What I Read Online – 09/03/2013 (a.m.)

03 Sep
    • I feel uneasy when I read that Christians should love this country, or any other country for that matter… I don’t see anywhere in Scripture which calls me, or anyone for that matter, to ‘love our country’
    • Would it not be better to allow our language to be shaped by the Bible’s own language in speaking about these things?
    • I believe Thabiti’s ultimate intention in his post was to rouse consciences that have grown dull to biblical morality. In that aim, I stand with him foursquare athwart the spirit of the age that is raging against Christ and his people. I disagree with him on the approach he takes in his post. I nevertheless love and appreciate Thabiti and believe him to be a courageous servant of the gospel. We are united on all the most important things.
    • “George Müller’s life was one long witness to the prayer-hearing God; and, throughout, God bore him witness that his prayers were heard and his work accepted. The pages of his journal are full of striking examples of this witness.”
    • First, recognize that sexual sin is tantalizing
    • Sin promises rapturous pleasures
    • If you feel a little down and little depressed, then the temptation to look at pornography increases. Satan promises that such temporary pleasure will relieve some of our misery.
    • Realize that that sexual sin will destroy you
    • We are reminded that every choice we make is before the Lord. We live in his presence always
    • Let me add here that our sex lives are a theological matter. Our sex lives are a Trinitarian matter: our bodies belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, to the Holy Spirit, and God our Father
    • Let me say a parenthetical word to non-Christians. Don’t think that you can earn your way to heaven by living a pure life, for we have all sinned and fall short of what God demands of us. And don’t think if you have sinned a lot in this area, that there is no hope for you. No, if you have sinned greatly in this area, there is hope for you. Christ came to save sinners. Christ didn’t come to save good people. Christ came to free us from slavery to sexual sin. But we don’t clean ourselves up before we come to him. We aren’t forgiven because we are pure and righteous. No, Christ cleans us up by shedding his blood for us. We don’t stand before him, even as Christians, because we are such good people. We stand before him because we have been washed with the blood of the Lamb. But he gave his life for us, so that he can be the Lord of our lives. We are no longer our own masters. Our bodies no longer belong to ourselves. Our bodies belong to Jesus Christ.
    • repel the onset of sexual sin in your life
    • If you are a woman, be careful of indulging in romance novels that may provoke the same kind of titillation. Women can become involved in pornography as well, but it is also quite common for women to indulge in a fantasy and sexualized world through romance novels.
    • Let me also say a word to those who are single. God has called you to refrain from a sexual relationship unless and until you get married. For some that is very difficult and for others it is not so difficult. Sometimes God calls us to what is hard. We are disciples of Jesus Christ. We are to remember what I said earlier. You have been bought with a price by the blood of Christ. You are indwelt and empowered by the Holy Spirit. You are called upon to glorify God with your bodies. God does not call upon us to obey him without giving us the power to do so. I am not talking about perfection of course.
    • Fourth, we close with a word to those who are married. Rejoice in the wife of your youth
    • The Bible embraces and promotes sexual love and pleasure within the confines of marriage
    • when they tell me they are bored, that is an indicator to me that there has been too much TV, cell phone, and iPad action. All these venues for entertainment can really lead to boredom.
    • Why care about knowing? Because not to care is to be dead. Indifference to one’s surroundings is a telltale sign of sickness, of impending death. You only have to think of the last time you were deathly ill. A sure sign that you were convalescing was that you started to care again about things—like how in need of a shower and shampoo you were, and how cluttered the room around you was. It is human to care. Boredom, absence of wonder, is a sign of sickness. If our outlook on knowledge is such that it leads to boredom, then something is amiss in our outlook on knowledge. (31)
    • Of course, all this leads to the gift of knowing God. How could we ever think of our learning about God as building on a bunch of dull facts? Learning about our God is a personal act. And it could never be boring!
    • If I am single I have a good gift from God which I should be thankful for and not resent.
    • Singleness is good because it makes life less complicated
    • Singleness is good because it brings freedom
    • Singleness is good because it is constant reminder of the real prize
    • The reason our present circumstances don’t matter is because this world is passing away. That is this life is not all there is we live for the new creation. This life is not the real prize.
    • I hate the Jesus is my husband kind of approach to singleness, because it is first quite awkward for men. Secondly Jesus doesn’t marry me or you individually he marries us, the church, corporately. But the real problem is it gives the impression that marriage and family life now is the aim and where I don’t have that then Jesus fills in the gap.
    • Leisure is not laziness or sloth, but a gift to those who labor.
    • John Currid’s new book, Against the Gods: Polemical Theology of the Old Testament (Crossway, 2013) offers answers to the challenge of OT higher criticism that provide a welcome alternative to evangelical scholars who feel that they must give priority to ANE texts in the interpretation of the OT. Without denying the complexity of the relationship between OT and ANE, Currid offers solutions to some of the thorniest problems while maintaining a high view of Scripture.
    • “We must strongly question, however, whether the position that the Bible demythologizes ancient Near Eastern legends is the only and proper way to understand the relationship between the two literatures. It seems to me that this position emphasizes the symbiotic relationship between Genesis 1 and other Near Eastern cosmogonies [theories of the origin of the universe] to the detriment of the uniqueness and distinctiveness of the biblical record. It undervalues and undercuts the originality and exceptional nature of the Hebrew world-and-life view. Thus sits the question in a nut-shell: is the Hebrew creation account distinct thought at its very core or not? Is it merely another ancient Near Eastern myth that has been cleansed or is it a radical, unique cosmogonical view? Or is it something in between?”
    • It perhaps would be helpful for OT scholars who feel that there is no way to preserve the traditional view of inerrancy in the face of these issues to consider the doctrine of the universal implanted knowledge of God (Romans 1:18-23). The ANE creation and flood accounts (among others) that parallel the OT accounts are best explained, I believe, by an understanding that every person has a knowledge of God from birth, yet suppresses that knowledge and exchanges it for a lie.

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