Election is a dangerougs & demoralizing doctrine?

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ: To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.” 1 Peter 1:1-2

“In this, Peter refutes the greatest objection Arminians have about the doctrine of election. “If election is true, men can live as they please,” Arminians say. “Therefore election is a dangerous and demoralizing doctrine. If people glean their assurance in anyway from election, their holy walk with God will be compromised.”  Peter replies that the very purpose of election it to make men holy. God’s election does not destroy moral effort; rather, as Spurgeon notes: “God’s choice makes chosen men choice men.” And Thomas Watson says, “Sanctification is the earmark of Christ’s sheep.”

God wants to make His elect holy, for He has predestined them to be conformed to the image of His Sin. No one can then say, “I am elect therefore, I not need to be Christlike.” Rather, as Peter implies, a believer should say, “Because I am elect, I cannot avoid being Christlike.” God’s elect cannot be at peace living in sin; they cannot live under sin’s domination (Romans 6:11-14) or live counter to Christ and His will. If we are elect, God has committed all the fullness and glory of His resources to make us like His son. As surely as God has determined to save the elect from eternity past and provided the cross of Calvary as the means of that salvation, so He has determined that the effects of that salvation will be holiness, even into eternity.”

– Joel Beeke, Living For God’s Glory:An Introduction to Calvinism pg 65

Theology Matters

When you start to really study the Bible and dig into theological things it can be intimidating. There’s a lot of big, hard to pronounce, words out there relating to theology. But, I think it is vitally important for each and every Christian to look into theology. Instead of just studying God or His word we tend to relate it back to ourselves. Churches are full of watered down Bible studies that you never really learn anything from aside from how to do life better. We learn how to better deal with our struggles, our short comings, our sins … it’s me me me me!
Now, I’m not suggesting the Bible doesn’t serve the purpose of personal application. I am a big believer that you can get answers from the Bible for just about any problem or calamity you face in life. However, I do not think this should be the main type of Bible studying we do. I think we should study the Bible to know God, to learn to revere our Lord and Savior. To learn the history of our brothers and sisters in Christ … to look in awe at just how amazing God is. Redemptive history is really breath-taking and (in my opinion) it’s far more important than learning God’s purpose for your life. (And just to save you $20 on a book I can answer that one for you … God’s purpose for you? To glorify Him. )

“Wimpy theology makes wimpy women.” – John Piper

Whether you agree or disagree with Dr. Piper’s teachings I think we should all agree that the above statement is correct. As women we should be strong in our theology. It should be our goal to easily articulate what we believe and why. A lot of women will someday be (or are already mothers) … you are going to play a big role in the theology your child learns. Do your children see you reading books about how God can better your life or will they see you digging into the Word, yearning to know God in the midst of whatever problems you have? If your children ever encounter atheist or evolutionists that push them on their beliefs … will they have a strong theological foundation to stand on? Or will they have moralistic, therapeutic deism?
The church is in a state of despair to say the least. The types of things going-down in Christian churches today is highly alarming, and this is just another reason we need to be able to proclaim the Truth loudly. Here are a couple of links to insanity that has happened in the church as of late:
I know that’s only two, but there’s more. Just look around at how much church focuses on the youth and trying to be “cool” enough to attract kids. It’s really sad. I think one of the main remedies to this is getting back to the Bible. Read the Bible, read your church’s catechism. It used to be no big thing for children and adults to have tons of scripture memorized. To know what they believed and why was normal. Catechizing kids was a normal part of family life. I think we need to get back to that and it starts with recognizing as adults that theology DOES matter.

Be Blessed,

*This is a post from my old wordpress blog*

Preservation & Canonicity of Scripture

 ‘In order to obtain a correct understanding of what is called the formation of the Canon of the New Testament, it is necessary to begin by fixing very firmly in our minds one fact which is obvious enough when attention is once called to it.  That is, that the Christian church did not require to form for itself the idea of a “canon” — or, as we should more commonly call it, of a “Bible” — that is, of a collection of books given of God to be the authoritative rule of faith and practice. It inherited this idea from the Jewish church, along with the thing itself, the Jewish Scriptures, or the “Canon of the Old Testament.” The church did not grow up by natural law: it was founded. And the authoritative teachers sent forth by Christ to found His church, carried with them, as their most precious possession, a body of divine Scriptures, which they imposed on the church that they founded as its code of law. No reader of the New Testament can need proof of this; on every page of that book is spread the evidence that from the very beginning the Old Testament was as cordially recognized as law by the Christian as by the Jew. The Christian church thus was never without a “Bible” or a “canon.”” 

My friend Diane @ Theology For Girls is currently doing a series called, Thursday Theology. Today’s post is on the preservation and canonicity of Scripture. You can view the whole post here 🙂

Be Blessed,

Nine Years Later

Below is a piece written by my beloved, Josh. This is one political topic that he and I agree on 100% and I stand fully behind what he has said so eloquently below.  I do apologize to those of you that also read his blog  as this will be a re-post for you.

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Nine Years Later

by Josh

As we reach the nine-year mark of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, I reflect upon how America reacted to this event both in the short term as well as the long term.  Either way, I think this issue is fundamentally theological in nature.  What was our response right after 9-11?  There was a surge of church attendance, but that was very brief.  America as a whole didn’t turn to God.  There was no repentance or even a recognition of God’s sovereignty over all things.  Anyone who spoke of God’s judgment in light of 9-11 was vilified.  Instead of turning to God, Americans built even more nationalistic idols.  As we Americans are prone to do, we once again began to worship freedom itself.

Ironically, the result has been a loss of our constitutional liberties and a massive increase in Federal power.  People talked about “defending freedom” on the one hand while looking the other way when Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act and other legislation which eroded our liberties.  All of this was done to ensure our safety, we were told, and that these massive expansions of government power were necessary to that end.  The reality is that America is not any safer from terrorism today than we were before 9-11.  This is especially true given that our borders are still porous and nothing has been done to seriously halt the flow of illegal aliens into the country.

Our foreign policy has gotten worse, not better, as a result of 9-11.  America became a target of terrorism primarily because of our meddling in the affairs of nations in the Middle East.  This didn’t happen because a group of Muslims “hate our freedom.”  During the Soviet intervention into Afghanistan in the 1980s, the United States trained and equipped the elements which became Al-Qaeda.  Our lopsided and unnecessary alliance with Israel has fueled hatred of America in this region.  America’s unnecessary intervention during the first Gulf War and our subsequent occupation added even more fuel to the fire.

There are far more examples of American intervention into the Middle East than what I’ve mentioned here, but it’s clear that 9-11 was an example of “blowback” just like the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.  Our response to 9-11 should have included an element of restraint on matters of foreign policy, but that never happened.  In a bizarre twist, our operations in Afghanistan suddenly took a backseat to an unnecessary invasion and occupation of Iraq–a nation which had absolutely nothing to do with 9-11.  The neocons had the reigns and were in the process of expanding the American Empire while pursuing their insane attempt to “democratize” the Middle East.

I think it was divine providence, above all else, which explains why the terrorists ultimately chose the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as specific targets.  Those two targets represent two of America’s major sins: the idolatry of wealth and our unjust use of military power.  We have many other sins as a nation to be sure, the holocaust of abortion being paramount.  What we saw on 9-11 was ultimately the judgment of Almighty God, the working of His sovereign hand as He raises up nations and tears them down.  Let us put down our flags and pick up the Scriptures.  I pray that the Holy Spirit works within our hearts to move us to repentance, that we may pledge allegiance to Christ alone.

I think I'm Going to Hurl (Short thoughts on worship)

^^ That video is just a small portion of what is wrong with the church today. Silliness has NO place in Worship. There was a time when I never thought I’d say something like this, but the more I learn about the Bible, theology, etc. the more I’m convinced that the regulative principle of worship is the way to go. Here’s what Wiki says about the regulative worship principle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulative_principle_of_worship)

“The regulative principle of worship is a teaching shared by Calvinists and Anabaptists on how the second commandment and other parts of the Bible orders public worship. The substance of the doctrine regarding worship is that only those elements that are instituted or appointed by command, precept or example in or by good and necessary consequence from the Bible are permissible in worship, or in other words, that God institutes in the Scriptures everything he requires for worship in the Church and that everything else is prohibited. “

If you are a Christian, PLEASE catechize your children. It’s good for you and them!