Well Here I Am Again

New Blog Post, “Well Here I Am Again” http://byroniac.blogspot.com/2011/11/well-here-i-am-again.html

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Published in: on 2011/11/25 at 01:41  Comments Off on Well Here I Am Again  

No Longer a Christian

OK, everyone. I’m no longer Christian, and I’m tired of pretending and sorry for lying. I guess I am agnostic, perhaps Deistic in my thought patterns. I apologize for not telling everyone sooner, especially family, but there were very few people who knew this. Now I wish to make it public. I admire my Christian friends even if I do not share their religion. Best wishes to all, and to everyone a good night I guess.

Published in: on 2011/02/02 at 22:20  Comments Off on No Longer a Christian  

Moving back to Google

WordPress is great, and I have no complaints. I just seem to be the up-and-leave type. So I’ve gone back to isaiah816.blogspot.com if you want to come visit. I can’t explain how, but it just seems to be more at home to me. Who knows? Maybe I will change my mind (again) and come back. I’m notorious for that.

Published in: on 2007/05/20 at 15:08  Comments Off on Moving back to Google  

Moving From Blogger To Wordpress

Rather than duplicate the post here, I’ll link to the post on my other blog: Upgrading to Reality 2.0 Not Entirely Smooth.

Published in: on 2006/12/19 at 17:09  Comments Off on Moving From Blogger To Wordpress  

Are You Sure You Like Spurgeon?

I had been looking for this article, and I finally found it.

Published in: on 2006/12/15 at 14:57  Comments (2)  

Why I don’t want to be a Southern Baptist At Times

There are times when I don’t want to be a Southern Baptist. The post I linked to above is the first in a series of 16 articles (no, I have not read the others). I think he makes some good points. But I think his main point is that we have lost the Gospel in the SBC. The latest blog entry of Dr. Tom Ascol of Founders is the first blog posting I read on this issue and is short but well worth reading.

http://www.founders.org/blog/2006/12/nathan-finn-on-what-ails-sbc.html

Please understand, this is not (necessarily) a Calvinism issue, nor should it be. This is an issue of the Gospel itself and calling sinners to redemption and transformation in Christ. Though I have serious doubts about the future of the SBC, I have strong hopes as well. We have many excellent young men resolved to live lives of obedience and faith to God, and determined to make a difference. We have many older Christian gentlemen who serve us as wise mentors and veteran soldiers in the fight of faith against the deadening effects of sin in our culture. God reserved 7,000 to His name who had not bowed the knee to Baal or kissed him (1 Kings 19:18 and Romans 11:1-5), and they were completely unknown to the greatest prophet Israel had at that time apparently. So there remains hope. But as always that hope must be centered in God and in His Son Jesus Christ.

Published in: on 2006/12/14 at 11:32  Comments (6)  

The Baptism of Disciples Alone

Fred Malone’s book “The Baptism of Disciples Alone” would be another fine book to have in a theological library (why is it that I only seem to find these books when they go out of print?). I am of the Credobaptist persuasion, though my friend ManyMarius (whose article I posted in the blog entry previous to this one) leans towards the Paedobaptist position. Needless to say, we don’t agree, though I pray we can always express that disagreement in a Christian and gentlemanly manner (somehow somewhere I read a proverb, authored by someone unknown to me, that I really like which said, “Make your words sweet, because you may have to eat them.“).

Edit: Perhaps the best place to start researching this issue is here: http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/topic/babtism.html

Published in: on 2006/12/11 at 13:04  Comments (2)  

To Reformulate Credobaptism

[Ed: email the author of this blog entry at manymarius@aim.com. I will reserve personal comments on this entry for a future blog posting.]

TO REFORMULATE CREDOBAPTISM
I am proposing that our view of baptism must be reformulated. If we say that we don’t baptize infants, only people who have been able to make, and have made, a confession of Christ, then I believe we must reformulate our understanding of baptism.

It does no good to repudiate Paedobaptists because they are baptizing infants who cannot make a confession, and yet allow for the fact that people can be baptized who are not saved themselves. The Credobaptist argument is that only those elected can be baptized, yet we can’t say that if we allow for the fact that we CAN, even if by accident, baptize non-elect people.

The reason, I think, is that we are using baptism to be a sign of a prior conversion. How can it be a sign of someone’s already having been converted if: A) We can’t know that the said person has indeed been born again-for it’s an invisible work. B) Someone can lie and say they have and get baptized-yet not having been born again.

It seems to me that under these auspices a Credobaptist has no reason to argue against a Paedobaptist that is baptizing infants that can’t make a confession of faith, and therefore have been born again. For if we argue that one can’t know if the baby is elect, then the logical rebuttal is that the Credobaptist can never KNOW if the recipient of baptism is truly regenerate either.

So, what did baptism mean in the New Testament, and for us today? I am proposing that it must mean something more than an acquiescence to a creed! What is what I want to work out and formulate. With God’s grace I can come up with something that is at least Biblically provable,and hopefully Biblically grounded. So now I set out to reformulate baptism in a way that eliminates the need for infant baptism, and allows for the baptism of only believing people.

I think that one place we must look at is the difference between the “Old Covenant” and “New Covenant.” Also, we must find a way in which these two are found to be connected to the Covenant of God to Abraham to bring about “the” seed, Christ. In so doing, I want to formulate a doctrine that allows for continuity between the Old and New testaments within the Abrahamic Covenant of Election through Christ; and one that makes a distinguishing between the Old and New Covenants from the Old to the New Testaments, and the difference that Christ’s ascension to his long awaited and prophesied place of Glory and rulership.

Another place we might look at is not only the beginning of God’s covenant with Abraham, but also the continuity between the protoevagelion of Genesis 3:15 and the Abrahamic Covenant. This would show that Christ has always been the plan throughout the Bible, from the beginning. And therefore, our understanding of NT baptism can in some way be influenced by the fact that God has always planned to bring about the work of Christ on the earth, and that the elect were chosen in Christ before the foundation of world.

Published in: on 2006/12/09 at 15:20  Comments (1)  

Calvinism

I’m in a Calvinism mood right now (whatever that is).

This Theopedia article on Calvinism is excellent, as is Theopedia itself in general I am sure. Also, check out this page on John Piper stuff at Monergism.com. And finally, don’t miss this Spurgeon gem, “A Defense of Calvinism.”

So, if you’re not a Calvinist, you should be. I can’t promise you that you’ll be happier, but I can almost guarantee that I will like you more as a result. 🙂 (Of course, please understand this is not a fellowship breaker between Christians, or at least should not be). Though I am completely convinced that Calvinism is true, Christianity is far larger than Calvinism by itself (a subset at best), and greater still is our Lord Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith of Christianity.

Published in: on 2006/12/07 at 00:08  Comments (6)  

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Well, first off, it’s not a picture, but a collection of verbal statements. But that was intentional. What the page actually contains is a list of important “victories” for the American Family Association (AFA) for the year 2006. At first glance, what true Christian would not immediately approve of its message? So I ask again, what’s wrong with this picture? Here’s a helpful hint: what’s missing is truly the more important.

What message is really being communicated here?

Here is what is NOT being communicated here. There are no references to salvation anywhere on this page that I can find. So there are no genuine conversions to Christ and His Lordship mentioned anywhere on here, which should without any argument be supremely important to a Christian organization seeking real change in society. So there are no genuine changes of heart. What do we see instead? We see changes of behavior, surely, but brought about by massive organization of vocal opposition and economic pressure. At best these are hollow victories. But is it wrong to engage in these methods when seeking to make our voices heard and presence felt? No, I do not believe so. But my point is this: such changes are brought about quickly, and disappear just as quickly, because they are not based upon lasting transformations such as proclaiming the Gospel and educating those who are already Christians in the Scriptures, but in socio-economic influence and political muscle which have both proven only as strong as the number of people in your activist collective and their resolve to pursue goals of policy change for the welfare of those affected.

It is not my intention to merely be critical of the American Family Association for the sake of being critical. That is, I’m not simply out to find fault for some ulterior motive, such as making myself feel better about the condition of society I find myself in or out of some secret desire I do not actually possess to put down Christian conservatives. The good people at American Family Association and its associates are my fellow Christians whom I love; I count them as brethren in the Lord and would be honored to claim friendship with any of them. No, I simply intend this missive in the spirit of constructive criticism meant for spiritual help. Proverbs 27:6 (KJV) says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

If anyone from AFA ever sees this, please consider these words carefully as they are intended in the spirit of “speaking the truth in love”. Social change is not just a good idea. It is a must. But it only comes in a lasting fashion in the form of repentance, in turning from old dead works to living faith in Christ. Put your trust not in the wisdom of man, not in the success of political maneuvers or social and economic pressure, but in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His sovereign power to redeem lost sinners and transform them into children of God. As Christians our message must once again be, Jesus Christ is Lord!

Published in: on 2006/12/06 at 09:32  Comments Off on What’s Wrong With This Picture?