Women Preachers and Gender Bias

Women’s History Month: March

“If God has given graces to some good women, revealing to them something holy and good through His Holy Scriptures, should they, for the sake of the defamers of the Truth, refrain from writing down, speaking, or declaring it? Ah! It would be too impudent to hide the talent God has given us.” ~Marie Dentière

All my life and career, knowing that male preachers were biased against women preachers, I have tried to be ecclesiastically deferential. I have tried not to offend my brother, but to acquiesce to his weaker faith—as I have acquiesced in matters of wearing pants, wearing makeup, and, in Eastern Europe, wearing a head covering. “If [something] offends my brother [or sister], I will [not do it] as long as the world stands, lest I offend” (1 Corinthians 8:13). Continue reading

Press On

Originally posted on The Spitfire Grill:

“I press on that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” – Philippians 3:12[1]

the-overcomer-christian-in-a-raceGod calls us to “press on” – to forget what’s behind and “reach forward” to what’s ahead (Philippians 3:13). Like runners in a race, we must “press toward the goal for the prize” of a heavenly crown (3:14). We must “run in such a way that” we “obtain” this prize (1 Corinthians 9:24). Only through active faith and self-discipline can we finish the race (9:26-27). We can’t sit and do nothing. Jesus didn’t sit “at the right hand of the throne of God” until after he’d accomplished redemption on the cross (Hebrews 12:2). Why should we be any different?

Some Christians think we should. They say that “once saved, always saved” – cheap grace, forgiveness without repentance – gives them freedom to “press on.” The reverse is…

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A Pro-choice People


“Salvation is from our side a choice, from the divine side it is a seizing upon, an apprehending, a conquest by the Most High God. Our ‘accepting’ and ‘willing’ are reactions [to His call] …. The right of determination must always remain with God.”
~AW Tozer

Yesterday we talked about God’s choosing or divine election. Today we talk about our choosing, specifically, whom we will serve. Continue reading

A Pro-choice God

National Right to Life Day
Divine Election

“The church is not a democracy in which we have chosen God, but a theocracy in which He has chosen us.” ~EM Bounds

The theology of God’s choosing is called divine election and is closely tied to the doctrine of predestination, though we won’t go into that today. God chooses, or has chosen, us corporately (the family of Abraham, the nation of Israel, the body of Christ) and individually (you and me). Continue reading

Christians are to be Biblically discerning rather than politically correct



Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:

by Mike Ratliff

There is a myth in this post-modern times that has deceived untold numbers of professing Christians. The deceived have believed the lie that Christians are not to confront and rebuke false teachers nor preach or teach anything that has the potential to cause division within the visible Church. The visible Church contains the churches we see all across this globe. This would include denominations and local churches and ministries that we can see visually and of which we can partake. The invisible Church is made up of the elect, the called-out ones. This is the true Church of genuine believers. It is within the visible Church. Therefore, the visible Church contains both genuine believers and professing believers who are not genuine. 

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The Message to the Church in Philadelphia


Seven Churches of Asia

Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:

by Mike Ratliff

7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: (Revelation 3:7 NASB)

One of the big errors of our time in the visible Church of the 21st Century is the misguided concept that truth is subjective. In other words, truth is what you want it be. This concept is, of course, simply borrowed from the world, which loves it. While I do not contend that I know when our Lord will return, I do know that it will be at the end of this age prior to the age to come. I know that He has been given a people for Himself from the Father. I know that His blood purchased them at the cross. I know…

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Suppressing the Truth


“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

Evolution is a subject I rarely tackle. Most persons either believe it, or some part of it (theistic evolution), or try to reason against it, as if reason would cure the afflicted person’s “stinking thinking.” Reason won’t do it. Therefore, reason is not the way to approach persons deceived by evolution Continue reading