Archive for May, 2009
Posted by in Pastor's Blog on May 31st, 2009
As I am preparing to go to worship services this morning and teach the word of God I recalled reading this article the other day from Dr Albert Mohler. I was stunned that a man could remain in the pulpit, while publicly advocating that there is no God! Interesting reading.
Posted by in Pastor's Blog on May 30th, 2009
In reading Psalm 90 one is struck by the contrast with which the poet begins. The first six verses highlight the difference between God and man. God is eternal but man’s life is fleeting. In verses 7-11 we see the reason for man’s fleeting existence on this earth. Death is not natural but comes because of sin. All men are under the sentence of death and ultimately the wrath of God because of sin. The average life span Moses says is about 70 years but even if it is longer the days of our lives “are soon gone and we fly away.”(ESV) All of us have had the experience of dealing with a sudden death, or if you haven’t you soon will, and it is always unsettling to face the reality that the person that we have known and loved is separated from us. In light of these truths the Psalmist prays that God will “teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (ESV). The days of our lives are so few and they can so quickly end that we need wisdom to live by the Word of God. One of our most treasured hymns is based on Psalm 90 and Isaac Watts penned a profound truth when he wrote: “Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears all its sons away.” May our prayer be like that of Moses and may we realize the brevity of life and live each day in obedience to the commands of Jesus Christ.
Posted by in Pastor's Blog on May 29th, 2009
Posted by in Pastor's Blog on May 28th, 2009
IS BELIEVING JESUS CHRIST TO BE THE ONLY WAY OF SALVATION NARROW MINDED?
What can a Christian do when they are accused of being close-minded simply because they believe Jesus’ claim that He is the only way of salvation. If you have encountered that kind of accusation yourself, you might be interested in this. Normally people who voice this kind of complaint are not saying the believer is wrong about Jesus. Instead, we are “close-minded” simply for thinking we are right. The great cry of our day is for tolerance. But most people completely misunderstand what the word means. We tolerate people that we disagree with. If I agree with you I am not tolerating you: I agree with you, we are on the same side! Disagreeing with a person does not mean you don’t tolerate them. We tolerate people, what we do not tolerate is ideas. Ideas are to be subjected to discussion and argumentation to see if they are sound. It is completely proper to think that if your view is true, opposing views must be mistaken. How could it be different? For example, if it is true that all religions lead to God, then it is false that only one religion leads to God. It is nonsense to affirm both that there are many ways to God and that there is only one way to God. If one person is correct about something then the opposing viewpoint must necessarily be wrong. Those people who believe that they are correct that “all religions lead to God” are saying that the person who believes that Jesus Christ is the only way is wrong. But they don’t see themselves as being narrow minded even though they are doing the very thing they accuse believers of. It is one thing to be narrow in your belief and another to be narrow minded. Narrow simply refers to the content of any belief. All truth is narrow by virtue of it being true. Narrow-minded is a different story. It means that the person will not consider opposing views, they are discounted without a hearing on the basis of prior bias. Christians can be guilty of this but so are many skeptics. When a person makes this accusation ask them if they are open-minded. In other words, have they genuinely investigated the claims of Christ, or are they simply being narrow-minded. A great preacher of the last century once said that “…the purpose of an open mind is like the purpose of an open mouth. Eventually it should close down on something solid.” Minds, like mouths, should not be continually gaping open. Sooner or later we have to commit ourselves to some beliefs that seem reasonable. Put another way, we don’t want to have our minds so open that our brains fall out.
For NABC members: Do you recognize the person singing this hymn? Click on the arrow to hear the song. Hint: It is NOT the Pastor!
Americans views on abortion are changing. According to a recent Gallup poll a majority of Americans now identify themselves as pro-life. Dr Albert Mohler, the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has an interesting and informative article on this issue.