As Paul writes to Timothy, he mentions that the Holy Spirit revealed to him that during the latter times many would suffer from a conscience that is seared with a hot iron. (1 Timothy 4:1-4) Three critical questions arise:
1) What is a seared conscience?
2) How is the conscience seared?
3) What are the effects of a seared conscience? Continue reading
It was reported a few days ago that more than 50 “pillars of evangelicalism” had been invited to a private gathering at Wheaton College. When asked what the intention of the event was, Doug Birdsall, an organizer of the exclusive meeting, answered somewhat candidly:
“When you Google evangelicals, you get Trump…When people say what does it mean to be an evangelical, people don’t say evangelism or the Gospel. There’s a grotesque caricature of what it means to be an evangelical.”
Another organizer of the assemblage, Darrell Bock (director of “cultural engagement” at Dallas Theological Seminary), described the get-together using much more intentionally ambiguous terminology:
“It is an attempt to try and show how we should be thinking in such a way that our theology is what is the central concern versus our political commitments…We have some people who are going to be doing some presentations about how they see the current situation and we are going to talk about it…The concern is with the church expressing itself clearly about its theological commitment and its theological character in the midst of the environment we are in. Part of the point of the meeting is to have a conversation to see where we are and if there is agreement on how to proceed.” [Emphasis mine.] Continue reading
Lately, an increasing number of young individuals have approached me seeking Biblical advice, particularly pertaining to personal matters. I find this reassuring, not because they are seeking me out, but because of what they are implicitly communicating through the questions they ask. On the surface, these questions would seem to indicate a lack of spiritual maturity. This is attributable to the substance of the inquiries which reveal the struggles and innermost turmoil these believers are attempting to overcome. However, I take a different view. Continue reading
Has the reader ever heard the following declarations or their variants?
“A seventeen-year-old criminal cannot be judged as an adult because his brain isn’t fully developed yet.”
“The child has ADHD. He’s too active.”
”This ethnic group’s IQ levels are below the national average. Hence, it’s to be expected that, generally speaking, they will conduct themselves in such an illogical and barbarous manner.”
“Free will is an illusion ingrained in us all by evolution.”
“Mental disorders are neurological in nature. Chemical imbalances are the cause of behavior deficiencies.”
These and similar notions are different faces of the same pernicious idea – materialism. This concept is demeaning and rejects the ultimate reality of the human essence because it reduces all activity to purely physical processes, including thoughts, emotions and character. The creed’s main goal is to dismiss the Biblical God as the Principal Cause of all and discount His revelation about our origins and makeup.
University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan B. Peterson has garnered an immense following due to his staunch defense of free speech and traditional masculinity, even now within Christian circles. However, most haven’t taken the time to examine what makes up the foundation for all his views. In this episode, we speak about the devilish doctrines that Peterson’s idol Carl Jung embraced and how Peterson implicitly diminishes the Gospel and the Divinity of Christ whilst giving the impression that he sympathizes with traditional Christianity. It’s a lesson to all of us that we should truly examine who we let in the door to our ranks.
I’ve been hearing an awful lot lately about “Traditionalism”. It’s a movement, particularly prominent among Millennials, that rejects Cultural Marxism in all of its manifestations (including Feminism and militant sexualism) and embraces orthodox Western norms, such as heterosexual marriage and traditional gender roles.
Although the growing sentiment and adherence to the creed is certainly encouraging (especially when one considers that it is mostly being promoted by younger folk), I for one am still troubled to see that many insist on separating traditional principles from its root – Christianity. Continue reading
“So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalms 90:12
In an increasingly fragmented, delusional, illusory, disorderly and promiscuous era, it is important for the Biblical Christian to resist the secular tide and behave in a manner consistent with the true faith. This means acting and thinking in a manner that is contrary to the secular age. (Rom. 12:1-2)
This is a primary reason why I write about and criticize dangerous ideas that are popularized throughout the worldly culture. It is my hope that in doing so the reader will see the dogma for what it is and avoid it altogether, in keeping with the advice dispensed by Paul to the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 5:21-22):
“Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” Continue reading