November 21, 2017

The Best Questions to Ask in Terrible Times of Terror

Matt Recker

I have been asked many times in these terrible days of terror, “Why would God allow this if He is all-powerful and good? Or, “What is God doing?” Others question, “Where is God when that awful terror is happening? How can He let that happen?"

These are the natural questions to ask, but in Romans 8:31-39, Paul reveals the best questions that require supernatural faith to ask.

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A. T. Robertson and Preaching

Wally Morris

I grew up going to Southern Baptist churches. The church I went to for most of my childhood and teenage years was established in 1937. I have distinct, good memories of that church and its people. The red brick church with its white columns and large, brick steps, located in coastal Georgia not far from the river and ocean, gave me my first introduction to the Bible, the gospel, and preaching. We moved to a different part of the county when I was a senior in high school and began attending a smaller church. When I went to college in 1975, I began attending a Bible study and became aware of theological problems in the SBC. I am the type of person who likes to find out the facts for myself, so I started asking SBC pastors I knew some questions. I could tell they were being evasive with their answers, which made me suspicious. I won’t go into everything I did to get answers to my questions, but the final result was that I ended my association with the SBC. Today, the SBC has a much more theologically conservative belief and practice than the SBC I grew up with. However, the roots of a return to a less conservative position are still within the SBC. But that would be another story.

Having said that, I have never lost my appreciation for the significant people in SBC history who helped shaped its beliefs and practice.

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Best of P&D: Mike Harding writes on Alcohol

In our day, professing Christians, even so-called conservative Christians, are eager to justify the use of beverage alcohol. This, in spite of untold misery and suffering brought into homes and lives, in spite of rising violence and abuse fueled by alcohol, in spite of countless young people snared by their elders bad examples, this remains one of the most mystifying stances that these believers take. In the past, Bible believing Christians of the modern era held to a total abstinence position, with good Biblical and wisdom reasons for doing so. Now the watchword is “liberty” instead of “holiness.”

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More on Holiness

George Stiekes

For an earlier meditation on Holiness, click here.

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy (I Peter 1:13-16).

Holiness is a subject that ought to always be on our minds in as much as we have been instructed to be like the Holy Trinity. How does the holiness of God currently impact your life? Yes, it is a theological subject, yet it is very practical in considering who we are in Christ Jesus. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness (I Thessalonians 4:7).

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The Gospel According to the Gospels

Mike Harding

FrontLine • January/February 2009

The Good News of the Gospels centers on the bloody, sacrificial, vicarious death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins, evidenced by His burial and bodily resurrection. The necessary implications of these truths include that we are Hell-bound sinners, incapable of atoning for our sins, meriting our justification, or contributing to our salvation, and that apart from a personal unreserved trust (repentant faith) in the Theanthropic Christ (God-man) and His Crosswork, each of us will be eternally judged by God. Additional implications of the Christian gospel that cannot be denied are His miraculous virginal conception/birth as well as His absolute equality with the Father and distinctive personality in the Triune Godhead (Phil. 2:5–11).

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