January 12, 2016
Whom Else Is There?
Having previously noted the significance of King Hezekiah’s choice of words–“O Lord of host,” “God of Israel,” and “dwellest between the cherubims“–in this his prayer for deliverance from King Sennacherib of Assyria, the focus now turns to his words, “Thou art the God, even thou alone.”
O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth. Isaiah 37:16
In these words I want us to see that King Hezekiah is declaring three important things, 1) that God is a personal being; 2) that He really is God; and 3) that He stands alone. These truths fully considered will result in our being fully persuaded that prayer to God is not “my last resort,” but the only true help there is.
First, we note that King Hezekiah is personally addressing the One of Whom he desires aid. One speaks to persons, but not to matter nor to energy. Now there are some who are of the belief that a universal energy permeates the fabric of all things and allege that this energy can be directed by humans; however, they attempt to direct this energy by means of concentrated thought not mere personal address. King Hezekiah knows the One to Whom he speaks is a personal being completely capable of interaction with others, of comprehensive thought, and of independent action. How frustrated we feel in our technological age when our telephone call for help that use to be answered by a live person is now just an impersonal computer. Furthermore, I find it increasingly so that too many professing believers do not pray like there really is One Who hears. My friend, He is real. He is living. There is a dynamic difference between offering an aimless, pro-functionary prayer into the expanse and praying to the Person of God. One may make you feel better about your situation, but the other can accomplish something specific and concrete. Read the rest of this entry »
January 6, 2016
After several years of inactivity, it is now my intention to revive the FTM blog by adding a new post at least once a month. I will begin by continuing the series that have yet to be concluded and then branching into new areas.
At our church here, we have being going through the Gospel of John and the Psalms, and I believe that much of what we have seen would be of profit here as well.
October 4, 2012
Fundamentalism has its rifts and debates. It always has and always will. There are several concurrent debates within Fundamentalism. While some of these remain a constant, others are growing. Some of what occurs is ignorable as it is inconsequential. Other matters must not be ignored or downplayed as they represent bold challenges against the foundations of the movement.
One such growing rift is between what some have termed the “them” of cultural-Fundamentalism and the “us” of theological-Fundamentalism. The distinction between the two is in the realm of theological based stances to cultural issues. However, do not let the names fool you into which side accepts what. It is actually the theological-labeled element that is more accepting of current cultural norms in our churches.
There have already been several articles which have documented the serious shortcomings of the so-called ideal Fundamentalism which is touted as the Fundamentalism worth saving. (I personally believe that historic, Biblical Fundamentalism is still worth defending.) This widely proclaimed new Fundamentalism, which is not Fundamentalism at all but a re-packaged New Evangelicalism, attempts to chip away at all aspects of Biblical Fundamentalism. Sometimes it does so by casually changing previously accepted terms, meanings, and definitions. At other times it does so by openly advocating fresh perspectives to replace the old, worn out, static positions of the past. Examples of this are beginning to multiply especially in the area of Fundamentalism’s militancy and its ecclesiastical separation. However, Fundamentalism’s personal separation has not been immune from these current deft but deliberate shifts either. Though the spotlight has been on its militancy and its ecclesiastical separation, Biblical Fundamentalists need to rise to the occasion in defending the necessity of a personal separation for the believer in a time of increasing acceptance of worldly culture within our churches. Because the “theological” versus the “cultural” debate is the arena where the battles for and against Fundamentalism’s personal separation is occurring, it is a debate that must not be ignored.
September 25, 2012
There may not be any problem more common among men, even good men, than their being inconsistent. All men say one thing and then fail to always live by what they have professed. It is a problem of a different kind when men try for whatever reason to join together two things that are not compatible. While in this life inconsistency in itself is unavoidable, attempts to force a conjoining of incompatible properties or principles is not necessary.
In Fundamental circles there are two growing trends. The first trend is for a man to begin to espouse a Gospel message that curiously has the same tints and shadows cast from one of Dr. John MacArthur’s The Gospel According to . . . books. The second trend is Read the rest of this entry »
August 13, 2012
Man–the Deceitfulness of Sin
The worst thing about deception is that we usually do not see it happening to us until after its damage is done. “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me” may be an old saying, but in reality people get fooled all the time and mostly by the same old things. Now most of us would have nothing more to do with any individual or organization that deceived us just once, but every day we believe sin’s sales pitch that if we practice its craft we can have pleasure, fulfillment, or success. Read the rest of this entry »
January 10, 2011
The Bible–Its Trustworthiness
Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man that he should lie, neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” We all no doubt have suffered the great disappointment of unfulfilled promises. Someone promised us something, but for whatever reason they did not follow through on their word. As we have considered the importance of the Bible’s inspiration, preservation, and authority, we still need to consider the Bible’s trustworthiness. We cannot independently verify God’s accounts of the existence of Heaven, Hell or other like things recorded for us in the Bible nevertheless we know that they are true because of faith. However, there are a multitude of events that God foretold would occur that are now a part of recorded human history. In fact one reason why God foretold the unfolding of certain events was to attest to the veracity and, thereby, the trustworthiness of His Word. Isaiah 46:10, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. 11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.” Read the rest of this entry »
November 4, 2010
Two factors have been keeping my blogging activities to a minimum of late. The most important of these factors is that we are in the process of Read the rest of this entry »