Originally posted on My Word Like Fire:
Bill Johnson is an effective purveyor of kenosis, the heretical teaching that Christ operated on earth solely as a man, with no “Divine capacity” whatsoever. Every miracle, every healing that Christ performed, according to Johnson, came about through the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Johnson teaches, we can all perform healings and miracles, since we also have access to the Holy Spirit.
Thus Johnson’s kenosis doctrine serves to reduce the biblical Christ and elevate man. As Bob Dewaay points out:
“Jesus is no longer unique, but only a special enlightened one who could lead the way to many such enlightened ones in the future. Thus we have a New Age Christ.” 
Kenosis comes from a misunderstanding of Phillipians 2:7: …but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
This speaks of the King of kings coming down and living among…
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Originally posted on TIME:
No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically.
It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision — and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social conservatives. Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now.
Discerning the meaning of the present moment requires sobriety, precisely because its radicalism requires of conservatives a realistic sense of how weak our position is in post-Christian America.
The alarm that the four dissenting justices sounded in their minority opinions is chilling. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia were particularly scathing in pointing out the philosophical and historical groundlessness of the majority’s opinion. Justice Scalia even called the decision “a threat to democracy,” and denounced it, shockingly, in…
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Originally posted on CrossWise:
Neil Young has long championed the farmer, as evidenced by his co-founding, along with Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp, of Farm Aid in 1985. Young has often been an outspoken critic for and against various political and social issues, some of which I didn’t and don’t agree; but, on the issue of Genetic Modified Organisms I’m in agreement. Moreover, I concur with his insistence on high quality recording for music; and his early rejection of digital in favor of analog was spot on, though the higher quality digital recording techniques and media have now reached more than acceptable levels. But I digress.
Young’s newest album, recorded with two of Nelson’s sons, is set for release on June 30th. NPR posted a review of the record, including full audio of the 1st disc of the 2-disc set. While I certainly don’t look to Neil Young for Biblical…
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Originally posted on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog:
(Washington, D.C.) — What are the implications of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on Friday to make same-sex marriage a Constitutionally-protected civil right? Is the Court’s decision to change the definition of marriage really such a big deal, or are Christians hyperventilating over the issue for nothing?
Unfortunately, yes, this is a very big deal, and it puts America on a perilous path. Unless we change course soon, this could accelerate the nation’s judgment andimplosion.
Let me walk through four key things Christians ought consider at this critical time.
First, the Supreme Court is overreaching its Constitutional authority, and is thus undermining its own legitimacy and pouring gasoline on a highly-politicized issue that will deeply divide Americans for years to come.
If the Constitution even mentioned the word “marriage,” the Court might theoretically have the right to address the subject. But the word is…
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Originally posted on My Word Like Fire:
As with 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Eugene Peterson’s The Message again removes specific reference to homosexuality as a sin in 1 Timothy 1:8-11. According to The Message:
“It’s true that moral guidance and counsel need to be given, but the way you say it and to whom you say it are as important as what you say. It’s obvious, isn’t it, that the law code isn’t primarily for people who live responsibly, but for the irresponsible, who defy all authority, riding roughshod over God, life, sex, truth, whatever! They are contemptuous of this great Message I’ve been put in charge of by this great God.” (Bold mine)
Yes, this “great Message” indeed. The Message, really, is simply a forerunner to what will be a “christless,” sinless Bible.
Here is 1 Timothy 1:8-11 (NASB): But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact…
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Originally posted on Truth2Freedom's Blog:
Jun. 26, 2015
Same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a historic ruling that caps the biggest civil rights transformation in a half-century. Voting 5-4, the justices said states lack any legitimate reason to deprive gay couples of the freedom to marry. Justice Anthony Kennedy joined the court’s four Democratic appointees in the majority, bringing gay weddings to the 14 states where they were still banned.
Gunmen opened fire on tourists lounging on a beach in the Tunisian seaside resort of Sousse, killing at least 27. One militant was killed while another fled and is being pursued by security forces.
One person was decapitated and two others were injured in a terrorist attack on an Air Products & Chemicals Inc. gas plant near Lyon in southeastern France. The attack was perpetrated by one or two people and France has stepped up…
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A classic. Hope you enjoy this as much as we did.
[So, I wrote this brief story a long time ago. With the Supreme Court ruling, perhaps fiction is on its way to becoming fact…]
The pastor of the mega-church sat behind his polished mahogany desk, wincing as the fierce pounding assaulted his temples. The youth pastor would be here any minute now. With growing anxiety, Pastor Billy Rapp opened the new, state sanctioned Bible, and turned to several passages about homosexuality. Only, there was nothing there about homosexuality.
As some had ominously predicted, The Missive paraphrase had become the only Bible allowed in the remaining, state approved churches.
Written by Hugo Peukermann, a likable biology teacher from Canada, the paraphrase had been used by the emergents and those opposed to Sola Scriptura for years. Now, however, even more had been gutted from it, and Pastor Rapp stared at its sterile, lifeless pages.
He closed the tepid “Bible” with a sigh. At least the church had been allowed to stay open. And, well, at least the homosexual couples would be here now. In a way this could actually be seen as helpful. They could reach them more easily with the gospel. Of course, the gospel wasn’t allowed to be preached, so this would present some challenges.
The President-for-life had moved quickly upon the hate crimes bill. It had turned within weeks into a law prohibiting hate speech. Homosexuality could not be called sin. Or even wrong. This was an offense punishable by fine and/or imprisonment. Pastors like Billy Rapp had watched in amazement as a number of Christians had been dragged off into the prison system.
A great many churches had been closed.
But not Billy’s. He wasn’t going to lose his church, no sir, not all he’d worked so hard for. Of course, it would take some adjusting. The youth pastor would have full state authority behind him.
Pastor Rapp jumped as he heard the knock on his door. “Come in,” he called. The door opened and a smiling couple came in. “Hi, Pastor Billy, I’m Jed Knight, your new youth pastor. I’m really looking forward to working with you. This is my husband.”
Trying not to tremble, Pastor Billy reached out and shook hands with both men. “I’m Pastor Bill,” he said, and he could hear his voice quavering.
“Malcolm McDell Knight. Just call me Mal,” the tall, thin man rumbled. Mal turned and smiled at Jed. “I’m going to go see what needs improving in the childrens’ ministry. Bye,” he waved.
Pastor Rapp frowned when he heard that. “Improving childrens’ ministry? What is that, exactly?”
Jed Knight sat down in one of the Pastor’s soft, overstuffed chairs. “Well, some educational things,” he said vaguely. “I’m really looking forward to working with you, Bill.” Jed was a short friendly man with an easy smile.
“Wait. Wait a minute. Your…uh, your partner–”
“Husband,” Jed Knight corrected.
“…he’s planning on working in the childrens’ ministry?”
“Bill, Bill,” Jed said slowly, and with great compassion, “there are many changes that must be made. Discrimination and hate need to end. Of course we need to reach the children.”