Years ago two liberal theologians coined the phrase cosmic child abuse.1 They used this term to express their disgust at the traditional doctrine of Penal Substitution. Those who oppose this motif of the cross see the notion of the Father crushing the Son (Isaiah 53:10) as barbaric. They see Jesus as a victim to the Father’s uncontrollable rage. However, a close look at the facts show that such was not the case. At the cross, a loving heavenly Father crushed an obedient, willing Son. Continue reading A Loving Father Crushes an Obedient Son: How Penal Substitution Is Not Child Abuse
- Proverbs 17:15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
- Proverbs 24:24 He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,” peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him.
- Isaiah 5:22-23 Woe to those…Who justify the wicked for a bribe…
- Exodus 23:7 …I will not acquit the guilty.
These Scriptures teach that it is wrong to declare a guilty person, “Not guilty.” Yet in the evangelical gospel we see God doing exactly that! He is a God who “justifies the ungodly” (Rom. 4:5).
How can we explain this dilemma? Is God loving us at the expense of His justice? Continue reading 4 Questions About the Justice of God in the Gospel
We have seen in the last post that the moral revolution does not have adequate footing on which to stand when it levels its moral charges. We have striven to reframe the debate so that it is no longer stacked against us. Yet embedded in the moral revolution is another contradiction which can be asked as a question: Who, or what, makes a person’s sexuality the way it is? Is it a result of human biology or is it a thing of one’s own determination? Continue reading Reframing the Debate, part 2
With surprising simplicity, the Christian position in favor of the natural family, binary gender roles, and traditional marriage can be reduced to scorn with the labels “hateful, intolerant, homophobic.” The Christian response to these charges has largely been to go on the defensive, endlessly apologizing for any supposed grievances or slip ups in tone or speech. Christians have become paralyzed by self-consciousness and (if we are honest) a silent shame for holding to doctrines which seem so offensive to a watching world. Continue reading Reframing the Debate
How do I defend Christianity from the never ending stream of attacks? How do I argue for the “faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3)? What can I use to defend against accusations made against Christ?
Do I have to be a scholar or brainiac to defend the truth? Do I have to memorize complex philosophical arguments? Do I have to be a whiz in history? Do I need to know more about creation than Bill Nye the Science Guy? Continue reading Defend the Faith! Even if Bill Nye the Science Guy is Smarter than You
It seems to me as though America is degrading so rapidly that Christians don’t have time to stop and think before they respond. Pandora’s Boxes are being opened and dumped out left and right in the society around us (and even in the church). It seems harder and harder for Christians to shine as lights in this dark generation. It’s as though we panic as our voices are silenced and our culture listens less and less. Continue reading How Should a Christian React to the New Sexual Revolution?
Another excellent, convicting sermon from the recent Youth Group Retreat at Letourneau Christian Center. Here he springs off from his Sermon on Acts 4 and explains the need for community in order to make an impact for Christ. Do we want our Youth Group to thrive and bear fruit and lead many to Christ? Then we need to make sure our conduct is in line with our calling, we need to be a tight unit praying for each other, and we need to know the gospel inside and out and preach it!
Speaker: Kaynenn Parker Continue reading Conduct, Community, and Our Mission (Phil. 1:27): Sermon by Kaynenn Parker
Recent sermon from our Youth Group Retreat at Letourneau Christian Center. Looking at Acts 4 we gain insight into the Apostles’ sources for their boldness. We too need the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and a community of believers if we are to be effective for the Lord. Listen up and may the Lord use us for His glory!
Speaker: Kaynenn Parker Continue reading Acts 4 and Evangelism: Sermon by Kaynenn Parker
In my first post on Rape in the Bible, I showed that secularism has nothing really meaningful or consistent to say about rape, and that it in fact pervades many lies that encourage this behavior. Christianity on the other hand provides us with the moral ground to denounce rape and all related sexually immoral behaviors.
Nevertheless, in our increasingly Biblically illiterate society, it is a tendency for people to make claims about the Bible that they cannot defend. Many of their statements have an appearance of soundness at the beginning but, under scrutiny, cannot hold up under their own weight. One egregious example is that the Bible condones rape. Continue reading Men, Rape, and the Bible, part 2
I have heard it in malls, I have heard it on college campuses, I have heard it at my work, and I have heard it on the streets. Whether it be strangers, coworkers, fellow soldiers, or friends, the question that comes up over and over again in many of my evangelistic conversations is: “What happens to the good guy who lives on an unknown island who has never heard of Jesus Christ? How can it be fair to send that good man to hell, just because he has never had anyone tell him about Jesus? Can a good man on an unknown island go to heaven if he has never heard of Christ?”
Often times the question is a distraction thrown out by the questioner to avoid the implications of the gospel on his life (seeing as the questioner has heard of Christ). But at other times it is an honest question and it should be answered. Not to mention, the answer will bring the conversation back to the core truths of the gospel. The following is a brief attempt to answer the question, and to answer it using only the book of Romans (this will allow you to easily show the answer from scripture). Continue reading Does the Good Man Who Has Never Heard of Christ Go to Heaven?