Category Archives: Theology

Christian Book Chain Pulls ‘Heaven Visitation Resources’ Over Sufficiency of Scripture Resolution

Christian Book Chain Pulls ‘Heaven Visitation Resources’ Over Sufficiency of Scripture Resolution.

Good news.

NASHVILLE – One of the nation’s largest Christian bookstore chains has announced that it has pulled all of its “Heaven visitation resources” following the passage of a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) resolution surrounding the “sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.”

LifeWay Christian Resources told the Baptist Press this week that it will no longer sell items pertaining to those who have claimed to have visited Heaven. It states that its decision was partly due to consideration of the resolution, which was agreed upon last June and warned Christians not to let “the numerous books and movies purporting to explain or describe the afterlife experience … become their source and basis for an understanding of the afterlife.”


The announcement means that books such as “90 Minutes in Heaven” by Don Piper, “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo and “The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven” by Kevin and Alex Malarkey will no longer be available for purchase at LifeWay.

As previously reported, in January, Alex Malarkey, who was in a coma for two months following a car accident nearly a decade ago, wrote an open letter in January admitting that his book about dying and going to Heaven was fabricated.

Never trust someone named Malarkey. ;)


Posted by on March 27, 2015 in America, good news, religion, Theology


(un)black: The Charlie Hebdo of metal

Will S.:

I’ve only watched a bit of the linked documentary thus far, but it’s certainly intriguing.

Originally posted on Coffee & Mustard:

Of all the genres poorly imitated by contemporary Christian music, I expected — nay, wanted — to roll my eyes at Christian, (un)black metal.

But not only can I not do so, in fact I really dig it.  And the reason is simple: they articulate their faith and they embrace their inner-troll (in the internet sense).

Maybe it’s too much Luther or Machen or Peter Hitchens, but I cannot but tip my hat to good contrarianism.

The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn. -Luther

How could you not support something that makes the pharisees of metal so damn annoyed?

From a theology sense, the articulation of theological concepts in proper terminology sure beats K-Love.

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J. Gresham Machen on the Relationship of Church and State

Originally posted on Literate Comments:

“You cannot expect from a true Christian Church any official pronouncements upon the political or social questions of the day, and you cannot expect cooperation with the state in anything involving the use of force. Important are the functions of the police, and members of the Church, either individually or in such special associations as they may choose to form, should aid the police in every lawful way in the exercise of those functions. But the function of the Church in its corporate capacity is of an entirely different kind. Its weapons against evil are spiritual, not carnal; and by becoming a political lobby, through the advocacy of political measures whether good or bad, the Church is turning aside from its proper mission, which is to bring to bear upon human hearts the solemn and imperious, yet also sweet and gracious, appeal of the gospel of Christ.”

“The Responsibility…

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Posted by on March 5, 2015 in religion, spirituality, Theology


Quote of the Day

I’m sick of the NRx obsession with their “Progressivism came from Christianity” hobbyhorse. It was dumb when Moldbug first wrote about it (probably consciously or unconsciously trying to distract attention away from the heavy influence of Jewish intellectuals in developing modern liberalism and neoconservatism), and it’s even dumber today now that so many good critiques of this stupid idea are readily available.

Christianity is a religion focused on salvation from sin and reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ. “Christianity without Christ” is complete nonsense, you might as well talk about “Islam without the Koran”. The fact that some old Time article describes globalism as “super-protestant” just shows that the author was confused about what exactly Protestant Christianity is. I hear critics saying “No True Scotsman” fallacy to that, but one of the oldest tenets of Protestantism is “Sola Scriptura”, so just show me where Christ talks about unified international command of armies and navies, or the necessity of a universal currency, and I’ll concede the point. Otherwise, admit that these ideas aren’t Protestant or Christian in the slightest, even if they may incidentally have been held by certain groups of Protestants at certain points in history.


(See also here, for an in-depth treatment of the subject, and here for some responses to detractors.)


Posted by on January 28, 2015 in religion, The Kulturkampf, The Tribe, Theology


Viral Video Denounces Islamic-Themed Vocabulary Lesson at North Carolina High School

Viral Video Denounces Islamic-Themed Vocabulary Lesson at North Carolina High School.

As well it should!

FARMVILLE, N.C. – A video denouncing an Islamic-themed vocabulary lesson at a North Carolina high school has gone viral, and has now elicited a response from the local school district over the matter.

Dianne Lynn Savage of Florida recently posted a video to Facebook alerting followers about the matter after a parent whose child attends the school sent her a copy of the lesson. In the assignment, students are provided with new vocabulary words to learn, and are given examples of how to use those words in a sentence—all revolving around the Islamic religion.

“Mohammad was familiar with the teachings of Judiasm and Christianity, [and] found solitude to be conducive to understanding proper faith,” read a sentence that featured the vocabulary word “conducive.” “He also found meditation to be helpful.”

“His success not only could be measured not only in quantitative ways, the numbers of followers of Islam, but also in a qualitative way [because of] the improvement in people’s lives,” read another in teaching the word “quantitative.”

The lesson then provides various exercises where students are instructed to fill in the blank where certain words are missing.

“Mohammad has just finished speaking when I arrive, but I hope the opportunity to hear him ___. I’d like another chance,” one sentence read.

“There are such vast numbers of people who are anxious to spread the Muslim faith that it would be impossible to give a(n) ___ amount,” stated another.


“When was the last time you saw your son or daughter, or grandson or granddaughter, come home from public school with a lesson built around God, around Jesus Christ?” she continued. “I thought this wasn’t allowed. I thought they didn’t allow religion in public schools.”

Alas, no; it’s just Christianity they don’t allow.

But they’re quite happy to promote every other religion, from humanism to Islam to paganism…


Evangelicals to Blame

Evangelicals to Blame @ Old Life Theological Society:


And into the twenty-first…


Southern Baptist Pastor Randy White Chides Evangelicals for Promoting Racial Justice as ‘Gospel Demand’


Southern Baptist pastor Randy White of First Baptist Church in Katy, Texas, says the pursuit of racial justice is not a “Gospel demand,” disagreeing with fellow Southern Baptist leader Matthew Hall who penned a blog post last week stating that seeking racial justice is indeed a Gospel demand.

“Ferguson, Missouri, has erupted in barbaric violence that should cause all law-abiding citizens to demand the restoration of the rule-of-law, but the Evangelical world is preaching kum-ba-ya sermons about race-relations. I’ve gotta say, I just don’t get it,” said White in an op-ed posted to his website last Wednesday.

Hall, vice president of academic services at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, condemned racial injustice as a sin in a blog post last Tuesday on Canon & Culture, a project of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.


“The ERLC seems to be full-court press, all using the same talking points. You can read Russell Moore’s “Ferguson and the Path to Peace,”  and Eric Mason’s “The Gospel, Race, and our Experiences” for more of the same. Each article basically says, “we don’t understand how blacks feel, so we should be slow in our judgment” and “the Kingdom brings us all together in one big, happy family, so let’s act like Kingdom people in a big, happy family.” Ed Stetzer, also a Southern Baptist, also joined the chorus, singing in harmony with the talking points,” said White.


“This statement is fraught with difficulty. If sin is ‘never confined to the orbit of individual choice or personal responsibility,’ is society to blame? Do the thugs looting businesses and burning police cars have a personal choice and responsibility for their actions? Are we wrong to say that the individuals of Ferguson riots have made a ‘personal choice’ and have a ‘responsibility for their actions?’ To blame society for a crime committed by an individual is soundly insane,” he continued.

“Further, is the penal system that is ‘overwhelmingly populated by young black men,’ unjust by virtue of the lack of racial balance in the prisons? What if there are more young black men in prison because more black men commit crimes? Do we need an affirmative action mechanism in our justice system in order to bring racial balance? It seems we live in a society (and have a religious denomination) in which one cannot speak this truth without receiving the ‘racist’ label,” he added.

“I would have to wonder if God Himself gets a pass, since even a cursory reading of Scripture would prove that He began elevating one branch of the family tree in Genesis 12 (arguably in Genesis 9), and only strengthened the elevation of that branch through the pages of Scripture. Was the Old Testament God somehow racist?” asked White.

“In summary, Matthew Hall clearly thinks there is a problem, though he never really tells us what it is, other than, ‘racial injustice.’ He did not give an example. I get the feeling the article was designed to elicit feelings of guilt on the part of whites for the sins of blacks. And that’s a feeling I typically get when Evangelicals talk about race,” White ended.

Good for him.

If only more Southern Baptists would be like him, and less like Russell Moore and the others, who seem to be embracing leftist thinking on racial matters, alas…


Posted by on December 6, 2014 in America, race, religion, The Kulturkampf, Theology


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