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Does God Have Specific Will for the Lives of Christians?

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 in Ethics | 1 comment

by Bob Bolender – Several times in recent years I have encountered a bizarre attitude among evangelical Christians.  Each time I have found it to be more and more bizarre.  It’s happening with a greater frequency these days so I am concerned that bizarre is becoming normal. There’s a particular, specific form of it I encountered recently but it is really a symptom of a larger, more general heresy.  I will address both in this feature. The bizarre attitude is this: there is no specific will of God for your life.  More and more Christians are holding this view.  They’re writing books about it, teaching it in conferences, and everything.  I can understand the attraction.  A God with only generalizations and no specifications is much easier to serve.  Fuzzy and vague “be saved,” “grow,” and “bear fruit” generalizations are...

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May I? On Christian Freedom

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 in Christian Freedom, Ethics, Love | 2 comments

by Ron J. Bigalke – There are general principles in Paul’s advice to the Corinthians that should guide the Christian in regard to amoral issues. First Corinthians 8:1-13, 10:23-33 (cf. Rom 14:1—15:13) have much to say concerning different types of Christians. Consequently, in the context of the matter of meats sacrificed to idols (cf. 1 Cor 8:1), Paul stated, “Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one. . . . However, not all men have this knowledge; but some, being accustomed to the idol until now, eat food as if it were sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled” (8:4, 7). The consequences of the Christian who uses his knowledge without love for...

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The Bible on the Ethicality of Abortion

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 in Abortion, Bible, Ethics | 1 comment

by David Gunn – The ongoing debate over the ethical viability of abortion has tended to center on the issue of when precisely life may be said to begin. The reason for this is not difficult to grasp: if it is granted that life begins at conception, then it logically follows that the fetus within the womb merits all the legal rights and protections due to living human beings, including the legal protection against murder. If on the other hand life does not begin until birth, then the fetus cannot be expected to receive those rights and protections, and abortion is therefore an ethically viable (though not necessarily ethically praiseworthy) option.[1] Should any decisive determination be made regarding the issue of when life begins, it would therefore wield game-changing influence over the entire abortion debate. Of course, no enduring...

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Another Attack on Homeschooling?

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Education, Ethics, Worldview | 5 comments

by Charlie Clough – Remember those 4 quotes from the law journals against the right of parents to teach their children?  Ohio SB-248 is the first expression of their attempted implementation. Paganism, because it can’t have unity by submission to the transcendental ethic of God’s Word, must strive to create an artificial unity by totalitarian implementation of whatever suits the fancy of the reigning elite.  This savage intolerance to biblical faith has been over a century in coming.  John Dewey, the great shaper of American education, wrote: “I cannot understand how any realization of the democratic ideal as a vital moral and spiritual ideal in human affairs is possible without surrender of the conception of the basic division to which supernatural Christianity is committed.” [A Common Faith (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1934), p51].  God, Dewey, insists, is dangerous...

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Evidencing Purity

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 in Ethics, Purity | 0 comments

by Gary Gilley – As the author of Hebrews begins to wrap up his intensely doctrinal epistle, he makes it clear that doctrine has as its goal the changing of lives. It matters little how much theology you know; it matters little if you write doctrinal treatises on the Melchizedekian priesthood of Jesus Christ; it matters little if you can understand and explain everything in this epistle; if this knowledge does not change your life, it is of little value. What does it matter if I know all of these things and more: If I can’t be kind to my wife and kids at home; if I am in constant battle with people at work; if I am hard to get along with, mean spirited, divisive, easily offended, a gossip or lack concern (Hebrews 13:1-3)? If I can’t live...

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What Happens When Christians Sin?

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 in Ethics, Grace | 0 comments

by Jeff Heslop – The Bible teaches us as followers of Christ to be holy because our God is holy, Lev 19:2; 1 Pet 1:16.  We are to be like Him.  But often we are not.  When we commit sins we are not being like God.  Yet when we commit sins, we do not lose our right standing before God. God promised us that when we put our faith in Jesus Christ as the one who paid the penalty we owe because of our offenses against God, He will forgive our sins.  But God promises more than forgiveness.  God promises eternal life to those who believe in Christ, Jn 3:16.  God also promises to credit to believers the very righteousness of His Son, Rom 4:5!  Wow, what wonderful promises  – forgiveness, eternal life, counted by God to have Christ’s...

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