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Note: This is a guest post.  This is by Dan Carwright.  He’s been a brother who has been iron sharpening iron with us on here and social media for years.  His blog can be found here.  He also tweets.

I saw that question on a Facebook post a couple of weeks ago, connected to the recently released Bethel Music song “Reckless Love”, written by Cory Asbury. Apparently it hit the top of some Christian music charts but has also garnered quite a bit of dialogue, some of which is helpful helpful and some decidedly not so much.

Nevertheless, the above question is quite valid and deserving of discussion, at least when examined in light of what scripture teaches us about the nature of God’s love.

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This is a must listen to podcast from my brother Darrell  B. Harrison.  You can listen to it here: JT 23 ‘MLK 50 Conference’ – Just Thinking Podcast.

Here are some notes I took down that maybe of help:

  • The conference was condescending and divisive.
  • Liberation theology, critical race theory, and cultural Marxism are driving the narrative for racial reconciliation.  These terms need to be defined because discernment is lacking.
  • Folks are treating MLK Jr. as someone who died in Golgotha rather than in the hotel.  Not trying to be facetious but folks are treating him as the moral figure to be looked upon for morality.  The concerning degree we are seeing is that folks are emphasizing the priority of moralism rather regeneration.
  • Language without context is gibberish.  Terms need to be defined.
  • White guilt trip needs to stop.  What more do you want these white pastors to say that Jesus has not already said? Sin by proxy is what we are seeing with this white guilt narrative.  Whites are being accused for sins that they did not commit or condoned.  But since you look like them we are going to impart their sin to you by proxy.  So now you are a transgressor by skin color.
  • Someone can use the same word but not mean the same thing.  So the use of justice differs from others.  For example, Surah 16:90 from the Koran uses justice too.  If justice is what maters then why not follow the Koran equally to what the Bible says?  You can’t have a concept of justice apart from objective and absolute standard.  Biblical justice not only deals with outward manifestation of equity and fairness but a fruit of heart regeneration, or to put it succinctly: salvation.  For the Koran, justice is moralism that is apart from salvation.  Psalm 89:14, ” Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You.”
  • There are folks out there expecting people to practice this righteousness all the time which they can’t.
  • Behavioral eisegesis or soteriological eisegesis is arrogant.  My sins were nailed to the cross but yours were not is what is being seen here.
  • There is a double-standard when it comes to sin of racism being played out as the narrative from MLK50.
  • So many people preaching freedom from white man’s oppression, structural oppression, institutional oppression, social injustices, rather than from the kingdom of darkness.

 

 

I hope this makes sense.

I have just completed the first week of my trip.  Things went very well.  Many of the people were really hungry.  It’s always good to see people really want to grow and are joyful about it.  It should be a good example for all of us.  It was a really good opportunity to practice my foreign language skill here although of course the deep words about the Father and Sun is something I still can’t communicate or understand when I hear it.  Hence I need translators.  Throughout the week there were three that helped me.  They took time out of their busy life in a country where everyone have to work so hard to survive in order to translate.  One was a couple whose wife did most of the translations and she is probably the best translator I’ve ever had even compared to other countries I have been to.  I met them three years ago when I spoke last minute here in an English class but back then the wife didn’t make a decision to receive the Sun yet although the husband did.  But now three years later here they are helping me with transferring with what I said to another language even though the wife is five month pregnant.  Think about it:  The couple has grown so much in such a short time that they are translating for me truths that are often heard in graduate school for those who attend if they have the calling.  Again it is incredible how people grow here and they should be an example for us back home.  We should learn from their example with their commitment to learn and to serve even though it comes at a persona cost.  The people that receive what was translated have also grown and told me they were very grateful and heard things they never heard of before.  Every night after everything is done I talk to the guy I’m staying with; he is an intern that has been recognized by others as having the calling and we talk late into the night.  As usual in my travels overseas I have a hard time sleeping and get up before 6 in the morning so I review my notes and walk over to speak about the Sun.  Thanks to all those who were making requests on my behalf back home.

In a few hours I will be traveling to another location far away.  I have never been to this next location and look forward to my traveling adventures.  I’m hoping I have strength, wisdom, safety and ability to communicate well.  I also hope that I can blend in well without attracting attention since my ability to speak the language is not as good and I have an American accents and a limited vocabulary.  Sometimes I get nervous with my language skill with outsiders especially when they ask me questions!

I don’t know whether I will have internet access or whether the internet allows me to access outside websites in my next location.  Of course I will also be busy during the week.  See you when I see you!

(Note: This is a guest post written by Alf.  I am currently away and I am thankful for Alf for this guest post.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.  He blogs here and here and tweets here.)

If you were going to spend a year alone on a desert island, and you could take only one book (along with the Bible) with you – what would it be? I’m sure many have contemplated this conundrum. For example, one Reformed Scholar (Derek Thomas) from Banner of Truth regards John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress as his most important book, second to the Bible

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(Note: This is a guest post written by Travis Satterfield who blogs at “Here’s the Thing” which you can go to by clicking here.  I am currently away and I am thankful for Travis for this guest post.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.)

Both Sides of Every Story

As quotable as C.S. Lewis is, my favorite quote of his has to be the following:

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

As was his style, in this one statement he says so much. The Christian worldview is not without its evidences. However, multitudes of skeptics over the centuries, to include Lewis, have been convinced, not only by the truth they see in Christianity, but also by the truth that it enables them to see.

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Note: This is a guest post since I am currently away.  This is by Micah.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond. His blog can be found here.  He also tweets

If you are truly Calvinistic, you’ve heard the popular passage from Isaiah 64:6, “And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment.” It is a passage frequently quoted to kill the monster of works righteousness and legalistic salvation, a monster that tends to pop its head out in religious circles. And rightly so, God does not take notice of the deeds of the man whose heart has not been cleansed by Christ and who has no love for Him.

Though this teaching is true, it may lead some Christians to wonder if God could ever be pleased. The war against the flesh is real, and sometimes believers can wallow in defeat and in doubt, even though they are saved. They ask, “Could God ever be happy with my life?” Christians get stuck in this kind of discouragement during seasons of weakness and sin struggles so they search for a way out.

Thankfully, Scripture has examples of men who, as sinners, displayed a type of obedience that truly and genuinely pleased God. It showed that God’s people are capable by His grace to exhibit real obedience to God without accomplishing perfect obedience. Since Christ was the only perfectly obedient man to ever live, we’re not required to be perfectly obedient. Nevertheless, our new life in Christ demands we strive for holiness and express the good works we were predestined to do.

This blog assumes that you are a Christian, not trusting in works for your salvation, but saved and washed by the blood of Christ. With that said, here are a few examples to encourage you in your walk with the Lord. They are instances of God’s people who were imperfect yet still lived a life pleasing unto God.

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(Note: This is a guest post written by Wally Fry who blogs here.  I am currently away and I am thankful to Wally for this guest post.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.)

Crowns In Heaven-How’s That Work? 

We will all be judged 

The Bible is quite clear in teaching that every single human who has ever lived will be judged at some point in time. Here we are going to briefly discuss the judgment of Believers, which will take place at the Bema, or the Judgment Seat of Christ. We need to clarify one thing quickly before we dive into this topic. The Judgment Seat of Christ is not a judgment to determine whether we are admitted into Heaven or cast into Hell; believers have made that particular decision during their lives here on Earth. 

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