Should We Quote the Bible to Non-Christians?

It is rarely talked about, but many Christians today would say that you should not quote the Bible to a non-Christian. They might say that people who quote the Bible to non-Christians are being foolish since we no longer live in a Christian culture. In reflection and response, I would like to offer four comments on biblical evangelism. First, we admittedly live amidst the shards and ruins of Christendom In Christendom, the Bible would have some status and authority in the culture at large. To quote the Bible on an issue would mean that many people would listen. They would...

Do Not Swear?

James 5:12 says that you should not swear. What does that mean? How do you figure out what it means? Is the question even a big deal? Here are three ways to understand what “do not swear” means. First, “do not swear” does not mean what most Canadians think it means. The text is not referring to dropping an F-bomb. Most of what Canadians mean by swearing is really covered by two other biblical prohibitions. The Bible tells us to not use corrupting, obscene, and crude language. That would cover F-bombs and similar language. (Eph. 4:29, 5:4; Col. 3:8-10). The...

False Teachers Or Just Different?: John Calvin on “Charitable Judgment”

We have all heard a casual condemnation of someone as a false teacher or a heretic. More often than not, such statements mean, this person teaches something that I personally think is wrong. In contrast, when Scripture talks about false teachers, it often locates their definition in specific and publicly observable ways.  In brief, a false teacher publicly denies something true about God and Christ and preys on the weak with greed and sensuality (Jude 4; 2 Pet 2:1–3; 2 Tim 3:6; Rom 16:18). Since many follow sensual desires (2 Pet 2:2), discovering a false teacher then often follows from...

Episode 29: John Calvin on the True Church (Inst. 4.1)

In this episode, Ian and Wyatt discuss John Calvin’s view of the true church. We also talk about his charitable judgment of other Christians and how allergic he was to schism. The Calvin we find here differs from our impressions of him (perhaps). Here, he advises against an “ill-advised zeal for righteousness” and advocates for charitably judging each other.

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