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, December 16, 2011

An Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Critiques Albert Mohler's Signing of the Manhattan Declaration

"Just where does Mohler’s first loyalty lie; to God and His Word or to a well-intended social agenda?"

Click here to see the blog article at: In the Defense of the Gospel.

Is the pope the vicar of Christ on earth?  Or is he another antichrist?  1 John 2:18

Although I am not an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist, I have to say that this article is an accurate critique of Mohler.  Al has been blinded by his commitment to Christian reconstruction rather than the Gospel.  The theonomists and reconstructionists and postmillennialists actually have more in common with liberal ecumenicalists than with conservative theology and the Gospel. 

My difference with fundamentalism is that I am not opposed to Christian education or an intellectual defense of the Christian faith.  However, I think there needs to be a return to the neo-fundamentalism espoused by the late J. Gresham Machen, who would have been appalled by the results of Cornelius Van Til's theology of Scripture as an analogy of God's words and thoughts rather than univocally the very words and thoughts of God.  Such theology is not that far removed from neo-orthodoxy, which said that the Bible is not the Word of God but merely a framework wherein the Word of God is contained.  For neo-orthodoxy revelation can only take place subjectively through an existential encounter, not through the objective revelation of God in written form and fully inspired by God.  When social transformation becomes the focus of the "gospel" what you have is no longer the Gospel but simply relativism and liberalism and ecumenicalism posing as Christianity.

Albert Mohler, J.I. Packer, David Virtue, and other Evangelicals are unwittingly falling into the very trap that they claim to be opposing, namely liberalism.  When ecumenicalism and co-belligerence with  Roman Catholics and Anglo-Catholics trumps the Gospel and the doctrines of grace and the Holy Scriptures, what we have is no longer gospel but a false religion of faith plus works and relativism.

Joining in league with false prophets, false teachers, and false religions is directly opposed to the very Gospel itself.  There are those who think tolerance is a higher virtue than scriptural truth.  But is it?  Is compromise with false teaching a sign of superior spirituality?  Or maybe it is a sign of apostasy instead?

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? 2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have you suffered so many things in vain-- if indeed it was in vain? 5 Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?-- 6 just as Abraham "believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." 7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. (Galatians 3:1-7 NKJ)

Signatories to The Manhattan Declaration include evangelical leaders, as well as leaders from the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox churches. In addition to Mohler other notable evangelical signatories include:

Dr. Mark L. Bailey- President, Dallas Theological Seminary; Dr. J. Ligon Duncan- Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church; Rev. Jonathan Falwell- Senior Pastor, Thomas Road Baptist Church; Dr. Wayne Grudem- Research Professor of Theological and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary; Dr. J. I. Packer- Board of Governors, Professor of Theology, Regent College; Dr. Joseph Stowell- President, Cornerstone University; Dr. John Woodbridge- Research professor of Church History & the History of Christian Thought, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Dr. Michael Easley- President Emeritus, Moody Bible Institute; and many more. These added their names alongside a host of Roman Catholic signatories.

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