One of the most formative theological books I ever read is Luther’s De Servo Arbitrio or merely The Bondage of the Will. You may accuse Luther of barbaric arrogance, to which he would humbly admit, but you cannot fail to concede to the forcefulness of the argument he makes in this masterpiece.
This last Sunday, while preaching on 1 John 2:3-14, Pastor Bobby (of North Shore Community Baptist Church in Beverly South Hamilton MA) hinted on how Christianity (and the gospel) does not offer us just another item to add to the list of activities we already have. He mentioned that for most people, the invitation to a personal relationship with God looks just like that, an additional item on their ‘to-do-list.’
A reader of my blog asked me to do a simple write-up about deliverance. Not that this topic is so simple as to be exhausted in a couple of words, for ‘deliverance’ can mean different things depending on who uses it and how.
It is often said, and more rightly so that those who don’t know history are poised to repeat it. Often, the problems we struggle with today have been before, and we grow in wisdom by looking back at how our forefathers resolved them. The theological and ecclesiastical problems the modern church faces today are not new, as we will see.
The International Youth Fellowship (IYF), is an international organization founded by Ock Soo Park in 1995, in South Korea, as an international organization ‘that takes full charge of problems of the youth’. The roots of this organization go back to the July 1995’s the ‘first South Korea-U.S Combined Youth Camp’, according to their official website iyf.org.
Relativism always begins with an appearance of wisdom. ‘Has God indeed said?’ (Gen 3:1). Relativism is the craftiest demonstration of folly. It questions the absolute truth of God, thereby relativizing His absolute decrees. ‘Has God said?’ is another way of saying, subtly ‘that is God’s opinion, I have my own which differs from His, and you know what; so, should you too!’
A brother, who reads my blog from Tanzania wrote to me asking about the uniqueness of Jesus when contrasted with every other religious figure, and why He is worthy to be followed. In response I have thought right to write a series of articles addressing this question. I hope this proves helpful for many. These articles will not be exhaustive, but in them I hope to will stir up serious thought, that culminates in a personal relationship with Christ as Lord and Savior.
Most atheists I talk to accuse adherents of religion for the indoctrinating their Children. They suspect and believe that without parents teaching and training their children in godliness, these children would grow up without the knowledge of God. They are both right and wrong. And this is why:
The year was 2050, the year when everyone became hooked to their gadgets. It was the year when our government brought ‘Technology’ closer to the people. And by the way, it is also the year also when our privacy was stripped away from us. And Jake (not real name, for security reasons, of course), seems to think that this was intentional. I mean the taking away of our privacy was an intentional step by our government (for he works with one of the security agencies in GandaLand, our country).