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Burning Down the House: How to Put out the Fire of Christian Cancel Culture

In their 1983 song Burning Down the House, the American Rock Band, Talking Heads, sang, “Watch out you might get what you’re after…”

Today’s evangelical talking heads are burning down the house by tossing every sinner they can find out of Christian orthodoxy. And I’m afraid, if things don’t change, they might just get what they’re after.

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Why Christianity and Progressivism Don’t Mix

Conventional wisdom tells us that neither political side has a corner on the Christian faith. Christians should not pledge allegiance to any political party, but evaluate issues individually and vote on candidates individually. Some Christians will naturally fall toward more conservative positions, and some toward more liberal positions. But at the end of the day, politics must not divide us because our opinions on political matters are less important and less clear from Scripture than what we share in common as believers in Christ.

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Aaron O’Kelley on Training Pastors (in the Local Church and Seminary)

On Episode 7 of The CR:V Podcast Aaron O’Kelley comes on to talk about the best way to train pastors for the local church and how the local church works with the seminary to accomplish that end.  Aaron also details his church’s Pastoral Apprenticeship Program which helps wed the two institutions.

Find the episode on your favorite podcast app or stream it here.

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Jonathan Leeman’s Disappointing Response to Worship at Grace Community Church

In his July 25, 2020, piece, “A Time for Civil Disobedience? A Response to Grace Community Church’s Elders,” Jonathan Leeman discourages members at Grace Community Church (GCC) from meeting together for corporate worship, and pleads with other churches not to follow their example (Leeman may claim that it was not his intention to discourage anyone from meeting, but the words, “hold on! Stop…” don’t convey that very well). Leeman writes, “Before your church follows John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church and begins to gather in defiance of governmental orders this Sunday, hold on! Stop and think with me for a moment.” Note that Leeman does not say, “Before your church follows Andy Stanley’s church and stops gathering despite there being no government orders against it…” He does not say, “Before your church follows Ed Stetzer’s church and stops gathering despite there being no government orders against it…” He does not say, “Before your church follows J. D. Greear’s church and stops gathering despite there being no government orders against it.” Rather, Leeman singles out a church and its elders that have made the difficult decision to meet together for corporate worship despite their civil government telling them not to.

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Tom Nettles on John Broadus, His Legacy, and His Gavel (via Founders Journal)

Despite [Broadus’] devoted scholarship, his insight and contribution to lasting SBC institutions, his sacrificial spirit, his universal respect, his theological clarity and steadfastness, the character assessments carefully crafted by his contemporaries , we are weighing the name “Broadus” in the balance; do we seriously find it wanting? Have we come to a rare moment of clarity now to have transcended Broadus in piety and morality and have reached a depth of repentance for him finally to find ourselves purged with hyssop? Does the imputation to the Broadus gavel a racist ruse mature our growth in grace?

In the Spring 2020 issue of the Founders Journal, titled “Race and Racism: Biblical and Historical Perspectives” Tom Nettles, likely the premier Baptist historian of his generation, has written a challenging piece on John Broadus and his continuing relationship to the Southern Baptist Convention.

You can read the piece on Founders Ministries’ website here.

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Tom Ascol on The SBC, Its Renewal, and the Work of Founders Ministries

Tom Ascol of Founders Ministries joins us for a conversation about his relationship with the SBC, whether or not the Convention needs another reformation, and how Founders Ministries is working toward a healthier Southern Baptist Convention.

Give a listen on  Ep. 6 of The CR:V Podcast!

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Spurgeon: If God Approves, Let Men Condemn (via Desiring God)

Spurgeon can teach us to handle controversy manfully and without compromising. His convictions, which he held to his dying day, cost him dearly. He did not practice that vice he so clearly preached against: “I think there is scarcely a Christian man or woman that has been able to go all the way to heaven and yet quietly hide himself and run from bush to bush, skulking into glory. Christianity and cowardice? What a contradiction in terms!”

Greg Morse has written an excellent article for Desiring God detailing timely conclusions about faithful Christian living and ministry from the work of Charles Spurgeon.

Give it a read here.

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Black Lives Matter: Affirm the Sentence, Not the Movement (Albert Mohler)

In this article, R. Albert Mohler, Jr. explains how, “Black Lives Matter did not emerge merely as a sentence. Those three words function as a message and a platform making a significant political statement—one guided by Marxist ideology that seeks to revolutionize our culture and society.”

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Pastor of Hope Baptist Church Springfield, MO Announces Church’s Departure from SBC via Twitter

Joshua Jenkins, Pastor of the Hope Baptist Church of Springfield, MO announced over the weekend that his church “declared its secession from the Southern Baptist Convention” because, in his words, “The institutions [of the SBC – ed.] no longer represent us and indeed work against so much of what we stand for.”

At the time of this writing the church has offered no further explanation for their decision.

Jenkins joins Jeff Noblit, another Reformed Baptist pastor, of Grace Life Church of Muscle Shoals, whose church announced their own departure from the SBC in October of 2019.

For more on the question of whether to reform or depart the SBC from CR: Voices see:

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Applying Revoice’s Logic to All Sin (Jared Moore)

 

 

Part 1 

in this series shows “that Revoice teaches ‘gay Christians’ to separate their same-sex sexual attraction from their same-sex attraction, and then, to sublimate or turn their same-sex attraction to holiness.”

Part 2

argues “that Revoice’s logic concerning turning same-sex attraction to holiness is unbiblical and absurd, and the absurdity is clearly revealed when their logic is applied to abnormal sexual desires that are more prominent in the population than homosexuality.”

Part 3

shows “that frotteurism cannot be turned to holiness either. And it also shows that sexual desires that are less prominent in the population, like transvestism, cannot be turned to holiness.”

Part 4

shows “that no pattern of sinful desire, whether an unnatural pattern of sexual desire (sexual orientation) like homosexuality or a common sinful pattern of desire like adultery or greed, nothing contrary to God can be turned to holiness.”

Part 5

shows that pride and unrighteous anger are not exceptions and cannot be turned to holiness.