Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Problems of the Safety Net: A call for the betterment of our christian education institute

The Problems of the Safety Net: 
A call for the betterment of our christian education institute 

I applaud Moody's decision to remove the requirement aspect from next year’s mission conference. It was a bold step, but one I am sure is of the Lord. I now urge them to continue with this philosophy of giving students freedom to make the right decisions on our own if they want to make Moody a place of serious Christian education where students can grow. I was reading recently and came upon this quote:

“Learner Maturity Education is the encouragement of a maturing process. Education at Moody promotes increasingly greater responsibility on the part of students for their learning. We recognize that students will not be under our instruction indefinitely. Therefore, a Moody education is designed to develop mature learners who are able to continue their development after graduation (Colossians 1:28-29). ” (emphasis mine)

That's from the “education mission” found on Moody's website under “education distinctives.” It's labeled as one of the four “essential elements” of education. This is part of what makes Moody distinct from other schools. I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment. Maturing and becoming responsible as Christians is highly important for students, and the school should do everything we can to cultivate the process. But as I look around at how things are done, I ask, is Moody holding true to this great goal?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Adam Clark on Justification

CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY
By Adam Clarke
1835

Part 9 JUSTIFICATION


The following are a few of the leading acceptations of the verb, which we translate "to justify:"-
1. It signifies to declare or pronounce one just or righteous; or, in other words, to declare him to be what he really is: "He was justified in the Spirit," 1 Tim. iii, 16. 2. To esteem a thing properly, Matt. xi, 19. 3. It signifies to approve, praise, and commend, Luke vii, 29; xvi, 15. 4. To clear from all sin, 1 Cor. iv, 4. 5. A judge is said to justify, not only when he condemns and punishes, but also when he defends the cause of the innocent. Hence it is taken in a forensic sense, and signifies to be found or declared righteous, innocent, &c., Matt. xii, 37. 6. It signifies to set free, or escape from, Acts xiii, 39. 7. It signifies, also, to receive one into favor, to pardon sin, Rom. viii, 30; Luke xviii, 14; Rom. iii, 20; iv, 2; 1 Cor vi, 11, &c. In all these texts the word "justify" is taken in the sense of remission of sins through faith in Christ Jesus; and does not mean making the person just or righteous, but treating him as if he were so, having already forgiven him his sins. Justification, or the pardon of sin, must precede sanctification; the conscience must be purged or purified from guilt, from all guilt, and from all guilt at once; for in no part of the Scripture are we directed to seek remission of sins seriatim; one now, another then, and so on.