I'm not surprised to hear this. I gather that Christian schools are pretty much pagan, as I see that kids who graduate from Christian schools are little different from kids raised in public schools. That's why when I have a wife and kids, I intend to have my kids homeschooled.
Reply to BWS When you compared the Presbyterian churches in Scotland to those in the USA, which would you say are the more Biblical? And by the way, I am under the impression that Christianity as a whole in all of North America, Western Europe, and Australia is "based more on a godless culture than it is the Word of God."
Pastor Harris... I am completely with you that God must use Scripture as His primary means of communication with His people, but He has other methods to reach His people. The whole idea of God giving us Scripture and leaving us to our own devices to know and apply Scripture because God would not, could not communicate to us any other way sounds an awful lot like a somewhat sanctified form of deism; it sounds pagan. At the same time, I've always wondered how the possibility of God communicating with us by subjective impressions, by events, or by others in our lives does not rule out the sufficiency of Scripture. Would you know?
Great Sermon! Oecolampadeus, it seems that you were listening selectively to this sermon. I would recommend hearing this sermon again. If you listen more carefully, you'll see that Brother Paul was not exalting classical Western culture. As a matter of fact, he made it clear that classical Western culture is basically people dressing up in funky costumes acting like savages. But that's not even the main point of the sermon. The focus of this sermon is righteousness, and the benefits of living in righteousness. Now, that is not possible to live out without being born again. I would exhort you to listen again.
Mike, I can definitely sympathize with your comment, "I'd be interested to know what she finds wholesome." I fear the same, that Kylie's understanding of wholesome dress is based upon an apostate culture rather than the Word of God. It is for this reason that I shall pray for God to give her Biblical understanding of modesty, and I pray that you will do the same.
Here's the Thing I really enjoyed the sermon. But I do not believe that this sermon is in the same spirit as Kevin DeYoung's "Just Do Something." Dr. Baucham's sermon shows us how to walk in God's will of direction; Dr. Baucham is simply pointing out that the way we try to walk in the will of direction is many times in conformity to the spirit of the age (i.e., pagan.) God used this message to show me that I need not accept any inner urgings as God's leading without going to the authority of Scripture first. And I know that we don't always seek inner urgings to direct us; may times we also look to circumstantial evidence (i.e., spiritual bread crumbs) to supposedly direct us in God's will. But here's a question I've had. Doesn't God many times direct our steps through our desires and our feelings, provided those are in conformity to His revealed will? Also, when we're in God's will, don't we feel peace about it? By which, I mean clarity of conscience, not necessarily absence of conflict.