Miscellaneous

  • Written by John Fesko

The Church and the Homosexual

One need not go very far within the American cultural landscape before being confronted with homosexuality.  Homosexuality is manifest in the media, entertainment, political, and ecclesiastical realms.  All one has to do is open a magazine and to find articles promoting the homosexual lifestyle.  Turn on the television or go to the movies and one is confronted with storylines that feature homosexual characters when such characters are not essential to the plot.  Or, who but the proverbial ostrich with his head in the sand is not aware of the political football of gay marriage.

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  • Written by John Fesko

Is Jesus a Republican?

Throughout the history of the Church Christians have gravitated towards political leaders who have either professed faith in Christ or offered the Church shelter from political oppression, or even outright persecution.  The tendency is only natural.  After all, what Christian finds appealing a political leader who has an antipathy to the Church?  This state of affairs is certainly true with regard to our current president, George W. Bush.  In fact, many see the re-election of our current president as an absolute must for the sake of the forward progress of the interests of the Church in the political arena.  After all, Bush is opposed to abortion and gay marriage, and is in favor of faith-based initiatives, and the death penalty.  Given these positions does this mean Bush is the biblical choice for President?

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  • Written by John Fesko

The Portrait of Marriage

Whether we like it or not, there are many messages that we send to those around us.  If a man walks into a room wearing a finely tailored suit, we might think that he is an important businessman.  On the other hand, if a man enters the room wearing tattered clothing we might think that he is something less than important.  Whether the man intends it or not, he sends a message to those around him by the clothing he wears.  The same is true about marriage.  Whether we realize it or not, husbands and wives send a message to those around us by the way in which we conduct ourselves in marriage.  When God ordained marriage, he painted a portrait.  The question we must ask ourselves is, Do our marriages accurately reflect this portrait?

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  • Written by John Fesko

Should the Ten Commandments be at the Courthouse?

The media has been replete with issues of Church and State since the American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) has recently taken legal steps to remove monuments that contain the Ten Commandments from courthouses across the country.  Christians have taken to the steps of courthouses in an effort to let their legislators know that they want their monuments to the Ten Commandments to remain.  The idea behind this political activism is that the United States is a Christian nation that was founded upon the principles of Scripture.  Courthouses, therefore, should be allowed to post monuments to the Ten Commandments.  What might come as a surprise, however, is that this idea and subsequent conclusion are contrary to Scripture.  The idea that monuments of the Ten Commandments should be displayed in courthouses is built upon a misconception of what constitutes a Christian nation and a misunderstanding of key biblical doctrines

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  • Written by John Fesko

Review of Douglas Wilson's, Reformed Is Not Enough

Contemporary Reformed theology has become gnostic in recent years, argues Douglas Wilson in his latest book entitled, Reformed Is Not Enough: Recovering the Objectivity of the Covenant (Moscow, Canon Press, 2002, 206 pp., $14.00, paper).  What does Wilson put forth in his book?  There are positive things about his book; he affirms various orthodox doctrines and interacts with historic Reformed teaching.  There are, however, negative things about this book.  Let us therefore first turn to Wilson’s case and then critique his arguments.

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