Headlines now suggest that fugitive Christopher Dorner may have been burned alive inside the cabin where he had been hiding. At airō, Justin Edwards shares his thoughts on what Dorner’s last moments on earth may have been like, and what Dorner may now be experiencing.
The predominant worldview of post-Christian America is secular humanism. It has so invaded every fabric of society, including the American church, that truth has become relative and the one true God of Scripture has been shelved for a one-size-fits-all god who conforms to the lifestyle and fabricated worldview of the individual.
Ed Dingess addresses this issue at his blog, Reformed Reasons, explaining how the immoral progression of our culture is a result of our culture not loving the truth. For this reason, God is handing our nation over to a collective debased mind that loves and embraces wickedness, including homosexuality and child sacrifice (abortion). Ultimately, God will send a strong delusion to all people who rejected the truth and loved unrighteousness. Dingess writes:
Many modern American Christians think they have embraced the God who is when indeed what they have embraced is an idolatrous idea of a god of their own making. Rather than accepting God’s right to send a deluding influence on wicked sinners, they claim that God is such an all loving God that He desperately wants to do whatever He can to get people to believe in Him. Their god tries so hard through acts of kindness, rational arguments, scientific proofs, to get people to just trust in Him. Their god’s heart is breaking at the condition of humankind. He wants only the best for his creation, for you, and for me. Their god understands that we are all imperfect sinners. He loves us all and accepts us all just the way we are. He does not care if men are having sex with men or if women want to murder their children so that they may continue in the pleasures of prohibited lewd and promiscuous sex.
The apostle Paul, writing for God, in God’s stead, says that because men do not love the knowledge of the truth and because they do love the pleasures of wickedness, this God will send a deluding influence so that certain wrath and divine justice will be directed to those who ignore God’s sovereign right to be acknowledged, obeyed, and thanked for His grace and for Who He is as our sovereign Creator.
Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM) has developed a new section on its website specifically dedicated to the topic of street preaching. Led by contributor Tony Miano, the new section seeks to provide concise, relevant, theological and practical support to street preachers of every level of experience. Whether you are an aspiring street preacher or a church leader desiring to incorporate biblical street preaching into your evangelism ministry, this new and expanding section at CARM may be an invaluable resource for you and your local church.
At the website of We the People, a Whitehouse petition has been posted requesting the Obama administration to be consistent with the president’s call to protect all children. During his speech on December 16th at the Newtown, Connecticut prayer vigil, President Obama stated,
This is our first task, caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we’re meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm? Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re all together there, letting them know they are loved and teaching them to love in return? Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose? I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer’s no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change….
We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society, but that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely we can do better than this…If there is even one step we can take to save another child…then surely we have an obligation to try. Source
In support of President Obama’s own words to save and protect all children, the aforementioned petition calls for the immediate abolition of abortion. The petition has received 1,685 signatures in the first 24 hours, and needs to reach 25,000 by January 16, 2013 to require a review by the administration. This deadline precedes the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22. To sign and share the petition, visit WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Immediately Abolish the Legalized Murder of Pre-born Children
A popular saying in evangelical Christianity toward unbelievers is that unbelievers must “make Jesus the Lord of their life”. The frightening reality is that Jesus is already Lord of the unbeliever, and should they persist in their rebellion against Christ the King, they will receive the justice they deserve from the King whose authority they reject. At airō, Justin Edwards shares a brief excerpt from Mitchell Chase’s The Gospel Is for Christians that explains how this common phrase is neither accurate or biblical.
Romans 5:10 offers assurance that the Lord Jesus Christ has secured the Christian’s eternal salvation through His life and death. At airō, Justin Edwards demonstrates how this verse supports the reformed doctrine of definite atonement and exposes the flaws found in the arguments for unlimited atonement. He writes:
If Christ died for every individual, all individuals would be reconciled to God, because the text says that we were reconciled through the death of Christ. But, no human has ever existed who was reconciled by the death of Christ, but will not be given eternal life. To be even more clear, there are no reconciled sinners in hell.
At airō, Justin Edwards writes a sobering open letter to anyone threatening to riot should Mitt Romney win the U.S. presidential election. He warns:
You have resulted to threats of violence to not only riot on American streets, but you have gone so low as to threaten the life of Mitt Romney specifically. So in light of all this, I wanted to write you a letter of warning. I want to tell you more about yourself and what you can expect if you continue down this path of destruction.
Mark Cahill is well known in the Christian evangelism community. He has authored three books and provides many resources at his website to encourage Christians to be bold in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, since 2010, Cahill has condemned Christians who identify themselves as Calvinists, as CRN General Editor Ken Silva noted in his article, “The ‘Different God’ of Calvinists and Mark Cahill Announcement.” In a public statement in 2010, Cahill stated,
If you believe in the god (sic) and jesus (sic) of Calvinism, you are either in Galatians 1 territory, or you are heading straight toward it. Source
In October 2012, Tony Miano published an article on his Cross Encounters blog titled, “Why I fear for Mark Cahill’s Soul.” The article also was published on the Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM) website, but later was removed for revision. The article now has been republished to include a short biography about Mark Cahill and is more comprehensive as to the concerns about the Christian evangelist.
At airō, Justin Edwards writes:
It is my conviction that if we are going to identify ourselves as an evangelist (in the official use of this designation), we need to understand what an evangelist is as Scripture defines it. Yes, the evangelist preaches the Gospel, and yes, that is a primary responsibility. But that is not all the evangelist does. He also teaches the Word, equips the saints in the church and mobilizes them to preach the Gospel, and he builds up the body of Christ to mature in the faith.
Edwards argues that in one sense, all Christians are evangelists, but not all Christians are called to the office of evangelist. Edwards offers practical considerations for the believer to determine whether he is called to be an evangelist, and how to seek counsel from church leadership for guidance.
In his letter to Thessolonica, the Apostle Paul requested specific prayer from these saints that the Word of God would continue to be advanced for the Kingdom. Christians today should petition God in like manner for their own pastors. At airō, Justin Edwards highlights these prayer requests from Paul, and also offers five ways pastors should pray for their flocks as God builds His Church and conforms her to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 4:11–12 indicates that God gave evangelists to build up the Body of Christ and to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. What does that look like? At airō, Justin Edwards shares two sermons from Dr. John MacArthur that shed light on the biblical definition and role of the evangelist in the local church.
When the Apostle Paul refers to the fellowship in the Gospel in Philippians 1:5, what is he speaking about? Is he referring to street evangelism activities and fellowship with like-minded street evangelists, or is it something more? At airō, Justin Edwards presents a challenging article in hopes the reader will better understand true fellowship in the Gospel through the local church.
While Mitt Romney’s Mormonism is a controversial issue among Christians during this election season, some believe his position on abortion is of greater concern. Expanding from his article on airō two weeks ago regarding his decision to not vote for the Republican nominee, Justin Edwards offers two illustrations to give the reader a different perspective of Romney’s view of legalized abortion.
Practicing “love” as defined by the world leads to all kinds of sinful consequences. At airō, Justin Edwards shares an excerpt from a John MacArthur sermon explaining the relationship between this self-serving counterfeit manifested in sexual immorality and its deadliest, most wicked cost: abortion.
This election season, some Christians may find themselves conflicted when considering how to cast their vote. At airō, Justin Edwards begins a series as to why he does not plan to vote for Mitt Romney in November, and invites the reader to think along as he presents his reasons. In this first post, Edwards addresses some common arguments used to persuade Christians considering the unpopular decision to vote third party or to not vote at all.
No other message should captivate our souls and move us to love, worship, and obey the Lord Jesus Christ than the reality of the cross. Step inside Gethsemane and walk to the foot of Golgotha to witness the resolve of the Lamb of God as airō shares CJ Mahaney’s beautiful depiction of the glorious Gospel at the final Resolved Conference.
When complacency rears its ugly head in the Christian’s life, it can cause us to lose our focus on the urgency of proclaiming the Gospel. We lose sight of the reality that people are perishing every day, yet we alone possess the only Hope that reconciles the lost to their Creator. airō shares a sobering message from Tim Conway on the doctrine of hell. Perhaps God may use it to cause some to examine themselves as to their eternal destination, and cause ambassadors of Christ to wake up out of complacency to be reminded of the terrible realities of the lake that burns with fire and brimstone.
What is the model church? Where should you worship? What are the characteristics of a faithful church? Is your church God-centered, Christ-exalting, and Gospel-driven? How do you know if it is? What do you do if it’s not? airō shares a teaching from Steve Lawson wherein he addresses these questions.