Dominion I can't help but to think of what Pastor Schertley said about the birth rate in Europe. I've contemplated this for the past few months. This and along with their growing Muslim population that's actually doing what Christ's disciples should be doing. Liberals don't reproduce, they just consume until they die. At this rate most of Europe by the end of the 21st century will have adopted Sharia Law.
Amazing Wisdom There is much wisdom and insight in this message. First of when stating we do not survey all religious options such thinking presupposes that the autonomous mind can exhaust all possibilities of reality and make a so-called unbiased choice as if reality had a neutral ground by which to measure all things.
Second, we don't make the choice to partake in the new birth anymore than we make a choice to partake in the first birth.
Third, but yet he still does not deny the role of the will in conversion, but embraces the dialectic as how he puts it open-ended.
I'm reminded of how philosophers struggle to reconcile dialects in the laws that govern reason. Since those laws are as the great Reformed Apologist Cornelius Van Til puts it part of his general revelation and are unsolvable in its nuances, how can we dare to expect scripture to give us mere creatures any full resolutions to any dialectics in scripture where God hasn't spoken?
Very Thorough and Concise Presentation Let me just say that I have heartfelt gratitude for the refreshing voice that Pastor Overmiller is in the Independent Fundamental Baptist Church. He does with much integrity properly represent at a basic level the Reformed position so far as I've heard. He goes through great pains to represent properly the Reformed position for the most part, though in the Baptism portion of his "Baptist Distinctives" series he did leave out crucial information regarding the Reformed position. Information that could be crucial to the understanding of infant or what William Shishko calls "Oikobaptism" (household baptism).
There are in this series so far, no meaningless diatribes against Reformed folks as being semi-heretical as some in the IFB try to convey.
The only thing troubling in this specific lecture is that he states that the reason for the continuation of sacrifices in the Millennial Kingdom is that Christ's sacrifice would have lost meaning. Is he then saying that the significance of Christ's sacrifice is based upon how much meaning His people place on it rather than WHAT GOD DECREED that meaning would be?
This is where the dangers of decisional regeneration can creep in if this is so. But I don't want to misrepresent.
Thank you Pastor Overmiller for a wonderful lecture.
Great Sermon! It's all too easy to become so engulfed in a culture war that we forget that we're to love our neighbors. Brother Ching on the one hand does not deny that we may have to face legislative battles in the future, yet he has kept this message in perspective that we're not to turn our culture war into a war with our neighbors. A great message for such a time as this.
Great Assessment on the Theonomic Movement As a Postmillennialist I actually agree with JD on his assessment of the Theonomic movement. Many reconstructionists rarely preach the Gospel of justification by grace through faith which is why there exists in a segment of the movement Federal Vision theology that has tainted the Gospel message with a faith plus works heresy. I don't think that theonomists so much put the cart before the horse as they get more ahead of themselves. Though at the same time, I still struggle to see a discontinuation of the OT case laws as Paul seems to imply continuation in his epistles.