Description: There are those who read 1st Timothy 4:8 and conclude that any form of physical exercise is strictly prohibited by the Bible. Others use the text to place bodily exercise on par with godliness. Who’s right? Are both wrong? What does Paul himself have to say on the matter?
I recently heard a podcast episode which features a well known, conservative commentator. In said episode, he mentions how atheists frequently engage him and detail their excuses for not assenting to Christianity. According to this commentator, the most legitimate among these excuses has to do with Christians’ lack for fervor. Their alibi goes something like this:
“If Christianity is true, Christians would more zealously act in accordance to their faith. Since they don’t, it means that Christianity mustn’t be true. Therefore, I cannot believe.”
It’s been a few days since Kanye West shocked the Cultural Marxist establishment by both declaring that he finds commentator Candace Owens’ declarations to be interesting and posting a picture where he is shown wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. Being that miss Owens is of the political persuasion that is almost entirely scorned by American celebrity culture, those that belong to it have vociferously denounced West with the intention of shaming him into retracting his statements. 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
There are plenty of phrases and words that popular demagogues have purposely emphasized and/or emptied of their true meaning, with the intention of promoting a slew of erroneous ideas. Among these is the term destiny.
I’m assured the reader, if he lives on planet earth and is somewhat aware of the goings on in pop culture, has heard and read this term bandied about. So-called motivational speakers endlessly regurgitate it, psychologists blather on about it and even celebrity pastors (a massive oxymoron) wax poetic about it. But what do these talking heads mean when they utter it? Continue reading
Some time ago I published the beginnings of an exchange between myself and a local pastor who’s individual’s Facebook post sought to normalize the idea that the Christian ought to self-censor the truth and refrain from joining a “faction in defense of an ideal”. To Biblical Christians who are familiar with Jesus’ character and teachings, such notions are not only ridiculous but an affront to Christ and his commands.
I promised at the end of that article to publish the subsequent debate with the intention of demonstrating to the brethren who wish to confront the demagogues in our midst what they ought to expect when doing so. Continue reading
Lately, a few unknown individuals have commented on the articles I’ve published through this website. Many of these comments have been posted with the intention of demonstrating how wrong I am in scrutinizing popular, secular thought through Biblical teaching.
Now, this is not an experience that is unique to me. It is a frequent occurrence for any Christian who lives and communicates Biblically to find himself confronted with a torrent of criticism from sinners of all stripes. More specifically, believers will share having to endure a certain type of reproach, one in which sinners use Biblical texts in an attempt to rebuff our message. This is the kind of criticism I’ve mostly had to respond to lately. Continue reading