Archive for January 2012

Burning Sons and Daughters

January 30, 2012

“For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight,” saith the LORD: “they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it. And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into My heart” (Jeremiah 7:30-31).

God calls burning children an abomination, but He burns His children – forever?

It has never even entered God’s mind to do such a thing! Yet, it is a common and very acceptable idea that that’s what God is going to do to His children, and not only burn them as the Hebrew’s did, but the common belief is that God is even going to change their bodies such that they cannot have the luxury of dying!

NO! He is going to do no such thing! By the sacrifice of His son, all are redeemed.

Grant Miller
Author of Think, and Be Free

What We Learn from the Costa Concordia

January 29, 2012

In the largest passenger ship loss since the Titanic, 33 of the 4,252 passengers and crew of the Costa Concordia perished. The captain of the ship was arrested on preliminary charges, including manslaughter.

Update: As of February 13, 2015, the captain of the ship has now been found guilty of multiple counts of manslaughter and has been given a 16 year sentence.

Despite the fact that some 99.2% were saved, it remains a tragic loss of life. Every life on board the ship was of unique value, and their individual death is a great tragedy.

Just the other day, my dear friend and brother, Jim Burson, shared with me an astute illustration spawned by this cruise ship incident.

There was a large passenger ship with a thousand people on it. The captain assembled all passengers and announced to them, “The ship is about to sink, but I have ‘Good News.’ Fifty of you will be able to make it to dry land.”

This is the “Good News” of traditionalism, but I contend that it is not “Good News” at all. For the nine hundred and fifty who are about to perish, it certainly is not “Good News.” For those fifty who will not perish, it is not “Good News,” because they likely will leave behind children, wives and husbands. Most of all it is not “Good News” to the captain because he knows it was his responsibility to assure the well-being of his passengers.

Here is what we learn from the Costa Concordia: the captain is always responsible for his ship – and all under his care. Any loss is unacceptable, even .8%. This is even truer concerning the Sovereign of the Universe. He is responsible for all He has made – for His entire creation – and He emphatically declares Himself to be the “Savior of all men” (I Timothy 4:10).

In effectually discharging His responsibility God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to “take away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), proclaiming Him to be the actual Savior of the world (John 4:42).

In spite of all of this, Christianity has the faithless audacity to bring an indictment against God: the vast majority of His creation will be eternally lost, and His Son will utterly fail, being guilty Himself of dereliction of responsibility for His Saviorhood.

Our Lord Jesus Christ “came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10), and He Who leaves the 99, tirelessly and unfailingly will “go after that which is lost, until He finds it” (Luke 15:4). Some of Christianity would have the nerve to suggest that only a fraction will eventually be saved. However, if Christ’s rate of salvation was that of the Costa Concordia’s – 99.2% – He would be an utter failure, as He was not declared to be the “99.2% Savior of the world.”

Salvation is not the responsibility of the crew or passengers, but of Salvation’s Captain (the “Captain of their salvation” – Hebrews 2:10, KJV) – the successful “Savior of the world.” He, and He alone, will see to its full and complete accomplishment. The Good News is that the ship Salvation is in unwaveringly capable hands. Father and His Son are in absolute control.

Rest, and enjoy the cruise.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Is Adam Greater than Christ?

January 10, 2012

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life (Romans 5:18).

What we do has no effect on who we are in Christ … The cross wasn’t some piece of groundwork Christ laid that now requires your belief to validate it … Everyone constituted a sinner in Adam will eventually be constituted just in Christ …

Does everyone experience this justification simultaneously? No. Just as a person cannot experience Adam’s cure until he or she is born, neither can a person experience Christ’s victory until Christ chooses to reveal it to him or her. But it will happen for every son and daughter of Adam, if not in this life, then in the next. This is the testimony of Scripture (I Timothy 2:5-6; I Corinthians 15:22-23) …

Man’s theology, however, has destroyed the parallels, placing everyone under Adam’s disobedience, but on a fraction under Christ’s obedience. Man’s theology has made the former involuntary, while the latter they have made a matter of free choice. Scripture doesn’t do this, man does. By doing so, man’s theology had made Adam greater than Christ.

This does not seem to bother anyone.

Martin Zender
How to Be Free From Sin While Smoking a Cigarette (2007), pages 30-36

The End Is Not Yet

January 6, 2012

And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, Who created all things by Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:9).

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men (Titus 2:11).

Here in both places, the term is universal, all men; all men must see what is the fellowship of the mystery …

If you say, but we see not yet all men brought to the knowledge of the mystery. I answer as in another case, “the end is not yet.” … I shall answer this exception in the words of the author of Hebrews in a like case,

But now we see not yet all things put under Him. But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man (Hebrews 2:8-9).

Jeremiah White (1629-1707)
(Chaplin to Oliver Cromwell)
Restoration of All Things, pages 38, 39

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