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“The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists of listening to them. Just as love of God begins with listening to his word, so
the beginning of love for our brothers and sisters is learning to listen to them.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Extremely dangerous, unbiblical ideas can be very subtle. The most dangerous ideas are almost always subtle. When false doctrines are obvious, we’re quick to notice and reject them. When they’re subtle, we may not notice them until they’ve already done their damage.

We need to exercise our minds daily by putting ourselves under the influence of God’s word. We don’t have to work to be influenced by the secular world around us. Renewing our minds, bringing them into line with the will of God, requires commitment and intentionality (Ro 12:2).

The world’s philosophies and worldviews have a way of slowly influence our thinking, eroding the biblical worldview we ought to have, which is why Paul says, “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Ro 12:2).

Then, as our sense of obligation to community deteriorates, especially within an already-individualistic society, and secular philosophies and worldviews creep into popular culture, we have everything we need for moral collapse.

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Everyone is created by God and for God. “I am not my own,” says the Heidelberg Catechism. “We belong to the Lord,” says the Bible (Ro 14:8). As our Creator, God determines our identities, and rebellion against our God-given identities is rebellion against God.

Human beings, however, are naturally selfish. We naturally want to follow our desires even if those desires contradict our God-given purpose and design.

How can one man save a multitude of sinners? I'm glad you asked.

“Life on earth is a brief pilgrimage between two moments of nakedness. So, we would be wise to travel light.” — John Stott

“Culture is the root of politics, and religion is the root of culture.” — Richard John Neuhaus

Jesus was full of grace and truth, not tolerance and relativism. May the church always be gracious but never afraid to speak truth.

Believers should not be surprised when the world’s hostility grows and persecution becomes a legitimate threat. The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God (Ro 8:7). “If the world hates us,” Scripture says, “know that it has hated the Lord before it hated us” (Jn 15:18). This talk about Christian Nationalism and the growing animosity against Christians since Dobbs are further manifestations of a 2000-year-old problem.

I’ve spoken to enough Christians about the rise of secularism and the world’s increasing hostility against us to know that many are surprised and, consequently, panicked. The problem is, we keep comparing our current situation to life in America seventy years ago. Instead, it would better for us to seriously study what life was like for the church in the first century. Most surprises would be eliminated, and we’d learn how to respond without panicking. There is nothing new under the sun.

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While the kids are being very talkative and loud at lunch, I ask my wife, “Do you think heaven will be a quiet place?”

Without missing a beat, my four-year-old answers, “No, because I’m coming with you.”

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