No. God created man good and in his own image, that is, in true righteousness and holiness, so that he might truly know God his creator, love him with all his heart, and live with God in eternal happiness, for his praise and glory. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 6)
Simply put, classical Christian theism is the biblical and historic model of Christian theism committed to upholding the confession that God "is infinite in being and perfection" (Westminster Confession of Faith, 2.1; cf. Psalm 145:3). As James Dolezal puts it, "the underlying and inviolable conviction [of classical theism] is that God does not derive any … Continue reading What Is Classical Christian Theism?
Question: "How do you respond to those who believe that the work of the church is to 'transform society' or to 'bring in the Kingdom'? Answer: "First, I say that the coming of the kingdom is not evident in transforming society. As I've said, the church through word, sacrament, and discipline is advancing the kingdom … Continue reading Should the Church Seek to Transform Society?
No. I am inclined by nature to hate God and my neighbor. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 5)
"Eternal and almighty God, we humble ourselves in Your presence to dedicate to You the beginning of this year by adoration, prayer, and praise. We come before Your Supreme Majesty and acknowledge with gratitude the manifold blessings which You have freely bestowed upon us through the whole course of our lives. We thank You that, … Continue reading A Prayer for New Year’s Day
Question: "Does the church have a prophetic voice, challenging sin wherever it finds it, even in politics and culture?" Answer: "It depends on what you mean. Expounding and teaching God's word does involve challenging sin, obviously. But what people often mean is that they want the church to apply the truths of the word to … Continue reading More on the Church’s Heavenly Mission
Christ teaches us this in summary in Matthew 22:37-40: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." … Continue reading What Does God’s Law Require of Us?
Question: "Should the church tell people how to vote for specific candidates, based on issues like abortion or gay marriage?" Answer: "Definitely not. The church may and should speak to all the laws of the Decalogue, including the sixth and seventh. Why the first four don't receive more attention is anyone's guess - could it … Continue reading Should the Church Tell People How to Vote?
The law of God tells me. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 3)
"We are now living in a generation of African Americans who are significantly unchurched. For three centuries, the black church stood as the central institution of black life. Its relevance was unquestioned and its moral and spiritual capital unparalleled. Now, the church is largely viewed as irrelevant by vast numbers of mostly young African Americans, … Continue reading The Church’s Mission Is Heavenly, Not Earthly or Social