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Dangers Facing the Young and Reformed – Paul Washer

Do you worship theology rather than the object of your theology? Does your study of doctrine draw you closer to your Saviour or is it just more head knowledge? Paul Washer in this video addresses the dangers facing the young and reformed.

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Talk about God or talk to God?

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”  (1 Timothy 4:16)

“Are you a Calvinist? Well, I’m more of an Augustinian.” I had to chuckle when I overheard this conversation at a debate I attended on January of last year. But at the same time, I was concerned that many of us Christians are more concerned with labels and theological terminology rather than the object of our terminology. In other words, do we talk more about God rather than talking to God? Does our theological rhetoric have any impact in our daily walk with our Saviour? I purposely used the pronoun “our” because I have to honestly confess that I am guilty of this as well.

“Theology matters!”, as James White so eloquently puts it. Every Christian is a theologian in some sense. We are always learning more about the Lover of our soul everyday as we fellowship with Him. Our theology will inevitably determine how we view God, ourselves, worship, His Word, the world around us, etc. So if you don’t have a sound, biblical theology and doctrine, then you will miss out on the joy of knowing Jesus Christ more intimately. Moreover, you may end up loving someone else other than the  triune God of the Scriptures.

I am okay with calling myself a 5 point Calvinist, Reformed Baptist, dichotomist, etc. But these titles are meaningless if they bear no weight upon my soul.  Many have asked me, “does it really matter if you are a Calvinist or not?” I would say it most certainly does! Albert N. Martin wrote a compelling booklet called, “The practical implications of Calvinism”, which you can find and purchase on my recommended books page. He addresses how the doctrines of grace should have a direct affect on a Christian’s every day life. Here is an excerpt, “What is the personal practical effect of the confession of Calvinism in the life of a man? If he sees God, it will break him, and if he understands that God saves sinners, it will make him a trustful, prayerful, watchful person pursuing practical godliness. Is that what these doctrines are for you right where you sit this morning?” (pg.23)

When we study doctrine and theology it should ultimately stir within us a deep longing and desire to love and serve God. So if you call yourself a Calvinist, Augustinian, Arminian, or whatever doctrinal position you affirm, make sure that the doctrines you hold to are manifested in your daily walk with Jesus Christ. So I ask us all one more time, do we love to talk about God rather than talk to God?

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Christian Metaphysics

This is taken from Jamin Hubner’s blog: http://www.realapologetics.org/blog/

This is an excellent summary of metaphysics from a biblical perspective. Hubner shows how theology should always interpret philosophy and not the other way around.

The study of metaphysics seeks the ultimate causes or explanations for the nature and existence of things in the world as they exist. “Metaphysics” is often interchangeable with “ontology,” the study of being. A few features of a Christian metaphysic (which is the only true metaphysic) includes:

1.       God is God, unique and one, and has created all things, and all things depend on Him.

a.       “There is one God, the Father, by whom are all things…and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things.” (I Cor. 8:6)

b.      “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and For him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Col. 1:15)

c.       “For in him we live and move and exist.” (Acts 17:28)

2.       God declares what is and what isn’t. He can speak things into existence (i.e. Gen. 1), and through his Word declares accurately and sufficiently how things are.

3.       God also makes things differ from each other (I. Cor. 4:7; Ex. 11:7; Rom 9:21; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 15:38-41).

4.       God exists on an entire different level than creation. He “who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (I Tim 6:16). He is transcendent because He is above and beyond creation. God is not the highest being on a continuum or a spectrum, his being cannot be measured like ours at all. It’s not as if God is standing at the top of a staircase, human beings are in the middle, animals are below us a few steps, and dirt is at the bottom. He stands not at the top of the staircase, but outside of the entire house, above the earth looking down. God exists as self-sufficient and self-contained (“a se”), the Great “I AM,” while we exist as God’s images, created and dependent.

a.       “…when we say that God exists, on the one hand, and we exist, on the other, we should understand two very different modes of existence, each applied to the objects of existence in different ways, according to the nature of those objects. God’s existence is a se, it is Eimi; our existence is eikonic, it is an image, dependent, limited, finite, and (since the fall) marred by sin. There is not one existence exemplified in two different ways; there are, rather, two different existences – God’s and creation’s. Given God’s revelation to us, therefore, we should see that those things which pertain to God and to us – goodness, for example – presuppose a relationship to God and to us – goodness, for example – presuppose a relationship to God as ‘I AM,’ in the first place, and then a relationship to things created after that. In that sense, they should be seen as two essentially different properties, yet connected by God’s condescending revelation to us.” Oliphint,Reasons for Faith, 262.

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The Source of Evangelical Intellect

The weakness of evangelicalism today is blatantly apparent to any onlooker. The gates of Hades will never prevail against the church, indeed, but the current state of evangelicalism is far from being considered triumphant. The question is thus, what is the Achilles heel of the evangelical church? The answer is a lack of reading and intellect. The two cannot be separate, for they need each other. Reading fosters intellectual gain. For the evangelical church to survive the barrage of attacks by secular intellectuals, it must take up and read. As James Emery White asserts, “Our library is our armory.” An inadequate library is the quagmire of the evangelical church.

The twenty-first century has produced some of greatest theological minds in all of church history, but it is few in comparison to the number of professing Christians. The ignorance of modern Christians is staggering, matched only by the cowardice displayed when confronted with something that challenges the intellect. Arguably, Christianity is faith based, indeed, but God commands Christians to think and read. To out-read the opposition is to out-think them.

Reading expands the walls of intellect, thus reading should not be neglected. Sowing the seed of reading; will yield the priceless fruit of knowledge, which is nothing short of a bounty harvest.

This experience is available to any Christian willing to make time to read. Reading is a lost art that must be found again, the life of the Christian mind is dependent on this truth. A library for an armory will prove to be beneficial for effective dialogue, but will also assist in personal growth and development.

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Why Christians Send

Great message from Mark Driscoll as to the importance and reason for Missions. Having recently come back from a Missions Trip I now understand how important it is to go out and reach people with the love of Jesus. As Mark Driscoll states this was the very being of Jesus’ ministry as He was sent by the Father and He in return sent His followers out. I encourage you take a couple of minutes of your day out to hear the clip below and pray that God put a heart in you to want to reach the lost. The lost in third world countries, our country, our city, our schools, our work places, and even our home.

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