Saturday, August 6, 2011

What They're Saying 08.06.11

Wayne Grudem, A Good Guy, Enables The Crazy Pentecostal Fringe

'They both admitted to us that Cain’s “prophecies” were wrong at least as often as they were right. When we cited that as sufficient reason not to accept any of their prophecies at face value, they cited Wayne Grudem’s views on New Testament prophecy as justification for ignoring the errors of prophecies already proven false while giving credence to still more questionable pronouncements. That meeting was extremely eye-opening for me. Deere was unable to answer basic questions about certain practices Lance and I had personally observed him participating in at the Anaheim Vineyard just a few weeks before that meeting. Specifically, we asked him about two “prophets” whose public words of knowledge in the morning service were flatly contradictory. (The dueling prophets were apparently using their “gifts” to air out a dispute over some decision the church’s leaders had recently made.) Deere acknowledged that the prophecies that morning were contradictory… I left that meeting amazed that anyone would give credence to such “prophets.”'

Modesty Is Still Missing From the Church, Says Her.meneutics Writer

'Be mindful that I am not calling for a dogmatic expression of judgment toward each other concerning what is or is not modest. I am stating that outward behaviors are expressions of the spiritual war that rages in our own hearts. A changed heart leads to a changed life — and maybe even a changed wardrobe. I’m willing to give the benefit of the doubt that some women are oblivious as to when their attire is a distraction. I do not believe that most Christian single women chose their attire for the sole purpose of landing a man, or that most married women aim to grab the attention of men who are not their husbands. With that understanding, I believe that the modesty issue is partially due to a lack of training concerning their physical appearance.'

Yeshua the Galilean: Wait, What Did It Mean to Be Galilean?

'It was the Judeans, not the Galileans, who emphasized scribal education. If anyone might be expected to have such learning of languages, and possibly if anyone were to be chosen as a prophet, most would expect this to happen to Judeans and not Galileans. What is the nature of being a Galilean in Yeshua’s time? How had the history of Galilee shaped the people there? Were these Galileans descendants of foreign converts? Were the relocated Judeans? Or were they descended from the northern tribes of Israel who had long ago settled in Galilee? How separate and independent was Galilee from Judea? Did Galileans have a different outlook than Judeans on matters of Temple and Judaism? How did being a Galilean impact the personality and methods of Yeshua?'

Westminster Seminary's Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Fall of Adam

'Most Americans operate on the sincere but completely misguided assumption that deep down inside people are basically good. When we compare ourselves to others, we might be able to measure up pretty well. Sure, there are some who we might begrudgingly admit are better people than we are, but we still do pretty well in most of our self-comparison tests against others. The problem with assuming that people are basically good is that it completely ignores the fact that ours is a fallen race, under the just condemnation from God, awaiting the sentence of death and eternal punishment.'

Thabiti Names 8 Things He Would Give His Life For

'By “give my life for,” I mean two things. First, I give my life “for” them by giving my life to them. The life that I now have the privilege of living, I endeavor to invest in these things. That investment amounts to a slow dying for. Second, I pray the Lord would strengthen me in any moment where I might be called upon to give my life “for” these things by dying more quickly, perhaps violently for them. In those two senses of the phrase, here are eight things I would give my life for.'


  1. Christopher BaldockAugust 9, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    That was a great article on Wayne Grudem and very true. I don't understand how someone calling themselves a Calvinist can also claim to be Charismatic. I will point out that there is a difference in one who is not a cessationist and charismatic theology

  2. I don't see the problem with holding to both positions. Admittedly I've never seen anything resembling the *legitimate* gifts of prophecy, healing, or tongues, but I acknowledge that it could happen. Wayne Grudem's standards are just dangerously low. That's the real problem.

  3. Christopher BaldockAugust 9, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    I agree with that 100%

  4. See, I think that article was a little off. Not that Sean putting it out there is off, but I was more confused about it after I read it.

    It is entirely possible to be a Charismatic Calvinist. Its most notable members are John Piper, Sam Storms, and Matt Chandler. Sam Storms even wrote a book about being a Charismatic Calvinist.


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