One of the greatest curses of the modern church is the personality cult that seems to descend upon some preachers.
“It is so full of misunderstandings and theological bloopers that one does not know where to begin … I don’t, however, expect a Lutheran pastor to reject this teaching or to misunderstand it in such a spectacular way. In what sense, I wonder, can he still consider himself a Lutheran?” ~ Gene Veith, on Dan Denzell’s un-Lutheran views
How is it possible that irresistible, a term intended to besmirch and caricature the concept of a grace that eventually prevails over all opposition, has been taken up and championed by those it was meant to portray unfavorably?
At stake in distinguishing the two kingdoms is the distinction between law and Gospel. Those who confuse civil righteousness with righteousness before God will be likely to confuse moral reform in society with the kingdom of God.
In the early 7th century, Pope Boniface IV set a day in May to honor Christian martyrs, which was first known as “All Hallows’ Day.” Later, the Catholic Church wanted to supplant the Samhain festival, so in the 9th century, the day was moved to the same day as the Samhain, November 1.
“After 1520 an evangelical was a person who was committed to the sufficiency of scripture, the priesthood of all believers, the total lostness of humans, the sole mediation of Christ, the gracious efficacy and finality of God’s redemptive work in Christ through election, propitiation, calling and keeping.”
“It is incredible…that there were any people who spoke, [even] by the influence of the Spirit, in a language they did not know themselves! For the gift of tongues was not bestowed merely for the purpose of making a noise, but rather for the purpose of communication, of course!” – Calvin
“Apart from election, no one will be saved because we are all totally depraved. Election compels evangelism. Election leads to holiness. Rejecting particular redemption leads to a confusion among the Persons of the Trinity in the work of salvation.” — Dr. Joel R. Beeke
Because they are so used to listening to the latest dispensational prophecy seminars, most evangelicals are disappointed and baffled when they hear that the “last days” and most chapters of Revelation encompass the period between the two comings of Jesus Christ, and not the seven-year tribulation period before the Rapture. Even more baffling to them is the teaching that the “signs of the times” are to continue within the inter-advental period, now over 2,000 years in duration.
What is Reformed worship? It’s none other than worship recovered by the 16th century Reformers such as Luther, Calvin and Bucer, after they realized that the medieval church had strayed far from Biblical worship.
Now that former Baptist minister Mike Huckabee is doing well in the presidential primary campaign, it is well for Christians to think about the relationship between church and state. Kim Riddlebarger’s “Mike Huckabee and the Two Kingdoms” is a useful