Here are the other great articles and resources I found and collected this last week:
– Here’s John MacArthur’s response to books like “Heaven is for Real”.
– The term gospel-centered can mean different things and thus can be confusing. This post references the term and defines it well, but more importantly includes an appendix from J.D. Greear‘s book, Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary. The appendix is entitled, “A Gospel-Centered Warning to Young Zealous Theologians” and is well worth your read (it is brief) for a reminder as to what truly matters most – our love for Jesus! To read it, click here.
– Along the same lines, this pastor writes about a growing sense of legalism surrounding the term, “gospel-centered”. Read it for a helpful perspective on this topic. As with anything that is good and helpful and beneficial, it can turn into legalism very quick. To read it, click here.
– Regarding: Blood Moons, this post from Tim Challies is helpful to keep this phenomenon in perspective.
– – – and an article from Answers in Genesis as well regarding Blood Moons (more technical language here, but still helpful and instructive)
– Here’s a brief video from a man who has been set free from addiction to pornography. (The link takes you to Desiring God Ministries and is a helpful resource for you, or someone you may know.) He hits the nail on the head: it’s not about methods or programs or safeguards; it’s regarding Jesus as better. Whatever particular struggle you have, this is the prayer you should be praying: God, help me to see Jesus as better. Help me, Father, to not just see it, but to believe it, and to demonstrate it with my mind and my actions. In Jesus’ name, Amen. –
– Last week, I recommended checking out the ERLC Leadership Summit*; the topic this year was: “The Gospel & Human Sexuality”. Click here for the videos. Our culture confuses and perverts God’s good gift of human sexuality. We need resources like this from faithful men and women who regard God’s Word as their only authority.
*The ERLC is the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Here’s what they say about their organization and its purpose:
“The ERLC is dedicated to engaging the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ and speaking to issues in the public square for the protection of religious liberty and human flourishing. Our vision can be summed up in three words: kingdom, culture and mission.”
– If you’ve heard someone say, “We don’t need to confess our sins to God anymore, since we are already saved” there’s a good chance they’ve been influenced at least indirectly by ‘The Grace Revolution’ – a type of legalism that elevates grace to such a place that certain parts of Scripture (like 1 John 1:9) are completely ignored. Read this article here to understand this recent unorthodox trend in theology. It’s an instructive article to read in order to be prepared to handle things people say that may seem biblical but are not.