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Theological Fragments – 04.15.16


Theological Fragments – 04.15.16

Earlier this week Joseph Franks wrote a piece picked up by The Aquila Report called Perspective is Everything in which he urged us to keep an eternal perspective on our current political climate. I really appreciated what he said and how he said it. Sometimes my West Coast laid back approach doesn’t convey the urgency required in certain situations. I’m afraid we are in the middle of one of those right now. Instead of my “hey let’s grab a coffee and discuss this” approach, Franks recognized the need to grab us by the shoulders and shake our irrational fears out f us. Sometimes, that is the approach that is needed. Head on over to Daily Devotions and read Perspective Is Everything. When you’re done, head over to Amazon or to pick up a copy of Standing Firm: A Christian Response to Hostility and Persecution and meet me for coffee and we will discuss things.

Over at the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, Baylee Molloy wrote an intriguing article on The Economics of Human Trafficking. She gives a useful definition of human trafficking and provides some staggering statistics. The problem as she points out is the elementary economic principle of supply and demand. The high profitability coupled with the low risk makes this an enticing option for traffickers. She ends with this strong plea

God has created each person with immense worth, and human trafficking is a direct contradiction to God’s purpose for human life.Human trafficking attempts to strip individuals of their God given dignity and should no longer be tolerated as an industry in the global economy.

She’s right of course. This is a cause which the church must attack as it did with slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries. If you would like to read more on this topic, I have heard a lot of good things about The White Umbrella, a book which shares the stories of some who have escaped the nightmare of sex trafficking.

Finally, I want to mention a book that I’m very excited to read. One of my favorite preachers is Sinclair Ferguson and one of my favorite topics to listen to him teach on is the Marrow Controversy of the 1700’s. It is here where the church did a good amount of work on an issue that has reverberated even to this day. Issues such as whether we preach the gospel to all or just to those who show signs of being elect, are faith and repentance good works which merit something? Do we have to forsake our sins before coming to Christ? Can a person who is saved have a legal spirit? All of these issues and more were handled during this time. Sinclair Ferguson has written a new book called, The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters . If this book is anything like his lecture series (and I trust it is) then this is quite possibly the best book of the year. In his typical style, Sinclair Ferguson made an old historical dispute come to life for me. I’m really looking forward to this book!

5 thoughts on “Theological Fragments – 04.15.16

  1. William

    Joseph Frank’s piece was very good. You were right about that! I easily forget who is in charge and that our status as a nation is not a divine right but divine grace.

  2. Aaron I really liked this installment! The post by Franks was very very very good and I am just saddened to death about human trafficking. What can the church do about it? It seems like such a huge industry. Ferguson is my favorite preacher hands down and any time anyone recommends anything by him I get giddy.

  3. The human trafficking is really sad and real. Here in Russia there are girls who leave the orphanages or actually are let go at a very young age like 13 and left to the streets they get offered a job and many take it for survival but it is almost always a pornographer who is stalking young girls. So they begin films at a very young age and if they get sassy they are beat and some transfered to a pimp who trades them for sex with Western men who are in Russia for business and want a young girl. We have many who we have helped escape and bring them back into the orphanage to work for us by caring for the little ones but we can’t rescue them all and it breaks my heart every day. There is a big demand for it and that’s the problem. These men are being fed porn from an early age and see girls as objects to pleasure themselves and not as humans made by God in his image. So they see them as disposable. All because they want to have sex with a 13 or 14 or 15 year old and can’t get away with it in the US.

  4. H.R.

    My thoughts for what it’s worth is that this whole human sex trafficking is not real. It’s what the rest of the world calls prostitution and what scripture calls playing the harlot. You can’t go into the sex industry and then blame it on traffickers. I’ve seen plenty of porn in my unsaved days and visited a hooked or two and never once did I meet or watch anyone who wasn’t having fun at what they do. What you have is spoiled little girls who don’t get their way so they run away from home and start slutting around. They get caught and blame it on this so called sex trafficking. No. They were dirty girls to begin with and enjoyed making a lot of money by being trash. Sin is sin. Let’s call it what it is.

  5. Really H.R.? Do you really think that’s how it is? As a pastor my wife and I have counseled men addicted to porn and women who were involved in it. I hate to break this to you but the smiles and pleasurable sounds the girls make are fake. It’s called acting and they are supposed to make you think they are enjoying it. After counseling a handful of young girls who got caught up in it I can tell you that it is all a show. They are usually scared to death and have been coerced into it. You need to read up on this. In the meantime pray for God to give you a love for these people and not a hatred. Or do you despise the kindness and mercy God showed to you?

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