“You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” (James 2:19 ESV)
The difference between demons and the children of God is not in their “beliefs”, but in their “lives”.
God demands PERFECT obedience. So does this mean that we are to always do right and never fail or fall at any point? That sounds quite… UNREALISTIC. No human being can do that, at least not from my own experience. Continue reading When Obedience is Disobedience: A Gospel Primer
I doubt that you missed the story. It was all over international news about 2 months ago. A young woman was traveling back home from the cinema when she was attacked by five men on a bus. The five men beat up her male companion and proceeded to brutally rape the woman, leaving her for dead. Despite the doctors’ best attempts to save her life, the 23-year-old physiotherapy student later succumbed to the horrific injuries sustained during the assault. It is a sad and horrific story. But not as horrific as what the lawyer representing her attackers said in their defense.
Manohar Lal Sharma, the lawyer representing three of the accused men, argued that the woman and her male counterpart were fully to blame for what happened to them. His argument was that the victim was not a “respectable lady”. He explained that the victim’s friend and male counterpart, Mr Pandey, was “wholly responsible for the incident as the unmarried couple should not have been on the streets at night.” At first glance, such an argument may sound quite unreasonable. But similar arguments are not uncommon in many rape cases, “the woman was dressed provocatively” is a common one. It is true that such cases are too emotive to give any room for reason, and the lawyer’s defense may seem unreasonable at first. But before we pick up the stones and take shots at lawyers, we need to confront another more familiar lawyer. Continue reading I Blame God For My Sins
You’ve probably never paid much attention to this difference, but I am persuaded that it is a notable one. Many bible teachers who have been accused of promoting moralism and social reform at the expense of the Gospel often tend to use many Old Testament examples to make their cases. On the other hand, those teachers who have been accused of promoting apathy and too much liberalism in the Christian life tend to use many New Testament passages in their sermons. This difference in emphasis could be merely coincidental, but there’s something here that cannot simply be overlooked.
THE LAW JUNKIES
Do your homework, go out and look for sermons from teachers who have been accused of teaching moralism, personal improvement and social change at the expense of the Gospel. Continue reading Moses Needs Jesus: On Law, Grace and Truth
Here are some links to articles and blogs that I found insightful and worth sharing today:
- ““You can’t legislate morality” has become a common turn off phrase. The truth, however, is that every law and regulation that is proposed, passed, and enforced has inherent in it some idea of the good that it seeks to promote or preserve.” In WHY WE CAN’T HELP BUT LEGISLATE MORALITY, Micah Watson argues (rather persuasively) that morality is the only thing we can and should legislate.
- The question of suffering is one that continues to puzzle many Christians, despite Jesus’ promise that those who follow Him must expect it. In HOW DO WE KNOW IF GOD IS DISCIPLINING US? D.A. Carson expertly deals with the question of what is happening when bad things happen to Christians. “Should these happenings be seen as God’s discipline, or God’s sovereign use of evil for our good, or results of sin and the Fall, or all of the above?” The answer is not as obvious as you may think.
- Finally, why do you believe what you believe about certain things? Is it because its what “Christians are supposed to believe”, what certain influential Christian leaders and teachers believe… or is it because you have a personal conviction about the issue? I found this post RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU AGREE by Jonathan Parnell to be a rather accurate diagnosis of why many people who claim to be Pro-Life would still not think twice about having an abortion if and when things got personal.