Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Around the Web and Blogosphere (4/14/09)

Kevin Swanson has written a great piece on The Gospel. He touches on how we tend to segment the gospel and not present it in its entirety. We need to see that the Gospel is not about just being “saved” but it is that and so much more. His post at Generations with Vision, The Gospel, deals with this issue. This past Resurrection Day I preached on Phil 2:5-11 and there Paul speaks about the affect of the cross and how it is not simply to be just about being saved but saved in effect to good works, into a God glorifying life of obedience to Him. We are to have the same humility Christ showed in coming down to be a sacrifice for the sins of many a sacrifice that results in so much more than simply spending eternity with God. It leads to a God honoring life in obedience to His word. Let us not as Kevin says “bifurcate” the Gospel but let us present the Gospel in all its glory.

Christopher J. Ortiz at the Chalcedon Blog writes: A State of War. He starts by quoting R.J. Rushdoony: “We are therefore in a state of war, war between heaven and humanism, war between the Almighty God and the totalitarian state, war between God and the scientific planners, predictors, and controllers, war between God and all those who deny His infallibility. Such a conflict is a very uneven one, and there can be no doubt as to the outcome of this war.”

Unless one were to become anxious: ““[T]he Lamb shall overcome them” (Rev. 17:14); and with Him are the “called, and chosen, and faithful.” If we keep the commandments of God, and the testimony of Jesus, we shall possess the Kingdom. It need not be our generation, because regardless of the time of God’s visible reign, our participation would be the same. Therefore, war today as if the victory was coming tomorrow!”

This is what we are seeing right before us. However all too often the professing church attempts to fight this battle not by the word of God and being in obedience to it but by the same humanistic tools the other side is using. God’s has called us into this battle and we need to fight with the weapons He has supplied. We need to battle in the faith supplied by God and not by the wiles of man. The Victory is the Lord’s and it is assured

Voddie Baucham writes: Are You Ready to go to Jail for the Gospel? Walter Hoye is…... This was a convicting blog post because in our culture that is increasing hostile to the truth of God’s word we should all contemplate the question Voddie asks. We should also pray for Pastor Hoye as Voddie says in the post: “Take a few moments to write this courageous pastor a note of encouragement: Walter B. Hoye II, PFN# BGR852, Santa Rita Jail 5325 Broder Boulevard, Dublin, California 94568-3309”

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