Blacklisting and Other Coercive Measures

The following is a letter I recently wrote to a good long time friend of mine who happens to be a strong liberal supporter of LGBT rights.

Dear _____

I have a question for you about the whole LGBT rights issue. I can understand why you have your position and, in fact, I am sympathetic to many of the goals which would protect them from not enjoying many of the same basic rights as others.  

However, what I don't understand, is how good liberals like you, can stand by dumb and idle at many of the undemocratic tactics which a large percentage of the LGBT lobby and community are using to further their agenda. It seems obvious that many in the LGBT lobby make no real distinctions whatsoever between persons who disagree with their viewpoint.  Anyone who disagrees, at least by a vocal group within the lobby, is immediately shouted down and dismissed and called a hater, bigot or homophobe. The effect of this is not merely to quash free speech and freedom of conscience, but has far-reaching implications beyond this.  It is becoming clear that the agenda of many in the lobby is not merely to pass their anti-discrimination laws but to homogenize the culture into some kind of groupthink. And this is being carried out with coercive measures.

Here are some examples I have in mind from several recent events.

1) the Atlanta fire chief lost his job because somewhere in a book he had written he mentioned, among a list of other sins, that sex between members of the same gender was a sin. Did he single homosexuality to be the only sin? No. Other sins were included.

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 15:06 -- john_hendryx

Does Effectual Grace Make People Into Robots?

Visitor: Sovereignty is king, free will is queen. it takes 100% of both to get to heaven. Or else its is coercion or robotics. that is why John Wesley taught about prevenient grace. It brings you to the place you can either accept or reject Christ. Its not saving grace, but the Holy Spirit works on ya.

Response: John Wesley may have taught prevenient grace but the Bible only speaks of two states of man ... regenerate and unregenerate ... Wesley had to create this doctrine, apart from Scripture, entirely with human logic (which creates a third state in-between regenerate and unregenerate) in order to maintain his theological system. However, the Bible speaks of no additional in-between state. We are either "in the flesh" (which can do nothing) or "in the Spirit". As such, Jesus declares, "the Spirit quickens, the flesh counts for nothing ... that is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me grants it...[and] "all that the Father gives me will come to me".... John 6:63, 65,37. No one can come to faith in Jesus unless God grants it and all to whom He grants it will come to faith in Him." This does away with prevenient grace altogether... Jesus left no room for it in these clear statements.

The Bible indeed calls us to declare the gospel to all people ... but, left to themselves, none of them will respond to it. All have turned aside. They remain stiff-necked in their opposition to God's loving plea to come to Christ for life. Yet, in His great mercy, God still saves a people for Himself out of all the ill-deserving people of the earth.  

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:00 -- john_hendryx

Don't Make a Savior out of Your Morality

Dear Christian, Are you less deserving of hell than others? Or more deserving of heaven? Are you better than others? What makes you to differ? But for the grace of God we are no different than anyone. (1 Cor 4:7) Oh so you do good now? Then give God the glory for the grace He has shown you in Christ, for it is He who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Phil. 2:13).

We all agree that the Bible teaches that, as Christians, we are called to strive to live a holy life. No Christian can be God's child and be indifferent to God's law. But our motives for being holy makes all the difference as to whether we are Christians or moralists. If we are doing good out of a Spirit-renewed, grateful heart that trusts in Christ alone for our standing and favor before a holy God then, then by the grace of God, you understand the gospel... but if your motive for doing good is (even partly) out of the hope to earn, deserve or maintain God's favor then you have not yet understood that basics of the gospel, but are trusting, at least partly, in morality as your savior. The Christian does not make a practice of sin because God’s SEED dwells in him, and he cannot abide in sin BECAUSE he HAS BEEN BORN OF GOD. (1 John 3:9 emphasis mine). One motive gives all glory to God and the other leaves room for boasting:

"...because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,  so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Cor 1:29-31).

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:50 -- john_hendryx

Do you think you are more deserving of heaven than your gay neighbor?

I saw the cartoon on the right on the Internet today and thought I would comment on it.

if you did a survey of visitors to any theologically conservative website like and asked them "Do you think you are more deserving of heaven than your gay neighbor?" I am willing to wager that 95 out of every 100 Christian persons surveyed would emphatically say no they are not more deserving ... not even close.

Why would they say this? Because it is politically correct? No. Because it is Christianity 101. No one who understands even the very basics of Christianity thinks they are more deserving of heaven than anyone else because if they did they they do not even remotely understand the gospel. In fact the entire Christian community would consider such a view to be outside the realm of Christian orthodoxy:

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 19:17 -- john_hendryx

Can Fallen Man Do Anything to Please God?

Question: Can fallen man do anything to please God? Can the natural man make choices all the time for things that are good and evil?

Response: All fallen, unregenerate human beings are endowed with many of God's common graces. God has blessed all men with a conscience and the capacity to promote virtue and civil righteousness. It is abundantly clear that many beautiful aspects of the world we live in have been brought forth by those which are unredeemed by God's regenerative grace. God has gifted natural men and women with the skill to create beautiful music, make profound works of art, to invent intricate machines and do countless things that are productive, excellent and praiseworthy. But even these "good things" are not done purely to glorify God. i.e. the source of natural man's affections and motives for doing things come from a polluted well.

Fallen man's many good works, even though in accord with God's commands, are not well pleasing to God when weighed against His ultimate criteria and standard of perfection. The love of God and His law is not the unbelievers' deepest animating motive and principle (nor is it his motive at all), so it does not earn him the right to redemptive blessings from a holy God. The Scripture clearly implies this when it states "...without faith it is impossible to please Him." (Hebrews 11:6a, NASB) and "whatever is not from faith is sin." (Romans 14:23)

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:48 -- john_hendryx

What Do Theologically Conservative Christians Really Think About People with Same-Sex Attraction?

Online Comment: Christian conversion of gay people should be banned, especially to your type of Christianity. People cannot become un-gay. You do not realize the amount of teasing and bullying gay people receive.

Response: I can understand how being bullied and teased growing up might be very tough in this world. I have experienced my share. It is sad when bigoted people wish harm upon others. I believe those persons with same-sex attraction ought to be treated with the same respect as other human beings created in the image of God ... the same as I would want to be treated. But from this an other comments you have made I get the distinct feeling that you have a fairly limited understanding of what Christianity is really all about and what the vast majority of theologically conservative Christians actually think about those with same-sex attraction..

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 16:01 -- john_hendryx

Does Salvation by Grace Alone Promote Antinomianism?

I have found that on more than one occasion when I have posted that salvation is by Christ alone that those unfamiliar with our ministry and of the whole counsel of Scripture have mistaken my intent to mean that we believe and promote in some kind of easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy type of Christianity. Well this could not be further from the truth. The Apostle Paul was also criticized for teaching a gospel of grace alone but he answered his critics thus: "What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?...We were buried...[and] just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life...But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life." (Rom 6).

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:21 -- john_hendryx

The Heart of Reformed Theology

The heart of Reformed Theology or Calvinism is the cross of Jesus Christ ... that all redemptive blessings flow from Him alone (Eph 1:3). That His Person and work is sufficient. That salvation is all of grace because it is all of Christ. It is a sign of a corrupted doctrine which teaches anything in addition to Christ ...i.e. that man must (at least partly) either attain or maintain his own just standing before God. Now you either believe one or the other.. If you believe that Jesus is not sufficient to save you to the uttermost, then you embrace a theology to a greater or lesser degree like Roman Catholicism (Gal 3:3).

One of the main purposes of the five points of Calvinism is to demonstrate that the Scripture would always turn our trust entirely back to Christ: if you reject say, irresistible grace, then you then you reject or downplay the sufficiency of Christ, who provides EVERYTHING we need for salvation, including a new heart to believe (see Deut 29:4, 30:6; Ezek 36:26; John 6:63, 65, 37; 1 Pet 1:3). The same goes for preservation of the saints (which Jesus also teaches ex. John 6:37-40). If one believes they can lose salvation it is like saying that what Jesus did was not really sufficient ... THAT WE must (at least partly) maintain our own just standing before God... So the fives points (which are all grounded in Scripture) are simply a way to demonstrate that "salvation is of the Lord" ... that it is "because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Cor 1:30-31)

- John Hendryx


Mon, 04/13/2015 - 20:07 -- john_hendryx

Man's Will: Free, Bound, Self-determined, or Coerced?

In his very helpful book, The Bondage and Liberation of the Will, John Calvin stated that there are four expressions regarding the will which differ from one another:

“namely that the will is free, bound, self-determined, or coerced. People generally understand a free will to be one which has in its power to choose good or evil …[But] There can be no such thing as a coerced will, since the two ideas are contradictory. But our responsibility as teachers is to say what it means, so that it may be understood what coercion is.  Therefore we describe [as coerced] the will which does not incline this way or that of its own accord or by an internal movement of decision, but is forcibly driven by an external impulse. We say that it is self-determined when of itself it directs itself in the direction in which it is led, when it is not taken by force or dragged unwillingly.  A bound will, finally, is one which because of its corruptness is held captive under the authority of its evil desires, so that it can choose nothing but evil, even if it does so of its own accord and gladly, without being driven by any external impulse. 

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 18:17 -- john_hendryx


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