November 27, 2011

White Horse Inn: Repentance and Personal Transformation

NOTE 3-14-2016

I have since come to realize that there are definitely problems with soft antinomianism going on in the church today. I wrote the original post here while still not seeing that problem. There certainly is a problem with hammering the law too heavily as well. But that isn't what I'm seeing in my circles at the moment.

Original post follows:

The White Horse Inn guys tackle the issue of whether we ought to expect life transformation from repentance. Contrast this with Jay Adams' approach of using the law/getting on the rat wheel of making yourself more holy and obedient. Super job, men.

Repentance and Personal Transformation

When I read things that promote the law-driven sanctification approach I think those who use it must have some kind of high view of their own ability to do good, and a deficient view of their own sin nature. Frankly, I am so sinful that I can't even accurately know where or how to begin making myself more obedient. Over time, God has done a better job mortifying my sin than I ever could through my own conscious effort, dealing with the issue that I happen to think is most important.

That is not to say I don't try. But I too often get it wrong. The things I see wrong in my life are not what my neighbor sees. And the things both my neighbor and I see are not what God sees as the thing which ought to be dealt with next.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.  Romans 7:21-25

November 16, 2011

Harry Potter Bible Study released

The Harry Potter Bible Study Has Been Released: Where Can You Buy It? | SBC Voices

Um. Yeah. Just in case you wanted another heaping helping of apostasy, some in the Southern Baptist Convention are ready and willing to help you out.

Skimming through a few of the other articles at Jared Moore's blog there, (I wonder if he is related to Russell D. Moore...) this doesn't seem to be an anomaly. Sad.

November 1, 2011

Surph Side weighs on in on the Evangelical Pope's gag order for Discernment Divas

Denise over at Surph's Side has made some very astute observations regarding Phil Johnson's screed against the discerning women that he doesn't like. It's a long post but worth getting through.

The Gag Order on Discerning Women Bloggers
And here MacArthur states:
“If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home. The implication is present in this statement that certain women were out of order in asking questions in the church service. If they desired to learn, the church was no place for them to express their questions in a disruptive way. Paul also implies, of course, that Christian husbands should be well taught in the Word. Many women are tempted to go beyond their biblical roles because of frustration with Christian men, often including their own husbands, who do not responsibly fulfill the leadership assignments God has given them. But God has established the proper order and relationship of male–female roles in the church, and they are not to be transgressed for any reason. For a woman to take on a man’s role because he has neglected it merely compounds the problem. It is not possible for a woman to substitute for a man in such things. God often has led women to do work that men have refused to do, but He does not lead them to accomplish that work through roles He has restricted to men.