Kermit Gosnell and the Gospel

“The Kermit Gosnell story is one of severed spines and seared consciences. A gospel of justification without justice cannot picture a holy God. A gospel of justice without justification ultimately leaves us all without hope before the tribunal of God. The gospel of Jesus Christ speaks of both justice and justification, and brings them together in a Man drowning in his own blood at the Place of the Skull.”

Read the rest of this post by Russell Moore for a pretty unique perspective, well, it ought to be the Christian perspective on Dr. Gosnell.

Scripture and Scotch Revisited

In case you missed the original post, it can be found here and you might want to read it first.  Then read this blurb from KSPR33, a local newsstation from Springfield, MO, and then read on in this post.

First off, I want to say that I am by no means a “prude” in how we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I think it should be share promiscuously which is something most of us know little about from a Gospel perspective.  Yet, when we talk about promiscuous sex, we all know that that means someone who will have sex with just about anyone, at any time.  So, don’t think that I am against the spreading of the Gospel.  My concern is with the way in which it is being done.  Just this morning I was listening to the Mortification of Spin podcast and heard Carl Trueman say, “If you are into something because it is cool and hip, that is going to vanish like the morning dew when the heat comes.”  It would appear that church’s (and I use that term loosely) today think they have to be all “cool and hip” to reach the lost.  What are the results?  What were the results of the Scripture and Scotch time?  Were lives regenerated?  I do not see any of that posted on the facebook website.

When we use the ways of the world to reach the world, haven’t we by definition said to the world that the Church just isn’t good enough?  While most would say that this isn’t the case, I think if you look at it from a scriptural perspective, you will find it to be true.  1 John 2:15-17 really could not be more explicit in saying, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

Octavius Winslow says:

Therefore, come out from them and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. (2 Corinthians 6:17)

There is not a stronger mark of the Lord’s people than their separation. They are separated from the world, separated from their families, separated from their own righteousness, and often separated from the religious world–a godly people whom the Lord has set apart from all others, that He might set them apart for Himself. Now, it is this distinctive badge ofseparateness the Lord will have His saints retain in all their Christian course. We are very apt to forget it.

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What Would Jesus Say To…

My wife called me the other day and I could tell from her tone of voice that something had upset her.  She informed me that she had listened to a sermon review by Chris Rosebrough of Pirate Christian Radio.  She then proceeded to tell me that Chris had done a sermon review of a series that Ed Young, Jr, was going through down at Fellowship Church outside of Dallas.  Apparently Mr. Young (sorry, after listening to the review myself, I can’t in good conscious call him a pastor of the Gospel of Jesus Christ) has started a series on what he “imagines” that Jesus would say to several famous people alive today.  In the episode that Chris Rosebrough reviewed, Mr. Young was teaching on what Jesus would say to Ellen Degeneres. 

The message itself is about 40 minutes long and really reveals what Ed Young believes about the Gospel.  I will admit that he does say that the lifestyle that Ellen chooses to live, one of homosexuality, is a sin, but it is only in the last 3-4 minutes of the message that he does this.  The rest of the message is Ed Young “speculating” on what Jesus would say and he spends an inordinate amount of time “speculating” that Jesus would highly affirm Ellen.  While I do agree with Ed Young that we Christians can be extremely harsh and hard on those not in the faith, I do not agree with Mr. Young’s caricature of what I would consider proper evangelistic preaching on sin and repentance.  Matter of fact, I don’t recall Mr. Young once calling on Ellen to repent of her lifestyle.  He basically says that Jesus would say to her that her choice of lifestyle “is not the best choice”  which sounds eerily similar to Joel Osteen’s views on the homosexual lifestyle.

If you care to listen for yourself, here is the link.  You will need to skip forward in the program a little past half way to find where Chris reviews the sermon, but there is a lot of stuff that might be of interest if you listen to the whole thing. 

By the way, Chris, if you happen to read this blog, I have to say that I am beginning to wonder if you are going “soft” lately as there were several places in the sermon by Mr. Young where I thought you could have easily commented on his improper use of the scriptural passages he was using to justify and explain his reasoning.  Maybe you were leaving your thoughts out so that I could think of what I would say as I was listening.