“A blatant contradiction of at least a dozen perfectly clear verses in the Holy Scripture”

JP: Worthwhile read

What Part of ‘Everlasting Possession’ Does This Man Not Understand?

In October Pope Benedict XVI met with leaders of other churches in communion with the Roman Catholic Church to discuss the increasing persecution of Christians in the Middle East. The closing statement on Oct. 23, however, as issued by Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, landed far afield from that synod’s declared intent.

“For Christians, one can no longer talk of the land promised to the Jewish people,” the archbishop said, because the “promise” was “abolished by the presence of Christ.”

Oh?

Because I’m not a member of his church, perhaps I shouldn’t let it bother me that the archbishop has taken it upon himself to proclaim that the Bible is wrong and the Jewish people are no longer chosen by God, especially since my Bible doesn’t say anything of the kind. But it does bother me.

It bothers me because it is a blatant contradiction of at least a dozen perfectly clear verses in the Holy Scripture, which the Catholic Church – both Greek and Roman – claims to uphold as the Word of God. It bothers me because it’s impossible to tell if the pope, the head of the entire Catholic Church, backs the archbishop’s statement or not. And it bothers me, well, because it seems to bother so few other people.

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Heirs together of the grace of life

JP: Outline and notes for our lesson for Sunday October 31st from I Peter 3:1-7

1 Peter 3:7, The wife as the “weaker vessel”

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JP: Our AFB lesson for Sunday October 31st will be 1 Peter 3:1-7. This post focuses on the phrase “weaker vessel”.

I started a discussion on Sharper Iron where other Pastors were invited to comment on this phrase. I expressed my own study and views on the phrase there. For those interested in the full Sharper Iron discussion, please visit this link.

What is clear to me is that weaker does not mean inferior!

Weaker vessel does not mean!

  • That a woman is less intelligent than a man or
  • Inferior in any way

Generally women are smaller in stature and weaker physically than men. I personally think this is in view in 1 Peter 3:7. Because they are smaller and weaker than men AND because they have the privilege of bearing life, they are to be protected and honored.

The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood website has helpful articles. Search for 1 Peter 3:7

The Affirmations of the Danvers Statement are helpful:

In the family, husbands should forsake harsh or selfish leadership and grow in love and care for their wives; wives should forsake resistance to their husbands’ authority and grow in willing, joyful submission to their husbands’ leadership (Eph 5:21-33; Col 3:18-19; Tit 2:3-5; 1 Pet 3:1-7).

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Colonial Baptist Church: Helpful Resource Links

JP: Found on the web today.

Helpful Resource Links

“How can you approach this breast cancer with such confidence in a God who allows it?”

JP: Helpful read on suffering

Excerpts:

Joni Eareckson Tada on Something Greater than Healing

Question: How has your perspective on suffering and healing changed since your breast cancer diagnosis?

Answer: Thankfully, it hasn’t changed at all. You examine Scripture again and follow every passage regarding healing. I did that with my quadriplegia, and I did that again 10 years ago, when I embarked on a whole new life of chronic pain. Just a month ago, getting diagnosed with breast cancer, I looked at those same Scriptures, and God’s words do not change.

Even though it seems like a lot is being piled on, I keep thinking about 1 Peter 2:21: “To these hardships you were called because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.” Those steps most often lead Christians not to miraculous, divine interventions but directly into the fellowship of suffering. In a way, I’ve been drawn closer to the Savior, even with this breast cancer. There are things about his character that I wasn’t seeing a year ago or even six months ago. That tells me that I’m still growing and being transformed. First Peter 2:21 is a good rule of thumb for any Christian struggling to understand God’s purposes in hardship.

Every x-ray technician, every nurse, every doctor’s secretary, every clinician, every person I meet in nuclear medicine and at the MRI—it’s amazing how many opportunities I’ve been given to see people hungry and thirsty for Christ. I knew that was true before, but there seems to be something special that is accompanying this diagnosis. I’m just so amazed by people asking me, “How can you approach this breast cancer with such confidence in a God who allows it?” And I’m being given the chance to answer.

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“Divorce is not the unpardonable sin, but it is sin, and it is a sin that is condemned in no uncertain terms.”

JP: An excellent read reminding us to have strong marriages!

Divorce — The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience

Excerpt:

the Bible is emphatic in condemning divorce. For this reason, you would expect to find evangelical Christians demanding the inclusion of divorce on a list of central concerns and aims. But this seldom happened. Evangelical Christians rightly demanded laws that would defend the sanctity of human life. Not so for marriage. Smith explains that the inclusion of divorce on the agenda of the Christian right would have risked a massive alienation of members. In summary, evangelicals allowed culture to trump Scripture.

An even greater tragedy is the collapse of church discipline within congregations. A perceived “zone of privacy” is simply assumed by most church members, and divorce is considered only a private concern.

… divorce harms many more lives than will be touched by homosexual marriage. Children are left without fathers, wives without husbands, and homes are forever broken. Fathers are separated from their children, and marriage is irreparably undermined as divorce becomes routine and accepted. Divorce is not the unpardonable sin, but it is sin, and it is a sin that is condemned in no uncertain terms.

Evangelical Christians are gravely concerned about the family, and this is good and necessary. But our credibility on the issue of marriage is significantly discounted by our acceptance of divorce.