Thursday, May 23, 2013
Random Stuff to Edify
Now and then I like to share some of the good stuff I read on the Internet. There is so much out there with good teachings that sometimes it is difficult to select those which I think have something special to say. Perhaps you will find today’s selection of value.
If you communicate with unbelievers and/or skeptics as often as I do, you will invariably be told what a horrible and unjust person God is, that He promotes rape, genocide, infanticide, and on and on, with one of their main pieces of “evidence” being Israel’s conquest of Canaan. For a succinct defense of God and what happened with the Canaanites, see this excellent short article posted over at the Cripplegate.
How often have you read or heard that, according to Matthew 18, we should first confront a false teacher before making public charges against them. I have been told this on a few occasions, especially by followers of Beth Moore. Well, Matthew 18 has nothing to do with public exposure of public false teachings, as those who really study Scripture should know. This is a total abuse of Matthew 18, and D.A. Carson has an excellent article about the subject.
Many Christians have been taught that the death penalty for murder is unjust, unloving, etc. It matters not to them that God instituted the punishment when Noah came off the Ark, because they claim that it is something obsolete - as if God changes His mind. Jon Gleason has been posting an excellent series on the subject over at Mind Renewers. The most recent article can be found here, while the previous posts can be found at links on this recent article. I highly recommend them for your perusal.
Then there is this excellent article about sanctification and homosexuality. There is a movement in the church at large, of which I have not previously been aware - “Jesus = Nothing.” This movement apparently sees no need for changing one’s lifestyle in order to be a Christian. I guess they read a different Bible than I do.
Today the Cripplegate posted Part 1 in a series they will be doing on the Eucharist. It is very well done, and I’m looking forward to reading the series. I think it is a good way to be ready to defend against Romanist teachings.
Lastly, what if King Solomon gave a commencement address - what would he most likely tell the graduates?