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It is never right to be angry at God. Ever.

It is never right to be angry at God. Ever.— Denny Burk (@DennyBurk) April 28, 2017Over the weekend I posted a tweet that proved to be unexpectedly controversial (see above). Well, unexpected to me anyway. I had no idea it would be so controversial simply to say that it is never right to be angry at God. But it did turn out to be controversial—more so than I ever anticipated. The objections people raised fell into two broad groups. And I thought it might be worthwhile to offer some brief reflections in answer to both.1. To those who thought I was saying we should stuff our feelings down and not be honest to God about our pain.
This is not what I said, and it is certainly not what I meant. In fact, I believe just the opposite. For example, just this last week I taught on the lament Psalms in my hermeneutics courses. And what I said then is what I always say. These Psalms teach us to cry out to God with brutal honesty when life hurts us. They make sense of a world in which we suffer real…

John Gill and the Charge of Hyper-Calvinism

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One of the most successful Baptist contenders for the truth in the 18th century was John Gill (1697-1771) , a London pastor who was second to none in the kingdom for scholarly learning and prowess as a preacher.

Sadly Gill has faded from the reading of most evangelicals, owing to the fact that his successors held to a radically different view of the gospel. Now he is being rediscovered as the number of publications dealing with him over the last few years show . Something, however, is going seriously wrong.

Though contemporary American works such as Thomas J. Nettle’s By His Grace and for His Glory and Timothy George’s essay on Gill in Baptist Theologians show clearly that Gill was no Hyper-Calvinist but a great Reformed 18th century defender of orthodoxy and Baptist apologist,

he is being displayed in modern British evangelical circles as a Hyper-Calvinist heretic with not an ounce of evangelical acumen in him. Jack Hoad in his book, The Baptist, maintains that “Dr John Gill was the…

Can Anyone Really Be “Blameless”?

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When you read the Psalms, do you identify with the psalmist when he claims blamelessness and uprightness and integrity and righteousness?BlamelessnessBlessed are those whose way is blameless! (Psalm 119:1)I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from my guilt. (Psalm 18:23)I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. (Psalm 19:13)UprightnessMy shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart. (Psalm 7:10)The upright shall behold his face. (Psalm 11:7)Let all the upright in heart exult! (Psalm 64:10)IntegrityJudge me, O Lord, according to the integrity that is in me. (Psalm 7:8)Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity. (Psalm 26:1)You have upheld me because of my integrity. (Psalm 41:12)RighteousnessThe Lord upholds the righteous. (Psalm 37:17)He will never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22)The Lord loves the righteous. (Psalm 146:8)Are you among the righteous, the upright, the blameless, and those who walk in integrity?If you are a Chri…

How Will God Judge What I Do Today?

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Teachers need to be vigilant over what they teach, and all Christians need to be vigilant over what they do with what they are taught.Listen Now

Not My Tribe - So Stop It!!!

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1. Just Stop it!

I can't help but think of a clip on the Bob Newhart Show (I'm old) where he would just sit there and counsel people to "Stop it, Just Stop it!" No matter what their issue was, that was his counsel and it was funny - trust me. Jesus took His disciples to task when they counseled other believers with the Bob Newhart method. We have a record of two accounts of the same incident in the gospels:

“John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.” (Mark 9:38–41, ESV)

“John answered, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he…