Thursday, December 30, 2010
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Posted by Lane Chaplin at 1:09:00 PM
When the light shines through, those who love the darkness scoff at those who are in the light. This holds true for Paul Washer and Jeff Noblit. Truth is truth and it cuts, bites, and stings.
"If for the name of being civilized, we did not raise our voice so that someone would not think 'unproperly' of us, would you not HATE us that we cared more about ourselves and our own reputation than we did the welfare of your child?"
- Paul Washer
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 11:16:00 AM
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
"We must keep ourselves spotless from the corruption of the world not only for our sakes and for Christ's sake, but for the sakes of all God's elect who are not aware that they are." - C.H. Spurgeon
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 8:19:00 AM
Sunday, December 19, 2010
This is a preview of the Google ChromeOS/Cr-48 laptop I received yesterday compliments of Google. Thanks, Google.
Here's the link to the engadget article.
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 2:29:00 PM
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Recently, Dr. James White took a trip to Peru to present several lectures to the HeartCry Missionary Society stationed there. Someone has uploaded one of those lectures onto Youtube. Here is the one he gave on justification. It's six videos long, but I've put them in a playlist so it will play through automatically for you.
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 12:11:00 PM
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
What is legalism? We hear the term often in the church, but many have a sub-biblical view of what exactly it is. What about the actual weaker brother vs. the potential weaker brother? You can't really have a discussion on legalism without addressing the topic of worldliness as well. In this episode of Rightly Divided guest Phil Johnson sits down with me to discuss both.
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 4:37:00 PM
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
This poem catches the essence of the contrast between a life filled with the Holy Spirit and one that is just going through the daily church routines to appease and please others.
Blair Linne (formerly Wingo) gave this poem at Master's College 10.22.10. She is actively involved in the Passion for Christ Movement (P4CM) and is married to Shai Linne.
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Posted by Lane Chaplin at 9:15:00 AM
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Many of you are familiar with Mark Kielar. He is the president of Cross TV and hosts many of their shows. Someone today asked me if I had ever heard his testimony because they wanted to hear it. I had several years ago so I looked through my files and found it. I hope you are edified and encouraged by Mark's testimony. He is a wonderful brother in the Lord
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 4:25:00 PM
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I know there has to be someone out there who knows how to do this. My searches on Google have returned void. Does anyone know how to make Blogger automatically update by posting a new post everytime I upload a video to Youtube?
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 5:50:00 PM
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
My blog posts have gone way down in frequency. I'm completely aware of that. One reason (the main reason) is because I'm in law school. So, for what it's worth, I came up with an idea... Why not post a few of the pieces I've been writing for law school that pertain to matters within in the church (in at least some degree)? So with that, here's a brief paper I wrote a couple weeks ago for Constitutional Law... again... for what it's worth.
Absolutism v. Objectivism and Justice Patterson
Last week, Professor Radcliffe shared with us a quote from Justice Patterson regarding the Vanhorne’s Lessee v. Dorrance case from 1795. The quote reads as follows:
“What is the Constitution? It is the form of government, delineated by the might hand of the people, in which certain fixed principles of fundamental laws are established. The Constitution is certain and fixed: it contains the permanent will of the people, and is the supreme law of the land; it is paramount to the power of the Legislature, and can be…altered only by the authority that made it.” (italics mine)
Out of this entire quote, I’d like to focus in on the parts that are italicized for the purposes here. First, however, I’d like to make a distinction. This distinction involves the two words “objectivism” and “absolutism.” By “objectivism,” I mean the essence or quality of something to not be subservient to subjectivism. In other words, it is fixed and unchanging regardless of the extemporaneous circumstances. On the other hand, by “absolutism” I mean the tendency of an individual to hold something (that could very well be subjective) in an objective light regardless of what evidence is presented contrary. Fundamentalist Christians (“fundamentalist in the modern pejorative term employed by such writers as George Marsden in his famous work “Fundamentalism and American Life”(1)) tend to think in an absolutist way whereas Biblical Christians hold to objectivist views. The tendency to employ absolutism in our everyday thought is not a rare temptation. It’s completely understandable to want objective truths to “hang our hats” on, but, in our quest for objectivism, it’s quite easy to interpret something in an absolutist way just for the sake of having some sense of objectivity. That is what I believe Justice Patterson did in this quote with phrase, “it contains the permanent will of the people,…”.
The will of the people changes. We all know that. The will of the people at one time will elect a Republican President and at another a Democratic President. To say that it is a “permanent will” is, in my estimation, wishful thinking and a pretty clear example of the definition of “absolutism” that I enunciated above. However, when Patterson says, “The Constitution is certain and fixed:...” in a sense, I believe he may be right in an objectivist sense. It’s no secret that today there are many interpretations of many portions of the Constitution floating about. However, regardless if we know that interpretation, there can be a “certain and fixed” interpretation in the grand scheme, and with the Constitution, in all probability there may be.
To end, I’d like to briefly talk about “objectivism” and “absolutism” in terms of people’s belief systems. Post-modernism is a philosophy that has many different variations, but the common theme seems to be an endorsement of the statement “There are no absolute truths.” Of course, that statement would have to be absolutely true in order for it to be valid which would make it self-refuting. Aside from that, I believe that (as far as many church folk go anyway) post-modernism is the equally erroneous and polar opposite reaction to the absolutism that many young Christians are indoctrinated with at an early age. Because absolutism is so forced on these people at a young age, they erroneously connect “having absolutes” with “absolutism.” Objectivism can have absolutes, like said above, but the hostility comes from confusing objectivism with absolutism. I really do care for my post-modern friends even though there is rarely something we can find that we agree upon (other than movies and music).
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 6:45:00 PM
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Wow. It's been a pretty busy summer. If I wasn't traveling, I was helping Susan move here or taking classes for law school. With that, the only "theological updating" I've been able to do has been confined to about 140 characters. So to ease my way back into the world of blogging and Youtube video making, I thought I'd just share with you some of my favorite apps on the Android platform that have helped make my life easier this summer. Hopefully this will be beneficial to someone. The best way to find all these apps is to go into the Android Market and type the titles in.
This app has made my life so much easier when it comes to airline travel. You mail a site called "Trip-It" your airline itinerary, then FlightTrack keeps up with all your flights, gates, arrival times, etc. in real time. What this means is you don't have to fumble for sheets of paper or search the board for gate changes ever again. As soon as I land somewhere on a connecting flight, I can bring up on my phone the next gate and see if it changed from takeoff before I even leave the airplane itself. It's saved me a lot of time (especially in Atlanta where I have like 45 min sometimes to make it from one side of that zoo to the other). It runs about $5.00 in the store and $5.00 for the premium service.
2. Drudge Easy
If you read the Drudge Report often, this app is for you. It's light and just gives you the articles without much else. It's free.
3. Awesome Drop
This app is like a usb cable for transferring files without a usb cable. You go to a url they give you, type in the code in your phone, then drag the files that you want to transfer to your phone from your desktop to the browser. It's pretty quick considering that it's done on 3g. I've done this before where I start to transfer files and leave the house while the files are still transferring. I can take the phone with me and still transfer files! Since this is web based, you can do this from any computer you want without installing anything to the computer itself. Pretty convenient. It's free, too.
This is an app that allows your computer to get wireless internet anywhere you have cell phone service. It basically makes your phone a wireless router. The speeds are pretty good, too. When I got it, it went for about $18, but it may be back to around $25 now. Maybe a little much for an app, but the benefit outweighs the expense, in my opinion. It's a one-time fee, too, with free upgrades.
5. USA Today
This app pretty much eliminated my need to ever purchase the newspaper. It has all the articles that I'm interested in and is updated pretty regularly. It's a freebie, too.
This app is basically a showtime lister with Rotten Tomatoes ratings built in. It helps when you're out with your gal and decide you want to see a movie but aren't near a computer. It's free.
Although I prefer to read my books on the real Kindle, this little app comes in very handy when you're at the doctor, at the post office, or... say... in line to ride the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland. It even syncs with your real Kindle so you don't lose your place if you read ahead. It will update your bookmark accordingly. It's a great app, and it's free.
This is one app I was hesitant to put up because it's still in beta, but even the beta version is very well done and does almost all I need it to. This keeps up with your Facebook and Twitter updates. It also keeps up with everyone else's, too. The only way to get this one, though, is to register for the beta testing on Tweetdeck.com. It's worth it, though. It's free.
9. Google Voice
If you haven't tried Google Voice yet, go ahead and take the plunge. It's a great service given by Google that allows for free visual voicemail (you don't have to listen to every message to get to the one you want to hear; they're all listed there, and you can select which one you want). It also allows for free texting by giving you a number that's dedicated to you. From this number, someone has the ability to call it and ring multiple lines including your cell, home, office, etc. at once. That way they're sure not to miss you (which may be a turn off for some :) ). International rates are next to nothing on this, as well. It's $0.02 a minute to call France. Yeah. Cheap. It's a free app, too, but you have to join the service which is free as well.
10. Google Listen
This is a great app that keeps up with all your podcasts. It also lists them in Google Reader automatically so you can listen to them straight from your browser on your desktop. It's a freebie!
11. GMail Unread Count
This is more of a widget than an app, but it is pretty much essential in my book. It's a widget that tells you how many unread emails you have in GMail. It fits on your homescreen quite nicely. There are several, but I recommend the one by Alexander Bloom. It works the best from all the ones I've tried. It's free.
Well, that's it for now. There are a few others that I may include later in an update, but if you have these, I think your Android life will get that much better. Take care everyone, and thanks for your patience.
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 7:07:00 PM
Monday, July 26, 2010
I have a lot of books that just stay on my shelf while my Kindle goes practically everywhere with me. Because of this, I decided that these books could do more than look good on my shelf so I've decided to sell the ones on Amazon that I can get on my Kindle. I've tried to be as accurate as I can with the description of each book/set of books on there, but if you have any questions, please let me know. It's a first come/first serve basis. Please click the picture below to go to the store.
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 6:00:00 PM
Sunday, June 13, 2010
War of the Worldviews is the new TV show put out by Eric Holmberg of the Apologetics Group. It airs Monday evenings on the NRB Network. Please check this website for further information: http://www.worldviewwars.com/
Here's the DVD, The Marks of a Cult, that much of this video was taken from. http://bit.ly/aDbKVQ
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 9:37:00 PM
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 10:25:00 AM
Thursday, May 20, 2010
My friend, Abraham Juliot who also made the audio for the "Isn't it Enough?" Paul Washer video, has provided a list for some of the Scriptural evidence of the doctrine of election. The doctrine of election, of course, is the teaching that God chose some unto salvation before the world was formed not because of any works we have done good or bad. Mr. Juliot has graciously allowed me to post this list here with hopes that it will be edifying for those who read it.
Also, I'd like to provide a video I posted a while back of Mark Kielar of CrossTV speaking of election. The video will be following the list Mr. Juliot has compiled.
1 Corinthians [The Election of Grace is brought up in the 1st Chapter]
"For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord." [1 Corinthians 1:26-31]
2 Corinthians [In light of the 1st epistle to this church, the Election of Grace is implied throughout the 2nd]
"But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us." [2 Corinthians 1:9-10] "But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts." [2 Corinthians 1:18-22] "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place." [2 Corinthians 2:14] "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God." [2 Corinthians 3:5] "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." [2 Corinthians 4:6-7] "Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit." [2 Corinthians 5:5] "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation." [2 Corinthians 5:17-18]
Galatians [The Election of Grace is brought up in the 1st Chapter]
"Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead." [Galatians 1:1] "But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood." [Galatians 1:15-16]
Ephesians [The Election of Grace is brought up in the 1st Chapter]
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Philippians [Distinguishing Grace is brought up in the 1st Chapter]
"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." [Philippians 1:6] "Because it was granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer on His behalf."[Philippians 1:29 LITV] "For our citizenship is in Heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ." [Philippians 3:20 LITV]
"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering." [Colossians 3:12]
1 Thessalonians [The Election of Grace is brought up in the 1st Chapter]
"Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God." [1 Thessalonians 1:4]
"But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth." [2 Thessalonians 2:13]
2 Timothy [The Election of Grace is brought up in the 1st Chapter]
"Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began." [2 Timothy 1:9] "Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory." [2 Timothy 2:10]
Titus [The Election of Grace is brought up in the 1st Chapter]
"Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began." [Titus 1:1-2] "But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." [Titus 3:4-7]
The Epistle to the Hebrews [Distinguishing Grace is brought up in the 1st Chapter]
"Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" [Hebrews 1:14] "For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me." [Hebrews 2:11-13] "To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect." [Hebrews 12:23]
The Apostle Peter [The Election of Grace is brought up in the 1st Chapter]
"Elect according to the foreknowledge ["pre-arrangement" - Thayer's Greek] of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied." [1 Peter 1:2] "The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son." [1 Peter 5:13] "Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall." [2 Peter 1:10]
The Apostle John [The Election of Grace is brought up in the 1st Chapter]
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." [John 1:12-13] "The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth." [2 John 1:1] "The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen." [2 John 1:13] "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." [Revelation 13:8] "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is." [Revelation 17:8] "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful." [Revelation 17:14]
Jesus to His disciples
"And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." [Matthew 24:22] "For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect." [Mark 13:22] "And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven." [Mark 13:27] "And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?" [Luke 18:7] "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." [John 15:16] "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." [John 15:19] "I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them." [John 17:9-10]
Jesus to the unconverted
"Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen."[Matthew 20:15-16] "Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen." [Matthew 22:13-14] "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day." [John 6:37-39] "Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." [John 6:43-45] "These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father." [John 6:59-65] "As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." [John 10:15-16] "But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." [John 10:26-29]
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 6:13:00 PM
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Some people (especially Muslims) say that Jesus merely swooned on the Cross and later recovered once he was laid in the tomb. Does this theory hold any water, though? Watch and find out.
From the DVD "He's Risen!" from CrossTV/Word Pictures. You can order the DVD here: http://www.crosstv.com
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 10:22:00 AM
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Blogroll has now been updated. You can find it here and see if yours made the cut. I received requests that were sent to different places like email, Twitter, Facebook, etc. so I wouldn't be surprised if I missed one or two. If that's the case, please let me know. Also, some of the sites had different blog titles than url titles so I wasn't sure which to use. If you see yours on there and would rather have it called another name, please let me know as well. Thanks for your patience, everyone!
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 5:20:00 AM
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Well, the new website is here now, and several people asked me to either be added to the blogroll or make some changes to it. The bad thing is that I misplaced the requests because it was a busy time, and I can't find them again. So if you were one of those who sent me something about being on the blogroll or changing something and wondering why it hasn't happened yet, please let me know either by email or the comment section below. Also, if you'd like to be on there now, just let me know what your site is, I'll review it, and if doesn't promote Pelagianism or asking Jesus into your heart based on your favorite M&M color, chances are you'll be added. Thanks for your patience, everyone.
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 11:58:00 PM
Saturday, April 24, 2010
UPDATED: Earlier this morning, Phil Johnson Tweeted a link to an interfaith dialogue Rick Warren took part in Wednesday, April 21st. This is a great illustration of why many of us have concerns with Piper's invitation to Warren. (EDIT 5/2/2010: The website seems to have taken the video down.)
Todd Friel wrote an open letter to those who are having a hard time reconciling the recent decision of John Piper to host Rick Warren at Desiring God '10. I think it's a safe bet that I'm going to start listening to Wretched a lot more again.
I'm not sure if you'll read this, Todd, but thank you. You encouraged this young man.
Here's the letter.:
If You Have Been Hurt
"How many people have been deeply wounded because of “The Purpose Driven Church”? If I were a betting man, I would guess millions have been driven from their beloved church because of the writings of Rick Warren.
That is the second reason I absolutely hate the decision made by a man I love to invite Rick Warren to speak at the Desiring God Conference in the fall of this year.
As Purpose has seduced over 300,000 pastors (that is not a guess) to leave the Jesus Model and follow the Rick Model, faithful sheep have been forced out of their church by their shepherd to make room for the goats. Devastating.
If you are one of those people, I am very, very sorry that one of the men who probably served as an anchor during your storm has seen fit to use his national conference to figure out how Rick Warren ticks. Frankly, we know how Rick Warren ticks. He may have file cabinet orthodoxy, but his public works are nothing short of lethal.
Perhaps you have suffered the effects of purpose poison and now your almost-healed scars have been ripped open. Many of us feel bad for you. Please heal fast knowing that you were not wrong, you were wronged.
You were not the bad guy when you left your church whimpering and scalded. You were right. Rick Warren’s pragmatic methodology is not Biblical. His use of Scripture is worse than a self-proclaimed “bishop” on prosperity TV. Rick Warren’s Gospel is no Gospel at all.
That is the number one reason why I continue to be saddened by this decision; the Gospel will suffer and more people will be hurt.
Honestly, I thought Rick Warren’s Purpose kingdom was one to two years away from joining Jabez on the ash heap of church trends. Unfortunately, Purpose has been given new life by a highly esteemed pastor.
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 1:22:00 AM
"Does Sola Scriptura Foster Disunity and Division in the Body?" (A Debate between TurretinFan and Roman Catholic William Albrecht)
Monday, April 12, 2010
Does Sola Scriptura foster disunity and division in the body? That's the question this debate hopes to flesh out. The debater who says, "No," is TurretinFan who runs TurretinFan.blogspot.com, his own Youtube channel, and contributes frequently to Dr. James White's Alpha and Omega Ministries. The debater who says "Yes," is Mr. William Albrecht who runs CatholicLegate.blogspot.com and his own Youtube channel.
I moderated this debate. The debate was done this past weekend (Sat. 4/10/10).
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 9:05:00 AM
Friday, April 9, 2010
Certain people believe that my lack of endorsement for Piper now that it has been revealed that Warren will be teaching God’s sheep at Desiring God 2010 is that I no longer consider Piper a brother (ie. I don’t endorse Piper therefore I no longer consider him a brother.) This, however, isn’t the case. I do consider Piper a brother, and, while I don’t wish to speculate on the reasons for his sabbatical, this endorsement of the false Gospel Warren presents certainly leads me to believe there are some things in Piper’s life that he needs prayer for (as we all do, but I’m speaking cause/particular). Prayer, as I stated in the first post where I spoke on this, is what he has from me as I pray for God to help him through whichever struggles he may be going through and come out on top. Rather, my lack of endorsement is about Piper’s discernment. While I do believe Piper has many great things to say and I greatly respect him as someone who has a record of standing up for Biblical truth, nowhere do I believe we need John Piper. In other words, if I don’t send someone to John Piper that does not equate to I don’t send them to God. R.C. Sproul has said something to the effect that when you build a bridge, you can count on traffic coming from both sides. There are plenty of other preachers and teachers out there who do not see the need to receive traffic from the seeker-sensitive/Purpose Driven movement, and, if you agree that John Piper does not have the monopoly on Biblical truth, I can’t understand why you wouldn’t direct brothers and sisters to someone who refuses to receive that traffic and put it on your brother’s plate. Many people know my affinity for Dr. James White. I endorse his ministry. I send brothers and sisters there often. But I tell you this: If Dr. White opened up the traffic from the PDL movement this afternoon, my conscience would no longer allow me to promote him, either. And the thing is, at this moment, I’m pretty confident that he’d tell me not to promote him if he went down that street, as well. That’s one of the main reasons I’m comfortable directing people his way: He’s reliable. Sure, Dr. White has written many good books as has Dr. Piper, but if Dr. White were to go this course, I couldn’t help but believe that 1) He believed what he said in those books, but he's going through something deep spiritually and needs our prayer 2) He didn’t really believe the good things he said in those books and it was all just talk or 3) He believed it at that time, but now he sees Warren’s theology as doctrinally sound instead.
Now, I’d like to remark on a few of the thought processes I’ve seen around the net concerning this situation.
People have said that they’re giving Piper the benefit of the doubt in this situation because they don’t know what he’s bringing Warren to the conference for exactly.
The people who employ this rationale have adopted, in my estimation, “the apologetic of unsubstantiated optimism.” In this view, it doesn’t matter what a person has already said regarding the issue, what matters is what you hope happens in the future. That’s what determines this person’s train of thought. "The apologetic of substantiated fact" is irrelevant and is very often completely omitted from even a comment unless it's some passing comment dealing with things the person has done favorably in the past. I’m wondering if the people who are endorsing the former apologetic have seen the two videos where Piper explains why he’s inviting Warren. Here is maybe my most discomforting concern regarding this issue: Piper says that he invited Warren to the conference because John Piper believes (as he states) that Rick Warren is a sound teacher. This is the truly mind boggling thing for me. Before I tell you why, I’d like to tell you a short story. In my Jurisprudence class in law school, we’re presently going over essays written that advocate homosexual marriage, etc. (which I welcome so I can know how to answer homosexuals effectively persuading them that it’s sin). The professor often opens up the floor for discussion on various issues. Of course, he opened up the floor to the issue of homosexual marriage. Even though it’s a Christian law school, people both agreed and disagreed with it. However, regardless of all the arguments both pro and con, the one thing that was clearly the distinguishing mark between the two groups was this: One group viewed homosexuality as immoral and saw it as a big deal. The other side didn’t see homosexuality as immoral and couldn’t really see what all the fuss was about regarding two guys getting together in matrimony and thought that those who were against homosexuality were blowing things out of proportion. They thought this was merely a “taste issue.” Why do I bring this up? I believe that this is the exact problem that is occurring on this issue of Warren/Piper. Many people have told me that I’m making too big of a deal about this subject. They have told me that I need to move on and let this play its course. My question to these people is: “Is preaching a false Gospel immoral?” I’m sure that groups on both sides will come down on this by saying, “Well, yes. Of course it is.” Then my next question (and the one that I believe is the breaker in this Warren/Piper situation) is, “Does Rick Warren preach a false Gospel?” Where you come down on this latter question will determine if you believe this is a situation worth fighting for or if the people who do decide to fight for it are blowing it out of proportion "over a mere issue of taste."
To help you determine which side you come down on, I’d like to present you with some evidence of why I believe that Rick Warren preaches a false Gospel. After you read these reasons, I’d encourage you to go back and read the previous paragraph. I think it will then make more sense to you.
Regardless of what he tells Piper, Rick Warren believes that the Gospel is a do-over in which we get a chance to do the Gospel right because God was gracious enough to give us a second chance, you know… like a mulligan in golf. Here’s the evidence of that:
(Note: Warren also confirmed this view of the Gospel being a do-over several weeks ago in a promotional video for his Saddleback Celebration on Easter weekend.)
Folks, if the Gospel is something that we do, if it’s something that God has given us the opportunity to redo to earn justification because we messed up the first time, why would a Roman Catholic object to Rick Warren’s definition? At this point, ask yourself: Why would John Piper call this man and the Gospel he presents sound (link)? I have tried to answer the latter question myself, and I can only come up logically with three possibilities:
a) Piper is ignorant of what Warren preaches. Piper is sincere in thinking that Warren preaches a true Gospel because, from all Piper knows, Warren believes just like Piper does. Perhaps Piper is relying on a source he trusts outside of Warren to validate what Warren believes. Regardless, if this is the case, Piper did something like invite a person he is not very familiar with theologically to speak theologically at a conference that affects many people.
b) Piper knows what Warren preaches, and is willingly bearing falsehood saying that Warren preaches a sound Gospel to try and justify having him at the conference.
c) Piper believes that the Gospel is God’s second chance to us to earn our own justification and all his books about salvation only being by faith alone were either not sincere or he’s changed his view of justification recently to agree with what Warren teaches.
Folks, not one of those three possibilities is appealing for showing Piper in a positive light. This is perhaps my greatest concern.
I have no doubt that Warren will give a great sermon at Desiring God 2010, and will say many things that I agree with. The problem is not with that, though. The problem is that the Jews he’s preached to on how to grow their synagogues without repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, and the Muslims that he’s refrained from mentioning Jesus to will be able to have a coffee with me and say, “Wow, you know, Rick Warren gave a great sermon at the our respective religion’s conference, and he also said a lot of things that I agree with.” Does anyone else see a problem with this? We all know the jokes about certain, definitely not all, used car salesmen telling you whatever you want to hear to make a sale. For him, for the most part, it doesn’t matter how he gets the sale, it just matters that he gets one. The same can be said of the random 40 year old drunk at the bar looking for a young girl to take home with him for the night. It doesn’t matter how he gets her there, it just matters that she gets there. This is exactly why pragmatism as an ideology is dangerous. It doesn’t matter how Warren works his way to the “Young, Restless, and Reformed” (which I’m tempted to start calling the “Young, Naïve, and Impressionable” if the discernment level I've seen of late among many of them remains consistent), what matters is that he works his way in. He’ll tell you whatever you want to hear to make sure that happens. …And so will the 40 year old guy at the bar who wants to get what he wants. There is no difference here. If you don’t stand for something (and I’m advocating standing for the Gospel), you’ll fall for anything as that country song rings true.
I can just imagine being around the table that night that Peter was dining with the Judaizers. Today, the same people who are saying “Let’s see what Piper has up his sleeve here and not overreact,” now were the same people telling Paul, “Let’s see what Peter has up his sleeve and not overreact,” then. It’s the same voice from the same view, it’s just a different time period. In this case, either Paul was in error and stopped a major witnessing encounter in which the Lord was going to make many people into true believers or Paul stopped the bridge being built between Peter and the Judaizers because Paul knew that, with heresy, there is no bridge. Traffic can’t come from both sides and both sides not be effected, it’s true. Like J.I. Packer says, “A half truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth.” Two sides full of half truth because of a bridge built even if it's built with good intentions doesn’t leave anyone healthy. It makes both people sick instead of one side sick and one side well. In the latter, you have a chance that both sides can get well. In the former, both are just sick.
So there are some of my main concerns regarding this issue. I can’t help but be reminded of a superstar basketball player who does something that would cause any normal person to be discredited from the eyes of the public, but, because he has a track record of making some good plays, producing some good stats, and making a few notable appearances, he’s given the go ahead because public opinion as a whole accepts him. I’m afraid that many are dealing with this Piper situation in the same way. I am the first to admit that Piper has written some wonderful stuff, I enjoy many of his sermons, and I think he’s made some key appearances on the social realm for things like anti-abortion and the like, but I also come from the camp that believes that the player shouldn’t be dictating the coach. In other words, if the player (even if he’s a superstar) messes up big time (and I do mean big time), you discipline him for the time being with hopes that he’ll come back from his mistake better than before instead of carrying on like nothing has happened because there's a chance your fan base will decrease and, hey, you've had some good times watching the guy. Folks, Christianity is not about superstars. It’s about Jesus Christ who is interceding for the sin of everyone who believes on Him at this very moment. If you need a certain pastor and his notoriety to substantiate your relationship with God, I’m afraid you have two options: 1) Go to Rome where you’ll fit right in. or 2) Get right with the Lord, confess your sins, and trust on Him for your spiritual edification. He’ll send you the teachers you need, but it may not always be the teachers you want.
Here is some more reading/listening for you on this situation from what I consider balanced critiques.:
1. Phil Johnson "On the Warren/Piper Connection"
2. Phil Johnson Radio Interview on this subject ( Iron Sharpens Iron: Part 1 || Part 2 (audio))
3. Dr. James White Radio Commentary (1st 15 Minutes audio)
4. Michael Horton on Rick Warren, Modern Reformation, and Desiring God
5. Crosstalk America John Piper Invites Rick Warren to Desiring God 2010 (audio)
6. Chris Rosebrough "Analysis of John Piper's Invitation to Rick Warren (audio)"
7. Tim Challies "Why John Piper Should not have Invited Rick Warren" (However, I don't believe this issue isn't a big deal, and, given Challies' critique, I don't believe that he believes it isn't a big deal, either.)
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 9:48:00 AM
Sunday, April 4, 2010
If Jesus Christ isn't alive, our faith doesn't mean anything; it's worthless. We might as well believe in Play-Doh for our justification if that's the case. (paraphrased 1Cor15:14) Let's celebrate the resurrection.
Here's a video from Paul Washer that helps keep the resurrection in perspective today.
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 2:41:00 PM
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Yesterday, I reported that John Piper has invited Rick Warren to Desiring God 2010. Many people have asked me why I disagree with Warren. Michael Horton of the White Horse Inn and Westminster Seminary California has written a blog post that highlights some of the concerns I share. In it, Horton states,
"I believe that (Warren's) message distorts the gospel and that he is contributing to the human-centered pragmatism that is eroding the proper ministry and mission of the church."
He goes on to give reasons why he finds error with Warren's Gospel without the rhetoric that I'm guilty of using at times. Regardless of what you think of me and the way I've presented the situation, please disregard that for the time being, and read this article by Dr. Horton. I welcome the day that I can give much more reasoned responses to issues I'm obviously greatly concerned about without allowing my zeal to override my better judgment such as he does here. Here is the article.
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 4:11:00 PM
UPDATED: It's Confirmed: John Piper to Host Rick Warren at Desiring God 2010 (with video from Piper)
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
This is a sad day. I'm a little shocked but not much, honestly. It's sort of like the person you knew who was in the hospital for the past three years or so. You knew the end was coming soon as you slowly watched them deteriorate, but you just didn't know when. That's how I feel about John Piper's discernment after it has now been confirmed that John Piper has invited Rick Warren to speak at the Fall 2010 Desiring God Conference.
Here's your confirmation from Piper, himself. In it, he shares this thought:
"At root I think (Rick Warren) is theological and doctrinal and sound.”
HT: CrossTalk Blog for the audio
As I said in my Tweet yesterday, "If this is true, I cannot, in good conscience, endorse @JohnPiper again." You may now change that "If" to a "Since." At this point, I'm sure that many of you will write me off as "fundamentalist" or whatever else, but I really don't care. I believe that God is sovereign and all things work together for the good of those who are called and love Him, but, frankly, I can't help but feel a little discouraged today. John Piper has wonderful, wonderful things to say, but I honestly feel like I would if I were to find out that my Dad was having an affair. I can't imagine the two feelings being that much different. Piper is looked to as an authority on Reformed Theology (which I hold to passionately as I believe it's true), and he just brought in the camp the the equivalent of the town prostitute to "meet Mom and the family" under the guise that "he's trying to help her by inviting her into our household to stay and mingle with the family." (That analogy may seem harsh to some, but those who have seriously invested time in investigating Warren and his double speak to sell himself whichever way he can to whichever group is available may realize that the analogy is not far off.) Yeah, right; let your Dad try that with your Mom and see how well that goes over. If your Dad were to stay with the prostitute at the expense of the well being of the rest of his family because it's "in her best interest," it would say a lot about his priorities and character, would it not? It's one thing to hold to God's sovereignty while things are going well, but it's quite another to hold to it and still see people you have respected as people with Godly discernment discredit themselves with decisions that undermine the Gospel like it's been revealed about John Piper today.
All this "wait and see" stuff I'm hearing from people who would rather rely on unsubstantiated optimism than already established facts is nonsense. John Piper invited a false Gospel to his conference and called it sound. What's left to wait and see?
Please click this link to hear and read what I consider to be sound critiques of the Purpose Driven Movement and the cult-like tactics it employs in seeking to win a church culture over who is more concerned with being groupies in a land full of "Christian celebrity" than disciples of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If sound doctrine doesn't matter, I'm on board with Warren, too. It's the easy way for me, and I'll probably even sell more books if I ever write one. Unfortunately, for everyone who believes that a precher's popularity determines his credibility, theology does matter. May God have mercy on this situation and bring repentance. Piper, Warren, and those who condone this are sincerely in my prayers.
UPDATED: Maybe the most concerning thing about all of this is the reasons why Piper has accepted Warren to instruct the body at Desiring God 2010. In this short video, Piper gives his reasons (none of which I found convincing in the least).
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 2:36:00 PM
Monday, March 29, 2010
Well, if you have come here at all in the past, you might have noticed that a little something has changed here since the last time you visited. I have wanted to change my blog design for the longest time mainly so it would load better and faster for you all. I think the new layout is wonderful, myself, and I have no one else than Joe McIntire of Winding Brook Web Design to thank.
This is a new day for this blog as I hope that this will lead to much more entries on here. Honestly, I got to the point where the old layout was just too clunky to work with, and I didn't look forward to posting here much. This, on the other hand, inspires me to do so with more diligence.
The transition from the old template to this new one was literally one of the easiest endeavors I've had since I've been on the internet. Joe from Winding Brook took the reigns, and all I really had to do was say, "Yay, yay" or "nay, nay" when he asked if I'd like to do something. He literally handled the rest. If you're looking to update your Blogger account, I can't recommend Winding Brook Web Design enough. They have my hearty endorsement. Please take the time to visit their site by clicking the banner above. Please also follow them on Twitter here. Feel free to let them know via Twitter your thoughts on the work Joe did here. Thanks, Joe!
Now, the blogging resumes...
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 8:43:00 PM
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I've decided to take a "sabbatical" from Youtube for a while. I'm not sure when I'll start it, but I know I will end it the first of May. Why? There are multiple reasons, but here are some of the most important:
1) I need some rest.
I've been doing this for pretty much three years straight now rarely missing more than a week at the most between postings. Though some of these are just simply posting videos other people have allowed me to, even those require some upkeep and moderating comments (and even the draw to see how people are responding) keeps me occupied. This is not to mention the ones I make from scratch. It will be good to have a break from this.
2) Give others time to catch up on views.
Some have complained that they haven't seen a bunch of the old videos I've posted because everytime I go to post a new one, they watch that instead of an older one they want to catch up on. There are only so many hours in the day. This will give everyone a chance to catch up on the over 500 videos that are now posted there.
3) A new blog format is coming.
Someone graciously offered to revamp my blog so this will be a good transition time for all that. I'll give more details on that later including who's doing it so you can possibly hire them to do yours, too.
4) Law school.
It's crunch time. I need to devote time to that and the internship I'm doing.
I'm going to still post a few more videos that I've been planning before I take the leave, but after that, it will be just the videos that are on there now along with these new ones for about a month - month and a half. Also, I'll still be posting on Twitter and such so I won't be completely gone from the internet. I still haven't decided if I'll do a quick vid for a April Resource of the Month, but I'm leaning now toward no.
Thanks, everyone, for the endless support you all give me on a daily basis. I appreciate that very much, and the Lord uses it to keep me encouraged. God bless.
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 9:54:00 PM
Monday, March 8, 2010
Please visit here for other messages from the 2010 Shepherd's Conference.
Everyone knows that the the visible church today isn't in great shape. In fact, many would say that it's in as bad of a shape if not worse as when the Reformation took place. Here, Phil Johnson tackles this subject at the 2010 Shepherd's Conference.
Thanks to Phil Johnson for allowing me to post this here. He was on Rightly Divided already once and plans to be on there again in the near future. You can view that previous episode here:
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 9:11:00 AM
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
This is a lecture given by author Warren Cole Smith on the subject of some things he sees wrong in evangelicalism (namely mega-churches) and some suggestions on what needs to be done to change these. Smith approaches this subject as one of a lover of the church who sees things that concerns him yet wants to rebuke it in terms of love and not as some critic just hurling criticisms at it for no other reason than to cause strife.
The book Mr. Smith has written on this subject is the January 2010 Resource of the Month. The book goes more in depth to the issues discussed here. To purchase the book, "A Lover's Quarrel with the Evangelical Church", click here: http://bit.ly/8xKk4n
You can hear an episode of the White Horse Inn where Smith was a guest here:
You can hear an episode of Iron Sharpens Iron where Smith was a guest here.:
Thanks to Mr. Smith for allowing me to host this video on my Youtube channel.
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 9:59:00 AM
Sunday, February 7, 2010
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Posted by Lane Chaplin at 1:36:00 PM