We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Time for Some Good Stuff

It’s again time to look not at cults and false teachings to avoid, but to look at good instruction.  

Let’s first start with a series posted at “Grace to You” concerning discernment and how to be better “Bereans.”

Meet the Bereans
Your Berean Battle Plan:  Remember
Your Berean Battle Plan:  Remain
Your Berean Battle Plan:  Reach
Your Berean Battle Plan:  Rescue

An excellent sermon by John MacArthur was also posted on Grace to You.   Titled, “We Will Not Bow,” it was given in July in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to rebel against God’s design for marriage.

There are many viewpoints about what the Bible says is allowable for divorce and remarriage.  My personal view is that divorce is permitted for marital unfaithfulness (adultery - either actual physical, or mental by indulgence in pornography, etc), abuse and abandonment.  I also maintain that biblical divorce allows for remarriage.  This article asks the question of whether there is biblical grounds for divorcing an abuser.

Do all infants go to heaven?  I believe they do, and I wrote justifying my position back in April 2011.  This article from The Gospel Coalition agrees with my assessment.

Have you even been confused about the differences in the genealogies of Jesus as presented in Matthew and Luke?  Marie has a good article to help you with your struggle.

Finally, Joe has some good thoughts about the Lord’s Supper.


Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn, yes, GTYs series on Bereans was excellent. I also appreciate your comments and link about divorce... sadly, the church is often merciless toward women and children, consigning them to a life of suffering, telling them to stay with an unrepentant husband, instead of setting them free as God's word permits. Is divorce ideal? No of course not. But it is also not "ideal" for husbands to cheat on or beat up or abandon their wives (and vv, though it's more often man harming woman). God says I desire mercy not sacrifice.


Joe said...

John MacArthur is one of my favorite pastors. He is often my go-to source for contextual information.

Thanks for the link, as well.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

I've always liked MacArthur, and have his study Bible as well as his single-volume commentary. I just tip-toe around his TULIPs.

Lindsay said...

Thanks for these links Glenn, especially the MacArthur ones.

Anonymous said...

Joe's article on the Lord's Supper was good!