Saturday, April 25, 2015

That Was Tough

The uncompromising message of Pastor John MacArthur against same-sex marriage

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I have a disclaimer Before I begin: The image above maybe different from when he had said the message that I’d be referring to. So if you’re going to ask me for a specific Youtube link, you may excuse me for not having a single clip to give. Moreover, I do not own the image nor will use it for profit.

It’s been a month already when the news came out. A mainline pro (ugh!)-, a mainline pro (welp!), a mainline protestant denomination (notice how I intentionally refrained myself from adding “Christian” between “protestant” and “denomination”) approved of “Adam and Steve’s” union to further severe its ties with today’s Evangelicalism. While it’s devastating enough to know that they have totally departed from the historic and Biblical Christian view of marriage, it’s also another way of rejoicing over the fact that not everyone within the fellowship agrees with it.

We’re leaving. Bye.

Not everyone is Christian. It’s as true as saying that not everyone who profess with their tongue that He is Lord will enter the Kingdom of God. They have fallen away and we can only pray that the Lord is not done yet with the people there who are yet to be redeemed.

While the issue is starting to wane in social media (at least to where I’m currently at), there are still notions (out of ignorance probably) that this Presbyterian denomination had done it because they’re Calvinists. Ah! They’re Calvinists, you say? Just because they’re “Presbyterians”? Come on! I invite you to study and read more to avoid fallacy.

I have always loved good ecumenical relationships. When I say “good”, I mean to say real and Biblical, and when I say “ecumenical”, I mean to say that of a coalition without compromising key doctrines and not another. One of which, would be the setting aside of usual and never-ending debates on certain issues pertaining to this, this and this, and rather focusing on the things that tend to question our identity and distinction from other denominations.

I have always loved good ecumenical relationships.-Jerboy Magalang
Recently, I posted an article on Facebook about John MacArthur’s critical reaction to seminaries and denominations teaching a new perspective on marriage. Forget the debates on baptism, eschatology and many others as of the moment and just read the very words of his with regard to the issue:

They have no allegiance to the Bible, … You go back to every one of those seminaries … for a century [they] have been deniers of biblical authority, they have no relationship to scripture, they are the apostate church, they are Satan’s church.” — Pastor John MacArthur
(Read the rest of the article by clicking here.)

Whew. That‘s just it! Pastor John MacArthur putting a nail in the coffin even before it’s finalized. Finally, this is what I believe every professing believer should say about the issue.

There’s but one.

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Not everyone is Christian.-Jerboy Magalang

This article originally appeared on @sentirem; Jerboy Magalang's blog. Republished with permission from the author and by the grace of co-authors.

Monday, April 13, 2015

“Daniel saw it… then Mark!” (On Jesus as The Son of Man)

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Ever wonder where Jesus had said in the Bible that He’s God? Have you ever asked yourself if He was truly Divine? Maybe He’s just man. Maybe He’s more than just a man but no Divine. Maybe it would be easier to just open a jar than to think about this “mystery” as some would say. Maybe. Just maybe.

You may notice that while I am trying to begin an introductory to this article, I’m very much sure that He is Divine (Notice how I often capitalize “H” when I pertain to Him). Anyway, here are the two verses to show you one from Old and one from New proving that He is who He is:
In the Old Testament, we find the following verses in Daniel 7:13–14:
13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
In the New Testament, we can see in Mark 14:61–62 that it was Jesus who claimed to be The Son of Man:
61 But He kept silent and did not answer. Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.”
Why was He called the Son of Man? In the Jewish context the title, Son of God was nothing but a mere human title. For them, to be called, Son of Man was something Divine. This was proven to have been the case when the high priest (who are very much the experts and/or “Ph.Ds” of the Old Testament Revelations) tore their clothes and exclaimed;
“Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” with “all condemning Him as worth of death.”
We can see how Jesus caused the high priests to tear their clothes and shout blasphemy after He had claimed to be The Son of Man. Surely, this was not the right thing to say at the time especially if He’s claiming that He’s but man. But He’s not. He is God.

“I thought you’re gonna fly, balloon?” Liar.
And in fact, to deny that Jesus is no God is blasphemous enough, making us liars as stated by the Apostle John in 1 John 2:22, saying:
“Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist — denying the Father and the Son.”
If you’re planning to pick a fight on the matter, may I ask you to hold your horses as these two verses are not the only ones proving such to be true. In fact, there are lots of verses that I can refer to than what I can actually write about His Divinity.

Maybe I can just cherry-pick a verse that says it otherwise.
What’s your pick?

This article originally appeared on @sentirem; Jerboy Magalang's blog. Republished with permission from the author and by the grace of co-authors.