Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Friday, July 08, 2011

Associated Baptist Press - AFA's Bryan Fischer accuses SBC of pandering to gays, illegal aliens

Albert Mohler or anyone else who accuses Evangelicals of "homophobia"--no matter how they redefine it--is just plain naive. Homosexuals have an agenda to convert the world and the Evangelical churches to their point of view. For Mohler to make the sort of remarks he made is basically to surrender to the gay/lesbian/transgender accusation that God is unfair and Christians are bigots.

This sort of thinking is basically placing man's view of justice above God's revealed will in Scripture. Mohler's double talk is incoherent and inconsistent. Is God's Word the final word on the matter or it is human reason, so-called "science", or modern philosophy? (1 Timothy 6:20-21).

While it may be true that Evangelical and Reformed churches have been attacked for standing against cultural relativism on the homosexuality and transgender issue, the fact is the world will always oppose the truth. What else is new? Unfortunately, Albert Mohler has chosen the Arminian approach: tolerance, beg and plead with homosexuals to see it God's way, etc., etc., et. al. ad nauseum. It seems to me that the problem with Mohler is his commitment to the semi-Arminian doctrine of common grace and the free offer. Does God really desire the salvation of reprobates? Remember that election and reprobation are eternal decrees made before the foundation of the world. God cannot consistently decree reprobation while "desiring" to save reprobates. From the human perspective we only know who is converted and who is not converted on the basis of a credible profession of faith. We do not and cannot know who is elect or reprobate in any ultimate sense.

It is not the job of the Christian to wallow in the mud with the wicked as means of evangelism. Rather the Christian must stand for the truth of Scripture no matter who disagrees. The Christian must proclaim the Law of God so sinners will be convicted of their sinful ways and be driven to Christ for mercy. And the Christian must preach the Gospel promises to those who are willing to come to Christ for forgiveness of sins and mercy. Salvation is not bargaining with God so we will let God save us on our terms of surrender. No. God demands an unconditional surrender on the part of all rebels. He is God and He owes rebels nothing but hell. Rather we come to God on His terms knowing that God promises to save all who call upon the name of the Lord in true repentance. (Romans 10:1-13).

The following excerpts from the article at the Associated Baptist Press makes it clear that Mohler's remarks were not taken well:

Fischer contrasted Mohler’s statement with comments by SBC President Bryant Wright, who met privately with representatives of several gay-rights organizations during the annual meeting but “did not budge an inch” in their demand for an apology for the convention’s strong message that homosexuality is a sin.

"Obviously, we don't feel that there can be an apology for teaching sexual purity," Wright told the activists.

Fischer said if Mohler’s objective is to get gays to like him or the SBC: “Good luck with that. They will accept nothing less than total abject, surrender, and Rev. Mohler didn’t offer them that. He still calls homosexuality a ‘sin,’ and that will make his position completely unacceptable to the folks he was trying to appease.”

Mohler did find an ally from another blogger who writes for AFA, an influential conservative movement founded in 1977 by minister Donald Wildmon. Elijah Friedeman, writing from the Millennial Perspective, said he could not speak to Southern Baptists, but he knows from what he has seen, read and heard that “a form of homophobia is very present in many conservative churches.”

"For some reason there is an irrational fear of and extreme aversion to homosexuals in a lot of churches,” Friedeman said. “We may not come right out and say that we think homosexuals are nasty creatures, but if you read between the lines, it's pretty easy to pick up on. This is homophobia.”

“Albert Mohler was right about homosexuality not just being a choice,” Friedeman said. “He was right about homosexuality requiring a Savior. He was right about the church being homophobic towards homosexuals. And he was also right about homosexuality being a sin.”

Peter Lumpkins, a Southern Baptist blogger who asked a question from the convention floor that prompted Mohler’s response, said June 20 he was “confused” by the statement. Lumpkins said that based on what Mohler has written in the past objecting to those who accuse anyone opposed to gay marriage of homophobia, he expected to hear that comments attributed to him in a recent newspaper article were either misquoted or taken out of context.

Now that Mohler has owned up to saying Southern Baptists have “lied about the nature of homosexuality” and been guilty of “homophobia,” Lumpkins said, “So far as I am concerned, Dr. Mohler now needs to clarify himself.”

To read more click here: Associated Baptist Press - AFA's Bryan Fischer accuses SBC of pandering to gays, illegal aliens

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