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Offering Incense to Caesar: Are You Ready?

Covered a bunch of topics today on the program—a few announcements about the upcoming debates in Salt Lake City and in Australia started us off. Then we looked at some comments from Bassam Zawadi regarding the view of some Christian apologists of the Bible and the resurrection. Also looked through Romans 8:31-34 in response to Dr. David Allen’s assertion that there are no texts in Scripture that connect atonement and election. But most of my time was focused upon the controversy that came up when Drew Brees recorded a completely innocuous little video about bringing your Bible to school. Well, it was posted by Focus on the Family, and since Focus hasn’t been willing to bow the knee to the LGBTQ deity, well, Drew must pay. Talked about persecution in the early church, different types of apostasy, and how each Christian today must decide when Caesar is demanding we bow the knee in areas where we simply cannot today.

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JD Greear, Homosexuality, Michael Licona, Certainty and Assurance

Started off looking at JD Greear’s blog article, which reflected pretty much what he had said in a sermon back during the winter, regarding homosexuality.  Then looked at a tweet from Jonathan Merritt, replied to by Brian Zahnd, on the accusation of “idolatry of the family.”  Then we moved on to play a portion of a video from Mike Licona wherein he spoke of being “80% sure Christianity is true,” and discussed not only the issues of certainty and assurance, but more importantly epistemology and the difference that arises from our theology and apologetic methodology.

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Debate Reports from South Africa: Graeme Codrington, Ayoob Karim, Yusuf Ismail

Spent 75 minutes going over the trip to South Africa and the debates we did, with special emphasis upon an article Graeme Codrington wrote in response to our debate on the marriage issue in Johannesburg.  Showed pictures, told the story of my “chance” (hahaha) encounter with one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the darkness at sunrise at the end of the pier, etc.  Thanks again for all who made the trip possible!

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Romans 1:32 Illustrated

συνευδοκέω is a Greek term that means “to agree with, give approval to.”  It is found in the final verse of Romans 1 where Paul describes the final state of human sin, one in which mankind, knowing the just judgment of God against sin, not only still engaged in it, but “gives hearty approval” to those who join with them in their rebellion.  Sinners love company, many a preacher has said, and our society is seeing example after example of Romans 1:32 coming to fruition.  Truly, “the wicked strut about when that which is vile is honored among men” (Psalm 12:8).

This was brought to mind this morning when, having a few moments before an appointment, I did a Google search for articles about the USWNT—the US women’s team that just won the soccer World Cup.  I had seen reference made to their public “celebrations” upon returning home to the US, articles that included such terms as “drunk” and “profanity.” It only took a moment to not only discover images, videos, etc., of these women drinking like sailors and swearing a blue streak that would have made any men’s locker room blush only a few decades ago, but also showing them behaving in the most arrogant, self-centered ways possible.  As reprehensible and sad as that is, what truly struck me was something more, something new.

The articles I found were from mainstream media sources in New York—in other words, those pandering to the cultural elites.  And they all shared one thing in common:  a celebration of their behavior. Yes, they celebrated drunkenness.  They celebrated debauchery.  They celebrated dropping f-bombs like raindrops in a thunderstorm.  It’s all good, you see, because, well, they won, and they hate Trump, and they are just expressing themselves, so yeah, get drunk and swear like a sailor—it’s to be expected, accepted, and celebrated.

Only a few decades ago this kind of behavior would have been loudly condemned by everyone, those in charge of the program would have been fired, the players replaced, apologies given. But not today.  No, you see, they are women—and many of them open lesbians—so they are oppressed.  Therefore, those who are oppressed are free from the moral stigma attached to such behavior if engaged in by anyone in the oppressor classes.  Critical theory has no room for a common morality for both the oppressed and the oppressors.  Their intersectionality score gives them the right to behave like drunken kids in public—and they get to be called heroes in the process!

It was quite a reminder that those who know God’s righteous judgment against their sin suppress that knowledge by inviting others to join them in their rebellion.