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

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New Evangelicals Cave to the Homosexual Agenda: Gays Created in the Image of God

The Aquila Report posted an article that says that Focus on the Family, Liberty University, and a few other celebrity ministers are all saying that gays are created in the image of God.  The message is meant to equivocate on the issue in order to make Evangelicalism seem kinder and more loving toward sinners.  You can read the Aquila Report article here:  The Imago Dei Campaign:  Evangelical Groups Say Gays Made in God's Image.

Unfortunately, nowhere in the article is a definition of the image of God given.  The implication of the message is that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality.  The late Gordon H. Clark defined the image of God precisely.  He deduced from the Scriptures that since God is a spirit the image of God cannot be the physical body.  God has no physical body.   (John 4:24).  Furthermore, since the soul is a spiritual being that exists in the temple we call the body, it is the mind or soul that is the image of God, according to Dr. Clark.  The architecture of God's mind is logical and rational.  (John 1:1).  Since man is created in that same image man is likewise a rational and logical creature.   (John 1:9; Romans 12:1-2).

Technically, then, the Evangelical compromisers and equivocators are correct.  Homosexuals, reprobates, sinners, and criminals are all created in the image of God.  However, that image has been totally corrupted such that the rational mind of sinners has been darkened.  (Romans 1:21).  It should be noted that in Romans 1:21 the "heart" thinks and is therefore equivalent to the mind.   (Proverbs 23:7).  According to the Apostle Paul this darkening of the heart and mind by sin leads to the kind of idolatry that produces the perversions of lesbianism and male homosexuality:

. . . because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man-- and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27  Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; (Romans 1:21-28 NKJ) 
These so-called leaders on the Arminian side of Evangelicalism have the idea that they can persuade free wills to believe.  Therefore, they have decided to compromise the truth in hopes of seducing hardened sinners into believing a softer, kinder Gospel message.  Unfortunately, God is sovereign and needs no one to complete Himself.  God is not begging or pleading with reprobates to be saved.  He simply commands them to repent or change their minds and their thinking by way of the moral law.  (Matthew 3:2; Luke 13:1-5).

 Dr. Clark never wavered on the biblical doctrine of the image of God.  You can read his article on the image of God here:  The Image of God.  (PDF format).  Rev. Angus Stewart's article on the image of God is worth your close reading, also:  The Image of God in Man:  A Reformed Reassessment.  See also Dr. John Robbin's discussion of the image of God:

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