Moses is not Muhammad. Jesus is not Joseph Smith. He did not claim to have received a new, superior revelation. Rather, he claimed to be the intended focus and culmination of the old revelation and the Savior of sinners.
It is God who calls us to assembly; we do not assemble together of our own desire. God does not need our worship because he does not need anything in himself. On the contrary, he commands us his covenant people to worship him.
All mankind – not only Christians – have a personal relationship with God. One group is in a relationship of grace and mercy, while the other group is in a relationship of wrath and judgment.
It seems that evangelicals with normal attention spans only come down with ADHD as soon as they hear the Word of God read or preached.
Professing Christians among American football, basketball and baseball stars should take their cue from Scotland rugby star Euan Murray, who has resolved to skip Sunday games.
A friend, pastor of an evangelical church in Baclaran, ParaÃ±aque, Metro Manila, received a comment on his blog from a devotee of the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran. The comment has echoes of the evangelical mindset of big numbers and budgets as indicators of success and God’s blessing.
Rev. Josh Martin of Redeemer Church in Santa Maria, California has a very informative and useful post on “A Wrong and Right Way to Read the Bible.” This will greatly benefit pastors and elders in preaching and teaching God’s Word.
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.
With two, not three, swings of his staff at the rock, Moses struck out of the Promised Land! But we have a Mediator better and more complete than Moses. Moses could not give the people Living Water. Only God could. And Moses could not accompany Godâ€™s people into the Promised Land. Only Christ could, by his provision of the Living Water of eternal life.
“Jesus in MY heart, MY being born again, MY moral transformation, what happens inside of ME, MY sanctification, MY experience.” This “gospel” is that of the medieval Roman church.
When we are fully obedient to Godâ€™s word in our pilgrimage, and when we invite others to join us, God promised to bring us together to our Promised Land, a place that will be for us a “resting place” (Numbers 10:11-36).
In 1 Peter 4:12-19, the apostle reminds us that as pilgrims in this fallen world, we are not to be surprised, we are not to be ashamed, and we are not to doubt God’s faithfulness when sufferings come. This was how believers throughout history endured unimaginable sufferings.