When I was earning a Microsoft certification back in the late 90s, I had to study IP addresses, which took me into the world of binary numbers. In that world, everything is a 1, or it’s a 0. There’s no 2 and no 9, no 5 and no 3. Everything is represented by the 1 and the 0, and the place each holds.
The Bible is very binary, in a great many ways.
Read the rest of the post here and especially some of the comments. Very well said, Daniel Phillips
Dan Phillips of Pyromaniac fame has an outstanding post today on how to answer some of those “what about” issues that people seem to bring up, issues like gay marriage, abortion, and homosexuality, to name a few of the current hot topics. How do you respond to someone when they ask. I suggest that you head on over to the Pyromaniacs website and read an interesting way of dealing with this.
Counterfeit Sanctification – Sanctification isn’t easy—it takes faithfulness, hard work, and self-discipline. And even then, it’s not purely a function of your will, but the work of the Holy Spirit in you. It’s not manufactured overnight.
The testimony of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of believers is found not to be a new revelation or communication of unknown truths. It is essentially distinct from prophecy and inspiration; it only causes us to understand the truth that exists outside and independently of us as truth and therefore confirms and seals it in the human consciousness. – Herman Bavinck
Is God’s Love Unconditional? – Where in Scripture do we find this notion of the unconditional love of God? If God’s love is absolutely unconditional, why do we tell people that they have to repent and have faith in order to be saved?
I Feel Sorry For God – It’s sort of darkly-funny that a people who are themselves so unable, unwilling to keep the Law can be also so intent on making sure God is judging other people.
After Adam had ruined himself and all his posterity by his deadly fall, this is the basis of our salvation, this the origin of the church: that we have been uprooted from the deepest darkness and have obtained a new life sheerly by the grace of God; that the patriarchs have by faith been made partakers of this life (just as it was offered to them by God’s word); that this word, in turn, was founded upon Christ; and that all the pious who have lived since then have, in fact, been sustained by the very same promise of salvation by which Adam was revived in the beginning. – John Calvin
The Psalms of Jesus – R W Glenn starts a new preaching series. In Luke 44:45 says that Jesus opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. If He opened their minds, what does that imply about their understanding to this point? Great resource site!
Safe Sex? – I think this says it all! One Man, One Woman.
4 Disturbing Trends in the Contemporary Church – According to several studies, American evangelicals generally do not know what they believe and why they believe it. Michael Horton lays out 4 reasons, out of many more, of why this is so.
Legalism or Obedience? – You are playing a game of Monopoly, and your opponent throws a ten with the dice. Then he picks up his player marker and begins counting his steps. Immediately you realize he will land on the corner — “Go to Jail!” Well, he doesn’t want to land there, so he stops just one step short, on New York Avenue. Immediately you cry foul. But he responds indignantly, “I only stopped one step short. What’s the difference? Don’t be such a legalist!”
Rip Current – “So if you are in a church setting where sensuality makes people laugh instead of blush, where immodesty is prevalent, where sexual sins are dismissed as private matters, where divorces are routine, where being gay-friendly is celebrated, then look out. Instead of being in a place where Christ’s gentle flowing river of life should be nourishing your soul and producing Biblical holiness, you are in extremely dangerous waters. Rather than drowning by fighting the current there, you need to leave and find safe waters.”
The Truthfulness of Scripture – “Whatever the holy, unerring, and faithful Father speaks is–simply by virtue of having come from him–holy, unerring, and faithful. In addition, the content of God’s speech is none other than the gift of the eternal Son who became flesh for us and for our salvation.”
What’s In a Name – “Anthony Bradley has asked a thought-provoking question: why is ‘Reformed’ more often associated with Baptists than Presbyterians in popular parlance in the current climate?”
Roger Olson on limited Atonement: Part One – Extreme Pyromaniac Sarcasm Ahead! Consider yourself warned. As one who left the Assemblies of God a few years back because of my new found views of the absolute sovereignty of God, I read this article with much interest.