Matthew 7:1—Judge not, that you be not judged.
As the context reveals, this does not prohibit all types of judging (v. 7:16—you will know them by their fruits).
There is a righteous kind of judgment we are supposed to exercise with careful discernment (John 7:24—Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment). Continue reading
Here’s another question. Do you believe in predestination? Of course I do. How else could I believe when it says in Ephesians chapter 1 these wonderful words? And I thank God for these words, and you know them well. “According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before Him.” Yes, He chose us before the foundation of the world, “In love, having predestinated us unto the adoption of sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of our will.” Is that what it said? His will. Do I believe in predestination? What else could I believe? It’s in the Bible. Continue reading
Too often forgotten by writers of praise choruses and other modern church music is the biblically mandated didactic role of church music. We’re commanded to be “teaching and admonishing one another in … psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” Few modern praise choruses teach or admonish. Instead, most are written to stir the feelings only. They are too often sung like a mystical mantra with the deliberate purpose of putting the intellect into a passive state while the worshiper musters as much emotion as possible. Repetition is deliberately built into many praise songs precisely for this purpose. Continue reading
The one constant theme unfolding throughout the whole Bible is this: God for His own glory has chosen to create and gather to Himself a group of people to be the subjects of His eternal kingdom; to praise, honor, and serve Him forever; and through whom He will display His wisdom, power, mercy, grace, and glory. Continue reading
Jesus was affirming the great truth of the doctrine of election: when the Father chooses, the Father teaches; when the Father teaches, they learn; when they learn, they’re drawn; when they’re drawn, they come; when they come, Jesus receives them; when He receives them, He keeps them; when He keeps them, He raises them to eternal life. And then the Father’s purpose is accomplished.
— John MacArthur, from Hard to Believe, p. 175
True worship flows up from the depth of understanding the glory and wonder of your God.
— John MacArthur, from Marks of a Faithful Church, tape side 1