I wish I were better at relationships. Really, I do.
While not an exhaustive list, the sage in Proverbs 6:16-19 gives readers a glimpse of specific attitudes and actions that are detestable in the sight of the Lord. We read,
“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”
(Proverbs 6:16-19, NIV)
Let’s take these in sequence. Continue reading “Reflections on Proverbs 6: Seven Things”
According to sex researcher Shere Hite, 70% of married women have cheated on their partners (1991). During a follow up study, she found that 72% of married men had cheated on their partners (1993).
Savage. Repulsive. Disgusting.
Is the vow of faithfulness to your partner just an empty string of words with no meaning? Continue reading “Reflections on Adultery from Proverbs 5”
Like a vortex that tears open the waters presenting a pathway from the surface to the floor, so I am finally beginning to understand that the noetic effect of sin – the way that sin interacts with the entirety of creation and causes disorder – is a vortex that consumes human life through violent tearing and ripping as it pulls one from the heights of nearness with God to the depths of agony, despair, and depression in a virtual hell.
Let’s just be honest with one another for a moment. You are in your twenties (okay, maybe your early thirties), you profess a love for Jesus Christ, you serve His people and those who are not yet His people, but you’ve got a real problem when it comes to giving up your rights solely for the sake of obeying authority. Continue reading “Why Obedience to Secular Authority is Essential to Godliness (for the twenty-something)”
Back to our discussion.
First, it is essential to refresh our understanding of what it means to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. Blaspheming the Holy Spirit is rejecting the finished work of Christ on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. Even if it turns out to be true that one can reject their salvation (which I will argue against) it is not true that this blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is a one-time deal that seals their fate (unless they were to die in that disposition). If one were to lose their salvation by rejecting the finished work of Christ, it is perfectly logical, and Biblical, to assume that they can once again receive that by turning their lives back over to Christ. The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is not a one-and-done deal, unless an individual’s life ends prior to receiving Christ. Continue reading “Reflections on the Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Part 2)”
“And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes the against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him.” (Luke 12:10) Continue reading “Reflections on the Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Part 1)”