You Love Him As Savior, Do You Love Him As King?

Trigger warning: If accountability hurts your feelings, you won’t like this article. 

Our attitude towards sin speaks volumes about our love for Jesus. The desire for holiness has dropped significantly and it’s time we assume a resurgence.

I am so tired of Christians ignoring their sin, yet exclaiming their love for Jesus. I’m not talking about the nuances of Christian liberties either. I’m talking about the blacks and whites, stuff that even a new believer could distinguish. If it has an “explicit language” label, leave it alone. I’m routinely surprised by the music I hear Christians listening to, the movies they watch, the way they gossip so freely, the deception in their social media posts…and these are Christians who should be chewing on spiritual meat at this point but instead are still crawling among sin in their spiritual diapers hardly holding themselves to a standard of holiness. Eminem, Kanye West, Jay-Z etc. Not okay. How do we expect to grow in purity while filling our minds with garbage? And don’t tell me you’re “not effected” by the lyrics. That is an attitude of arrogance suggesting that you’re above the vulnerabilities of sin. Even if it didn’t effect you, it’s still finding entertainment in the same darkness that put Jesus on the cross.

If you fit this category, there is a harsh reality that you must come to terms with:

YOU DO NOT LOVE JESUS. Read more

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The One Reason I Cannot Vote Today

I voted absentee last week.

NOW GET OFF YOUR RUMP AND VOTE FOR TRUMP!!

IF YOU’RE ON THE FENCE, JUST THINK OF PENCE!!

I could go all day with the ridiculous puns but then you’d read them and not be voting. Guidance below:

Supreme Court
This next president will set the foundation for American’s judicial philosophy for 30+ years to come by replacing up to FOUR supreme court judges!

Abortion
Mike Pence, Ben Carson, Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, Marjorie Dannenfelser, and others intimately engaged with Trump, are ALL pro-life not just in personal conviction but in practical application. Mike Pence has vowed many times to overthrow Roe v. Wade if sent to the White House. Hillary said she wants a supreme court that will uphold Roe v. Wade while acknowledging that Trump wants a supreme court that will overthrow Roe v. Wade. Hillary wants to overthrow the Hyde Amendment (which prohibits federal tax dollars from paying for abortions) while Trump wants to affirm the Hyde Amendment. 

Religious Liberty
The Johnson Amendment prohibits pastors from preaching on political issues to their congregations. Trump has declared he will overthrown the Johnson Amendment so pastors can shepherd their congregations freely without threat of losing their tax-exempt status.

Readers, this election will not prey on this generation but the generations to come, our children and grandchildren. DO NOT sacrifice the well-being of their lives based off of a temporal grudge you have against Trump.

“This isn’t a vote between two people, it is a vote between two futures.” -Mike Pence

-JWR
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In Defense of Christians Still Voting For Donald Trump

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When Voting for the Lesser Evil Becomes The Greater Responsibility

But Dad, Donald Trump Owned Strip Clubs

About the Author
Hi, my name is John and I love coffee. As I write this I’m sitting in a local brewery sipping a “mudslide” espresso with cream and two and a half sugars. There are few things in life that I feel merit precise orchestration with no room for error, coffee is one of them. My life belongs to Jesus. I am his son and he is my King. His work in my life is reason enough for my faith to be made complete. He lived to die for me so that I may be credited righteous thus I will live for him. I don’t hold any radical theological views, other than I serve a radical God. I affirm scriptural inerrancy, infallibility and the Bible as God’s final authority in text. See full bio here

No, Jen Hatmaker, You Do NOT Get To Call Sin Holy

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! –Isaiah 5:20, ESV

Once again, a prominent Christian personality has surfaced in support of same-sex marriage. This isn’t the first time it has happened, and it most certainly won’t be the last. But the purpose of this blog isn’t focused on homosexuality. I’m not spotlighting homosexuality as a “super sin” or anything like that. The purpose of this blog is to call out the poisonous source of these progressive ideas as pride and irreverence to God. 

This is what happens when we make theology about us.

This is what happens when we prioritize the appeasement of culture over the truth of God’s Word.

This is what happens when Christian celebrities develop a craving for more spotlight rather than more Holy Spirit. Read more

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“Of Two Evils, Choose Neither” Does Not Apply to Voting

Of two evils, choose neither.” –Charles Spurgeon

This has been a prominent slogan for Christians who are refusing to vote for Trump or Hillary in the upcoming election. Their argument holds that since both viable candidates reflect a form of evil, neither should be endorsed: otherwise, the voter is guilty of willfully condoning said forms of evil. But there are several issues wrong with this line of thinking:

The “lesser evil” argument is not referring to literal evil.
As a foundational flaw in this argument, the use of Spurgeon’s quote to defend non-voters is juxtaposing apples and oranges. Spurgeon’s use of the word “evil” is literal (sin) while the “lesser evil” argument’s use of “evil” is figurative. The context of Spurgeon’s usage of the term is to guide Christians to choose neither evil when they are trying to justify one sin over a different more severe sin. For example, a Christian who is tempted to steal a pack of gum may attempt to minimize this sin by contrasting it to stealing an expensive watch. One is more severe than the other, but both are still evil. When in this deliberation, choose neither. These acts of thievery are not necessary, nor are they inevitable. I’ll elaborate on my point of inevitability later in this piece. Read more

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5 Ways the Church Can Do Better During This Election Season

This election season has been bizarre. Watching the debates…yeah, never have I felt such a propensity to laugh, cry, ponder, and punch a kitten all in such short intervals of time. These reactions are convicting for me. I should never want to cry during a presidential debate.

But in all seriousness, it is discouraging to see how the Church is dealing with this historically critical election. To be clear, this blog post is not a call for the Church to step away from politics and instead “just love people,” as some may whimper. Rather, this is a call for the Church to remain aggressive in its political engagement, as is biblically instructed, while doing so in a manner that is acceptable to God and impactful towards man. Indeed, sometimes loving people means fighting for their justice, which is often accomplished through political advocacy.

Take note while considering your social media behavior during this election season:

1. If it’s manipulative, don’t share it.
A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.”  –Proverbs 14:5
When we share articles that are misleading, deceptive, or flat-out lies, we are lowering ourselves to the same level of deceit as the author. Manipulation is akin to dishonesty, whether we like it or not. We also lose credibility through such tactics.

Also, if you’re right, then you’re right. Why would you have to lie in order to tell the truth? Truth is nullified when supplemented by deceit.  Read more

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Actually, Jerry Falwell and Liberty Are Doing Just Fine

Also see Student Body President, Jack Heaphy’s, statement here, and Liberty University President, Jerry Falwell’s, statement here.

It’s one thing to disagree with someone.

It’s a completely different thing to misrepresent them.

In the wake of this historical election, tempers are high. But that fact is no justification to manipulate the truth, otherwise known as lying.

Liberty United Against Trump has done just that by straw-manning their audience into believing their disingenuous rhetoric and producing a written manifesto that severely mischaracterizes Jerry Falwell Jr. Also note that while many social media platforms and news networks have taken this issue viral, these students do not represent the majority of Liberty’s student body. I’m not suggesting the majority favor Trump, but the majority does not feel the way these students feel as in being poorly represented by their university’s president.

Falwell has defended his students’ right to voice their opinion on many occasions, even when their opinions conflict with his. When Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for President on Liberty’s campus, a group of students donned red “Stand with Rand” shirts to express their dissent for Cruz’ campaign. Despite the unwelcoming gesture towards our guest, Falwell responded cordially: Read more

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In Defense of Christians Voting For Trump, Even After the Leaked Videos

I am a Christian, unapologetic in my faith, with a heart that weeps daily for the Church, and desires for Her to be holy and evident in the world.

I’m also a Trump-supporter.

The combination of those two statements has garnered a retaliation more fierce than what I’ve yet to feel from the Church– and I’m not the only one who has experienced such backlash. It’s been much of the same stuff though: “You support a misogynist!? You support a pig like Trump?” which is over-simplifying things to a galactic degree. We must consider the entire picture of this election. Even as I type this I can hear the backlash and angry/fallacious bites. But please, as I’m being charitable to you, I ask you do the same for me and hear me out completely.

For those who oppose many Christians’ decision to vote for Trump…

I get it. Read more

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3 Reasons Why “God Is Still On His Throne” Isn’t Good Enough

People are frustrated with the current election season. Understandably so, since neither of the candidates are cookie-cutter reflections of their respective platforms. But among the Church there’s been trending rhetoric that carries a very disturbing and unhealthy message:

“I’m not voting for either candidate. But it doesn’t matter, since God is still on His throne.”

The latter part of the statement is true, but the context of its use raises great concern. It boasts of apathetic and lazy faith. It dismisses our role in this world to be salt and light, difference makers, and justice seekers. Voting is often done as a means of diffusing injustice, defending life, and establishing moral principles for the generations to come.

Consider the following, and hopefully you will see that the “who cares, God is on His throne” position fails the test of Holy Scripture. Read more

Church, If Hillary Wins In Our Absence, Abortion Is On Us

Amidst the spectrum of critical concerns in the upcoming election is one that stands out as the loudest, bloodiest, and most detrimental of them all. The infanticide that is abortion has served as the most casualty-ridden genocide in global history. Since the jurisprudential nightmare of Roe v. Wade in 1973, America has seen a federally-supported slaughter of nearly 60 million of the very people the Federal Government was established to protect.

This election will either serve to stiffen the infrastructure of abortive policies or it will serve as the greatest possibility of a victory for the pro-life agenda.

Even still, though, there are many in the Church who are refusing to vote or choosing to vote third party, while admitting that the third party will not prevail. In the shadow of what could be a historic pro-life victory where tens of thousands of babies’ lives would be saved every year, a large sect of the Church still refuses to participate. Read more

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An Open Letter to Liberty’s Student Leadership

Student Leadership,

Congratulations on your well-deserved appointments! It’s exciting to see the enthusiasm in this year’s student leadership and all the ways you’ve shown support for the student body. Liberty University is a wonderful experience, both collegiately and spiritually, and you get to be a part of this experience for others. God has some amazing things in store for this coming year!

As the new school year approaches you’ve likely felt a combination of conflicting emotions: excitement paired with anxiety, confidence paired with insecurity, and hopes paired with doubts. This is normal. In fact your nervousness is the overflow of your desire to do well. If you had no desire to lead well, the idea of failure wouldn’t matter.

October 1, 2007 I was promoted to Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. This promotion surfaced a spectrum of feelings that, while commonplace for any advancement, deserved much guidance. I felt validated knowing that my hard work had been recognized. But if I’m honest, this sense of achievement materialized into the occasional spell of arrogance. Sometimes I was so caught up in myself that I neglected to focus on the platoon of 60 Marines that had been recently placed in my charge. This happens. You learn. I grew to see different angles by which I should approach leadership. I hope this inspires you to become an even greater leader than you are now.  Read more