It’s no secret: things are a changin’. Lawlessness and immorality are now virtuous principles to live by, secular media and politicians here in America are giving a lot of airtime for the very small population of people who demand that their homosexuality be given the title “marriage”–and thus equating it to the Civil Rights movement only a few short years ago, and politicians are flip-flopping like crazy in order to jump aboard the very fast liberal train with the intent on securing votes. Christianity has moved not only outside of the town square, but outside of town almost entirely.
Before I explain where I am going, take less than 2 minutes and watch this Youtube Video:
I listen to a few different podcasts, and I like them all, but my favorite has to be Apologia Radio.
It’s theologically brilliant. Jeff, Luke, and Joy do a fantastic job using humor, current events, and theology to give you an hour and a half of gospeliciousness.
Jeff’s a Reformed, Postmillennial, Theonomic, Covenantal Apologist/Pastor, and since I, too, am all of those things, I guess it makes sense as to why I would recommend them.
It wouldn’t be a series on misunderstood verses without looking at . The Apostle John writes, “He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” (ESV).
This verse is typically ripped out of its context to mean that the atonement of Christ is universal. To say that Christ died only for His people is so, well, limited. It sounds way more noble to say that Christ died for everybody, right? Again, in an attempt to come to the rescue of Scripture’s (alleged) shortcomings, some interpreters like to proof-text this verse. To say that Christ’s redemption was for the elect only (i.e., those who believe), sounds incredibly restricted. Did Christ die for just some people? Or did He die for everyone? What is the scope and extent of the atonement of Christ?
2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (ESV)
After a short break from this series (vacation happened, thankfully), I thought it would be good to jump back in with yet another misunderstood verse: . It reads this way in the English Standard Version:
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.”
44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. (ESV)
By now you have probably heard the news that came out of Detroit last week. One particular news report was titled “Presbyterians in U.S. to allow gay marriage ceremonies.” (Many thanks to my friend and co-laborer/pastor who passed this along to me!) To be clear, you shouldn’t interpret that headline to mean that all presbyterian people in the United States are on board with homosexuals getting ‘married’ (it’s not marriage). That would be far from the truth. The truth is, that the denomination called “Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)” voted to allow their pastors to ‘marry’ homosexuals (they are the largest presbyterian denomination in the states, and this is only step one…there is much else that has to happen at this point). There are many presbyterian denominations, so this is only one of many. Also, other denominations have already done this, like, for example, the Episcopal Church.