Paganism is replacing Christianity in the Western world. But it’s not one simple brand: we face an onslaught from many directions.
With the Church on the decline in all its forms, and with people looking everywhere else for answers, very old forms of thinking and worship are making new inroads where Christendom once stood firm.
Politics, education, media, government, religion–whatever institutions we count on to be there, functioning for our benefit–Paganism is making a resurgence in all of them.
It sickens me. This episode features a session by Peter Jones at the 2010 Ligonier Conference (yes, I was way off on the year in the episode), called “The Gnostic Gospel.” Here Jones lays the gauntlet for Christians who are tempted to compromise with Pagan ideas. You may be surprised by some of what Jones puts his finger on–it may hit close to home for some of us.
The video is here.
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Yesterday the Irish voters rejected the 8th amendment to their Constitution, paving the way for legalized abortion in the tiny island nation. The Roman Catholic Church has been supplanted by the eugenic globo-fascist bureaucracy in yet another once-staunchly Christian country.
This episode is a bit of a rambling look at some of the background to what is happening in the West regarding the sanctity of human life. Hear about George Soros, Julian Huxley, Brave New World, Karl Marx, and a few other points of reference for what is making our world so anti-life and pro-eugenic.
The book UNESCO: It’s Purpose and Philosophy by Julian Huxley
Live Action’s update on Ireland’s rejection of the 8th amendment
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In the last show, Adam tackled the question of what happens in baptism. Using Scripture and Church history, we saw that there is a consensus that there is real activity on God’s part in baptism–something more is happening than just a human step of obedience. However else we define that, we need to begin there.
And on today’s show, we examine, albeit not in great detail, the Reformed answer to the question For whom is baptism? A minor presentation of the defense of infant baptism, this episode will hopefully draw thinking Christians together, rather than to cast apart. Adam maintains that the Bible may be interpreted either toward a credo or a paedo view of baptism; both are strong in Scripture depending on other hermeneutical assumptions. At the very least, we seek to offer the doctrine of baptism as a hope to a dying world. Baptism includes people in the Church of Christ Jesus, where He does His saving work, and so to offer it to a dying world, indeed to a dying Western civilization, is a step in the right direction.
Let’s talk biblical baptism!
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A recent post at the blog concerning the Reformed doctrine of a sacrament.
Ligonier ministries: Infant Baptism
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Is baptism our step of obedience to show our identification with Christ? Yes. Is baptism a means of saving grace? Yes.
Lucia from Germany asked Adam several questions in response to this post here. If the Church catholic is to be healthy and unified in truth, we’ll have to figure out this question together, and rejoice in the answer! Adam has been working out the baptism question for the better part of a decade, and talks through some of the issues in this episode.
Here is the document Adam used during the episode: Baptism_Chris_Rosebrough
Here is the Letter of Barnabas, chapter XI (74AD)
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The vortex of bad news and chaos in our culture threatens to drive us to despair. I don’t know many people who are both deeply engaged and also truly joyful and triumphant at heart.
I, for one, refuse to despair, ultimately. I am facing a culmination of years of spiritual development, reaching something of a crisis time, but I look forward with hope.
Do you? How do you find the energy to work for the good in the world? Check out this unscripted monologue where Adam looks to raise some encouragement out of a mass of chaos.
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World War I was the end of Christian Europe, and we have been watching her slow demise ever since. In his eulogy for Europe and the West, Peter Hitchens lays out the causes of death and the dim future.
This is what it sounds like to have a realistic, fatherly love for the West. We cannot paint a rosy picture of a future we have created by our own demotic lust. And yes, I said demotic. Look it up if you don’t know what that means.
Now, I’m not going to say I agree with Mr. Hitchens point for point. The idea here is to hear the eloquent diagnosis of a dying civilization.
Here is the video of this lecture.
Here is the video of the Q&A afterward. One of my past guests asked the first question. See if you can figure out who it was.
All the best, and for the West,
Adam interviews Presbyterian ruling elder Shane Anderson on the subject of grace and works in the Christian life. A proper Reformed family kerfluffle has roiled the ranks over the past four months concerning the role our works play in our relationship with God.
On this episode, Shane and Adam attempt to iron out a few of the biblical details, and to set straight some of the misunderstandings that are keeping brothers and sisters on separate sides of this battle.
Adam truly does not believe we are all saying different things. We are justified once for all by grace alone, through faith alone, which is a gift of the sovereign, electing love and favor of God alone. There is no more condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Our standing with our Father in heaven is fully secure in Christ, by Christ, and because of Christ alone.
And because of this gratuitous justification, we are also sanctified by grace alone through faith alone, and yet, in the mystery of God’s will at work in ours, we live lives of pursuing holiness when we have the Holy Spirit. There is no other kind of Christian life than to be doing good works in faith. These works do not justify us before God, but by these works we will be judged and rewarded. In this sense, good works are necessary for our completed, final salvation.
That… is Reformed orthodoxy, and therefore, biblical orthodoxy, my dear friends.
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Following up on Episode 40, Adam here presents another, more careful look at fundamentalism in America.
Which form of Christianity will be the foundation of a good civilization in the future? Fundamentalism has a lot going for it, but what are it’s main weaknesses? Last week Pastor Matt Fletcher joined Adam to give a personal perspective on the movement, but this week we bring you a session recording of Phil Johnson from Grace to You ministries. (Obviously Phil was not a guest of CoNJP, which is why this one doesn’t have a full episode number of its own).
This episode should fill in some more information that perhaps Matt and Adam didn’t cover last episode, especially concerning the stated goals of fundamentalism, in general.
For a little bonus, you can listen to Dr. James White here characterizing the fundamentalist mindset. Dr. White is one of the leading voices in Christian apologetics in the world, and so his perspective here may add dimension to the issue. The clip lasts for a short while.
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In this episode, Pastor Matt Fletcher joins Adam to talk through an overview of independent, Bible Baptist fundamentalism. What might seem to offer concrete answers and certainty turns out to be a weak, gospel-poor, recent movement.
We think you will agree after hearing this show–fundamentalism is not accomplishing the goals with which it began 120 years ago, but has in many cases become a sect on the verge of cult status. Is the movement redeemable?
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President Trump last week announced the US would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and that the State Department would be directed to move our embassy to Jerusalem.
The prophecy wing of the evangelical family has predictably jumped up to declare this a sign of the approaching end of the world, but is it that simple? Are these types of events to be interpreted as fulfilling biblical prophecy?
Listen in to what Adam thinks, in line with the Reformed and Lutheran view of history and prophecy.