Tag Archive for sin

Teachers of The Bible Beware!

Teaching the bible in public can land you in jail. At least that is what happened to Dale McAlpine of Cumbria, England. I might understand this if it were in a militant Muslim nation like Indonesia but in England. This is cause for great concern.

The arrest occurred in the famous “speakers corner” of Hyde Park in London. I have been there many times and seen all kinds of speakers practicing their right to free speech. It so happened that Mr. McAlpine is a Christian. He was speaking about sin when he was challenged by a passerby. According to the London paper the Telegraph:

During the exchange, he says he quietly listed homosexuality among a number of sins referred to in 1 Corinthians, including blasphemy, fornication, adultery and drunkenness. After the woman walked away, she was approached by a PCSO [Police Community Support Officer] who spoke with her briefly and then walked over to Mr. McAlpine and told him a complaint had been made, and that he could be arrested for using racist or homophobic language. The street preacher said he told the PCSO: “I am not homophobic but sometimes I do say that the Bible says homosexuality is a sin.

What is even more troubling than the fact he was arrested was the language written into the police report. The citation stated that the aggravating factor in the incident was that he said his views in a voice loud enough to be heard by others. So by this we can assume that we can have our views as long as we say them under our breath.

I hope this sends a clear signal to all teachers of God’s word: beware! Despite the dangers, however, I pray that men and women will continue to proclaim the truth in love. Satan loves to use incidents like these to silence the gospel. As believers we have an obligation to trust the Lord and let our humility and righteousness silence our critics.

Be sure to keep Mr. McAlpine in your prayers.

HT: Dr. Al Mohler

This Is Not A Tragedy!

majhasan According to Websters dictionary the word tragedy is defined as:

a: a disastrous event : calamity b : misfortune

If Major Hasan had been motivated solely by madness then we might be inclined to call this a tragedy much like any other senseless violent acts that have been perpetrated in our nations history. There is a method, however, to this mans madness that has been coming out piece by piece as the investigation continues.

In a recent article posted on the Real Clear Politics website, former New York Mayor and author Ed Koch made a compelling case that common sense says that Hasan is a terrorist:

“I believe the burden of proof has shifted to those in and out of government who believe the public should withhold its opinion on whether Hasan was a terrorist or simply deranged. I have concluded that he was a terrorist…

U.S. public opinion is far too intelligent to jump to a conclusion, but it is also intelligent enough to understand when it is being conned by our own government.

It seems to me that political correctness has reached the point where the FBI and the U.S. Army have allowed it to influence their investigations in life and death situations.”

Please visit the link to see the evidence Mayor Koch and others have compiled that clearly demonstrate Major Hasan’s terrorist qualifications. If, however, that evidence doesn’t persuade you have a look at the following snapshot of Major Hasan’s business card:

hasanbusinesscard

The “SoA” that you see printed there is an acronym for Soldier of Allah. This man was not just deranged he was sinfully and ideologically motivated. This was not an accident it was premeditated terror. This is not a tragedy!

Hence, The Scapegoat

goatLet me be the first to offer my condolences to the family of Stephen Tyrone Jones. His murder this week at the hands of a domestic terrorist is tragic. I hope that Mr. Jones family will find their healing and hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ. No other message can bring them greater comfort in the wake of this tragedy.

As sad as I am for the family of Mr. Jones, I am equally outraged at the mainstream media. They have already begun to spin their narrative of the event making the perpetrator out to be a “right-wing”, talk-radio junkie. This is a moniker that the media have also been happy to slap on Christians, and any other group that doesn’t bolster its worldview. What it reveals, however, is not just bias but a wanton disregard for the depravity of the human heart.

The mainstream media has to have a politically motivated scapegoat. They cant deal in terms of sin and human depravity. To admit that this man did an act that had more to do with sin than politics would be to admit that sin is real and that a Holy God holds us accountable for our sin. This the media cannot admit, hence the scapegoat.

Evil Has A Name…It’s Called Sin

sinman

“To sin is a human business, to justify sins is a devilish business.”

– Leo Tolstoy

I like this quote from the great Russian novelist because it admits to a reality-sin exists. It is amazing to what lengths some in our society will go to excuse all manner of behavior instead of calling it what it is-sin. So that there be no confusion let me define sin:

Sin – any act that is contrary to the nature and person of God.

This has to be the basis of our understanding of evil in this world. It must define how we shape our laws and how we determine our foreign policy. It has to be the reason why we force dictators like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Il, and Fidel Castro to cease and desist. Calling them misguided, wayward, or misunderstood only facilitates their sin.

Why is it so hard to take such a stance? Why do our current leaders seek to coddle such men instead of confronting them? Well, I believe that to have a worldview that allows for the existence of sin is to open the door to the fact that you may be a sinner. This is obviously not palpable by 21st century sensibilities and therefore cannot be allowed-so the line goes. I would argue, however, that the admittance of sin is what helped us develop such concepts as divided government, and just laws that have made our nation safe and prosperous.

Authentic Christians know that if there is no sin then there is no need for a savior. Let it be clear that sin does exist, that there is a great need for a savior and His name is Jesus Christ. To deny this doesn’t just endanger your soul but it endangers our national security. Evil has a name and it is called sin.