Why Valentine’s Day?

valentine-silos-graphicsfairy0071b What are we celebrating today? From many of the cards and popular “Valentine’s gifts” available, it looks like today is a celebration of promiscuous immorality (or just being blatantly coarse and perverse,) buttering others up with “love” gifts, fattening, not only each other, but also the chocolate makers pockets – and card companies, and floral shops, and jewelers. But is today really just a materialistic holiday, made to guilt people (primarily boyfriends and husbands) into giving gifts (expensive gifts, to REALLY show their love – one day a year)?

For many it is not. It truly is a day set aside to celebrate the true love they have for each other (that they show every day), even by giving special gifts today.

But today we celebrate something even deeper, the stand for biblical marriage (one man, one woman, for life,) and the good thing God says it is. Why do we celebrate this on February 14th?

On this day, in the year AD 298, a Christian pastor was brutally martyred. First, he was beaten with clubs. then stoned, and finally he was beheaded. His crime – standing for biblical marriage, that intimacy outside of marriage was sinful, and that marriage was designed by God as between one man and one woman. His name was Valentinus, a man who loved Jesus above all else and who refused to deny the faith. Today, as you enjoy your chocolate and trinkets, remember that the one who who is now called St Valentine gave his life in defense of biblical marriage, not rampant promiscuity or perversion. He did not succumb to the politically correct of his day. February 14 is a day that is not rose red, but blood red.

Pastor James McDonald

Thank you for writing this up so clearly, Pastor McDonald. And thank you Pastor Valentinus for your stand for biblical marriage.

Image courtesy of the Graphics Fairy.

Believe the Bible

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“I choose to believe the Bible because it is a reliable collection of historical documents written down by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses. They report supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies and claimed that their writing are divine rather than human in origin.” – Voddie Baucham, Jr

Faith & Sanctification

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:13

In the bond between faith and sanctification we perceive, no less than in the bond between faith and justification, the pulse-beat of the Gospel. If faith will lift its blossoms to catch the sunlight of God’s grace, the fruit will be a life imbued with holiness.” — G. C. Berkouwer “Faith and Sanctification”

 

Cross formed

“All our obedience, every resolve to do good, and every work of faith is ‘by his power’ and so that the Lord Jesus would be glorified because of the grace he gives. Yes, we must pursue obedience, but that obedience must always be cruciform, formed by Christ’s cross. We must seek to obey because of the cross, find the grace to obey because of the cross, and live free from condemnation whether we succeed or fail in the light of the cross. The cross must be our only story, as Paul boldly proclaimed: ‘For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified’ (1 Cor. 2:2).”

– Elyse Fitzpatrick and Dennis Johnson – Counsel from the Cross
via Of First Importance

The Gospel in Brief

I couldn’t have said it better. Thanks “Of First Importance.”

“The gospel, in brief, is the good news about the person and finished work of Jesus Christ. Consider for a moment that the eternal Son of God relinquished the glories of heaven to become a man, a human being like you and me. He lived a perfect and sinless life (unlike you and me), fulfilling every requirement of God’s holy law in a way we could never hope to accomplish. And then in a glorious display of God’s love for sinners like us, he willingly received the full fury of God’s righteous wrath against sin by dying for our sins on a cruel Roman cross.

Because God’s absolute and perfect holiness demands an equivalent holiness from all who come before him, in ourselves we are hopelessly lost and condemned. But Jesus, who had no sin of his won to pay for, took our place, paid our penalty, and suffered our punishment. Because his death as our substitute was perfectly sufficient to pay for our sin, God vindicated him by raising him from the dead. So now all who place their trust in Jesus’ work on their behalf and turn from their sin will be forgiven, counted righteous in him, and saved from judgment for all eternity . . . all by God’s marvelous grace. This is the gospel. This is the good news. Better news simply does not exist!”

– Gary & Betsy Ricucci, Love That Lasts: When Marriage Meets Grace

(I know nothing more of this book than the quote here.)