Most Christians have a limited view of what constitutes a biblical worldview. I suspect that many believe that the Christian’s earthly life is a holding pattern for heaven. Earth serves as a way station for true living after death. Is this why God created us? We’re born, we live out our lives the best we can, and then we prepare for heaven. In the interim, the Christian’s goal is to evangelize the lost for the world to come.
As I was making my way through the channels to watch an episode of King of the Hill, I stopped on a channel that was showing the film I, Robot (2004). One of my favorite scenes was about to come on—Dr. Calvin’s exchange with V.I.K.I., the supercomputer that runs every other computer and all the robots in this futuristic dystopian world. V.I.K.I. is an acronym for Virtual Interactive Kinetic Intelligence. I, Robot is based very loosely on Isaac Asimov’s book of robot stories of the same name.
I came across the following post on Facebook: “Prof. D. J. Engelsma gives a devastating rebuke to the Postmil notion of ‘Christianizing the world.’” The poster asked for comments. Here was my first comment: “David Engelsma is fixated on the common grace argument. That’s a Christian Reformed Church amillennial problem. Engelsma uses almost no Scripture. His eschatology is closer to dispensationalism.” I later added this comment: “The Common Grace amils that Engelsma condemns share his prophetic position: ‘These common grace Dutch scholars and their North American academic disciples have all been amillennialists.
The reactions to the events since the November 3rd election have been mind boggling. Who could have thought that so much venom could be spewed by a major political party hell-bent on total destruction of its ideological rivals, a one-time competing political party that has lost what little courage it had to fight for ideals it claimed to have, and communication companies (one of the first areas to attack in any revolution) that wants to keep competing ideas and pushback from reaching the masses?
What was Adam and Eve’s original task? Was it to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth with people who would deny God and His ownership of and authority over everything? Not at all. Of course, the fall disturbed the original plan, but the plan has not changed. The world does not belong to God’s highest creation or the devil. In Matthew 28:18–20 Christ, after stating that He (not the church) has all authority in heaven and on earth (v.
Where many Christians are today in their worldview thinking can be traced back to some adverse theologizing. We did not get here overnight. Seemingly divergent theologies have created a downstream effect of cultural indifference in the name of biblical Christianity. The late Andrew Breitbart observed that “politics is downstream from culture.” Change the culture, change everything. Ignore a comprehensive biblical worldview, you will get an anti-Christian worldview imposed upon you. There is no neutrality.
This article is a follow up to my article “The Cult of Never-Trump” which was an initial response to Michael Horton’s article “The Cult of Christian Trumpism.” Every movement, especially one that has 74 million people who voted for Trump, has some cultic elements. Leftists are nearly a full-fledged cult. I would include “Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden” cult. I don’t know if Horton is as critical of this group as he is of the Jericho March people.
All of what American Vision has said would happen if enough Christians abandoned the culture and adopted a two-kingdom approach to the Christian faith has happened. From what I see on Facebook from Christians, we are in deep trouble. Many believe we are in the precipice of an inevitable prophetic end. This type of claim has a very long failed history. We’ll either make the necessary changes to fix what’s wrong or God will let our inaction lead to a forced reset.
2020 has been a rough year. Politics, as usual, has played a big part. The country is divided but in a good way. People are realizing that there are differences and implications to worldview thinking. Paul said as much: “For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you” (1 Cor. 11:19). It’s good to know who the wolves are. They’ve been hiding among the sheep for a long time.
There is no doubt that Francis A. Schaeffer (1912–1984) broadened the appeal for biblical world‑and‑life view Christianity with his popular writing style and activist philosophy. Schaeffer’s popularity was extensive enough that he was recognized by the secular media as the “Guru of Fundamentalism.” (Kenneth L. Woodward, “The Guru of Fundamentalism,” Newsweek (Nov. 1, 1982), 88.) Schaeffer filled the intellectual gap that resided in much of fundamentalism. In a sense, he carried on the tradition of his early mentor, J.
Every Christmas there is the inevitable talk about a “war on Christmas.” Not all opposition comes from secularists, atheists, and Muslims. Some Christians believe the Bible does not set aside the birth of Jesus as a special calendar day to honor His birth because such a celebration violates the “regulative principle of worship.” Others believe Christmas has a pagan origin and that the Roman Catholic Church turned a pagan celebration into a Christian holy day (holiday).
You can’t be woke enough these days. Basketball player turned cultural commentator Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said social media companies should do more to silence “irrational and harmful” posts from conservative and left-wing celebrities who aren’t woke enough. In most cases, “irrational and harmful” are defined as not agreeing with a Leftist agenda. Someone like the former Lew Alcindor is not affected by an implemented Leftist agenda. He’s made his millions and is protected behind the gates and walls of his multi-million-dollar mansion.
Frequently, around Christmas time, we are treated to yet another (often just a repeat of previous “findings”) naturalistic explanation of the biblical “Star of Bethlehem.” Natural explanations of biblical phenomena can sometimes have their place, but they can also be diversions—for unbelievers and believers alike. A far better approach for believers is to know and receive the deep, rich biblical meaning to the star. Let’s look at it. It seems to be a foregone conclusion of some of the more naturalistic approaches that if an astronomical explanation for the star was to be found, the entire birth narrative—and ultimately the Gospel itself—could be finally dismissed as a myth.
Click here to listen to the podcast based on this article. In Luke 2:22-40, we are introduced to two individuals named Simeon and Anna. They were in the temple when Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to “present him to the Lord.” We learn that Simeon and Anna were faithful believers expectantly awaiting the Messiah’s promised appearance. We are also told that Simeon was waiting for “the consolation of Israel” and Anna for “the redemption of Jerusalem.
In C. S. Lewis’s book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, he describes a beautiful place (Narnia) under the spell of an evil character (the White Witch)—who symbolizes the Devil. Lewis writes of her that it was she who has made it “always winter, but never Christmas.” “Always winter, but never Christmas”—what a great phrase to describe this world, without the loving, powerful, and positive influence of Jesus Christ.
by David Chilton Click here to listen to the podcast based on this article. Every year about this time, there rises a hue and cry about the “commercialization” of Christmas, accompanied by impassioned pleas to get back to the “real meaning” of the celebration. Too much time and money, we hear, are spent on the public side of the holiday — the hustle and bustle of shopping, the lavish decorations, and the often insincere displays of seasonal piety.
Rev. Raphael Warnock is in a runoff in Georgia against Republican Kelly Loeffler for a valuable Senate seat. Warnock is a Democrat and minister. In a sermon, he attacked Republican senators who passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. He claimed such a vote was a “vicious and evil attack on the most vulnerable people in America” and compared the tax cuts to Herod who was “willing to kill children” to preserve wealth and power.
Click here to listen to the podcast based on this article. If you believe Christmas is a pagan holiday or that Christmas doesn’t have anything to do with Jesus Christ or Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th or you have any other aversion to Christmas, you don’t need to read any further. Many people get bent out of shape when they see ‘Xmas’ or ‘X-Mas.’ They think it’s a way of removing Jesus Christ from Christmas.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced new coronavirus restrictions and urged Christians to refrain from attending church services during the Christmas season. This year, we need to think about what is truly the most important thing. Is it the worship or the building? For me, God is wherever you are. You don’t have to sit in the church pew for God to hear your prayers. What is the most important thing?
I’ve been putting an outline together in preparation for two talks I did for the December 18–19 online “A Purchased Victory: A Conference on the Bright Hope of Postmillennialism.” My two talks deal with biblical and cultural impediments that are often raised against postmillennialism. One topic I did not mention is the place of Israel in prophecy at it relates to postmillennialism. The following is a partial response to the subject since it is integral to premillennialism while postmillennialism is often ignored on the subject.