To many, how can a God who is perfectly loving, merciful, gracious and good, send people to an utterly despicable destination?
Reformed theology emphasizes that our entire salvation is due to God’s faithfulness, not ours. Yet precisely because this is true, we want to be faithful.
They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you. They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!
In the Philippines, where financial costs are almost always the biggest factor in major life decisions, cremation is a much cheaper option over traditional burial. Although Roman Catholicism frowns upon it, its popularity has risen not only because of its
“Either the the flood waters/baptism waters are a judgment, i.e. they signal condemnation (for those who are not identified with Christ) or they signal salvation for those who are identified with Christ, who are in the ark.” – Dr. R. Scott Clark
The first time I talked to a Christian friend about the doctrine of “limited” atonement, the reaction was immediate shock and indignation: “That’s so wrong!” “That can’t be true!” Out of the notable “five points of Calvinism,” two usually generate heated conversations: “unconditional election” and “limited atonement.” Both doctrines evoke images of a whimsical divine puppetmaster who amuses himself by toying with his created beings.
I wonder how Joel Osteen and Rick Warren preach the death and resurrection of Christ without mentioning sin, God’s wrath, and judgment. Here are some quotes from USA Today:
“CBS News has learned Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating six prominent televangelist ministries for possible financial misconduct.” Christianity Today also has a report on this investigation. The six hucksters being