I’ve enjoyed this Cripplegate 500-word series. Here, they tackle a common question about God’s desire to save all people despite lots of people evidently not being saved. There is obviously more to say that would makes the answer less hard than it sounds – for instance, God’s glory being intimately related to our happiness impacting this question – but I think this article is essentially right on the point at hand.
I’m not sure the title is as helpful as the article itself. Justin Taylor points to 3 arguments made by Tom Schreiner in respect to the nature of prophecy. But the real value of this article is the comment that follows on the burden of proof.
‘We have become our own moral authority, and we do what we want no matter what destruction we leave in our wake – broken lives, broken people, broken families, broken children. Is Jimmy Garappolo’s “date” therefore cause or effect? Does it reveal what we have become or does it legitimise what we would choose to do?’
Tim Challies is absolutely on the money here. ‘Hollis and Osteen and others teach… that we need to reject and avoid people who cause us to feel negative emotions or think negative thoughts. Why? Because according to the principles of positive thinking, our thoughts are the power that change and shape the world around us. To get ahead in life we need to get rid of anyone who holds us back. I am convinced this principle is abhorrent and will offer three reasons why.’
This was insightful from John Stevens on the Pharisees’ accusation against Jesus.
RC Sproul explains this doctrine: ‘our sin for his righteousness.’
‘Those in church membership are part of a family. The church meeting itself is essentially the family home. Those who are not in membership, but regularly attend the church, are basically guests in the family home. Just as there are lots of good reasons to invite guests into my family home, there is clearly a distinction between my family and the guests who have come in.’