All in Theology
Our problem is not rooted in our design. God created us good, holy and righteous. That is to say, we were created with a heart inclined towards him with no knowledge of sin or desire to rebel against God. We were all made to do what Adam did: walk with God.
I want us, as conservative Christians, to go back to the Bible and study for ourselves what it teaches about women and men in marriage, church, and society. I want us to be willing to reform our teaching so that we are faithful to Scripture.
The paradox of human sexuality is that the very thing that distinguishes male from female also establishes our fundamentally common human nature. Adam was not born on “Planet Authority” and Eve on “Planet Submission.” In fact, Eve came from a source that could not possibly be any closer—she came from Man himself.
The standard of God’s law provides a grim diagnosis: no one is good. No one is perfect. No one will inherit eternal life.
Rest well, Christian, knowing that Jesus loves you and always will.
Individuals preaching a pure gospel with false reasons, whether for selfish ambition or as part of an attack upon us, should be be disassociated with unto their shame. Not because they are enemies, but precisely because they are our brethren. We are to leave them to God in their lack of maturity as they serve Christ for it brings disunity to the church to highlight their immaturity beyond an initial rebuke.
What John Laing has provided is a porous evangelical, Baptist-traditionalist/Arminian-leaning systematic theology with middle knowledge at the center of every doctrine. However, Middle Knowledge: Human Freedom in Divine Sovereignty is neither ordered for a systematic theology nor in possession of the clarity of conclusion for a primer on its variant of Molinism.
To be in the new covenant is to have Christ's life and death applied to you. His righteousness imputed to you and Holy Spirit indwelling in you.
The application for the Christian to the believer is simple. Live in light of God's cross-generational covenantal blessings and curses. But also, rest assured that the faithful freedom of God is not tied in any way to us.
God indeed has shown us the way to salvation, through His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ.
What an encouragement Ruth is for us to faithfully do the work set before us while we wait for God's provision
Pay attention to and support those women who seek the good of those around them, even as they do it from a position of authority and influence.
The deconstruction of Christmas into an individualistic event is not something I am familiar with. Communion with Christ comes with communion with the church.
We wait. God is at work.
Let us sit here in the bleak midwinter and remember—this is where Christ comes to meet and redeem us.
There is something more devastating when the God of all creation hides His face from His creature.
When Advent is celebrated correctly, the whole heart is meditating on the magnificent glory of God. "In spirit and in truth" (Jn. 4:24), we "bend before Him" and "His greatness celebrate" by His grace. After four weeks of anticipation, the Angelic announcement is once again ours.
However, I would like to point out a few problems with the idea that God requires sinless perfection.
Faith is the primary condition worked out in elementary obedience.