Roundup

A beautiful passage on assurance, as well as one of the 100+ passages about how Jesus is the only way to salvation.  This is extra-explicit because it notes how if you don’t have the Son, you don’t have life.  And it addresses eternal life, not just having a good life now (see v. 11).

1 John 5:12–13 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.

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The Bible doesn’t care if you like it or agree with it. It is written from beginning to end by the authority of God himself.

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Loudoun County Students Walk Out In Protest Of Sexual Assault Cover Up – Good for them! Now that is worth protesting.

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Joe Biden’s Phony Civility Schtick Was Always A Lie — Yep. He is much more of a malicious, defensive jerk than Trump, and for much longer, but the media has covered for him.

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John MacArthur Beats up Ed Litton Over Plagiarism Scandal: ‘Lazy, Incompetent and Unsanctified’ — I loved reading what MacArthur said about serial liar and plagiarist Ed Litton. I knew it would be pithy and accurate. I wish they had asked him about Litton’s enablers, as those wicked men are just as much of the problem.

Duncan: The intersection of pastoral integrity and a confidence in the Bible leads to expository preaching. But what we’re seeing now in a failure of pastoral integrity and a misfire in preaching is the issue of plagiarism. High-level pastors are being accused of plagiarism and using someone else’s sermons. The question is, John MacArthur, where are you getting your sermons from?

MacArthur: Well, that’s why you want to come to The Master’s Seminary because we’ll teach you how to get your own sermon.

Duncan: Talk about getting your own sermons, what did you think when you heard all that stuff about plagiarism by these pastors? Why does a pastor plagiarize, why does he use someone else’s sermon? Why does that happen? And how does it?

MacArthur: He’s lazy and incompetent.

Duncan: Well, besides that.

MacArthur: I’m gonna go third point, and unsanctified. I think you become a showman at that point. You’re an actor. You’re playing a part. You’re playing a role. And the one thing that expository preaching does, that is apart from the congregation, is it sanctifies the pastor. The relentless study of the Word of God is how God sanctifies and protects the pastor.

So when you’re just opening your iPad and reading somebody else’s sermon, you’ve never been exposed to the sanctifying work of the word, to say nothing about the fact that you’re playing a role and you’re an actor. You’re not a true messenger from the Lord.

I think for many men in ministry, there’s an unwillingness to be disciplined at that point. Because being an expositor is work, and it’s relentless work, because you got to keep doing it week after week after week after week. But it’s the most rewarding thing. There’s no honesty in a man who does that. There’s no honesty. That’s fraud, ministerial fraud.

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Rachel Held Evans Releases Heretical Book Posthumously from Hell — Hopefully, she converted while in a coma on her deathbed, but posthumous works like this don’t leave much hope. She made a living mocking God and his word. That’s the first I heard that her husband is agnostic. So even while she was previously posing as an uber-evangelical, she consciously became unequally yoked. What a surprise. Reminds me of false teacher Chuck “Jesus is not the only way but He sure is a bigot” Currie, who would boast how his wife was an atheist as if that was a credit to his resume.

Fittingly, her husband, who is an agnostic, brought in Jeff Chu, an openly gay family friend to finish the document. Chu cobbled together her notes, blog articles, speeches, tweets, and the rest of her body of work to form a cohesive document comprised of a series of essays explaining how one can trudge a path toward progressive Christianity and all the doubt that will entail, without the constraints of conservative evangelicals to cloud the way.

As such, the book brings us such gems as:

“I am not afraid to say that many in the church have been agents of death for many women, for queer and trans people, for people of color, for immigrants and refugees, for disabled people, for all manner of minority. Many in the church have not proclaimed good news. They have not declared hope and possibility, justice and welcome. . . . I affirm LGBTQ people because they are human beings, created in the image of God. I affirm their sexual orientations and gender identities because they reflect the diversity of God’s good creation.”

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This should convict the “Christian” Left 24×7, but they are too busy pushing heresies to take it seriously.  They are madly in love with the world, and they stay current on all the latest perversions.  Mocking God by pretending that you can change genders is their latest lie.  They are enemies of God. 

James 4:4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

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