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Divorce & Remarriage, Pt. 1

This is the first in a series of posts on some of the more common biblical views of divorce and remarriage. The content of these posts come mostly from some lectures David Jones gave at SEBTS.

Introduction

Same-sex marriage is getting a lot of attention right now and for good reason. However, I believe there is a more fundamental and pervasive problem with our views of marriage and the family. As Dr. David Jones once said in an ethics class at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, divorce and remarriage are hands down the greatest moral problems facing the church today. What do you think about that statement?

Do you think divorce and remarriage are the greatest moral problems facing the church? Even though there is no way to REALLY know what is the greatest moral problem anywhere, I think Dr. Jones might be right.

Today we hear people complaining that we need to stop our government from redefining marriage, but haven’t we already redefined marriage back in the 1970s and 1980s when almost every state adopted some form of no-fault divorce law? Part of me thinks we should not be so surprised that so many young people today have a low view of marriage and are happy to approve same-sex marriage. Anyone born after 1983 has grown up seeing their parents treat marriage just like a contract. They have not observed the perpetual and life-long covenantal vows “for better or for worse, till death do us part.” Instead when things go bad and someone is not happy, then they get a divorce. The very essence of marriage as a covenant has already been redefined by both our government and an entire generation of “failed marriages.” Continue reading

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How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

The following post is the 5th of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 5th post I will be answering the question “How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?” If you would like to see the other questions addressed in this series of posts, then just click the links below:

Pt. 1 – Is Homosexuality A Sin?

Pt. 2 – Are People Born Gay?

Pt. 3 – Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

Pt. 4 – Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

I originally wrote the content of these posts when I was asked to address these questions at a summer youth camp. The intended purpose of these posts are to help Christians who already have a firm conviction about the authority of Scripture. I want them to better understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. So my hope is that these truths will help instruct Christians who want to share the gospel with the homosexuals they know.

How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

As I finish out this series of posts on homosexuality I want to finish by looking at the life of Jesus. It often seems like many people in the church today are confused about who Jesus is and what he was like. So in this final post I want to share 3 lessons I have learned about the life of Jesus that have impacted the way I think about loving homosexuals.

Lesson # 1  – Jesus Would Spend Time With Homosexuals

I love how in Luke 5:27-32 the religious leaders are grumbling about the way Jesus spent his time with the people they thought were “terrible sinners.” It makes me think that in today’s day Jesus would have often tried to spend time with homosexuals. Continue reading

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Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

The following post is the 4th of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 4th post I will be answering the question “Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?” If you would like to see the other questions addressed in this series of posts, then just click the links below:

Pt. 1 – Is Homosexuality A Sin?

Pt. 2 – Are People Born Gay?

Pt. 3 – Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

Pt. 5 – How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

I originally wrote the content of these posts when I was asked to address these questions at a summer youth camp. The intended purpose of these posts are to help Christians who already have a firm conviction about the authority of Scripture. I want them to better understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. So my hope is that these truths will help instruct Christians who want to share the gospel with the homosexuals they know.

Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

Like some of the other questions in this series, this question can be a bit tricky. If I were to be asked this question in a conversation I probably would not want to just answer it right away. Instead I would want to know what the person asking the question means by “homosexual Christian.”

What makes someone a homosexual? Is it having homosexual desires or temptations? Is it having a history of homosexual activity in your life? Does it mean that you are currently practicing homosexual behavior?

How we define what makes someone a homosexual really makes a big difference in how we answer this question. Continue reading

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Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

The following post is the 3rd of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 3rd post I will be answering the question “Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?” If you would like to see the other questions addressed in this series of posts, then just click the links below:

Pt. 1 – Is Homosexuality A Sin?

Pt. 2 – Are People Born Gay?

Pt. 4 – Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

Pt. 5 – How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

I originally wrote the content of these posts when I was asked to address these questions at a summer youth camp. The intended purpose of these posts are to help Christians who already have a firm conviction about the authority of Scripture. I want them to better understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. So my hope is that these truths will help instruct Christians who want to share the gospel with the homosexuals they know.

Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

Out of all the questions in this series, I tend to think this one might be the hardest to answer because I believe there are two right answers. In short, I believe the answer to this question is YES and NO.

Let me first explain in what ways the answer is NO. In order to do this I think we need to step back and ask this question about all sins. Another way to phrase the question might be to ask, “Is there a biblical perspective that teaches all sins are equal?” Continue reading

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The Master Plan of Evangelism

If the church added 1,000 people each day it would eventually reach the entire world in 11,000 yrs. but if the church multiplied 1 disciple each year it would win the world in 33 yrs. This reality is one of the reasons why Robert Coleman’s book  The Master Plan of Evangelism  is so important. Below is a brief summary and evaluation.

Summary

In this book Robert Coleman argues that Jesus used his limited time to invest deeply in a few men in order to reach the rest of the world. Coleman summarizes the ministry plan of Christ with eight principles.

1) First, the principle of selection focuses on choosing a small group of people to disciple so that the group is more personal and there is greater the opportunity for effective instruction.

2) The second principle is called association. It is centered on daily and constant discipleship for new or immature believers to grow in their faith. Continue reading

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God’s Sovereignty Over Sin

The following is an excerpt from John Frame’s book The Doctrine of GodChapter 9, “The Problem of Evil.” The headings are added by David Mathis; the paragraphs are Dr. Frame’s.

God Is Sovereign Over Sin

. . . God does harden hearts, and through his prophets he predicts sinful human actions long in advance, indicating that he is in control of human free decisions. Now theologians have found it difficult to formulate in general terms how God acts to bring about those sinful actions. . . . Do we want to say that God is the “cause” of evil? That language is certainly problematic, since we usually associate cause with blame. . . . [I]t seems that if God causes sin and evil, he must be to blame for it.

Words: The Theologian’s Tools

Therefore, there has been much discussion among theologians as to what verb should best describes God’s agency in regard to evil. Some initial possibilities: authors, brings about, causes, controls, creates, decrees, foreordains, incites, includes within his plan, makes happen, ordains, permits, plans, predestines, predetermines, produces, stands behind, wills. Many of these are extra-scriptural terms; none of them are perfectly easy to define in this context. So theologians need to give some careful thought about which of these terms, if any, should be affirmed, and in what sense. Words are the theologian’s tools. In a situation like this, none of the possibilities is fully adequate. There are various advantages and disadvantages among the different terms. Let us consider some of those that are most frequently discussed. Continue reading

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The Sufficiency of the Sign of Jonah

The following is my notes from a sermon I preached at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C on June 5, 2011.  Click HERE for the sermon audio.

What If Satan Took Control?

Have you ever thought about what it would look like if Satan really took control of an entire city? Maybe it would look like Sodom and Gomorrah? Or what about the city of Nineveh that we heard about in the sermon this morning? But are these heinous crimes really the only signs that Satan is at work?

 Over a half-century ago, Donald Grey Barnhouse speculated that if Satan took an entire city then…

“All the bars would be closed, pornography banished, and pristine streets would be filled with tidy and polite pedestrians who always smiled at each other. There would be no swearing. All the children would say “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am,” and the churches…. Well they would be full every Sunday…and Christ would not be preached.”

What do you think about Barnhouse’s speculation?

Before you conclude that he was just trying to be provocative open your Bibles to Luke chapter 11:29-30 and we will see who Jesus called a wicked generation.

Luke 11:29-30

As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.”

What do you think Jesus is teaching us in this passage? I have three questions I want to answer. Continue reading

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