Harsh words from someone like J.C. Ryle. But in context, he is reminding us that even though rulers live luxurious lives, their daughters, sons, wives, and even themselves, must die. We all must die. Our social standing will not be able to prevent death from coming to all of us. Ryle writes:
“It is good for us all to remember this. We are too apt to forget it. We often think and talk as if the possession of riches was the great antidote to sorrow, and as if money could secure us against sickness and death. But it is the very extreme of blindness to think so. We have only to look around us and see a hundred proofs to the contrary. Death comes to halls and palaces, as well as to cottages–to landlords as well as to tenants–to rich as well as to poor. It stands on no ceremony. It tarries no man’s leisure or convenience. It will not be kept out by locks and bars. “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27). All are going to one place, the grave.”
We know this to be true. Over the last 2 years, we have been shocked and surprised at some of the people who have died. For me, Glenn Fry of the Eagles caught me off guard. In some weird way, he was a stalwart of our culture, whether for good or ill, that I thought would always be there. But alas, death took him, along with a number of rockers that would shake our belief that fortune and fame would protect them. I know, such silliness to ever think that. It’s a problem we all have.
Given the March for Life in D.C. over the past week, the subject of abortion has taken center stage on Facebook, and we are witnessing some truly clear arguments against the wicked practice, as well as some typical muddled thought. I usually stay out of the fray because my friends and family do such a wonderful job in destroying the pro-murder’s arguments for the grizzly practice. But this week, I felt there needed to be some clarity. First, my friend’s post was sharing something from Matt Walsh on the March for Life, to which, she added:
I’d be there today if I could.
“Yes, every child should be given a chance to live. Yes, we affirm the sanctity of life at every stage. Yes, a child is entitled to live the life God gave him. Yes, he is, according to our country’s own founding documents, endowed by God with an inherent dignity that no one on Earth — not even his own parents — can deny him.”
One of her respondents wrote:
Without judgement of what is important to others, please. This issue is multifaceted and so personal that we cannot claim to individually understand or have a more just cause than another. Godspeed!
Do you see the problem with this argument? This woman is a basically white-washing the murder of the unborn by throwing out how “multifaceted and so personal that we cannot claim to individually understand…” She is trying to water down the issue by telling us it is too complicated for comment or cause.
The headline, and subsequent story on The Truth Division’s website, seems to indicate that this is what the new education secretary, Betsy DeVos, intends to do once she is confirmed to the position. But when you dig deeper, you find much of what is being written about Betsy DeVos is based upon an interview she and her husband, Dick, gave back in 2001. For the mathematically challenged, that is about 16 years ago.
Honestly, there is so much wrong about John Shelby Spong it is hard to say anything at all. I started this post just to share a tidbit or two about the god he worships and I find myself having to add layer upon layer of explanation so that you get the idea.
The reason for this post is that I recently purchased Spong’s book, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, in order to check a quote of his that I am using in a side project. I thought that I would start reading the book in its entirety in order to review it at a future date, but I couldn’t get past Chapter 1. His book is filled with so much heresy that it is war on the soul of a true believer. It is filled with so many lies, half-truths, and attacks on the faith of Christianity, that I find myself in agreement with those in our past who thought some books were only worth of the burn pile.
Another quote that jumped out at me from Maurice Roberts from The Christian’s High Calling, was his demonstration of the difference between heresy and orthodoxy. One is easy, the other is work.
The appeal of every heresy is that it offers a quick and easy way to the truth. It short-circuits the process by which true religion is to be known and understood. The ignorant and the unwary are snared by the zealous cult leader because he can ‘prove’ his errors by quoting two or three texts of Scripture. However, he does this stealthily and craftily because he conceals from his hearers six or seven other texts of Scripture which define or qualify those which he advances as ‘proof’ for his error.
The hallmark of any true doctrine is that it satisfies the evidence of Scripture entirely and in every place. The doctrine of the holy Trinity is just such a doctrine. It explains every text of Scripture that bears on the being of God.
Maurice Roberts has a wonderful chapter about being a balanced Christian in his book, The Christian’s High Calling, that shows the need for all believers to be balanced in our views of doctrine. Roberts writes:
To push any point of doctrine just too far is to upset the biblical balance and harmony of the truth. Stress the transcendence (remoteness) of God at the expense of his immanence (nearness) and you become a deist. Stress the immanence at the expense of the transcendence and you become a pantheist.
Just a quick explanation, a deist is someone who believes in the existence of God, but only to the point that He created the world and then stepped back from creation to let it run its course. Deists reject supernatural revelation and therefore reject the miracles of Christ, including the resurrection of Christ. Deists have morality, but no real salvation.
My lovely bride loves to make chocolate candy for me, since I’m such a lover of chocolate. You can read more about that here.
The problem is that we ran out of chocolate a few days ago. She is ever attentive and asked me this morning, while she was at work, to leave her a reminder so she could make me more chocolate tonight. I thought it would be helpful to leave the can of cocoa in a place where she would see and be reminded. Then, to my delight, I discovered we had four cans of cocoa. She is really good about never running out of the essentials. Seizing on the opportunity, I placed all four cans in convenient locations. After all, can one leave too many reminders for the need of chocolate? See the photos and tell me if you think she will spot the conveniently placed cans of cocoa. (All photos Copyright TimothyJHammons 2017).
According to John Currid in his commentary on Genesis concerning the flood, the number 40 in Hebrew is significant:
The rain will last for forty days and forty nights. The Hebrew number ‘forty’ is symbolic of a period of testing and trial. Israel, for example, is in the wilderness for four years of temptation. Goliath taunts Israel for forty days before his battle with David (1 Sam. 17:16). Jesus is tempted for forty days in the wilderness (Luke 4:2). So Noah and his family are about to undergo a great period of testing.
Currid also points out God’s absolute sovereignty in bringing the flood. This is interesting in light of a recent news of a liberal Baptist professor claiming that God isn’t actually sovereign. Yet, the bible disagrees.
It was one of those jobs that I knew I had to do: clean out the drainage pipes under my driveways. Yes, I have two driveways. One for the carport, the other for the husband, which is really just a place for a car under a tree. But both driveways have drainage pipes under them for the ditches out front.
For some strange reason, the previous owner was in the habit of filling in those drainage pipes with large chunks of concrete, asphalt, rocks and anything else he cold find. That led to the pipes clogging up with sediment. And clog they did. When it rained, the water went over the driveway instead of under it. After it rained, the water would stand on both sides of the driveway until it evaporated. I’m sure in the spring and summer the mosquitoes made use of all that breeding area.