It is precisely our lack of sound moral and religious grounding that makes snake-oil remedies so popular on all fronts. At the same time, a fanatic and irrational hostility to one another is commonplace. Everyone tends to demonize other positions and to slander them.
It is a mistake often made by the sincere but naive to assume that affirmation of formal Biblical authority (presupposing the Bible's inspiration and infallibility) guarantees right belief. To this way of thinking, right belief about the Bible equals right Biblical belief.
And their word doth eat as a canker: of whom is Hymenæus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. (2 Tim. 2:17, 18)
False teachers had come into the region of Galatia and taught that justification, or God's declaration of righteousness, came by obedience to the law rather than grace (2:16, 21). The bulk of the epistle deals with this issue of righteousness by an act of God versus man's self-achievement of righteousness.
When God grants us grace, and the Greater Reformation begins, and the blessings of the resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ flow to all of creation, then all animals will be tamed, and Disney's fantasies will become reality.
But until then, wild animals will remain wild.
I have been pondering about a title for a column in the Chalcedon Report. I have emerged from my creative meditation with this, "Methods are Primary."
Knock Knock. Who's there? You never know. When I walk out my front door in New York City I'm as likely to meet a person from around the world as from around the corner.
It was towards the end of the 80s and early 90s that my theological, and even Christian, life was changed forever. The Lord very graciously allowed me to see and comprehend more deeply the awesome richness of His theology, via theonomy and postmillennialism.
A fellow pastor of a Reformed congregation informs me that a recent visitor to his congregation was encouraged to sign the guest book.
I do not know how anyone could credibly claim to be postmillennial and hyper-preterist, nor do I understand how he could claim to be Reconstructionist, while maintaining his hyper-preterism.
Dispensationalists often accuse covenantalists of reading the New Testament back into the Old Testament. If this charge means that covenantalists read the OT in light of the NT, it is readily conceded.
This article grew out of a response to a series of questions sent to the Providence Orthodox Presbyterian Church. One question challenged the Session's (governing body of the local church) refusal to endorse certain political candidates.
Many times in recent years my mind has turned to Carpocrates and the Carpocratians as one movement or person after another has reminded me of them — Carpocrates lived under the Emperor Hadrian (117-138 AD).
Much has been said and written about the loss of civility in recent decades, but it has not altered the situation. Prior to World War II, there was no lack of strong dissent and debate, but with it some decency prevailed. When then famous columnist Westbrook Pegler overstepped the bounds, he soon lost his audience.
Your letter complaining about my article, "How to Train Your Child to be Fully Literate," was an answer to prayer.
Each year, as I watch my unbelieving Jewish family celebrate the Passover on the fourteenth day of the Jewish month of Nisan, my Christian heart cries out, "They know not what they do!" As a Jew, I sometimes watch my Christian brethren celebrate the Lord's Supper and wonder if the same sentiment may not be expressed for them.