Friday, 30 October 2015

Statism


In a post-Christian world, people who have rejected God often make an idol of the state, and the state often encourages such dependence. The twentieth century witnessed the rise of a particularly despotic form of statism in countries from China to Russia to Germany. What dangers do we face when the state attempts to replace God? In this session, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. discusses the dangers of statism and the way Christians should respond when they find themselves in a nation where statism has gained ascendancy.

Resource: Ligonier.org

Monday, 19 October 2015

Women to be Elders and Pastors

Egalitarians say that Gal. 3:28 allows women to be elders and pastors


by Matt Slick
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus," (Gal. 3:28).
The egalitarians often quote Galatians 3:28 in their arguments to justify that women can be pastors and elders. Their reasoning is that since the verse says that there is neither male nor female in Christ then the offices of elder, bishop, pastor, etc., should not display gender differences since there is neither male nor female.
The problem with this interpretation is that the context of Galatians 3:28 is dealing with salvation and not church office qualifications. Contextually, Paul says in Galatians 3:24 that we are justified by faith and that we have been clothed with Christ (v. 27). In 3:29 he speaks about our belonging to Christ. So, there is nothing in the context to signify that women can be elders or pastors.
A closer look at Galatians 3:28 will reveal that Paul is showing there is no distinction between Jew and Greek. This is important because the Jewish people understood the Messiah was coming only for them (Matt. 15:24). Paul negates the distinction of nationality regarding salvation as he also negates the distinction of slave and free, male and female. He says, "you are all one in Christ Jesus."

In Christ

The phrase, "in Christ," occurs 90 times in the New Testament. It is used to designate those who are saved. The Bible uses the phrase, "in Christ," to tell us that we have redemption (Rom. 3:24), are all live to God (Rom. 6:23), have escaped condemnation (Rom. 8:1), are approved before God (Rom. 16:10), are sanctified (1 Cor. 1:2), are made new creatures (2 Cor. 5:17), are God's workmanship (Eph. 2:10), have been granted grace (2 Tim. 1:9), and have obtained salvation (2 Tim. 2:10). There are many more, but this will demonstrate the point well.
As we see from the above paragraph, the phrase, "in Christ," is a designation of our relationship with God through the person of Christ. We are in Christ. Consider 1 Cor. 15:22 which says, "For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive."
So, Galatians 3:28 is not about women in ministry but about those who are "in Christ"--those who are saved. Therefore, it does not support the idea of women elders were pastors.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Keeping a Pure Conscience

By John MacArthur
John gives practical, biblical advice on how to sharpen the divinely-implanted tool for Christian growth—your conscience.
Through the years I've been a pastor, I have watched our culture unravel in its addiction to corruption. People are enslaved to sex, numb to violence, and terminally self-consumed. The rapid increase in the pervasiveness and openness of sin is paralleled by a decreasing sensitivity to conscience. And no wonder. People are trained to ignore their guilt—and yet their drowning in it.
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