The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: Christian Paganism

The Spitfire Grill

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Saviour of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon him

One final breath he gave
As heaven looked away
The son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

kari-jobeThe lyrics above are taken from Kari Jobe’s song “Forever” (2014), which is popular at Good Friday and Easter services. Biblically, they make no sense. “The moon and stars” didn’t weep when Jesus died. He isn’t “the morning sun” either. Finally, no “battle” raged in “the grave” and no “war on death was waged” after Jesus died. He said “it is finished” from the cross, a shout of victory (John 19:30). Jesus won the war against sin, death, and hell…

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A Coal From the Altar* (10)

Ecclesiology
Guest Writer Samuel Ward

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent”
(Revelation 3:19).

This title of “angels”: why may it not also be extended to magistrates, as well as that higher style (heavenly being)? “For he [the ruler] is [also] the minister of God” (Romans 13:4). Continue reading

A Coal From the Altar* (9)

Ecclesiology
Guest Writer Samuel Ward

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent”
(Revelation 3:19).

Armed with my own little round fireball, as David was armed with his sling and five smooth stones, yet knowing my own insufficiency, I pray that God with His arm would scatter my words far and wide Continue reading

A Coal From the Altar* (6)

Ecclesiology
Guest Writer Samuel Ward

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent”
(Revelation 3:19).

Leaving off its praises, let us now hear what honorable testimonies and glorious rewards it pleases God to confer on zeal. David being “ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look at” (1 Samuel 16:12; 17:42) Continue reading

A Coal From the Altar* (5)

Ecclesiology
Guest Writer Samuel Ward

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent”
(Revelation 3:19).

The fervency of the true zealot is in spirit, not in show; in substance, not in circumstance; for God, not for self; guided by the Word, not by humor [whim or mood]; tempered with charity, not with bitterness. Continue reading