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      Christian Liberty & Antinomianism (Dr. Michael Horton)

      Wednesday, December 12, 2012

      How do we enjoy Christian Liberty without being Antinomians? Dr. Michael Horton explains.



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      Genius - The Movie

      Tuesday, December 11, 2012

      Ray Comfort and crew have released a new movie called "Genius." Check it out below!


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      The Antinomianism Debate (Dr. Michael Horton)

      Tuesday, November 27, 2012


      "Dr. Michael Horton discusses antinomianism and sanctification in this short video interview. His recent article "Holiness Wars: The Antinomianism Debate" is in the November/December 2012 issue of Modern Reformation." Modern Reformation
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      God Bless Tony Miano

      Saturday, November 24, 2012

      Many people know Tony Miano, but I'm not completely convinced people know what he endures each day he open air preaches. Please watch this video, and keep him and his friends in prayer as they take the Message throughout the world.

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      Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD, or Nexus 7 for Christmas?

      Sunday, November 18, 2012

      Someone asked the following question recently. I asked him if I could repost here for people who might be wondering which tablet or e-reader device they should get this Christmas. This is a follow-up to my post from 2009

      Hey Lane,
      OK, this is a long shot. But I came across a blog post you wrote in 2009 explaining your jump to an eReader (how much you liked it, all the free books you had gotten - it seems like you said one of these was the ESV study Bible, etc.). Well, I'm wanting to get an eReader also, but the subject line of this email "Confusion" describes how much in the dark I am. I've done some research, and without even seeing one in person I like what I read about the Kindle Paperwhite and another one called the Kobo Glo . Both of these are are mainly exclusively eReaders. Then you've got all the other stuff out there that have more capabilities (Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, iPad, etc, etc). Anyway, if you have any thoughts it would be gratefully appreciated.
      God Bless You 
      Larry 

      My reply:

      Hi Larry, 
      The question now as opposed to 2009 is whether to get a Kindle or Nexus 7. To me, it comes down to what you are going to use it for. The Nexus 7 is basically a bigger smartphone without the ability to make calls and can only connect via wifi (though there is a newer version coming out with 3G capability). The screen is harder to read than a traditional Kindle because it is an LCD screen. It’s definitely not a bad choice, though. You can do just about everything you can on an Android phone. If you just read books, though, I would go with the Kindle Paperwhite. It’s the easiest to read, get books on via Amazon, and it is the most popular. The interesting thing, though, is that with either you can read books via your Amazon purchases. The Nexus 7 has a Kindle app that allows you to read the books you buy via Amazon. In my opinion, it is between the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Paperwhite. Kindle if you just want to read books, Nexus 7 if reading books is a secondary issue to checking email, watching videos, reading websites, etc. Hope this helps!
      Blessings,
      Lane

      As a caveat, I would recommend the Nexus 7 over the Kindle Fire HD, but that's only because I prefer to have a stripped down version of Android.  If you aren't very computer savvy, you may actually prefer the Kindle Fire HD's interface.  It's arguably easier to use because of the bigger buttons and labels.  Another note is that the Kindle Fire line is the only of the Android products that include the Amazon Video app so if you like to watch videos via Amazon Prime, this may be the deal breaker for you.  If you find all these tablets too small, you can go for the Nexus 10 which is basically a Nexus 7 with a 10 inch screen instead of a 7 inch.

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      Ergun Caner v. James White on Calvinism (Radio Free Geneva)

      Here's an oldie-but-goodie. For all those who haven't seen this yet, enjoy!


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      Dr. James White's Thoughts on the Day After Election 2012

      Friday, November 9, 2012

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      From Pelagianism to Calvinism

      Wednesday, October 24, 2012

      I found this video on Youtube about a week ago. I started watching it right before bed and had to finish it before I fell asleep. Here's the back story:

      The man in the video, Jeremy Hiltz, was a pretty vocal advocate of Pelagianism a few years ago. I'm not talking about those who go to Seeker-Sensitive churches and basically believe Pelagian doctrine even though they don't know Pelagius from the second Adam (literally). I'm talking about a person who strictly adhered to Moral Government Theology, was a Finney fan, and classified himself as a Pelagian. Needless to say, he made a few comments on my Youtube vids from time to time. I don't remember him being as belligerent as the Skelly and Morrell types, but I do remember thinking about blocking him several times. That's what makes this video so interesting... and an admonishment to me. You see, I learned from watching this that I might be too quick to write people off when they don't see things the way I do right away. I was ready to write Jeremy off years ago and pretty much did minus blocking him on Youtube. But the Lord's ways and timing are greater than mine, His creature. So, with this video, my edification, Jeremy's acceptance of the Doctrines of Grace, etc, all praise goes to Him for the great and wonderful things He does. He does more than we can even think.

      Now, the video:

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      Quick to Speak, Slow to Listen?

      Friday, September 14, 2012

      One of the instructions from James is to be "quick to listen, slow to speak." (James 1:19)  This is a trait I have been trying to become better at during the last few years.  One of the main things you learn quickly when talking to a Judge is to, first, listen what he has to say, and, only after that, respond when you have all the facts.  It has helped me immensely not only in the profession I'm entering but also in my relationships with others.  Sadly, there are those who do not always abide by James's words, though, and the following can occur.

      Recently, a person accused me of defending antinomianism and New Calvinism... twice. The first time can be found in these series of sequential Tweets:

      1. RT @LaneChaplin: Dear legalist, Christ fulfilled the law so we don't have to. Sincerely, The Bible / Christ obeyed so you don't have to??? ( link
      2. If you think Christ obeyed so now you don't have to, you haven't understood grace, nor the Law of God. ( link )
      3. Thanks to new Calvinists, the doctrinal enemy of our day is once again....antinomianism. ( link )
      4. Christ fulfilling the law never means our dismissing the duty and desire to obey. John 14:15 ( link )
      5. "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." John 14:15 @OldRuggedCruz ( link )
      6. If you don't love Jesus, call everyone born again and who does keep His commandments a legalist. John 14:15 ( link )
      7. & 8. (Two replies to @OldRuggedCruz)
      9. @LaneChaplin Lane, do you believe obedience to the imperatives of Scripture have no place in the Christian life because of grace? Curious. ( link )
      Now, I don't like to usually say this because it's so prejudicial instead of informational, but here I will make an exception: Any reasonable person can see...

      ...That, in the context of these Tweets, the person Tweeting was trying to convey that I'm a New Calvinist and adhere to a form of antinomianism.  This was said within the context of debating whether "Christ obeyed so you don't have to..." etc, etc, etc.  (Keep in mind this is all because I said, "Christ fulfilled the law so we don't have to."  I'm not sure how one could have a problem with this statement unless they believe that we have to fulfill the law because Christ didn't.  But I digress.)  When I read these statements in context, it became pretty apparent to me that he was accusing me of these things because of my initial Tweet and only looking to clarify after the 8 or so Tweets in between.

      So there was the one instance.  Here's the next:  Lane Chaplin Defending Antinomianism and New Calvinism?

      This second instance came about when he realized I unfollowed him on Twitter then explained why I unfollowed him.  He then took my explanation as a defense of antinomianism and New Calvinism instead of me showing my disdain that he accused me of being such.  I know, boggles the mind.

      But, anyway, let me say unequivocally that antinomianism is a damnable heresy.  Telling someone they can keep on sinning because they're saved is not just bad doctrine, it leads to hell.  Also, New Calvinism is error.  Though it's still a little sketchy as to what exactly it is, most people associate it with a form of Calvinism that borrows heavily from personal revelation (and sometimes a denial of limited atonement) a la Mark Driscoll and crew.  I do not believe either of these are Christian ideas.  For that matter, even if I did, I would completely contradict everything I've put on my blog and Youtube channel for the past five plus years... and, according to this individual, I would have decided to "come clean" to all of that in a single Tweet reply to someone on Twitter!  Boggling.

      Now with that said, I unfollowed the individual in question, but it was not just because of this situation.  This is the straw that broke the camels back so to speak.  After hearing repeatedly that John MacArthur isn't saved ( link ), James White is a fraidy-cat ( one | two ), Shai Linne is a blasphemer ( link ), Phil Johnson is a cherry picker ( link ) etc, etc, etc, and now this, I'm not sure if there was much value in following him anymore.  The reasoning reads like a DUI:  It weaves all over the place trying to make the case to others "sharing the road" that the driver is pulling it off when, in reality, he's not.

      In summary, this post wasn't made to bash this individual.  It was made to: 1.  Defend myself yet again against ridiculous accusations and 2. Show what happens when we are more set upon pegging someone with a charge than we are hearing them out.  The Bible says to be "quick to listen, slow to speak." (James 1:19) This individual seems to understand this verse in the reverse.

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      The Elephant Room (No Co Ever: Episode 1)

      Tuesday, August 21, 2012

      Here's the long awaited video with Dr. James White, Phil Johnson, Carl Trueman, and Mike Abendroth discussing James MacDonald's controversial "Elephant Room."

      No Co Ever: Episode 1 from No Compromise Radio on Vimeo.

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      What is the Goal of Studying?

      Tuesday, August 7, 2012

      Much of my summer has been taking up by one thing:  Studying to pass the California State Bar Exam in February.  For those not familiar, it's an 18 hour exam that is taken over the course of three days.  You need to pass this to be able to practice law in the state of California.  Needless to say, this has had me thinking a lot about two things:  1) the law and 2) what studying actually is.

      When we study God's Word, the law, or anything for that matter, we should keep this in mind:  No one knows everything except God.  Even the most decorated Bible teacher will not know an assortment of facts like who wrote a certain book or what page certain information is on.  We must start with this premise or studying will become a frustrating, fruitless endeavor:  Only God is omniscient.  No man will ever know everything there is.  Ever.

      If we can't learn everything, why use our time to learn anything?  The way you answer this question will either result in your study being a benefit or a burden.  The goal of studying should never be perfection.  If you start with the premise that God is the only one who knows everything, you will have to agree that perfection is unattainable for any man.  If the goal of our studying is something that is impossible, we will always come to study with discouragement, frustration, and hopelessness.  I say this from experience.  For a long time, whether I realized it or not, I tried to study in the sense of a perfectionist, and I always had these feelings as well. It made me want to procrastinate when I needed to study.  Who wants to willingly submit themselves to a practice that will make them discouraged, frustrated, and hopeless every time they decide to do it?  If you can decide to avoid these feelings, it doesn't make much sense to willingly submit yourself to these emotions.  But as we said earlier, perfection is not attainable for any man, and, therefore, should not be the goal of studying.

      So what, then, is the goal of studying?  Increase.  Increasing our knowledge and understanding should be our goal at all times when studying.  Focusing on increase allows us to walk away from every session meeting a goal and provides a sense of constant accomplishment.  Feelings of guilt because of procrastination eventually subside.  If you study, and your goal is to know more than you did before you started, then your goal is met, and you are not discouraged, frustrated, and hopeless.  Constantly striving for increase is the mark of a good student.  Constantly striving for perfection is the mark of a discouraged (and I would argue, disillusioned) student.

      When we go to study God's Word, let's always approach it looking for an increase of knowledge and understanding and not expect it to be perfect in this life.  It will keep us coming back to learn more and more, and our procrastination from doing the things we know we should do will become less and less.

      In summary,

      Perfection as the Goal
          - Unattainable
          - Frustrating
          - Causes Constant Feelings of Guilt
          - Causes Discouragement
          - Causes Procrastination

      Increase as the Goal
          - Attainable Every Session
          - Provides a Sense of Accomplishment
          - Guilt Free
          - Procrastination Subsides
          - Learning Increases as a Result

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      Young Men's Attitude to Women (Paul Washer)

      Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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      Dr. James White's Story

      Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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      Don't Look to Yourself for Assurance (Paul Washer)

      Friday, July 20, 2012

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      Top 10 Ways For "Worship Leaders" to Hinder the Church (Doug Eaton)

      Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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      The Comforting Doctrine of God's Unconditional Election (Mark Kielar)

      Monday, July 16, 2012

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      The Divine Institution of Marriage (James White and IV Conerly)

      Friday, July 13, 2012



      This is a joint venture from Crown Rights Media and Dr. James White.

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      Signs of Maturity in Young Men (Paul Washer)

      Thursday, July 12, 2012

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      What James White Says at Your Wedding

      Tuesday, July 10, 2012

      Recently, my bride, Susan Yenser Chaplin, and I got married.  We were fortunate enough to have Dr. James White preside over our wedding.  Shortly after our mini-moon (mini honeymoon), Dr. White emailed to me the comments he made during the procession.  I thought it would be great to share them here because there are a lot of great things about what marriage truly means.  It's something we should all remember especially during these times when marriage is trying to be redefined.


      Introduction: 

      It is about time!  Channel topic:  "Finally!"

      Good Friday.  The entire reason we are here today.

      Holy estate, holy relationship, ordained by, defined by, and given to us by, God.

      One man, one woman, together for life.  No greater testimony than the precious couple who have been together for 50 years walking side-by-side through the trials of life.  THAT takes real work!

      Divine institutions under attack from a secular society.

      It is Lane and Susan's desire to establish a godly home, one in which Christ's lordship is seen with clarity, consistency, and contrast with the attitudes of the world. 

      All of us here who honor Christ's lordship must seek to honor marriage as a part of our witness to the world.

      Jesus the Messiah spoke directly to the nature of marriage. In the Gospel According to Matthew, chapter 19,  Jesus spoke of the original intention of God in the establishment of this divine estate. He said, "Have you not read that the Creator from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'It is for this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' Thus, they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate!"

      1) Marriage is instituted not by governments or cultures, but by the Creator Himself. It is a creation ordinance, grounded in His purpose, and hence vital to the true fulfillment of man. He who created life knows best how we may experience it.

      2) The male and female relationship is not an accident of biological evolution. This is one of the greatest reasons for the degradation of marriage in our modern world: if we think we are but highly evolved animals, we can hardly see the transcendent, spiritual purposes in our creation.

      3) The man is to leave his father and his mother, which assumes the honoring of the marriage covenant in the generations that came before. Lane and Susan, you must realize that your relationship is not just "between you," a private thing that has no external consequences. No, when we hear of couples who have honored marriage with their lives for 30, 50, and even 75 years, we are reminded that marriage is not merely a cultural construct, but is a concrete means by which we honor the Lordship of Christ and bring glory to God.  We truly tell the world that we believe in the Lordship of Christ when we are dedicated to obeying His commandment to honor marriage as it has been established by His authority.

      4) κολληθήσεται means to be glued to. This is not a temporary joining based upon social contracts. There is no such thing as Scotch-tape marriage in God's economy. When the two are joined together in this way, there is no way to separate them without doing substantial harm to both.

      --->  husbands love your wives.  Comment on how love is not an emotion, it is a choice, a commitment, and that is why so few in our world experience it to its fulness. 

      5) There is something mystical about the union of man and woman in a relationship that not only brings them great joy and life, but brings life into the world as well. I do not mean mystical in the sense of nonsensical or purely emotional, but transcendent, going beyond the natural, the material. The two become one flesh, and when two followers of Christ, husband and wife, are committed to Him and His glory and are joined in this divine state their union transcends what can be understood from the world's perspective.  Secularism reduces the mystery of marriage to a legal contract; Christianity uses marriage as a symbol of Christ's redemptive love for His people.  What a contrast!

      6) What God has joined together---the State is not joining Lane and Susan this day; the church is not joining Lane and Susan this day. Christian marriage is established by God, and as such, is divine in nature. The covenant into which you are about to enter, Lane, Sue, is divine in nature, and in Jesus' teaching, has been intended thusly by God from the beginning. While man's laws may annul what we do here in its courts, the real force of this covenant is found in the eyes of God.

      So we have the clear and unambiguous teaching of the Creator Himself, as He walked as the Incarnate One amongst His own creatures, as to the nature of the divine institution of marriage. In light of the clarity of this truth, I call upon all of us to re-affirm our obedience to Jesus, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, and His right to establish this divine institution of marriage. I charge Lane and Susan to take very seriously the vows they make this day, not because they are made in the presence of many witnesses, but first and foremost because they will be made before God Himself, for His honor and His glory. Your faithfulness to each other will likewise display your love for, honor for, and obedience to, your Lord and Master.  What a grand truth!  When you love each other as you ought, you are in fact loving your Redeemer as well!  And I wish to exhort all who are here to pray fervently for this new family, and for yourselves as well, that all of us who name the name of Jesus Christ would honor and glorify Him by how we honor and respect an institution that comes from His hand. 

      Marriage Vows
      Lane Chaplin, Susan Yenser, you have come here today to be joined as husband and wife. Will you join hands, and repeat these vows after me?

      I, Lane, take you, Susan, to be my wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death; as God is my witness, I give you my promise.

      I, Susan, take you, Lane, to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death; as God is my witness, I give you my promise.

      Exchange of Rings
      The wedding ring is a public and precious testimony of one's pledge to live in faithful devotion to one's husband or wife. It is a precious and valuable token of the vows you are making before God this day. after placing the ring upon the finger, repeat after me: 

      I give you this ring, as a symbol of my vow, with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen."

      Prayer

      Now that Lane and Susan have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, before us and before God as witness, and have shown their affection and commitment by the giving and receiving of rings, I pronounce that they are husband and wife, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Therefore what God has joined together, no man may separate.

      Lane, you may kiss your bride.

      Ladies and gentlemen, may I be the first to introduce to you Mr. and Mrs. Lane Chaplin!


      james
      وفي المحاماة عن الانجيل وتثبيته


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      New Facebook Page

      Saturday, June 30, 2012

      My personal account has reached the limit of people I can add. Also, I want to use my personal account for more, well, personal reasons like keeping up with family and friends. As a result, I've created a new Facebook page where you can continue to get all the updates that I had on my personal page plus more. I'm consolidating all the other pages I have on Facebook (Lane's Blog, Rightly Divided, and LaneCh Youtube) to this page so it will be a one stop shop! Thanks for your patience with the move and your support!

      You can subscribe to the page HERE.

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      "Common Objections to Christianity" (Leon Brown c/o Modern Reformation)

      Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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      An Update About Where I've Been

      Saturday, March 24, 2012

      I love blogging. I love Youtubing. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to do those two things as much as I'd like to lately. I don't foresee that picking up until August, either. In short, I'm way too busy right now. I moved my fiance into her new apartment today, I get married in two weeks, I take the California Bar Exam in July, I'm president of two clubs at Trinity Law School and vice dean of another, and I get my Juris Doctor in May (with the parents coming into town and all). With all of that, it's very hard for me to keep up with this blogging and Youtubing like I used to. The good news is that I see it picking back up again after the Bar exam is over (and after we return from our honeymoon - Hello, Bahamas!!). Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. I value each of you greatly, and I always appreciate the encouragement you all give so unselfishly. In the meantime, God bless!

      Lane

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      A People Who Call Evil Good, and Good Evil (Dr. James White)

      Saturday, February 25, 2012

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      Celebrity in Christianity? with guest Phil Johnson | RIGHTLY DIVIDED | Episode 13

      Tuesday, January 24, 2012



      Is there really a such thing as a "Christian Celebrity?" Should these exist? Is it inherently wrong for a Christian or their ministry to be popular? Phil Johnson, Executive Director of John MacArthur's Grace to You Ministry and blogger at Team Pyro, provides a balanced view of these issues in this edition of Rightly Divided.

      Phil's blog: http://teampyro.blogspot.com

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