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The idol you love doesn’t love you back:

Here’s what you need to know about your idol: That idol that you love, it doesn’t love you back. False gods don’t love you. Idols don’t keep their promises. Anything you worship and build your life on other than God will suck the life out of you and destroy you.

Being Biblical More than Logical (Or, Why I Am a Four-Point Calvinist):

Like most Calvinists who hold four of the traditional five points, I have struggled with the L of limited atonement. On the one hand, limited atonement makes perfect logical sense and I like the idea that the cross actually accomplished salvation for me. Further, if the cross is efficacious for salvation, then it must be limited or it leads to universal salvation, which is unquestionably non-biblical. On the other hand, there are a number of verses that I have not been able to reconcile with limited atonement. Placing biblical arguments over logical or theological arguments has led me to affirm a general understanding of the atonement.

Leadership and Entitlement:

 As a leader’s sphere of influence increases, he may feel that certain benefits and perks are due him. She may believe that those in the organization exist for her service and needs. Entitlement is a creeping sickness that often envelops a leader with such deceptive subtlety that the leader is often unaware of its control over him.

Here’s an amazing sermon illustration for you, along with a moving video (see below) that makes the point. The Fragrance of Heaven Rising from the Stench of Death:

The smell of death is everywhere. On billboards. On television. In our jokes and anecdotes. So accustomed to death are we that we might even be frightened by the sweet smell of the freedom of the gospel. But for one who has inhaled deeply what Jesus brings, the effect is intoxicating…

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2 thoughts on “Worth a Look 4.26.12”

  1. Do you agree with Hammett?

    Here is the comment I left on “Between the Times:”

    The idea that “L” is simply a logical, rather than a biblical, conclusion, is often asserted by “four-pointers,” but does not ring true. Quite the contrary: I could think of ways to support the “four-point” position that (at least) seem logical, but am convinced, instead, of particular redemption by the biblical text, which presents a necessary connection between the sacrifice made for the [new] covenant people and the benefits certainly enjoyed by the elect on the basis of that sacrifice (Rom 8:32; Heb 10:14).

    Even the verses used to argue against “L:” notice how many concepts from outside the verses must be then crammed into the verses in order for them to be used to deny particular redemption. And the actual words found in the verses– words such as “propitiation,” “Savior”– must be either either explained away or turned on their head, while words such as “all” and “world” must assume unusual meanings (in any given context, Scripture does not generally mean to indicate “every person who ever lived throughout history” by these terms).

  2. JD Longmire says:

    I left this comment at the blog:

    My understanding of those verses is contextualized within the paradigms of “common” vs “saving” grace. That is, Jesus’ death bought *all* humanity in one sense and preserves us from the immediate consequences (God’s eternal wrath) of the Fall since the initiation of the Fall through the Judgment, thus in one sense He “saved” all people everywhere in a *limited* sense and provides for a general benefit to humanity (common grace). That is a secondary effect – His death *primarily* provides eternal redemption against the effects of the Fall for the elect (saving grace).

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