There is no neutrality in how one responds to the claims of Christ. Because the world rejects God's word in scripture, it rejects The Word made flesh. Only if we ourselves are captivated by Christ and his glorious gospel, will we cling to him and faithfully call others to do the same.
As we enter a New Year, let us decide whether we will be led by the Word of God revealed in Christ Jesus, or by a substitute word of man's own design.
As we reflect on the significance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation - which helped recover the importance of revealed law for both the church and culture - the church in our time needs to return to a robust gospel vision that embraces the law of God as Christ and the apostles themselves embraced and applied it.
What does it mean to live now as a citizen of the City of God, as a child of this kingdom that has come and is still coming? Our faith is a comprehensive faith that applies to every aspect of human life. Our call is to work for the redemption and restoration of every sphere of life through Jesus Christ.
The humanist vision of the future is to bring rebirth by controlling people; the biblical vision is that the powerful work of the Holy Spirit will transform people. When we try to change people by our own power we end up sinfully dominating and controlling others. We are called to serve, not change, others. We cannot make a new creation out of anyone; only God can. In seeking the kingdom and righteousness of God, we seek God's purposes instead of instant personal satisfaction. We exercise a power and authority from beyond history, for the good of future generations.
Much of our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time that we spend much effort trying to save. We never seem satisfied with the present and are always caught up with experiences from the past or expectations for the future. History is working toward an end. If our time is a gift from a God who is there, then our time has real significance and meaning and time has a new destination: eternity.
With the recent vote to officially endorse same-sex marriage, the Anglican Church of Canada has at last demonstrated its faithless and apostate leadership. True Christians must get out.