Destinations

January 11, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Once again I’m reminded that this is not my Dad’s America. I know I shouldn’t be surprised but it is disheartening. As you have probably heard, Louie Giglio’s involvement at the president’s inauguration created such a stir that he removed himself from the event. He did this because of a sermon he preached nearly 20 years ago in which he spoke of the sin of homosexuality. This from a man who said, “Clearly, speaking on this issue (homosexuality) has not been in the range of my priorities in the past fifteen years. Instead, my aim has been to call people to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ.” Again, this is not my Father’s country. If you hold to the historic Christian truth, you will be ostracized. Here is the statement from Addie Whisenant of the Presidential Inaugural Committee:

We were not aware of Pastor Giglio’s past comments at the time of his selection, and they don’t reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this inaugural. Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part because of his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world. As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.

I might modify the last line , “…we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all but Christian Americans.” There is no room for Christians who hold to the historic truth found in the Bible.

Here is Giglio’s letter to his church explaining what happened. Russell Moore and Al Mohler weigh in. The Apostle Paul said it best in 1Cor 4:13 where he wrote, “when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.” We are the scum of the world. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at the moral earthquake taking place around us.

Kelly James Clark at the Huffington Post writes about The Most Persecuted Religion in the World. You already know which religion this is.

Erwin Lutzer’s (one of Scott W’s favorites) Getting to No: How to Break a Stubborn Habit is free today for Nook and Kindle.

Sam Storms tracks his pilgrimage from Dispensationalism to amillennialism. I include this because almost the exact same thing happened to me at about the exact same time. I know someone had to think it up originally (John Nelson Darby) but one would never come away a Dispensational Premillennialist simply from reading the Bible. You have to be taught it in order to see it.

Finally, I’ve saved the best for last. Don’t miss Run, Dog Run. It is a wonderful reminder that the gospel isn’t a new law.

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