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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Resources for thinking biblically about the homosexual marriage debate

In light of how prominently homosexual marriage is being discussed in the news media, on Facebook, on Twitter, and everywhere else, I thought it would be helpful to draw your attention to a few excellent resources on the issue.  Public opinion has changed so dramatically so quickly that we must be intentional about thinking biblically if we are going to avoid getting caught up in the winds of shifting morality.  The resources below helped to re-center my thoughts and resolve.  I hope you find them helpful, too.

Here's a video from Ravi Zacharias answering a question about homosexuality and Christianity. Pay close attention to how he frames his answer - sexuality is sacred, and to take it beyond God's clearly defined boundaries in any way is to sin against Him.

Here is an article by Kevin DeYoung regarding some of the more popular arguments for homosexual marriage.  Perhaps the most helpful part of the article is in the second half where he notes what will be required in order for Christians to be more persuasive in the culture.

There may be no one better at bringing a biblical worldview to bear on current events and issues than Dr. Albert Mohler.  In this article, he answers the question, "what is the true church to do regarding homosexual marriage?"

If you come across any other helpful resources on this issue, feel free to send them to me.

Posted by Greg Birdwell

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New Sunday School Series: Nine Marks of a Healthy Church

I hope you were as blessed as I was by Pastor Rick’s sermon series on the church the past two weeks.  If you haven’t heard these messages, please take the time to listen here.
Let me echo something Pastor Rick mentioned on Sunday.  As your elders, we ask that you devote yourself to the gathering of the saints for both hours each Sunday morning.  This is the only time during the week that our local body is gathered together for the teaching of the Word.  It is our desire that everyone in the body would make attending Sunday School a priority.  We have never intended for Sunday School to be something “extra-curricular”.  Much thought goes into what we teach there, and each particular series is taught because it is deemed necessary for the body.
This has never been more true than with the series Pastor Rick is beginning this coming Sunday.  He will be teaching on the Nine Marks of a Healthy Church.  In my opinion, this is the most important series we have ever done in Sunday School.  I have been praying that the Lord would impress upon everyone at Providence the importance of attending this series. 
As Rick mentioned on Sunday, our current deacons studied this material last year.  You could say “the lightbulb came on” for them regarding why we do things the way we do them at Providence.  They urged Rick to teach the material to the whole church, so that’s what we’re doing.
If you are accustomed to only coming to church for the second hour to attend the worship service, please get up earlier and come to the first service so that you can also attend Sunday School.  If you are accustomed to coming to church for the first hour worship service and then leaving, please plan to stay for Sunday School.  (You first-hour people may be afraid that if you stay for Sunday School all the restaurants will be filled up because it’s Easter Sunday.  Put it out of your mind.  It’s an urban legend.)  My prayer is that I will be preaching to a packed house during the first hour and a ghost town during the second!
I truly believe that you will be blessed and our church will be strengthened by this series.  Please be there!
Posted by Greg Birdwell

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Echoes of Molech in the Philly Abortion Trial

One law in Leviticus stands out to me as I read about the trial of the abortion doctor in Philadelphia: “You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am Yahweh” (Lev 18:21).  God did not give this law to the Israelites to stop them from continuing a sin they were already practicing.  Rather, He gave it to them because His people were about to enter the land of Canaan and these things were practiced by the Canaanites. “Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean, and the land became unclean, so that I punished its iniquity, and the land vomited out its inhabitants” (Lev 18:24-25).  God did not want the Canaanite debauchery to take hold of His people. 
The offering of children to Molech probably conjures the least vivid picture of all the things prohibited in Leviticus 18.  In our culture, we are somewhat familiar with different forms of sexual depravity, but child sacrifice is not something that hits as close to home.  Who is Molech anyway?   
Molech was a god of the Ammonites who was worshiped through child sacrifice.  Rabbinic sources give varied accounts of how this was done. Some suggest that the child was put inside a statue of Molech, which was then heated with fire from the outside so that the child burned to death.  Others suggest that the child was placed in the arms of a statue so that the statue was holding the child over the fire.  One common theme is that the priests would beat drums to drown out the sound of the children’s cries so that the parents would not be moved to save them.
However the worship was performed, the Bible does indicate that the children were burned (2Kings 23:10).  It is hard to imagine the callousness required to perform such an atrocity.  No doubt, the Israelites felt the same way when Yahweh forbade them to engage in such child sacrifice in Lev 18 and 20.  But what does the OT storyline reveal?  God’s people slowly succumbed to the influence of the Canaanites to the extent that they did more evil than all the nations God had destroyed from the land…including sacrificing their children to Molech (2Kings 21:9; Eze 5:6-7; 2Kings 23:10; Jer 32:35).
And what is the overarching point demonstrated in the OT regarding man’s ability to obey God’s law?  Every intention of the thoughts of man’s heart is only evil continually (Gen 6:5).  Not even God’s chosen people had the heart to obey Him (Josh 24:19; Deut 29:4).  The only place for the depraved human heart to go from one degree of debauchery is to a greater degree of debauchery.  There is no such thing as self-improvement.  And thus, the OT prepared the world for the coming of a Savior who would take upon Himself the penalty for such debauchery AND transform the nature of man by removing his heart of stone and replacing it with a heart of flesh (Eze 11:19-20; 36:25-27).
People are rightly appalled by the details coming out of the Philadelphia abortion trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell.  [WARNING: This link contains extremely graphic photos of “evidence” in the trial. Click at your own risk.]  I won’t go into those details other than to say the depravity of the procedures alleged to have been performed in Dr. Gosnell’s clinic is reminiscent of the worship of Molech.  And yet, there are many in our society who will fight to keep abortion in all its forms legal.
What should faithful believers do?  Many of us would like to stage demonstrations outside of abortion clinics or lobby congress to enact laws to protect the unborn, the weakest and most vulnerable among us.  I do believe that these things are legitimate expressions of the God-given directive to “do justice” (Micah 6:8).  But if that is all we do, we will miss the gospel-trajectory of the Old and New Testaments and fail to address the real issue.  The only thing that will turn worshipers of Molech into lovers of life and worshipers of Yahweh is a heart change that can only be affected by the good news of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Gosnell and other abortion doctors are nothing more than priests of a modern-day Molech, the god of self.  For personal gain, they offer up sacrifices to convenience and self-interest so that parents may live as they please, unencumbered by the moral laws of God.  But as they reject the law of God, they are running headlong into judgment, just like the Israelites ran headlong into exile.  Yet, judgment awaiting them is far worse than life in a foreign land; it is eternity in a literal place of torment called hell (Matt 13:41-42, 25:41).  They do not have hearts to obey God.  The only hope for them is to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, that He lived a sinless life, was crucified for the sins of men, and was raised from the dead so that all those who repent and trust in Him might be saved from the wrath of God and walk in newness of life.
So if you are moved to organize or participate in peaceful demonstrations against abortion clinics, that’s great.  Do that AND spread the gospel.  If you desire to lobby congress to pass laws preventing further atrocities, praise the Lord.  Do that AND spread the gospel.  Abortion is but one expression of the depravity that God will certainly judge and from which only Christ is mighty to save.  If you are appalled at this latest manifestation of pagan worship, stand against it and spread the gospel far and wide.
Posted by Greg Birdwell

Saturday, March 16, 2013

What Lou Ferrigno Can Teach Us About Sanctification

When I was a kid, I was fascinated with the Incredible Hulk.  He terrified me, yet I loved him.  It was only when I got older that I realized the Hulk was really just a bodybuilder named Lou Ferrigno, painted green.  So those muscles don’t just come out of nowhere…?
I’m sure no one thinks that bodybuilders just spontaneously morph into beasts, but most of us don’t give much thought to how they got to be so big.  Those enormous physiques represent years and years of near constant physical trauma.  There are three things that are necessary in order to cause a muscle to grow, and a bodybuilder is someone who is steadfastly committed to all three.
First, to grow muscle one must exercise.  The bodybuilder must bring his muscles under extreme, sustained stress to the point of actually damaging the muscle tissue.  Obviously, this stress comes from lifting heavy weights.  Most of us have done vigorous exercise at some point in our lives, whether that be running or playing sports or lifting weights.  For the average person, when we get to the point that further exertion becomes painful, we stop.  But the bodybuilder understands that the real work begins at that point.  All the benefit lies in the pain and beyond it.  So he will spend an entire workout pushing one muscle group (legs, shoulders, back, etc.) or part of one muscle group to complete exhaustion.
Second, to grow muscle one must eat.  Like crazy.  Some professional bodybuilders will consume in the neighborhood of 6000-7000 calories a day.  You might think that would give them to license to eat absolutely anything they want, but they watch their food very closely.  They do eat a lot of food, but it has to be the right kind of food.  They shoot for just the right proportions of the three macronutrients – proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.  The bodybuilder needs the right amount of all three because all three perform different tasks in the muscle-building process.  Proteins are necessary because they provide amino acids, the building blocks that repair and build the muscle.  If a bodybuilder does not eat adequate protein, his body will actually break down muscle to get the amino acids to repair muscle.  In other words, without enough protein, his muscles will get smaller, not bigger.  Carbohydrates are necessary because they provide the energy that fuels the bodybuilder’s workouts.  Without carbohydrates, he will not be able to push himself to the point of sufficiently stressing his muscles.  It may seem counter-intuitive, but fats are also essential for a bodybuilder.  Good fats provide a variety of benefits, including slowing down digestion, lubricating the joints, and supporting testosterone production.  A bodybuilder who is not eating enough of the right fats will be spinning his wheels in his attempt to build muscle.
Third, to grow muscle, one must rest.  In light of how huge these guys are it’s natural to assume that they must workout for hours a day, 7 days a week.  The truth is that they are just as fanatical about rest and sleep as they are about lifting and eating.  This is because they understand that muscle recovery and growth happens during rest.  Most professional bodybuilders will not workout on less than 8 hours of sleep.  They also do not workout everyday.  Some only workout 4 days a week, with one day of rest in between each workout. 
When all three of these factors are present – exercise, eating, and rest – muscles grow.  The extreme exercise causes trauma to the muscles that must be repaired.  During rest, the body takes the nutrients that have been eaten and uses them to repair and build the muscle tissue.  Working together, the three factors cause both the multiplication of muscle fibers and the expansion of muscle fibers, so that the muscle gets bigger.  If a person does that long enough with dedication and intensity, he will eventually look something like Lou Ferrigno.  
It’s remarkable the parallels that muscle growth has to the process of sanctification.  When we see someone who is extremely mature in the Lord – sometimes referred to as a “spiritual giant” – we don’t typically think about what took place to bring them to that level of maturity.  Those among us who are most like Christ are usually those who have experienced great pain and trauma, while applying the biblical tools for recovery. 
Like our muscles, we only grow spiritually when we are brought under extreme, sustained stress.  The bible calls this stress trials.  And what do we typically do when the pain or discomfort begins in a trial?  We want to stop.  We want to find a way out.  But the spiritually mature understand that God has a purpose for the pain.  He wants to grow them into the image of Christ.  So they endure the pain, even regarding it with joy, knowing the benefit that will come in the end (Jas1:2-4).   
But in order for the trials of our lives to result in growth, we must be implementing what we could call the “three spiritual macronutrients”.  First, we have to be taking in God’s Word.  Jesus prayed in the Garden, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17; cf. 2 Tim 3:16-17; Eph 5:26; 1Pet 2:2).  Without interpreting our circumstances and pain through Scripture, we cannot think biblically about them and we have nothing to draw on in responding to them.  As Jesus said, we must not “live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt 4:4).
Second, in order to grow through our trials, we must be spending time in prayer.  Repeatedly, the New Testament calls us bring our cares to the Lord in the context of trials and suffering.  In 1 Peter, the apostle gives instruction on how to be faithful in the midst of persecution.  This teaching is capped with the following exhortation from 5:6-7: Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Similarly, Paul calls us to “not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Phi 4:6).  It is through prayer that we bring the pain and confusion of our trials and lay it before the Lord, trusting Him to grow us through it all.
Third, to grow through our trials, we must be actively participating in the life of the body of Christ.  Eph 4:1-16 demonstrates that God has given the church to the church to help the church be the church.  He has gifted every member of the body to serve every other member of the body so that the body “builds itself up in love.”  God has designed sanctification to take place within the context of the community of the saints.  It is there that we find admonishment when we are idle, encouragement when we are fainthearted, and help when we are weak (1 Thess 5:14).  It is there that we are stirred up to love and good works by those who also are encountering trials and pursuing holiness (Heb 10:24; 1 Pet 5:9; 2 Tim 2:22). 
In addition to these “spiritual macronutrients”, we also need rest, that is, we need to trust in the sovereign hand of God.  In Rom 8:28-39, Paul points to the sovereign plan of God as a source of great comfort to the believer who finds himself in the midst of various trials.  God is forcing all things – including and especially the painful things – to do us good, to conform us to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.
When we put all of these things together – trials, God’s Word, prayer, fellowship, and rest – we have the recipe for tremendous spiritual growth.  Sadly, most of us never consider what God is doing by bringing these trials into our lives.  And because we do not understand the purpose, we are not intentional about resting in Him and about implementing those spiritual macronutrients.  Like a bodybuilder who works his muscles to exhaustion but does not eat or rest, we simply spin our wheels, not getting any more mature, but just experiencing a lot of pain.
Consider what God is doing in you right now and think about how you are responding:
1)    What specific trial or trials are you experiencing right now?  If you are a believer, the ultimate purpose for these things is to cause you to grow.
2)    How are you responding?  Are you looking for a way out of the pain?  Or are you staying with the “burn,” looking for what God is trying to teach you, understanding the benefit it will have if you remain faithful?
3)    Are you getting your spiritual macros?  Are you in the Word?  Are you praying?  Are you engaged in the lives of other believers and allowing them into yours?  In order to grow, you’ve got to eat.
4)    Are you resting in the sovereignty of God?  Are you focusing on God and His loving plan or on your circumstances and their seeming meaninglessness?  In order to grow, you’ve got to rest.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (Jam 1:2-4).
Posted by Greg Birdwell

Thursday, March 14, 2013

"The Church's One Foundation": A new, old hymn for this Sunday

“If you wish to deepen the worship of the people of God, above all deepen their grasp of his ineffable majesty in his person and in all his works.”[1]

This quote, following a sequence of statements regarding what God expects of his people when gathered together for the praise of his name and the edification of one another, prompted much personal thought on the issue of “church music” and its use in corporate gatherings. Psalm 95:6-7 proclaims, in the context of singing songs to the Lord, “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.”[2] If the authoritative Scriptures demand for God’s people to sing praise unto His name, we should not be slack in acquainting ourselves with this privilege and in what manner it is to be completed. Regarding “what manner,” it would be necessary to write another posting, but it would suffice here to say the manner in which we should approach God in singing is joyous reverence and thankful awe of who he is (see Psalm 20:5, Colossians 3:15b and Hebrews 12:28).

We see in the New Testament, in Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you
richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Ephesians 5:19, in connection, tells God’s children to, “[address] one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.” These verses, among many others, help us see three important truths about what our musical offering to the Lord should consist of: 1) It should be word of Scripture-driven, 2) It should be Christ-centered and exalting and 3) It should be God-focused. Such Scriptures point us to the fact that worship, (using the musical sense of the word here) relays that God has chosen the craft of music to aid in the believer’s growth in knowledge and recollection of himself through his Holy Word. D. A. Carson uses the phrase “proper response” to describe the privilege of corporate worship. This “proper response” he suggests stems from the fact that worship is “grounded in the very character and attributes of God” (see Psalm 29:2) and that “God calls us to reflect on what he has disclosed of his own expectations (see Psalm 75:1)”[3] Thus, we can conclude that musical worship is an integral part of our gatherings, and is to be guided by God-focused themes, (vertical praise) just as mutual encouragement, based on God’s Word, can be effective (horizontal edification).

Admittedly it is often easy to overlook Scriptural content for the appeal of a well-written
melody and/or style of song. For this we must give thanks to God for his blessings of musical artistry and the granting of musical skill upon his people, but we must not omit our obligation to use music for its intended purpose, that is, making much of his glory. Music is a tool helping us learn and recall the majesty of God through treasuring his Son and Word throughout the days he grants us.

One way we can increase our view and praise of God in corporate singing is to immerse
ourselves in learning songs that help us, as is posed in the opening quote, recall all his works. This upcoming Sunday, Lord willing, we have the privilege of studying the theme of the bride of Christ, his Church. Scripture has much to say about Christ’s gathered people, and it would be fitting for us to learn and sing a song, to be offered to God in thankfulness, that richly displays the glory of God through his work in Christ to purchase a people gathered for the glory of his name. Therefore, the Lord has enabled us to use the song, “The Church’s One Foundation.” The song, originally written in 1866 by Samuel J. Stone, reflects much of Scripture’s thoughts concerning the Church and will provide us a way to grow deeper in our knowledge of the Church while being able to give God glory for the authoring of it. We are thankful to God for Brian Moss, of Indelible Grace Music, who has re-written the melody to suit the need for an updated tune; we are pleased the song is both reverent and easy to sing.

For your personal interaction with the song, lyrics and YouTube video link are provided below. Also, for devotional use a lyric-to-Scripture comparison is provided for the first, and glorious, stanza. May God grant us a greater view of Himself and his works as well as an increased and Scripturally sound desire to pursue him in song in such a way that both honors him as sovereign and worthy of all praise!

Written by Jason Odel
PBF Intern

The Church’s One Foundation (lyrics):
The Church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is His new creation
By water and the Word:
From heav’n He came and sought her
To be His holy Bride;
With His own blood He bought her,
And for her life He died.

Elect from every nation,
Yet one o’er all the earth,
Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
With every grace endued.

’Mid toil and tribulation,
And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation
Of peace for evermore;
Till, with the vision glorious,
Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union
With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won:
O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we,
Like them, the meek and lowly,
In love may dwell with Thee.

The Church’s One Foundation (YouTube):

The Church’s One Foundation (Lyric-to-Scripture Comparison):

1) The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord:

1 Corinthians 3:11 - For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Colossians 1:18 - And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

Ephesians 5:23-24 - For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

2) She is His new creation:

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has
passed away; behold, the new has come.

3) By water and the Word:

Ezekiel 36:25-27 - I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.

Ephesians 5:26-27 - Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave
himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

4) From heaven He came and sought her:

Luke 19:10 - For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.

5) To be His holy Bride:

Ephesians 1:4 - even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we
should be holy and blameless before him.

6) With His own blood He bought her:

Ephesians 1:7 - In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

Ephesians 2:13 - But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

7) And for her life He died:

Romans 5:6 -For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

1 Corinthians 15:3 - For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,

[1] Carson, D.A. Worship by the Book. Grand Rapids, Michigan. Zondervan, p. 31.

[2] All Scriptures from the English Standard Version of Scripture

[3] Carson, D.A. Worship by the Book. Grand Rapids, Michigan. Zondervan, p. 27-29.

Posted by Jason Odel

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Abortion Ban Exceptions Undermine the Argument

This week, the Arkansas State Legislature voted to override Gov. Beebe’s veto of a bill that would ban abortion after the 12th week of pregnancy.  This means that Arkansas now has the most restrictive abortion law in the nation. 
In this news story, the new law is referred to as a “near-ban” since it contains exceptions in the cases of rape, incest, the life of the mother, and highly lethal fetal disorders.  Such exceptions are no surprise as virtually all new abortion bills proposed by pro-life legislators contain them.  It is assumed that without these exceptions, such bills have no chance of seeing a vote, much less becoming law. 
The problem with the continued allowance for these exceptions is that it undermines the moral argument against abortion.  The typical conservative argument is that abortion is murder.  Certainly, this is a biblical position.  The Bible consistently assumes the personhood of the unborn (Psa 51:5, 71:5-6, 139:13-16; Jer 1:5; Luke 1:39-45; Gal 1:15). That is, humans are humans while in the womb, from conception.  Humans are made in the image of God, unlike any other creatures in God’s world.  This is why God regards the killing of a human being as qualitatively different from the killing of an animal.  In Genesis9:3, God gives man the right to kill “every moving thing” for food.  However, regarding the killing of man, He says,“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image (Gen 9:6).  
Because the Bible treats the unborn as persons made in the image of God, and because the killing of those made in the image of God requires the death penalty, it should be no surprise to find a passage like Exodus 21:22-25, which condemns to death anyone who causes the miscarriage of a pregnancy or the premature birth and subsequent death of a baby.  In biblical terms, causing the death of a human being, whether in the womb or after birth, calls for “life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe” (Exo 21:23-25).
This is the moral argument against abortion.  It is wrong to take innocent human life.  If that is an inviolable principle, there is no room for the exceptions that we find in modern abortion bans.  It is difficult to imagine something more traumatic than enduring rape or incest.  Carrying a pregnancy that results from one of these crimes would be even more difficult.  So the argument against these exceptions is not intended to minimize the pain of these experiences.  However, the question that must be asked is this: are human beings who are conceived as a result of rape or incest not created in the image of God?  The answer is obvious.  They are undoubtedly created in God’s image.  Therefore, it is morally wrong to kill them.  The same can be said of those pregnancies that threaten the life of the mother and those that involve “highly lethal fetal disorders.”  These human beings are also created in the image of God.  Therefore, it is morally wrong to kill them. 
By passing abortion bans that contain these exceptions, we weaken our argument by violating the inviolable principle that undergirds it.  Man’s being created in the image of God is the foundation of the argument that it is morally wrong to take innocent human life.  When we make exceptions in cases where the image of God is not in question, we silently testify that the image of God is not the foundation of our argument.  This leaves the argument with no foundation at all.  Like a house from which the floor joists have been removed, the argument will collapse.  The result will be that the lines we refuse to cross become completely arbitrary.
It is perfectly normal to feel some sense of emotional conflict over such extreme cases of pregnancy.  But we must base our positions and arguments on Scripture, not on emotion.  We serve a God who sovereignly and routinely brings about great good out of horrendous evil (Gen 50:15-21).  He is the One whose “grace is sufficient” to see us through any trial (2 Cor 12:9).
While the Arkansas legislature deserves credit for seeking to limit the availability of abortion, a more careful look at our guiding principles would do much to strengthen the pro-life cause.
Posted by Greg Birdwell

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Albert Mohler on Pornography and Same-Sex Marriage

In his most recent article, "A Warped Worldview: Another Moral Effect of Pornography," R. Albert Mohler Jr., discusses new research that links the impact of pornography on one's views on same-sex marriage. 

Yet another body of evidence pointing to the insidious nature of pornography...