Augustine & Lust

February 21st, 2011 | Add Comment | Sin Augustine & Lust |  Facebook

Creflo Dollar Should be Arrested

February 16th, 2011 | 3 Comments | Church Issues Creflo Dollar Should be Arrested |  Facebook

If those outside of the Church would have a problem with this sort of vomit, how much more should it offend us. Dollar is a perfect example of the kind of people Jesus warned us to beware of. But not only should we avoid Dollar, we should also avoid those who would promote him – or rather, seek to promote themselves through him. They are blind guides with evidently no ability to distinguish between right and wrong, truth and error, sound doctrine and heresy. They are no use to the church. They better resemble the false prophets of Jeremiah’s day, than Jesus Christ or the apostle Paul. If you’re attending a church that is promoting his ministry, then it’s time to find another church.

Creflo Dollar | “I thought about, when we first built the dome…we’d give everybody a little card… and if they were non-tithers…security would go apprehend them, and once we got them all together we’d line them up in the front and pass out uzis by the ushers. We’d point our uzis at all those non-tithing members…and at the count of three Jesus’ we’d shoot them all dead. And then we’d take them out the side door there, and have a big hole, and bury them, and go ahead and have church…” (Source)

Creation Groans

February 9th, 2011 | Add Comment | Animals Creation Groans |  Facebook

John Wesley, The General Deliverance | While ‘the whole creation groaneth together,’ (whether men attend or not,) their groans are not dispersed in idle air, but enter into the ears of Him that made them. While his creatures ‘travail together in pain,’ he knoweth all their pain, and is bringing them nearer and nearer to the birth, which shall be accomplished in its season. He seeth ‘the earnest expectation’ wherewith the whole animated creation ‘waiteth for’ that final ‘manifestation of the sons of God;’ in which ‘they themselves also shall be delivered (not by annihilation; annihilation is not deliverance) ‘from the’ present ‘bondage of corruption, into’ a measure of ‘the glorious liberty of the children of God. Nothing can be more express: Away with vulgar prejudices, and let the plain word of God take place. They ‘shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption, into glorious liberty,’ — even a measure, according as they are capable — of ‘the liberty of the children of God.

The whole brute creation will then, undoubtedly, be restored, not only to the vigour, strength, and swiftness which they had at their creation, but to a far higher degree of each than they ever enjoyed. They will be restored, not only to that measure of understanding which they had in paradise, but to a degree of it as much higher than that, as the understanding of an elephant is beyond that of a worm. And whatever affections they had in the garden of God, will be restored with vast increase; being exalted and refined in manner which we ourselves are not now able to comprehend….What, if it should then please the all-wise, the all-gracious Creator to raise them higher in the scale of beings? What, if it should please him, when he makes us ‘equal to angels,’ to make them what we are now, — creatures capable of God; capable of knowing and loving and enjoying the Author of their being?… However this be, he will certainly do what will be most for his own glory. If it be objected to all this, (as very probably it will,) ‘But of what use will those creatures be in that future state?’ I answer this by another question, What use are they of now? If there be (as has commonly been supposed) eight thousand species of insects, who is able to inform us of what use seven thousand of them are?…Consider this; consider how little we know of even the present designs of God; and then you will not wonder that we know still less of what he designs to do in the new heavens and the new earth.

Anti-Christian bias is OK at the BBC, says former presenter

February 1st, 2011 | 2 Comments | General Topics Anti-Christian bias is OK at the BBC, says former presenter |  Facebook

Christians are “fair game” for insults at the BBC whilst Muslims must not be offended, one of the broadcaster’s veteran news anchors has warned.

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Women: What To Wear To Church

January 10th, 2011 | Add Comment | Church Issues Women: What To Wear To Church |  Facebook

“…likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire…” (1 Timothy 2:9)

John Calvin | The fault is excessive concern and eagerness about dress. Paul’s wish is that their dressing should be regulated by modesty and moderation, for luxury and extravagance come from a desire to make a display, which can spring only from vanity and wantonness…. Paul attacks by name certain kinds of immoderation, such as curled hair, jewels and golden rings—not that jewels or gold are completely forbidden but, whenever there is a shining display of them, they tend to bring with them all the evils… which spring from self-concern or unchastity.

How Richard Dawkins Destroys Science

January 8th, 2011 | Add Comment | Apologetics, Atheism How Richard Dawkins Destroys Science |  Facebook

Can God’s Existence be Demonstrated?

January 5th, 2011 | Add Comment | Apologetics, Atheism Can God’s Existence be Demonstrated? |  Facebook

John Newton on Romans 7:19

January 4th, 2011 | Add Comment | Sin John Newton on Romans 7:19 |  Facebook

“The evil which I would not do — that I do.” (Romans 7:19)

John Newton | Permit me to tell you a little part, (for some things must not, cannot be told,) not of what I have read — but of what I have felt, in illustration of the above passage.

I would not be the sport and prey of wild, vain, foolish, and vile imaginations — but this evil is present with me! My heart is like an open highway — like a city without walls or gates. Nothing is so false, so frivolous, so absurd, so impossible, or so horrid — but it can obtain access, and that at any time, or in any place! Neither the study, the pulpit, nor even the Lord’s table — exempt me from their intrusion.

But if this awful effect of heart-depravity cannot be wholly avoided in the present state of human nature — yet, at least, I would not allow and indulge it — yet this I find I do! In defiance of my best judgment and best wishes — I find something within me, which cherishes and cleaves to those evils, from which I ought to be horrified by, and flee from — as I would if a toad or a serpent was put in my food or in my bed! Ah! how vile must the heart (at least my heart) be — that can hold a parley with such abominations, when I so well know their nature and their tendency.

Surely he who finds himself capable of this, may, without the least affectation of humility (however fair his outward conduct appears), subscribe himself less than the least of all saints, and the very chief of sinners! But the Lord knows how this dead fly taints and spoils my best services, and makes them no better than splendid sins.

This is only a faint sketch of my depraved heart. But though my disease is grievous, it is not desperate; I have a gracious and infallible Physician. I shall not die — but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

But I shall not always be — as I am now! Yet a little while, and I shall be freed from this vile body — which, like the leprous house, is incurably contaminated, and must be entirely taken down. Then I shall see Jesus as He is, and be like Him, and with Him forever!

You did not despise her tears…

January 4th, 2011 | Add Comment | Prayer You did not despise her tears… |  Facebook

Augustine | “My mother, your faithful servant, was weeping for me to you, weeping more than mothers weep for the bodily deaths of their sons. For she, by that faith and spirit which she had from you, saw the death in which I lay, and you, Lord, heard her prayer. You heard her and you did not despise her tears which fell streaming and watered the ground beneath her eyes in every place where she prayed; indeed you heard her.”

A Wretch Like Who?

January 4th, 2011 | 2 Comments | Church Issues A Wretch Like Who? |  Facebook

Has your church changed the lyrics of John Newton’s hymn, Amazing Grace? He originally wrote: “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound! That saved a wretch like me!” These days some churches are singing: “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound! That saved and strengthened me!”

Brian Abel Ragen comments on the downplaying of human depravity: “While Newton believed that human beings were wretches, in desperate need of a Savior, these 20th-century adapters clearly believe that they and the congregations who sing their words are perfectly nice people. . . . They are not bad– clearly not wretches; they have simply lost their way. They are not wicked; they merely have a handicap–a dysfunction–from which they have to recover. . . . Grace is amazing because it saves wretches, not because it puts final polish on nice people. . . . You cannot be saved if you are not lost. . . . You cannot be freed unless you are enslaved.”