I sent the following letter of support to John MacArthur. I am not sure if he will see it or not, but I pray he and the church do. However, I thought I would post it to express my public support for a sister church seeking to worship God freely.
The church where I pastor has been meeting since May 17. We have not had to face the state resistance that Grace Community Church and others have had to, but we do want to stand with them in their desire to worship our King!
I have been and am at this very moment grateful for the leadership of John MacArthur and the elder board of GCC.
Dear Dr. MacArthur and Grace Community Church
I write to remind you that although I am sure in many ways, it feels like you are alone, rest assured that you are not. Many of us around the country are praying for you and speaking in support of your desire to follow God and reopen for worship despite the state threats.
You are also not alone in fighting for Grace Community Church because what is happening with you has similarly happened across our country of late to other churches, and unless you, along with the rest of us, stand firm on the Scripture, we will all find ourselves in similar positions.
We know history. We know the depravity of man. And we know the ungodly desires of some political leaders.
Thank you for your humility and courage. Please thank the entire elder and church body of GCC. We pray for all of you and are greatly strengthened by you.
Ronnie W Rogers
Trinity Baptist Church
Norman, Ok 73069
I believe the present emphasis on social justice and critical race theory rather than God’s impartial justice disparages all humans by treating them as something less than they are, which is created in the image of God (Gen 1:26–28). First, they do so by being based on a Marxian materialistic view of reality. Second, because white and black people are judged and categorized as oppressors and oppressed based on skin color rather than on their hearts as God judges them (1 Sam 16:7). Third, social justice degrades black people by contending that their lack of achievement can be blamed on others (social injustice) rather than considering that some of their lack of success and development may be related to other factors not associated with social injustices. Continue reading →
Social justice: While social justice and cultural Marxism are not synonymous, they can rightly be used interchangeably as I have done. They both seek a redistribution of wealth and power from the groups who have it to the ones who do not. That is to say, from the majority to the minority, and in America, that first and foremost means from the white people to the black people. This transfer of wealth and power is regardless of personal merit or how hard a person had to work for his wealth. Continue reading →
Critical Race Theory (CRT) defines race as being socially constructed rather than a natural biological function. In CRT, the concept of race was constructed by white people and serves as a mechanism for them to oppress black people and promote pervasive institutional racism in order to maintain white supremacy.
CRT is related to Cultural Marxism which is composed of a broad set of ideas that serve as instruments for a societal transformation to bring about the redistribution of power and wealth–Socialism. White people need to repent of white supremacy and privilege, but black people do not need to repent. Even if a white person has never had a genuinely racist thought or he has repented of past racism, he is still a racist, white supremacist, because he is white and belongs to the majority. Continue reading →
These articles, messages, and links are provided to help Christians remain faithful to the Scripture in our actions, heart, and speech at a time when many evangelical leaders are abandoning clear biblical teaching. Or they are unjustifiably mixing biblical teaching with cultural Marxism, social justice, critical race theory, intersectionality, and terminology from Black Lives Matters (BLM), all of which are inferior to the biblical message and tacitly minimize the ungodly beliefs of BLM. In either case, the biblical perspective and the gospel is corrupted.
In their allegiances, they undermine Scripture by confusing such things as social justice with biblical justice, critical race theory’s definition of race and racism with Scripture’s teaching on race and racism, social justice’s evil privilege with biblical blessings, cultural Marxism’s white supremacy and guilt based on skin color and its ineffective repentance with God’s standard, which is that any sinful racial supremacy flows from the heart, but it can be forgiven and all guilt removed by repentance and faith.
Every attempt to speak about racism that does not pedestal “all are created in the image of God” (Gen 1:26–28) or adopts inferior cultural expressions undermines the clarity of the Christian message and the gospel. Continue reading →
Social justice advocates (cultural Marxism) seek to advance their cause by the dreadful death of George Floyd. It is essential to keep the following two thoughts in mind as we consider events such as the tragic death of George Floyd. Continue reading →
Genesis two seems to clearly present Adam with a choice between obedience and blessing (Gen 2:16) and disobedience and judgment (Gen 2:17). Then, when Adam and Eve did eat (Gen 3:6), God rightly judged them, and they died. Consequently, they lost all the blessings God had granted them while living in the garden because he held them responsible for their actions (Gen 3:11–13, 16–19, 22–24). Continue reading →
The nature and attributes of God are seen not only in His person but in His creation as well. We are reminded, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse” (Rom 1:20). The Old Testament declares the same truth in Psalm 19:1. Continue reading →
Active membership in a local church is required for every Christian who desires to be faithful and honor Christ by following him and contributing to the church, which is the only thing Christ is building in this age (Matt 16:18). The following summarizes twenty reasons why every Christian should be an active and contributing member of a local church. Continue reading →
The Grammatical Historical Method (GHM) approaches the Bible as the holy word of God and therefore strives to discover the biblical author’s initially intended meaning in the verse and passage under consideration. In other words, the interpreter asks, what did the author (like Matthew, Paul, or Peter) mean by what he said, and how did the original recipients understand his words. If correctly done, this method results in a biblically faithful interpretation, which permits us as interpreters, by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to correctly apply the passage in various ways based upon the author’s meaning. Continue reading →