Sovereignty and Responsibility: A Quick Thought on God’s Justice

One of the most perplexing questions in regards to a strong view of God’s sovereignty (that is, either a hard determinist or compatbilist view of free will) is how man can be held morally responsible for actions that he is predetermined to commit. If you choose (A) because God foreordained that you would choose (A), how can you be held responsible?

Quite often, as Reformed people we go straight to Romans 9 to answer this. We basically tell the questioner, even if that person is ourself, to shut up:

You will say to me, therefore, “Why then does He still find fault? For who can resist His will?” But who are you, a mere man, to talk back to God? Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?”

Romans 9:19-20

The problem is that most people aren’t going to take this well. Even though this is a completely legitimate point, inspired by God Himself, it seems to just shove people’s emotional difficulty out of the way when used as many use it. Continue reading “Sovereignty and Responsibility: A Quick Thought on God’s Justice”

Christianity: The Great Romance

The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:8

Christianity is unique. No other religion is based on pure, unadulterated love between a God and His people. Nothing can compare to the impossible relationship we are allowed to have with our Creator and His children. “For God so loved the world…” One of the most well-known verses in the Bible speaks first of God’s love for us. That, however, barely scratches the surface. The word “love” in all of its various forms is found 700 times in the HCSB. God wants us to know something more than anything and that is that He loves us more than we can possibly imagine, and He wants us to love Him in return. Continue reading “Christianity: The Great Romance”

Is Baptism the Real “Sinner’s Prayer?”

A few weeks ago, I made a post discussing the Biblical correctness of the so-called “sinner’s prayer.” You can read that here if you haven’t already. My conclusion was that something akin to the sinner’s prayer is certainly warranted in receiving Christ, but that the common evangelical form has several pitfalls. Yet after hearing Francis Chan speaking on baptism (on YouTube) recently, and doing some follow-up research, I saw an interesting idea some people hold:

Repentance and baptism are the Biblical way of doing what the sinner’s prayer is meant to do.

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God Really, Really, Really Hates Sin

Lately, I’ve been reading through Jeremiah, and I have come to one important conclusion: None of us even have the slightest clue how much our holy, loving God hates sin. I won’t elaborate too much on this. I will simply say that if we could grasp God’s intense, holy, hatred of sin, then we who love Him and trust in His Son would be far less likely to continue in sin. I’ll let Scripture speak from here. Just read the following passage and realize that there are quite a number like this in Jeremiah, not to mention the other prophets, and some are even more violent and graphic.

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What I Sound Like to Some

The website what-would-i-say.com is quite interesting. It scans my Facebook posts and the generates stuff that it thinks I might post based on bits and pieces of what it has read. Here are ten of the most interesting results:

  • “Tiny preview of genocide or legalization of murder?”
  • “Grace is not murder, and we will be resurrected here.”
  • “Seek justice, love mercy, walk according to the Constitution in the praise the Lord and eventually Messiah and Savior.”

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Sexuality and Sin: Basic Facts

Sexuality is obvious a huge controversy. Homosexuality, bisexuality, transsexualism, and a host of other words fill blogs, newspapers, and airtime. Naturally, if something is so controversial and such a major part of human life, then consulting God about it is a reasonable decision.  I, of course, believe that the Bible is God’s Word, so I search there for answers.

The problem is that this issue is heated and home to many strong opinions, despite the abundance of ignorance and myths involved. In fact, there is quite a bit to say about it, but I would prefer to start with basics and then draw out implications. So, as humbly as I can, I present these truths from the Bible.

Fact 1: Homosexuality (and the like) is sin.

Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality, no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

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