The Spirit of This Age

Virtually everything being propagated by the liberal/progressive mindset is geared towards the destruction of the very fabric of the way God created us. The spirit that drives the liberal/progressive mindset seeks to change the root thought patterns through which we can come to a knowledge of God. The Scriptures do speak of the day when good is called evil and evil good. But it is much more subtle than that. The liberal/progressive mindset seeks to condition people into thinking on different wavelengths, regardless of how perverse they may be. When one is conditioned into thinking in these patterns even the most obscene behavior becomes acceptable and “normal.” Continue reading

All Things Working Together For Good

Rom. 8:
28  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
29 ¶  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
30  and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

These passages have been quoted countless times. “All things work together for the good, so just praise the Lord.” Well… yes, maybe. The key to these verses is “to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” It is being in the will of God that opens up fantastic provisions for our lives. If we are walking in His will, if we are submitting to His Lordship, if we are dying along the way in order to become conformed to the image of the Son, then we can be assured God’s provision in our lives will be perfect. Verse 29 speaks of being predestined. Many a theological debate has centered around this concept. Have you ever wondered just exactly how being predestined works? Does it mean having our lives fatalistically determined so that we are locked into some destiny?  No! Our predestination as sons is determined by our dedication to God’s will for our lives. Everything of God’s provision for us involves our participation. Nothing is manifested in our lives without our initiative (Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. James 4:8).  The great error of theological debate is assuming the purposes of God without an active participation in a personal relationship with Him. Continue reading