Snippets from the interweb (14th October 2018)

If God desires all to be saved, why aren’t they?

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.

3 reasons Charismatics are wrong about New Testament prophecy

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.

A quarterback and a porn star walk into a bar

‘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?’

The cost of surrounding yourself with negative people

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.’

Jesus, the glutton and drunkard

This was insightful from John Stevens on the Pharisees’ accusation against Jesus.

Double imputation (video)

RC Sproul explains this doctrine: ‘our sin for his righteousness.’

From the archive: Defining members from non-members

‘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.’