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Drinking orange juice to the glory of God

17 Ways You Can Glorify God: A Summary of Thomas Watson’s Thoughts

Here are 17 ways that you can glorify God in your life. I put this together following Thomas Watson’s thoughts in his chapter on “Man’s Chief End” in his must read, A Body of Divinity Continue reading 17 Ways You Can Glorify God: A Summary of Thomas Watson’s Thoughts

premarital sex is never right despite our excuses

Excuses Couples Make About Premarital Sex

“Sex is ok because we are committed to each other only!”

“Sex is ok because we are planning to get married!”

“There is a difference: We’re love-making!”

“We’re only doing foreplay…that doesn’t count as sex, right?”

These excuses and similar ones are used all the time to justify sexual acts among non-married couples. In each thought, the attitude seems to be that God only considers premarital sex a sin in some cases. It is like saying, “God only condemns fornication with people you aren’t dating!” or “The commands against fornication are talking about stuff like orgies and strip clubs, but me and my boyfriend having sex doesn’t count!” Thus the attitude is that God relaxes His holy justice because your situation is somehow unique. But this is not the case. On the contrary, God’s commands are in play across the board. Any sexual activity with somebody other than your spouse (of the opposite gender) is deemed sin in the Bible. Continue reading Excuses Couples Make About Premarital Sex

Doctrine needs to guide our life

Right Doctrine and Right Living: The Ridiculousness of “Deeds Not Creeds” Part 2

Having shown in the previous post that Doctrine Matters, I now wish to show you that correct theology will lead to godly living with specific examples. The table will be turned on them and their inconsistency revealed. And so, below is a collection of various doctrines and how a correct understanding of each will lead to a more God-honoring life. Continue reading Right Doctrine and Right Living: The Ridiculousness of “Deeds Not Creeds” Part 2

Doctrine needs to guide our life

Doctrine Matters: The Ridiculousness of “Deeds Not Creeds” Part 1

“Deeds not creeds!”

“I don’t need theology, I just love people!”

“I believe in the resurrection, and nothing else matters after that!”

Nearly everyone has heard statements like these. Perhaps some of us have used them ourselves. These words may even have been spoken by a brother or sister who is gung-ho and witnessing all the time. In some respect, I can sympathize with such words. What’s the point of sitting around debating supralapsarianism verses infralapsarianism if meanwhile people outside are dying and going to hell? Sure, I confess I have wasted a lot of precious time in worthless debates, and have often debated out of pride rather than edifying the others in the discussion. However, these are not excuses for being lax about truth or indifferent about theology.

Truly, everybody holds at least some theological positions. In fact, a statement like, “Deeds not creeds,” contains theology. Do you believe that committing adultery is sin? That’s theology. Clearly theology also matters when it comes to salvation. Who is Jesus Christ? What did the cross accomplish? Did Jesus really rise from the dead? What must I do to be saved? If we get any of these questions wrong, we are going to hell. That matters! So if we are on fire for God and evangelizing all the time but we give people the wrong information, we are doing no good but are instead causing a lot of damage. Continue reading Doctrine Matters: The Ridiculousness of “Deeds Not Creeds” Part 1