The White Horse Inn: Radical Informality

On this edition of the White Horse Inn the guys discuss the issue of Radical Informality in life, in church, and in the pulpit.

Show description: Previous generations wore suits to baseball games. Now many Americans show up at church in blue jeans and T-shirts. How has the cultural shift toward informality affected American Christianity over the last few decades? Join the White Horse Inn hosts as they evaluate the effects of “radical informality” on contemporary Christian thought and practice.

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John MacArthur Truth—including historical facts, assurance, and objective, distinct, knowable, authoritative propositions that demand to be embraced as true—is an essential concept in authentic Christianity. All the other aspects of religious experience flow from the truth we believe and simply give expression to it. Take away the ground of truth, and all you have is fluctuating religious sentiment.

– John MacArthur

4 Simpsons–“Aspiring” abortion doctors

Found this over at 4 Simpsons Blog. Apparently, there is a new breed of “doctors” coming out of med school whose sole ambition is to dismember, mutilate, maim, and kill. In other words, they want to go into the abortion racket (article text in italics, Neil’s commentary in bold green):

Denver – FOURTH-year medical student Megan Lederer recently helped deliver a premature baby at barely six months gestation. The newborn was tiny, unimaginably fragile, but she survived.

Caught up in the moment, Lederer didn’t think about the implication for her chosen career. Later, though, she wondered: Could I have aborted that pregnancy?

She could have, she decided. She would have felt an obligation.

Please pause here for a moment. She delivered a live baby and says she would have felt obligated to abort her had the mother not wanted the child. Everybody got that? No twisted philosophical reasoning about when the unborn become human, just a plain, old choice of whether to kill a viable human being or let her live.

Lederer, 30, can’t relate to the images that drew an older generation of physicians into abortion work. She can barely picture it when they talk about life before legal abortion: the blood-spattered apartments, the women racked with infection from stabbing sticks into their wombs.

This emotional ploy still seems to work. The truth is that most pre-Roe v Wade abortions were done in doctors’ offices (”Uh, you’re late this month . . . better do a D&C to get things back on track.”) And note how she can “barely picture” those gruesome images but ignores the gruesome images of abortions noted below.

But she and other young doctors-in-training have found their own motivation to enter a field that they know will put them at risk of isolation, harassment and hatred. For them, doing abortions is an act of defiance – a way of pushing back against mounting restrictions on a right they’ve taken for granted all their lives.

“It’s like when your big brother says you can’t do something,” Lederer said. “That just makes you want to do it even more.”

Your big brother says not to kill innocent human beings, so it makes you want to do it more. Check.

Rebellion is alive and well in the human heart.

So they think that opposition to dismembering living human beings “makes them want to do it even more.” Tells us a little bit about the unregenerate human condition, doesn’t it? This is where I have to stop people who go around crowing about how we have “free will” (can someone please show me where the Bible says anything about that, BTW?). When we are born, from the minute we open the matrix and the doctor cuts the cord, we are slaves to sin. We don’t know God, we don’t want to know God, we could not care less about God. And neither can anyone who thinks that abortion is simply a “woman’s choice.” She may make a “choice” but it costs her child his/her life.

Genesis 8:21–Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth”
Jeremiah 17:9–The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?
Ecclesiastes 11:5–As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know the works of God who makes everything.