Showing posts from October, 2016

Church Discipline Dilemma

Church discipline is very important. There are way too many people who profess to be "Christian" and yet their lives do not have any resemblance to Christ. They may think they are walking in His footsteps, but they don't seem to understand they are going the opposite way. The Church needs to correct these people so that the testimony of Christ is not blasphemed in the world. However, church discipline is not as easy as it seems.
My first experience with church discipline was when my Dad was designated as an evil person and purged from a church group. This resulted in not being invited to weddings, people not shaking hands, and a complete severance of contact in some cases. Although this occurred almost 25 years ago now, there are some who still persist in this kind of behaviour. Although a life lived for the Lord has vindicated my Dad against all of his accusers, there has yet to be any attempt at reconciliation or acknowledgement of error. I don't bring this up to b…

Christian Feminism

The definition of feminism according to google is "the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men." There can be no doubt that the feminism that we see in the world has also infiltrated the church. If we tweaked this definition slightly for Christian feminism it would be the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of submission, leadership, and teaching equality to men.

A women's submission to her husband is ultimately submission to God. Conversely, a women who does not submit to her husband is not submitting to God. The caveat is that a women cannot submit to something that is sinful, since she is in the end submitting to God. A wife cannot say she submits to God if she does not submit to her husband in the Lord. This principle can be found in 1 John 4:20.
If anyone says, "I love God" and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has…

Jordan Peterson and the Liberal Gestapo

Jordan Peterson caused a firestorm last week by making statements against political correctness. The Liberal Gestapo is especially irate since he refuses to use genderless pronouns and the normal protests have ensued. Here is a typical complaint: People don’t seem to understand what a big effect refusing to use someone’s pronouns has on them, it can really mess them up,” Chow said, adding that, in high school, they felt unsafe and ultimately left the school because teachers and other students did not address them by their preferred gender. What these radical left wingers don't understand is that when the government forces people to do things against their will their safety will really be in jeopardy. Dr. Peterson captures this well in an answer about society's role.
No. It's not the role of society to make people feel included. That's not the role of society. The role of society is to maintain a modicum of peace between people. It's not the role of society to make …

Fasting from Pleasure for His Pleasure

Fasting is one of those topics that seems relatively unspoken about in Evangelical Christian circles, which is peculiar since Jesus assumes that we will fast (Matt 6:16, Mark 2:20). It also does not seem like many people fast or are even aware that this is something that they should practice. Let's take a look at people who fasted in the Bible and their reasons.

1. David fasted for his child who was going to die because of his sin.
David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. (2 Sam. 12:16) "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, 'Who knows whether the LORD will be gracious to me.'" (2 Sam. 2:22)  2. Ezra and the people fasted for a safe journey.
Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. (Ezra 8:21) So we fasted and implored our God for …