Walk by Spirit

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Every believer has received the promised Spirit of God, who has remade us after the image of the last Adam, Jesus Christ. The believer has been spiritually resurrected by the Spirit through the regeneration and renewal…

LIberty-Yes; Libertinism-No

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh (Galatians 5:13). To this point in Galatians, Paul has been addressing the error of legalism, the practice of trying to gain right standing with God by being good. In the above verse, Paul switches to the…

The Myth of Human Goodness

In 1993 Chuck Colson gave a speech upon receiving the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion because of his work with Prison Fellowship entitled, “The Enduring Revolution.”[1] Colson spoke of the four horseman of the present apocalypse, four great myths that define our time. The myths are the widespread belief in the goodness of man,…

Bear the Stigma

Recently, two Presbyterian denominations in South America cut ties with Presbyterian Church (USA). In March of this year, the PCUSA approved Amendment 14 F of their Book of Church Order, which defines marriage as “unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a women.” Notice that the idea of marriage between a man and a women is…

Suppressing the Evidence of God

Suppressing the Evidence of God  “At the heart of the human condition, we might say, is an epistemological [=knowledge] sin—the refusal to acknowledge what can be known about God and then to respond appropriately: “Although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him” (Romans 1:21). They engage in…

Today’s Tolerance

Today’s Tolerance One of the cardinal doctrines built into our broader culture is that of diversity and tolerance. Everyone’s views, religions and cultures are said to be of equal worth. Affirming this will lead to tolerance and diversity among different people. While this thinking may seem true to the undiscerning, it isn’t  fooling anybody who…

What Matters Most

What Matters Most   The following is reflection on 1 John 3:1-3 by the late Dr. Alan Groves, a seminary professor. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are (1 John 3:1 ESV) “Love each other as God has loved…

Courtesy

Let Us Be Courteous Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,  2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people (Titus 3:1-2 ESV) We are to show “perfect courtesy” toward the…

Seeing Disobedience for What It Is

In our congregational prayer this past Lord’s day [May 24], I prayed the following petition: “Help us to see that the way of transgression is hard, that the path of evil is wretched, and that to turn from You, is to depart from all that is good….” I adapted this from a book of written…

God Apposes the Proud

Today I want to talk about pride, but not pride in the abstract or general. When we talk about pride in the abstract we are getting nowhere. So where does your pride show up in your life? Where is it  that you think you are better than someone else or superior? Pride emerges in regard…