Conversion as sacrament

The-dew-638110BreakPoint editor G. Shane Morris, who now believes in infant baptism, explains why most of his fellow evangelicals don’t.  He says that the reason is not so much differences in Biblical interpretation, but rather the tendency to understand a conversion experience in sacramental terms.  Thus the sacrament of conversion replaces the sacrament of baptism as the rite of Christian initiation.  He goes on to discuss the difficulties with that.

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Abortion rate is lowest since before Roe v. Wade

photo-1452715923772-3af19799aef8_optThe abortion rate has dropped to the lowest point since 1971, two years before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion nation-wide.  The rate, according to the latest figures which are from 2013, is now 12.5 abortions per 1,000 pregnancies.  That is half what it was in the 1980s.

But this still means some 900,000 abortions per year, still a ghastly figure.

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Getting rid of Trump via the 25th amendment

Constitution-Print-C10314518The latest fantasy on the left of how they can get rid of Donald Trump involves invoking the 25th amendment.

I’m glad for the new interest in the Constitution, but the procedure for dropping a president who is “unfit for office” would require the complicity of the Vice President, the Cabinet, and both houses of Congress.

That is, the 25th Amendment would need Republicans–yea, conservatives– to carry it out.  This would also be an argument for Trump to pack his cabinet with loyalists rather than mainstream Republicans. [Read more…]

Now that men can become pregnant. . .

A_TransGender-Symbol_Plain2Now that gender has been disassociated from biology and is a matter of personal self-identification, a man can become pregnant.  (That is, someone born with female organs but who self-identifies as a man has to be considered as a man.  If “he” hasn’t had sex-reassignment surgery and has sex with a biological man–I suppose we would have to call “him” gay–then “he” could have a baby.)

Carl Trueman studies a military manual instructing officers how to handle transgender issues, including a male soldier who gets pregnant.

So the body is thought to have nothing to do with gender, with sex, with parenting, with personal identity.  Now Gnosticism has become our new civil religion.

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“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows”

cemetery-1138972_640_optStudying the prophecies of Christ in the Old Testament during Advent is a good exercise.  They tell us much about Him.

Consider Isaiah 53, which takes up deep into the life of Christ and unpacks the exactly what happened in His atoning death on the Cross, while also pointing to His Resurrection.

Especially striking to me is the truth it states that has strangely attracted less attention than it deserves:  Not only was He “pierced for our transgressions” and “crushed for our iniquities.”  He also “has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.”

That is, God the Son took into Himself both the sins of the world and the suffering of the world, atoning for them.  Remember this the next time you feel the force of the “problem of evil” and the “problem of suffering.”

After the jump is the entire prophecy of Isaiah 53, with some verses bolded for your Advent contemplation.

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“What good is a road if it doesn’t lead to a church?”

LaurusRod Dreher has interviewed Eugene Vodolazkin, the author of Laurus, which we posted about yesterday.  Read what he has to say.  Sample:

During the perestroika period, we had a great film, Repentance, by the Georgian director Tengiz Abuladze . It’s a movie about the destruction wrought by the Soviet past. The last scene of the film shows a woman baking a cake at the window. An old woman passing on the street stops and asks if this way leads to the church. The woman in the house says no, this road does not lead to the church. And the old woman replies, “What good is a road if it doesn’t lead to a church?”

More after the jump.

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