Islam as a whole IS the judgment of the true God. Read the old testament. Speaking of these groups as if they have autonomous power is missing the scope of divine reality. If Kurdish/Iraqi Christians refuse to recant Christ...PRAISE GOD!! I mourn for their family, but the martyrs are in glory.
More people die in Africa from mosquito bite dysentery/malaria than ebola. This is fear mongering. Someone posted that homosexual-ism IS the wrath or judgment of God. That is biblical truth plain and simple. Ebola is indicative of the fallenness of man. May our Lord grant them a reprieve and heal their spiritual deadness.
Calvinism is not the brain child of John Calvin. He merely wrote an apologetic work (Instititutes) which is strictly biblical interpretation. People get hung uo on NAMES rather than doctrine, or they have an aversion to the Sovereignty of God of man's supposed free will. What is called Calvinism is really Augustianism which Pauline which is Biblical truth.
Once again, the "I only look at the name rather than the doctrine" crowd is out. Seriously, comparing those who believe in the sovereignty of God and Lordship of Christ, very God of very God, with demon worshippers is preposterous at the least and blasphemous at worst.
Praise God that His children may be witnesses in that dark land. This article is politically spun, disregarding the sovereignty of God and the true state of Christians. ..to live is Christ and die GAIN.
Apart from this lifestyle being an obvious perversion; what does someone's " gayness" have to do with their ability to do something well? I have ceased to engage in the obvious, whether homosexuality is biblical or not, and have moved to the sonething supporters can grasp; conspicious functionality and essence of homosexuality. What makes a homosexual a "good" anything? What exactly is the difference between a gay and straight administrator, plumber, accountant, etc.? We need to start there and move them to the answer. We cannot merely state the obvious, we should zoom out so they can see the big picture.
I believe a lot of American professing Christians believe "revival" means a return to a 1950 Mayberry culture. A culture constructed by conservative (professing Christian and non) radio and tv talking heads. Truly God is separating the sheep from the goats. These are dark days for America, but ever so bright for the elect...our mettle is being tested.
Classic literature (pre 20th century) is beneficial if approached with care and discernment. Our culture is infatuated with rather shallow " books" that do not edify or enrich. Read the classics...read them out loud.
John UK, I am open to amendments to an imperfect body of work, but am blessed by the conspicuous faithful allegiance manifested within the Westminster standards. Cannot vouch for the RCC influence you claim because these men were the inheritors of the Reformed. Not exactly benevolent toward the RCC doctrine.:-)
The WCF is certainly not the Bible, but is the fruit of faithful adherence TO the Bible. A lot of churches profess a Christ they hardly know because they hardly read nor appreciate the work of the Spirit in men, like those who formed the WCF.