Remembering sin…

Seeing their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? “But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” — He said to the paralytic — “I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home” (Luke 17:20-24).

Sin is the main problem in the world, right? At least we know that to be the thing Christians are supposed to say. Sin is the reason we need salvation by the Son of God. We know that truth in our heads but have we gotten confused about it? Do we really believe it?

Our physical bodies often dominate our thoughts and determine our actions. We are well studied when it comes to knowing our diets and our treatments and our doctors and our aches and pains but virtually ignorant when it comes to knowing our spiritual health. Think about the focus of our prayers. 75% of the requests you and I bring to prayer meetings is for physical healing and relief. Yes, Jesus cares about our bodies (as we see in these miracles). Yes, diseases and afflictions are the result of sin so to talk of one is to talk of the other. But we make a serious and fatal mistake if we think our worst problems are those that afflict our bodies. Continue reading

Do Roman Catholics pray to Mary?

The answer is “yes” but don’t ask a Roman Catholic. On numerous occasions I’ve been told by Roman Catholics that they do not pray to Mary. They explain their use of the Ave Maria and other prayers as requests for Mary to pray for them, not as prayers to Mary. So, what’s the deal?

Generally, I find that the average Roman Catholic (and your average Evangelical Protestant, to be fair) does not know the Bible or the particular teachings of his church. The Catechism of the [Roman] Catholic Church confirms my suspicion; the official teaching of the RCC is not confused about the question of whether her people pray to Mary… Continue reading

Abortion stats in SC…

I just now received the following stats in my email (from sclife.org). The Greenville Women’s Clinic (where Trinity Child Rescue witnesses) is not the only organization in the Upstate performing abortions (see also, Greenville Memorial Hospital and Spartanburg Regional Medical Center). You may find yourself wanting to cut these other facilities some slack because their numbers are so much lower than the others…but you shouldn’t. Each of these abortions was a loss of life, and though the physicians may argue that the life of the mother was in jeopardy, I don’t buy it.

C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Sergeon-General, said:

“Protection of the life of the mother as an excuse for an abortion is a smoke screen. In my 36 years of pediatric surgery I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life. If toward the end of the pregnancy complications arise that threaten the mother’s health, the doctor will either induce labor or perform a Caesarian section. His intention is to save the life of both the mother and the baby. The baby’s life is never willfully destroyed because the mother’s life is in danger.”

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SCOTUS ruling on abortion protest restrictions…

From the Times

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Massachusetts law that barred protests near abortion clinics.

The law, enacted in 2007, created 35-foot buffer zones around entrances to abortion clinics.

Good.

Statism, narcissism, transgenderism, and ageism…

Postman, writing in 1999, reflects back on the twentieth century (his book is a treatise on looking to the past to improve the future):

“Is it not obvious that our century has been an almost unrelieved horror? Who would have thought, in 1900—the year, by the way, of Nietzsche’s death and the publication of Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams—that the twentieth century would feature continuous mass murder, far exceeding anything humanity had witnessed in the previous two millennia? Who would have thought that the three great transcendent narratives of this century would be fascism, nazism, and communism? Who would have thought weapons would be invented that, in a flash, could end all human life? Who would have thought that the theme of this century would be ‘Technology Über Alles’? I am sorry to say it, but I don’t think we will get much help from our own century. As you can tell, I speak as an enemy of this century. But even if you are not, you must admit it is hard to be its friend” (Postman, Building a Bridge to the 18th Century: How the Past Can Improve Our Future, 14).

We’re merely fourteen years into the twenty-first century, but it appears the great narratives of this century may not turn out any less hellish than last century’s: statism, narcissism, transgenderism, and ageism.

Unless God in His mercy grants reformation and repentance…

Another day of witness outside the place in Greenville where you can kill your unborn child…

It was another intense day of spiritual warfare at the gates of hell. Children were killed, the Word of God was preached, idolatry was on display, prayers were made to God, blasphemies were shouted…

Please pray for a women (I don’t know here name) who told me I was going to hell because I didn’t reverence Mary. She was concerned that I didn’t pray to her or believe she didn’t die. I told her repent of her idolatry and believe in Jesus Christ, the one mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5).

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Thomas Watson: “Obey all the persons in the blessed Trinity…”

Obey all the persons in the blessed Trinity; for all of them are God. Obey God the Father. Christ himself, as man, obeyed God the Father, John 4:44, much more must we. Deut 27:10.

Obey God the Son. ‘Kiss the Son, lest he be angry.’ Psa 2:12. Kiss him with a kiss of obedience. Christ’s commands are not grievous. I John 5:3. Whatever he commands is for our interest and benefit. Oh then kiss the Son! Why do the elders throw down their crowns at the feet of Christ, and fall down before the Lamb? Rev 4:10, 11. To testify their subjection, and to profess their readiness to serve and obey him.

Obey God the Holy Ghost. Our souls are breathed into us by the glorious Spirit. ‘The Spirit of God has made me.’ Job 33:4. Our souls are adorned by the blessed Spirit. Every grace is a divine spark lighted in the soul by the Holy Ghost. Nay, more, the Spirit of God sanctified Christ’s human nature; he united it with the divine, and fitted the man Christ to be our Mediator. Well then does this third person in the Trinity, the Holy Ghost, deserve to be obeyed; for he is God, and this tribute of homage and obedience is due to him from us.

-Thomas Watson, Body of Divinity

It’s very difficult to say no to magazine editors…

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Each edition of the Christ-centered byFaith Magazine features some interview of or article by a PCA superstar. Accompanying the Christ-centered article are numerous pictures of the star, posed—furrowed brow; thoughtful stare, eyelids slightly narrowed; calming smile; head-tilted back, laughing. I know the editor merely desires to convince us of the interviewee’s trustworthiness and winsome personality. And all of that to convince us of the trustworthiness and winsome perspectives outlined in his Christ-centered book. And all of that to convince us of the trustworthiness and winsome, Christ-centered content of the book of Daniel. It’s breathtaking in it’s Christ-centeredness! Thanks, byFaith!