July 30, 2015
Lessons from a Godly Compromiser
Biography is surely one of the most interesting and engaging forms of literature. It is also one of the most instructive forms of revelation folded into the larger genre of historical narrative. The biography of Jehoshaphat reveals a remarkably timeless and complex personality with a great deal to teach us about ourselves, both in terms of human nature and divine perspective.
- Note: Unless otherwise indicated, references are to 2 Chronicles. [↩]
July 29, 2015
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
If you truly want to know the will of God, it only makes sense that you will seek it. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you (Matthew 7:7). Jesus gives us the perfect example of what we should be seeking when He said, I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me (John 5:30). The Son of God always acted in perfect harmony with the Father. That is God’s will for every believer.
July 28, 2015
From The Sword & Trowel 2009, issue 2 by Dr Peter Masters
By special permission, we repost here an assessment of the New Calvinism. Please note that since its original publication, some of the ‘stars’ of the New Calvinism have fallen out of favor. Nevertheless, the critique of the philosophy of this movement is still particularly valuable. Given the author’s theological views, this should not be seen as an attack on Calvinism! It is instead a critique of a movement that happens to espouse Calvinistic theology.
A new form of Calvinism took the shape of a movement from about 2005, but it differed from the original in its acceptance of ‘the world’. This critique written in 2009 was sharply attacked by new Calvinistic preachers but strongly endorsed by conservative preachers worldwide.
When I was a youngster and newly saved, it seemed as if the chief goal of all zealous Christians, whether Calvinistic or Arminian, was consecration. Sermons, books and conferences stressed this in the spirit of Romans 12.1-2, where the beseeching apostle calls believers to present their bodies a living sacrifice, and not to be conformed to this world. The heart was challenged and stirred. Christ was to be Lord of one’s life, and self must be surrendered on the altar of service for him.
But now, it appears, there is a new Calvinism, with new Calvinists, which has swept the old objectives aside. A recent book, Young, Restless, Reformed, by Collin Hansen tells the story of how a so-called Calvinistic resurgence has captured the imaginations of thousands of young people in the USA, and this book has been reviewed with great enthusiasm in well-known magazines in the UK, such as Banner of Truth, Evangelical Times, and Reformation Today.
July 27, 2015
Our loving Heavenly Father was so missions-minded that He “sent His only begotten Son” (John 3:16). When Christians consider the matter of missions they consider a matter dear to the heart of God.
The power of the American passport and American purse is a tremendous responsibility sadly forgotten by many American Christians. “According to the 13th edition of the Mission Handbook, the ‘bible’ of missionary analysis, America ranks 16th per capita in the list of countries sending missionaries overseas. That’s right. Sixteenth! In ratio to the national population, America ranks behind Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Canada, France, Switzerland, New Zealand, Norway, West Germany, Australia and Sweden” (Woodrow Kroll, The Vanishing Ministry, pp. 25–26).
July 23, 2015
As I pored through hundreds of decision cards I could not help but weep. It’s an experience that is hard to describe and even harder to believe for laborers in North America, but in the Philippines things are different. Student Movement for Christ International (SMCI), a Fundamental student evangelistic organization in the Philippines, is now doing more than eight thousand new-believer Bible Studies a year. More than one hundred full-time workers, just out of college, living on nearly nothing, commit themselves to evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. I had the opportunity of spending two weeks with them in their 2011 evangelistic campaign.