Daily Archives: 8 Jul 2015

The Lord’s Day

Make the Lord’s day the market for thy soul; let the whole day be spent in prayer, repetitions, or meditations; lay aside the affairs of the other part of the week; let thy sermon thou hast heard be converted into prayer: Shall God allow thee six days, and wilt not thou afford him one? — John Bunyan

Jimmy Carter Needs To Stop Pretending to be a Theologian

Former President Jimmy Carter said in an interview that he thinks Jesus would approve of gay marriage.

“I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else,” Carter said in a HuffPost Live interview with Marc Lamont Hill published Tuesday.

“I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage,” he said. “That’s just my own personal opinion.”

Indeed.  And since Jesus never said any such thing – but rather quite the opposite – we can safely insist that Carter is wrong.  All he needs to do is look at Matthew 5:17.  Jesus didn’t come to do away with the law but to observe it thoroughly as it was intended to be observed (and that’s what ‘fulfill it’ means).  And, like it or not, the law on same sex relationships is crystal clear.

You can reject it.  You can pretend it doesn’t say it.  You can even lie and say it doesn’t mean what it says at all.  But doing so doesn’t change the simple facts.

So, President Carter, you’re simply wrong and your opinion is based on your own feelings and not Scripture.

Texas… How Do You Manage to Outdo Yourself Every Day?

A “church” in liberal Houston, Texas hosted a mass “gay wedding” on Sunday following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling declaring that all 50 states must legalize same-sex “marriage.” The event took place at Resurrection Community Church and was officiated by three ministers, including leader Troy Treash.

“I’m happy to be a pastor who understands that God is love and to bless all loving relationships because that’s what God wants more for the world,” he told reporters. 45 homosexuals walked down the aisle with their partners as both their names were read by one of the ministers. They were then all assembled across the front of the sanctuary where the announcement was made, “These are our couples!”  A brightly-dressed choir sang and those lined up repeated their vows. “I just didn’t think I would ever see the day, especially in the state of Texas,” participant Donna Galaviz told Pulse.com.

Texas…  I think it’s a good idea to just use the word ‘Texas’ any time something ‘Emergent’ or new age or trendy or anti-biblical happens.  ‘Oh, that’s a Texas right there’.  ‘What, you want to marry your two sisters?  That’s very Texas of you.’  ‘So, you say you’re a Christian but you don’t understand anything the Bible says about morality?  Well, that’s right Texas of you’.

Texas: noun, verb, or adjective meaning ‘to do what’s inappropriate from an Orthodox, Reformed, Christian point of view’; to be inappropriate; to adopt inappropriateness as the modus operandi…  Texas- it’s shaped like a toilet for obvious reasons.

Christ Alone Rules His People: Praying with Calvin

Once again, here’s a prayer of Calvin’s that makes as much (if not more) sense in our context than it did in his:

Grant, Almighty God, that as thou hast given us thy only-begotten Son to rule us, and hast by thy good pleasure consecrated him a King over us, that we may be perpetually safe and secure under his hand against all the attempts of the devil and of the whole world,

—O grant, that we may suffer ourselves to be ruled by his authority, and so conduct ourselves, that he may ever continue to watch for our safety: and as thou hast committed us to him, that he may be the guardian of our salvation, so also suffer us not either to turn aside or to fall, but preserve us ever in his service, until we be at length gathered into that blessed and everlasting kingdom, which has been procured for us by the blood of thy only Son. Amen.

The Dutch Calvinist Who Painted Extremely Explicit Scenes

This report on NPR is really interesting-

lots_daughtersJoachim Wtewael (pronounced U-te-val) worked in Utrecht in the late 1500s and early 1600s. He loved painting stories from the Bible and mythology — impressively buff Roman gods and goddesses in — at times — downright salacious comportment. “You know, gods didn’t always behave particularly well,” says curator Arthur Wheelock Jr. “And that was something Wtewael and people from his generation loved to explore.” In vivid colors, with precisely painted details, on huge canvases as well as small copper plates, naughty gods and goddesses frolicked and fooled around.

Wtewael depicts Mars and Venus “having at it,” says Wheelock, “and this was not so good because Venus was married.” …  Incest! Booze! Lust! Adultery!

And to make it even more intriguing— the painter himself was such a proper 16th century fellow — a very strict Calvinist, a pillar of the community. But with his paints and brushes, he embraced the fullness of life. “I think that is what I love about Wtewael,” Wheelock says. “The engagement in all aspects of life: the sensual, the spiritual, religious, all these things are there. It’s a fun show; nobody’s having a bad time.”

It’s fascinating.  Read the entire essay. Who would have thought a Calvinist would paint such things.  But Calvinists are an interesting lot…

Image of Fertility Goddess Unearthed at Lachish

Oh those Lachish idolaters…

Bible, Archaeology, and Travel with Luke Chandler

A clay image of a Canaanite fertility goddess was unearthed in my square the other day. Yossi Garfinkel granted permission to post this photo of the find.

A late bronze fertility goddess discovered at Tel Lachish. (Photo by Luke Chandler) A late bronze fertility goddess discovered at Tel Lachish. (Photo by Luke Chandler)

Fertility goddesses were considered influential over the fertility of the womb, making them especially popular among those desiring children. Someone wanting a child likely worshiped this figurine at home or in a temple. The Bible says that Israelites shared in this practice with the Canaanites.

Many biblical passages mention religious images like the one above. Here are two of them.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath.” (Exodus 20:4, ESV)

“Beware lest you act corruptly by making a carved image for yourselves, in the form of any figure, the likeness of male…

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