In this article, I want to pull back the veil and give us a glimpse of the spiritual reality that is occurring in the world today. I can assure you of this: the spiritual battle that is raging now is no less intense than when those chariots of fire rallied around the prophet of God against the Syrian army. The New Testament contains vivid imagery of warfare (Ephesians 6:10-20, 1 Timothy 1:18). This imagery points us to the spiritual reality of a great warfare between Christ and Satan. One text in particular shows us the reality of spiritual warfare: 1 John 4:1-6. … More Why Jesus’ Victory Means More False Prophets
Daniel Hyde wrote, “Despite claims that the creeds and confessions are unbiblical, that they are merely Roman Catholic traditions, or that they stifle the Spirit of God in the life of God’s people, they are, in fact, biblical and beneficial.” I concur. This post is a collection of sundry thoughts on why having a confession … More The Doctrines of Grace and the Importance of Confessions of Faith
I do not ask if you go to church. I do not ask if you read the Bible. I do not ask if you believe in God. These are important questions. But today, I ask you this: do you love Jesus Christ? There is perhaps no question more important than this one. So important is this question, that … More Do You Love Jesus Christ?
The modern Charismatic movement is fraught with dangers and misrepresentations of Christianity. What are the the key aspects of this movement that should concern Christians? I originally wrote the following article as a series of six blog posts in 2014 on a now defunct site. I have combined them all into one mega-post and made a few slight edits in order to re-publish this article here. The topic is still of immense importance … More The Strange Fire of the Charismatic Movement
While some in Christendom may think that the need to preach the Gospel is no longer as pressing as it was in days past, there are still some very dark places in the world where there is no strong Christian presence. Believe it or not, there are even places where wickedness is openly promoted and … More A Brief Plea for More Short-Term Missionaries to Serve in America
Navigating pastoral ministry is tricky business. One of the most challenging aspects may be deciding on the songs to sing every Sunday morning. A pastor already has so many issues to deal with, facing the consequences of making poor music choices shouldn’t be one of them! Unfortunately, several pastors in recent days have made the … More Five Reasons Pastors Should Not Allow the Psalms to Be Sung in Church
This past weekend, when thousands gathered in Atlanta to celebrate the Super Bowl, a handful of evangelists gathered to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was not able to attend, but I have had the privilege of preaching with some of these men on other occasions. These men went forth into the streets to … More Good News for the Guilty
How much thought have you given to paying pastors? According to John Calvin and Martin Luther, it is something that Satan has on his mind. In fact, it is a trick of Satan to have faithful pastors struggle to make ends meet. How can this ploy of the devil be overcome? … More Subverting Satan’s Schemes via Pastoral Salaries
If you haven’t heard about the recent Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel that was produced by John MacArthur, Phil Johnson, James White, and others, you can read about it here. The issues surrounding this statement are myriad and complex. However, as a Reformed theonomist and Christian Reconstructionist, I’ve found it very interesting to analyze the … More Theonomy, Allistair Begg, and the Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel.
We have a tendency to be petty. We can make a huge deal about a little wrong that someone has committed against us. It is in our sinful nature. This is why the Bible calls us to overlook offences: “Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs” (Proverbs 19:11). Despite this imperative, we often find it hard … More The Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor