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The Global Pandemic and Our Impoverished View of Persecution

God is using current events in the United States of America to reveal and topple our idols. Some believe political ‘power’ and ‘control,’ supposedly summarized in the constitutional rights we enjoy as United States citizens, are such idols. But this take is extremely shortsighted.

For one thing, under the US Constitution, freedom of religion isn’t just for Christians, it’s for everybody. So it’s a strange argument that equates the loss of religious freedom with the loss of Christian power or control in particular. But let’s set aside this observation for a moment, and consider a handful of other non-starters in this discussion before we return to it.

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Abortion Abuse Critical Theory Gender History Homosexuality New Liberalism Non-SBC Scripture Social Justice

Movie Night: A Christian Manifesto (Francis Schaeffer)

If you’ve never read, or heard, non-SBC author and speaker Francis Schaeffer’s “A Christian Manifesto,” then you need to, as he pinpointed, forty years ago, the source and solution for so much of what we’re seeing in our society today. Enjoy.

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Do Whites Need Corporate Repentance for Historical Racial Sins? (Neil Shenvi and Pat Sawyer)

In this article, Neil Shenvi and Pat Sawyer argue, “Whites are not corporately guilty for their ancestors’ racial sins (much less the sins of historical strangers) and do not need to corporately repent for them.”

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Conservative Resurgence Voices Turns One!

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Controversy Critical Race Theory Critical Theory Racism SBC Author Social Justice

The End of Evangelicalism: Another Argument for Closing Churches Indefinitely

“The End of Evangelicalism” is a series devoted to slippery slope style arguments pertaining to the social justice movement in evangelicalism. Each post features a ‘thin edge of the wedge’ line of thinking from seemingly sensible social justice measures that might nevertheless effectively end some major element of the evangelical faith. So while many of these posts will seem foolish on the surface, the idea is to think slightly further along the curve of critical theories in order to locate one’s ‘woke breaking point.’

Civil Disobedience

By now, you’re probably aware of Pastor John MacArthur and the Elders at Grace Community Church (GCC) stirring up much of the evangelical world over meeting for church even though California Governor Gavin Newsom said something like, “Hey…wait…they can’t do that!” Just in case you missed it, here’s the original announcement. Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director for 9Marks and an elder at Cheverly Baptist Church in Maryland, wrote a response here. Conservative Resurgence Voices authors wrote on the controversy here and here. Meanwhile, here’s an update from MacArthur on what GCC is doing on Sunday mornings. It might also be helpful to hear Phil Johnson’s comments on Cross Politic here. And GCC just announced here that they have legal counsel on retainer. Or, you can just skim the Federalist article summarizing everything here.

Leeman argued against MacArthur et al. based, in part, on state-established regulations:

Likewise, churches should observe state-established fire codes, building codes, zoning restrictions, historical-preservation-society codes (if you’re on Capitol Hill), and more, all of which impinge on and limit our gatherings. Yet most of us have not stopped and said, “This is hindering our worship” or “This is the state exercising authority over church practice.” Rather, we understand the state is doing its job even there. We understand that we are not ancient Israel. And though in one sense all space is sacred for a Christian because all space is under Christ’s lordship, in another sense no space is sacred, at least in a Temple-like way; and the government’s authority also extends everywhere inside its borders.

All that to say, it’s not immediately evident to me that a government’s original orders back in March and now again in July are, in MacArthur’s words, “an illegitimate intrusion of state authority into ecclesiastical matters.” One could argue they are doing their job by seeking to maintain peace, order, and the preservation of life, as hundreds of people gather, potentially infect one another, and then scatter into the wider community.

In an earlier post, I noted that of course one could argue that the government is doing their job to “maintain peace, order, and the preservation of life.” But one suspects that is almost always how a totalitarian government does argue for overstepping its God-ordained boundaries. We’ve seen such language used to disparage movements against government sanctioned racism in the United States of America, and we will no doubt see it used to disparage Christian worship that contradicts government sanctioned secularism. But now I want to take the argument in a different direction.

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Missions SBC Author

The Goodness of Pastoring in Small Towns with Allen S. Nelson

On this episode Allen Nelson joins in to talk about the sometimes underappreciated calling to pastor in small communities with its attendant challenges, blessings, and overall goodness.

You can find this episode on Anchor or Apple Podcasts.

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Christology Homosexuality SBC Author Scripture

Did Jesus Desire to NOT do Something His Father Commanded in the Garden of Gethsemane?: A Response to Matthew Lee Anderson and Revoice (Jared Moore)

In this post, Jared Moore claims Matthew Lee Anderson and Revoice “are gravely mistaken in their understanding of Jesus, sin and temptation.”

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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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Critical Race Theory Critical Theory History Homosexuality Intersectionality Racism SBC Author Social Justice

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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Gender Homosexuality SBC Author Scripture

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.