Reformed theologian and best-selling author John Piper said he believes "only those who are born again have free will," but two Bible scholars who identify as Arminian disagree with this perspective.
In an article posted Tuesday on Desiring God, titled "A Beginners Guide to Free Will," Piper, who's a five-point Calvinist, asserts that prior to salvation, such a choice of free will is impossible because human desire is enslaved by the power of sin.
Both Jesus and the Apostle Paul saw freedom this way, Piper said, noting that in John 8:32 Christ said: "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." And in Romans 6, Paul writes: "Thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness." more >>
In July movie audiences were treated to the latest documentary film by conservative author and social commentator Dinesh D'Souza.
Titled "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party," D'Souza used examples from American history to argue that the Democratic Party has been pervasively racist, corrupt, and sexist since its founding.
D'Souza's retelling of American history, sweeping as it is, omits various facts whose mention may have seriously complicated his central argument. more >>
Probably a fake. That's what a Harvard professor is saying about the "Jesus' wife" papyrus she once believed to be authentic. Why did folks fall for it in the first place?
Back in 2012 and in 2014 I told you about a papyrus fragment in which Jesus purportedly refers to His "wife." On both occasions, I said there were many reasons to be skeptical about the fragment, both about what it said and about the authenticity of the fragment itself.
Well, a recent story in the Atlantic Monthly has so thoroughly debunked the so-called "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" that even the Harvard historian who has championed its authenticity admits that it's probably a fake. more >>
Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham, whose life-sized Noah's Ark theme park opened to the public earlier in July, says atheists "go ballistic" when children visit the Ark Encounter and declare that they disagree with naturalism.
"When I post videos such as this one that show what children have learned about the truth of God's Word, atheists go ballistic and say we are brainwashing kids — but they want to brainwash them in the hopeless, anti-God religion of naturalism," Ham said Wednesday in a Facebook post, linking to a short video of a 9-year-old boy talking about his visit to the Ark.
Ever since the Ark opened, Ham has been debating critics such as Bill Nye "the Science Guy," and has been fighting atheist groups like The Freedom From Religion Foundation that have warned school districts against bringing children to the theme park in Kentucky. more >>
A Christian university in Canada that requires its staff and students to abstain from sex outside of marriage and homosexual behavior cannot be banned from having its law school accredited, a Canadian court ruled on Tuesday.
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal rejected an appeal from the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society in its ongoing legal battle with Trinity Western University over the law society's refusal to give the school accreditation.
In April of 2014, the Barristers' Society became one of three provincial law societies to deny Trinity Western Law School's request for accreditation, the other two being the law societies of Ontario and British Columbia. more >>
An Alabama school district has reversed an earlier decision forbidding a marching band from performing "Amazing Grace" during high school football games.
The Elmore County School District initially banned Holtville High School's marching band from performing the famous Christian hymn.
But on Sunday the district's Superintendent Andre' Harrison announced on Facebook that the earlier ban was to be lifted and the marching band will be allowed to perform the song during their halftime shows. more >>