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.
Again we have the ad hominem attack on Calvin rather than a conversation on the biblical veracity of the theological doctrine. WE ALL fall short of the kingdom of God, therefore should none speak of the truth in them? David had a man murdered to cover up his adultery, therefore should we ignore God's use of him in the Psalms?
Michael, What "part" besides being the recipient does man play in redeeming his own soul? How is it blasphemous to say it is ALL of GRACE and NOT of ourselves, lest any man should boast? Romans 3 highlights the desire of man, rather lack of desire, toward God. Plus, how do you understand Jesus' dialogue with Nicodemus? Jesus states we must be BORN again. What part does man have in his own birth?
Dolores, Predestination is rather hard for people to accept because of the Chooser. Our nature is inclined to want to "take the mantle" of everything, to include salvation. I think of our Lord's discussion with Nicodemus and his proclaiming we must be born again. Nicodemus' response is our response. We cannot see our salvation being wholly a work of God. Hence why Jesus said born again. A physical child is a gift, life is a gift, salvation is a gift. Our "choice" will ALWAYS be yes when God gives the gift. God doesn't "offer" life, He gives life. Physical and spiritual life.