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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Tuesday
Sep192006

Is the Pope Catholic?

Benedict xvi 2.jpg . . . Not much longer if Muammar Gaddafi's son gets his wish.

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Tripoli - The elder son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has called on Pope Benedict XVI to convert to Islam immediately, dismissing last week's apology from the pontiff for offending Muslims.

"If this person were really someone reasonable, he would not agree to remain at his post one minute, but would convert to Islam immediately," Mohammed Gaddafi told an awards ceremony on Monday evening for an international competition to memorise the Qur'an. 

To read the rest of this story,  Click here: Pope asked to convert to Islam

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Wouldn't Luther and Calvin have fun with this headline!  I'm having a bit of fun with it myself.  Any thoughts?

Saturday
Sep162006

The Unbelievable Hypocrisy of Muslim Outrage . . .

Peaceful muslims.jpgThroughout the Islamic world, Muslims continue to express their outrage that Pope Benedict the XVI dared to make mention of a 14th century conversation between a Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II and a Persian scholar on the truths of Christianity and Islam.  Benedict didn't say whether he agreed with the comment or not . . .  He simply made an oblique reference to the discussion.  Now, Muslims everywhere are outraged. (I saw this picture on Drudge--I'll bet this guy is a hoot at family get-togethers).

Give me a break!  Where was this Muslim "outrage" when nineteen of their own flew two jumbo jets into the Twin-Towers and one more into the Pentagon?

Where was this Muslim outrage when Richard Reid tried to blow up a jet-liner with a shoe bomb?

Where was the Muslim outrage when suicide bombers killed scores of Aussies in Bali?

Where was the Muslim outrage when a Muslim shot-up the El-Al counter at LAX, killing a heroic young security guard?

Where was the Muslim outrage when two men rode through the DC area sniping at unaware innocents, killing in the name of Allah?

Where was the Muslim outrage for the bombings of trains in Madrid and the subways in London?  Dozens of men and women were killed while going about their daily business.

Where is the Muslim outrage at news of the attempted bombings of more than a half-dozen jet-liners over the Atlantic?

This is a religion of peace, right?  Where is CAIR?  Where is the condemnation of acts of terror by Islamic scholars and noted Imams?  Their collective silence speaks volumes.

If Benedict apologizes for this, he is absolutely crazy!  An apology will only encourage more Muslim rage anytime someone dares to state in public that Allah is not the true God and Muhammad is not a prophet.

Let us see this for what it is--an attempt to subjugate other religions to Islam by silencing them through threats of violence.  But then this has always been the Muslim way.  

Meanwhile, let us preach Christ and him crucified, for this is the power of God unto salvation!

Friday
Sep152006

Review of "Man of Sin"

Man of sin.gifFor anyone who is interested, there's a great review of Man of Sin in the latest issue of Modern Reformation.  The review was written by Keith Mathison of Ligonier Ministries and author of: Dispensationalism:  Rightly Dividing the People of God?; Postmillennialism:  An Eschatology of Hope; and editor of When Shall These Things Be:  A Reformed Response to Hyper-Preterism.

To read the review, Click here: Review of Man of Sin, by Kim Riddlebarger

Wednesday
Sep132006

Who Said That?

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"There is one fact which is itself conclusive against this doctrine of imputation.  It is the fact that the salvation in Christ, both as a present attainment and a future blessedness, has its complete ground in his vicarious sacrifice.  A brief statement of facts will show this.  Herein we have reconciliation with God; the forgiveness of sin; justification; righteousness; regeneration and a new spiritual life; adoption and heirship; [readiness] for heaven and the possession of a future blessedness.  Thus it is that all the blessings of a complete salvation are grounded in the vicarious sacrifice of Christ.  Hence there is no place for the imputation of his personal righteousness, and no need of it.  Indeed, it is excluded."

You know the drill!  No cheating (google searches or otherwise).  Leave your answer in the comments section below!

Tuesday
Sep052006

Who Said That?

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"We should give Jesus a demotion. It is no longer credible to think of Jesus as divine. Jesus' divinity goes together with the old theistic way of thinking about God.  The plot early Christians invented for a divine redeemer figure is as archaic as the mythology in which it is framed. A Jesus who drops down out of heaven, performs some magical act that frees human beings from the power of sin, rises from the dead, and returns to heaven is simply no longer credible. The notion that he will return at the end of time and sit in cosmic judgment is equally incredible. We must find a new plot for a more credible Jesus."

You know the drill!  No cheating (google searches or otherwise).  Post your answer in the comments section.

Thursday
Aug312006

It Was Only a Matter of Time . . .

saintsonaplane.jpgWhite Horse Inn listener Brian Ring is at it again (Click here: My Fake Posters).

Of course, we fly Rod Air when we can.  But I don't think Ken will be happy being forced to sit in the back of the plane, again . . .

Wednesday
Aug232006

One More Time--Islam Is No Religion of Peace

mecca during haj.jpgLets cut to the chase.  Your next door Muslim neighbor is probably a meek and kindly person.  So are the Muslims I encounter here in Orange County.

But when a noted Islamic academic in the UK contends that it is perfectly just to die for what you believe--even if you do so with a bomb with nails and ball-bearings strapped to your chest in a marketplace full of innocent civilians--then should be clear to all, Islam is a religion of conquest and violence. 

So, suicide bombing is a legitimate method of engaging in Jihad?  That's the view of Dr. Azzamm Tamimi, who reminded his audience of 8000 that they were not European Muslims, but Muslims who happen to live in Europe.  No such thing as Muslims being assimilated by local culture.  Click here: Firebrand Islamic academic: 'dying for your beliefs is just' | the Daily Mail.

Such brutality is thick in Islam's history and its current practice.  If Islam is truly a religion of peace and Jihad is only the personal struggle of the faithful Muslim--as we keep hearing--why don't peaceful Muslims denounce the rabid comments of such men as Dr. Tamimi?  Their silence is deafening and telling.

Tamimi is right about one thing.  The war on terror is a war on radical Islam.  It is a war (on a national level) that we had better be prepared to fight and win.  It is war which will last a generation or more.  If not, what will the consequences be?  Oceans don't protect us from such a threat.

As for the churches of the Reformation, we had all better be learning about Islam, as well as ways to effectively preach the gospel to and engage in apologetic dialogue with our Muslim neighbors.  Who would have ever thought that foreign missions meant sharing the gospel with your Muslim neighbor in your own hometown?  The Mosque down the street from Christ Reformed has more people in attendance on Fridays than we do on Sundays. 

The irony is that twenty years ago this threat was not even on the radar.  Who would have thought that American evangelicalism would become so doctrinally wimpy as to be helpless against Islamic growth and ideology?  Seeker-centered worship and vapid felt-need oriented preaching are quickly exposed for what they are in the face of a threat like Islamic expansion.  Islam is growing and expanding in most communities in the United States, probably yours.  And what are you doing about it?

There is much work to do.  It starts with trusting in the power of God to convert the most fanatical Muslim through the means of the preached gospel.  But surely it doesn't end there.

Monday
Aug212006

Who Said That?

question mark.jpg"There are in the Bible several clear examples of believers (about whose relationship with God there can be no question) who were, nevertheless, not completely or continually committed to the Lord. . . . Now if Christ must be Lord of the life in order for one to be saved, then we are forced to conclude that either Peter or Baranbas [who had lapses from a fully dedicated life] were never saved or that they lost their salvation when they rejected the Lordship of Christ."

OK, who said this?  No cheating (google searches or otherwise).  Leave your answer in the comments section!

Wednesday
Aug162006

About as Tacky as It Gets

praying-plush.jpgDave Hunt sent this to me (not that Dave Hunt, but the Reformed guy named David Hunt who lives in Texas and reads this blog).  He saw this in the local mall and took this picture with his cellphone. 

No, this was not a Christian bookstore, but it might as well have been (or it will be by next the CBA).

Don't even start me on this one . . . (ugh)

Monday
Aug142006

You Know You Are Not Reformed If . . .

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You know you are not Reformed if

 

. . . you think the Apostles Creed is the guy who fought Rocky in Rocky I.

. . . you think the Canons of Dort are like the Guns of Navarrone.

. . . you think Ursinus is a nasal condition.

. . . you think Arminians are the people who run convenience stores.

. . . you think the Belgic Confession was from WWII war crimes trials.

. . . you think “popery” in the church makes it smell flowery.

. . . you think the psalter goes with the pepper shaker.

. . . you think unconditional election is a practice of communist dictatorships.

. . . the only “kirk” you know is from Star Trek.

. . . you think the Three Forms of Unity are health, wealth, and happiness.

. . . you think “catechism” and “dogma” relate to pets.

. . . you think Post Tenebras Lux is a breakfast cereal (it’s actually the motto of post-Reformation Geneva).

(h.t. Pat Yamada)

Can you think of more?