Links of Regs

Op die oomblik is ons besig by Lig.punt om te kyk na God & werk. Waarop dit neerkom, soos meeste ander areas van ons lewens, is besluitneming. Die Bybel gee nie vir ons die antwoorde aangaande voertuie kies, Brooklyn VS Menlyn, sjokolade – VS aarbei melkskommel of (verder op die trant) met wie jy trou. God het wel goed gedink om ons te voorsien met wysheidsliteratuur vir die besluite wat ons dag tot dag moet neem.

John Piper het in 1976 ‘n stuk geskryf wat ook bietjie kan help. Onder is die stuk opsommend:

  1. pray that God will hallow his name in and through me.
  2. I try to meditate upon the Scriptures day and night, desiring to saturate my thinking with the structure of God’s thinking.
  3. I consciously pin my hope on the promise of God to work in everything for my good, so that my mind and heart are at rest in his mercy.
  4. As I confront moral choices during the day, if time and circumstances allow, I try to understand the effects of each choice on people’s lives.
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What are some misunderstandings people have about the Gospel?

Oorweeg dit wat jou persepsie is van die Evangelie.

 

Uit Rick McKinley se boek, Am I Really a Christian?

Interview With Rob Bell

Rob Bell – Love Wins & The “h” – Word

With the eminent release of Rob Bell’s new book, Love Wins, a “brouhaha” has been raging. Most of the conservative Christian bloggers commented on the video released concerning the new book. (http://vimeo.com/20272585)

The issue in question is universalism, def: “theological doctrine that all human beings will eventually be saved” – Merriam Webster. The issue has attracted criticism from many a pastor and prominent bloggers amongst which are Justin Taylor, Kevin DeYoung, Mark Driscoll and John Piper.

Justin Taylor in Rob Bell: Universalist

John Piper’s Twitter message: “Farewell Rob Bell. http://dsr.gd/fZqmd8

Mark Driscoll’s Twitter message: “You deserve hell. Everything else is a gift.

Kevin DeYoung in Two Thoughts on the Rob Bell Brouhaha:

“We don’t have to guess if Bell will say something dreadfully, horribly, disgracefully wrong.

He already has.”

These comments from well respected leaders in the Christian community has also attracted many comments from outside the Christian community, including CNN Firestorm Grows of “Christian Heresy” book and Huffington Post (here).

A helpful, insightful blog post by Reid Monaghan is worth the read, How You Flow Does Matter…

Central to Reformed, Protestant Christian belief is the reality of sin, of hell (Matthew 25:46 “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.“) and thus the understanding of the goodness of God (John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.“).

 

Resolution #57

With what adversity, heartache, “bad luck” do you concern yourself? We all experience the perpetual nagging feeling of some or other unresolved issue. In the resolutions of Jonathan Edwards he reminds himself that those feelings are to be moved aside once we have concerned ourselves with nothing but our duty (John 5:13 & 14, salt & light) and our sins.

Resolved, When I fear misfortunes and adversity, to examine whether I have done my duty, and resolve to do it and let the event be just as Providence orders it. I will, as far as I can, be concerned about nothing but my duty and my sin.

Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards, June 9, and July 13, 1723.

 

‘n Afgod?

Een van die tien gebooie is dat ‘n Christen nie ‘n afgod mag hê nie. Wat goed en wel is as mens dit sien in die lig van die aanbidding van beeldjies van Buddha, een van die Hindu gode of  vreemde maskers op jou mure. Die ander populêre manier om dit te interpreteer is dat jy nie geld jou alles maak nie. Dit dek omtrent die algemene verstaan van afgoddery, maar is dit waarvan die Bybel praat?

N.T. Wright het ‘n baie duidelike verduideliking van dit wat hy sien ‘n afgod is:

“Christians are not defined by skin colour, by gender, by geographical location, or even, shockingly, by their good behaviour. Nor are they defined by the particular type of religious feelings they may have. They are defined in terms of the god they worship. That’s why we say the Creed at the heart of our regular liturgies: we are defined as the people who believe in this god. All other definitions of the church are open to distortion. We need theology, we need doctrine, because if we don’t have it something else will come in to take its place. And any other defining marks of the church will move us in the direction of idolatry.”

Let op dat Wright nie sê dat mense erken word aan die afgode wat hul aanbid nie, maar dat Christenne erken word aan die god wat hul aanbid.  Is die God wat jy aanbid die ware God en hoe weet jy? Die Bybel bespreek die ware God in diepte, dit is tog ‘n openbaring van God. God het dit gegee sodat ons Hom kan leer ken. Tel Knowing God van J.I. Packer op en sien presies in hoe groot detail die Bybel die ware God aan ons bekend maak.

Mark Driscoll bespreek die onderwerp in meer detail in die blog What Is Idolatry? en daarin gee hy die volgende raad om teen idolatry te staan:

  • Be careful of making a good thing, such as marriage, sex, children, health, success, or financial stability, an ultimate thing, or what Jesus called our “treasure.”
  • Avoid participating in any religious community where the clear truth claims of Scripture are ignored while contemplative and mystical practices are favored simply for their spiritual experience.
  • Be careful of any church or ministry wherein acts of mercy and environmental stewardship are devoid of a theology of the cross and wind up being little more than the worship of created people and things.
  • And be careful not to worship a good thing as a god thing for that is a bad thing.

Creed

We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin.
We believe everything is OK
as long as you don’t hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your knowledge.

We believe in sex before during
and after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that adultery is fun.
We believe that sodomy’s OK
We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything’s getting better
despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated.
You can prove anything with evidence.

We believe there’s something in horoscopes,
UFO’s and bent spoons;
Jesus was a good man just like Buddha
Mohammed and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher although we think
his good morals were bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same,
at least the one that we read was.
They all believe in love and goodness.
They only differ on matters of
creation sin heaven hell God and salvation.

We believe that after death comes The Nothing
because when you ask the dead what happens
they say Nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied,
then it’s compulsory heaven for all
excepting perhaps Hitler, Stalin and Genghis Khan.

We believe in Masters and Johnson.
What’s selected is average.
What’s average is normal.
What’s normal is good.

We believe in total disarmament.
We believe there are direct links between
warfare and bloodshed.
Americans should beat their guns into tractors
and the Russians would be sure to follow.

We believe that man is essentially good.
It’s only his behaviour that lets him down.
This is the fault of society.
Society is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth
that is right for him.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust. History will alter.
We believe that there is no absolute truth
excepting the truth that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds.
And the flowering of individual thought.

If chance be
the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky
and when you hear

State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Whites go Looting!
Bomb Blasts School!

It is but the sound of man
worshipping his maker.

 

Steve Turner