Took some great Zoom calls today discussing the vine and the branches in John 15, MBTS, the Great Tradition, and Thomas (took a long time on this one), and then the Trinity, the Cross, “inseparable operations,” etc. Let’s just say certain quarters will be talking after this program! Last show in studio for a while: starting next week a mixture of Road Trip DLs and Driving Lines!
Three topics today: first, a clear, unambiguous statement (again) that I do not, and never have, held to any form of EFS/ERAS theology, and if anyone tells you otherwise, they don’t know what they are talking about. Second, is it “every Scripture is God-breathed” or “every God-breathed Scripture is profitable”? And why does it matter? And third, are present tense finite verbs in Romans 8:28 and Ephesians 1:11 opposed to Reformed theology? Get a deep seat!
Started off with Pope Francis’ comments on homosexuality and the distinction of sin/crime, then looked at a progressivist on Twitter and his explanation of how he became “affirming.” Looked at a thread documenting comments Andy Stanley made to a group of pastors in 2019, and then finished up with a review of my brief discussion with James Lindsay on his argument with the Wolfes on the issue of Adam and the concept of gnosticism. 75 minutes today.
Had to start of with a few minutes on the posthumously published book from Joseph Ratzinger. Fascinating and important stuff from the former Pope. Then we listened to some stuff from FBC Orlando, then on to Andy Stanley and homosexuals “serving” and “worshipping” in the Church. This is when we’ve been called to serve, so, we have to deal with the topics of the day.
In a rare morning Dividing Line we covered Andy Stanley’s claim that the Bible is not a sufficient starting place for faith in the modern world.
Started off listening to a clip from Dr. Frank Turek with Leighton Flowers wherein Turek opines that many Reformed folks just have not thought through the ramifications of their position. He also held up Chosen But Free by Norman Geisler, so we discussed that as well. Then we moved over to comments made by Dr. David Allen in the fairly new publication titled Calvinism: A Biblical and Theological Critique, specifically on a subject we have gone in depth on before, Romans 8:28ff. Went to “the big board” and let the text speak for itself, the one thing Provisionists never seem to do. Ninety minutes today!
First half hour is on how the Regime’s attempt to get rid of gas ovens is, in reality, connected to everything else, including the insanity of thinking four year olds can “choose” their gender. Then we moved into Mormonism and, I will be honest, I just could not stop telling stories from all our thousands of hours of encounters with Mormons over the decades. So, we will continue next week with how to witness to Mormons. Almost 90 minutes.
Since the Witnesses are heading back out and going door to door, let’s be ready! Spent over an hour going over my best recommendation for how to reach the Witnesses at your door. Grab your Bible and your note pad and come along!
Spent a lot of time considering the death of Joseph Ratzinger, Benedict XVI, and what light it has shone on how most Protestants today understand the Papacy. Spend a solid fifty minutes on that before spending about twenty minutes talking about the pactum salutis, the eternal covenant of redemption, as outlined in the London Baptist Confession of Faith. An hour and ten minutes today.
Final Dividing Line of 2022. Asked for prayer for Dennis Pillay and his wife in South Africa as end-of-life issues confront them, that God would give comfort and strength. Spoke a bit about the self-made, completely designed and intentional “energy crisis” around the world, and finished up responding to Derrick Brite on the role of Thomas in defining Christian orthodoxy.
Mainly focused upon the question of where Reformed Baptists will go in 2023 when it comes to the Neo-Thomist Revival, prompted by comments on line regarding Thomas, Van Til, and Bahnsen. What is the key issue? Scriptural sufficiency, as always!
Calls today on Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism and church history, Ambrose and transubstantiation, how to support Ukrainian believers, God’s law, and maintaining theological balance. Enjoy!