Couldn’t have said it better.
The America I knew and loved growing up is almost completely gone. The name, at least, remains. Some call it progress. I call it destruction. The people in charge are those who yell and scream, not those who debate with reason and analysis. The political world consists of those who have become so practiced in screaming that I wonder they have any vocal cords left. All political orthodoxy is assumed, not proven, not debated. It is shouted. The power of the shout, and the accompanying shatter of glass, is the only power that means anything today.
This same hatred has poured forth into the Christian world, the theological world, even the “academic” world. Freedom of opinion is not allowed any more. Only certain voices can be heard, because they shout the loudest.
For what then can we weep? Must we not weep for the wrath of God that is coming…
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If you read last week’s long post, you know I’ve been debating revelation and knowledge with a Roman Catholic named Tony Fernandez.
He has been mulling over how best to work through that volume I produced, and I have been mulling over my next essay.
Meanwhile, he retweeted this just now:
Isn’t that a perfect encapsulation of the issue? So let’s think about that for a second. If tradition is prior to Scripture, then it is a more authoritative form of revelation. If our knowledge and comprehension of God is more dependent on tradition than it is Scripture, what is the justification for that claim?
It’s funny how when we ask this of Roman Catholics, they appeal to Matthew 18.
It’s also revealing in that Tony had stated to me that he doesn’t believe there is anywhere we can hear Jesus’ voice today, without doubt or hindrance. Of course he is forced into that position, even while his Bible sits on the table beside his keyboard, seeing that the Roman Church has declared that the true and most immediate revelation from God is not Scripture mediated by the Holy Spirit, but rather Scripture mediated by the Church.
My first question, always, is How do I know I am hearing and interpreting the Church rightly, adequately, and without error such that I may be saved?
If only there were somewhere that God is speaking clearly and directly to His people, like a Shepherd who knows His sheep, calls them by name, leads them out, and gives them eternal life such that no one may snatch them out of His omnipotent hand.
But alas, we must hope that we are reading the right parts of tradition (there is no canon of tradition), and that our minds and hearts are sufficiently free of concupiscence so as to interpret that tradition rightly.
Here is the final installment of my Confident Evangelism class. For all the class videos, click here.
Evangelism to Muslims? The whitest of the white fields ready for harvest. We Christians with financial means must invest in Muslim evangelism, or be found wanting on the Day of Judgment. It’s that serious.
Our most recent video from the course on Confident Evangelism at Webster Bible Church. Here is our workbook if you’d like to follow along (highly recommended).
My approach to Mormonism is one of warmth and kindness, patience, and yet directness in how we open the Scripture to show them their error. Your feedback is always welcomed. God bless. – Adam
Here is Week 6: A Confident Answer to Roman Catholicism.
The issue between the Reformation and Roman Catholicism is deeply complex, and easily overwhelming. Many Protestants and Romanists choose to wave away the differences between us as if we’re the same (we’re not), some choose to treat the other as an intractable enemy; but here in the lonely middle, some of us have a desire to find understanding, have evangelistic conversation, and to see them come to a saving knowledge of Christ in His true gospel. What’s your strategy for talking to the Romanist?
I’ve subscribed to Mike Gendron’s “Proclaiming the Gospel” email newsletter for years, until today. Mike is an ex-Roman Catholic with a focus on evangelizing his ex-brethren, and his teachings are pointed, clear, and helpful in preparing to witness to Romanists.
Although I always knew Mike to be a Dispensationalist, I looked past it to learn other things from him, as I do with excellent men like John MacArthur and others. On April 1 of this year, Mike sent out a short article in his newsletter, reposted here: Continue reading
My final paper for my seminary course ending this month (Theology in the Modern Era). Enjoy, comment, pass on with proper credit given.
Grace to y’all
The Passing Down of Charles Finney’s Spiritual DNA
Charles Grandison Finney stands among the most influential Christian leaders since the Reformation. He pushed hard throughout his career against all he perceived to be stultified, spending terrific energy on social justice problems and prodding the sleepy American church culture with a ministry of Revivalism. The fires of revival that he lit burned with hot emotion, as per his philosophy: “unless the religious feelings are awakened and kept excited, counter worldly feeling and excitement will prevail, and men will not obey God.” Continue reading
I have prayed a long time for the Jehovah’s Witnesses to find my apartment, which is sort of hidden from the road. They found me, and so a married couple came to my house recently to discuss their Watchtower theology with my wife and me. Our conversation lasted two hours, and they went away with three major passages of Scripture to study. A week ago, the husband emailed me and asked me to reiterate my questions for them – and so I did just now. Below is the text of my email to them. I am publishing it in hopes that it will inform and bolster Christians who interact with the JW people. I also pray that any hungry JWs would read this and give it a fair reading.
I believe and know that there is no refutation for these Scriptures, I have demonstrated that the New Testament consistently reveals Jesus the Son of God to be Himself Jehovah God – one Person of three who are God, the only God. Check it out:
A family friend of ours is dying of cancer, and she is a lifelong Roman Catholic. Will she “Rest in Peace” if she dies trusting in the Roman Catholic teachings?
Near to where I live, each July thousands of people stream into Palmyra, New York to see the Hill Cumorah pageant put on by the Mormon church. The festival goers are being drawn into the promise of eternal godhood – the possession of a planet and the peace of the celestial kingdom. Will these fine people find their rest in the doctrines of the prophet Joseph Smith and his scriptures?
Recently my wife and I had a married couple of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to our house for a discussion about the Bible.
They smilingly shared with us of how Jehovah God is creating a paradise earth for all who will obey him and keep fellowship with their religion only. Will these sincere people eternally harvest corn, fruit, and soybeans on the new earth?
I’ve known scads of professing evangelicals who are relying on their own sincerity and obedience to God in hoping they can pull it off – hoping they might be good enough Christians (stay away from bad movies, respect your elders, and don’t drink alcohol) to please God and be found faithful on the last day… Continue reading