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Don’t Use Evil To Destroy Another

I was sad this week to read after the Paris attacks from Muslim terrorists that a brother went on Twitter to attack Calvinists over their view of divine determinism.  While  I agree that divine determinism is not biblical, I don’t believe we should use evil to try to attack Calvinists.  People lost their lives in France and we should mourn that.  Now is not the time to use the wicked acts of these Muslims to attack our brethren.

Both Arminians and Calvinists mourn over the loss of lives.  We both agree that the only hope for Muslims, for the people of France, and the world is the precious truth of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the answer to the problem of evil.  We both preach that Jesus saves sinners (Luke 19:10) and we both agree that none are saved apart from Christ Jesus (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).  We agree that the preaching of the gospel is necessary to bring people to salvation (Romans 10:14-17).  Let us focus on this, on getting the gospel to the lost souls in France and throughout the world (Matthew 28:19-20).  This is the heart of God, for the lost to come to faith in His Son (John 3:16).

Let us pray for the world to hear the gospel and be saved (Matthew 9:38; Romans 10:1).  Let us pray that people in France will heed the gospel and repent (Luke 13:1-5) as well as the Muslims.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/18/2015 at 2:15 PM

Polycarp’s Exhortation to Perseverance

In dark times like these may we read the words of Polycarp and be exhorted to be faithful to Christ, to continue in the faith, and to embrace Jesus as Lord over all.  May we stay pure in an evil world with our eyes fixed on the Lord Jesus for “blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).

Polycarp wrote,

Let us then continually persevere in our hope, and the earnest of our righteousness, which is Jesus Christ, “who bore our sins in His own body on the tree,” “who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth,” but endured all things for us, that we might live in Him.  Let us then be imitators of His patience; and if we suffer for His name’s sake, let us glorify Him.  For He has set us this example in Himself, and we have believed that such is the case.

I exhort you all, therefore, to yield obedience to the word of righteousness, and to exercise all patience, such as ye have seen [set] before your eyes, not only in the case of the blessed Ignatius, and Zosimus, and Rufus, but also in others among yourselves, and in Paul himself, and the rest of the apostles.  [This do] in the assurance that all these have not run in vain, but in faith and righteousness, and that they are [now] in their due place in the presence of the Lord, with whom also they suffered.  For they loved not this present world, but Him who died for us, and for our sakes was raised again by God from the dead.

Oh let us stand firm!  Jesus was faithful to suffer for us.  Let us be faithful to suffer but for a little while for Him (2 Timothy 2:11-13).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

05/01/2013 at 9:47 AM

Boston

Here is a good article from brother William Birch on the tragedy at Boston.  There are no easy answers for evil.  I do think that the Arminian’s defense that God is good and loving and that He does not cause evil nor causes people to sin (James 1:12-15) is a solid beginning for making sense of suffering and evil.  We live in a fallen world full of sin.  People make evil choices each day whether it be to murder a human being, to abort a human being in the mother’s womb, or to hate someone for the color of their skin, people are simply evil.  Scripture says that evil is our nature (Ephesians 2:1-3).  It is not that we are all as evil as we could be but we are still evil in our hearts apart from the regenerating work of God.  Proverbs 20:9 says, “Who can say, ‘I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin’?”  Apart from the Spirit of God, we would choose sin (Romans 3:10-18).

Thankfully through the grace of God we can overcome sin (Romans 8:1-4; 1 John 3:6-10).  God’s grace teaches us to say no to sin (Titus 2:11-12).  God’s grace empowers us to be holy and to live pure before God (Titus 2:14).  Jesus told the woman caught in sin to go and sin no more (John 8:11).  We are to be a people of holiness (Hebrews 12:14) as God Himself is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).  Our passion and delight should be in obedience to the King of kings (Luke 6:46-49; 1 John 2:3-6; 5:1-4).

Let us vow to be holy (Matthew 5:48) and to pray for God to take this evil in Boston and bring sinners to salvation through the preaching of the gospel of His grace.  God can use evil to turn hard hearts from sin toward Himself.  I pray that He does this for His glory (1 Timothy 2:1-6).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

04/17/2013 at 11:16 AM

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