Nov 4, 2022Liked by Ryan Biese

"Where the want of money is great, numbers must be sought; and where ambition for numbers prevails, doctrinal purity must be sacrificed." — J.H. Thornwell to R. J. Breckenridge regarding the 1846 plan to unify with the New School

Just sayin'!

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Nov 6, 2022Liked by Ryan Biese

I can't see that Jesus' sweating great drops of blood points to anything other than anxiety, nor can I understand why anxiety in a man in a fallen world, especially that man in those circumstances, would be sinful. On the few occasions when someone has bared a previously suppressed shame to me, my stomach has been knotted from the moment I've realized what was in the offing. Jesus was going to bear the sins of the world, and I'm unaware of anything in the Bible which teaches that His being God conferred immunity to anxiety upon Him, anymore than it conferred immunity to depression upon Him. ( You'll recall his grief and dismay that the disciples had no enthusiasm for waiting and watching alertly with Him. ) Alas, I'm merely a Deacon, now Emeritus, so I'll ask an elder.

It's a good article, though there is either a misprint in the promiscuous appearance of "TE" in the text, or I am having one of my usual and lavish misunderstanding of things. I got a good, sardonic laugh out of seeing that my sociopathic cousin's fellowship is taking part in this festering project.

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Dec 22, 2022·edited Dec 22, 2022

It is always better to preach the full Gospel and its offense against the reprobate rather than to speak of a fairy tale about how we are just misunderstood. The world at large will sneer and mock the Truth, but God is not glorified by lies about His Son, no matter how appealing they may be to itching ears.

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You might remember the Campus Crusade (Cru) "I Found It" campaign, launched in the US in 1976 and also used in major cities around the world. It was a "good faith" attempt to get people to engage in the gospel, but of course, it was certainly an indirect approach to reach the lost. And theologically, we used to say, "He Found Me" (I had recently become Reformed in my theology). Mostly what that campaign surfaced were a lot of lonely (and often elderly) people who needed someone to talk to (they called the 800 # made available on billboards, etc.). A well-intentioned campaign that was unsuccessful because - in essence - the theology and message that confronts people with their sins was ultimately missing. And unfortunately Cru blamed the churches for their lack of follow-up after the campaign. Very disappointing and I was quite involved in this nationwide effort (on a local level).

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