Dr. Michael Horton, in the latest White Horse Inn broadcast (“Christianity Confronts Islam”) on November 29, 2009, interviewed Muslim scholar and former professor of Shari’ah law Sam Solomon, who had to flee his own country after his conversion to Christianity.
Tens of thousands of people in the Metro Manila area and several provinces suffered in the onslaught of record rainfall from Storm Ketsana. God has encouraging words for them as well as those of us who were not affected much by the storm. Psalm 46 is one chapter that assures and quiets our souls, especially in times of great distress such as this.
The book says about the women’s turns in the king’s chamber, “In the evening she would go in, and in the morning she would return to the second harem” (Est 2:14). Now we know that a night with a king widely known for being a womanizer was not spent on exchanging pleasantries.
In a response to a commenter on a recent post, I pointed out that even those whom we consider today as theological giants are as grasshoppers compared with the intellectual and theological giants of the 16th century Reformation period. One of those giants is Theodore Beza (1519-1605).
When the focus of The Beatitudes becomes “you” instead of Christ and his kingdom, it merely becomes a moral lesson no different from all other religions that teach salvation by good works–helping the poor and those who grieve and are oppressed, being humble and honest, and promoting peace among people.
“According to Calvinists this means that the reason God chooses to damn some people is because his glory shines through more fully as a result, and God’s glory is God’s supreme concern.” – Randal Rauser, a seminary professor who can’t fathom God’s sovereignty in election.
This is the good news for you: that not only are you united to him in his suffering and dying unjustly for your sin, but also in his glorious resurrection. This is your hope as you continue in your pilgrimage in this perishing world of pain and persecution.
Calvinism “offers a rock-steady deity who orchestrates absolutely everything, including illness (or home foreclosure!), by a logic we may not understand but don’t have to second-guess” and that “our satisfactionâ€”and our purposeâ€”is fulfilled simply by ‘glorifying’ him.”