~ My Banner is Christ ~
An Appeal for the Church to Restore the Priority of Solus Christus and to Mortify the Idols of Celebritism and the Fear of Man
When the church becomes more enamored with popular individuals, or things that are deemed as "trendy," she enters into a dangerous flirtation with man-centered priorities. The church is not called to imitate the world which demands that it have its various celebrities and idols (professional athletes, pop icons, movie-stars, internet-idols etc.). Instead, she is called to a much different standard - the higher standard of exalting Christ and His authority alone (Solus Christus, Sola Scriptura).
Modern Evangelicalism has a great need to be restored to the priorities of Solus Christus and Sola Scriptura. The Reformers heralded these priorities for a very important reason - if Christ is not the church's first love and sole authority, then all is lost. While there is nothing inherently wrong with the idea of celebrating God's grace in the lives of godly individuals and their ministries, there is everything wrong with the idolatry of celebritism: the act of exalting men in a way that diminishes the glory and sole authority of Jesus Christ. It is important to recognize that the sin of worshipping the creature rather than the Creator is as natural to human nature as is breathing (Romans1:25). In light of such human frailty, the church must mortify the temptation of heralding mere men above their station, whether by fear or fawning devotion. In order to accomplish this goal, God's people must remember that they are called to be subject to one another in the fear of Christ, alone (Ephesians 5:21). We can be sure that, wherever such reverence and adoration for Christ waxes hot, man-centered idolatry will wane and die. In the end, the church is called to exalt and magnify the risen and returning Savior, while raising the very banner of truth which He has entrusted to those who adore and fear Him (Psalm 60:4).
Table of Contents:
Introduction - He Has Given Us a BannerChapter I - Lessons from History with Pillars of WarningChapter II - Being Subject in the Fear of ChristChapter III - Celebritism and the Worship of the NehushtanChapter IV - Solus Christus Versus Man-Centered PartisanshipChapter V - You Cannot Serve Two MastersChapter VI - Solus Christus in the Land of Sodom and GomorrahChapter VII - Solus Christus in the Home and ChurchChapter VIII - Solus Christus in the Land of BeulahChapter IX - Not all are TeachersConclusion - The Palace that is Called BeautifulAppendix - Part I: John Bunyan, John Flavel, and the Fear of GodAppendix - Part II: The Fear of Christ in Marriage and FamilyAppendix - Part III: Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader
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The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism:
An Analysis, Critique, and Exhortation Concerning the Contemporary Doctrine of
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This book examines Dr. Wayne Grudem's controversial teaching on fallible prophecy, in view of various lexical, exegetical, and historical points of interest. It also addresses the teaching's popularity and continuing advancement through many within the "New Calvinism" movement:
"Not only does fallible prophecy have no real value, it is dangerous and can lead the gullible to take very unfortunate actions...since Grudem is the Neo-Calvinist theologian leading the charge in attempting to develop and defend the position of fallible prophecy, Beasley primarily interacts with his writings. His carefully presented argument leads to the conclusion that Grudem is reasoning from both ignorance of New Testament times, as well as from silence. Beasley has done the church a wonderful service by producing this volume. My hope is that many will read it and absorb its contents." - Gary E. Gilley, Pastor-teacher, Southern View Chapel, Springfield, IlThe concepts presented within fallible prophecy do more than merely shift the meaning of prophecy from the standard of Old Testament revelation – they completely reverse the meaning of prophecy altogether. Within the system of fallible prophecy the modern prophet is not seen as infallible, but is now considered to be fallible. The lexical argument for this conclusion comes from the most extreme uses of the secular Greek language along with other extrabiblical sources. Thus, the advocates of fallible prophecy are arguing that the 1st century readers of the NT would automatically see the word prophecy as having diametrically opposed meanings when referring to Old Testament prophecy (infallible) versus New Testament prophecy (fallible). By retooling the meaning and definition of such a central word as prophecy, the doctrine of fallible prophecy creates a host of doctrinal problems and points of confusion within the church, raising questions about the nature of God who promises that His revealed word will not return to Him empty without accomplishing what He desires (Isaiah 55:11).
Below is a summary of the what is covered in The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism, beginning with the Table of Contents:
Introduction: A Primer on Prophecy
Chapter I: Prophecy - A Test of Love
Chapter III: Fallible Prophecy – The Case of Agabus
Chapter IV: Fallible Prophecy – A Gift for All?
Conclusion: The Fallible Prophets of New CalvinismBelow are some of the key observations found within The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism:
• By restructuring the ancient definition of prophecy, the doctrine of fallible prophecy effectively re-labels what the Scriptures define as a false prophet. This dangerously opens the door of the church to "enthusiasts or deceivers." Moreover, the Old Testament and New Testament Scriptures remind us that there are prescribed tests that must be employed in order to determine if a prophet was true or false. Such tests not only revealed the character of the supposed prophet, but they especially exposed the affections of those who either applied or ignored such tests. It is my contention that the redefinitions supplied by the doctrine of fallible prophecy nearly eradicate such prescribed tests, thus exposing the body of Christ to innumerable temptations and dangers.
• Within the system of fallible prophecy, members are instructed to sift through the words of any prophecy with the understanding that an admixture of truth and error will flow from the "legitimate" NT prophet. Depending on the nature of such an admixture, some or all of a spoken prophecy could be rejected based upon such an analysis. Apart from a clear contradiction to Scripture, personal prophecies have little objective criteria by which they can be measured, leaving the hearer with a great potential for confusion and uncertainty.
• In light of the above point, it should be noted that the consciences of believers can be unnecessarily bound by supposed prophecies that cannot be fully and objectively evaluated. Thus, believers who are prophetically exhorted to make significant choices are left with the task of discerning if it is the Holy Spirit, or the "fallible prophet," who has spoken to them. In view of this, there is a great potential for doubt and uncertainty among those who desire to obey God under the guidance of fallible prophecy.
• Within the doctrine of fallible prophecy, Agabus is traditionally utilized as the central example of a NT fallible prophet. However, there are several inconsistencies concerning the interpretation and application of his example. If Agabus' example was followed logically (according to the logic of fallible prophecy), then no fallible prophecy would ever require obedience from a believer due to the corrupting presence of error. This reality guts fallible prophecy of any positive value or purpose whatsoever.
• From the standard of Scripture, it was no small thing for a person to claim to be a prophet of God. The Bible explicitly affirms only two classes of prophets: true prophets and false prophets. In the Old Testament, the penalty of death fell upon those who falsely claimed such a gift and office. However, according to the doctrine of fallible prophecy, neither grave error nor immaturity should serve as a barrier to the exercise of such a gift by nearly everyone within the local church. Such thinking is a tragedy for the body of Christ which is called to holiness and truth in all aspects of life and servitude.
• In the New Testament we see repeated lessons on the supremacy of the New Covenant over the Old Covenant, yet how does a degraded form of prophecy (fallible New Testament prophecy) demonstrate such supremacy?
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Rob Bell, C.S. Lewis, and the Legacy of the Art and Thought
Altar to an Unknown Love addresses this untold story which stands behind the scenes of Bell's particular views of theology. What the reader may find surprising is that Bell's teachings are remarkably familiar, and have even been promoted, whether directly or indirectly, by some of Bell's loudest critics.
From the back cover:
"Rob Bell's Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person who Ever Lived, has been condemned by evangelicals who are, at the same time, professed admirers of authors from whom Bell has drawn, namely, George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis. Beasley challenges the consistency of this procedure, and if his book is taken seriously – as it deserves to be – it must promote more controversy, for MacDonald and Lewis are widely respected figures. A reconstructed presentation of the love of God – to be found in all the authors Beasley is critiquing –produces teaching which carries no offence to the natural man. What is more offensive to the natural man than truth concerning the justice of God and his wrath against sin? But that offence is eliminated by the subjective, man-centered teaching here reviewed. Yet, instead of starting with Scripture, Lewis believed that considering love in man can help us to understand love in God. A major part of Altar to an Unknown Love is a refutation of this error. The love to be found in unregenerate man is self-love – love centering around the pursuit of pleasure and identified by the Greeks (and by Lewis) as eros. But the love of God (never called eros in the New Testament) is altogether different, and is unknown until a person is born of God (1 John 4:7-10). To our mind he proves the case that Lewis is now so widely acceptable in American evangelicalism because non-biblical ideas are not being recognized for what they are. Artistry in writing, effective story-telling, with a mixture of 'disconnected scriptural references and thoughts', are able to achieve wide success in a day when discrimination has given way to popular appeal."
Reverend Iain H. Murray
Former Editorial Director
& Joint Founder of Banner of Truth Trust
A Review of N.T. Wright's Book, What Saint Paul Really Said
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1. A Lexical Analysis of the terms - righteousness, justification , and the expression - the righteousness of God.In the final analysis, justification is not a "logic chopping" doctrine, instead it is foundational to that which distinguishes the genuine Gospel from every false imitation. God has indeed said: "...Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness." It is this truth that has marked the very essence of Gospel hope in every generation. May the Lord preserve our own generation in such a Gospel hope in the one true object of faith for all men - the Lord Jesus Christ. Copyright Year: © 2008
2. The forensic [judicial] connotation of these terms.
3. The relevance of Paul's background as a Pharisee.
4. The manner in which justification is revealed within the whole counsel of God's Word.
A Theological and Practical Guide for the Reformation of God's Institution
* Is marriage really between one man and one woman?These important questions form the very nucleus of study in The First Institution. Beginning with God's authoritative act of Creation and ending with the heavenly wedding of Christ and His church, this book examines God's eternal purpose and plan for the institution of marriage. This book sinks the reader deep into the core doctrines of Scripture concerning marriage and family in order to establish a firm foundation for daily living. This is not a formula-book. It makes no attempt to offer patchwork solutions to the problems that normally confront spouses and children. Instead, The First Institution is a theological and practical study which reasons from the Scriptures concerning God's calling for:
* By whose authority is the institution of marriage defined?
* Is the marriage relationship a union of two leaders in the home, or is it something else?
* How can parents effectively raise their children in this ever changing world?
1. The husband/father as the guardian of his family.
2. The wife/mother as the helper to her husband and minister to her children.
3. Children in their need to obey and honor their parents in the Lord.
From Genesis to Revelation this book examines the most relevant passages of Scripture which address these often neglected subjects of family life. We're in the Midst of a Raging Storm: Our culture is rapidly changing, and yet the principles of Scripture have not, nor can they ever change. God's immutable Word is therefore the believer's only firm foundation in the shifting sands of human philosophy and reason. Parents must therefore be on guard, for in this restless world of ours there are many things that can occupy a family's time and energy; things which may even advance a child's education and physical strength, however our modern culture is filled with so many programs and activities that parents often overextend themselves, while falling short of the foundational priorities of nurturing godliness in the home. But parents must guard the priority established by Scripture: To commend children to the Lord, rather than to the world. The challenges to this priority are many in this world filled with philosophies of career-worship, materialism, self-esteem, entertainment and the exaltation of countless other forms of man-centered living. Therefore, in order for the family of God to sail successfully through the storms of life, they must trail behind the Captain of our salvation: The Lord Jesus Christ. Copyright Year: © 2004
All Nations Under God
The Doctrine of Christ's Victorious Atonement: Defined, Defended,
The church of Jesus Christ presently faces many battles and challenges, for the enemies of the Gospel continue relentlessly to oppose and contest the central message of the Scriptures: Christ and Him crucified. But there is another battle that has been gaining momentum, however, this one is arising from within the ranks of the visible church. It is a battle that is draining the church of her vitality and joy. Worse than that, it is a battle that is robbing Christ of His glory as the victorious Lamb of God. But the church must refute such contention and reclaim the joy, motivation and power of the Gospel ministry by looking intently at the One who calls Himself the eternal Victor: The Lord Jesus Christ. All Nations Under God looks to restore the true hope and joy of the church by reclaiming the Biblical vision of the Lamb of God who was slain for our sin.
ISBN-13: 9781935358039, Copyright Year: © 2005