s a problem! People who won’t bear fruit for God will be cut off from his life-giving power.
For the branches that do bear fruit (grow), He prunes so that they bear even more fruit (grow even more).
Verse 3 acknowledges the acceptance of the Word-the truth; the call to salvation and are clean as a result. Presently, we received this Word through the acceptance of it being preached to us. [1 Cor. 15:2, Rom 10:17] But notice what He says in verse 4: “remain in me.” This clearly indicates a choice. If we remain in Him (grow and bear fruit-grow), He will remain in us. ”No branch can bear fruit on its own.” We cannot grow on our own but only do so if we remain in Him: “unless you remain in me.”
We are to hold fast to the Word. Otherwise, we“have believed in vain.” [1 Cor. 15:2]
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
Verse 5 contains a divine promise from Christ that if we remain in Him, we will bear much fruit (grow mightily). Verse 6 makes it abundantly clear that if we do not remain in Him we become useless to the kingdom and ourselves spiritually. Again—when we fail to grow ahead, we fall backwards. Verse 7 contains another promise for remaining in the Lord. Verse 9 expresses the love shown to us by the Father and the Son and verse 10 expresses our part as a result. IF we obey His commands, we will remain in His love just as Christ has obeyed and remained in His Father’s love.
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. NIV
Jesus chose those that believe and remain in Him to bear fruit (grow and increase the Kingdom).
Jesus made the first choice — to love and to die for us, to invite us to live with him forever. We are to make the next choice — to accept or reject his offer.
Unless he first chose us, we would have no choice to make. [cf. I John 4:9-10, 19] Remember verse 5 of the text:”apart from me you can do nothing.”
This passage is about choice…the words “if you remain,” “remain in me” “remain in my love” carries the point. To remain means to stay…if you stay, stay in me, stay in my love. Is there a pattern here?!! The point, the central theme of this passage…if we want to be saved, if we want the blessings of God, we need to accept Christ and stay in his love by obeying His commands (vs.10).
One cannot lose salvation because it’s a gift from God and is always available to mankind until Christ returns. If one should fall away, that one is free to return (as the prodigal son did). Therefore Salvation is not lost. But one can certainly lose the merits of salvation by not remaining in Christ and His love by obeying Him.
Scripture alerts us in 1 Cor. 6:9-10 of the kinds of behaviors of people that will not enter the kingdom. While He does save people who are engaged in these behaviors and repent, there is a price to pay for one who returns to them. [2 Pet: 19-22] God does not reward bad-sinful behavior.
I have one final question for Calvinists: if it is true that the elect can never fall away from God, then why do we have Spiritual warfare? Why does the enemy continue to temp and taunt the elect? If all one had to do was profess Christ and remain saved, unable to be lost, no matter how they lived, the enemy would be out of business! In that case, the whole world is saved! But we really know better than that! Don’t we?
Let’s look at one more passage: Eph 6:10-24:
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; KJV
For starters, Paul is writing to Christian believers in Ephesus. Second, he is warning them against the powers of evil; that they must stand strong in the Lord and His power against spiritual attacks.
Third, since they are saved and will always be saved, why the warning, why should there be a concern?
Fact is the millisecond we accept Christ, a war, a spiritual war commences with our spirits for a battle for our souls. Further, understand there is no Christian that cannot fall (1 Cor. 10:12)
Folks, this is serious! There is a battle for souls and there’s no time to be complacent in our salvation. We have to “work out” our …”own salvation with fear and trembling.” [Phil. 2:12]
There are no shortcuts with the gospel! We will be held accountable and must be responsible!
I would rather be defined as a follower of Christ than a follower of the teachings of Calvin or Arminius. However, having said that, I do believe that one of their teachings is correct and the other is not.
The issue of eternal security versus conditional security is, in some respects, an antinomy. The definition of an antinomy is that it is two truths that are both true yet apparently opposite. We must all return to the Scriptures and take the whole teaching of the Word, instead of relying on these doctrinal systems. Following the Word in truth is the only way to true doctrine. We must be careful of the doctrines of men.
Warnings of the doctrines of men go back to the early church where Paul wrote:“You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe — as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. ” 1 Cor 3:3-7 NIV
Bottom line: stick to the Word of God; only God gives the increase! Not John calvin or Jacob Arminus.
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There are two systems of theology that has been dividing the church for centuries: Calvinism and Arminianism. They are opposing doctrines of salvation.
These two systems of theology diverge at the foundational issue of human depravity.
How could there be such a divide on a fundamentally imperative tenant of Christianity? After all, salvation is what it’s all about. It is the very derivation—the root of being a Christian. So, which one is correct? In this article, we are going to take a look at Arminianism vs. Calvinism.
What is Calvinism
Calvinism is the theology that was a product of the Protestant Reformation and was largely defined by John Calvin (1509-1564). He was born in France, but lived most of his life in Geneva Switzerland. Though a contemporary of Martin Luther, he was a generation removed and the two never met. Calvin, like Martin Luther, formed theology that was based on an understanding of the errors of Roman Catholicism, in particular the belief in a works-based salvation. Calvin’s “Institutes of the Christian Religion,” which laid the foundation for his system of theology, was first published in 1536. This doctrine emphasizes God’s omnipotence, man’s depravity and the salvation of God’s elect by grace alone.
A proper understanding of Calvinism is fully dependent on understanding Calvin’s view of man’s depravity. He taught that man, (Adam), who once enjoyed perfect fellowship and communion with God, had his very nature changed through the fall into sin. This not only destroyed the communion between God and man, but also removed the ability of man to have communion with God. Man’s nature became so utterly corrupt as to leave him unable to choose against his nature. A fallen man is able to choose to do what he wants, but is unable to want God. There seems to be a misconception that Calvinists do not believe in man’s free will, but this is not the case. Calvinism teaches that free will exists, but is bound by a man’s nature. Man is a slave not to God, but to his own nature. Because man does not want God, he can never choose Him. [Refer to Rom 6:16- 18] Only God, in His Sovereign free will, can change man’s nature and make him capable of repentance.
The five points of Calvinism are often summarized in the acronym T.U.L.I.P. which stands for Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints.
Below is a brief discussion of each of those points. For each I have provided the Bible passages from which they are drawn. I have added a brief comment to each which explains how that passage is interpreted as verification according to Calvinists doctrine.
Man’s will is held in captive to his nature. Man is free to choose according to the way his nature dictates, but his nature is so totally corrupt that he could never choose for good. He is free to choose, but he cannot go against his nature. With a sinful nature it is impossible to take an action that would be anything other than sinful and rebellious. It is impossible to choose a righteous or pleasing work capable of pleasing a holy God.
In the same way, God is able to choose according to His free will, but cannot contradict his nature, which is perfect. Therefore, God could never take an action that was anything but perfect and holy.
Genesis 6:5 – God saw that the intent of every heart was only repeated evil.
Genesis 8:21 – The intent of every heart is evil from childhood.
Isaiah 64:6-7 –Because of uncleanliness no one calls on God’s name or is stirred to take hold of God.
Jeremiah 17:9 – The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked and beyond cure.
John 3:19 – Even though light has arrived, men loved darkness rather than light because their hearts are evil.
Romans 3:10-18 – There is none righteous. There is none who seeks God. They all have turned away.
Romans 8:8 – Those that are controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
1 Corinthians 2:14 – The worldly man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God and cannot know them because they are spiritually discerned.
Ephesians 2:1-3 – God in His mercy made us alive when we were dead in our sin. We once walked in sin and were children of wrath.
2 Timothy 2:25,26 – We have been taken captive by the devil to do his will and if we are granted repentance God will bring us to our senses and help us escape.
Calvinists believe that God’s election is entirely unconditional and it is He who makes the ultimate choice for salvation. God foreknows who will be His elect and this is based on His decree, plan and purpose. He chooses people for His good pleasure and in His will. God brings His chosen people, through the Spirit, to a willing acceptance of Christ. His choice has nothing to do with man’s free will. God the Father chooses people for reasons we do not know or understand. God does not choose people because they would choose Him. He doesn’t choose them on that basis.
The Scriptural basis is as follows with interpretational verification:
Matthew 11:27 – No one knows the Father except the Son and the ones to whom the Son chooses to reveal.
Matthew 13:11 – To some it has been given to know God, but to others it has not.
Matthew 15:13 – God is the one who does the planting.
Matthew 20:23 – God has ordained who will sit at His right and His left.
Mark 13:20 – God chooses the elect.
Luke 10:21, 22 – God chooses to whom He will reveal the plan of salvation based on what seems good in His sight.
Luke 12:32 – It is God’s pleasure to give some the kingdom.
Luke 13:24 – Some will seek the kingdom but may not enter.
John 5:21 – The Son gives life to whom He pleases.
John 6:44 – No one can come to the Son except those who are drawn first by the Father.
John 6:65 – No one can come to the Son unless it has been decided by the Father.
John 8:43-47 – The children of the devil cannot comprehend Christ’s teaching.
John 10:26-30 – Christ’s sheep know His voice. Those who are not His sheep cannot follow Him.
John 12:37-40 – The people were kept from believing in order to fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy.
John 13:18 – Christ knew who He had chosen. He did not choose Judas.
John 15:16 – Christ does the choosing.
John 17:6 – Some were given to Christ by the Father for eternal life.
Acts 13:48 – As many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
Romans 8:28-30 – Those who were predestined were called, glorified and justified.
Romans 9:11-13 – God chose Jacob before his birth, not based on his works.
Galatians 1:15 – Paul was set apart by God while in his mother’s womb.
Ephesians 1:3-5 – He chose us before the foundation of the world, having predestined us to adoption according to His will.
Ephesians 1:11 – We have been predestined according to His will to receive an inheritance.
Ephesians 2:4-7 – God made us alive while we were still dead in sin.
Colossians 1:26, 27 – It was God’s will to make Christ known to the saints.
Colossians 3:12 –God’s chosen people.
1 Thessalonians 1:4 – Knowing the election of God.
2 Thessalonians 13, 14 – From the beginning God chose some for salvation.
2 Timothy 1:9 – God saved us and called us according to His own purpose.
Hebrews 9:15 – Only those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
1 Peter 1:1, 2 – We are elected according to God’s foreknowledge and will.
1 Peter 2:7, 8 – Some have been predestined to hell.
Jude 4 – Some were predestined for condemnation.
With Calvinism, there are two ways God calls people to repentance. The first is the outer call which is extended to anyone who hears the gospel. This can be and often is rejected. The second is the internal call which is extended only to the elect and can never be rejected. In the natural state an individual is spiritually dead and as dead men are incapable of responding to anything. Therefore, he or she must be brought to life before they can respond to God. The Holy Spirit, in cooperation with the electing will of the Father, in the fullness of time, gives the gift of salvation to the elect who are powerless to resist God’s grace. God then bestows to the recipients the faith which Christ secured for us at the cross. Finally, the Spirit leads them to cooperate with God and repent. The order of salvation is regeneration, followed by faith and finally repentance. The Spirit’s work of regeneration must precede both faith and repentance lest they be acts of man.
The Scriptural basis is as follows with interpretational verification:
John 6:37-39 – God has sent the elect to Christ.
John 6:44 – No one can come unless the Father draws him.
Ephesians 2:1-10 – While we were still dead in sin and trespasses, God made us alive.
Philippians 2:12-13 – God works in us the desire to do good for His good pleasure.
John 1:12-13 – We are born not of our own will but born of God.
Romans 8:8 – Those that are in the flesh cannot please God (which confirms that regeneration must precede faith and repentance).
Romans 9:19 – No one can resist God’s will.
1 Corinthians 15:10 – It is only by God’s grace that Paul was a believer.
Perseverance of the Saints (OSAS)
According to Calvinists, because God authors and finishes our faith, we cannot fall away from salvation. Having been born again, we cannot be unborn. The elect, then, will persevere in righteousness and will never fall away from God. If someone who once professed Christ no longer appears to, one of two things must be true. Either he is still a believer and has fallen away from following God for a time (though not from salvation), or he was never saved.
The Scriptural basis is a follows with interpretational verification:
Matthew 24:24 – It is impossible to deceive the elect to nullify their salvation. (See also Mark 13:22)
Luke 15:11-32 – The prodigal son falls away for a time, but not eternally.
John 3:36 – He who believes in the Son has everlasting life
John 4:14 – Whoever receives, drinks the water of Christ will never thirst again.
John 6:39 – It is God’s will that of all He gives to Christ, none should perish.
John 10:28 – Jesus gives believers eternal life and they shall never perish.
Romans 8:28-30 – Those whom God calls He also justifies and glorifies.
Romans 11:29 – The calling and gifts of God are irrevocable.
1 Corinthians 1:8 – Christ will confirm us to the end.
Philippians 1:6 – He who has begun a good work in you will complete it.
1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24 – God, who calls us, is faithful and will preserve us until Christ comes.
2 Thessalonians 3:4 – Paul has confidence that God will preserve them.
2 Timothy 4:18 – The Lord will preserve me for His heavenly kingdom.
Hebrews 10:14 – By His offering Christ has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
1 John 2:19 – If they were of us they would have remained with us.
Revelation 3:5 – Names cannot be blotted from the book of life.
One thing to note regarding the Scriptures in the gospels: the timing was before the Holy Spirit was administered.
What is Arminianism
Arminianism is the theology of Jacob Arminius (1560-1609) and Arminianism arose as a rejection of Calvinism and its doctrines of predestination and election. Arminius taught that God has given human individuals free will, and they are able to freely choose or reject salvation.
Jacobus Arminius (1559 – 1609) was born in The Netherlands and spent the majority of his life as a pastor in that country. His followers were known as the Remonstrants. From the beginning of his pastorate he came under fire for teaching theology that was contrary to Calvinism, which was already a well-established system of theology. He taught that individual free will and God’s sovereignty could be reconciled and also denied the doctrine of Irresistible Grace.
As Calvinism cannot be understood without a proper understanding of man’s depravity, so Arminianism is dependent on understanding individual free will. Armenians’ believe that God has given individuals free will in all areas. Although the term “free will” is widely used, there are different understandings of it. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as follows:
1. Voluntary choice or decision. 2. Freedom of individuals to make choices that are not determined by prior causes or by divine intervention.
These definitions, though correct, do not expose the full meaning as it pertains to theology. For theological purposes the definition must be expanded. For a will to be truly free there must be must an alternative to what the person in question actually chose. A person who is presented with only one option does not truly have free will. Calvin taught that man is free to choose but only within the bounds of his nature (limited free will).However, Arminius believed that this was not true free will. For free will to exist man must be able to of his own accord choose or reject God.
The five points of Arminianism are: Free Will, Conditional Election, Universal Atonement, Obstructable Grace and Falling from Grace.
Below is a brief discussion of each of these points. For each I have provided the Bible passages from which they are drawn. I have added a brief comment to each which explains how that passage is interpreted as verification.
Arminius taught that man’s fall into sin has not completely removed his ability to make a choice for or against God. Rather, man’s will is in a neutral state and is not able to choose only evil. The will is free to make a choice for either good or evil. In terms of salvation, the Holy Spirit draws people sufficiently and enlightens them enough that they can, of their own free will, choose salvation. However, He does not draw or enlighten them enough to force them into a decision.
Matthew 18:12, 13 – He rejoices if he finds one of the lost sheep.
Matthew 23:37 – Jesus desires to gather the people to Him but they are not willing.
Luke 15:11-32 – The prodigal son came to the realization of his depravity by himself.
John 3:16 – “whosoever believes in Him” would seem to indicate we choose to believe in Him.
John 5:40 – You are not willing to come to Me so you may have life; this involves choice.
John 7:17 – “If anyone chooses (wills) to do God’s will.” Indicative of choice.
Acts 2:37-38 – after asking what they should do, if they chose to repent and be baptized they would receive the Holy Spirit and be saved.
Acts 16:31 – Paul and Silas told the jailer that if he were to repent and baptized he would be saved, seemingly indicating that he was given the choice of repentance.
Romans 10:9 – Free will is indicated in that we are told that if we believe with our hearts and confess with our lips we will be saved.
Arminians believe and teach that God’s election is based upon his foreknowledge that a person would choose to be saved. In the broad scope of eternity God can see those who would choose Christ and in response to this act of individual free will, God in turn chose them and called them the elect. We see that election is conditional upon free will because God has to see that a person will make a free will decision in the future before He is able to impart salvation to that person. The decision to be saved, then, is ultimately an individual’s decision initially and not an act of God. God ultimately responds to that decision.
Romans 8:29 – Those who He foreknew, He predestined.
Romans 11:2 – God foreknew His people.
1 Peter 1:1, 2 – Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father; “through the sanctifying work of the spirit through the obedience of Christ.” This is by the choice of accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior.
When Christ died he took upon Himself every sin for every individual being throughout time. This is not to say, however, that all individuals are saved. Therefore, Christ’s sacrifice does not actually save individuals but only provides the potential for every individual to be saved. Christ’s death will only provide salvation when it is completed by a free will decision made by an individual. A simple formula to express this would be, Christ’s sacrifice + man’s free will choice = salvation. Salvation cannot be completed without both of the pieces being in place. Again we see that atonement is conditional upon free will, as individuals are able to freely choose or reject atonement.
John 1:12 – Those who received him were given the right to become the children of God.
John 1:29 – John calls Jesus the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” not solely the sin of the elect.
John 3:16 – God so loved the world, not only the elect.
John 12:32 – I will draw all peoples too myself. He draws, we accept (or not).
Matthew 18:14 – It is not God’s will that any of His sheep should perish.
Romans 11:32 – So God might have mercy on all.
1 Corinthians 15:22 – As all fell in Adam so all are saved in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:14, 15 – One died for all.
1 Timothy 2:3-6 – God desires all to be saved and gave His Son as a ransom for all.
1 Timothy 4:10 – God is the Savior of all men, especially those who believe.
Hebrews 2:9 – Christ tasted death for everyone.
2 Peter 2:1 – Jesus “bought” even the false prophets.
2 Peter 3:9 – God does not will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and be saved.
1 John 2:2 – Jesus is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world.
The fourth foundation of Arminian teaching is that God never forces salvation upon anyone. Though the Holy Spirit is instrumental in salvation, He does not force anyone into repentance. The Spirit merely encourages people who are then free to choose for or against the gift of salvation.
The process of salvation is this: The Spirit encourages people. Man in his free will chooses to believe in Christ accepting Him as Lord and Savior. Having believed, he then begins to exercise faith. As a result of these actions, the Holy Spirit regenerates him. Faith, therefore, precedes regeneration and is actually the cause of regeneration. Faith is what allows the Holy Spirit to do His regenerative work in the new believer. As with the other points, we see that free will is fundamental.
Matthew 23:37 – Christ longed to gather Jerusalem, but they were not willing.
Luke 7:30 – The Pharisees and lawyers chose to reject God’s will for themselves.
John 1:12 – To those who received Him who already believed in His name, He then gave the right to become children of God.
John 3:18-21 – Man has to choose between light and darkness.
John 5:40 – We can refuse to go to God and receive life.
Acts 7:51 – We can resist the Spirit as our fathers did.
2 Corinthian 6:1 – Do not receive the grace of God in vain.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 – Do not quench the Spirit. We can even choose to put out the Spirit‘s fire.
Fall from Grace
Because man has free will and in the process of salvation can choose for or against God, it must then be possible to fall away from this grace. God can never impose His will upon us so that we lose our free will. It follows, then, that we must be free to accept or reject this grace at any time. This is a necessary conclusion since man must be as free to reject God’s grace and leave God’s kingdom, as he was to accept God’s grace and enter the kingdom. Again, we see that this belief is entirely dependent on free will.
Matthew 5:13 – Salt can lose its saltiness (also Mark 9:50).
John 15:1-7 – Vines can be cut off and burned if they don’t bear fruit.
Romans 11:22 – If we don’t continue to grow in goodness we will be cut off.
2 Corinthians 11:4 – The people had fallen away but Paul attempted to bring them back.
Galatians 5:4 – Paul says that those who have tried to be justified by the law had fallen from grace.
Hebrews 6:4-6 – The passage discusses how it is possible, after accepting, to fall away from God.
2 Peter 1:8-10 – It is possible to forget our salvation. We can choose to close our eyes to the truth (vs. 9).
2 Peter 2:20-22 – It is better to have not ever known the way of righteousness than to have known it and then turn away from it.
Revelation 2:5 – God threatens to remove the church’s lampstand, indicating judgment, if they do not repent.
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Abortion: A topic that has been dividing America and the world for that matter for decades. Even with the passing of the controversial Roe v Wade it remains a highly charged topic. Therefore, in this article we’re going to look at abortion and the Bible. What does the Bible say about abortion?
With the appointing of conservative judges on the Supreme Court, it has become an even more heated topic. However, as Christians there’s no need for debate as we have the ultimate source for guidance—God and His Word the Bible.
What does God say about Abortion?
Born Again Christians sincerely believe the Scriptures to be the written Word of God—all of it. To dismiss God’s Word is to dismiss God Himself. Therefore, it is prudent to seek and obey His Word in all matters, including abortion.
The Bible never specifically uses the word abortion. However, there are numerous teachings in Scripture that make it abundantly clear what God’s view of abortion, and the sacrificing of children. Let’s look at some examples.
The book of Leviticus contains the Law of God handed down to Israel. In Lev 18:21, it reads: 21 “‘Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord. NIV
The Idolatrous nations sacrificed their children to their pagan idol gods as part of worship, in this case Molech, the god of human sacrifice. God specifically forbade His people to engage in such practices. To do so was to profane or disrespect His name.
However, as time went on, the Israelites turned away from God and practiced the ways of the foreign nations and suffered the consequences. 2 Chron 28:1-6 28 Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. Unlike David his father, he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. 2 He walked in the ways of the kings of Israel and also made cast idols for worshiping the Baals. 3 He burned sacrifices in the Valley of Ben Hinnom and sacrificed his sons in the fire, following the detestable ways of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites. 4 He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places, on the hilltops and under every spreading tree. 5 Therefore the Lord his God handed him over to the king of Aram. The Arameans defeated him and took many of his people as prisoners and brought them to Damascus. He was also given into the hands of the king of Israel, who inflicted heavy casualties on him. 6 In one day Pekah son of Remaliah killed a hundred and twenty thousand soldiers in Judah — because Judah had forsaken the Lord, the God of their fathers. NIV
We see that King Ahaz did not follow the ways of the Lord but performed detestable sacrifices, including sacrificing his children, and He paid a heavy price.
Now, we may not throw our children into fire these days, but we are sacrificing them for material reasons for a majority of the time, and that is idolatry. Anytime we chose something (in this case abortion) that is against God’s will is sin and idolatry (Eph. 5:3-5). Instead of trusting God for our needs, we take matters into our own hands. This solution only leads to disaster.
Let’s look at what abortion is. Abortion is defined as: a medical procedure used to end a pregnancy and cause the death of the fetus. [Merriam-Webster Dictionary Thesaurus] So we see that it causes the death of a fetus. A fetus is defined as: a human being or animal in the later stages of development before it is born. [Merriam-Webster Dictionary Thesaurus] Later stages in this case being after eight weeks, prior it is an embryo. Therefore, abortion is the termination of a human being. It is a deliberate, premeditated termination of life. This fits the definition of yet another word: murder. Murder is defined as: The unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another. [The lexicographers at Oxford Dictionaries]
Now that abortion has been defined, so, what does God say about abortion? Ex 20:13 reads:
13 “You shall not murder. NIV
This is the sixth of The Ten Commandments, the base of God’s law. For the Scriptural modernists, New Testament Scripture reads in Matt 5:21:
21 “… Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.” NIV
This is what God’s Word says about murder.
There are many that disagree that abortion is murder. The common rebuttal to this determination is: a fetus is not a human being or it’s not a person yet so it’s not murder. So, let’s take a serious look at when life begins.
When does life Begin Scientifically?
Prior to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed abortion on demand, developing embryos were considered unborn persons. Now, even a fetus that can survive on its own outside its mother’s womb can be aborted, under certain medical circumstances. This demonstrates that we do not consider an unborn child to be a true human being.
So, the question becomes, is a fetus a human? Is it something else? Biologically speaking, human life begins at conception. When the female’s egg and the male’s sperm join together, they combine and create a new string of DNA that is personalized and totally unique. DNA is coded information, the blueprint for the new human’s growth and development. The child’s genetic makeup is already complete. Its gender has already been determined, along with its height and hair, eye and skin color. The only thing the embryo needs to become a fully-functioning being is the time to grow and develop. No more genetic material needs to be added; the fertilized egg in the womb is as human as the mother in whose womb it dwells. The only difference between a fetus and any one of us is one of age, location, and level of dependence. Therefore, when a mother aborts this process of fetal development, she is destroying a unique life.
When does life Begin Medically
Dr. Joseph DeCook, executive director of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a group of about 2,500 members, said an embryo is a living human being at the moment of fertilization. “There’s no question at all when human life begins,” said DeCook, a retired obstetrician-gynecologist. “When the two sets of chromosomes get together, you have a complete individual. It’s the same as you and I but less developed.” “Pregnancy begins when the embryo is implanted on the uterine wall,” he said.
OK,this is a medical definition from a medical professional. So there isn’t much to add to that! The fact is, you don’t get a baby without a fetus. This isn’t rocket science!
When does life begin Biblically
Last, but certainly not least, The Bible clearly points to conception as the beginning of human life.
Let’s look as some examples: In Judg. 16:17 Samson said: “…for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb…” here Samson, a judge appointed by God, refers to his unborn state as having already been what God planned him to be—a Nazairite.
In Ps 139:13 David said: “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.” Again, we see acknowledgment of life in the womb. David refers to himself as a person in the womb. Then he says, in verse 16: “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” Here David continued this thought by saying that God had all of his days planned out for him while he was still in the womb. Again, this evidence points to personhood beginning at conception, rather than at the moment of birth.
We see God had a similar plan for the life of Jeremiah before he was born. In Jer. 1:5, God said: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”The next example is a passage. Ex 21:22-25:
22 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
23 And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. KJV
Here if two men get into a fight and injure a pregnant woman in the process and she miscarries. The man responsible will be punished. If there is further injury, then the penalty will be equal to the injury. Bottom line: causing loss of life born or unborn is a serious crime.
These Scriptures clearly indicate that God considers a baby in the womb to be just as much of a human being as a full-grown adult.
The Bible considers a fetus to be an unborn child, a planned human being that God is forming from the moment of conception. This being the case, it doesn’t really matter what human philosophy or science of law says or how socially or politically acceptable abortion is. God’s law takes precedence. A mother who decides to abort her child is unilaterally making a decision to end another person’s life—and that is and always has been the definition of murder.
It’s interesting to note that science, medicine, and the Bible are on the same page: life begins at conception.
Question: So why is abortion legal in this country?
Again—the only difference between an embryo, a fetus and any one of us is one of age, location, and level of dependence. Therefore, when a mother aborts this process of fetal development, she is destroying a unique life.
The scientific, medical fact is: all of us began the first 30 minutes of our lives as one cell.
Question: how many of us wished we were murdered?
Arguments Against Pro-life
In addition to disagreeing of abortion being murder, there are other arguments against the Biblical pro-life position.
One of the main arguments that always arise against the Christian stance on abortion is “What about cases of rape and/or incest?” As horrible as it would be to become pregnant as a result of rape and/or incest, is the murder of a fetus the answer? Two wrongs do not make a right. The child who is a result of rape/incest could be given in adoption to a loving family unable to have children on their own. Again, the fetus is completely innocent and should not be punished for the evil acts of its biological father.
Question: I wonder if a pro-abortionist received proof that they were the result of rape or incest, would they want to be murdered? I doubt it!
The second argument that usually arises against the Christian stance on abortion is “What about when the life of the mother is at risk?” Honestly, this is the most difficult question to answer on the issue of abortion.
First, let’s remember that this situation is the reason behind less than one-tenth of one percent of the abortions done in the world today.
Second, let’s remember that God is a God of miracles. He can preserve the life of a mother and her child despite all the medical odds being against it. It has been done!
Third, even in the one-tenth of one-percent of abortions that are done to save the life of the mother, in the vast majority of these cases, an early induced delivery of the baby or a C-section is what is necessary, not an abortion. This early inducement may result in the death of the baby, but it is extremely rare that a baby must be actively aborted in order to save the life of the mother. Some doctors say that abortion is never medically necessary to save the life of the mother. Ultimately, though, if the life of the mother is genuinely at risk, a decision like this can only be decided between a woman, her doctor, oftentimes the father of the child, and God. Any woman facing this extremely difficult situation should pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) as to what He would have her do.
Personally, my position, if the life of the mother or the fetus is surely at stake that should be the only exception if that is what the mother and husband chooses.
However, over 98 percent of the abortions performed today involve women who simply do not want to have the baby—birth control. Less than two percent of abortions are for the reasons of rape, incest, or the mother’s life is at risk. Even in these more difficult two percent of instances, abortion should never be the first option. The life of a human being in the womb is worth every effort to allow the child to be born.
Let’s look at what these percentages are based on. Over the course of 45 years, there were an average of one million, seventeen thousand, five-hundred forty-six (1, 17,546) abortions performed annually in the US alone (worldwide an estimated 55 million) with three states not reporting (for more of a breakdown for the US, click this link). That’s a lot of lives thrown away and there will be a price to pay. Murder is sin and Prov. 14:34 reads: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Abortion is murder and barbaric and does not belong in a civilized society.
A Woman’s Right to Choose?
A common contention coming from pro-abortionist is: women have a moral right to decide what to do with their bodies and I agree! A woman does have the right to decide what to do with her body. However, the issue isn’t what a woman does with her body. No one is really concerned with what a woman does with her body. That really isn’t the issue. The issue is the human life that is contained inside of her body. A moral right? What’s moral about terminating a human beings life? Termination of life is murder outside or inside of a woman’s body. Therefore the unborn needs to be protected, honored, and by the government if necessary because a fetus can’t protect or defend itself. Not tossed away for societal selfish reasons.
In the article, postmodernism and the church, detail is given on the effects of postmodernism on society. One of the issues born under this movement is abortion. In short, it (postmodernism) has ushered in the tearing down of our moral fiber; that we should do what we think is right in our own minds, and has led to an increasingly narcissistic culture. When you look at the reasoning of the pro-choice movement in favor of abortion, it’s totally about self without regard for the fetus. At the end of every reason the question is: but what about the fetus? It’s a human, does it not have rights? Does it have a right to live? Does it not want to live? I have yet to hear of a suicidal fetus!
It the state that I reside, if a woman deliberately kills a dog, she is subject to imprisonment and a fine. But if she kills a human fetus, that’s legal—no penalty or fine. Huh? An animal has more rights than a human being, a fetus? There is something wrong with that picture! Talk about inequality – a woman can choose to end a human life but a man cannot. Fact is, no one has the right to choose to take another human life.
As the postmodern movement permeates, society continually seeks to
devalue the lives of the unborn, creating its own definitions of humanity based on distorted views of morality. But the undeniable fact is that life begins at creation, and a human is created as soon as he or she is conceived. God is present at our creation; He is, in fact, our Creator. Our value as human beings created in His image is conceived even before we are.
For the Christian, abortion is not a matter of a woman’s right to choose. It is a matter of the life or death of a human being made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27; 9:6).
If Roe V Wade is overturned, it is said to be “barbaric.” But what is the killing of our young – before they even have a chance to live? How civil is that?
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Since the mid 20th century (1950-60’s), a system that denies absolutes and
objectivity has emerged into our society. It has brought every established tradition and metanarrative into subject. It has cast doubt on everything that has been believed as solid foundational truth, and every institutional belief, including the church. This system is known as postmodernism.
In this article I will address postmodernism and the church.
What is Postmodernism
Postmodernism is a relativistic system of observation and thought that denies absolutes and objectivity. Postmodernism has become an influence across the board: theology, art, culture, architecture, society, film, technology, and economics. Traditional, social, art, and cultural beliefs are discarded and reinterpreted in relativistic terms. Unfortunately this includes the traditional teachings of the church based on Scripture.
Now I mentioned relativistic terms. This means that everything is relative and there are no absolutes. This practice is called relativism.
Relativism is the philosophical position that all points of view are valid equally and that all truth is relative to the individual. This means that all moral positions, all religious systems, all art forms, all political movements, etc., are truths that are relative to the individual. Under the umbrella of relativism, whole groups of perspectives are categorized. In obvious terms, some are:
Cognitive relativism (truth)- Cognitive relativism affirms that all truth is relative. This would mean that no system of truth is more valid than another one, and that there is no objective standard of truth. It would, naturally, deny that there is a God of absolute truth.
Moral/ethical relativism – All morals are relative to the social group within which they are constructed.
Situational relativism – Ethics (right and wrong) are dependent upon the situation.
Some typical expressions that reveal an underlying presupposition of relativism are comments such as: It is true for you, but not for me; That is your truth, not mine; and There are no absolute truths.
Unfortunately, the philosophy of relativism is pervasive in our culture today. With the rejection of God, and Christianity in particular, absolute truth is being abandoned.
An example of postmodern thought would be the validation of homosexuality as an equally legitimate sexual expression over and against the Judeo-Christian ethic of heterosexuality. Also, that gay marriage is an equally legitimate union over and against the Judeo-Christian ethic of marriage between a man and woman. In other words, practices and beliefs that were previously taboo are given equal validity to traditional values and norms often to the point of superseding the latter. This equalization and displacement is not restricted to religious realms but affect all circles of human interaction.
This is a worldwide movement but predominantly here in America where pluralism and relativism are rampant. The only thing by the postmodernist not tolerated is intolerance. Tolerance is king to the postmodernist who says,My truth is different from your truth so don’t judge me with your outdated morals. Such thought process by the spiritually dead is all too common.
We in America live in an increasingly pluralistic society. Now that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We are a nation of diverse people and we all need to get along and some
tolerance is necessary—even healthy. But, as I like to say, too much of a good thing, is a bad thingand the tearing down of our moral fiber to get along is a detriment rather than a benefit to society. Therefore, there should be borders to our tolerance.
Our increasingly tolerant society wants to avoid the idea that there really is a right and wrong. This is evidenced in our deteriorating judicial system that has more and more trouble punishing criminals (e.g. decriminalization), in our entertainment media which continues to push the envelope of immorality and indecency, in our schools which teach evolution and social tolerance, etc. In addition, the plague of moral relativism is encouraging everyone to accept, pornography, fornication, homosexuality and a host of other sins that were once considered wrong but are now being accepted and even promoted in society. It is becoming so pervasive that if we speak out against moral relativism and its anything goes philosophy, you’re labeled as an intolerant bigot. Of course, this is incredibly hypocritical of those who profess that all points of view are true, but reject those who profess absolutes in morality. It seems that what is really meant by the moral relativists is that all points of view are true except for the views that teach moral absolutes, an absolute God, or absolute right and wrong.
Postmodernism in the Church
I’m sure it is clear to see by now that the church hasn’t escaped from postmodernism. In America, apostasy has reared its ugly head in the church. The church is under attack and one of the enemy’s weapons is postmodernism. The worldly thinking of the postmodernists has infiltrated the church making it more and more worldlier. Church leaders should be led by the Holy Spirit. But He (the Holy Spirit) is slowly being replaced by a different spirit.
Understanding the influence of postmodernism in the church may be easier if we view it as an extension of or a reaction to some of the key ideas held during the period of modernism that began in the 1600s.
The chart below illustrates the breakdown of the modernism periods.
Premodernism (up to 1650)
Postmodernism (1960s – present)
God/the supernatural realm furnishes the basis for morality, human dignity, truth, and reason.
Morality, human dignity, truth, and reason rest on foundations other than God (reason, science, race, etc.).
All metanarratives (systems or grand stories) are suspect-whether religious or not. No universal foundation for truth, morality, human dignity exists.
French Revolution (1789)
Fall of the Berlin Wall (1989)
As you can see, modernists attempted to create metanarratives or grand stories without reference to God-to ground human dignity, freedom, morality, and progress. But at the least, modernism held high regard for reason, rationalism, and authority. However, postmodernism carried the ball even further by responding with subjectivity, relativism, and assertions that absolute truth is not knowable. You see, once we allow the enemy to gain a toehold, it gains a foothold.
Generally speaking, we are experiencing postmodernism’s influence in our local churches when we see church attendees wrestling with issues related to relativism, truth and authority. Many members and people attending our churches have grown up and been influenced by a postmodern culture. So the question becomes: how do relativism, views concerning truth, and views concerning authority influence our churches, and what are the implications of those realities? Well …read on.
A main area of focus goes back to the postmodern concept of relativism. In a day when debates are raging over sexual orientation, the definition of marriage, abortion, and many other moral and ethical issues, we see our church attendees influenced by postmodernism when they tend to base views more upon personal preferences and experiences rather than on absolute truths taught in God’s Word. Modernism was characterized by a majority of people holding firmly to a foundational Judeo-Christian worldview — but in a pluralistic and relative postmodern period, morality is driven by a desire to let individuals determine right and wrong based on personal preferencesand a spirit of freedom for individual choices. In open discussions, we may see trends where issues regarding right and wrong are no longer determined to be black and white but instead are left as some shade of gray. The so-called gray areas have increased dramatically. Sadly it may not be uncommon to witness a group of church attendees coming to the conclusion that although a matter is clearly addressed in Scripture, it should simply be left up to the individual to determine what was right and wrong. This is a way of gently kicking the Bible to the curb. This is an illustration of how a postmodern culture has influenced church attendees toward a relativistic mindset. But the fact of the matter is, when it comes to God and His Word, personal feelings—simply doesn’t count.
It simply astounds me that the church; including church leaders no less, can be divided on issues of homosexuality and gay marriage—issues that are clearly addressed in the Scriptures. There is no gray there. [Lev.18:22,20:13,1 Cor.6:9,1 Tim 1:10] Gay priests…? Churches performing gay marriages…? They say: It doesn’t matter; God is a God of love. Really? Where is the Scriptural justification of that?
Another important consideration that involves the influence of the postmodern movement in the church is the denial of authority. This is evident in churches when members are more concerned with tradition and personal preferences than with being guided by the authoritative Word of God (e.g. marriage, authority) and the Spirit of God. In other words, they are being led by their feelings. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard in response to Scripture: Yes, but I just feel… But feelings by themselves are led by the flesh and can carry us down a path we shouldn’t travel. God’s Word says:thou shall and Thou shall not It is not conditional and it never mentions: according to your feelings.
Postmodernism says that language and words are always open to various interpretations and that coming to an authoritative conclusion about the meaning of teachings in an ancient text such as the Bible is not possible. But the discarded difference is the Bible is inspired by God. In my article https://thechristianadvocate.org/thehistoryofourbible I mention the argument that the Bible was written by men. This is one of the excuses postmodernists to discredit the Bible.
This type of thinking has resulted in the devaluation of the authority of the Bible. The basic tenets of accurate biblical interpretation are pushed aside, and the meaning of a text is left up to the individual. Failure to turn to the Scriptures to determine a path that should be taken or blatant disregard for clear teachings in the Scriptures are examples of denial of biblical authority in the local church.
How Should the Church Respond
How should a church respond to these postmodern influences? One way is to teach, model and equip families to instill a biblical worldview in the lives of their children. Parents, children and church members in general must promote a healthy respect for the authority of the Scriptures. The regular reading and application of God’s Word in everyday life will help tremendously in countering the postmodern denial of authority.
Unfortunately, some leaders of the church have fallen victim to postmodernism. However, for church leaders to focus on the reality of truth and hold a high regard for the authority of God’s Word is a key element in helping church attendees battle the relativistic view. Christians must stand firm on doctrinal truths that are truly objective based on an accurate understanding of the Scriptures.
Messages spread through media have blurred the lines for some individuals, and they may no longer be willing to stand firm on biblical objective truth. Effective ministry will teach and model the idea that the Bible is full of objective truth, and that by not compromising in areas of truth, Christians will be equipped for faithful service in kingdom work. With this in mind, we return to Paul’s encouragement to Timothy:Preach the Word[2 Tim 4:2]
Postmodernism continues to have a strong influence on the family, individuals and churches. Leaders in local churches will make great strides in combating this negative influence by faithfully applying Paul’s exhortation to again,Preach the Word. Whether it is relativism, denying the knowable truths of the Bible, or denying the authority of the Scriptures, we must remember that All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.(2 Timothy 3:16-17, KJV). A commitment with prayer to faithfully preach this Word in our homes and our churches can minimize the negative influence of the postmodern culture in the lives of individuals as well as in the corporate life of the local church. We must stand firm.
The Danger of Postmodernism
As world history has shown, superpowers are destroyed from within, not without. The danger of postmodernism and the resulting relativism is overall weakness. It tears away at the foundation of civilization.
Relativism is invading our society, our homes, our economy, and our schools. Society cannot flourish nor survive in an environment where everyone does what is right in his own eyes, where the situation determines moral truth, and that lying and cheating are okay as long as you don’t get caught. Without a common foundation of truth and absolutes, our culture will become weak and fragmented leading to overall decline.
Fragmented is almost an understatement. These days we have numerous segments of our population contending for their own
rights (i.e. women, homosexuals, animals [with the help of humans], transgenders, illegal immigrants, gun owners, etc.). These are sub-movements under the umbrella of postmodernism and in the long haul, fragment the population. It comes to the point where one group’s rights interfere with another resulting in utter confusion. The founding fathers laid the foundation, the absolutes—the objectives. There were, for the most part, enough laws to cover everybody’s rights and if that foundation was adhered to there would be no need for segmental rights. By the way, that foundation is Biblically
based—government is Biblically based. Man did not devise it on his own volition.
As we tear away at this foundation, ultimately the dwelling-the-building-the nation, will crumble. As our nation becomes less religious and more secular, the more our dependency shifts to the government. Needless to say, this is a sad state of affairs. Notice that the government is in constant gridlock and extremely inefficient for the citizens? Where are we headed? Corruption from within.
Need an example? We’re the most powerful nation on earth. Yet, we’re killing each other in record massive numbers with guns and the government is incapable to do anything about it! So our dependency is leaning on an inefficient, gridlocked government? The Scriptures sums this up in one verse: Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools [Rom 1:22]
Early on, I mentioned the bringing of metanarratives into subject. One major metanarrative is the Bible. Contained in the Old Testament is the history of Biblical Israel—the rise and fall of it. One time a glorious nation, led by God, rebelled and turned away from Him and was ultimately annihilated by Him. When we don’t learn from history, we repeat it. Instead of learning from the Bible, postmodernism is discarding it. As a result, we are following the pattern of Biblical Israel. But doesn’t this confirm Scripture? Ecclesiastes 1:9 reads: The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. In other words, history merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. The postmodernists think they’re doing something new. But they’re not! They’re only confirming Scripture! More on this irony to follow.
This abandonment from God’s law by Israel led to corruption from within, which led to oppression from without
(Israel repeated this cycle 7 times in the book of Judges).
We ourselves are returning to the days of the judges when … every man did that which was right in his own eyes[Judg.17:6,21:25] and Israel set aside God’s law and substituted it with their own, fulfilling their desires. Referring back to the chart above, prior to 1650, God was the prime basis to be followed. Over time God has been moved aside and we’re doing our own thing; just as Israel did. New Testament Scripture further confirms what happens when God is removed from the equation.[Romans 1:21-32]
The Ultimate Outcome
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could create our own world? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to create our own reality…that we can be whatever we identified ourselves to be…? Wouldn’t it be great if the world was just what we wanted it to be individually— based on what we think it should be? Wouldn’t it be terrific to be able to do exactly what we wanted to, individually? Yes, it would be wonderful! But God didn’t create it that way and we can’t recreate the world. God is a God of order—not confusion [2 Tim.1:7,1 Cor.14:40] and the modernists and postmodernists are moving things out of divine order. And one day, ultimately, no matter what kind of reality we create for ourselves, the absolute, objective reality will ultimately come forth. We can only delay reality for so long.[2 Peter 3:9]
As John Adams, a founding father and the second President of the United States said, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
The Irony of the Matter
The postmodern movement is full of irony. How? The absolute truth that the postmodernists refute, which is the Scriptures, they confirm.
2 Tim 4:3-4 reads:
3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths. NLT
This is what they confirm—absolute, objective truth. Since this is the case, we can anticipate the need to focus on preaching the Word in order to promote a biblical worldview in the individual and corporate lives of our church family. We need to hold fast to the Word of God!
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