The flesh cares not for those in pornography. It is the grace of God and walking within that grace that keeps a person from viewing porn. To struggle is good, because a non-struggling"Christian" has wandered off or is only a professing believer.
tb, Neo-gnosticism and Calvinism are contrary terms. The former is presumptuous accumulation of knowledge; a works based endeavor, while Calvinism is God's reaching down and revealing himself by grace. Plus, an "addiction" is slavery. I don't know if a true Christian is a slave to porn. More than likely they are struggling, which is different.
Carl H, Thank you for adding a needed dose of reality. We need to remember "but for grace, I likewise follow". These arguments put Islam on the same level as Christianity and throws grace and humility aside.
How about the whole chapter 6 of John or Romans 8 and 9. Not to mention the whole old testament that is rife with "I chose you" language and actions on the part of God toward Israel. The will is only "free" by the grace of God. You choose because He chose. Or, as it is written " You love God because he first loved you." John 6:44 is an unambiguous or univocal verse...it says what it says. The main question to mull over is which theological intrpretation has God's will, decree, and purpose at the forefront
The Crusades were in response to Muslim aggression. The President basically insulted the Christian co mmunity at a Prayer breakfast by highlighting events that occurred 1000+ years ago. He made the comments less than a week after a Jordanian pilot was burned alive in a cage. Give me a break John. It is true people have done blasphemous things in the name of Christ, but Obama wasn't trying to constructively rebuke or humble believers, he understands affirmatively why Muslims do these monstrous acts.
Bruce, Good point. I love Spurgeon and believe he was endowed with the gift of articulation. If you get a chance, if you haven't already, take a look at his "Lectures to my students". Quite the Professor in my view.
GS, It is unfortunate he has become so publicly present for actions that look more secular than Christian. It reminds me not to be arrogant and think I have it together, only to slip into my own embarrassing worldliness.
I'm positive Paul himself watched Olympic style events, hence all the wrestling and running references. To get wrapped around the axle about sport itself is misguided. The real issue is desire. If someone's desire is stronger for football than worshipping God, idolatry is present. The mere watching of sport is not sinful, its the unhealthy desire that makes it sinful. Besides, making a point to not watch sport based on the desire to look holy is just as sinful.
Revival is not a tightening up of our moral belts or pulling ourselves up by our spiritual boot straps. It is a movement of the Spirit. It's Ezra finding the book of the Law and renting his clothes in repentence. The church cannot call for a revival, only call the country to repentance. If God is willing to grant it, revival WILL happen.