Monthly Archives: November 2010

Christian liberty, what does God require?

Although the focus of Paul’s teaching in Rom. 14 is on how the church is to treat the weaker brother, the apostle’s concerns go both directions: “Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Spirit’s Intercession

“The veil of our limitations–our ignorance, our shortsightedness, our uncertainty, our lack of concentration, our sinful doubts and confusion–constantly casts a shadow over our prayers, keeping them from being as they ought to be, fully ‘according to the will of God’ (v.27), ‘according to his purpose’ (v.28). Positively, in our ‘best’ moments, when we are overwhelmed with the glory of God, the grandeur of his salvation, and the wonder of his love, we experience the weakness-inadequacy of our praise and thanksgiving.” (Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., _Perspectives on Pentecost_, pp. 85,86). Continue reading

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The teaching of Christian liberty abused

Paul’s teaching in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8 has sometimes been distorted to encourage or even require believers to take a position of total abstinence.  In “The Weak and the Strong” (see the link here) John Murray writes: In … Continue reading

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