God’s Justice Through Israeli Vengeance

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As Israel mourns the death of three young men,   I  am praying for the Israeli government to employ every means of their God-given authority to function in the capacity of  “common grace servants”  to  exact retributive  justice  upon the evil doers  who are guilty of these murders. 

Paul the Apostle framed it like  this in Romans 13:

“Governing authorities  have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God himself has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

For rulers hold terror for those who do evil….because rulers have been given the sword to execute punishment upon evil doers and in doing so, they are acting as God’s agents  of divine wrath.” 
May it be so Lord!

 

 

 

The Role of A Father!

The “Courageous” movie gives us a great illustration of 1 Corinthians 16:3 when amplified to speak to  our fathering role:

“Be courageous in your role of being a father, stand firm in the faith, strongly act like men! “

N.T. Wright On Gay Marriage

N. T. Wright—has been hailed by Time as “one of the most formidable figures in Christian thought”. Christianity Today recently published an article saying, “He is the most prolific biblical scholar in a generation. Some say he is the most important apologist for the Christian faith since C. S. Lewis.”

In this interview with J. John, Wright was asked what he thought of  legislation that redefines marriage. In his wise and scholarly response, Wright explains why nature, history and biblical narrative necessitates complementarity of the sexes as essential to the very identity and reality of  God’s intent in the Genesis of marriage.

He speaks forthrightly in his concluding statement. “…I think it’s a nonsense. It’s like a government voting that black should be white. Sorry, you can vote that if you like, you can pass it by a total majority, but it isn’t actually going to change the reality of marriage.

http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/06/n-t-wrights-argument-against-same-sex-marriage

Tullian Tchividjian Apologizes For Undermining The Gospel

stories_tullian-tchividjianMany were troubled by the way Pastor Tullian recently framed his public departure from TGC .  However, this refreshing confession  promotes a great example for us all.

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“Tullian Tchividjian apologized on Friday [May 30] for his “very public ‘break-up’” with The Gospel Coalition (TGC), drawing praise from Russell Moore who connected the social media spat to the recent World Vision controversy.

“This conflict has ‘given the world the justification they’re looking for to disbelieve the gospel,’” wrote Tchividjian, citing Francis Schaeffer’s warning on public divisions among Christians, “and I am sorry for my contribution to this conflict.”

Among the reflections shared by the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church pastor on his personal blog:

I said some things in haste, both publicly and privately, that I regret. I never want anything I say to be a distraction from the mind-blowing good news of the gospel and last week I did. I got in the way. When you feel the need to respond to criticism, it reveals how much you’ve built your identity on being right. I’m an idolater and that came out last week. Because Jesus won for you, you’re free to lose…and last week I fought to win. I’m sorry you had to see that. Lord have mercy…

Tchividjian also affirmed his friendship with TGC co-founder Tim Keller, and emphasized that TGC and his Liberate ministry are “on the same team” because “the harvest is ripe enough for well-meaning brothers and sisters to agree to disagree.”

C.J. Mahaney and Joshua Harris Resign The Gospel Coalition

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Pastors C. J. Mahaney and Joshua Harris have resigned from the council of The Gospel Coalition (TGC) after aharris252c2bjoshua former youth leader was convicted of sexually abusing three boys at the flagship church of Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM).

The conviction has renewed debate over how much SGM pastors knew about abuse allegations in their church network, and whether or not they dissuaded victims from reporting abuse to the authorities. In May 2013, a judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit against SGM based on the statute of limitations having expired. (An appeal will be heard in early June.) Meanwhile, Al Mohler and other TGC leaders explained why they hadn’t publicly addressed the controversy surrounding Mahaney.”

 

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2014/may/c-j-mahaney-joshua-harris-resign-from-gospel-coalition-sgm.html?

During His Deliverance Man Answers Phone!

This goofiness is hilarious! I laughed so loud it startled my wife.  Seems the demons were very anxious for him to answer his phone. He explains to the caller, “I am under the anointment”.

Though absolutely hilarious, we see the “experiential facade” people are willing to put on during prayer.

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To Hell With Rob Bell!

John Piper was right when he declared, “Good-by Rob Bell!”  This peddler of man centered philosophy has descended deeper into the abyss of demonic spirituality.

Watch Oprah’s program below as she  asks  Bell to answer specific questions: What is the soul? Define God? What does prayer mean to you? What happens when we die? The world needs? Heaven is? God is? Your favorite thing to do on Sunday?

Listen as he mocks biblical truth and joins with Oprah in demeaning laughter at the “Well Done Faithful Servant” decree of the Father. He refuses to reference Scripture, Jesus, The Cross, Righteousness, Sin, Judgment, Repentance or forgiveness. In other words, his answers  are completely void of any implied reference to the glad tidings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  

Am I  judging Rob Bell? Absolutely! As an apostate, he is an enemy of the Cross of Christ [Philippians 3:18], a heretic of the highest order [Titus 3:10] who stands condemned under the Apostle Paul’s double anathema,” if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, a curse be on him!” [Galatians 1:8-9]

To which I conclude,”It is so!” To Hell with Bell!

Amen!

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Matt Chandler: “Grace Driven Effort Is Violent!”

12915261 “Grace-driven effort is violent. It is aggressive. The person who understands the gospel understands that, as a new creation, his spiritual nature is in opposition to sin now, and he seeks not just to weaken sin in his life but to outright destroy it.

Out of love for Jesus, he wants sin starved to death, and he will hunt and pursue the death of every sin in his heart until he has achieved success.

This is a very different pursuit than simply wanting to be good. It is the result of having transferred one’s affections to Jesus.

When God’s love takes hold of us, it powerfully pushes out our own love for other gods and frees our love to flow back to him in true worship. And when we love God, we obey him. “

Matt Chandler- The Explicit Gospel