Teaching Outlines From The Westminster Standards

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The Christian Faith: Teaching Outlines From The Westminster Standards $2.99

Ever wanted help in learning or in teaching the Westminster Shorter Catechism or the Westminster Confession of Faith? Here’s a book that will do just that by providing you with simple and memorable teaching outlines for each of these historic statements of the Christian faith.

On the Amazon page, you can click “Look Inside” to see a sample of what the outlines look like for the Shorter Catechism. And here’s a sample of the Westminster Confession outlines.

May God use this teaching guide to bring these historic documents to life; instructing the head, igniting the heart, and impacting lives for His glory and our enjoyment.


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Don’t Expect a Flood of Gay Marriages

Although gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states, don’t expect to see long lines of homosexuals applying for marriage licenses (especially after the initial publicity-seeking flurry is over). After 10 years of same-sex marriage in the Netherlands, The Institute For Marriage and Public Policy commissioned research into the question: What has the demand for same-sex marriage turned out to be among same-sex couples? The answer: “Gay marriage is relatively rare.” The central statistics are:

  • Just 20 percent of Dutch homosexual couples are married, compared with 80 percent of heterosexual couples.
  • Dutch survey data suggests that 2.8% of Dutch men and 1.4% of Dutch women are gay or lesbian.
  • About 8% of gay and lesbian people have chosen to marry.

Why so little take-up of same-sex marriage?

Vera Bergkamp, head of a Dutch gay rights organization, says there are three main reasons for the lack of nuptial enthusiasm among gay couples:

Less pressure from family and friends, fewer gay couples marrying to have children than their straight counterparts, and a more individualist, less family‐orientated mindset among many homosexuals.

Why then has so much time, money, and effort been invested in a gay marriage drive that that will only result in a small percent of a tiny percent actually being married?

As I’ve written beforeGay marriage is not primarily about gay marriage, it is mainly about silencing gay consciences. But there’s a second reason. Gay marriage is also about silencing Christians.

Silencing Christians

If I hated God and despised Christians, I’d be an ardent supporter of same-sex marriage. What better way to express enmity against God and His people? That’s a major reason why so many homosexuals who will never marry, and why so many heterosexuals who have no interest in same-sex marriage, wanted it legalized and mandated by the Supreme Court. They wanted a weapon to shove in the face of God and to wield against His faithful people. And the Supreme Court effectively handed our heads to them on a platter. Just watch as this instrument of “equal love” is now wielded against all dissenters. You’re about to see some very unequal hate.

Yes, there will be high-profile cases where pastors and other prominent Christians will be convicted, bankrupted, and imprisoned for so-called hate crimes. Businesses will continue to be targeted and closed down for any explicit or implicit disapproval of same-sex weddings.

But much of the persecution will go largely unnoticed, behind closed doors, in the everyday lives of ordinary Christians: jobs will not be offered, promotions will not be awarded, contracts will be lost, team positions will be forfeited, downsizing will carefully “select” its victims, our children will suffer lost opportunities, our churches will be penalized. All for holding the “wrong view” of marriage; which was the right view in all human civilization until the last few years.

Loving Darkness, Hating Light

We are about to see as we have never seen before in the West in our lifetime: “Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light” (John 3:19-20).

Remember what happened to the two angels when they came into Sodom (Genesis 19). A whole city of homosexuals lined up to attack them. And even when God blinded them, they still searched and scrabbled at the door to get to their intended victims.

As they weren’t exactly lacking in opportunities for homosexual sex, what motivated their irrational desire to attack these two particular men? They saw holiness as they had never seen it before, they saw brighter light than ever before, and they were nearer to God than ever before.  And the holiness had to be quashed; the light had to be extinguished; the god-like-ness had to be erased.

That, I believe is what gay marriage is about for many (note, I did not say ALL) homosexuals, and for many heterosexuals too. Yes, it’s about silencing conscience; but it’s also about silencing Christians. And ultimately it’s about silencing God.

(I know there are many “moderate” homosexuals out there who just want to live a quiet life, who don’t want anything to do with persecuting Christians, and who are embarrassed about what bad winners many gay leaders are being. But I’m giving up hope that such moderates will ever have the courage to speak up against their own radicals and fundamentalists.)

So, don’t expect a flood of same-sex marriages. But do expect a flood of “hate-crime” laws and “non-discrimination statutes,” and “conditional government contracts.” And then a flood of Christian victims.

Unless there’s a flood of fire and brimstone first.

Flood of Love

In the meantime, we have an opportunity to love our haters as never before.

No, we will never agree with your same-sex marriage or do anything that in any way expresses approval of same-sex weddings. But if you do marry (and if you don’t), we will love you in every other way possible; we will love you in ways that will surprise and astonish you.

We’ll bless you when you curse us.

We’ll pray for you when you abuse us.

We’ll be kind to you when you are cruel to us.

We’ll not retaliate when you ruin us.

We’ll defend your right to speak and disagree with us even when you want to silence us.

We’ll be a Good Samaritan to you when you are a road-crosser and other-sider to us.

We’ll employ you for non-faith-related jobs if you are the best candidate, even though you want to bankrupt our businesses.

We’ll help you when you’re poor even though you want to impoverish us.

We’ll not insult you when you call us bigots.

We’ll be the best neighbors you’ve ever had.

We’ll love you as much as we love ourselves – and that’s a lot.

And we just have two simple requests of you. Accept that, because of the Bible’s teaching, we will never agree with gay marriage. And please don’t ask us to do anything for your weddings.

That’s it. Is that really too much to ask?


SCOTUS Decision: Best Articles & Videos

I can’t say anything better than has already been said by countless courageous Christian leaders around the country. So here’s a round up of the best articles I’ve found. If you want to make clear that, regardless of majority opinions and Supreme Court decisions, you will obey God rather than man, you can begin by joining me in signing the ERLC statement: Here We Stand.

Everything Has Changed and Nothing Has Changed — The Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage – AlbertMohler.com

Why the church should neither cave nor panic about the decision on gay marriage | Moore to the Point

Supreme Court’s Decision Is Shocking Abuse of Power, Will Never Be Accepted | Family Research Council

But What Does The Bible Say | Kevin DeYoung

CBMW’s Official Response to the SCOTUS Ruling | The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Top 10 Quotes From The Dissenting Justices | Trevin Wax

50 Key Quotes from the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling | Acton PowerBlog

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission | Here We Stand

Same-Sex Marriage and the Future – The Gospel Coalition

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission | Resources for Churches in Light of SCOTUS Decision

How the U.S. Supreme Court’s Same-Sex-Marriage Will Affect Religious Liberty – The Atlantic

Black Christian Leaders Respond To SCOTUS Decision

Why The Supreme Court Decision Represents A New Era For Evangelicals | Washington Post

Praising Grace and Gay Marriage in One Day | Denny Burk

Naïve evangelicals trying to avoid the reproaches of Christ | Denny Burk

Same-Sex Marriage Won’t Bring Us Peace | The Federalist

How To Protect Your Church From Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Lawsuits 

What Your Church Needs to Know and Do About The Court’s Marriage Ruling | TGC

Hooray for Same-Sex Concubinage!

Anchoring in God’s Word| The Cripplegate

So-Called Same-Sex Marriage: Lamenting The New Calamity: John Piper

How Did We Get Here? Desensitize, Normalize, Demonize, Legalize (Victimize)

A Word To Pastors Preaching in the Aftermath of SCOTUS | Denny Burk

Sam Allberry On Ministering TO Same-Sex Attracted Friends | TGC

Gay Marriage is Here: Now What?

Video Reaction to SCOTUS Decision: Russell Moore

Nancy Leigh DeMoss Responds

Some books to help you explain the Biblical position to others and to prepare for the inevitable onslaught.

Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom by Ryan Anderson.

We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and Wrong by Al Mohler.

What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung.

Compassion without Compromise: How the Gospel Frees Us to Love Our Gay Friends Without Losing the Truth by Adam Barr.


The Multi-Dimensional Love of Christ

Quite a few researchers have tried to find out how many love songs there are in the world. They have all concluded that it’s an impossible task. Just too many to count.

One multi-year study did find that over 60% of all songs in the Top 40 were love songs. Not surprising really, given how wonderful an experience it is to love and to be loved. However, a large number of love songs, perhaps the majority, lament the difficulties and disappointments of human love. These include:

  • One-sided love: The person doesn’t love you back.
  • Deceptive love: Whatever they say and do, they don’t really love you.
  • Selfish love: The person is only interested in what they get out of you.
  • Word-only love: No actions to back up the words.
  • Unfaithful love: Betrayed by promised love going to another.
  • Jealous love: Doesn’t let you love anyone else in any way.
  • Controlling love: Doesn’t trust, but rather confines and crushes.
  • Divided love: Love is shared with a hobby, work, home.
  • Commercial love: Bargaining, score-counting, more like a business.
  • Unforgiving love: Remembers every bad thing ever done – Or the ONE BIG THING.
  • Unsatisfying love: It’s good, but it’s not great.
  • Unchangeable Love: It fluctuates, or fades.
  • Temporary love: Eventually comes to an end.

Perhaps these are some of the reasons why the Apostle Paul prayed that the Ephesians (and all Christians) would know the multi-dimensional love of Jesus Christ (Eph. 3:18-19). Unlike the best human love, His love is:

Two-sided Love: No one can ever say they love Christ more than He loves them.

True Love: There is no deception, no charade, no act, no pretence.

Selfless Love: If you were to look at Christ’s heart you would not find Himself at the center, but you.

Practical Love: He doesn’t only talk love, He does love. He gave and gives everything He has.

Faithful Love: No risk that He will betray us, give us up, or break His promise

Jealous Love: Sinful jealousy stops you from loving what would be good for you. Christ’s holy jealousy stops you from loving what would be bad for you.

Freeing Love: His love doesn’t confine or crush but frees you to flourish, to develop, to grow, and to thrive

Complete Love: You often feel as if you are the only person in the world that He loves.

Intimate Love: Instead of competitive score-keeping and quid pro quo, there’s a growing bond, union, and oneness.

Forgiving Love: The length, depth, height, and width of our sins are covered by the length, depth, height, and width of Christ’s love

Satisfying Love: It’s not just good, its great. Sometimes it is overwhelming, “beyond knowing.”

Unchangeable Love: It never fluctuates or fades, although at times our felt experience of it may have ups and downs.

Eternal Love: Once loved, always loved. A love that never ends, not even at death. Indeed, death only deepens it.

Now that’s a love worth singing about!

For more on this subject, see John Bunyan’s All Loves Excelling: The Saints’ Knowledge of Christ’s Love ($7 paperback) or $1.99 for the Kindle Version.


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