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Jun
30

Should We Expect Non-Christians to be Moral?

Should We Expect Non-Christians to be Moral? I have been hearing a lot lately, “We shouldn’t expect non-Christians to live like Christians. They don’t know God, so they sin. That’s what sinners do. Stop expecting them to be moral.” Or even, “God’s laws apply to Christians, but they don’t apply to non-Christians.” Is this thinking Biblical? Should we refuse to mention to non-Christians that they are sinners and that they are violating God’s moral law? People also frequently say, “You can’t legislate morality!” That isn’t true. In fact, every time you make a restrictive law, it is an attempt to force someone to comply to a moral standard that he or she doesn’t want to abide by. You can’t avoid legislating morality (even if based on a faulty Humanistic standard). What you CAN’T legislate is holiness! Paul says that God didn’t give His moral law for good people, but for the people who are sinning. “We know that the law is good when used correctly. For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.” (1 Timothy 1:8-10, NLT) Should we tell our non-Christian friends that they are sinning? Paul certainly did to the unbelieving Greeks in his day: “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31, NLT) A lady I know posted online the other day that we shouldn’t tell people they are sinners, instead, we should just tell them about Jesus. Really? Tell them what about Jesus? What is significant about Jesus? That He loves people? Heck, Barney the Dinosaur loves people! That’s not life-changing news. Jesus is only significant if He is the remedy to the sin that separates us from God (His claim). You can’t skip over the cross on your...
Feb
9

The Rule of Law – Chief Justice Roy Moore

The Rule of Law – Chief Justice Roy Moore Alabama’s Chief Justice, Roy Moore, is in the news again. A few weeks ago, a federal court in Mobile, AL ruled that that state’s ban on homosexual marriage was unconstitutional. Today, that ban is to be lifted, allowing for same-sex couples to obtain legal marriage status in the state. Justice Moore has encouraged probate justices across the state to defy the federal court order, claiming it is unconstitutional. This harkens back to a scene played out on the national news twelve years ago. On November 13, 2003, Justice Moore was removed from his position for refusing to obey a federal mandate to remove the 10 Commandments monument from the state courthouse. On Nov. 6, 2012, Moore won election, once again as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. It is unknown at this time how much cooperation Moore will receive from the justices in his state, and how many will risk defying the federal court order on constitutionality. For a bit of background on the case that launch Justice Moore into the national spotlight, here is an essay I wrote in 2003, summarizing the 10 Commandments case, and it’s importance for jurisprudence and the rule of law in America. The Rule of Law In 2003, one of the most memorable judicial scenes in American history, Alabama’s chief justice, Roy Moore, lost his job and his appeal to keep a monument of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama state Supreme Court building. The irony was thick in this case, and we must be certain that the profundity of what took place doesn’t escape us in all the political bantering surrounding the event. A nine-member Court of the Judiciary (known to the press as an “ethics” committee) issued its unanimous decision to remove Justice Moore from office. According to CNN, “The ethics panel said Moore put himself above the law by “willfully and publicly” flouting the order to remove the 2.6-ton monument from the state judicial building’s rotunda in August.” (Emphasis mine) In an interview with CNN, Justice Moore said, “The issue is: ‘Can the state acknowledge God?'” he said. “If this state can’t acknowledge God, then other states can’t. … And eventually, the United States of America … will not be able to acknowledge the very source of our rights and liberties and the very source of our law.” “When a court order departs from the law and tells you what you can think and who you can believe in,”...
Apr
18

General Revelation vs. Special Revelation

All truth comes ultimately from God. Not merely spiritual or moral truth…ALL Truth. There are really only two ways of knowing the Truth: General Revelation and Special Revelation. General Revelation Romans 1:18-20 tells us, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” There is a type of revelation that is available to all men, regardless of their religious beliefs. This is called, “General Revelation.” Calvinists call this concept the “Doctrine of Common Grace.” Some philosophers call it “Natural Law.” Things in this category are what the American founding fathers referred to as, “Self-Evident” truths. General Revelation is very useful, but it can only take you so far in life. You can figure out, from the laws of the created world, how to fix a car, do math, build a house, balance a checkbook and read the encyclopedia. You don’t have to be a Christian to learn to do those things. You can get by fairly well in life, physically speaking, even if you have never heard a sermon, opened a Bible or heard an angel sing. The bad news, is that with General Revelation you only get enough knowledge to send you to hell, and not enough to admit you to heaven. You see, when you operate within the “Laws of the Universe,” you know instinctively that there must be a “Law-giver.” You can’t have a precisely designed universe without a designer. So whether you admit it or not, you know in the depths of your soul that God exists, that He is all-powerful and all-knowing. People often ask, “What about the people in the jungles who never get to hear the gospel? Why should they go to hell?” The answer is in Romans 1. According to God, He has given them all the information they needed to know that He is there, but they still rebel against Him. Special Revelation In order to please God, we need to acknowledge not only that He exists, but also that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6). God is not...
Nov
17

Did C.S. Lewis Believe in Evolution?

I have read most of C.S. Lewis‘ non-fiction books, and have always been intrigued with his perspective on the topic of Evolution. He was certainly not a young-earth creationist, but his precise views are a bit obscure. However, this video shares some personal letters and hand-written notations by Lewis in books that he owned and kept in his personal library that help to shed light on this intriguing topic. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker and Director of Family Renewal,...

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