“Judge not, lest you be judged”

Originally posted on Omnipotent Grace:

I’d venture to say that this is the most abused verse in the Bible. The poll over at the Covenant Theology blog seems to bear this out. Non-Christians are especially fond of quoting this verse in debates, seemingly thinking that this is supposed to disarm the Christian’s right to point out fallacies in their belief system. And liberal Christians, pretenders and theologians alike love to use this verse to excuse a litany of behaviors at odds with the way a Christian should live.

The latest, and currently most prominent appeal to the Sermon on the Mount as an indication that we should not tell anyone when they are living in sin, is Senator Barack Hussain Obama’s speech two days ago: “I don’t think it [a same-sex union] should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state,”…

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Christian values do not save; if they could the “Christ” in Christian would be unnecessary

Originally posted on thereformedmind:

From Al Mohler (commenting on article about a girl who loses her faith in the Christian God but promises her mother to hold on to Christian values):

“How can I help my daughter see that she is making a serious mistake with her life if she chooses to reject her God and her faith?,” the mother asks. Hax tells the mother to accept the daughter’s atheism and get over her “disappointment that she isn’t turning out just as you envisioned.”

What else would you expect a secular columnist who operates from a secular worldview to say?

The real problem does not lie with Carolyn Hax’s answer, however, but with the mother’s question. The problem appears at the onset, when the mother states that she has “tried to raise my family under the same strong Christian values that I grew up with.”

Christian values are the problem. Hell will be filled…

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“Uh, I’m, like, a Christian, but I…” (If I had a nickel)

Originally posted on thereformedmind:

More Lutheran Satire:

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What is a Narcissist?

Originally posted on Grace for my Heart:

Unfortunately the meanings of words adapt to common usage.  A narcissist used to be someone who fit a certain psychological pattern determined by a set of established guidelines.  The American Psychiatric Association publishes a manual referred to as the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).  The DSM-4 (edition 4) used nine criteria to determine whether a person suffered from Narcissistic Personality Disorder.  (Reports say that DSM-5 will delete NPD.)

A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

1.      Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)

2.      Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

3.      Believes that he or she is “special”…

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Do not love the world or the things in the world


From my daughter’s excellent blog.

Originally posted on Rejoicing In The Lord:


1 John 2:15-17, Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (ESV)

In Deuteronomy 5: 7, God commands “‘You shall have no other gods before me.”(ESV) Many think this just means that we shouldn’t pray to a golden cow! While that is something we should avoid, there are many other things in this world that can take an unhealthy hold over our hearts without us realizing it. An idol can be something that brings comfort, takes away stress, dispels worry, or even causes joy. A thing may…

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A few great and free apologetics aps

Originally posted on The Isaiah 53:5 Project:

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…”

– 1 Peter 3:15


Granted, not all Christians have the same love of apologetics I do but it’s important, biblical, and something all Christians should be at least somewhat familiar with.

So, via Truthbomb Apologetics, here are a few apologetics aps you may find useful when giving reason for the hope that you have.

1. The Cold-Case Christianity App– This one features the work of cold-case homocide detective J. Warner Wallace. It offers articles, podcasts, videos, free bible inserts and more!

2. The Reasonable Faith App– With this free app you get access to Dr. William Lane Craig’s weekly Q&A, articles, audio and video of debates and talks, including Dr. Craig’s popular Reasonable Faith Podcast and Defenders…

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Radio Silence

Originally posted on The New Blog:

Besides the messages of self-defense coming out of Moscow, CREC leadership, its pastors and elders, have remained conspicuously silent on the questions of abuse that have been raised in the past couple weeks. Some things may be going on behind closed doors, but out in the open, it’s very quiet. Unfortunately, silence communicates a message to victims.

It may seem unfair to be judged for what you’re not doing, but I remember a voice from my childhood, Keith Green, emphatically stating to his audience “the only difference between the sheep and the goats, according to the Scriptures, is what they did and didn’t do!” Christ’s message is shocking, “inasmuch as you’ve not done it, to the very least of my brethren, you’ve not done it unto me.”

Dear church, you have the weak and hurting and abused, bruised reeds and smoldering wicks, in your midst. They need your support. They…

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