Judging for God

Most of us are wedded to our own opinions. After all, they would not be our opinions unless they were good ones! Some are vocal in defending them; others slink away when confronted, choosing to condemn the world in private rather than risk being proven wrong in the open. We find it very difficult to conquer the two-edged sword of stubbornness and pride. This sword is especially sharp when we believe we are following God’s word. In such cases, our opinion is God’s, is it not? Great care is needed here. Once we depart from what Paul called “things of first importance” (1 Cor.

When Saints Fall

Honesty is one of the abundant proofs that the Bible is the verbally inspired, perfect, and sufficient word of God. Unlike many of the hagiographic histories of the founders of the world’s religions, the Lord was pleased to record the failings and serious sins of the leading figures through whom he made known his truth and brought his Son into the world. The sinner’s list is long; Abraham, Jacob, David, Jonah, and Peter stand out. What stands out more is the brutally honest way that the Holy Spirit describes their unbelief, lies, immorality, outright defiance of God, and nasty pride.

And the Word Became Flesh

Because the Lord has given us much to do, we need seasons of quiet. Quiet is at the heart of strength, for it allows for communion with God (Isa. 30:15). This quiet is not the meditation upon the vain conundrums so much in vogue among purveyors of Eastern idolatries, but God-speaking and us-hearing silence; worshiping, trusting, and praying quietness. He is our Father, and his words, love, and fellowship call for reverent stillness before him. Noisy lives and noisy souls tend to push him away, drown out his still, small voice.

The Christian and War

The life of a disciple of Jesus Christ is war (Eph. 6:10-18; 1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:7). This war is personal, intense, and lifelong. When we would do good, evil is present with us (Rom. 7:21). Combining malice and subtlety, the crucified but still breathing man of sin within us fights back, resists the good impulses of the Holy Spirit, and burdens the heart with guilty reminders of past failures and discouragement about future progress (Gal. 5:17). The smallest knoll of holiness is taken only with strenuous effort to trust God and to resist sin.

Better to Worship Baal than Money and Technology

It is better to worship the sun than to worship money. It is better to sacrifice to Baal than to worship technology. Covetousness is a form of idolatry (Col. 3:5) that makes men unable to see anything beyond their food bowl. Science and machinery intoxicate men so that they quickly forget their dependence upon God. Western Christians are thus facing a significant challenge that few comprehend. Revealed religion will not long flourish in the absence of natural religion.

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