The success of the Left

david-cook-on-galatians“There are now fewer in our denomination who remember the way the church was pre 1977.

I began to teach Sunday School at Waverley Presbyterian in 1968. The curriculum consisted of situational ethics. There was no gospel being taught, indeed, in the wider church, those who refused to use the imposed Sunday School material were hounded out of the church. Liberalism in the majority is always thoroughly intolerant!

These were the days when our training institutions imposed a deadening liberalism by training clergy with no gospel to preach, no propitiatory sacrifice, no substitutionary atonement, no bodily resurrection, and no new life…”

– In one of his recent opinion pieces, Presbyterian Moderator-General David Cook reminds us of the ever-present danger of theological liberalism.

(Image: St. Helen’s Bishopsgate.)

Trouble ahead for U.S. Churches?

AS Haley“The problem is that with this decision, the not-Supreme-and-not-a-court has set the stage for a monumental conflict between two constitutional rights: the right to exercise one’s religion under the First Amendment, and the right to marry (which soon will have to be extended to polygamy and polyandry, since there are no limiting principles to the new “right” just discovered).

And the worst part is that the only umpires for this impending conflict will be: you guessed it — unelected lawyers in black robes.

What may come as news to some is that the United States has been there before — and the results were not pretty…”

Christian lawyer A S Haley comments.

Related: American Tragedy: Now Gird Up Your Loins.

Robert A J Gagnon“… this will turn out to be the greatest American tragedy for the civil liberties of persons of faith, for the cause of sexual purity… and for the lives of persons struggling with same-sex attraction…”

D A Carson on the US Supreme Court decision

Dr Don CarsonOn Desiring God’s Ask Pastor John podcast, Tony Reinke asked Prof. D. A. Carson for his response to the US Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.

Runs for 18 minutes. Worth listening.

Responses to US Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision

Albert Mohler“The threat to religious liberty represented by this decision is clear, present, and inevitable.

Assurances to the contrary, the majority in this decision has placed every religious institution in legal jeopardy if that institution intends to uphold its theological convictions limiting marriage to the union of a man and a woman. This threat is extended to every religious citizen or congregation that would uphold the convictions held by believers for millennia.”

Read it all – at the SBTS website.

Russell Moore also has wise words in this video. via Justin Taylor.

russell-moore-us-supreme-court“This is not the time for Christians to panic. We have a God who is sovereign. The Supreme Court can do many things, but the Supreme Court cannot get Jesus Christ back into the grave.”

The Heresy of Racial Superiority

Dr Albert Mohler“In 1995, on the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Southern Baptist Convention, the denomination publicly repented of its roots in the defense of slavery.

In 2015, far more is required of us. It is not enough to repent of slavery. We must repent and seek to confront and remove every strain of racial superiority that remains and seek with all our strength to be the kind of churches of which Jesus would be proud — the kind of churches that will look like the marriage supper of the Lamb…”

– Albert Mohler looks at the history of his own denomination – and college.

Welcome to Upsy Down Town

steve-rockwell“Fifty years ago the Christian world view was accepted as the norm by most of the western world. Twenty years ago it was tolerated as the view of some.

Today, in Upsy Down Town, if you want to stand for the Christian way of thinking on almost any ethical issue, expect to be swimming against the tide…”

– Stephen Rockwell, who teaches at George Whitefield College in Cape Town, writes about how to live in Upsy Down Town.

Who counts as an extremist?

Dr Mike Ovey“Shortly after the last general election, prime minister David Cameron said that the UK had been a ‘passively tolerant society’ for too long. ‘Passively tolerant’, he says, is a society in which people were told ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone’.

This is rather odd…”

Oak Hill Principal Mike Ovey considers some ominous proposals in the UK.

‘2067: the end of British Christianity’

christian-extinction“It’s often said that Britain’s church congregations are shrinking, but that doesn’t come close to expressing the scale of the disaster now facing Christianity in this country.

Every ten years the census spells out the situation in detail: between 2001 and 2011 the number of Christians born in Britain fell by 5.3 million — about 10,000 a week. If that rate of decline continues, the mission of St Augustine to the English, together with that of the Irish saints to the Scots, will come to an end in 2067…”

– Damian Thompson writes in The Spectator. A powerful reminder that the gospel is Britain’s only hope.

adam4dAnd Adam Ford has this observation.

A day late, a dollar short

Tony Campolo“Tony Campolo has become the latest evangelical leader to declare for gay marriage. It is perhaps not a surprise …

What is surprising in the statement is the complete absence of any thoughtful argumentation in his articulation of his position.…”

Carl Trueman comments on Tony Campolo’s change of mind on ‘gay marriage’.

Photo: TonyCampolo.org

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