New Bible Discussion Channel on Disqus!

I want to invite everyone to come join me in discussing the wonderful faith we have from God on my new discussion channel hosted by Disqus: https://disqus.com/home/channel/proclaimingtheword/

This channel is focused on proclaiming the word of God with impactful truths and joyous celebrations of who God is; we encourage and welcome everyone who loves God’s word to come participate!

We have over 500 subscribers on this channel, but I want to see more participation from believers who are set on pleasing and loving God with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength.

The reason I started this discussion channel is because I can’t escape the sense that the internet needs as many bastions of Biblical truth as it can get.

Proclaiming the Word focuses on peaceful, respectful, and faithful dialogue about the topics Christians need to deal with.  We bring topics from a variety of disciplines, including apologetics, exegesis, Bible exposition, hermeneutics, preaching, and evangelism.  I moderate heavily to ensure that comments remain respectful and on topic because one of our goals is to create a peaceful and respectful environment for Biblical dialogue between Christians.  There are a lot of “Christian channels” claiming to be about Bible truth that get immersed in controversy, conspiracy, and malice – my endeavor will be to keep this channel free from such leaven.

So come and help us get started!

Doctrinal Treatment of Divorce and Remarriage

This undertaking is the humbling response of my heart to being pierced by the truth of God’s word on the subject matter at hand.

There is no escaping the unpleasantness of this topic; to ignore it is to leave the door open among God’s people by which adultery will be perpetuated and multiplied, and to preach it is to offend a great many in the Church today.

Being aware of this terrible reality, I have elected to preach this message with as much grace as the Holy Spirit gives in Scripture.

The most illuminating truth for me in this study was the reality that the sin of divorce is not divorce itself, but adultery.  Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:31-32 on divorce is the second part of the greater context of His teaching on adultery from Matthew 5:27-32.

Divorce is a mechanism by which adultery is perpetuated and multiplied among God’s people and the whole world.  Divorce perpetuates adultery by the false notion that divorce legitimizes adulterous relationships.  Up to four people can be brought into adultery by one divorce.

If this is true that divorce perpetuates and multiples adultery in this manner, then divorce is far from being innocent; it is a destructive mechanism by which men and women are snared in the sin of adultery and the coming judgment of God.

Therefore, we will devote this doctrinal treatment to the topic of Divorce and Remarriage

Rejoicing the Heart

Psalm 19:8a “the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.”

To the weary and downcast I want to say “rest in the word of God”.

This word “statutes” is the Hebrew Verb “פָּקַד (pāqad); though it has a wide range of meaning, it’s core meaning basically expresses the action of overseeing an individual for a particular purpose” (Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words (p. 29).

This brought this to my mind:

Psalm 23:1-3 “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.”

No matter what you are facing in your life, the Word of God is your Shepherd; listen to His voice and let Him lead you beside still waters where your heart can rejoice in the joy of the Holy Spirit, as it is written “the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:15, 17).  He has a purpose for His overseeing of your soul (1st Peter 2:1-5, 9-12).

Therefore, “enter His courts with praise” and rest in the Word of God, for He is your good Shepherd, who alone can refresh your heart with living waters and nourish your soul in green pastures so that you will be fit for every good work.