Images of Christ Are Unlawful, Even If Not Used For Worship

Whether not only the worship but also the formation and use of religious images in sacred places is prohibited by the second commandment. We affirm against the Lutherans.

Here is Turretin’s argument against images of Christ. He wrote in the 1600’s, so I guess this qualifies as a #throwbackthursday.

Statement from Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr.

I am only fulfilling my obligation as a citizen to ‘render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s’ by expressing my personal opinion about who I believe is best suited to lead our nation in a time of crisis.

If he actually believes that Trump is best suited to lead our nation during a time of crisis, I’m not even sure what to say in response.

My Prediction for November 9

Imitate Jeremiah. Lift up your eyes. Dare to believe that good things will happen. Dare to believe that God was speaking to us when he said: “In everything God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28).

Alright, there are parts of this article that I have to affirm, like God being sovereign. But this feel good post neglects to mention all the times God has been pleased to raise up wicked rulers to judge a people, and also most of why Jeremiah wrote Lamentations—it wasn’t just because the people’s sin made him sad.

I dare to believe that God will bring whatever His people need to sanctify them, and I do find comfort in that.

What is a gentleman to do? OR I agree with Wayne Grudem

Grudem sees ESS as a necessary feature of historic biblical orthodoxy. Without ESS, says Grudem, there can be no Trinity (Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth, 251, 433). It’s a bold position to state that denying the eternal subordination of the Son “would destroy the Trinity” (Ibid, 433). What is a gentleman theologian to do when that opinion is put in print and delivered to laypersons?

This is a good article regarding the charges of heresy in the EFS (eternal functional subordination) debate. Anyone who thinks the issue has been blown out of proportion should definitely read it.

Why Are So Many Evangelicals Condoning Sexual Assault?

Using this same reasoning, a husband would be justified in telling his wife she must endure her boss’s groping since “she needs the job,” and a teenage girl may reasonably assume she has a moral obligation to allow her mom’s boyfriend to molest her since they can’t pay the rent without him. […] These evangelicals, particular [sic] those in leadership roles, are also sending a clear message to current victims of sexual abuse: If defending you goes against our interest, we regrettably will not be able to take your side.

This is a good argument, worth reading in its entirety.

Brian Houston Says Hillsong Church Won’t Sing ‘Oceans’ or ‘Shout to the Lord’ Anymore

When it comes to influence, predictability is our enemy. Because you never get influence from doing things the way they’ve always been done. […] You may be shocked to hear we don’t sing ‘Shout to the Lord’ anymore at Hillsong Church. It’s not 1993. If you come all the way to Australia and you hope to hear ‘Shout to the Lord,’ your chances are slight. We don’t even sing ‘Oceans’ much anymore.

In a three-part series of full-length blog posts, I couldn’t explain everything that’s wrong here. But may I briefly suggest that worship is something we do for God, because He’s worthy of it—and not because we want influence?

That said, I recognize that I cannot begin to combat the hundreds of Bible verses that talk about how important spontaneity is and how bad predictability and consistency are, so I won’t try.