Some say conservative Christians should not be involved in politics because it distracts from the gospel. We will offend some with our stand on issues or our support of candidates. Because of that, some will be unwilling to listen to the gospel. I do not believe this is reflective of the nature of Scripture, and I consider it a dangerous idea which can hinder the propagation of the truth and the gospel so long as our positions and character are reflective of Scripture. Continue reading →
Thanksgiving, quite contrary to political correctness and revisionist historians, began as an act of faith and worship by the Pilgrims.
The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 in Plymouth, and it was a celebration of God’s bountiful blessing, which the Pilgrims shared with the Indians.
The Pilgrims’ lives had been characterized by religious persecution and loss of almost all worldly possessions. Many had died during the grueling voyage to the new land, and those that survived faced many more hardships that are so dramatically more treacherous than the difficulties faced by Americans today that we cannot quite grasp the gravity of it except romantically.
Yet, with bountiful food and the freedom to worship God, they gave thanks many times each day, but on this day in a most festive and worshipful way.
Let us not forget: Thanksgiving is an act of worship by God’s people. It is our thankfulness to Him for what He has done and does. Thus, from the vantage point of heaven, complaining must be a most sacrilegious act of self-absorption.
This Thanksgiving, celebrate it as an act of faith and worship, fulfilling the will of God. “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
As Christians, we are to forgive those who trespass against us (Matt 6:12; 18:22; Mark 11:2526). Frequently, Christians say they are seeking to be forgiving as God is by forgiving someone who sinned against them, regardless of whether the person repents or is even remorseful for his sin. They may say, well, I just love them and forgive them as God does. But the question is, is that forgiveness flowing from God’s love? Continue reading →
This election is between President Trump and Senator Biden. But it is much more. It is a choice between American Freedom and Marxian Socialism. The election surrounds non-negotiables: heterosexual marriage, normality of heterosexuality, creation of only male & female, sacredness of human life, religious freedom, and pro-private property (Ex 20:15,17). None of which find a home in the Democratic platform, Democrats’ unified sentiment, and the position of Joe Biden. To vote for someone who does not have a chance to win, not vote, or vote for Biden is a vote from which America may not recover. A little election history can be helpful. Continue reading →
I find the enslavement of other human beings to be reprehensibly evil for which forgiveness can only be found in the gospel of Jesus Christ (John 1:29). My reflections on the reality that white Americans enslaved black Americans who are created equal to whites by the one true God is so dreadful that I find it painful to contemplate. Added to this is my conscious awareness that the same range of wickedness dwells within me as a sinful human being as it does us all, regardless of our skin color. My having not enslaved other humans does not make me feel superior to those who did, but rather warned of my own sinful ability to commit and seek to justify equally blasphemous evils or even the same in a different era if I do not continually apply the grace and truth of God. Nevertheless, I find reparations, in and of themselves, to be revoltingly immoral and promote further evil because they are strongly unjust and racist. Continue reading →
As in Marxism, social justice (cultural Marxism) emphasizes group identity and responsibility rather than individual identity and responsibility. The groups may be composed of people who neither suffered nor inflicted wrong. Merit or guilt is based on such things as skin color, sex, and group size. Social justice determines what is right or wrong, and what the penalties or corrections should be; these may be antithetical to true biblical justice. What social justice calls justice is, at times, categorically condemned in Scripture as sin. Continue reading →
Black Lives Matter (BLM) is the powerhouse behind many of the protests, riots, and personal attacks on white Americans in restaurants and other public places. They have made threats, intimidation, riots, and looting commonplace in America. BLM is a Marxist run organization. Two of the three founders, Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza, claim to be “trained Marxists.” The call to defund police departments across the nation was initiated and is promoted by BLM. It is a Marxist plan intended to deconstruct American society in order to usher in a Marxist socialist society. The BLM website says, “We call for a national defunding of police.” But we must ask, who will protect innocent people from criminals and rioters such as the BLM constituency? The criminals and rioters? Continue reading →
Essential to keep in mind is that in social justice (cultural Marxism), oppression by the majority is not tyrannically imposed oppression, something done by force. Instead, it exists in the common-sense ideas of liberal culture, which in America includes concepts taught in Christianity. This may include things such as objectivity, a strong work ethic, personal responsibility, meritocracy, and understanding the family to be composed of heterosexual marriage, including children, unless providentially hindered. Continue reading →
On June 17, 2020, The City Council of Norman Oklahoma voted to defund our police department by $885,000.00. Although there are other reasons, I argued these eight points in support of the police and against defunding. They are easily applicable to police departments across America. Continue reading →
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