Although Jesus did not take the Nazirite vows, he fulfilled what their vows foreshadowed: complete separation from sin and consecration to God. Jesus the Nazarene became our last Nazirite because those who believe and trust in him will never be required to fulfill Nazirite vows or any vows of good works for their salvation.
In Revelation 9:1-11 we read of locusts that come out of the abyss. If we try to over-interpret, weâ€™ll end up saying these are Apache helicopters, with the teeth being .50 caliber machine guns, the hair being the fire out of the exhaust pipe, the breast-plates being the titanium armor, and the tails being tomahawk missiles. This misses the point entirely as this vision had meaning for the first-century believer.
Reacting to a post by Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., Dr. Scott Clark of Westminster Seminary says that he is not offended by Dever’s assertion that the presbyterians’ practice of infant baptism is “a sinful (though sincere) error.”
The Internet Monk writes, “We are on the verge â€“ within 10 years â€“ of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity… We Evangelicals have failed to pass on to our young people an orthodox form of faith that can take root and survive the secular onslaught. The billions of dollars we’ve spent on youth ministers, Christian music, publishing, and media has produced… young Christians who know next to nothing about their own faith except how they feel about it.”
Two recent surveys again confirm what we already know: the current Biblical illiteracy in the church. What are our church youth getting fed? Simply, junk such as fun and games, delirious, frenzied, ecstatic, mind-numbing noise as “praise and worship,” and moralistic, therapeutic homilies as “sermons.”
I’ve watched a few episodes of American Idol the last few weeks, especially the Final 36 competition. The three songs that I remember most were “oldies”: one from the 80s and two from the 60s. Two of the songs, “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” (1966) and “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981), were deemed “too old-fashioned.” Read more and watch the videos too.