Raising our children to be those of whom the world was not worthy (part 2)…

If we believe the coming generation will face more hostility from our pagan culture, how do we switch gears from raising them for worldly success—as we have been doing, let’s be honest—to raising them for warfare, suffering, and loss? (We should have been doing that all along!) Here’s my list (Add others in the comments, please):

1. Discipline your children with the rod and with the Word. Proverbs 22:15, 23:13, 29:15. Love them through discipline (Prov. 13:24). Want them to have a right regard for authority?—one where they know that the ultimate authority is God whose throne is in heaven? Show your children your own fear of God and submission to His will in this task. Rebuke them and train them with the Word. Spank and speak. Give the no and the yes. Punish for sin and go to God’s Word to show them the right path.

Remember, we are no longer training them for success in the world, we are training them for success in battle… Continue reading

Politics, Fatherhood, Education, Money, Church Leadership, Evangelism, Missions…

My friends at Clearnote Church in Bloomington recorded the following videos last week. I don’t know Pastor Walker, but I was deeply encouraged and challenged by his faith. Set aside an hour and watch the two videos below…

Matthew Walker Part 1 from Clearnote Church.

Matthew Walker Part 2 from Clearnote Church.

PCA General Assembly narrowly avoids sending blasphemous statement to her presbyteries and churches…

For several years the PCA has funded a study committee to investigate the Insider Movement. Last year, part one of their report, which was critical of the Insider Movement, was approved. What is the Insider Movement? Here is a description from the majority report of the Study Committee on Insider Movements:

In some areas of the world, groups have arisen which study the Bible and identify with Jesus, while continuing to identify as members of their birth religion—Muslim, Hindu, and so on. These individuals can avoid the excommunication from their families and communities which has often occurred when individuals begin to identify as “Christian,” especially in societies in which terms such as “Christian” have acquired a spectrum of unchristian implications. Awareness of these groups, dubbed “Insider Movements” (IMs) by Western missiologists, has led some to conclude that certain elements of historical Western missionary emphasis fall into the “unnecessary obstacle” category rather than being essential for either evangelism or the discipling of a mature church.

Yesterday at the PCA’s 41st General Assembly, a minority report was debated and a motion was eventually passed to send the minority report along with the majority report to the presbyteries and churches of the PCA. Included in the minority report was this statement (page 2329, lines 26-28, Commissioners Handbook 2013):

Are Allah of Muslims and Yahweh the same God? Yes, when the veil is lifted from their eyes and Muslims see Him as the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. Fine-tuning to see Yahweh as He truly is takes place through Christ (Colossians 1:15).

That statement is blasphemous. Several men pointed that out during the debate. And, as usual, once floor debate was concluded a commissioner rose to rebuke the commissioners for their “shocking rhetoric.” What is shocking is that a man would be offended more by the use of the word blasphemy than by the blasphemy itself.

As I said yesterday, the PCA is run by lawyers, and they’ve built an ecclesiastical mechanism (oiled by the BCO and RAO and Robert’s Rules) that emasculates any man who might have some Biblical clarity. And now calling something blasphemy receives the rebuke.

In the end the blasphemous minority report, along with the majority report, was recommitted to the committee for another year of study (the majority and minority reports can be found online here). Due to procedural rules, this action was the only way to stop the blasphemous minority report from being commended to every church in the PCA.

It should have been burned on the floor of the convention center.

I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God.

I will gird you, though you have not known Me;

That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun

That there is no one besides Me.

I am the LORD, and there is no other… (Isaiah 45:5-6).